De’Andre Hunter Scouting Report

CONTEXT

De’Andre Hunter was the 77th-ranked prospect in the 2016 high school class.

After redshirting his first year at Virginia, he went on to average 18.4 points per 40 minutes on 58.4% true shooting and put together a 22.1 PER in 33 appearances last season.

Though he logged just 657 total minutes, the 20-year-old was a key cog on the team that finished second in the nation in adjusted efficiency margin and won ACC Sixth Man of the Year honors.

Despite the fact he broke his wrist during the conference tournament and missed the team’s loss to Maryland-Baltimore County in the NCAA Tournament, draftniks were enthused with the idea of him entering this year’s class but Hunter opted to return for his sophomore season without even testing the waters.

The Philadelphia native looks the part of what the NBA is looking for in a two-way combo forward these days, which is why he is currently considered the ninth-ranked prospect in the 2019 draft class.

Listed at six-foot-seven with a chiseled 222-pound frame and rumored to have a seven-foot-two wingspan, Hunter has enough size and has shown to be tough enough to hold his own against bulkier types in the post and the defensive glass.

He is also mobile and agile enough to defend true perimeter players out in space, aside from offering versatility in pick-and-roll coverage.

On the other end, the Friends Central School alum has operated as a hub to facilitate offense from the elbow area for the most part, as he’s played as a big on Virginia’s two-post system, but has also shown he can take his man one-on-one from the foul line down and that he has a projectable outside shot – even if he didn’t space out to the three-point line as much you’d like.

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Luka Samanic Scouting Report

CONTEXT

Luka Samanic is the second-ranked European prospect born in 2000[1] and currently considered the 14th-ranked prospect in the 2019 draft class[2] but has dealt with a lot of ebbs and flows over the last year.

The 18-year-old[3] led Croatia to a first-place finish in the 2017 U18 FIBA European Championship Division B, earning MVP honors along the way, but the season with Barcelona didn’t go as well.

He not only didn’t get any opportunities with the Catalan powerhouse in the Spanish ACB, let alone the Euroleague, but went on to average just 12.7 minutes per game in his 22 appearances with the second team in the Spanish LEB Gold[4].

In his limited 280-minute sample against that level of competition, the six-foot-10 stretch big averaged 21.2 points per 40 minutes but on just 43.2% effective shooting, while compiling a 9.2 PER.

Needing a little bit of a pick-me-up midway through that run, he was put on the junior squad that participated in the Cuitat De L’Hospitalet regional portion of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament and killed it against his age group.

Samanic averaged 34.2 points per 40 minutes on just 42.1% effective shooting but while logging 35% usage and compiling a 31.8 PER in 108 minutes, earning MVP honors and leading Barcelona to three wins in four games – falling just short of qualifying to the Final Four that is played during Euroleague Final Four weekend.

Displeased with his lack of opportunities with the first team, the Zagreb native surprised many earlier this summer by not re-signing with Barcelona and transferring to Union Olimpija instead – where one assumes he was promised a real chance of earning minutes in the Adriatic League, the FIBA Basketball Champions League and the Slovenian SKL.

His fortunes haven’t completely turned just yet, though. Samanic finished a reasonably strong appearance at the 2018 U18 FIBA European Championships Division A this weekend, where he averaged 25.6 points per 40 minutes on 57% effective shooting and compiled a 28.7 PER but couldn’t lift Croatia any higher than a 11th-place finish, as the team was minus-19 in his 159 minutes[5].

Samanic did most of his work with his back to the basket, as Croatia played an offense designed to get three-pointers out of posting up its big men, drawing double teams and then swinging the ball around the perimeter. He struggled to get particularly impressive looks for himself but did very well creating for others – assisting on 18.7% of Croatia’s scores when he was on the floor[6].

His two-point percentage stayed close to 50% thanks to a few finishes near the basket and catch-and-shoot long-twos but other than passing, Samanic was at his most effective as a three-point shooter when he got a few shots out of spacing out to the three-point line and on pick-and-pops. He was also an effective presence in the offensive glass.

On the other end, Samanic was asked to defend pick-and-rolls in a multitude of ways and showed a lot of versatility in terms of being able to execute the many coverages, as he is quite mobile and nimble for someone his height. Samanic also showed to be an effective rim protector when well positioned.

INTERIOR OFFENSE

He has a slight 210-pound frame in the context of his height and struggles to get a deep seal in the low post, often getting pushed further close to the three-point arc.

