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2020 NBA Draft Profiles, Vol. 3: John Petty Jr.


2020 NBA Draft Profile: SG/SF John Petty Jr.

(Alabama, Junior)


  • Height: 6’5
  • Weight: 184lbs
  • Wingspan: 6’7
  • Age: 21
  • ’19-20 Stats: 14.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 46% FG (61% true shooting), 44% 3P (6.7 attempts per game), 1.1 SPG, 0.7 BPG
  • Specialist Potential: Three-Point, Microwave Shooter, 3-and-D



  • Dangerous three-point shooter that’s still accurate with volume (career 38% three-point shooter on 6.1 attempts per game), capable of getting hot quickly and hitting them in bunches. Petty finished the year with 15 games of at least three made threes and holds the school record for made threes in a game at 10, a mark he hit twice in his career (20-26 3PA combined). He led the SEC in three-point percentage at 44% and ranked second in threes made with 85.
  • Excelled in an uptempo, NBA-style offense under Nate Oats in his ideal NBA role as a spot-up, catch-and-shoot player with some live dribble scoring upside. He ranks in the 98th percentile on catch-and-shoots (48.6% on 109 attempts), 97th on jump shots and 92nd in spot-ups.
  • Although Petty is not a lead or secondary ball handler or playmaker, he can operate as a tertiary playmaker within the flow of the offense. Petty is an underrated ball mover and dribble kickout passer that can make the right pass to the open man.
  • Plus rebounding guard that rebounds in and out of his area with a combination of activity, desire and size. Led Alabama in rebounds per game and finished 14th in the SEC in total rebounds with 189 rebounds, leading all SEC guards.


  • More confidence and progression as a creative dribbler has allowed Petty to take a notable step forward as a capable live dribble and isolation scorer. He loves to play off of hang dribbles to get into his jump shot from beyond the arc and mid-range. To take another step forward as a scorer, Petty must continue to tighten his handle. It can get high and loose, forcing him to pick the ball up too early or turn it over.
  • Negative career assist-to-turnover ratio (2apg: 2.2tpg). Teams will be hesitant to give him touches in the pick-and-roll or even as secondary ball handler until his decision making improves.
  • Possesses the length, attitude and activity to be an adequate defender at the next level, but doesn’t appear to be consistent with his effort. Can often be upright in his stance without any resistance, leading to easy penetration and scores.
  • In order to hold his paths and spots on both ends, Petty must continue to add size and strength to his lean frame. Has the frame to add more muscle and strength, but likely will always have a wiry build.
  • His career 69% FT mark leans into his reputation as a streaky shooter. Petty is too good of an overall shooter to finish below 70 percent at the line and I expect him to instantly improve his percentage at the next level.

Offensive Role: Floor stretcher, spot-up shooter, catch-and-shoot operator, transition attacker

Defensive Role: Active defender, team defender

Role Category: Rotation player (ceiling)/ fringe player (floor)

Foundation Projection: Support piece

Swing Factors: Live dribble scoring, decision making, pick-and-roll play

NBA Comp: Blend of CJ Miles (Skyline HS) and Darius Miller (Kentucky)




Petty is the microwave three-point shooter that teams love to have on their bench to potentially instantly impact the game and shift momentum. He offers some upside as a live dribble-scorer and defender, but lacks a reliable secondary skill to pair with his shooting. Petty should be considered in the mid-to-late second round.

A return to Alabama would put him amongst the SEC Player of the Year favorites and provide a chance to boost his draft stock alongside a talented perimeter duo in Shackelford and Quinerly. His decision to stay in the draft or return will be one to watch.

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