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Questions about Shabazz

Can someone explain to me how Shabazz has only 1 block and six steals in 16 games this season? With his length,speed, and athleticism I figured he would have more than that. A lot of people talk about his offensive potential but he looks to have the tools to be great defensively as well. Also he's barely averaging an assist a game. I haven't been able to watch UCLA play so idk if that has to do with the offense they run or if he's just not that good of a playmaker. I'd appreciate it


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The fact that they give him

The fact that they give him very few touches on offense makes him wants to shoot everytime he gets the ball. However,I don't think he ever was a great playmaker. If you recall last year Nike hoop Summit game he was a big ball hog. On the defensive side I think he's just a lazy defender, he doesn't get beat of the dribble often though

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He plays solid defense but

He plays solid defense but people don't think he does due to his low steal and blocks, it's hard to get assists on this team when you've got as many ball dominate players as ucla does. I agree he should e more aggressive on D but not dumb agressive

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To me he doesn't really want

To me he doesn't really want to even be playing College basketball. He is just going through the motions until he can jump to the NBA.

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My Observations..

I want to first say that he has made a lot of strides as a player. He has gotten himself into shape and has improved his jump shot. He does play hard offensively. As a college player he is really good. But we are on nbadraft.net so we are going to talk about how his game translates into the NBA.

The concerns i have for Shabazz is that as a 6'5 guard his ball handling is average to below average. I have yet to see him perform a left to right cross over or vice versa with regularity. He is very left handed and lacks any wiggle to his game. In the NBA as an off guard that is concerning.

He also appears to be a 1 trick pony. If he isn't scoring then he does very little to impact winning. He does appear to hit the offensive glass hard but to me that is likely because e loves to score. Nevertheless he is a good rebounding guard.

Right now he depends on power. So because he plays so hard and moves well without the ball he scores. But what will he do in the NBA if he cannot over-power the defender who is guarding him? He appears to lack tools in his creativity box.

As I said before to be effective in the NBA he is going to have to develop a better handle or become an dead eye jump shooter. Right now he is neither. Because he plays hard he will be a solid pro. If he wants to be more than solid then he has to develop other parts of his game.

Defensively his effort appears to come and go.

I do have some worries about him in regards to the next level. The Kansas SG is a much better prospect in my estimation.

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I have seen people criticize

I have seen people criticize him for his lack of ball handling skills and that he's more of a 1-2 dribble pull up/ catch and shoot guy. Call me crazy but he has a lot of the flaws that Harrison Barnes had coming out.

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The only question I have about this statement is that his pull up only comes when he can get a clear path to drive and it only comes going to his left.

I have yet to see him sweep and go right 1 or 2 dribbles and pull up on a dime on a defender. I think there are some legit concerns about his ball handling skills. I mean literally if he goes right he is completely ineffective. Just my observations. The difference between he and Barnes is that I think Barnes had more skill but lacks Bazz's motor (offensively at least). If Shabazz had Barnes skill set with his mental makeup he'd be the #1 pick in the draft easily.

Barnes was a skilled basketball player. He wasn't a great ball handler either but he could drive to his off hand and he attempted change of direction moves.

They are similar in that neither create for their teammates very well.

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This guy is a prototypical

This guy is a prototypical scoring 2. And its not like he is going to be dropping in the high 20s at the next level. He's a solid pick, and could be a good find for a team with that as a need, but I don't think this guy is the number 1 pick for many of the things listed here...

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He holds his ground on

He holds his ground on defense and doesn't really gamble in passing lanes trying to get steals. I'd describe him as a solid defender, but blocking shots is not his thing at all. He'll just put a hand in the face of a defender because I don't think he's a very quick leaper. He was described as an elite athlete coming out of high school, but after seeing him play a hand full of times, I think that was a fabrication. Great wingspan and body control, but he's not at an elite level athletically.

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I don't know. I remember

I don't know. I remember watching him in the McDonalds All American game, and he was everywhere, running, shooting, and, when he dunked, it looked like he was gliding. I've never seen someone move so effortlessly in the air since Vince Carter.

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i dont think

i dont think hes in tip top shape yet so hes athletically not a 100 percent. i agree with uconn master that he looked very good athletically and explosively at the all american game. I think his steal numbers will go up eventually. The plays they run for him at ucla are designed for him to just finish and the fact he doesnt get as many touches as he should makes him wanna shoot more every time he gets the ball.

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