NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Dante Exum
Randy Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
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Notes: Exum’s father, Cecil, played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels and helped them win a national championship in 1982.
Strengths: Like Kyle Anderson, Exum has unusual size for a point guard at 6’6”, allowing him to see the floor well and set his teammates up nicely. Exum handles the ball extremely well and has a quick first step that allows him to get to the basket and create his own offense. Exum can also play shooting guard, but his more natural position is running the point. Exum has improved his shooting, but he’s most dangerous when penetrating and being aggressive with the basketball.
Weaknesses: With foreign players you always have to question the level of competition he faced. Playing in Australia and overseas, there may be a little bit of a learning curve early on. Exum will also need to add weight to his 188-pound frame in order to remain the aggressive point guard in the NBA. Exum will also have to improve his inconsistent jump shot like he has the last couple of years.
Projection: There’s a lot of buzz for Exum being a high character kid and the upside is too much for him not to be a Top 10 players selected. However, I have Marcus Smart as my top point guard simply because I know what I’m going to get from him when I draft him. Even with that said, Exum has the potential to be a solid NBA player once he tweaks a few things. He’ll be one of the first few players selected on draft night.