|Freshman||6’10” 240||PF/C||LSU||19 Yrs. Old|
|13.6 ppg||7.2 rpg||0.7 bpg||FG: 46.8%||3 PT: 33.3%|
Strengths: Outside shooting, Shot creation, Inside scoring, Athleticism
Weaknesses: Rim protection, Shot selection
Coming into LSU, Reid had plenty of hype as a McDonald’s All American and a 5 star recruit. Joining a team in Baton Rouge that already possessed some good talent, the Tigers were able to win the SEC regular season. As for Reid personally, he showed that his talent level was elite for a big man, although as with any freshman there were some down games. His offensive game is well rounded which was on display in games like his 26 point and 14 rebound performance against Florida, as well as his 29 point, 9 rebound game against Mississippi State. With the ability to shoot the outside jump shot extending to the three point line, he stretches the floor giving guards more spacing to drive to the basket. This is what the NBA is looking for in their big men these days, making him an intriguing prospect with his size. As well as being able to shoot it, he can both score driving to the basket at times, and with his back to the basket. He can improve on his interior moves which is the case with most young players, however the skills are there for him to a scorer at the next level, inside and out. Athletically Reid is a high level jumper for a large player, and his end to end speed is solid considering his size.
The most work with Reid at the next level will need to be on his defensive abilities. For a 6’10” player to average less than a block per game in college is not a good sign of his ability to protect the rim at the professional level. You would imagine with his athleticism and and size, he can become a decent defender as his experience level and coaching continues. Shot selection was somewhat of an issue during his freshman year, especially when opting to take a bad three point attempt instead of driving to the basket or taking advantage of a smaller player on the block. Some would argue that he does not have a great motor, but if that is the case and a coach is able to bring that extra drive out of him, his potential is even greater. He rebounded the ball well as a freshman at 7.5 per game, with some big games of 15, 14, and 13 to go with multiple other double digit rebound games. If he can continue to improve this part of his game to go with offensive skills, he should be a force to deal with on both ends of the floor.
Here is a big dunk he put down in transition against Yale in the NCAA tournament:
NAZ REID HAVE MERCY! pic.twitter.com/BncuFSeAfx— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2019
This shows you his ability to put the ball on the floor and throw it down:
Reid is viewed as a first round pick, but it is not entirely clear where he will end up within the round. Many project him going in the mid to late first, while some have him going in the early second round. It would be a surprise if he slips past the first round given his offensive skill set and the way it fits the current NBA game. His ceiling as a professional would be a starting forward/center for multiple years, with a possibility of reaching an all star level as his peak. The worst case scenario would be that he is a defensive liability at the next level, or his shooting is just not where it needs to be and he ends up being a back up that can come in and put up some points when he has it going.