NAZREON REID 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 245 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: RIGHT NOW/ MID 20’S PICK – HAS A CHANCE TO RISE DRAMATICALLY COME INDIVIDUAL WORKOUTS
- Thick, muscular player who already looks like a man among children when on the court with guys his age
- Shows a level of polish in his repertoire of scoring moves down in the low post
- Willing and able passer out of the post, shows some ability to kick it out to shooters or drop off bounce passes to cutters
- High-energy guy around the rim, always looking for rebounds, put-backs, and blocks
- Not afraid to shoot it from three, and has the ability to hit this shot semi-reliably
- How does he fit in today’s perimeter-focused, “wing-crazy” style in the NBA
- Will he get too big? If body fills out any more, it could take away from his quickness
- A little too dependent on his right hand, doesn’t show the same comfort or proficiency with his left hand
- Has something of a jerky-jerky motion when shooting from the floor, which could hinder his development as a shooter
In an era when the high school and college games are pumping out big men with unprecedented sets of all-around basketball skills, Nazreon “Naz” Reid feels like a throwback to your classic big man who’ll play down in the post on offense, and run back and protect the rim on defense.
On its face, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. With Reid, you know exactly what you’re getting. What does that look like, in terms of the NBA game? His comp feels like something you’d get if you threw Kenneth Faried, Tristan Thompson, and Julius Randle into a blender, and poured out the result.
The former 5-star recruit out of national power Roselle Catholic High School (NJ), Reid has been in the spotlight since he was a freshman in high school. We like his ability to play inside and out. The freshman has the face-up game to score off the dribble as well as to knock down jump shots, and he also can back opponents down to score in the post. He’s always been a big physical presence and very solid rebounder.
Reid has gotten into better shape since he left high school and it shows. His quickness and agility have improved. He has been a major contributor for the 15-3 LSU Tigers and is averaging 13.2pts and 5.6reb per game. While these are solid numbers, we believe Reid has the ability to do more and expect him to as the season rolls along.
The 2018 McDonald’s All-American has stretch 4 potential for the next level. With the ability to hit the mid-range jumper and an improving long range stroke, Reid is the type of player who we can see being a better NBA player than college player. If he stays in peak physical shape and continues to improve in all facets, the wide open NBA game plays to his talents.
If Naz Reid stays in college for another year, it’s possible he can be a top 10 selection in the 2020 draft. If he decides to enter the 2019 draft, his workouts with individual NBA teams will be crucial. All the tools are there for the big-man to have a successful pro career.
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