Malcolm Delaney was an offensive juggernaut last season. Bayern Müenchen scored 113.3 points per 100 possessions in his 667 Euroleague minutes and 117.1 in his 1,227 German league minutes. Both marks were way above league average and they were a reflection of his proficiency from the perimeter.
Delaney is a good pull-up jump-shooter, with incredible elevation off the bounce and a sweet stroke, hitting 39.2% of his 79 two-point jump-shots in the Euroleague and 45.9% of his 122 attempts from mid-range in the German league. Between both leagues, 42.3% of his total shots were three-point attempts and he hit them at an above average 37% clip.
Standing at six-foot-four, he has above average height for his position and did good work passing the ball out of the pick-and-roll, especially to shooters rotating to the open spot on the weak side, displaying a good deal of timing. 131 of his 292 assists (45%) in both leagues led to scores from three-point range. Overall, Delaney assisted on 27.5% of Bayern’s baskets when he was on the floor and had an average turnover rate among position peers in the Euroleague.
Where he struggled significantly was close to the basket; making just 46.9% of his 49 shots at the rim in the Euroleague and 46.9% of his 98 shots in the lane in the German league. Delaney has above average speed for the European game on straight line drives and showed the ability to play above the rim when uncontested. But he isn’t quite as fast when forced to change directions, strongly favors attacking when going to his right hand and struggled to finish through contact due to his 190-pound frame. Delaney was, however, better than his weak percentages because he managed to draw a lot of shooting fouls, averaging almost five foul shots per game and hitting them at an 86.8% clip.
Defense was also quite a challenge for him last season. Bayern allowed 7.8 points per 100 possessions fewer with him off the floor in the Euroleague and 3.2 when he hit the bench in the German league. Delaney actually played with good effort on the ball towards the end of the season, displaying good lateral quickness as he mostly worked hard to stay in front of the opponent. He did, however, show a tendency of leaning on the opposing big when he fought ball-screens rather than just trying to make himself free of him. Despite his six-foot-six wingspan, he posted only average steal rates in both leagues. And he wasn’t much of a contributor on the glass either.
Editor’s Note: Huge thanks to Jannes Schäffer from court-side.de for providing video that made this evaluation possible. Court-side.de is a website that focuses on analytics for the German league and it’s highly recommended a look. Jannes can be followed on twitter @courtsideBBL.
Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at Upside & Motor, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara.