Put his unbelievable athleticism on display today at the Nets workout. 40 inch no vert (best ever recorded) 46 inch max vert (best ever recorded) and his 2.98 sprint would've been best at the combine this year, and one of the fastest ever recorded. His height was about as expected at 6'5.5 and his wingspan is an impressive 7'0.25. What do you think this does for his draft hopes?
Great great numbers, I don't get why he wasn't invited to combine, but if he can show a commitment to the defensive end he will find a hope in the NBA. If James White can make it in the league at 30 years old I don't know why he couldn't. He's best served going undrafted and finding a good fit with a team somewhat like what happened to Wesley Mathews.
The big difference between this guy and James White is that White was NEVER a quality in game dunker. There's a degree of assertiveness White has never displayed to get it done in game. D.J.'s in game dunks obviously show he has that "it" factor.
For Stephens sake your absolutely correct. Its better for him to go undrafted then to be taken in the 2nd round. However, if I'm a team with a late pick I'd take a flyer on him and see if I could turn him into a ball player. I'm willing to bet with a few years of NBA coaching he could turn out to be very serviceable in the right role.
Absolute freak, I think a team should take a shot in the second round.
Best athlete in the draft. Third best shot blocker. Great heart. Very good hustle guy.
Can get Dennis Rodman type rebounds. Not known as a shooter but shot 34% on 3's last season.
Best dunker I have ever seen and I have also seen Michael Wilson and Penny (live) in college.
Went to the Harvard game and he was the reason we won. We used him as a free safety/ anti-ballistic missile device.
Give me him, Peyton Siva, Seth Curry and a big and we are running summer league.
I actually like the Rodman comparison but Rodman was an underrated scorer in college. Bruh averaged 24.7 ppg his college career. Not including when he played JUCO. But I think with his athleticism, if Stephens bulks up he could get Rodman like numbers rebounding. If Barkley and Rodman could play the 4. I don't see why Stephens can't. He just has to have the heart and determination which I think he does
Also, I failed to mention perhaps his most impressive statistic: highest max vert ever at 12' 5.5''. Beat out Shaq by half an inch. Unbelievable for a guy that's 6 foot 5.
Athleticism doesn't always translate into a good NBA player (James White) but damn that's impressive!! He may already be one of the best athletes in the NBA. But I still don't know what this will do for his draft stock. Look at how Miles Plumlee jumped. If a team in the first round loves him enough he could go that high. But I still see him as a second rounder. Didn't he play power forward in college? He has no wing skills. Just the body and the athleticism. But if he can turn into a Jae Crowder type he could be a nice contributor to a team
Haha, I was just going to mention James White in terms of athleticism not always translating to the court.
The lack of offensive skills and the asthma will hurt his stock, but he is easily one of the most exciting players to watch in the draft. Every game I have seen him (and I have watched him a lot) he has given a spectacular dunk, block, or even a spectacular rebound (yes, it's fun to even see him rebound). He is by far the most amazing leaper I have ever seen. He also gives great hustle every single game and does have pretty good defensive potential.
Personally, if I were a gm, I would take him somewhere in the second round. He will give 100% all the time and will get the crowd into it every time he steps on the court. He also could be a very good defensive player. While his offensive skills aren't that great right now, I do think he can develop into a solid shooter. He did show off his shooting a bit more this year (though I would have liked to have seen him shoot even more), and he did have solid mechanics and hit many of his open shots. Overall though, I just think he could be a great energy guy in the NBA.
Anthony Bennett has asthma, and he's going in the top 10. I think Stephens can make a living as a defensive player in the NBA.
The Spurs should think about him at 28. Can play the 3 and would give them another good young wing player with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. I think he can fit into their system.
While athleticism always helps, being a freak athlete doesn't guarantee that you can do anything in the NBA. You have to actually be a ballplayer. I like Stephens and I would have no problem with a team taking him at the end of the second round, but I don't expect him to have any NBA career at all. Hustle guys that can get boards always seem to find their ways on a roster, but at 6'5'' Stephens is really short for a stretch 4. I think it would be awesome if he makes it, but I just don't at all see it happening.
DJ can defend 3's and even guards so I think he can play small forward. Somewhat similar skill set as Kawhi Leonard coming out of
college. I think Stephens can get better with his jump shot. He is also a decent outlet passer.
Put a quicker second unit of Corey Joseph, Gary Neal, Kawhi Leonard, DJ Stephens, and Tiago Splitter and let the
other team figure out what to do.
Lets not get carried away here. I like Stephens as much as the next guy, but Travis Leslie didn't even last a year and he was a 16 ppg college scorer. 1st round? No way.
The Spurs also pick at 58 but if Stephens won't be there then they should look at him at 28. They could use another center but I am not sold on the bigs in that range. I think the good ones will be gone by 28, and they would be better off taking what's left of Dedman, Muscala, Kadji, and even Ryan Kelly at 58.
I can see DJ being a great practice guy against Kawhi Leonard and then a great spark plug off the bench.
I think DJ can hold his own defending stretch fours like Carmelo or Rudy Gay, even though on offense his shot might
not be there yet.
He would give the Spurs another athletic wing defender along with Leonard which would help them matchup better against a full strength
Thunder team next year with Durant, Westbrook, Kevin Martin (maybe), Thabo, and Reggie Jackson.
He might not be a great fit everywhere but I think the Spurs can maximize his talent.
Other than that Memphis should look at him since they have picks 41, 55, and 60. Another team would be Portland since they have a nice
young rotation as well as 3 second round picks (39, 40, and 45).
The T Wolves pick at 59 and if he is still on the board, DJ would make a nice alley-oop partner with Ricky Rubio.
The Thunder are picking at 12 and 29 so with their 32nd pick they need to look at DJ as a backup to Durant and a possible replacement
for Thabo in the future. He might not be a good fit on a team that needs immediate scoring help, but he should work out on teams that could use an extra defender and energy guy.
what does he do offensively?
Mostly alley-oops, put back dunks and quick moves around the basket. His mid range game needs work but be can get
super high on a turn around jumper.
He made 75% of his shots around the rim and made 13 out his 36 three point attempts for the year which means that he shot the 3 ball at a 36% clip, albeit in a small sample size.
Overall he shot 63% from the floor and 66% from the line (up from 58% and 55% in his first two seasons).
He averaged 7.6 points and 0.7 assists in 24 minutes of action to go along with 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and .9 steals.
In the tournament he went for 9 points, 4 rebounds and 8 blocks against St. Mary's and then added 4 blocks and 6 rebounds against
what position is DJ Stephens lol?!?!?
I've been wondering the same thing. I can see him being anywhere from a 2 to a 4 in the league.
Nice 2nd round pick as a project... should be able to become a good defensive specialist from the bench with his athletic skills, wingspan, shot blocking and stealing ability.
I'd take a shot on him... not too much risk a the end of the 2nd round.