Sport NBA Draft stock watch: Grayson Allen is tripping over his pro future

19:05  10 january  2017
19:05  10 january  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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There was no 47-point performance from Malik Monk this week, but there was plenty to watch on the prospect watch . From Wednesday's Kentucky-Louisville game to Grayson Allen 's contagious case of the trippings , some big names highlighted the week before conference play begins in earnest. The junior could be a solid late first round to early second round pick if he comes into the draft , but his on-court antics allow NBA scouts to question his maturity. Markelle Fultz, guard, Washington (6-4/195) Monk may have made the biggest headlines thus far in the college basketball season, but Markelle

The freshman’s stock will only continue to rise if he continues to impress on this end of the floor. At this point, Tatum is nearly a lock to be a top-10 selection in the upcoming NBA Draft and will likely find himself in the top five depending on team needs come June. With a lack of a signature post move and some early questions about his quickness, Bolden is now being viewed as more of a late first-round prospect. Grayson Allen : Strictly in terms of numbers, Allen does not appear to be having that bad of a year.

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The level of play in college basketball this season is higher than it’s been in years, thanks in large part to a freshman class that has exceeded even the loftiest of expectations. Players such as Josh Jackson, Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith and Lonzo Ball have already established themselves as likely top 10 picks, with many more stepping up to add to the overall talent level of NCAA game.

Indeed, freshmen will dominate the 2017 NBA Draft. Sporting News’ latest NBA Draft big board has 18 players from the 2016 high school recruiting class in its NBA Draft Top 30, a ridiculously high number that accentuates how incredibly talented this group. But freshmen won’t be the only players drafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. And some players on the upperclass level have stepped up in order to keep pace with the dominance of the new kids on the block.

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With the new year upon us, here is a 2017 NBA Draft stock report, with special emphasis on some returning perimeter players who have made strides in their game and established themselves as potential first round picks, as well as some teenage big men who haven’t made the expected leaps and instead put themselves in more precarious positions.

UP: Luke Kennard, Duke sophomore

No player has helped himself more than Kennard this season, in the eyes of both the public and NBA scouts. Prior to the season, no one had the 6-6 wing out of Ohio as a top 60 prospect in this draft. It was assumed that with Grayson Allen returning and all of the stellar freshmen coming to Durham, N.C., Kennard might end up as an odd man out. Instead, as the Blue Devils slogged through injuries, Kennard emerged as a legitimate All-American candidate and a potential first-round pick.

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Kennard has become an elite offensive weapon. He’s averaging 20.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game, while posting an absurd 26.9 PER and 66.9 true-shooting percentage. Particularly, Kennard excels as a shooter coming off of screens or as a weapon in dribble hand-offs. Those scenarios allow him to gain space to use his elite shooting ability as a weapon, as well as utilize his improved ball-handling ability to attack overzealous defenders when they close out.

The key for Kennard this year is that he looks stronger physically than he has in the past. That’s affected the way he handles contact, as well as the way he handles the ball on a string. His fluid shoulder feints and head fakes have more utility now, as he’s able to push forward instead of just being reliant on his jumper. He’s now capable of getting into the teeth of the defense, where he’s a true triple threat option to shoot, or drive, or dish and create looks for teammates. Indeed, Kennard’s superior basketball IQ shows well here, as he’s a tremendous passer who has handled some lead ball-handling duties for Duke.

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Kennard’s still not the best athlete, and he has defensive issues. But the ability to handle and make great decisions pushes him ahead of players like former first-round pick R.J. Hunter. I have him at No. 20 on my board, where I think he profiles as a good bench offensive weapon.

DOWN: Grayson Allen, Duke junior

We’ll get to the stuff that’s made Allen famous beyond the college basketball world momentarily. But Allen’s play this year has simply been worse than it was a season ago. He’s certainly taken a step back in terms of usage with the addition of talent in Durham, but typically an increase in talent along with a decrease in usage for elite players leads to better efficiency. That hasn’t quite happened for Allen, as his PER, true-shooting percentage, and overall effectiveness have slipped.

A lot of this has to do with his playing more point guard this year, which likely will continue as the season progresses. And while his assist rate is up, it’s clearly a role he’s miscast in as a straight-line driver at home on the wing or in transition. Instead, he’s being asked to create from the wing less thanks to Kennard and Jayson Tatum, and the change in role has led to a decrease in efficiency.

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The biggest place you can see that is in his 3-point rate. After taking 42 percent of his shots last season from behind the arc, Allen is taking over 60 percent of this season’s shots there. His efficiency has dipped to just 34 percent from 3-point range, as teams have started to sell out a bit more on his shot. I’d expect that number to rise, but he certainly hasn’t helped himself on the offensive end this year.

Let’s get to the other matter at hand here, as well. Allen has now had three full-blown tripping incidents in the past calendar year. He was suspended for a game, then came back against Boston College and had a flopping-type incident involving his legs again. Simply put, this is stuff NBA teams just aren’t going to want to deal with. It’s not enough to keep him from going undrafted, and on the intangible side, Allen certainly has his positives, like playing hard on every single play. Some people around the league definitely still buy into him as an NBA player. But he needs to get that stuff sorted out and needs to go into interviews with teams with an awfully good answer to prove to them that he can be past the childish stuff once he turns pro. Oh, and he needs to play better to close the year.

This is almost certainly not where Allen saw himself at the beginning of the year, and now he needs to work to regain his standing in basketball circles.

