Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sp
It's been raining red flags over Shabazz Muhammad.
First, he had been cited for being a year older than expected, meaning the damage he did in high school was mostly against younger competition. At UCLA, he earned a me-first reputation, which wasn't helped by the fact he averaged less than one assist per game.
Getting into technicalities, his low assist rate is also related to his inability to create off the dribble. Muhammad scored the majority of his points as a spot-up shooter, catch-and-slasher and finisher in transition.
But beating his man in isolation to set up a scoring opportunity isn't really a strength, which is troubling for a player who's considered a scorer. It wouldn't be so bad if he was known for rebounding, defending or passing, but he isn't. And the fact that he's undersized for a 3 only adds to the concern.
After getting booted from the Rookie Transition Program for violating simple rules, he's already off to a rough start. And that's not even including an underwhelming summer league debut.
Muhammad runs hard, moves well and can shoot it off the catch, but I can't bet on a guy who has a lot of concerns surrounding him. I like him as a person, just not as a prospect.