Scottie Wilbekin just finished a very good year, leading Darussafaka to a Eurocup championship and winning MVP honors along the way – securing a berth in next season’s Euroleague.
Other than that, he has 3,467 NCAA minutes at Florida, 561 NBA Summer League minutes and 88 NBA preseason minutes with Philadelphia under his belt.
Most recently, the six-foot-two combo guard averaged 23.1 points per 40 minutes on 60.1% true shooting and compiled a 21.4 PER in 47 appearances last season.
In previous years, Wilbekin shared shot creation responsibility with Brad Wanamaker and Emir Preldzic but last season he carried a larger burden running offense and breaking down a set defense late in the clock – logging 27.4% usage.
On the other end, the native of Gainesville, Florida was often hidden in the weak-side but in Europe, most teams have multiple players capable of running a pick-and-roll in a pinch at almost all times, so Wilbekin was forced to defend on the ball regularly. He is not an ace defender by any means but puts in the effort to go over screens at the point of attack and contest shots as well as he can.
Wilbekin has developed into a very resourceful shot creator.
He doesn’t have an explosive first step and isn’t particularly quick with the ball but has a very diverse bag of tricks to create separation for pull-ups or get into the lane in isolation and out of the pick-and-roll.
David Blatt ran a well-spaced offense where Wilbekin often gave the ball up earlier in the clock and got it back later after the defense was moved side-to-side but there were also plenty of times he was needed to create against a set defense off a high ball-screen or isolate against his man late in possessions.
Within a team context, Wilbekin has shown to be naturally inclined to pass ahead in transition to speed up the pace of the game, a ball mover making the extra pass around the horn and a willing back-screener when he is operating off the ball.
On the ball, Wilbekin can play with pace in pick-and-roll, put his man in jail and snake his way to a sweet spot at the elbow. He is also shown dexterity attacking either side of the pick and doesn’t kill his dribble before he should.
Wilbekin has proven himself to be a versatile passer. Besides basic drop-offs and kick-outs against a collapsing defense, he can make a well-timed pocket pass, pass crosscourt to the opposite corner against the momentum of his body, make a skip pass to a stretch big in the pick-and-pop, toss up lobs in traffic, make a wraparound pass among the trees and spot cutters on the move – assisting on 31.9% of Darussafaka’s scores when he was on the floor last season.
Perhaps more impressive, Wilberkin turned it over on just 12.4% of his possessions – a phenomenal mark considering his high usage and assist rates.
He is also very versatile creating his own look. Wilbekin is not any sort of a speedster but has pretty good side-to-side shiftiness, particularly useful for him to get by big men on switches. He can put some pressure on the rim off hesitation moves (averaging 5.4 foul shots per 40 minutes last season) but is more often than not looking to pass off dribble penetration.
Against defenders who manage to wall him off the lane, Wilbekin can create decent separation for stop-and-pop mid-range jumpers off pick-and-roll and crossing over into his pull-up or going behind the back into a step-back jump-shot in isolation.
FINISHING & SHOOTING
When he attacks the basket, Wilbekin has shown he is not an explosive leaper off one foot or two feet in traffic and that he doesn’t have enough strength in his well-distributed but thin 176-pound frame to absorb contact and finish through.
He is a below the rim finisher who goes up-and-down for the most part, yet to show much ability to hang or adjust his body in the air. Wilbekin has shown dexterity finishing with either hand unimpeded, particularly on lefty scoop finishes, but struggles in a crowd, attempting to go high off glass from time-to-time, without good results often.
He can go to a righty running floater to finish over length from the in-between area but lacks touch when he attempts the same shot with his left hand.
Wilbekin hit just 45.4% of his 255 two-point shots last season and 49.1% of his 179 such attempts the year before.
The bulk of his scoring comes from three-point range.
He has impressed with the distance in some of his pull-up jumpers but, like most people, Wilbekin is a more prolific shooter off the catch. Besides basic spot-ups as a weak-side floor-spacer, he can make side-step one-dribble pull-ups off an escape dribble and take some good looks off movement – sprinting to the top of the key off pindown screens and to the ball on dribble-handoffs.
Wilbekin has a quick trigger and a high release – nailing 37.9% of his 1159 three-point shots, at a pace 8.7 such attempts per 40 minutes, over the last four years.
Often hidden on the weak-side, he is not athletic or lengthy enough to fly around and create events in volume but has proven he can execute the scheme – rotating in to bump the roll man or bat lobs, switching across the perimeter on the fly and boxing out whomever is close by, though he lacks the physicality to be all that effective in the physical aspects of the game, which also prevents him from being an option to pick up bigger players on switches.
Wilbekin averaged 1.6 steals per 40 minutes last season and two steals per 40 minutes the year before but his contributions via blocks and defensive rebounds have been consistently marginal.
His closeouts leave something to be desired from time-to-time but in critical games Wilbekin tries as well as he can to run the shooter off his shot and maintain his balance to keep pace as that player puts the ball on the floor. His hustle in plays that required multiple efforts was also quite pleasing during the most important games of Darussafaka’s season.
He still found himself guarding on the ball regularly, though. Wilbekin gets into a soft stance, not bending his knees that much to get really low, and lacks the strength, tenacity or physicality to chest up and contain dribble penetration through contact. He can move his feet laterally well enough to stay in front a fair amount but lacks the standing reach to contest shots effectively.
Wilbekin gets stuck on picks from time-to-time but puts in the work to go over screens at the point of attack often and hustles in pursuit. He lacks the length to block shots or deflect passes from behind but tries to challenge everything as well as he can.
 DOB: 4/5/1993
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