Duncan Robinson is the Blueprint to Success for Sam Hauser

Duncan Robinson is the Blueprint to Success for Sam Hauser

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Duncan Robinson is the Blueprint to Success for Sam Hauser

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Sam Hauser is a 6’8” sharpshooting prospect out of Virginia that hopes to hear his name called in the 2021 NBA Draft. Before I go any further, here’s our scouting report on Hauser:

He’s a sniper from behind the arc that combines elite three point shooting with smart off-ball movement, and simple, yet effective passing for his role. However, Hauser is already 23 years old with a shortage of athleticism, defensive versatility, and creation off the dribble, limiting his upside and potential impact.

Offensively, his primary role will consist of running off screens and spotting up. It’s a fairly simplistic role, but a shooting specialist that can make smart passes and off-ball movements holds a lot of value in today’s NBA.

Defensively, Hauser projects somewhere in the subpar to slight liability range, depending on a few key factors. He doesn’t have the size to handle strong post-up bigs, nor does he have the foot speed or lateral quickness to keep up with quick-twitch guards or wings. His struggles as an on-ball defender will be apparent, and although Hauser makes smart rotations, that doesn’t mean they’re impactful. He offers no rim protection, and a lack of mobility makes it tough for him to reach his preferred destination in time on rotations.

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