As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2017 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have amassed four picks: 1, 37, 53, and 56. The draft will be held June 22 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Position: Point Guard
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Weight: 169 pounds
Key 2016-17 stats: 16.7 points, 4.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds
Scouting report: Fox’s strengths entering the draft start with his impressive size and speed for a point guard. Standing at 6’4 with a 6’6 wingspan, he is both taller and longer than the average point guard selected in the NBA Draft Lottery. Projected to be a top-five pick, he could be a potential sleeper for the Celtics with the No. 1 pick. Fox has shown himself to be possibly the most explosive player in this year’s draft. He’s able to play above the rim, while possessing speed and quickness that has made it an incredible challenge for defenders to stay in front of him.
Fox’s combination of size and speed allow him to excel on the break, drawing comparisons to the likes of Wizards point guard John Wall. One NBA scout declaring early on, “De’Aaron Fox’s speed is going to remind Kentucky fans of John Wall. End to end is so fast, but can change speeds. Laterally quick too.”
As far as his weaknesses, while Fox does have the length to match up with NBA players, he weighs in at least 20 pounds less than the other top guard prospects entering this years draft. As a result, he can be seen struggling with contact around the rim. His shot selection is also questionable, pulling up for too many jumpers and ill-advised floaters. Fox has shown to be a poor jump shooter, ending the season shooting a poor 24.6 percent from deep.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog