DEVONTE' GRAHAM

BIRTHDATE: 2/2/95

POSITION: Point Guard

HEIGHT: 6'2"

WEIGHT: 185 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Kansas

CLASS: Senior

STRENGTHS

Scoring ability - Much more a shooter than an attacker but is efficient when he goes to the rim; Knock down shooter when left open

Shooting - Effective shooting on the left wing and as a trailer in transition/secondary break; Good shooter from 3 with NBA range

Quickness - Good athlete who uses his speed well on both ends; Pushes in transition to put pressure on the opponent

Defense - Quick athlete with active hands; Moves his feet very well, Does a good job staying in front of the defender; Fights through ball screens

Transition game - Pushes in transition to put pressure on the opponent; Capable of leading break, filling the lanes or flaring out for a transition 3

Pick & Roll - Ability to utilize off ball screens to get his shot off effectively, especially moving to his left; Most effective in PNR at the top of the floor

Very effective when he can get to the rim in PNR ;Recognizes when the trap is coming on the PNR, shows patience and can find the open man

Positional size - Decent size and length for a lead guard; Sneaky strength

Ball Handling - Solid handle that he uses to create space for his jump shot

WEAKNESSES

Mid Range - Doesn't have an effective floater; His in-between game consists mostly of tough contested long 2 pull ups

Left hand - Right hand dominant as a finisher 

Isolation game - Mostly does so on larger defenders after a switch Likes to use his step back when going one on one with below average success

Attacking basket - Only gets to the basket on about 20% of his possessions

Off ball defense - He has a tendency to overhelp when off ball and leave shooters open. Ball watches a little when far from the action and can be caught with backscreens

KHAIRI AKILI - OCTOBER 1, 2017

SUMMARY

STRENGTHS

 

Graham is a good athlete who uses his speed well on both ends. He pushes the break putting pressure on defenses and primarily uses his fast first step when looking to get to the basket. He moves his feet very well on defense and does a good job staying in front of ballhandler. He's also able to recover and shoot gaps when defending in off ball action. 

 

Graham is good shooter from 3 with NBA range. He has a high release point and shoots at the top of his jump. A knock down shooter when left open and he's particularly effective shooting on the left wing and as a trailer in transition/secondary break.

He is capable of applying strong ball pressure and contests pull up jump shots well. Graham is a multiple effort defender and stays with the play when beat. He fights hard through on and off ball screens. 

 

WEAKNESSES 

His midrange game consists mostly of tough, contested pull ups and step backs. He struggles with creating on the sides of the floor and doesn't have an effective floater when he can't get all the way to the rim.

Graham is much more of a shooter than an attacker. Despite being a good finisher at the rim, he only gets to the basket on about 20% of his possessions

 

He has a tendency to overhelp when off ball and leave shooters open. He can be caught with backscreens when far from the action due to ballwatching.

KHAIRI AKILI - OCTOBER 1, 2017