Over the next month, ESPN NBA Insider John Hollinger is releasing team scouting reports, closely analyzing every player in the league.
First up, Hollinger broke down both of the NBA finalists, kicking off his countdown with the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
It’s well-researched and thorough stuff, great for any NBA fanatic. Here’s his complete player-by-player breakdown of the Thunder.
But if you’re looking for a condensed version, Hollinger put together a brief scouting synopsis, with positives and negatives, at the start of his breakdown. The highlights are below:
+ Tall, long-armed scoring prodigy with unblockable release. Deadly in transition.
+ Great foul shooter. Lacks strength. Struggles to get open against physical D.
+ Good handle and improved passer. Length an asset on defense and boards.
+ Freakishly athletic shoot-first guard with great burst to basket. Penetrates at will.
+ Shaky long-range shooter but excels at midrange pull-up. Makes bad decisions.
+ Could be excellent defender, but effort has slackened. Great offensive rebounder.
+ Strong wing defender with good size and lateral movement. Very good rebounder.
+ Good handle for size but has poor offensive instincts and makes terrible decisions.
+ Effective finisher in open court but a mediocre outside shooter.
+ Athletic, long-armed, shot-blocking ace still learning fundamentals.
+ Overrated defender who struggles against floor-spacers. Good rebounder.
+ Very good midrange shooter. No post game and poor offensive instincts.
+ Tough-as-nails post defender who likes physical play. Very strong.
+ Plodding low-post game. Lacks elevation and takes forever to gather and go up.
+ Sets bone-jarring screens but prone to offensive fouls. Can make short jumpers.
+ Skilled left-hander who excels at pick-and-roll game. Prodigious drawer of fouls.
+ Left-dominant. Sees court well but turnover-prone. Good set shooter from 3.
+ Middling wing defender who rebounds well. Good hands, has cut foul rate.
+ Heady big who excels at defending pick-and-rolls and taking charges.
+ Not as strong in 1-on-1 defense. B-athlete but elevates quickly. Fouls often.
+ Decent midrange shooter but rarely shoots. Good offensive rebounder.
+ Jump-shooting wing with strong catch-and-shoot game. Elevates well on jumper.
+ Solid athlete, but a weak ball handler. Virtually never goes to the basket.
+ Solid, unspectacular defender but a bit undersized for the 3. Not a rebounder.
+ Steady point guard with pass-first mindset. Good handle but B-grade athlete.
+ Average outside shot, and struggles to get to rim. Returning from knee injury.
+ Decent position defender. Has thin frame but moves well and competes.
+ Athletic point guard who plays out of control. Needs to calm down.
+ Good court vision but instincts are as scorer. Quick and has good size.
+ Disappointing shooter as rookie. Must improve finishing and shot selection.
+ Long big man who can rebound and block shots.
+ Can finish at rim but has few other offensive skills.
+ Needs more game experience and better defensive reactions.
+ Tall combo forward who can run, jump and score. Good shooter for size.
+ Athleticism doesn’t impact games. Tends to disappear. Questionable motor.
+ Tough, aggressive wing but fouls like crazy. Good rebounder for size.
+ Poor outside shooter. Cannot elevate or finish. Weak ball skills.
+ Strong and competes on defense, but lateral quickness iffy.
+ Long, tall, slender center with knack for shot-blocking.
+ Lacks strength. Foul prone. Has poor basketball instincts at both ends.
+ Can make short-range jumpers but has no post game whatsoever.