Cam Reddish Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Cam Reddish

Freshman 6’8″ 218 Small Forward Duke DOB: 9/1/99
13.5 ppg 3.7 rpg 1.9 apg FG: 35.6% 3 PT: 33.3%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 7’1″ 

NBA Comparison: Paul George/Rudy Gay

Strengths: Shot Creation, Natural Scorer, Length, Size, Perimeter Defense

Weaknesses: Efficiency, Quickness, Shot Selection

Reddish by most standards did not live up to the expectations coming into the season, but he did show flashes of why he is considered a top draft prospect in the class. He can come off of a screen and create a shot himself, doing both with ease at the college level. Reddish is a natural scorer that looks to score first and foremost, and when he has his shot is going from the outside he can score in bunches. His length at 7’1″ and his 6’8″ size are both solid by NBA standards for a wing and he will fit in from that standpoint at the professional level. Being able to play both shooting and guard and small forward will help get him on the floor early, with teams being able to use him with multiple lineups whether they go small or big. Mainly used in a catch and shoot type of role on a loaded Duke roster, he has more to his game than what he showed in his freshman season. There are questions with how well he will be able to get by a defender at the professional level, and those are legitimate but if he has been able to get to the basket off of the dribble in the past. With the prevalence of the pick and role in the league he can be used effectively in this area, possessing solid skills when shooting off of the pick or setting up a teammate rolling off. Reddish will have no problem finding open looks and getting his shot off, as long as he can be effective with those opportunities, he can become a high level scorer. In the fast break he should do very well, slipping out to catch and shoot as well as leading the break at times. 

Not the most explosive athlete, however with his size and athleticism he can finish at the rim with ease and his athleticism should not be too much of a concern going forward. With that said his lateral quickness could cause some issues both driving to the basket and on perimeter defense. The main reason many analysts have dropped Reddish from his preseason draft stock was his offensive shooting efficiency. 35.6% from the field and 33.3% on three point attempts will not get it done as a professional, and while his shooting mechanics and stroke are solid, he needs to become a more consistent shooter to reach his potential. One thing to note is that 61.8% of his shots were from behind the three point line, meaning that his overall shooting numbers from the field are not as low when you take into account the lack of two point attempts compared to his peers. His free throw percentage at 77.2% gives hope that his numbers will improve, with no flaws in his motion, it is logically to assume they will. Shot selection was an issue for him as a freshman, often times choosing to shoot a bad three pointer when attempting to drive at the basket or pull or a mid range jump shot would be the better decision. This can be improved with coaching, but his shot selection will need to get better, especially when you consider the low percentages he has put up. As a defender he was solid in college guarding multiple positions and being able to switch on smaller guards, which with his physical tools has him projected well as a defender overall. 

Here is a game winning three he hit at Florida State:

This play is an example of his ability to use a screen and make a contested outside jump shot:

Reddish is a first round lock with it being likely that he is taken as a top ten pick. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level wing possibly reaching an all star level, scoring at a high level from the perimeter, and providing solid defense. The worst case scenario for Reddish is that he is unable to shoot the ball efficiently enough to earn significant minutes, leading him to be in a limited role as a volume scorer off of the bench. 

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