After taking his first stretch of games at UCLA to acclimate to the college game, freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad has proved to live up to the hype.
The 6’6” slasher has been a dominant force for the Bruins so far and has been their go-to player in clutch situations.
Muhammad has extinguished all the doubts concerning his abilities to be an excellent college player after an NCAA investigation and a lack of fitness halted his collegiate career.
Not only has Muhammad been UCLA’s No. 1 scorer from the very beginning (currently averages 18 points per game), but he has also demonstrated an unrivaled ability to take over a game, as he displayed in the Bruins’ upset of Arizona.
Unfortunately for UCLA, the one-and-done culture of college basketball suggests that Muhammad will pack up his bags and declare for the NBA Draft this spring, which may not be the best decision for his development as a player but will be the likely outcome.
At his current rate, Muhammad will be an early first-round pick, which suggests he’ll be selected to a rebuilding franchise.
Let’s take a look at which NBA teams Shabazz would best be suited for out of the realistic group of teams that would have a chance to draft him.