Shooting from range is more valued than ever in the modern NBA. While spot-up shooting acumen spaces the floor and 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 second Film Room Friday installment of the 2019-20 scouting season, the PBC scouting team has sifted through game film to identify prospects with potential to translate as dynamic 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 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, Cameron Johnson
NBA Veterans: 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 2020 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 Isaiah Joe, Myles Powell, and Cassius Winston.
Below, we will highlight three 2020 NBA Draft eligible prospects ranked outside of the top 45 on consensus big board rankings with potential projectability as off-movement shooters:
Wing | 6’6’’ | 215 lbs. | Sr. | TCU | #1
PBC Consensus Ranking: 88
2019 PBC alum Desmond Bane has been an amazing shooter throughout his college career. Defenders have to stay attached to him because he is capable of running around screens and reading his defender to decide whether he should curl, fade, or come straight off. He’s a great off-movement shooter and has shown the ability to shoot going right or left (as seen above). An interesting thing to pay attention to is how he has shown some flashes of turning mid-air to square to the basket. This unique skill primarily flashes in the mid-range out of BLOB sets, but if he can extend the range of that fluid in-air mechanical adjustment, that will make him a very dangerous shooter at the next level. According to Synergy, Bane ranks in the 73rd percentile in “Off-Screen” play types and it is his 2nd most frequent play type.
Bane was an all-around standout at the 2019 PBC and was the event's top shooter from NBA range in the workout shooting sessions, effortlessly knocking down 88% of his NBA threes. He's been an absolute force as a senior this season and is positioning himself to warrant draft consideration this summer.
Landers Nolley II
Wing | 6’7’’ | 225 lbs. | Fr. (RS) | Virginia Tech | #2
PBC Consensus Ranking: 59
Landers Nolley II has had an impressive start to his freshman season in Blacksburg, most notably driven by his shooting. He’s currently shooting 39.4% from beyond the arc and has shown the ability to knock down contested looks on the move. His volume coming off-screens isn’t the highest, but he has been productive and efficient when given the opportunity, ranking in the 91st percentile on such looks. He seems more comfortable coming off to his left than his right, but has shown the ability to make shots going either direction. Nolley does an excellent job at using his size to his advantage to shoot over the top of recovering defenders and high-hand contests.
Nolley's off-movement shooting has been a primary catalyst in vaulting him from a redshirt freshman with little to no prospect buzz to a potential 2020 NBA Draft early entrant.
Wing | 6’4’’ | 185 lbs. | Fr. | UMass | #23
PBC Consensus Ranking: 100+
T.J. Weeks has been one of the best shooters in college basketball this year. His ability to come off screens, square his feet quickly, and get his shot off has been a thing of beauty. He is currently shooting 48.5% from distance this year and while some shooting regression is likely, he is has popped as a very interesting under-the-radar prospect. Weeks ranks in the 98th percentile coming off screens by converting at a 1.562 PPP clip. It’s also his 2nd most frequent play type, accounting for 24.4% of his offensive possessions. He has been more efficient coming off screens moving to his left than his right but, similar to Nolley, is more than capable of shooting while moving in either direction.
While Weeks has yet to pick up mainstream momentum as an NBA Draft prospect, he's certainly building a case as an intriguing long-term prospect worth continuing to monitor.
*Stats courtesy of Synergy Sports Technology
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