Monday, December 31, 2007

Josh Shipp - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg, 43% FG, 77% FT, 32% 3's

About Him: Josh Shipp is a very good role player for a college system. When he has his feet set, he can knock down open three's, but he struggles when he has to shoot on the move - he has a tendency to lose his balance when he comes off of screens or shoots off the dribble. He still shoots a lot of three's though - more than five a game and 55% of all of his shots - and does not shoot a high percentage - 32%. He has a pretty solid handle on the perimeter and can play a little bit of point. He also has a good dribble drive game, getting to the rack pretty easily. He is a decent finisher, but struggles when he is forced to use his left hand. He has a knack for being able to sneak out in transition, getting a lot of easy buckets off of long outlet passes from Kevin Love. His size (6'5", 220lb) and athleticism are good for a college wing man, but he may be too big and too slow for the NBA. On defense, he is pretty good fundamentally after playing in Ben Howland's system, but he struggles when he is forced to keep someone in front of him 1-on-1 because he is not very quick laterally. He does have good hands and good timing, which allows him to pick off some passes, and he size helps him in that he can guard bigger players.

Comparisons: smaller Rick Fox, Bonzi Wells

Bottom Line: Shipp needs to improve a lot of his game. Right now, he is probably close to going undrafted, but given his size and all around game, if he can develop a more consistent jump shot (especially on the move) and get quicker, he can be a good NBA role player.

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