Scouting Report: Devonte’ Graham

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Devonte’ Graham is Kansas’ leader and senior point guard who emerged as a likely second round pick after the departure of Frank mason III. Graham played 38 minutes per game in the regular season in his senior year and averaged 17.3 PPG, 7.5 APG, 3.9 RPG, 1.6 SPG, and 2.8 TOPG on 40/41/83 splits.

Position: PG

College/ country: Kansas

Tools: Quickness, shooting

Pros:

  • Excellent vision- great lob thrower; pass first PG
  • Quick at getting to the basket- quick first step
  • Great jump shooter. Nice pullup midrange and deep range on 3- good rotation on jump shot. Good shooter off the dribble and off of screens
  • High motor
  • Great at using screens. Can run a P&R and can create his jump shot via screen
  • Great ball handler

Cons:

  • Not a strong defender- slow recovery time
  • Sometimes overpasses/ passes up good shots- needs to be more aggressive scoring at times

  • Often shies away from contact in the paint/ fears contact; limits slashing ability

  • Must add strength
  • Undersized/lacks length
  • Only an average athlete

Overall: Graham has led Kansas to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament as a senior after taking over full time for Frank Mason. He is a great scorer at the college level, but he may be limited to jump shooting. One scout that I spoke to worries that his inability to finish with contact at the rim may limit his game at the next level. However, he can shoot the lights out, and he has unlimited range.

NBA Comparison: floor- end of career Terry Porter; ceiling- Nick Van Exel

Projected draft range: 30-45

Fit with Mavericks: Devonte’ Graham would be a good fit with the Mavericks due to his coachability and excellent shooting abilities. The Mavericks may be worried about Graham’s slashing tendencies and nervousness absorbing contact, but his motor and jump shooting threat are appealing. Graham’s inefficient scoring can be aided by a coach who allows him to only use his strengths, which under Rick Carlisle would be as a bench point guard in a two guard lineup. Graham knows how to play to his strengths at the college level, and doing so in the NBA would go a long way for his career. Graham will likely never be a positive defender in the NBA, but that hasn’t stopped other point guards from succeeding in Dallas. He would work well with the bigs, particularly Dwight Powell, in the P&R, and could also thrive as a shooter using screens. Overall, Graham would be a positive addition in a Mavericks uniform as a bench player. Look for him to be targeted with the Mavericks’ first second round pick that they own.

You can read my report of Devonte Graham’s game @ TCU that I attended in January here.

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