Samanic hasn’t yet developed any power moves and has a hard time knocking his defender back in order to create space for basic turnaround hooks. He is great at feeling double teams and has very good court vision, though. Besides igniting passing sequences on quick touch passes, Samanic also launched some impressive passes across the court to the opposite end.

He has a decent head-fake to try getting his defender out of position and pretty good touch on his right-handed hook when he does manage to get a shot off but his best work making a move out of a post touch was via turning it into a face-up isolation or pivot-moving into a quick baseline drive.

He is well coordinated for someone his height, has light feet pivoting into putting the ball on the floor and has a rip-through move into burst to get an advantage in his first step.

Even in these instances, the best outcome was often him finding teammates against a collapsing defense on shovel passes over the top to the other big at the dunker spot or drop-offs to perimeter players on diagonal cuts and hammer passes across his body from under the rim to the corner.

Samanic also has a third dimension to his passing, as he proved himself able to catch the ball on the move, cut his roll short and kickout to a spot-up shooter in a pinch – assisting on 18.7% of Croatia’s scores when he was on the floor.

He is not an explosive leaper off two feet without some space to load up but showed great touch on non-dunk finishes – on righty finger-roll finishes off a jump-stop and righty scoop finishes dealing with a rim protector parked between him and the basket.

Samanic is rumored to have only a six-foot-10 wingspan[7] and isn’t a particularly high leaper but played with a decent motor looking to create second chance opportunities in the offensive glass – collecting 12% of Croatia’s misses when he was on the floor. He is not a powerful leaper off two feet in a crowd but has a quick second jump to make an impact on tip-ins and fight for 50-50 balls.

PERIMETER OFFENSE

After nailing just 28.2% of his 71 three-point shots with Barcelona last season, Samanic shot the ball very well this summer.

He gets little elevation off the ground but dips for rhythm, rises up in great balance, has fluid mechanics, fully elevates himself for a high release and regularly gets a high arc on his shot.

Samanic offered gravity as a weak-side floor-spacer on spot-ups and drifting around the wing but also proved he is able to hit quick bombs out of the pick-and-pop and as the back-screener in Spain pick-and-rolls – nailing nine of his 19 three-point shots in the tournament, at a pace of 4.7 such attempts per 40 minutes.

He is a so-so screener who looks to draw contact but whose thin frame isn’t all that challenging for tenacious on-ball defenders to slide around. Nonetheless, Samanic showed he can adjust his feet quickly and pull the trigger comfortably enough prior to or over contests more often than not.

As was, he demanded hard closeouts and was able to put the ball on the floor a lot on straight line drives. Samanic has long strides to get all the way to the basket against a scrambling defense, can mix in a spin move to weave his way through traffic and is an explosive leaper off one foot going up off momentum.

PERIMETER DEFENSE

Samanic was asked to defend pick-and-rolls in a variety of ways and proved he is at least capable of executing each of the many different coverages.

He is nimble enough to show-and-recover – blitzing at the three-point line against a pull-up threat and backpedalling to hustle back to the roll man quickly enough for the weak-side rotations not to get terribly exposed.

Samanic can hedge and influence ball-handlers way high in the perimeter as well – forcing dribble drives to go sideways and then hustling back to even the matchups behind him quickly.

He is also an option to pick up smaller players on switches – bending his knees to get down in a stance and showing he has several slides in him to stay in front of shifty players out in space, at least against the level of competition he faced in Latvia.

And last but not least, Samanic is also effective in drop back defense – keeping pace with ball-handlers getting downhill on straight line drives, using his eight-foot-10 standing reach to contest pull-ups effectively and even flashing quick leaping ability off two feet to block close-range attempts defending on the ball.

INTERIOR DEFENSE

Samanic logged some of his time at center and did well as a help defender for the most part. He has developed decent recognition skills and awareness coming off the weak-side or stepping up to the front of the basket as the last line of defense, putting himself in position to challenge a lot of shots.

Some opponents managed to score through him, as his lack of above average length and bulk hurt him in a few instances. But he was also fairly effective impacting shots via verticality and still managed to pick up more than a few blocks – averaging 2.7 blocks per 40 minutes in the event.

Samanic is attentive enough to his responsibilities putting a body on an opponent close by but isn’t very physical with his boxouts. Nonetheless, he was able to rely on his quickness chasing the ball off the rim quicker than this level of competition – collecting 25.3% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.

OUTLOOK

After a disappointing season with Barcelona, Samanic wasn’t necessarily dominant at the 2018 U18 FIBA European Championships, at least not in a way that elevated the level of his team.

He showed more than enough to remain one of the most interesting prospects of the 2019 draft class, though.

Samanic projects as a good shooter, who could offer floor spacing at the point of attack, can put the ball on the floor to drive against closeouts and has shown to be a versatile passer – capable of creating for others on the move and as a hub to facilitate offense.

In a time where teams like to create three-pointers off movement while posting up to give time for these actions to work themselves out or having perimeter players get a head-start by darting around big man on handoffs, Samanic figures to be an excellent fit for what the NBA is looking for in its big men right now.

That’s also the case because he’s shown to be capable of guarding the pick-and-roll in a multitude of ways, most importantly by being able to bother ball-handlers way out in the perimeter – which is quickly becoming a must in a league where pull-up threats are multiplying by the day.

That said, his frame needs to develop for him to belong from a physical-standpoint, especially considering that most of the potential he offers as a difference maker relies on his ability to eventually play center full-time.


[1] According to Eurospects

[2] According to ESPN

[3] DOB: 1/9/2000

[4] According to RealGM

[5] According to FIBA

[6] According to RealGM

[7] According to Draft Express

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

RJ Barrett Scouting Report

CONTEXT

RJ Barrett was the top prospect in the 2018 high school class and is currently considered to be the top prospect in the 2019 draft class.

From a physical-standpoint, the 18-year-old looks like someone who could log NBA minute right now due to his chiseled six-foot-seven, 202-pound frame. As a result of his advanced athletic development, he has already debuted for the Canadian National Team at the senior level in the latest World Cup Qualifiers window – in appearances against the Dominican Republican and the Virgin Islands.

In large part thanks to that overwhelming edge in athleticism in comparison to his age group, the swingman dominated in high school and led Montverde Academy to a “mythical” national championship in late March.

Barrett handled the ball in middle high pick-and-roll a lot less than when he’s had the chance to play with the Canadian National Team at the youth level but got plenty of opportunities to create against a set defense in isolation out of ball reversals and jogging to the ball for dribble-handoffs on the side of the floor. As a weak-side floor-spacer, his shot remains a mixed bag.

On the other end, Barrett acted mostly as a weak-side defender and used his length to fly around passing lanes from time-to-time. His position defense was solid as well and he put in the effort to execute the scheme. More interestingly, perhaps, Barrett picked up smaller players on switches every once in a while and showed he has room to become a capable defender at the point of attack.

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Dmitry Kulagin Scouting Report

CONTEXT

  • 26 years old, DOB: 7/1/1992.
  • Moscow native.
  • After just 1,024 minutes with CSKA Moscow the previous two seasons, logged 866 minutes in his first year with Lokomotiv Kuban[1].
  • Key rotation player on the team that got to the Eurocup Finals and won 17 of 24 games in the VTB United League regular season (before getting swept by Khimki in the quarterfinals).
  • Averaged 18.1 points per 40 minutes on 56.3% true shooting and compiled a 15.8 PER in 36 appearances last season.
  • Six-foot-six point forward who ran a lot of offense: logged 24.4% usage rate and assisted on 26% of Lokomotiv Kuban’s scores when he was on the floor;
    • Can grab-and-go to push the ball up the floor in transition, trigger motion offense in the half-court, post-up smaller matchups in a pinch and run middle high pick-and-roll against a set defense.
  • Was relied on to defend different types of players and proved he offers quite a bit of versatility on the other end as well;
    • Can credibly defend smaller players at the point of attack, stay in front of similarly sized wings, chase shooters around the second side of the floor and put up a fight against bigger players in the post or under the glass.

OFFENSE

  • Pretty good shot creator for others out of pick-and-roll: can make well-timed pocket passes against drop defense, hit the dive man over the top against hedges or traps, toss up lobs in traffic off deep dribble penetration and launch crosscourt passes to the opposite end against hard shows cutting him off from turning the corner.
  • Turnover prone: attempts a lot of passes in traffic and is too aggressive trying to thread the needle in a few instances – giving up the ball on 19.9% of his possessions last season.
  • Doesn’t have an explosive first step but is quite resourceful with the ball in his hands: can go left off the pick and has a hesitation move, an in-and-out dribble and the ability to go behind the back in a pinch to create forward momentum or separation one-on-one.
  • Up-and-down finisher at the basket who can’t go up strong off one foot in traffic, rarely finishes through contact and attempts basic righty speed layups most of the time but who can also go to a shot fake off a jump-stop to get rim protectors in the air and a lefty finger-roll finish every once in a while;
    • Put a good deal of pressure at the rim: averaged 7.1 foul shots per 40 minutes last season.
  • Can post-up smaller matchups in a pinch: has a shot fake to get his man in the air to draw shooting fouls and can set a turnaround fade-away jumper but does best finding cutters and spot-up shooters out of working with his back to the basket.
  • Capable but poor shot maker off the dribble. Can create enough separation for step-back fade-away jumpers in isolation and side-step one-dribble pull-ups off the pick-and-roll but the ball doesn’t go in a whole lot;
    • Shot just 48.5% on 175 two-point attempts last season.
  • Capable but poor floor-spacer on spot-ups;
3P% 3PAs SEASON
29.9% 107 2017-2018
29.3% 92 2016-2017
29.2% 48 2015-2016
30.6% 147 2014-2015
28.9% 39 2013-2014
20.9% 91 2012-2013
28.9% 114 2011-2012

