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4 - Devonte Graham

Kansas 

  • Birthday: 2/22/95
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-2
  • Wt: 185
  • Hometown: Raleigh, NC
  • High School: Brewster Academy
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Overall

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2018
Mock:  44

NBA Comparison: Charlie Ward

Strengths: 1st Team All-American selection, DeVonte Graham, is perhaps the most experienced college point guard in the draft field this season ... A crafty scorer ... Possessing a high quality outside jump shot, Graham shot .40% from deep as a senior, and sported three point percentages over 40% for three of his four years at Kansas ... Devonte has shown the ability to shoot both off the dribble, and as a spot up shooter ... Graham has consistently shown his capability to extend his range out past the NBA line as well ... His long range shooting will certainly translate to the current NBA landscape ... Graham is also well adept at running the pick, and roll and is excellent at throwing lobs in P/R situations ... After playing off the ball much of his first three seasons, Graham showed he could really operate as a point guard during his senior season ... His assists rose to 7.2 per contest, while still only turning the ball over 2.8 times per game ... Devonte's ability to control the game while being ball dominant paired with his experience playing next to high volume shooters such as Frank Mason, Josh Jackson, and Wayne Selden makes him a versatile option for an NBA franchise ... He's perfectly adept to helping his teammates shine, but as he showed his senior season, he has the skills to up his game when needed (17.2 ppg in 2017-2018) ... At 6'2'' and with a seemingly long wingspan for his height, Graham isn't a large point guard, but he certainly is big enough to be considered solid sized for an NBA one ... His defense was often overlooked, but is a heady player on the defensive end who can really make life tough for his opponent ... In the NBA, he won't be asked to carry nearly the offensive load he did at Kansas, and I feel he'll be a capable NBA defender against the majority of NBA point guards ... He tallied 197 steals while at Kansas, and has always been effective in the passing lanes due to his high overall basketball IQ ... A competitor, who shows a willingness to challenge teammates to raise their level of play in big moments ... Graham is a high quality leader, and individual, who is mature and ready to enter professional basketball from a personal standpoint ...

Weaknesses:
Devonte Graham, while possessing decent size and length, is still a little thin for an NBA guard ... Listed at 185 pounds, he could stand to add some strength ... Athletically he's average, showing good quickness, and the ability to get off the ground, but he's not a standout by NBA standards ... Could be taken out of games mentally if he gets frustrated ... A poor shooting start in games potentially means he will stop looking for shots and instead look to distribute the ball instead ... This strategy, while unselfish, often hurt the Jayhawks who at times struggled to find scoring during 2017-18 ... Only shot .40% from the floor in his senior season, but this is more due to the massive offensive burden he took on for the Jayhawks ... I suspect his shot selection will improve in the professional ranks when he's not asked to do so much for his team ... While showing improvement every season in college, Graham turned 23 years old in February and therefore is likely not to be viewed as a player with much upside left to develop ... His age is likely to effect his draft stock ...

Overall: Devonte Graham is an experienced point guard with a high level shot from outside ... He can play on or off the ball, is adept in the pick and roll, and has the maturity to needed for professional basketball ... Those things alone make him an appealing player to look at to help add depth to your lineup ... He's a player of average positional size and athleticism ... That paired with his age will hurt where he get selected, but many prospects in this draft don't have the amount of NBA translatable skills Graham possesses ... A likely role player, Devonte will certainly be in the mix in the 2nd round this season, and has the ability to stick with a team given the right opportunity ...

Notes: First Team All-America (2018) Big 12 Player of the Year (2018) All-Big 12 First Team (2018) All-Big 12 Second Team (2017) All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (2016) ... Won 4 Big-12 regular season titles, 2 Big 12 tournaments, played in 3 Elite Eights, and one Final Four ... Originally committed to Appalachian State before de-committing, and playing a post-graduate year at Brewster Academy ...

David Ray 5/10/18

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