Ryan Broekhoff Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Yahoo!’s Shams Charania first reported on Thursday night that Dallas signed Ryan Broekhoff to a two-year contract – with the first year guaranteed, suggesting they are confident he can make the team.

In his five years as a pro, the 27-year-old[1] has accumulated 5,737 minutes of experience in the Turkish BSL, the VTB United League, the Euroleague and the Eurocup with Besiktas and Lokomotiv Kuban[2].

Other than that, he has under his belt:

  • 3,641 NCAA minutes at Valparaiso;
  • 64 minutes at the 2013 Portsmouth Invitational;
  • 75 NBA Summer League minutes;
  • 60 minutes at the 2013 adidas Eurocamp;
  • 940 minutes with the Australian National Team at;
    • 2009 U19 FIBA World Cup
    • 2011 Universiade
    • 2013 FIBA Oceania Championship
    • 2013 Borislav Stankovic Cup
    • 2013 Universiade
    • 2014 FIBA World Cup
    • 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship
    • 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Most recently, the six-foot-seven sharpshooter averaged 16 points per 40 minutes on a jaw-dropping .740 true shooting percentage and compiled a 20.3 PER in 32 appearances last season.

His sole role was to space the floor, as he took 68.9% of his live-ball attempts from three-point range. Broekhoff got some shots up off popping to the top of the key as the back-screener in Spain pick-and-rolls but for the most part was deployed as a corner spot-up gunner.

On the other end, the Frankston, Victoria native played weak-side defense most of the time and proved he is able to execute the scheme, though he lacks the physical profile or the athletic ability to fly around and create events. He puts in the effort guarding on the ball but the best he can do more often than not is direct his man towards the help.

SHOOTING

Broekhoff gets little elevation off the ground but does great shot preparation catching it on the hop, fully extends himself for a high release and pulls the trigger quickly to get his shot off prior to or over closeouts. He also gets great arc and has tremendous touch – hitting 82.7% of his 330 foul shots over the last five seasons.

Broekhoff nailed 42.8% of his 956 three-point shots during that span, at a pace of 6.6 such attempts per 40 minutes.

Though most of his looks materialized on spot-ups, he’s taken quick shots off popping to the three-point line as the back-screener in Spain pick-and-rolls, suggesting Broekhoff has enough versatility in his release to be asked to take shots on the move more regularly.

FINISHING

He doesn’t have a quick first step and isn’t very fast with the ball to attack closeouts with any explosiveness but has enough of a handle to get to the basket on straight line drives or making the eventual kick-out/drop-off against a collapsing defense, though rarely showing much in terms of impressive passing on the move – assisting on just 7.8% of Lokomotiv’s scores when he was on the floor last season.

Broekhoff can’t go up strong off one foot or two feet in traffic, acting as a below the rim finisher. He is not flexible enough to hang or adjust his body in the air and lacks length to complete reverses among the trees. But besides basic speed layups, Broekhoff can unleash a shot fake off a jump-stop to get rim protectors in the air and draw shooting fouls or layup around them.

OFF BALL DEFENSE

He is proven to be a very intelligent team defender – showing impressive awareness off the ball and discipline executing the scheme.

Broekhoff is attentive to his responsibilities rotating in to pick up the roll man and coming off the weak-side to crowd the area near the basket. Though he is unable to leap off two feet explosively to act as a shot blocking threat, Broekhoff has proven himself a very willing charge drawer.

He can switch on the fly and cut off dribble penetration in drop defense while guarding the pick-and-roll as a big man. Broekhoff has also impressed with his attention to shadow isolations when he recognizes a teammate is about to get beat and might need his help in a second.

He is not very physical but leverages his fairly big 215-pound frame to front the post and put a body on whomever is close by under the defensive glass – collecting 18.1% of opponents’ scores when he was on the floor last season.

Broekhoff hustles to closeout, can run some shooters off their shots from time-to-time and stays balanced to keep pace with those players off the bounce. He struggles to chase shooters off screens and lacks the length to make plays getting into passing lanes, though.

ON BALL DEFENSE

Broekhoff bends his knees to get down in a stance and can shuffle his feet laterally to stay in front of similarly sized players for a couple of slides. He is unable to chest up and to contain dribble penetration through contact, though. Broekhoff also struggles to hold his ground defending on the post.

He picked up smaller players on switches somewhat regularly but the best he can do in these instances is direct the ball handler towards the help, as he lacks the foot speed to keep pace with shiftier types stride-for-stride, can’t get skinny to go over screens at the point of attack and is prone to biting on shot fakes.


[1] DOB: 8/23/1990

[2] According to RealGM

EDITOR’S NOTE: Rafael Uehara is the managing editor of ‘Basketball Scouting’. More of his work can be found here or at RealGM, where he is a regular contributor. He can be followed on twitter as @rafael_uehara

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