DWAYNE BACON

BIRTHDATE: 8/30/95

POSITION: Small Forward

HEIGHT: 6'7"

WEIGHT: 221 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Florida State

CLASS: Sophomore

OFFENSE

*Good size and good length for an NBA swingman

*Strong frame that he uses effectively to play through contact

*Good athlete who can finish above the rim

*Really likes to get out in transition, can lead the break or fill the wings

*Aggressively hunts for his shot on the break and will look to score from all 3  levels

*Can settle for too many mid-long 2s in transition

*Flashes solid vision in transition but is much more scorer than creator

*Slightly above average finisher around the rim, has increasingly nice touch on his floater

*Average ballhandler, very right hand dominant

*Able to get to his spots in college but lacks the creativity or shiftiness to consistently create on the next level

*Plays with his head down and can get out of control 

*Gets by his man mostly with his first step and basic moves, then uses his body to shield the ball

*Initiates contact to keep defenders off balance

*Struggles to finish when he drives baseline

*Most effective off the dribble in the middle of the floor

*Doesn't run his man into screens

*Puts pressure on the defense by immediately looking for his shot when coming off ball screens

*Has a habit of coming off the screen and trying to cut back towards the direction he just came from. It interferes with the roll of the screener

*Operates in high PNR the most but is more effective on side PNRs in a limited sample

*Mostly looks for his midrange pull up coming off ball screens

*Rarely sees the roll man, but will try to force it to him occasionally which results in a far share of turnovers

*Doesn't consistently put the ball in the shooting pocket when he drives and kicks

*Isn't always aware of how he affects spacing along the perimeter, can set up too close to a teammate 

*Ok shooting form but his mechanics aren't the same every shot

*Doesn't jump straight up and down on his pull up attempts, leans and fades often

*Knees sink towards his center when gathering for his shot

*Misses badly fairly frequently, shot off to either side or very hard

*Capable of attacking closeouts to multiple levels. He can get all the way to the rim, floater or midrange pull up

*Below average shooter from range but accurate inside the arc

*Is much more streaky than consistent, capable of big runs and droughts

*Seems to be a better shooter with a hand in his face, especially in catch and shoot situations

*Struggles shooting off pin downs, Slow to catch, square and fire

DEFENSE

*Poor defender in space, gives up straight line drives and is overreactive to crossovers

*Has the strength to size up and guard bigger players

*Don’t contest pull up jumpers well

*Can be foul prone when isolated

*Likes to gamble for steals when off ball that take him out of help defense positioning

*Gets caught ball watching, often out of position to closeout on spot up shooters

*Gives known shooters too much space

*Commonly dies on ball screens and lacks effort through the rest of the possession

*Doesn’t always choose the proper means of navigating the ball screen, will sometimes go under when he should be fighting through it

*Slow fighting through off ball screens as well, far too often doesn’t even get a contest

KHAIRI AKILI

Dwayne Bacon has a good frame and looks like he's a good athlete. He relies a lot on his mid range jumper. He's pretty streaky from 3. 

 

 Bacon looks like he's patterned his game after the old version of Kobe. He settles for a lot of contested pull up jumpers and has a questionable shot selection. He isn't asked to play much PNR and isn't much of a playmaker. 

 

POSITIVES:

 

Good frame

Good athlete 

Mid range reliant

Streak shooter

 

AREAS OF CONCERN:

Looks like he patterns his game after 35 year old Kobe

Doesn't play much PNR basketball or isn't asked to

Questionable shot selection 

Takes a lot of contested shots 

Isn't much of a playmaker 

​​​​JAMES BARLOWE - JANUARY 3, 2017