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NBA Comparison: Marcus Slaughter
Strengths: Marcus Lee has good size for an NBA power forward, listed at 6’11”, 225 pounds … He runs the floor really well and is very effective when it comes to catching lobs in transition due to his 7’3” wingspan and 35.5” max vertical leap … He is definitely an NBA level athlete … After having a more limited role during his three years at Kentucky, Lee embraced having an expanded role at Cal, averaging 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game … His scoring average was nearly double of what he averaged during his junior year at Kentucky (6.4 points) … He did a really good job of improving his all-around game, taking more outside jumpers and improving his free throw percentage from 40.3% to 61.2% … He wasn’t as reliant on dunking the basketball as he had been at Kentucky … On the defensive end, Lee showed flashes of being a really good post defender, doing a good job of blocking shots and grabbing rebounds … He has the quickness to guard smaller players out on the perimeter, but the size, length, and overall athletic ability to bother bigger players as well … He has a very versatile package on both ends of the floor …
Weaknesses: Will turn 24 in September … Despite improving his shot and overall offensive game, Lee will still need to convince NBA teams that he hasn’t finished getting better … His outside jumper is developing, but not there yet … He’s still relatively raw by NBA standards … Never really got there from a strength standpoint, some may question his dedication to hard work considering his lack of physical strength … As a 5th year player, NBA teams would like him to have more polish than what he has … On defense, Lee didn’t do a good job of avoiding foul trouble, averaging 3.6 personal fouls per game … His constant foul trouble prevented him from having an even bigger impact at Cal … He’ll need to do a much better job of defending without fouling at the next level … Another major question mark surrounding Marcus Lee is his consistency … He scored in single digits a total of 13 games out of 32 … He’ll need to convince NBA teams that he can be much more consistent …
Notes: Originally committed and played for the Kentucky Wildcats … Was a four star recruit out of Deer Valley in Antioch, California … Off the court Marcus Lee has always been involved in the community, both at Kentucky and at Cal … He has the reputation of being a really good locker room guy and should be an ideal fit for an organization from a community outreach standpoint … On the plus side, he had 23 points and 12 rebounds at USC, 23 points and 8 rebounds vs. Arizona State, 19 points and 15 rebounds vs. UCLA, 19 points and 7 rebounds at Stanford, and 23 points and 6 rebounds vs. St. Mary’s. On the negative side, he had 8 points and 10 rebounds vs. UC Riverside, 2 points and 5 rebounds vs. Wichita State, 4 points and 6 rebounds vs. Chaminade, 6 points and 3 rebounds at San Diego State, 7 points and 5 rebounds at Seattle, 4 points and 2 rebounds vs. Arizona, and 4 points and 3 rebounds at Utah.
Ben Parker 5/27/18