DEFENSE

  • Bends his knees to get down in a stance and has several lateral slides to stay in front of similarly sized players in isolation, though doesn’t use his 211-pound frame to chest up and contain dribble penetration through contact.
  • Puts in the effort to slide around off ball screens and chase shooters around the second side of the floor. Works hard to deny on dribble-handoffs.
  • Gets caught ball watching and gives up backdoor cuts from time-to-time but generally can execute the scheme as a weak-side defender: attentive enough to switch on the fly, rotates in to pick up the roll man, positions himself to guard two opponents off ball, steps up to help protect the rim when he is positioned as the last line of defense;
    • Good instincts and reactions to get into passing lanes: 1.6 steals per 40 minutes last season;
    • Contributes some on the defensive glass: collected 12.6% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor.
  • So-so at closeouts: sometimes flies by but there are also times when he is able to run the shooter off his shot and stay balanced.
  • Can credibly pick up smaller players on switches: works to go over screens at the point of attack and hustles in pursuit to challenge shots or passes from behind.
  • Can credibly pick up bigger players on switches: tenacious enough to front the post and box out whomever is close by.

OUTLOOK

Kulagin is a very interesting player: a wing who can run offense and create for others in volume due to the versatility of his passing, while also being able to credibly defend different types of players. Someone with that combination of skills can be very valuable these days, as a chess piece who can unlock lineups in both sides of the extremes in terms of size.

His inability to make a shot is what’s preventing him from being considered a potential impact player at higher levels, though. His true shooting percentage was only about average this past year because he got to the foul line in volume and hit 82.6% of his free throws but the team still scored more efficiently without him on the floor both in the Eurocup[2] and the VTB United League[3].


[1] According to RealGM

[2] According to RealGM

[3] 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

Isaiah Briscoe Scouting Report

CONTEXT

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on Thursday that Orlando signed Isaiah Briscoe after he impressed in their veteran mini-camp late last month. Basketball Insider’s Eric Pincus has since reported that Briscoe agreed to a three-year deal worth the minimum, with just $500 thousand guaranteed this season.

The 22-year-old[1] surprised many by accepting an offer to play in Estonia straight out of college, instead of trying the G-League route first, but that decision appears to have paid off, as he was able to score a guaranteed commitment from an NBA team in his second year as a pro, even if the amount doesn’t necessarily set in stone that they expect him to make the team.

The six-foot-three combo guard averaged 27.6 points per 40 minutes on 56.3% true shooting in 39 appearances for Kalev-Cramo in the VTB United League and the Estonian KML[2].

Naturally, his numbers were better in the domestic league than in the stronger multi-country competition, which features Russian teams with far superior budgets than their opponents from other former Soviet Union regions.

Nonetheless, Briscoe impressed enough to be named Young Player of the Year in the VTB United League, despite the fact Kalev-Cramo finished tied for last with 18 losses in 24 games. In the Estonian KML, the side won 31 of its 32 games on its way to the title and Briscoe was named to the All-KML Team.

The New Jersey native spent a few possessions off the ball at the start of halves but was the top shot creator on the team – logging a jaw-dropping 33.1% usage-rate and assisting on 27.5% of Kalev-Cramo’s scores in his 1,041 minutes. He did most of his work in isolation and got his touches out of ball reversals or against switches.

On the other end, the Kentucky product didn’t show the same level of intensity and tenacity he was known for during his time in Lexington. He used his athletic ability and remarkable length for someone his size to fly around getting into passing lanes but his impact in other areas left something to be desired, considering his reputation as an impact defender.

