Shooting from range is more valued than ever in the modern NBA. While spot-up shooting is very valuable in and of itself, what separates truly great shooters and adds exponential offensive value is the ability to shoot off-movement. High-level off-movement shooters are few and far between in the collegiate game, but those who do possess this skill certainly will catch the eyes of professional evaluators.
In our fifth Film Room Friday installment, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as effective off-movement shooters.
To provide some context, let’s first lay out a few examples of NBA players that excel at moving off the ball to create a sliver of space, fluidly stepping into their shooting motion at high speeds, and stabilizing their momentum to ensure clean, accurate looks.
NBA Rookies and Sophomores: Trae Young, Landry Shamet, Luka Dončić
NBA Veterans: Stephen Curry, JJ Redick, Kyle Korver, Buddy Hield
Recent NBA Retirees: Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Reggie Miller
These lists are not meant as rankings, and are certainly non-exhaustive, but serve the purpose of providing some familiar examples of NBA players that exemplify this skill.
Within the 2019 NBA Draft class, there are a handful of prospects that stand out as projectable off-movement shooters. Among those ranked in the top 45 on consensus big boards are Nickeil Alexander Walker, Tyler Herro, and Cameron Johnson.
Below, we will highlight three 2019 NBA Draft eligible prospects ranked outside of the top 45 on consensus big board rankings with potential projectability as off-movement shooters:
Wing | 6’4’’ | 193 | Senior | Wofford
PBC Consensus Ranking: 183
Fletcher Magee (#3) might be the best shooter in college basketball this year. Defenders have to stay attached to him because if he gets any kind of space, he’ll get off a high percentage look. He’s also proven that he’s very comfortable putting up contested shots, and certainly can make them. Magee ranks in the 80th percentile by converting at a 1.104 PPP clip as an off-screen shooter. This is his most frequent offensive play type, comprising a very large percentage of his possessions (28%). He also ranks in the 64th percentile following hand-off actions by converting at a 0.986 PPP clip. Magee is such an advanced shooter that he doesn’t even need to square up before he starts shooting. He can get square to the basket while he’s already in mid-air. He’s also comfortable shooting going left and right, which makes him such a dynamic shooter.
Lead Guard | 6’2’’ | 175 | Junior | Virginia
PBC Consensus Ranking: 202
Kyle Guy (#5), along with fellow back-court-mate, Ty Jerome, is a key component to Virginia's offense. Virginia loves running floppy sets and having Guy and Jerome constantly running off screens. As you can see above, Guy does a great job getting open looks in a variety of ways. Sometimes he sets himself up really well with v-cuts and other times he perfectly executes his role in Virginia's actions, such as elevator screens, to free himself up for a jump shot. Guy ranks in the 76th percentile by converting at a 1.076 PPP clip as an off-screen shooter and in the 99th percentile by converting at a 1.714 PPP clip following hand-off actions.
Wing | 6’2’’ | 196 | Junior | Seton Hall
PBC Consensus Ranking: NR
Myles Powell (#3) is someone that should not be overlooked. Even with below average size, he is fully capable of taking over a game against high-level competition. One of Powell’s most valuable strengths is versatile shot-making. He has ridiculous range and he is able to knock down jumpers after coming off screens (75th percentile; 1.06 PPP) or following hand-offs (87th percentile; 1.20 PPP). When it comes to these shots, his footwork is quite impressive. Powell is comfortable shooting while moving to either his right or left and really excels at squaring up to the basket. Powell is capable of going full speed at any angle and flowing seamlessly into a one-two step initiation of his shooting motion. He also does a great job of reading how his defender and the help defender react to forthcoming screens and adjusts his route, accordingly. When the defender tries to cheat and go over the screen, Powell knows when to fade or flare to create space for an open look.
*Stats courtesy of Synergy Sports
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