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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: William Buford




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2012 NBA Draft Scouting Report: William Buford


Position: Shooting Guard

Size: 6-6, 220

School: Ohio State, Senior


Strengths:
  • Pure shooter
  • Catch-and-shoot ability
  • Pull-up jumper
  • Comes off screens well
  • Nice post-up game for an off-guard
  • Good turnaround jump shot
  • Uses ball fakes to create space to get off his shot
  • Athleticism
  • Able finisher when he gets to the rim



    Weaknesses:
  • Too often falls in love with his jumper
  • Needs to be more aggressive in attacking the basket
  • Ball-handling could use improvement in iso situations
  • Tends to show his frustration when his shot is not falling and carries it over to the defensive end
  • Not a great perimeter defender

    Summary: Buford has been a solid player throughout his collegiate career but has not elevated his game to a consistent point where he will be a surefire first-round pick. More than likely, Buford will be a role player at best in the NBA and figures to be a late first/early second-round pick.

    Player Comparison: John Salmons. Both Salmons and Buford are athletic enough to get to the basket but rely more on their outside jumper as their best weapon. I am not sure Buford will put up the numbers that Salmons has in recent years, but remember that Salmons was a late first-round pick who didn't find his niche in the league until fifth season. Buford could develop into that type of scorer if he finds the right landing spot.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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