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UCLA's three losses shouldn't reflect on Shabazz Muhammad as an NBA prospect, who seems to be held back by the frustratingly slow and patient college pace.
Muhammad should be ready to go right away upon his entry into the league, where his physical tools alone will allow him to contribute on the scoreboard regardless if his jumper is falling.
He's built to comfortably play both the two and the three, with the size, length, strength and athleticism to man either wing position. With more freedom to operate, Muhammad should get extra opportunities to create offense for himself in the half-court and transition.
At his best attacking the rim, Muhammad shouldn't have any problem with contact or an upgrade in interior defense. He can use power when given the opportunity and finesse when necessary, which should help him overcome any obstacles he encounters on his path to the basket.
There's no reason he can't average 14 points as a rookie in a setting more fitting to his overall game.