NBA Draft 2014 Player Profile: Tyler Ennis
Randy Looks at the Top Prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft
NBA Draft: June 26, 2014
USA TODAY Sports
Stats: 12.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.5 APG
Notes: Tyler Ennis was second-team All-ACC, All-ACC Freshman Team and All-ACC Defensive Team as a freshman at Syracuse.
Strengths: The thing that stands out the most is Ennis’ ability to control the basketball game at such a young age. He has a high basketball IQ, never panics and makes his teammates believe that everything is going to be OK regardless of the situation. Ennis poise and leadership may be the best of anyone in this draft. Ennis also almost never turns the ball over. Offensively, Ennis has a Tony Parker-like floater in the middle of the lane and is capable of knocking down shots from NBA three ball range. He’s great in pick-and-roll situations and does a wonderful job of creating for his teammates. Defensively, Ennis has active hands that allowed him to average 2.1 steals per game.
Weaknesses: Ennis will have to get bigger if he’s ever going to become a successful NBA starter. He isn’t the most athletic player in the draft and that can sometimes hurt him when trying to drive to the cup. And while he’s capable of getting hot from the field, Ennis needs to improve consistency on his jump shot, especially from downtown. There also may be a bit of a learning curve defensively considering he spent much of his career playing in the Syracuse 2-3 zone.
Projection: I can see Ennis being a lottery pick, but could also see him falling towards the back of the first round. There’s a lot to like about his game, but there’s also some raw points considering he’s not much of a finished product. You have to like his composure and the way he gets his teammates involved, but his offensive game still needs some improvement. Either way, I’d take Ennis in the Top 20 and make him my backup PG immediately.