Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (1st Round): Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky
7'0, 240
Wisconsin, Sr.
Big Board Rank: 10

Frank Kaminsky appears to be in line to be only the fifth NCAA senior to be picked in the lottery in the last five drafts.  A late bloomer, Kaminsky only saw 600 minutes in his first two season at Wisconsin.  He followed that up with a solid junior season, and has been nothing short of spectacular as he has led the Badgers to the Final Four in his senior season.  A true stretch four with a back-to-the-basket game and the ability to protect the rim, were Kaminsky a few years younger, he would be a surefire top five pick.

Monday, March 30, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Jarell Martin

Jarell Martin
6'9, 240
LSU, So.
Big Board Rank: 36

Fresh off of a first team All-SEC selection, Jarell Martin has announced his intentions to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.  Martin arrived in Baton Rouge as the 13th-ranked player in the 2013 high school class, according to Rivals.  Following a solid freshman campaign, Martin exploded this season, leading the Tigers in scoring and ranking 2nd on the team in rebounds and blocked shots.  Pairing up with fellow 2015 draft prospect, Jordan Mickey, Martin led the Tigers to their first NCAA tournament berth since 2009.  While the Tigers spectacularly blew a lead late to NC State in their opening round loss, Martin put up 16 points and 11 rebounds, as part of a span that saw him average 20.1 points and 10.6 rebounds over LSU's final eight competitions.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (1st Round): Myles Turner

Myles Turner
6'11, 245
Texas, Fr.
Big Board Rank: 12

Myles Turner's diverse game makes him an intriguing prospect.  Most near 7-footers who are excellent shot blockers can't stretch the floor like Turner can.  Turner's size, length, versatility and skill level make him well-suited to play both frontcourt positions.  However, a lack of speed and agility may limit the PF matchups that Turner can handle on the defensive end of the floor.  The main determinant of Turner's value appears to be the accuracy of his outside shot.  With no reliable post game beyond a simple hook shot, if Turner can score from the mid-range out to the three point line efficiently, he will round into an excellent starter.  If not, he will have to provide all of his value at the defensive end of the floor.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Brandon Ashley

Brandon Ashley
6'8, 230
Arizona, Jr.
Big Board Rank: 46

Brandon Ashley's three seasons at Arizona have been somewhat underwhelming, after arriving as the number 23 player in the class of 2012, according to Rivals.  Although Ashley has been a member of three very successful teams, he has been nothing more than a role player.  While he hasn't been the star that his recruiting ranking suggested he could have been, there's no reason Ashley can't be a successful role player in the NBA.  Thanks to a reliable mid-range jumper and great length, Ashley's style is a good fit in today's game.

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (1st Round): Justise Winslow

Justise Winslow
6'7, 230
Duke, Fr.
Big Board Rank: 8

Justise Winslow may not be the main attraction at Duke, but he has been a pivotal piece of the team's success in the 2014-15 season.  As Jahlil Okafor's second banana, Winslow has had a solid season at both ends of the floor.  Although he is built ideally for the SF position, Winslow provides enough shooting and athleticism to play in an NBA backcourt.  With an NBA-ready body for either wing position, Winslow will be an enticing prospect for any team looking for talent at the 2 or the 3.  Although, seeing as this is a Pistons-centric scouting report, we'll discuss him here as a SF.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (2nd Round): Dakari Johnson

Dakari Johnson
6'11, 255
Kentucky, So.
Big Board Rank: 27

Dakari Johnson is one of anywhere between five and seven Kentucky players who may be selected in the 2015 NBA Draft.  With prototype size and good athleticism, Johnson would likely start for more than 300 NCAA D-1 programs.  But he plays at Kentucky, where he shares frontcourt minutes with soon-to-be lottery picks Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein.  Johnson arrived in Lexington with plenty of his own hype, ranking 9th in the Rivals150 for the high school class of 2013.  The raw statistics would tell you that Johnson has failed to live up to the hype, but that's simply not true.  Johnson was an important piece of the Wildcats' frontcourt on their 2014 national runner-up team and is an even bigger piece of this year's current undefeated, Sweet 16 squad.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Draft Scouting (1st Round): Mario Hezonja

Mario Hezonja
6'8, 218
FC Barcelona
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Big Board Rank: 4

Mario Hezonja is one of the tougher prospects in the 2015 draft to evaluate.  He has obvious physical tools and has played very well when matched up against talent his own age.  On the other hand, he plays in the world's second-best league and often finds himself scrapping for minutes behind older, more-established players.  That leaves little in the way of evaluation compared to American college players who get to play 35-40 minutes per night, twice a week.  There was also the 2014 FIBA World Cup, which Hezonja participated in with his native Croatia.  Hezonja only managed 13 total minutes in two of Croatia's six contests, stuck behind Brooklyn Nets' SG Bojan Bogdanovic, among other more prominent players.