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2020 NBA Draft Profiles, Vol. 1: Cassius Stanley

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2020 NBA Draft Profile: SG/SF Cassius Stanley

(Duke, Freshman)

  • Height: 6’6
  • Weight: 193lbs
  • Wingspan: 6’6
  • Age: 20
  • ’19-20 Stats: 27.4 MPG/12.6 PPG/4.9 RPG/1.0 APG/0.7 SPG/0.7 BPG/56.9 TS%/36 3PT% (3.0 attempts/game)
  • Specialist Potential: 3-and-D wing

Essential Strengths

  • Possessing elite athleticism and a mature frame, Stanley thrives as an above-the-rim finisher in transition and the half-court. He can effortlessly catch lobs, soar for put-back dunks, finish through contact and posterize defenders.
  • With a fluid shooting motion and a 36% three-point mark (31-86 3PA), Stanley eased some of the concerns around his reputation as an inconstant three-point shooter. He is at his best shooting in rhythm and in catch-and-shoot situations (all 31 of his made threes were assisted). Stanley had eight games with multiple made threes including a career-high of five (5-7 3PA) against Virginia Tech on February 22nd.
  • Stanley’s combination of athleticism, size, and effort point to him becoming a plus, versatile defender. He can potentially defend 1-3. At Duke, Stanley often matched up with the opposing team’s best wing. Despite not having an ideal wingspan for a player his size, his quick-twitch athleticism and frame can help compensate when defending up at the four depending on how small the opposing team goes.
  • Embraced and excelled in his role as a complementary piece behind Tre Jones and Vernon Carey. Stanley played with energy (1.9 ORPG, 0.7 SPG/0.7 BPG), within his tool/skillset. He showed the ability to share primary scoring duties at times (scored 15 points or more in 11 games including five games of 20 points or more).

Improvement areas

  • Despite significant improvement as a three-point shooter, there are still valid concerns about his consistency. These concerns are due to his reputation on the high school and grassroots levels. They include shooting 21% (8-38 3PA) in 10 games on the Nike EYBL 17U circuit. Albeit a small sample size, his 26% mark on transition threes at Duke (5-19 3PA) further fuels doubt.
  • Needs to become a more advanced shot creator and find more consistency shooting off the dribble. Stanley has flashed creative shot creation with spins, simple crossovers, and ability to play off hang/hesitation dribbles. However, he has had trouble finishing after creating the shot. Right now, he is not a primary or secondary scoring option, and I don’t expect him to develop into either one.
  • With his combination of explosiveness, quick-twitch athleticism, size, and perimeter tools, he doesn’t get to the free-throw line nearly enough as his attributes dictate (3.7 FTA per game, 73% FT). This shortcoming takes away an opportunity for Stanley to get easy points and get into a rhythm when he isn’t knocking down shots.
  • Stanley is both a limited playmaker (1.9 APG) and decision-maker for a wing (near 1:2 assist-to-turnover ratio; 30 assists to 54 turnovers in total).

Swing Factors: Three-point shooting and advanced shot creation off the dribble.

Offensive Role: Spot-up three-point shooter, slasher, above the rim transition and half-court finisher.

Defensive Role: Versatile defender, potential point-of-attack defender, event creator.

Role Category: Starter (ceiling)/ end of the rotation (floor).

Foundation Projection: Core (ceiling), support piece (floor).

NBA Comp: Blend of Norman Powell (UCLA) and Gerald Henderson (Duke).

Conclusion

Stanley is an elite athlete who understands how to use his physical tools to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Although there are valid concerns around his three-point shooting, Stanley’s physical profile, fluid shooting motion, and 36% mark fit the three-and-D wing role. His limitations as a shot creator and ball-handler project him as a tertiary scoring option. At the same time, his level of shooting will determine whether he is a potential starter or a complementary bench piece.

I would consider Stanley late in the first round in the 2020 Draft. If a team believes Stanley will be a high-level shooter opposed to just a threat, once could easily make a case for late-lottery consideration.

 

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