2016 NBA Draft: Marquese Chriss scouting report
Marquese Chriss 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Marquese Chriss scouting report
Marquese Chriss entered college as an overlooked recruit but quickly rose up the ranks as a highlight reel machine. He has significant upside, but he’s a work in progress in virtually every area of his game. Any team that takes a swing on him is taking a risk, but he might be worth it.
Click through the slides for Chriss' strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Chriss is a threat for lobs anytime he’s on the floor. In transition he’s a freight train that can’t be stopped when the ball is in the air. In the half court he’s capable of throwing down ferocious slams that are like a dagger into the hearts of opposing fans. Unlike most raw athletes entering the draft, Chriss can shoot. He’ll need to extend his range, but he shot 35 percent as a freshman and has clean mechanics.
The Washington freshman could develop into a lethal weapon in the pick-and-roll because of his ability to shoot and dunk through contact. Factor in his solid ball handling ability and Chriss could become a major mismatch on offense.
Chriss is a poor defender, but he does show flashes in the form of chase down blocks. Maybe in the right situation -- a team with positive influences in the locker room -- he’ll learn how to play at a high level on a consistent basis.
Chriss might be a world-class athlete, but his basketball IQ is at an elementary level. Chriss doesn’t pass the ball. When he gets a touch he gets tunnel vision and drives into trouble. He doesn’t like to box out on defense, instead opting to watch opponents fly by for boards. And he doesn’t defend, either, losing focusing off-ball, not getting into a stance, or swiping at the ball instead of moving his feet.
All of these flaws lead to foul trouble for Chriss. He had a hard time staying on the floor in college, which will be even more of an issue in the NBA.
To make matters worse, he often appears visually frustrated by rolling his eyes or throwing his hands up. If Chriss’ mental make-up doesn’t check out, then he might not be worth the trouble. However, if it turns out he’s simply a raw player -- and nothing more -- then his athleticism makes him worth the investment.
Any player as multitalented as Chriss is a fit for any system. He can potentially be used in various roles on offense and he could potentially be a good defender because of his athleticism. But it’s all potential. Nothing is concrete with Chriss (other than his athleticism).
If the Celtics invest in Chriss, it’s because they believe he has a strong enough work ethic to overcome his weaknesses. They have a strong D-League system with the Maine Red Claws that can provide him ample playing time, but a guy like Chriss probably needs more of a consistent hands-on approach at the NBA level.
That opportunity could be there for Chriss though if the Celtics let go of some of their pending free agents, which would open up a lump of playing time.
Chriss could rise up the ranks if he has successful pre-draft workouts, but even if he doesn’t he’s unlikely to slip to the No. 16 pick. The Celtics would likely have to trade up for him in the mid-lotto or take a big swing for the fences with the No. 3 pick.
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