Monday, February 24, 2014

CBB to NBA Player Comparisons: Shabazz Napier

For me, the NBA player most reminiscent of Shabazz Napier is Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher.  Napier does not have great athleticism or size (only 6'2'' wingspan), but if there is one thing that he does have, it is the ability to make outside shots, especially when the game is on the line.  Fisher has this same ability, and showcased it most prominently in his years with the Lakers, when he hit clutch shot after clutch shot in the 2009 and 2010 seasons when the Lakers won the title.  Napier is developing as a passer and has actually become a decent rebounder too, while Fisher's passing and rebounding are both solid facets of his game.  Meanwhile, both are below-average defenders due to their smaller frames.  Because of his average athleticism and poor size, Napier has been labeled as a low-ceiling draftee, but if a team is looking for a clutch role player like Derek Fisher late in the draft, Napier might just be their man.

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