Leading up to the NBA Draft we will be analyzing scouting reports for various players who have entered their name in this year’s NBA Draft. The focus of these articles will be on prospects who we find most intriguing and feel readers need to become more familiar with. Please let us know if you want any players specifically @edupridepress. All stats and videos are via KenPom, ESPN, DraftExpress, and YouTube.
Dwayne Bacon – Florida State
Weight: 225 Ibs
Age: 21 years and 8 months
Projected: 54 (DraftExpress) 39 (CPP Big Board) 35 (CPP Mock Draft)
Background: NBA teams want players who put the ball in the bucket. And that’s where Dwayne Bacon is at his best. In his two years at Florida State, Bacon averaged a little over 16 points per game on a team of NBA prospects such as Jonathan Isaac, Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Michael Ojo to name a few. What makes Bacon’s impressive numbers even more remarkable is he put up high numbers against the best conference in the nation night in and night out, the ACC. Even with some stretches of inconsistency throughout his college career at FSU, Bacon could end up being a hit or miss prospect who has potential to be a special player. Many NBA Draft experts believe Bacon is a mid/late 2nd round pick but could very well go undrafted.
Strengths: Bacon is built like a football player. He’s at his best when attacking the basket where his strength and body control takes over which allows him to absorb contact and finish at the rim. NBA General Managers and Owners look for the prospects who aren’t afraid to go hard to the rim and get to the free-throw line or even the three-point play. Another strong suit of Bacon’s game is his fluidity in transition. Far too often do shooting guards get out on the fast break and stand around the three-point line on the fast break. Bacon does a great job of combining his speed, strength and finishing skills like I noted earlier to convert easy buckets in transition.
In the game against Clemson, Bacon showed just how dominant he can be when he plays to his strengths. Also in this contest, Bacon displayed his improved 3-point jumper which adds a whole other element to his game. If Bacon finds a way to play within himself and not try to do too much, an NBA team will be very happy with this kid.
Weaknesses: While Bacon was able to rely on his strength to get to the rim at the college level, the NBA is going to be a whole different animal. As of now, the only way he can be a reliable offensive player is if he does that every time and that will not happen in the NBA. In college, Bacon struggled at creating his own shot which caused made it difficult to score against longer defenders. In order to succeed in the pros, he will have to find a way to create his own shot and start to become more consistent in the catch and shoot, another one of his weaknesses. NBA defenders are the best in the world. If Bacon stays, for the most part, a one-dimensional player, his time in the league will be short-lived.
Comparison: Khris Middleton
Middleton is considered by many to be the most underrated player in the NBA and was a big reason for the Milwaukee Bucks success this season. Not saying Bacon’s career is going to pan out exactly like Middleton’s, but they share the same skills that have made them successful players at their respective levels. If Bacon can become more a catch and shoot threat like Middleton, we could be seeing these guys matching up in the near future.
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