Muhammad was national player of the year coming out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas and was viewed as the pending No. 1 draft pick for 2013. Now he is seen as a fringe lottery selection (top 14).
Projecting how well Muhammad will fare in the NBA ranges from him being the next James Harden to being the next Michael Beasley — which are both left-handed compliments.
Muhammad is viewed by some as a “tweener,” caught between the small forward and shooting guard positions.
“I would not take Muhammad in the first round at all, and reason No. 1 is his skill level,” wrote former Oklahoma State standout Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports. “He's a 6-foot-5 small forward who is a very average athlete with some ‘old man body' to him. Muhammad is too small to play as he always has if he wants to play the position in the NBA. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, Luol Deng and Klay Thompson are all bigger and more athletic three-men. If he's too small to play his usual position and not athletic enough to make up for the lack of size and skill, where does that leave him?”
As for the comparison to Harden, Muhammad told Rome: “He's not the fastest guy out there or the tallest, but with his dribbling moves and hesitation moves he has a lot of stuff that keeps a defense off-balance. That's one thing I'm really trying to have in my game. That's one thing that can really make me a better NBA player.”
Muhammad recently said he has distanced himself from others.
“I'm going to speak for myself now,” Muhammad said. “I was a guy who just used to play basketball and let some of my guys talk for me, family members, but right now I'm more mature as a person. I'm going to talk for myself. I think that's the right way to do it.”