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15 - Shabazz Muhammad

UCLA 

  • Birthday: 11/13/92
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-6
  • Wt: 225
  • Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
  • High School: Bishop Gorman
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Overall

92

2013
Mock:  14

NBA Comparison: Nick Young

Strengths: Fierce competitor with a scorers mentality ... Displays a killer instinct missing from many other prospect's games ... Uses screens to create catch-and-shoot opportunities well ... Quick lefty release, solid mechanices with range out to three point territory ... Can use his body to create space and get shots off near the basket ... Length (6-11 + wingspan) helps him get his shot off and create post-up opportunities against smaller wings ... Not afraid of contact and has the ability to get to the line at a high rate ... Was very proficient as an offensive rebounder, has a nose for the ball ... Developed a runner that looks very promising and was quite difficult to stop ... Noted for a strong work ethic, plays with a chip on his shoulder ... Wants the ball in the clutch and not shaken in end of game situations ... Length gives him potential as a defender ... Athleticism is quite solid and has an ability to play major minutes at optimum conditioning level ... Makes his move very quickly, does not stop the ball or take a lot of time off of the clock ... Shows a strong passion for the game and a will to improve ...

Weaknesses: Has trouble creating his own shot off of the dribble, shooting percentage plummets when he puts the ball on the floor ... Not a fluid athlete. Movements and overall skills appear rigid and herky jerky ... Far too reliant on his left hand, opponents know to force him to the right, and it severely limits his effectiveness ... His defensive awareness was severely tested during his lone year of college ball, must improve awareness on that side of the court ... Must improve shot selection ... Could stand to fine tune his jumpshot, become more efficient as a foul shooter ... His lack of statistical defensive production made some question his focus and energy on that end of the court ... Body language was a concern at certain points and made him appear at odds with teammates, even if that was not the case ... Sometimes gets tunnel vision, when guarded by multiple defenders will still look to shoot as opposed for looking to pass to an open teammate ... Defensive footwork can use a lot of fine tuning as far as guarding the perimeter ... Ball handling needs improvement, which most likely relegates him to the SF spot ... Despite having solid length, may be a tad undersized for the SF spot and could have a hard time at both ends of the floor against wings with greater length ... Piled up a number of injuries during his time on the UCLA campus, so question marks could arise surrounding durability ...

Notes: Shabazz is afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, though has seemingly dealt with it quite well. Still there are side effects sometimes associated with Tourettes that must be considered (depression, OCD, ADD) ... Some say there may be character issues, especially after finding out his father misled the media regarding his age ... While the question marks surrounding his age are legitimate, he was always a proficient scorer at any level playing against his own age group and even against older competition ... Wings with his ability to score the basketball, as well as possessing his athleticism, length and energy are still a relatively rare commodity in the NBA ... Despite going through a long process in gaining eligibility in the NCAA, Shabazz only had one single digit scoring game and did not miss any games after his early season three game suspension ... Despite a decline in his draft stock from his early season standing as a top 3 pick, Shabazz is still a desirable prospect and should be taken in the top 10 in a weak draft class. If he falls much further than 10, teams could ultimately regret it ...

Michael Visenberg 5/14/13

Strengths: Left handed wing with elite level speed, athleticism and skills ... Great scorer who can fill it up in a variety of ways ... Very smart, intense individual who is highly motivated and driven to be great ... Mature offensive game, already has a strong NBA body, incredible length (appears to have a wingspan in the neighborhood of 7-feet), is a man amongst boys, very athletic and explosive ... Quick first step and handle make him difficult to contain one on one ... Improving jumpshot and handle, wired to score the ball, can physically dominate his opponents, pull up jumper and ability to put the ball on the floor have improved considerably ... Box game is very advanced for his age ... Great on the offensive glass for a 2 guard ... Knows how to work the baseline and score, terrific in transition, hard worker ... Shows signs of having a killer instinct and will assertively get on his teammates when they're not living up to his expectations ... The most prolific scorer in the country ...

Weaknesses: Has improved his jumpshot but still needs some work to become more automatic ... Relies too much on his strength ... Needs to look to impact the game in other areas besides scoring ... Too left hand dominant, ball tends to stop when it gets in his hands ... Not a great creator for teammates ... Can lose focus sometimes if not involved enough offensively ... Handle needs to tighten up. Not great at creating shots off the dribble ... Prone to offensive fouls, needs to continue to round out his overall game ...

Overall: Muhammad is a terrific long term prospect ... He can score the ball in his sleep and is just scratching the surface of his ability ... Once he improves the consistency on his jumpshot he will almost be impossible to defend, great work ethic and drive to succeed will take him a long way ...

Ian Powers 6/23/11

2012 Nike Hoop Summit Measurements: Hgt w/ shoes: 6’5.75, Ht w/o shoes: 6’4.5, Wt: 222.5, W-Span: 6’11.25, Standing Reach: 8’8

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