2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

John Reed/USA TODAY Sports

2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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2022 NBA Draft Scouting Notebook: February Edition

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Taran Armstrong: California Baptist Freshman Guard 

Strengths: 

  • Strong argument for best playmaker in the class, just an audacious and high risk passer, incredible mix of feel, IQ, and court vision, 6-foot-5-inch size helps him see the floor 
  • Dissects defenses in the pick and roll, plays with patience and pace, dimes up the roll man with a lob or creative entry pass from a weird angle, pocket pass accuracy 
  • Crosscourt skip pass master, excellent off the live dribble, routinely manipulates defenders with eyes, passes always reach the shooters pocket, exudes confidence 
  • Solid ball-handler, nifty in and out dribble moves to create space and get past a defender, allows him to attract help defenders and set up the drive and kick offense
  • Fine finisher at the rim in some situations, flashes pull up jump shooting capabilities, flashes and most develop a nice floater in the lane, good rebounder for size and role

Weaknesses: 

  • Besides his passing and playmaking talent he doesn’t do anything else at an NBA level, scoring game is raw and underdeveloped, poor athlete for NBA standards 
  • Not a good outside shooter from three, doesn’t move off the ball or knockdown spot-up shots at a high rate, poor free-throw shooter, no in-between game for the most part
  • Handle breaks down when going left or into lots of traffic in the lane, can’t finish over or through contact well, can only score in space and mainly in ball screen scenarios 
  • Playmaking value will be capped if he will be an on the threat as a scorer in the league, won’t have scoring gravity, or attract help to maximize his skill and talent as a passer
  • Below average defender, not the worst but also not a positive of his game, offers weak poa defense, doesn’t move well laterally, can get caught watching the ball too much

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