SHOT CREATION

Briscoe had the chance to show he is a very resourceful player operating off the dribble and looked closer to the player he was in AAU than the one in college.

He has a tight handle and can keep the ball in a string as he changes speed or directions, pivots into a well-coordinated spin move and goes behind the back in a pinch to shake his defender off balance, creating a lane to drive or separation to pull-up.

Briscoe also impressed with his burst off a hesitation move to blow by his man out of a standstill and his head-fake is remarkable, though he needs to improve his decision making in terms of where he is going, as he was often seen driving into traffic and challenging rim protectors from a position of weakness.

In pick-and-roll, Briscoe usually looked to back down and isolate against switches but showed he is a very capable shot creator for others against conventional coverage. He can split doubles at the point of attack and get downhill or play with pace and unleash an in-and-out dribble to destabilize the big defender.

Besides basic drop-offs and kick-outs against a collapsing defense, Briscoe can make well timed pocket passes, rise up in a pinch for jump-pass kick-outs to the opposite wing and launch hammer passes from under the rim to the corner off speed drives.

Operating off the ball, he also proved to be a willing ball mover making the extra pass around the horn.

Briscoe turned it over on just 13.9% of his possessions, which is a decent mark for someone with such high usage and assist rates.

SCORING

Briscoe improved a lot as a shot maker. His jumper is a lot more fluid, as he is now able to launch a variety of good-looking shots off the dribble:

  • Stop-and-pop pull-up;
  • Crossover into his pull-up;
  • Go between the legs into his pull-up;
  • Go behind the back into his pull-up;
  • Fake one way, pivot to the other into a turnaround fade-away jumper off a hiked leg.

Within close-range, Briscoe is not an explosive leaper off one foot or two feet in traffic but has shown righty and lefty finger-roll finishes, the flexibility to adjust his body in the air, some ability to absorb contact and finish through thanks to his bulky 210-pound frame for someone his height and a floater to finish over length from the in-between area with so-so touch.

That said, the ball doesn’t go in at an appealing rate on his pull-ups just yet, his length hasn’t translated into an ability to complete reverses among the trees and his strength hasn’t translated into an ability to finish on his way down regularly, as he ended up making just 51.2% of his 441 two-point shots last season.

What kept his true shooting at an average .563 percentage was his development into a more capable catch-and-shoot three-point shooter. Briscoe is still only an open shot shooter but looks much less mechanical than he did at Kentucky, possessing a compact release out in front but managing to get his shots of comfortably over closeouts thanks to his high elevation.

He nailed 39% of his 118 three-point shots last season, at a pace of 4.5 such attempts per 40 minutes – a decent mark considering how much work he did on the ball. However, his 70% foul shooting on 184 free throws still doesn’t offer much comfort to the assumption that he has turned the corner as a capable shooter.

DEFENSE

As he shared a lot of his time on the court with smaller players like Branko Mirkovic and Stek Sokk, Briscoe more often than not acted as a weak-side defender.

Though he was regularly seen flat-footed off the ball, he leveraged his quickness into well timed reactions. His closeouts were only so-so, as someone with his athletic ability was expected to run shooters off their shots more often than he did, but Briscoe did well using his six-foot-nine wingspan[3] to get into passing lanes – averaging 2.4 steals per 40 minutes.

He proved he is able to execute the scheme as well – attentive to his responsibilities coming off the weak-side to help crowd the area near the basket. Briscoe is not an explosive leaper off two feet to act as a shot blocking threat but showed to be a very willing charge drawer.

Kalev-Cramo had him picking up bigger wings on switches from time-to-time and Briscoe put up very pleasing effort fronting the post to prevent easy entries or holding his ground in stout post defense if the opponent did manage to enter the ball over him.

His struggles were navigating off ball picks, as he might not be suited to chasing shooters around the floor in one of the few instances where his bulky frame works against him. His contributions in the defensive glass were also somewhat disappointing, as he collected just 12.9% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor last season. Even if he is a guard, he was expected to stand out a bit more from an athletic-standpoint.

The biggest disappointment was in individual defense, though. When he did guard the point of attack, Briscoe didn’t go over picks regularly and struggled to slide them cleanly when he did go over. But perhaps more concerning, he didn’t hustle in pursuit to challenge shots and passes from behind all that often. Someone with his length is expected to make a big impact in this area but that didn’t materialize.

And though he has the length to matchup with wings regularly and a bulky frame that suggests he should be able to, Briscoe hasn’t yet developed enough strength to contain dribble penetration through contact against these types of players often.


