JR Giddens: NBA Draft Profile
College: New Mexico
Accolades: MWC co-Player of the Year (08), First Team All-MWC (08), Honorable Mention All-American – AP (08), Third Team High-Major All-American – CHN (08), Honorable Mention All-MWC (07), Honorable Mention All-Big 12 (04), Big 12 All-Freshman Team (04), McDonald’s All-American – high school (03), Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year – high school (03).
Scouting Report: A highly decorated wing player with NBA athleticism.
Strengths: Great athlete – track athlete in high school also. Crazy vertical – reportedly 40” or more. Strong finisher – attacks the rim, dunks on people. Nice elevation & extension on his jumper. Exceptional rebounder for a guard. Long arms. Strong physique. Big time scorer in college. Decent assist man. Shot for a great percentage for a guard – 51.6% this year. Gets into the passing lanes for steals. Great shot-blocker for a guard.
Weaknesses: Age – is already 23-years-old. Horrible free throw shooter. Had off-court issues in college. Had attitude issues in the past. Needs to improve on his ball-handling for the NBA. Still inconsistent. Defense still needs improvement. Needs to become a more consistent three-point shooter for the NBA.
Projected 2008 Draft Range: Early to mid second round pick.
Consensus: Giddens has all the tools to be an NBA pro. However, the fact that he is up to four years older than other prospects and has had a shady past casts a shadow on his draft stock.
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