Monday, December 31, 2007

Robert Dozier - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 9.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 1.1 spg, 44% FG, 68% FT, 30% 3's

About Him: Robert Dozier is one of the most athletic players in the draft. He is 6'10" and as mobile as a two-guard. He can run the floor like a deer and can finish in transition with the best of them, thanks to his length and athleticism. Right now his offensive game consists of knocking down open jump shots out to the college three point line and using his athleticism to slash to the basket. He is also a very good defender, at times. He is long (7'3" wingspan) and very mobile laterally, so he will be able to defend on the perimeter, but he is not yet strong enough to be able to defend in the post. He rebounds the ball well, and blocks shots well, but suffers from lapses in judgement and concentration. He misses box outs, is out of position on defense, bites on pump fakes, and does not close out on shooters well. He also has character issues that will scare teams off - he missed time this year after his second arrest for allegedly hitting his girlfriend.

Comparisons: Travis Outlaw, Tyrus Thomas

Bottom Line: With the NBA becoming a faster paced game, teams are looking for athletic combo forwards that can get out and run and can defend multiple positions. Dozier has the tools to be in that mold, but he needs to build strength, work on expanding his offensive game, and develop more focus offensively. He will probably need another year in college in order to do that.

No comments: