NBA Draft Spotlight: Ky Bowman

Playing for a struggling Boston College team, Bowman was a bright light in the ACC. The tough scoring guard will be a fringe first-round pick after teams work him out.

Position: PG From: Boston College Class/YOB: Junior
Height: 6’1 Weight: 188 Wingspan: N/A

Strengths:

  • Microwave scorer. Doesn’t need a lot of makes to get himself going. Breaks down defenders and regularly hits contested shots on the perimeter. Can finish with power or finesse
  • He is a solid long-range shooter, which will be important at his size. Whether it is coming off a screen, spot-up, or handoff, he rises up on a dime from deep. Will need to continue to become more efficient on fewer touches
  • One of, if not the, strongest point guards in this class. He attacks with force, with bigger defenders bouncing off of him. Plays angles well around the rim to utilize his strength. Does a good job neutralizing shot-blockers by getting into their bodies first
  • Excellent defensive instincts. You can understand why he was an Alabama defensive back recruit. He is quick and tough, allowing him to get up under offensive players to make them uncomfortable. Has shown his quick hands while at BC, picking pockets and jumping passing lanes often
  • More reliable creating offense in pick-and-rolls than he was earlier in his career. Teams sent a lot of double teams at him this year, but he assessed defenders and delivered passes when necessary. With his shooting ability, teams will have to fight over and hedge high, which should open things up for his teammates if he continues to improve as a passer
  • The top rebounding point guard in college basketball. It’s a “want” thing for him, as he refuses to let balls come off the rim without pursuing them

Weaknesses:

  • Doesn’t really pass as well as many guards his size. Can be a frame too late when delivering the ball. He has clearly worked on it, but playmaking for others is not a plus skill
  • Size. Typically his height would be a detriment to a number of areas, but his physicality and energy make up for it defensively. Passing against NBA length will be the largest adjustment. What happens when double teams come and take away his vision? Will he have be able to pass off drives or see his teammates against size without turning it over?
  • Has always been a volume scorer. I applaud his improved efficiency even when teams had all eyes on him. Adjusting to more spot-up shots will take some time
  • He should be a real terror as an on-ball defender, but he has to make sure he doesn’t lose his position being too aggressive. NBA players will take advantage when he gets off-balance
  • Struggles at times to finish in the paint. It looks like a loss of focus more than an inability to score on the inside. Makes a lot of great moves to get to the basket, just needs to convert

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
19.0 7.5 4.0 1.4 0.6 2.9 40.4% 37.4% 76.1%

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