Marcus Denmon had a very good collegiate career and is now headed to the NBA following his senior season with the Missouri Tigers.
Having averaged 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists last year, his numbers are deserving of high praise; however, as an undersized shooting guard, his 6’3”, 185-pound frame could make his transition to the next level a difficult one.
What Denmon Brings to the Team
The big-time shooter is going to bring efficiency to the team right away. Having averaged better than 40 percent from the three-point line and nearly 90 percent from the charity stripe last year, his shot is going to be his biggest asset.
Denmon was the focal point of Missouri’s prolific offense last season, and along with his great shooting touch came great control of the ball. Denmon averaged just 1.2 turnovers per game, proving he can be counted on to play a big-time role within an offense.
What Experts Are Saying
Having averaged 1.5 steals per game last season, nobody is going to be calling Denmon a bad defender anytime soon. However, Kyle Nelson of DraftExpress points out that size may become an issue on the defensive side of the floor at the next level:
Denmon certainly has solid tools and fundamentals on the defensive end of the floor, where he guards every perimeter position. He displays good lateral quickness and quick hands, but at 6'3 with a wiry 185-pound frame and an average wingspan, it remains to be seen whether he can guard NBA-sized shooting guards on a consistent basis.
Denmon doesn’t have the greatest athleticism to make up for his size, so he’s going to have to expand upon his defensive skill set in order to make a difference on that end of the floor.
Although Denmon’s game screams shooting guard, his physical frame is more suited for today’s NBA point guards.
Finding a role at the next level could be difficult, but if his shot stays as efficient as it’s been throughout his career at Missouri, he should be able to provide perimeter production as a complementary scorer throughout the 2012-13 NBA season.
If you're a Spurs fan and you like shooting, then you're happy with this pick. He seems like he'll be able to find a role in Pop's offense provided that San Antonio sees the need for another outside threat.
In a few years' time he could be the primary occupier of this perimeter role. There's no reason to think the Spurs' brass didn't know exactly what they were doing when they made this selection.
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