OKC Thunder: NBA Draft big board 2.0 – Top 30 prospects

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Devon Dotson #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks OKC Thunder (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Devon Dotson, PG, Kansas, 6’2, 180 pounds, 20 years old

Devon Dotson lacks a bit of size, but he plays much bigger than his 6’2 frame. He is fearless when he drives into the trees down low and can finish amongst them. He always maneuvers his way to daylight.

You can not teach his speed with the basketball, he can blow past almost anyone, and even better, that speed shares the same traits of the energizer bunny. He is like the kid that plays NBA 2K and never lets go of the turbo button.

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The problem with his constant speed is he is often caught up in the air causing him to toss-up circus shots or airmail passes into the third row.

While he gives all he has defensively, his size will not let him switch off guards, and even the bigger guards will create matchup issues as they’ll exploit his diminutive stature. Despite the lack of length, he is strong enough to not be backed down, that solid base mixed with his speed to not be blown past will help him on the defensive end.

He cashed in at the free-throw line, going for an 81 percent from the stripe which is usually a telltale sign of potential growth from beyond the arc.

When he has his speed under control, he is one of the best playmakers in this year’s NBA Draft class. It helps that defenses have to be intimidated by his ability to get to the rim off the dribble, so often teams would sag off his teammates creating open looks for them.

If Dotson can develop a long-range shot, he has no ceiling to his offensive game. His defensive game, barring a growth spurt, will always be limited.