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0 - Michael Gbinije

Syracuse 

  • Birthday: 6/5/92
  • NBA Position: SG/SF
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 200
  • Hometown: Richmond, VA
  • High School: Benedictine
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  • Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Overall

91

2016
Mock:  34

NBA Comparison: Alec Burks

Strengths: Athletic and versatile 6-foot-7, 200-pound guard-forward ... Can effectively play positions 1-3 on offense but may most likely be asked to play either the 2 or 3 at the next level ... Wing-sized player with guard-like skills ... Extremely effective as a primary or secondary ball-handler at the point guard position ... Sees the floor well and has a good feel for the game ... High basketball IQ ... Has a smooth and fluid style to his game ... Can get to his spots on the floor ... Good court vision ... Makes good decisions w/ the ball ... Continues to get better as a facilitator, playmaker, and distributor when running the offense ... Doesn't look to settle on offense, and instead, tries to get to the rim or create for others ... Creative and unselfish passer ... Knows when to use bounce passes or lobs when distributing the ball off the pick-and-roll or off the dribble drive ... Effective drive and dish/kick ... Makes pinpoint passes to his teammates who cut to the basket and fill the lanes in transition ... Makes the extra pass to an open teammate for a better shot ... Changes speed well for a player his size when he's in attack mode ... Has become more assertive in scoring the ball ... Scores from anywhere on the court at an efficient rate ... Has always been an effective spot-up shooter from the perimeter ... A consistent 3-point shooter who can reliable spread the floor ... He's shown flashes of a one-two dribble pull-up from inside the arc ... Improving free throw shooter ... His size and ball-handling give him an advantage over smaller defenders ... Can see the floor over them and makes it easier to get into the lane ... Wreaks havoc in the paint with his penetration ability ... Can finish with both hands ... Converts a high percentage of his shots in the paint ... He's a high riser on the fast break ... Hard to stop when driving to the rim in transition (takes good angles) ... Fills the lanes correctly ... Defensively, active ... Has good awareness ... Shows good potential as a man-to-man defender ... Has good lateral quickness ... Plays the passing lanes well (good instincts and anticipation skills) ... Gets his hands on a lot of balls, deflects passes and forces steals ... Strong weak side help defender ... Can defend positions 1-4 at the collegiate level ... Can potentially defend positions 1-3 at the next level ... Does a good of tracking down offensive rebounds off his or his teammates misses ... Embraces the role of a leader ... Capable of accepting added responsibility when the time calls for it ...

Weaknesses: Although Gbinije is an experienced player, he'll be 24-years-old by the time the draft comes ... His "advanced age" may scare some teams off from drafting him with a high pick ... Physically, Gbinije lacks both strength and length ... His wingspan isn't that ideal for his 6-foot-7 size, having been measured shorter than his height on two occasions ... He's not overly quick or explosive ... Handles the ball well but needs to show he can do more with his left hand ... Usually has good ball control but is currently still getting used to being a primary ball-handler (averaging almost three TO's per game) ... Given the amount of time he's in the paint per game, he should be shooting more free throws ... Consistency shooting off the dribble is an area for improvement ... Solid defender but needs to work on recovering when he gets beat off the dribble ... Lacks toughness and physicality on occasion ... Also, needs to show more intensity on both ends of the floor at times ... He'll sometimes be overmatched when he gets posted up ... Had built up a reputation of disappearing during games but has become more a more reliable and consistent threat so far this season (needs to keep that up) ... Needs to continue to fill out his frame (add some strength) ... For a player who's 6-foot-7, he can have a bigger impact on the boards ...

Overall: Gbinije has shown major strides in his game since his underwhelming freshman days at Duke in 2011-2012. He transferred in the spring of 2012 and sat out the 2012-2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules. As a redshirt sophomore in 2013-2014, he continued having difficulty adapting to the college game, resulting in a minimal bench role while averaging just fifteen minutes per game ... He took a huge leap forward last season as a redshirt junior, averaging 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists ... After Chris McCullough went down with an ACL injury and Syracuse placed a self-imposed postseason ban, Gbinije gave the Orange a much-needed boost on both ends of the court ... He displayed his potential as an NBA player in the process ... This season, he has seemingly only gotten better and is out to prove that last year wasn't a fluke ... He's currently averaging 19.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 4.2 assists at the Orange's leading man at point guard ... Gbinije's combination of size, athleticism and versatile skill set on both ends of the court makes him an intriguing NBA prospect ... He has the potential to be a three-and-D player at the next level but can also see minutes as a secondary ball-handler when needed ...

Tajh Jenkins 12/1/15

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