Monday, December 31, 2007

Chris Douglas-Roberts - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg, 54% FG, 71% FT, 41% 3's

About Him: Chris Douglas-Roberts finished a great junior year where he helped carry Memphis to the NCAA title game. In fact, CDR may be the most efficient player in the draft. According to Draft Express when compared to all legitimate guard prospects, CDR is the leader in FG%, top 5 in FT%, 3PT%, PER, points per possession, true shooting percentage, effective shooting percentage, and eighth in turnovers per possession. He has greatly improved his mid range game from last season. Last year, he got almost all of his points by putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. This year, he added a very good mid range game and three-point range. His strength is still his slashing ability. He has an uncanny knack for being able to get to the rim. He isn't great at squaring up a defender and going by him, but when he catches the ball on the move he is very tough to guard. He can use both hands on the dribble and finishing at the rim. He isn't an overly great athlete, isn't a great rebounder, and isn't a great playmaker, but he can put the ball in the basket. He also has great size for a shooting guard and is a more-than-capable defender after playing in Calipari's system at Memphis.

Comparisons: Tayshaun Prince, Manu Ginobili (stretch)

Bottom Line: CDR has a diverse and potent offensive game, but he is not an NBA level player doing anything besides putting the ball in the basket. He's probably a mid to late first round pick, but he has the potential to be a solid NBA player for years.

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