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Offense: A versatile offense player who will get half of his touches as a spot up shooter and when posting up. Can hit a mid-range jumper, but isnt always consistent. Has a slow and somewhat awkward release. Gets a lot of catch and shoot opportunities inside the arc. More effective shooter off the dribble. Prefers to go to the basket than pull up. Finishes at a decent rate with both hands. Isnt as athletic as he used to be, but has learned how to use his body better to shield the ball. Has great hands and an excellent feel for putting the ball in the rim. More comfortable shooting the ball from post up situations. Displays nice footwork, a very good turnaround jumper and a solid hook as well. Great touch on his jumper from in close. Tough to defend due to his versatility. Decent ball handler for a post player. Average passer as well. Works well without the ball and grabs offensive rebounds at a decent clip. Used to get to the free throw line at a very high rate. Not the player he used to be anymore, and is unlikely to return to his past form. Loss of quickness and explosiveness really hinders him.
Defense: Somewhat of a liability these days due to his lack of athleticism. Was never considered the most active or intense defender back in the day, but doesnt have the quickness to make any real impact at this point. Has never been known for his shot-blocking, and isnt the biggest or strongest player regardless. Struggles to hedge screens. An average rebounder at this point as well.
Artest still hasnt officially been traded, and considering that Houstons scouting reports have already been posted, needs to be added to our database regardless.
Offense: A scorer who can beat a defense in a number of ways. Gets a third of his touches in one-on-one situations. Also functions as a spot up shooter and a back to the basket scorer in the post. Pretty versatile as a scorer. Displays a compact stroke that he may not shoot with great touch, but will knock it down consistently. Shoots the three ball rather wellsomething hes improved on. Also effective as a midrange shooter. Can shoot off the dribble, but falls in love with this shot way too much. Lack of touch is more apparent when he takes jumpers off the dribble from inside the three point line. Sound ball-handling skillstends more to overpower his man than he does explode past him. Much better going left than he is going right. Good perimeter passer when he wants to be. Decent finisher at the rim, doesnt have the explosiveness to be great. Gets sent to the line at a high rate. Shoots a decent percentage from the charity stripe. Tremendously effective in the post. Will make a killing with his strength and love of physical contact. Can knock down turnarounds when he doesnt have a big advantage, or simply bully his way to the rim against smaller players. Tough to stop since he can always get position. Shot-selection is highly questionable at times, particularly on the perimeter. Takes bad shots early in possessions, which kills his teams rhythm. At times seems more interested in winning personal battles than playing an effective team game. Can shoot his team out of a game in the blink of an eye. Takes quite a heavy load on himself offensively, particularly going one on one.
Defense: Arguably the best perimeter defender in the game. Can lock down the best of the best. So strong and tenacious that he can easily defend some power forwards in spurts. Very tough to get by off the dribble in half court situations. Isnt the fastest player, but knows what kind of angles he needs to create to deny penetration. Contests every shot his man takes. Displays great anticipation and hand quickness when deflecting passes and stripping ball handlers. One of the best in the NBA at picking up steals, year in and year out. Will suffocate less athletic players. Blocks shots by virtue of his positioning and fundamentals. Knows all the little tricks to get his man off his game. Good defensive rebounder. Gives a lot of hard fouls. Plays with a chip on his shoulder and bring unmatched intensity to the defensive end.
Patrick Ewing Jr.
Offense: An extremely aggressive offensive player who looks for his shot whenever he can. Gets more than a quarter of his looks as a spot up shooter, but will also function as a ball handler on pick and rolls and as a wing in transition. Displays a very smooth jumper with tremendous consistency from three point range. Relies very heavily on his 3-point shot and has done so throughout his career. Is one of the best catch and shoot players in the NBA, though. Shoots pull up jumpers at an extremely very high rate too. Great touch on his short and midrange shots. Very crafty finisher around the rim due to his length and overall scoring instincts, but will have a tough time scoring in half court settings when post players rotate over to meet him. Lacks the strength and explosiveness to handle defenders well at the basket. More likely to pull-up off the dribble than go all the way to the rim. Solid foul shooter. Good ball handler, but wants to drive left almost exclusively. Effective crossover. Not an effective creator. Looked to for scoring and not much else. Decision making is poor at times. Tends to get too pretty with the ball on occasion. Hasnt shown the playmaking skills he did in college in terms of making others better. Seems to have even regressed in that regard.
Defense: An average defender at best. A risk taker who will make some plays, but also force his teammates to help him out. Loves to gamble in passing lanes. Will get his fair share of deflections by virtue of his length. Decent shot blocker for a guard. Displays decent rebounding ability. Needs to defend the ball better. Gets beat fairly easy off the dribble by quicker players. Has the length to compensate for his lack of foot speed and needs to learn how to stay far enough off the ball to be able to recover to both shots and drives. Will get posted up at times due to his lack of strength. Struggles to fight through screens. Awareness, intensity are not the best. Fairly foul prone as well.
