2015 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Robert Upshaw
Robert Upshaw Player Profile
May 20, 2015
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School: Washington Huskies
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Career Stats: 7.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 0.4 assists and three blocks
Strengths: Robert Upshaw has elite size for his position and wouldn’t have to change much in that department. Upshaw is quite athletic for his size and runs the floor well. Upshaw has soft hands and get much of his buckets by cleaning up around the rim. Upshaw is a natural rim protector and an above-average rebounder. Upshaw is a terrific shot blocker and times shots perfectly. Upshaw does a good job of defending without fouling. Upshaw can play at an elite level when he’s 100 percent focused and motivated. Upshaw knows his game and doesn’t try to do too much. Robert Upshaw hasn’t really even scratched the surface of his potential.
Weaknesses: Robert Upshaw has been kicked off two teams in the last three years with off-the-court issues. Upshaw is very raw offensively, and he needs to improve his midrange game and post up moves. Upshaw shot just 44.2 percent from the free throw line. Upshaw isn’t comfortable defending outside of the paint. Upshaw is already 21 years old.
Projection: Robert Upshaw has all the skills to be a first round pick, but his off-the-court issues are the main reason he’s not as high on most draft boards as he’d like. It’s hard to find quality centers these days, and Upshaw has the potential to be just that. I’d take the risk in the late first round simply because I’m already a playoff team. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if Upshaw falls to the second round and is forced to prove he deserves a shot in the NBA.