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Nets draft Round 2, Pick 1 - Nic Claxton, C
3 months ago  ::  Jun 20, 2019 - 11:19PM #1
JonahFalcon
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C Nic Claxton
7'0" 217 lbs Georgia


Pre-Draft Analysis


Strengths
- Interesting physical profile standing just under 7-feet in shoes with a 7-2.5 wingspan and a huge 9-2 standing reach. Wide shoulders and late-blooming trajectory suggest he'll continue to fill out his frame in time. Fluid athlete who is light on his feet and covers ground extremely well.

- Has a lot more versatility than most players his size. Very good ball handler who is at his best grabbing and going off the defensive glass. Shows the ability to change speeds some in the open floor. Can attack closeouts with smooth footwork. Not afraid to hoist up jumpers. Drops glimpses of talent that are rare and unique for a big man.

- Has significant potential defensively with his intriguing combination of mobility, timing and reach. Rotates impressively from the weakside to block and alter shots around the rim. Shows flashes of being able to switch on the perimeter and move his feet staying in front of guards. Plays with good energy.


Improvement areas
- Frame has a long ways to go at just 217 pounds. Got overpowered defensively by relatively mediocre big men in college. Just an average rebounder.

- Very much a project as a prospect, and doesn't always know his limitations. Game moves too fast for him at times. Lacks discipline on both ends of the floor. Not a great passer.

- Will likely need to continue to develop his perimeter shooting to find a way to score early in his career. Made 30% of his 3s in college and 61% of his free throws.


Post-Draft Analysis


The Nets took a flyer on the upside of big man Nic Claxton, who offers intriguing mobility, ball-handling and defensive versatility, with the No. 31 pick. Claxton was a late invite to the NBA Draft Green Room, but ended up sliding to the second round, likely due to his thin frame and average feel for the game. The Nets will likely give him plenty of minutes in the G League to try and shore up his perimeter shooting and decision making skills, as he does have some potential to grow into as his frame matures. -- Jonathan Givony

3 months ago  ::  Jun 20, 2019 - 11:29PM #2
JonahFalcon
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3 months ago  ::  Jul 09, 2019 - 1:02AM #3
JonahFalcon
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Nice Summer League game by Claxton: 6 for 6 on FG, 12 pt, 7 reb, 1 blk.

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