Johnson signed with the Orlando Magic, but since their scouting reports have already been posted, weve decided to place him with his last team.
Offense: Not much of a scorer at this point, but will take what the defense gives him. Shoots the ball with unusual mechanics, flat-footed with a slow release. Has solid enough form, but needs time and space to get it off. Shoots a decent percentage nonetheless. Wont rush a shot just because he has a small window. Is only average from the mid-range and the outside. Can create some offense off the pick and roll, but isnt a great finisher. Struggles to get to the basket due to his non-existent athleticism, and will rarely if ever get to the free throw line. Only an adequate free throw shooter. Displays solid decision-making when running the point. Rarely turns the ball over and shows very nice poise. Lacks the foot speed to draw defenders and create openings for teammates.
Defense: Limited by his physical tools on the defensive end. Lacks foot-speed to defend quicker point guards, but his size allows him to contest and be physical. Doesnt come up with many steals or blocks despite his physical stature. Pretty good rebounder for his position. Lacks anticipation and explosiveness. Gets beat off the dribble too easily. Has the size to deny penetration when he sees it coming.
Offense: One of the most impressive young scorers in the game right now. Can score in a variety of unorthodox ways. Will make significant contributions as a finisher in transition, a one-on-one player, a spot up shooter, and a ball handler in pick and roll situations. Doesnt display a textbook shot in terms of fundamentals by any means, but is one of the most consistent and efficient shooters in the game, both on the catch and shoot or off the dribble. Can score from everywhere. Will knock down shots with contact, a hand in his face, and off balance. Has amazing touch and superb creativity improvising offensively. Terrific ball handler. Will get to the rim at a superb rate. Displays an extremely quick first step, and will run the floor hard in transition. A master at using shot-fakes to keep his defender off-balance. Uses his length and athleticism at the rim. Finishes at a high clip with contact despite his lanky frame. Goes to the line like a machine and shoots a great percentage. Lead the entire NBA in free throws made in 07-08. Has a terrific feel for moving off the ball and putting himself in position to make a play. Timing, awareness is superb. Not a playmaker at all in terms of creating for others, but also doesnt turn the ball over all that much. Willingness to become a better passer could be what puts him over the hump.
Defense: An average defensive player who has good awareness and makes smart plays, but lacks a significant amount of strength and isnt always as intense as you might hope. Possesses a below average wingspan, which hurts him being a great presence contesting shots on the perimeter. Has the quickness to keep most players out of the lane, but doesnt get in much of a defensive stance and seems to settle for swiping at the ball excessively. Gets overpowered by stronger players making their way to the rim. More concerned with leaking out in transition at times than he is at helping his team finish off a defensive stand. Fairly solid defensive rebounder. Needs to improve on this end, just like Sacramentos entire roster.
Offense: A highly skilled big man who gets almost half of his offense as a spot up shooter, but is also a functional pick and pop player and offensive rebounder. Displays a very good jumper for his size with range all the way out to the three point line. Is most effective as a midrange shooter, where he is actually one of the leagues best amongst big men, which opens up the paint significantly for Sacramentos slashers. Good catch and shoot guy. Not a very good shooter off the dribble. Likes to have his feet set when he receives the ball. Great pick and pop guy. Adequate ball handler for his position. Likes to drive left. One of the best passing centers in the game. Very good court vision. Thrives as a passer in Sacramentos offense, particularly from the high post. Gets a surprisingly small number of touches with his back to the basket in the post. Doesnt seem to want to play inside that much, which hurts his efficiency. Gets better position as an offensive rebounder than he does when he wants the ball in the post. Not very explosive off his feet, which hampers him from finishing inside. Still gets to the free throw line at a solid rate, and shoots a terrific percentage once there.
Defense: Somewhat of a defensive liability in todays up and down NBA. Gets posted up inside fairly often, and doesnt offer a great deal of resistance. Tends to swipe at the ball excessively. Displays extremely poor lateral quickness when forced to step outside, looking almost helpless as quicker players blow right by him. Displays very sure hands, and will get his fair share of steals with crafty post defense. Will block some shots by virtue of his height, but isnt a game changer in that way. Does a good job contesting shots when his defender decides to settle for jumpers. Grabs rebounds at a high rate, thanks to his bulk and outstanding hands. Doesnt have a lot of trouble fighting for position on the boards. Needs to give a better effort. Commits some unnecessary fouls when hes beat. Could stand to try and play up to his competition. A change of scenery may help.
