I thought it’d be pointless to go over the guys you probably already know, like Shumpert, HardaJu (that’s what I’m going with for now), C.J. Leslie, and summer league Hall of Fame Member, Jerome Jordan. So I bring you my scouting report on the lesser known souls that will be suiting up for New York this summer in the hopes of finding someone that’ll be worth keeping an eye on.
J’Covan Brown: “There honestly isn’t much to like about [him] as a pro prospect. While [other] players … have something in their numbers that make them semi-intriguing, [he comes] up short in every stat. “
Justin Brownlee: Put up a 51.6% TS% in the D-League last year. Good assist to turnover ratio, but sub-30% from downtown.
Terrence Jennings: Another D-Leaguer that can’t score efficiently (48.9% TS%). However Jennings seems to be able to block shots (2.5 blk/36) and rebound on the offensive end (3.0 oreb/36).
A.J. Matthews: Matthews is 7 feet tall and apparently likes hamburgers. That’s it for the positives.
DraftExpress: Not a single NBA scout in the building to see A.J. Matthews despite playing in downtown Brooklyn. Not a good sign for him. I think I see why
DraftExpress: Trying to decide what’s worse watching A.J. Matthews and thinking he’s worth touting as a NBA prospect or never seeing him and doing so…
DraftExpress: Let’s just say I’m glad I only traveled 1.5 miles for this. Super underwhelming… MT @cnibbb1486 A.J. Matthews is just not an nba talent
DraftExpress: Leaving at half. Here’s the scouting report A.J. Matthews is 6-10 not 7-1. Average frame\/athlete. No motor\/fundamentals\/feel. NBA? Come on
If this doesn’t pan out, perhaps Matthews can take his two talents to Shake Shack, where he can use his superior reach to hand out hockey pucks to those at the tail end of their never-ending lines.
Tony Mitchell: At Fort Wayne, Mitchell averaged 21.9 pts/g (22.3 pts/36) on a 50.7% TS%.
That’s it. I’m calculating the league average for the NBDL last year … multiply by .44 … 52.8%. Really we can’t find someone over that mark? I guess the one thing a team with Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani is more volume shooters…
Toure Murry: Ahhh finally, a TS of north of mediocrity. Murry shot 53.9% TS% for the Rio Grande Valley Garbage Collectors (that’s not just the team name, that’s what the guys do between games to earn a little extra scrap.) He likes close up magic (2.5 stl/36), but his rebounding numbers are low, so it’s hard to see him as a superior-physical-specimen/lockdown defender. His turnovers are a bit alarming as well (3.1 to/36), so it might be a mixed bag.
Chris Smith: Little Pipe
Jeremy Tyler: REBOUNDING ALERT! REBOUNDING ALERT! Tyler is a hyalophile with 10.9 reb/36 in the Dees and 4.1 of those coming off of his team’s misses. Doesn’t really block shots, but can score (21.7 pts/36, 57.9% TS%) albeit at an absurd turnover rate (5.0 to/36). Seems to hack like crazy as well.
BTW, with his statistical skillset (REBOUNDING!), take a guess at which statistical site is gushing over him?
Eloy Vargas: Vargas shot 30.8% on three pointers his last year at Kentucky. Wait that’s free throws? And he only hit 1/3 of his shots from the field. What the @#@& @#*(%#-*#$&@ (^@*!!!
Summary: So there you have it folks. Murry and Tyler have the statistical profile that could indicate they become productive NBA players. Mitchell might pan out, and Jennings is a long shot. As for the rest, I’m hoping they get an invite to the Edmure Tully-Roslin Frey wedding.