2016 NBA Draft: Taurean Prince scouting report
Taurean Prince 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Taurean Prince scouting report
Taurean Prince has the skill-set of a modern day NBA forward with his ability to defend multiple positions and fill a role on offense. He’s streaky and can get careless with the ball though, so he must continue to make strides after a relatively inefficient scoring season as a senior.
Click through the slides for Prince's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Prince’s versatility is highly sought after by NBA teams. He has the size and strength to defend big men, and the quickness to defend most wings and guards. He’s not a fast-twitch athlete, but he plays hard and has good defensive instincts. Prince is one of those guys coaches say “makes winning plays” because of his gritty style.
Though Prince lacks upside on offense, he does fill a role. He’s a solid spot up shooter and can attack closeouts with straight-line drives. Just don’t expect him to be anything more than that on offense.
Prince is almost 22-years-old and still must improve his ball handling, decision-making, and shot selection. The product of Baylor tends to leave his feet on passes or goes into “hero mode” as a shooter. That’ll need to change since he’ll only be a role player on offense. If it doesn’t, he’ll give his coach (and the fans) a migraine headache.
It’s unfair to expect Prince to be more than a role player on offense. He has a clear NBA skill-set -- and should have a long career -- but he lacks upside.
Considering how effectively the Celtics have used Jae Crowder, they could find similar success with Prince. Like Crowder, he’s a hard-nosed defender who tends to help the team with positive plays.
There could be plenty of roster turnover at the forward spot, so Prince would have the chance to win some reps if he’s selected.
Unless a team is drafting for need in the late lottery, it’s highly unlikely he goes before the Celtics are on the clock at No. 16. Because of his age and lack of upside, there’s also a strong possibility that he falls to No. 23 pick.
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