2015 NBA DRAFT BREAKDOWN – DEVIN BOOKER
Games Watched: Kentucky v. Louisville, Kentucky v. Notre Dame, Kentucky v. Arkansas and Kentucky v. Wisconsin
OVERALL: 18 year old son of former NBA player Melvin Booker. Known primarily for his shooting. Great stroke both off the bounce and catch and shoot. Has athletic ability but not overwhelming. Smart play who does little things that shows his understanding of the game. Coach Calapari showed great confidence in him early in the season in big moments giving him minutes. Terrific ball mover and passer. Sees plays before they happen.
Will Be Solid Pro If ….. Makes shots. Thought of as best shooter in the draft. Scored on 1.17 pts per possession on spot ups. One of the best in the college game. EFG% was 57.8%. On unguarded shots he was deadly at 68.6 efg%.
Will Struggle as Pro if … all he does is make spot up shots. Teams went at him on the defensive end and he had a hard time handling it. May not be athletic enough to handle the defensive responsibility in the NBA. In addition, had a hard time getting free off picks to get his looks at times on the college level. Speed of NBA game could reduce his ability to be a shot maker. Off screens he didn’t shoot well on the college level his EFG% was 43.2%. Off the bounce he shot just 37.3% and 38.2 efg%.
Games Watched: v. Kentucky, v. Baylor at Big 12 Championship and v. Wichita State in NCAA Tournament
Age: 19 years old won’t turn 20 till December of rookie year
Measurable: 6’7 203 pounds. 7’2.25” wingspan and 8’6.5” standing reach. No Step Vert 34.5 and Max Vert 37.
Numbers: 21 minutes a game at Kansas. Averaged 9 pts on 7 shots a game. Shot 44% and 36% from three. Grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 1 assist a game. Also had 1 steal a game.
Locke Take: Young long left handed wing player. Plays a smooth game. Has a solid handle and shoots the three comfortably. Doesn’t make a large impact on the game. Large part of this, is how Bill Self uses his wings. Remember how little Andrew Wiggins did last year. However, in the three games I watched I never saw a special athletic play. He never made a play where he was superior talent wise. Nice player with an array of talents. Good show and go game off the three point line and was under control making the next decision. Used mostly as catch and shoot player and hit on an efg of 54% of catch and shoot. Shot just 33% off the bounce. No NBA talent jumped out. Length is his best attribute. Has a nice feel for the game defensively. He shades correctly and understands defensive aspects of the game. Does a good job on the pick and roll guarding the ball handler. Plays too much of the game passively. Never saw him assert himself on a game or a play. Playing hard is a skill he will need to attain. So young needs to and will be much stronger.
College Game Impact: Very rarely played in any space. Had a few chances to handle in the pick and roll. Only ran 42 pick and rolls as the ball handler all season. Anytime he went to the basket it was crowded. Perry Ellis was focus of offense down low and Mason dominated ball on the top.
Will be good pro if .. if his shot can be consistent has nice length to be able to get it off. If he spaces the floor well he will be able to play off the bounce and make plays in the lane with the shot or the dribble. Length will give him chance to be good defensive player and he understands the game and where he is supposed to be on the floor.
Will not have a good career if …. He doesn’t play harder. Was a passive player at Kansas. Needs to get stronger to be able to play with contact and make plays on 50-50 balls. Might not be a good enough athlete. Might not be that good a shooter. On spot up chances in college he hit on just 29 of 81 for (36%). Most of those were threes.