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UP: Josh Hart, Villanova senior

Hart’s been on the NBA radar for over two years now and even went as far as to declare for the draft last year. But after struggling at the NBA Draft Combine a month after starring in the national championship, he decided to return. Then, he put in a another average performance at the Nike Basketball Academy, leaving many scouts wondering if he was maxed out as an excellent college player.

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However, Hart has taken the next leap forward. Particularly, his ability to create plays with the ball in his hands has become elite. Always an elite finisher around the rim — his 1.52 points per shot around the basket in the halfcourt is in the 94th percentile among all college basketball players according to Synergy — Hart has improved his ability to get there by adding better change of pace and direction to his game. He’s always been an excellent straight-line driver because his strength, but he can now get more space around the rim in a variety of ways.

Hart’s also improved as a jump shooter, hitting 39 percent of his 3s. There’s still a small concern about Hart’s jumper going forward, as he has something of an odd release that sees his hands more parallel to the seams on the basketball than most others players. But the signs are that he can be an adequate NBA shooter in time. Throw in the elite basketball IQ, tremendous rebounding for a guard, and defensive toughness that should make him playable early in his NBA career, and Hart has done a great job thus far of making himself a potential first round pick.

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DOWN: Jarrett Allen, Texas freshman

I was pretty high on Allen coming into the year, believing him to be the best freshman center prospect in the 2017 recruiting class. At Nike Hoop Summit this past April, Allen played as the perfect low-usage, high-efficiency defensive center — showcasing terrific hands, great timing when blocking shots, and good foot speed on both ends of the floor. That put him as a potential top-10 talent coming into the year.

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The early portion of Allen’s college career hasn’t exactly gone to plan in that regard. In some capacity, his play and average numbers has been a result of bad point guard play. As a big man who excels rolling to the basket in the pick-and-roll and using his touch around the rim, he’s struggling to get the ball in the positions he needs to score. On offense, Allen is a solid screen-setter and a good passer for a big, and he does a good job of converting around the rim.

He also works hard on both ends of the floor. But there’s a difference between “playing hard” and “playing aggressive.” Allen isn’t aggressive enough on both ends, and reacts slowly to what’s happening around him at this stage. He also allows players to go up and through him when defending at the rim with far too much ease.

On some level, that’s okay. He’s still a freshman who has 15 games played in his college career — he’s averaging 10.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 29.5 minutes — and still learning. His frame is tremendous, he kills the glass, and has still has the tools mentioned above. But it’s not exactly what you’re looking for in an NBA player right now, either. He looks more like a two-year player than a potential lottery pick.

UP: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State sophomore

Evans has turned into one of the most productive point guards in the country under new coach Brad Underwood, who has unleashed him in an offense predicated on tempo and the pick-and-roll. The Cowboys are playing at the second-highest pace of any power conference team in the country, and a whopping 64 percent of Evans’ halfcourt possessions (including passes) come as the playmaker in the pick-and-roll, according to Synergy.

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There might not be a better pick-and-roll guard in America. Evans’ per-40-minute numbers are absurd thus far, as the 6-1 guard is averaging nearly 28.4 points, 7.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.2 steals. He is also scoring at nearly a 1 point-per-possession clip in situations where he tries to score in the pick-and-roll, third among high-major point guards.

Even at his size, there’s very little he’s not capable of doing as a scorer. He has the speed to blow by opposing guards, the handle to create space on step-backs, and the shooting ability to confidently knock down shots. His vision on the move is pretty solid as well, although he still has a score-first mentality.

We’ve seen some smaller players in recent years have success to varying degrees, from Isaiah Thomas and Chris Paul’s All-Star play to Nate Robinson’s microwave ability as a scorer. But there’s a reason that we don’t see many short players in the league: it’s exceedingly hard to defend at that size, despite what Paul has done on that end. Evans should play in the NBA, as the league has a depth issue at point guard. But the level of variance in terms of what scouts think of him is pretty high. Some think he can go as high as a late lottery pick, whereas others find him to be a second round talent. Where he falls will depend on if he can continue his dominant level of play into the conference season. But undoubtedly, he’s helped himself so far by proving that last season’s late run was not a fluke before he injured his shoulder.

DOWN: Marques Bolden, Duke freshman

Bolden is a big-bodied center in an era where it has become increasingly more important to have perimeter skills —on both ends.That’s why I was not particularly high on him entering the year, compared to the five-star consensus praise he held.

Thus far, those issues on the perimeter have played a major role in keeping Bolden off the floor, particularly on the defensive end. Regularly, Bolden has given far too much space to opposing players in perimeter coverage, such as what happened against Elon that led to his benching after just three minutes.

Bolden has played just 61 minutes, posting a 7.4 PER during that time. It’s worth pointing out here that Bolden was injured to start the year, suffering what was only referred to as a “left leg” injury. That could still be a factor here, and it’s always tough for freshmen to establish their footing when they only have limited play in the non-conference season. Still, like Allen above him, Bolden could strongly benefit from staying a second season. Unlike Allen though, there would be playing time risks involved there. The Blue Devils will lose Amile Jefferson and likely Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles. However, they already have a commitment from elite 2017 recruit Wendell Carter and are fully in the mix on another in Mohamed Bamba, both of whom profile as much better prospects than Bolden.

Bolden could still work his way into becoming a first round pick by the end of the year. There’s a lot of time. But for a kid that some thought had top-10 potential coming into the season, his freshman year hasn’t exactly worked out as planned.

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