(First posted at RealGM)
The reason why Bembry has some star potential is due to his ability to create shots for himself and others in the half-court.
He doesn’t have an explosive first step but can go side-to-side with a bit of a juke move to create some separation to pull-up from mid-range or create an opening to get to the basket, showcasing nice coordination in tight spaces and an excellent touch on non-dunk finishes – converting 69.1% of his 123 shots at the rim last season, according to hoop-math.
Bembry handled in pick-and-roll quite a bit and proved able to make reads on the move, creating high quality looks for his teammates. His height helps him see over the defense in traffic and he has touch on his passes, assisting on 24% of Saint Joseph’s scores when he was on the floor over the last two seasons – according to our stats database.
Aside from playing on the ball, Bembry offers the flexibility of being used as a weak-side threat. His three-point percentage declined over each of the last three seasons (31.2% on 385 attempts in the aggregate) but he’s proven able to be at a minimum a capable open shot shooter.
Defensively, Bembry can’t contain dribble penetration through contact but has lateral quickness to stay in front and a six-foot-nine wingspan to contest mid-range jumpers and attempts at the rim. He offers switch-ability, as he’s proven able to guard smaller players, though not bigger players despite his 207-pound frame.
Aside from the concerns over his shooting, Bembry is expected to go late in the first round because of his average athleticism and skepticism over whether the level of competition he played against at the A-10 conference offers enough certainty his shot creation can translate to the pro level.
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