NBA Draft Spotlight: Luguentz Dort

Canadian super-freshman Luguentz Dort is having an impressive season in what should be his only year at Arizona State. His skill will be on full display in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament for NBA decision makers to take note

Position: SG From: Arizona State Class/YOB: Freshman
Height: 6’5 Weight: 220 Wingspan: 6’9

Strengths

  • Powerful downhill driver. Bullies his way to the basket, dragging defenders with him
  • Welcomes physicality and hits contested layups that most players wouldn’t be able to get off. Almost unguardable as a penetrator at the college level
  • Gifted athlete. A force in transition. On top of being built like a truck, he has the speed and agility to beat defenders and help him contain the ball
  • Figures out ways to get up shots, even in non-traditional ways for a two-guard. Will power dribble into the lane and challenge a big. Crashes for put backs. Expect his post-game to continue to become an asset in the NBA
  • Has NBA-range, despite a cold second half of the year from three. Doesn’t hesitate to fire off of ball-screens and pin downs if he has space. Will need to make sure he is taking the right ones
  • Brings that toughness and rebounding that plays well in a rotation role. His body reminds me of Marcus Smart.
  • Naturally has good hands defensively, allowing for a lot of steals. Could be an even better defender with his size and length

Weakness:

  • Struggles with tunnel vision as a penetrator. I think he’s so used to overwhelming defenders off one move that he has a tendency to miss teammates when help comes. Commits a lot of turnovers just on making his mind up too early
  • Middle game isn’t used enough. He has looked like more of a two-level scorer, either hitting threes or getting all the way in. Not a horrible trait in today’s NBA, but he could find easier looks from the second level
  • Gambles a little bit too much on the defensive end. So focused on getting out on the break that his defensive fundamentals take a hit
  • Underdeveloped as a shooter. Started the year on fire, but like many young players, he’s fallen into a slump as the year has progressed. Part is shot selection and part is lacking genuine, consistent touch
  • I wonder if he will be able to move to a complementary role where he’s doing most of his work off the ball. A lot of his offense comes off early touches

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
16.1 4.3 2.3 1.6 0.2 2.9 40.3% 31.5% 68.7%

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