2019 NBA Free Agency Report

This is one of the best free agent class and it will be very interesting to see how the chips fall starting 5pm CT on June 30,2019. The following is a breakdown of the available unrestricted and restricted free agents in 2019. $ per Composite score is a reflection of value the player offers to a team in terms of cost (salary) for the production generated. Players highlighted in blue offer a great value, whereas, players highlighted in green offer a good value.

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Cameron Reddish 2019 NBA Draft Analysis

Final Analysis: Cameron Reddish is an athletically gifted player. He has a lot to learn about the game of basketball and playing in a system. He needs to learn how to utilize his athleticism and shooting skills to becoming a more efficient player. Few things that may keep him from achieving success at the pro level are:

1)   He never picks up the NBA game. He had a tough time functioning at the college level under one of the best coaches in college basketball.

2)   Shot Creation

3)   Shooting and scoring efficiency

4)   Ability to pass the ball

5)   Rebounding

6)   Quality of possessions

7)   Low game efficiency

8)  Free throw scoring

9)  Does not develop overall maturity


Darius Garland 2019 NBA Draft Analysis

It was unfortunate that Darius Garland had a season ending meniscus injury in his left knee. He was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. There is lot of uncertainty surrounding him because there is a lot unknown about Darius. In high school and in the 5 games Darius played, he is a very good jump shooter. He can create separation for his shot and shoots a high %. He shot 53.7% from the field and 47.8% from the 3-point line. Darius depends on his jump shooting ability to score than dribble penetration. Darius should be selected in 8-13 range. If he played out his freshman year without any injuries, he would be a top 5 pick. Few things that may keep him from achieving success at the pro level are:

1)   Injury Concerns: Season ending injury at Vanderbilt did not give Darius Garland a chance to show off his game or to develop his game. How would he bounce back from this injury? How does the year off from basketball affect his overall game, the physical as well as the mental aspect of the game?

2)   Passing ability:  Darius averages 2.6 apg. That is a low number for a point guard. Point guard is expected to get the offense started for the rest of the 4 players on the court. Darius definitely needs to improve this component of his game.

3)   Free throw shooting:  Darius shoots at 75% from the FT line. If Darius can improve to 80-85% range, it will make his team even better and create scoring opportunities for Darius with the clock stopped.

4)   Dribble penetration: Darius needs to work on shot creation and be able to blow by his defenders with dribble penetration. Shot selection and decision-making is also another weakness.

5)   Low impact: Darius scores lower on his personal game compared to the overall team impact. It is encouraging that his game and skill-sets positively impact a team. If he improves his assist numbers and steals per game numbers, he will also increase his personal score.

6) Defensive game: Darius has a very developed offensive game but he struggles on defense. He is smaller than the other point guards, therefore guarding taller and bigger point guards in the NBA is going to be a challenge for Darius.


DeAndre Hunter 2019 NBA Draft Analysis

Deandre’s evaluation shows a low personal score but he grades higher on team impact areas. Therefore, Deandre is a role player, whose specialty is hitting the 3s and playing good defense. He can be a starter on a weak team, but will be a strong bench player for a contending team. Deandre will struggle to create shots on his own in the NBA and will depend on the offensive schemes and play calling to get open looks. Deandre should be picked between 6 through 11 range in the first round.  Few things that may keep Deandre from achieving success at the pro level are:

1)   Shot creator: Deandre is not good at dribble penetration. He struggles beating his defender off the dribble.

2)   Ability to pass the ball: Deandre needs to improve his passing ability. As a role player, he has to be willing to make the extra pass to create an easier scoring opportunity for his teammates.

3)   Lack of shots: Deandre is a very good jump-shooter and shoots a very high percentage from all around the floor as well as at the free throw line. He does not take enough shots, therefore he is not utilizing his strongest asset, which is his jump-shooting ability.

4) Low Impact: Since Deandre does not take enough shots at the basket, his contribution therefore has to come from the defensive end of the floor. He will have a much higher impact on the game if he also contributes on the offensive side of the ball.