[1] DOB: 4/13/1996

[2] According to RealGM

[3] According to NBA.com/stats/

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

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

Brad Wanamaker Scouting Report

CONTEXT

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported on June, 25th Boston reached an agreement with Brad Wanamaker on a one-year contract worth $839 thousand.

In his seven years as a pro, the 28-year-old[1] has accumulated 10,033 minutes of experience in the G-League, Italian Lega A, Italian Legadue, German BBL, Turkish BSL, Euroleague and Eurocup[2].

Most recently, the six-foot-four lead guard averaged 19 points per 40 minutes on 59.4% true shooting and compiled a 19.2 PER in 69 appearances with Fenerbahçe last season – acting as a key cog on the team that got to the Euroleague title game and won the Turkish BSL.

His role was to trigger a diverse motion offense, keep it moving and act as a weak-side floor-spacer a fair amount but Wanamaker also had the responsibility to breakdown the defense off pick-and-roll late in the shot clock quite a bit – logging 23.6% usage-rate and assisting on 24.5% of Fenerbahçe’s scores when he was on the floor last season.

On the other end, the Philadelphia native started most possessions defending opposing point guards and was only so-so in conventional pick-and-roll coverage but Zeljko Obradovic had the team switching aggressively late in the season, so Wanamaker picked up bigger players somewhat regularly, which he proved capable of executing due to his 209-pound frame and his awareness as a help-defender.

SHOT CREATION

Wanamaker doesn’t have an explosive first step but showed decent speed with the ball and developed into a very resourceful shot creator operating in high pick-and-roll – having the chance to work with a decently-spaced floor at Darussafaka and Fenerbahçe the last two years.

He can play with pace against hard shows and hedges, snake his way to a sweet spot and set himself up for an elbow pull-up, unleash a lefty in-and-out dribble to freeze the big man and create space for a stop-and-pop pull-up, and rise up for pull-up three-pointers off 1-2 footwork against drop coverage.

Though his game is jumper-oriented, as three-point shots accounted for 39.4% of his live-ball attempts last season, Wanamaker can put some pressure on the rim to keep the defense honest. He is very fluid attacking off triple threat position on ball reversals or spot-ups and can crossover into burst in isolation to take it to the basket – averaging 5.9 free throws per 40 minutes this past year.

Wanamaker is also a good shot creator for others, especially in pick-and-roll. He can deliver well timed pocket passes, toss up lobs in traffic and throw crosscourt passes against the momentum of his body to the opposite corner with good security – posting a 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Other than that, Wanamaker also flashed the ability to unleash in-and-out dribbles into side-step pull-ups in isolation and post-up smaller matchups in a pinch.

SHOOTING & FINISHING

He gets little elevation off the floor but fully extends himself for a high release and gets good arc on his jumper. His touch is also tremendous, as he’s hit 84.5% of his 1,049 foul shots over the last four years.

Over that span, Wanamaker nailed 37.1% of his 814 three-point shots, at a pace of 4.4 such attempts per 40 minutes. Besides basic spot-ups and pull-ups, he’s also shown to be a fluid shot maker on quick catch-and-shoot’s sprinting to the ball for dribble-handoffs.

Wanamaker is a below the basket finisher who has a versatile arsenal facing rim protectors. He is able to absorb contact and score on short tossups on his way down, step-through to neutralize shot blockers, go up off the wrong foot for scoop finishes with his left hand, and unleash running floaters to score over length from the in-between area – shooting 52.5% on his 337 two-point shots last season.

DEFENSE

Wanamaker hunches rather than bends his knees to get down in a stance but puts in the effort to slide laterally to stay in front in isolation and go over screens at the point of attack. He doesn’t use his strong frame for someone his position to chest up containing dribble penetration through contact and isn’t very impactful chasing ball-handlers to contest shots from behind, though.

His best work was done as a weak-side defender, when Wanamaker switched onto wings or big men.

He plays with active hands crowding driving lanes and shows nice instincts getting into passing lanes for deflections that disrupt the opposing offense or making plays on the ball to generate turnovers – averaging 1.9 steals per 40 minutes last season.

Wanamaker also made an impact with his awareness as a help-defender, not simply rotating in to pick up the roll man or crowding the area near the basket but as well as coming across the lane to challenge shots, though he is not an explosive leaper off two feet to make an impact as a shot blocking threat.

Wanamaker also pitched in some on the glass – collecting 10% of opponents’ misses when he was on the floor last season.


[1] DOB: 7/25/1989

[2] According to RealGM

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