Dillon Brooks (SF/PF, Oregon)

 

Measurables: 6’6”, 6’6” wingspan, 220 lbs, 21.3 years old

Strengths

  • Low turnover % considering usage (13% TOV, 31% USG)
  • Combination of playmaking/shooting is unique, beneficial
  • Great arc on jumper
  • Stretch 4 potential
  • Surprising athlete in traffic – blows past and finishes over guys
  • Very talented ISO scorer out of post, off drive, finishing against length
  • Talented playmaker all over the floor
  • Scores from all levels
  • Still only 21, good for a guy with 3 years in college
  • Efficiency increased between sophomore/junior years even as per-minute usage increased
  • Able to punish smaller defenders with his surprising strength

Weaknesses

  • Fairly weak value stats in college
  • Will have to adapt from high-usage role at Oregon to complementary role in NBA
  • How does ISO scoring translate to NBA with good-but-not-great athleticism?
  • Will likely struggle on defense at either 3 or 4
  • Doesn’t offer much as a rebounder if he’s playing the 4
  • Low defensive activity
  • Not great drawing fouls
  • Needs to bulk up in order to play the 4
  • Hard to envision him playing a lot of 3 in NBA
  • Lacks length or great defensive IQ
  • Needs to be disciplined on both ends

Overall

  • Brooks was a very good player at Oregon, particularly last season in just 25 minutes per game. He does everything a team would want offensively from a mismatch stretch 4, and looks like he should be able to translate as an offensive weapon at the 4. He’s a good athlete, good shooter, and has a lot of advanced scoring nuance while being a really smart creator for others. However, he’s going to struggle a lot as a rebounder and defender unless he seriously bulks up or gets quicker. That said, he won’t be 22 until over halfway through next season, and his floor is being a useful bench stretch 4, with his ceiling as a good starter if he can figure it out on defense.

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