In this latest instalment of draft profiles, I will be looking at Dylan Windler.
College Team: Belmont (Senior)
Position: Small Forward/Shooting Guard
Wingspan: ? possibly longer than his height.
- 2018-19 Stats: Over 33 games in around 33min per game he averages 21pts, 11reb, 0.6blk, 1.4stl, 2.5ast at 54% FG, 43% 3P and 85% FT.
Projected Draft Spot: Late 1st Rd to 2nd Round
Well, Windler can score from ‘ANYWHERE’. And score a lot. His offensive repertoire is what many scouts and commentators consider his best skill set. How good is his offence? Well check out the highlights below and make up your own mind – but he really does have an all-round skill set in that aspect of his game. Mr Versatility should be his nickname. He can drive and attack the rim, using both hands. He can shoot it from deep (a lot) with accuracy. He can move off the ball in catch n shoot situations, or pick n roll/pop schemes. He is athletic and can attack the rim, by finishing with dunks, even over defending players. He also doesn’t clog up the offensive flow, as he is able to find his teammates and keep the ball moving.
Defensively, he isn’t a slouch either. He averages over 10 rebounds a game, where he uses his athleticism and BBIQ to go get the ball, he also often tips out the rebounds to teammates to keep the play alive. He is more than solid as a defender, as he averages over a steal a game and nearly a block a game. His BBIQ is quite good and that may help with any defensive deficiencies at the next level.
Needs to include more mid-range shots in his game to be more effective at spacing in the NBA, as he gets most of his points either in the paint, or beyond the arc.
He can also be a risk taker at both ends of the court, and if that continues in the NBA, more experienced players will exploit that weakness. While he is athletic, he isn’t super-athletic and this may be exploited by quicker, more athletic wings in the NBA.
Hasn’t experienced games against top 20-30 teams too often, which means that he hasn’t been tested against tougher defences, and offences.
NBA Player Comparison: Doug McDermott, Matt Bonner (with skills other than shooting), Kevin Love (lite), Erik Piatkowski, Kyle Korver.
Fit with the Spurs:
If the Spurs are going to persist with DeRozan and Aldridge as the main offensive foci, and if Murray hasn’t yet developed a consistent deep shot, then they are going to need to surround those three with versatile players that can shoot it from deep. Windler fits that bill quite well. The bonus is that his defence isn’t broken (ala Forbes), and could be used to guard the 1-3 spots quite well, maybe even the 4 spot against small, less agile forwards. It is unlikely that he becomes a significant starting line-up type player, but he does have a skill set that could compliment the Spurs second unit. He might be worth a look at in the second round, especially if the Spurs go defence oriented with their first round picks.
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