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Paul Reed Draft Profile

Paul Reed – F/C – DePaul

Pros: 

  • Athletic finisher with a great touch around the basket. He did a lot of his damage around the hoop whether it was catching lobs, putting back missed shots, finishing in traffic, etc
  • Great rebounder on both the offensive and defensive glass. Playing down low on both ends of the court definitely helps but he’s extremely athletic and he plays hard all the time.
  • Super versatile defender who could likely guard 1-5 in the NBA. His length, athleticism, and lateral quickness make him extremely difficult to get past.
  • Great shot blocker. Excellent help-side defender who makes quick rotations and uses his length to recover.
  • Has a ton of room to grow both offensively and defensively. He possesses a great work ethic and showed steady improvement throughout his collegiate career.

Cons:

  • Has a super stiff jumpshot with an unorthodox shooting form. He shot 74% from the line which is somewhat decent but he’ll have to make tweaks to his jumper in order to maximize his offensive upside.
  • Can be extremely foul prone on defense. He tends to go for blocks too often, and will sometimes get bullied inside by more physical centers.
  • Must improve as a ball-handler so he can effectively drive to the basket on a consistent basis.
  • Can be an erratic decision maker at times. Whether it’s forcing a pass that’s not there or trying to over-dribble, Reed will tend to make some ill-advised decisions throughout the game.

Prospect Overview

Paul Reed is a prospect that I think every team would love to have. He’s a versatile defender who can guard all five positions (which is extremely rare) and do it with great success. He’s also a tremendous “energy” big with a never ending motor. He can rebound on both ends of the court and he’s a great finisher around the rim who pulled off some moves that really impressed me (particularly his euro-step). His offense is extremely raw and unpolished at the moment but during his three years at DePaul, he showed great improvement and he has great work ethic. Reed is a mid to late first round draft steal who could end up being one of the best two-way guys in this draft.

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