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Andrew Nembhard - NBA draft prospects good

Discussion in 'Hallgator's Nuttin but Net' started by tampajack1, May 21, 2022.

  1. tampajack1

    tampajack1 Premium Member

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    AN has been the best player so far at the NBA Draft Combine. He had 26 points and 11 assists in the first scrimmage. The 11 assists is the most in a combine scrimmage in the last 4 years. It will be interesting to see if this moves him up in the draft.
     
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  2. shane4three

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    I’d have to watch to see what kind of defensive effort the other team have. His finish to the season didn’t help him.
     
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  3. tampajack1

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    The NBA Draft Combine is not the McDonald’s no defense all-star game. It’s guys trying to elevate themselves with respect to the upcoming NBA draft. They are going to be busting their asses on defense. I realize that Nembhard wasn’t good enough to play point guard for the Gators, but I do expect him to play in the NBA.
     
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    Yeah, but he's slow. :emoji_upside_down::emoji_upside_down:
     
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  5. tampajack1

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    That’s interesting because he is not going to win any sprints, but he played offense at the fastest tempo in college hoops the last 2 seasons. His draft status might very well depend on whether he can be at least an average defender at the NBA level.
     
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  6. murphree_hall

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    I personally think that Nembhard gave up his 2021 first round draft selection to Trey Mann by leaving to Gonzaga. He would have been the focal point of the Gator offense, and alongside Mann, that team might have made a deep run. Many probably think going to GU helped him, but in this situation, I think it delayed his progress coming off the bench last year. Suggs and other GU players got all of the credit for their success.
     
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  7. tampajack1

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    I respectfully couldn’t disagree with you more. If AN had stayed, it would have been the same old crappy offense with a bunch of guys going one and one, forcing shots, playing a slow tempo and not fast breaking. White had the tools to make a nice run in AN’s second year when he also had Blackshear, Keyontae, Lewis, Mann, Locke, Glover and others. Inste- ad, it was the same old crapola.
     
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  8. chargator

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    Andrew did the right thing and got as far away from Mike’s Offense as possible. With the Zags he was definitely more up-tempo ( which people questioned if he could be under Mike) , and he was trusted to actually make decisions.

    That’s going to help him as he prepares for the draft. The guy is a 6’5” PG. The two major knocks
    on him is his lack of athleticism and spotty 3 pt shooting.

    He’s at least a good back-up for someone.
     
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    and yet most draft boards still have him at around #50...late into the 2nd round
     
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  10. tampajack1

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    That’s why the combine is so important to him and others.
     
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  11. tampajack1

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    FYI. AN played 30 mpg in his first year at Gonzaga. That was more than Suggs and Timme.
     
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  12. rserina

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    I am curious to see how his game translates to the next level. Ball dominant distributors just aren’t the rage these days. His scoring obviously does not compare well with similar players, like Gilgeous-Alexander, and he isn't a terrific defender. His size is nice, and he seems long enough to be a switchable defender, but it is so hard to say with a guy like this. If I were a betting man, I wouldn't expect him to be a long-term NBA player, but it is sort of interesting how a guy like Calathes renovated his game and became a serviceable defender in the league after a few overseas.
     
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    I guess I’ve never thought of him as ball-dominate. That was more Mike than Andrew. He’s going to have to pick up a few “ tricks” on both ends of the floor if he’s gonna have a shot at a long-term stay in the NBA, but I think he’s capable. Chris Paul is 37 you, not super athletic and OK on defense. He wins with smarts, and pulls you into situations he can exploit. Not comparing the two, other than there are options he has, that give him a good chance to stick to a roster.
     
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    AN unfortunately was ball dominant in his 2nd year at UF. Cheese was ball dominant in his senior year at UF. That was on Mike White. These 2 guys get rid of the ball in a positive way as quickly as anyone in the game right now.
     
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    IMO, his ceiling is Mateen Cleeves' career. The NBA game is WAY faster than a bunch of AA or AAA level players.
     
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    NBA is taller, faster and more talented. The 3 point line is further out. Unless he has an outside shot, he will be a weakness other Ds expose by collapsing on better shooters. Wish him well
     
  17. tampajack1

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    AN this past season shot 38.3% from 3, 50.3% from 2 and 87.3% from the free throw line. that’s in addition to 5.8 apg, 1.6 steals per game and 1.9 turnovers per game. What do you think?
     
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  18. rserina

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    He had a terrific year, without a doubt, in one of the best schemes in the country. You seem pretty resolute that will translate. I am far more uncertain. Will he have the lateral quickness to defend attacking NBA guards? Will be a knockdown spot up shooter, since he most likely will not have the ball in his hands consistently in today’s game? At 6’5”, he was never really a plus defender or rebounder, which could easily translate. He had excellent vision and size, used his body well in the lane to shield defenders, and ran/read ball screens exceptionally. I am not as confident he will have a chance to use those skills because of his other limitations. If he is gonna make it, he has to pick up where he left off this year with his improved shooting.
     
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  19. tampajack1

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    I feel confident that he will play in the NBA. He is going to have to defend however to have a successful career. He also needs to play for a team that treasures ball movement and team play.
     
  20. murphree_hall

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    I know that. He still got zero credit.