2016 NBA Draft: Malcolm Brogdon scouting report
Malcolm Brogdon 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Malcolm Brogdon scouting report
Malcolm Brogdon didn’t pop onto the NBA radar until his senior year at Virginia. The 23-year-old is a late riser, but the seasoning he received in school turned him into a player with few notable weaknesses. Brogdon embodies many traits found in “glue guys,” a type of player teams are always on the hunt for.
Click through the slides for Brogdon's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Brogdon has everything you look for in a role player. Next year he’ll be a rookie, but he’ll have the IQ and feel for the game of a veteran. He’s a stout multi-positional defender that hits his rotations and can switch screens. He’s built like a wing, at 6-foot-5 with a long wingspan, but might be better suited as a ball handler. He has excellent passing vision and runs pick-and-rolls at a high level.
Brogdon improved tremendously as a shooter, hitting 39.1 percent of his triples as a senior. But he lacks NBA range and isn’t much of a factor off the dribble. He can already hit corner threes, so there is value, but hitting from long range would be a huge boost to his potential.
Brogdon would fit on the Celtics from Day One because of his versatility, high basketball IQ, and passing vision. He seems like the type of player Brad Stevens would take a liking to, though he must show his three-pointer will translate.
There’s always the possibility the Celtics feel they have enough role players and would like to swing at a higher upside player. But players like Brogdon are found on every championship team, and sometimes they keep getting better even after entering the NBA.
Brogdon would be a quality pick for the Celtics at the No. 23 slot, but at No. 16 they might prefer to try their hand at a higher upside player. There’s also a chance he slips to No. 31 or No. 35 in the second round if other teams are also eager to take risks.
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