Darius Johnson-Odom to Lakers: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis
Darius Johnson-Odom, the extremely unique, undersized shooting guard from Marquette, is a difficult prospect to put a finger on, but as a senior at Marquette, he was extremely effective.
Johnson-Odom averaged 18.3 points per game in his senior season at Marquette, plus 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists to go along with 45 percent shooting from the field.
What Johnson-Odom Brings to the Team
Johnson-Odom is a very good shooter for his size, standing just 6'2" and shooting 45 percent. From beyond the three-point line, he displayed a reliable shot, at just under 39 percent.
He's a hard-running, quick little fellow who has the skill set that an NBA shooting guard should have, but he definitely doesn't have what it takes to be a point guard, which is the reason that he's hard to put a finger on.
His meager frame, along with his slowly developing ability to get to the rim with ease and score in traffic and his inability to create shots for his teammates means if he wants to play point guard, then he's going to have to work. However, if he wants to be a shooting guard, he's at least going to be able shake his defender, spot up and shoot and, on defense, he'll stay in front of his man.
What Experts are Saying
The offensive side of Johnson-Odom's game is visible when you see him play, but it's sometimes hard to get the full scope of what he's capable of on defense as a smaller fellow.
Derek Bodner of DraftExpress.com sums up his defensive game pretty well.
On the defensive side of the ball, Johnson-Odom gives good effort on this side of the ball and has the upper and lower body strength to defend strong NBA shooting guards. His average size, however, is an issue for someone who is at his best off the ball.
Impact as a Rookie
It's entirely possible for Johnson-Odom to come in in his rookie season and make an impact right away. At the very least, you've got yourself a guy who can pull up and sink jumpers, work his butt off on defense and bring a winning swagger to the team.
He may spend the first quarter of the season on the bench collecting minutes in garbage time and learning the game from his veteran teammates, but he'll get on the floor eventually.
Hey look, this was a pick nobody expected to have, and they used it to pick a guy who can score from the perimeter and may be able to create his own shot if called upon.
Being able to shoot has always been a valuable skill to have as a Laker. Mike Brown can get creative and find some lineups in which—either off Kobe penetrating or off a kickout—he can get some open looks and do some damage.
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