Australian prospect Dante Exum has intrigued NBA executives with his athleticism and high ceiling. They also might be interested in what's apparently a fairly unique playing style.
Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy (h/t Sulia) reports that Exum sees his game falling somewhere between Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili:
I can’t look at one player and say that’s who I play like, but I can see different traits that players have that I see: I look at Russell Westbook as that explosive point guard that can get to the rim, and also Manu Ginoboli when he gets into the paint and the way he can finish. It’s just looking at different players and what they can do, and how that can help my game.
Few have had much of an opportunity to see Exum in extended action, so we just might have to take his word on how his style has been influenced.
SB Nation's Paul Flannery called Exum an "international man of mystery," writing, "Scouts say he can [play], but no one really knows how he'll adjust to playing in the league with such a modest resumé."
But the exciting thing about Exum is his ability to make plays with a 6'6" frame. As the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell notes, "He could be everything former Charlotte Bobcat Shaun Livingston might have been had Livingston not suffered that heinous knee injury as a Los Angeles Clipper. People of Exum’s and Livingston’s dimensions seldom have their playmaking skill."
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