Nickeil Alexander Walker 2019 NBA Draft Analysis

Nickeil has a versatile game. He is one of the leaders in steals at his position at 1.9 spg. In addition to playing good defense, Nickeil also is an excellent shooter. He shoots a very high FG% at 47.4%, 3P% at 37.4% and free throw shooting at 77.8%. He is an efficient scorer. He is a good team player. Nickeil is one of the good 2 way players in this draft. He is a competent player; both offensively and defensively. Nickeil should be drafted in the 9-14 range in the draft. Nickeil will be a good pick for the Washington Wizards at #9, especially given the situation that the Wizards may trade Bradley Beal to another team. Nickeil can step right into the shooting guard position and impact the Wizards immediately. He will be a perfect substitute for Beal. Nickeil’s game resembles Shai Gilgeous Alexander’s game in the NBA.  Nickeil can develop into a full time starter for a team in the NBA if he can improve on the following things:

1)   Passing ability: Nickeil assist numbers are low. He averages 4 apg. He likes to shoot the ball and need to develop his passing skills too.

2)   Shot creation: Nickeil is not a good shot creator and he struggles to dribble penetrate. Most of his scoring comes from jumpshots. He is good at getting separation from his defenders so he can get his shot off. Nickeil needs to work on moves to get by his defender.

3) Scoring: He does most of his scoring from jumpshots. If he can develop his game so he can score in the post, then it will create more scoring opportunities for him.


Rui Hachimura 2019 NBA Draft analysis

Rui is a high IQ basketball player. He is one of the best power forwards in this draft. He can play both the 3 and 4 position. Rui is adept at creating his own shot and shoots a good FG%. He is also good from the free-throw line. He shoots a good 3 point % but has not taken enough 3s to evaluate him in that area. He averages only 1 three per game. He possesses good athletic aptitude. He aggressively attacks the rim as he averages about 6 FT attempts per game. Rui should be selected in the pick 7-12 range. Rui’s style of play resembles Giannis Antetokounmpo in his initial years in the league. Rui also needs to work on his game like Giannis to become a star player. Few things that may keep Rui from achieving success at the pro level are:

1)   Passing ability: Rui needs to work on this area of his game. He needs to be able to find open teammates and work his way through a double team. He should work towards making his teammates better.

2)   Rebounding: Rui averages about 6.5 rpg. For his size, his rebounding numbers need to be higher. He should be pulling down 8-10 rpg.

3) Shot blocking: Rui is not a good shot blocker for his size. He averages 0.7 bpg, which is below average for a power forward. He needs to enforce his presence in the paint and block more shots. He played alongside Brandon Clark who is an elite shot blocker. This may be a reason why Rui’s shot blocking numbers may improve in the NBA as he is entrusted with a bigger role on the defensive end.


Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Draft analysis

Brandon Clarke is an athletically gifted power forward. He is a bit undersized to play the power forward position at 6’8”. He can play both 3 and the 4 position. He may even be able to play the 5 position at the NBA level.  Clarke and Hachimura were the 2 pillars offensively and defensively at Gonzaga. I rate Clarke ahead of Hachimura because he is a much better defensive player than Hachimura. He shoots a very high FG% as he scores mainly in the paint area. He is one of the best shot-blockers in college basketball, averaging 3.2 bpg. That level of rim protection will make him a great pick for any team who needs interior defensive help and rebounding help. Clarke should be selected in the pick 6-11 range. If he falls out of top 10 picks, then he will definitely be a steal for any team picking him. Clarke’s game resembles John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks. Few things that may keep Clarke from achieving success at the pro level are:

1)   Shot creating ability: Brandon Clarke struggles to create his own shot. He depends on dunks, layups and putbacks to score his points. To be successful in the NBA, he will have to work hard to develop a post game. He also needs to work on his outside jumper to stretch the floor. Once he adds a consistent post game and a dependable outside jumper to his repertoire, he will become a more prolific scorer in the NBA.

2)   Free-throw shooting: Clarke averages about 4.2 FTA per game. He only shoots 69.4% at the line. He needs to improve his FT% to 75-80% range. It will create more easy scoring opportunities for him.

3) Passing ability: Clarke averages about 1.9apg. As a power forward, he can definitely improve to 4-5 apg mark. As he learns to create more on his own, he will face double teams and he will have to learn to make that extra pass.