2016 NBA Draft: DeAndre Bembry scouting report
DeAndre' Bembry 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
DeAndre Bembry is like a Swiss Army Knife on the floor, capable of fulfilling different roles. However, he has one major weakness -- his jumper -- that needs to improve or else he’s unlikely to realize his full potential.
Click through the slides for Bembry's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Bembry almost has it all on offense. He’s a terrific ball handler, capable of creating space off the dribble against quality defenders. As a 6-foot-6 wing he passes and operates pick-and-rolls with the knowledge of a point guard. He can score off screens and handoffs because of his pristine footwork.
Bembry is the type of player who could easily outperform his draft spot, though he must solve one of his glaring weaknesses.
Despite all of Bembry’s positives on offense, he lacks a reliable jumper. He shot just 26.6 percent from three as a junior at St. Joseph’s, scoring most of his 17.4 points per game closer to the rim. He’s not a total liability from long range, but for him to take the next step he’ll need to refine his shooting mechanics.
Bembry is a versatile defender, but he has occasional lapses in both focus and technique. At times he looks so lost that you wonder if he’s been taught proper fundamentals.
That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing though, because he is versatile and has the physical tools to be a strong defender. Maybe he just needs a good teacher.
Danny Ainge has said before the hardest players to find are those who can score against a set defense in the fourth quarter. Bembry has tools to be that type of player -- if his jumper improves. He’s able to create space with his dribble, but now he needs to be able to shoot off the bounce to take his game to a higher level.
With that thought in mind, Bembry does project as a great fit for the Celtics. However, the team doesn’t exactly have the strongest track record of improving the mechanics of shooters. Bembry has made strides through pre-draft workouts though, which is an encouraging sign.
If the Celtics did pick Bembry, it’d be somewhat odd if they re-signed Evan Turner. Both players currently aren’t threats to shoot and they have similar positive attributes on offense.
There’s a strong possibility Bembry ends up being selected in the late lottery, so he might not be available for the Celtics at No. 16. But if the consensus rankings hold true, then look for him as an option at 16 or 23.
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