Ricky Ledo Traded to Dallas Mavericks: Scouting Report and Analysis
With the No. 43 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Ricky Ledo from Providence College and subsequently traded him to the Dallas Mavericks, according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ricky Ledo was ruled a partial qualifier for his freshman year at Providence, meaning he was ineligible for games but was allowed to participate in practice.
Despite not logging a single minute in college, Ledo has still generated buzz based on his prep career and NBA upside. The 20-year-old was considered one of the top scorers in the country coming out of high school in 2012.
Ledo measures in at 6'6'', a perfect size for an NBA 2-guard. He lacks ideal wingspan, though, and his upward explosiveness is questionable. Ledo managed only a 33.5'' max vertical leap at the combine.
Regardless of Ledo's combine numbers, he's an above-average athlete whose physical profile translates to the NBA.
Ledo has a tight handle that he uses to separate from defenders. He's capable of creating offense off the dribble and scoring in isolation.
Take these highlights with a grain of salt, given they're against high school competition. Still, you can see Ledo's handle, athleticism and body control:
Ledo has the ability to shake his defender and separate from mid-range. This could end up being his bread and butter in the NBA if he can prove that he's reliable as an isolation scorer.
Watch Ledo rise up off the dribble and drain a jumper in isolation:
Ledo is considered a streaky shooter at this point. He's capable of heating up and scoring points in bunches, but is inconsistent from the outside.
At his best, Ledo has deep NBA range. The ball flies off his fingertips in effortless fashion.
This is footage of Ledo working out for the 2013 draft, via 2eZMalloyProductions:
Since we haven't seen Ledo play within the flow of a structured offense, it's difficult to project if he can adapt to the NBA game. Based on what we saw in high school, though, Ledo is a pure scorer with the size and athleticism to translate to the pros.
What we don't know is whether or not he's capable of playing off the ball as a complementary option. No coach is going to give Ledo the offensive freedom he had in high school, so he will have to develop other parts of his game to succeed at the next level.
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