NBA Draft Spotlight: Tres Tinkle

Tres Tinkle has received a number of workout invites and it is yet to be seen if he will keep his name in the draft. Regardless, the feedback will help him excel in his final college season or compete for a two-way contract.

Position: SF/PF From: Oregon State Class/YOB: Junior
Height: 6’8 Weight: 225 Wingspan: 6’11

Strengths:

  • Great size to play either forward spot. Rebounds consistently, which will allow him to slide to the four while providing value and energy on the inside
  • Crafty scorer that operates with pace with and without the ball. Very adept at drawing contact with fakes and converting at the line
  • Potential as a pick-and-roll playmaker. He has natural passing instincts and has played as a playmaking wing over the last couple years. When help defense over commits, he can whip cross-court passes on target
  • Improved shot-creator. Doesn’t have a lot of quickness, but he is starting to figure out how to use his size and long strides to create space
  • Active in the passing lanes defensively

Weaknesses:

  • May be a step slow when making moves and defending against NBA athletes in space. His unique combination of strength, length, and perimeter skills creates mismatches at the college level. He will need to be that much more precise with moves to make up for a lack of burst
  • Three-point shooting has not yielded the results I expected from him. Hasn’t cracked 33 percent since his freshman year. He can make deep threes, so his form and shot selection will need to become more consistent
  • Will he be able to defend bigger fours? I think a stretch-four could be his best position in the NBA. That would require him to spend a little more time on the interior defensively than he may be comfortable. His rebounding ability should combat his lack of rim protection
  • Isn’t nearly as comfortable finishing plays with his right hand as he is with his left. Defenders will shade to his left side until he proves he can be more effective going the other way
  • If he returns to school, I would like to see him avoid those possessions where he loses focus and commits careless turnovers. Playmaking and consistent shooting could be a real differentiating factor for his draft stock

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
20.8 8.1 3.8 1.7 0.5 3.0 48.3% 32.9% 77.0%

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