Offense: A role-playing center who proves to be a very efficient scorer. Gets almost a third of his offense by moving without the ball. Will get quite a few spot up opportunities as well. Solid mid-range jump shooter. Cant put the ball on the floor to score. Needs to have most of his offense created for him. Displays great timing on his cuts and darts into the open area for easy dunks. Will do the same thing to collect offensive rebounds. Solid finisher in close. Displays a nice right handed hook with his back to the basket. Wont be able to maintain position for long due to his lack of strength, which makes his ability to time up his cuts that much more important. No real footwork inside the post. Needs to have great passers around him to be most effective. Decent foul shooter who gets to the line at a solid rate. Turns the ball over excessively considering the limited amount of touches he receives.
Defense: A decent defender who seems to have the potential to be a good shot blocker but lacks the awareness to fulfill it. Has the length and leaping ability to contest shots, but doesnt show the ability to rotate over to the weak side and make plays. Commits a ton of fouls when he does, but also is able to draw offensive fouls. Lacks the strength to get position in the post once his man obtains it. Decent rebounder. Relatively sure handed. Plays with passion, but doesnt produce more because of it.
Offense: One of the most improved offensive players in the game right now. Gets a quarter of his offense from isolations with another quarter coming from pick and rolls. Makes an impact as a spot up shooter and a finisher on fast breaks. Doesnt have a pretty shooting stroke, but has become very consistent from mid-range. Not very prolific or consistent from beyond the arc. Does most of his scoring off the dribble from mid-range. Knocks down pull ups at a high clip. Will get to the rim more often than hell pull up. Finishes at the rim at a very high clip. Has the athleticism to make dynamic plays around the basket. Finishes consistently with contact. Goes to the line at a high clip and shoots a very good percentage. Tough to stay in front of. Not a great ball handler, but a passable one. A bit turnover prone. Very good passer. Extremely efficient. Could be extremely tough if he develops a reliable 3-point jumper.
Defense: A very good defender who can defend the perimeter very effectively. Has the size, length and strength to match up with almost anybody. Plays with good intensity, which helps him use his athleticism better than the average player. Displays good lateral quickness when denying penetration, but can be beaten off the dribble. Stays in front of his man and tries to contest everything. Fights through screens. Will make some plays by anticipating passes and getting deflections. Blocks some shots too. Very capable rebounder for his position. Just a solid all around defender.
Offense: A hustle player who gets almost all of his touches in that manner. Plays a very active style of offense. Gets a lot of touches by virtue of his effort and awareness. Does a good job moving to the open area under the rim. Fights for position effectively. Will get some possessions with his back to the basket, but doesnt show the touch required to be efficient. Good offensive rebounder. Isnt asked to do a lot of scoring. Will set solid screens and work hard to create second chances. Doesnt show much of a jumper anymore. Thrives on physical contact, but shoots a poor percentage at the free throw line.
Defense: An average defender who rebounds at a high rate in limited minutes. Knows how to use his body to prevent offensive players from getting to missed shots. Boxes out well, and does a good job securing the ball. Doesnt have the height or explosiveness to make be a shot blocking presence. Will get taken advantage of in the post by taller players. Does a pretty good job defending ball handlers at his position though. Displays quick hands when swiping at the ball for steals. Limited by his size, but plays tough.
Offense: A solid offensive point guard who is a solid distributor, a good shooter, and a decent overall scorer. Gets more than half of his offense from pick and roll situations, reflecting the fact that he needs a screen typically to get going off the dribble. Displays a consistent shooting stroke with great range. Knocks down three pointers at a great clip, but doesnt shoot many. Great catch and shoot guy. Decent shooter off the dribble. Displays very good touch on every shot he takes. In contrast to his shooting ability, he has a very hard time finishing at the rim. Doesnt deal well with help defenders or physical contact. Simply isnt quick enough to gain separation or athletic enough to make dynamic plays. Likes to drive right to go to the rim. Displays very good ball handling ability, but will over dribble drives periodically. Gets to the line at an average rate, but is a great foul shooter. Does a good job getting his teammates involved. Doesnt have a distinguished offensive game outside of his shooting, which is something that doesnt help his numbers. Still growing on the offensive end. Needs to cut down on his turnovers.
Defense: An average defensive point guard who maximizes his limited physical tools with effort and great awareness. Lacks the lateral quickness to play physically on most ball handlers, so he uses his height to maintain a safe distance from his man. Will get beaten off the dribble, but not as often as players with comparable foot speed. Collects some steals by playing great help side defense. Knows when to get into position and meet the drive. Solid rebounder for his position. Not the best defender, but shows that he can be effective against lesser point guards despite his lack of quickness.