2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Vander Blue



Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2013 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Vander Blue


Position: Shooting Guard

Size: 6-4, 200

School: Marquette, Junior


Strengths:
  • Athleticism
  • Awesome in transition
  • Explosive at the rim
  • Quick first step
  • Can finish around the bucket with either hand
  • Rhythm jumper
  • Pull-up jumper
  • Improved outside shooter
  • Doesn’t shy away from the big moment
  • On-the-ball defender
  • Active in passing lanes




  • Weaknesses:
  • Outside shot still needs work
  • Too much of a finesse finisher at the rim
  • Taking care of the ball off the bounce
  • Needs to get stronger/more physical
  • Can be a more aggressive rebounder


  • Summary: Blue’s breakthrough junior year and terrific performance in the NCAA Tournament put him on the radar, but I think he’s making a mistake by going pro. Blue’s growth from sophomore to junior year was impressive, and I think he would have benefited from developing further during his senior year. Blue will likely be an early-mid second-round pick, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he goes undrafted.

    Player Comparison: Jared Cunningham. I’m not reaching too far back for this one. Similar in size, Cunningham is a terrific athlete and awesome in transition. Like Blue, Cunningham is not a great outside shooter, which is part of the reason Cunningham barely made a dent on the Dallas roster in his rookie season. He was somehow a first-round pick but I can’t see that happening for Blue.







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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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