Height/Weight: 6'8", 204 lbs
Age: 23 years old
Projected NBA Position: Power Forward
NBA Comparison: Skinny Tim Thomas
Twitter Handle: @MikeMoser_0
Although he's had a rocky collegiate career that included three different stops, forward Mike Moser has a chance to get his foot in the door and latch on in the NBA.
He transferred after his freshman year at UCLA, and then, he had an up-and-down two years at UNLV. Once he graduated from UNLV, after his fourth year of college (and third year of basketball), he used his remaining eligibility on a stint at Oregon. He also battled through an elbow injury at UNLV.
While at Oregon, he regained some of the stock he earned during his sophomore year and enjoyed his best career outside shooting numbers. He now looks to translate that into NBA success.
Will his length, rebounding and perimeter prowess be enough to keep him in the Association?
|Statistics at UCLA/ UNLV/ Oregon|
Moser's measurements and athletic gifts are a mixed bag.
He's 6'8" with shoes on and has a 7'0.25" wingspan, which is great if he spends time as a small forward, but it's not as striking if he plays the 4. His 8'11" standing reach is nice, however.
Moser is a slender 204 pounds, and he'll get pushed around in the pros more than he did in college. He must add a significant amount of muscle in order to impact the interior.
At a recent workout with the Los Angeles Clippers, he turned in uninspiring athletic numbers, including a 27" no-step vertical and a 30.5" vertical leap. He's going to struggle to hang with much of the league from a strength and agility standpoint.
Mid-Range and Outside Shooting
During his lone season at Oregon, Moser proved once and for all that he can bury jumpers at a high level.
Not only did he notch a career-best 38 percent from beyond the arc, but he drilled 45 percent of his two-point jumpers, per Hoop-math.com, and was effective shooting off the dribble.
His shooting stroke is the most promising aspect of his NBA outlook, explains Draft Express scout Kyle Nelson:
Moser's best chances of making it in the NBA revolve around his ability to stretch the floor from the perimeter, be it at the small forward or power forward position in smaller lineups. He was more consistent this past season than he's ever been in his career...Moser demonstrated much improved shooting mechanics including both a fairly quick release and high release point, which along with his length, size, and elevation should translate well to the next level. He makes shots in ways that spot-up shooting combo-forwards are expected to at the next level...
Whether it's spot-up triples, mid-range tosses or pull-up jumpers after attacking close-outs, Moser should capably help his club space the offense.
He'll be a mediocre athlete in the NBA, but Moser knows how to utilize his length in all phases of the game.
Whether he's a 3 or a 4 at the next level, he'll rebound well for his position. He grabbed 11.9 rebounds per 40 minutes in college, including 13.4 per 40 minutes during his breakout sophomore season.
He also has good hands and ample wingspan to disrupt opponents defensively, causing deflections and altering shots from a variety of angles.
Moser's size won't be enough to completely compensate for his lack of vertical prowess, but he will hold his own and surprise some people by how effective he is.
When it comes to creating offense off the dribble, Moser is going to have trouble in the NBA.
In college, he couldn't do much more than attack open lanes and make straight-line slashes to the hoop. At this point, it doesn't look like his ball-handling skills will evolve much, so he won't be able to generate much against pro defenders. As such, he'll be a role player offensively, operating as an outside shooter and putback scorer.
And while his athleticism was adequate enough to produce at UNLV and Oregon, he's going to be overwhelmed at points in the NBA. During certain matchups, he's simply going to be out-jumped or out-muscled.
There's no guarantee Moser will stick on an NBA roster this upcoming year, but if he does, it will be courtesy of his shooting.
He will be a combo-forward option off the bench, able to play the 4 when his squad plays small ball or as the 3 when the team needs a shooting option. His minutes and numbers will likely be limited.
With a better feel for the NBA game and a greater understanding of his capacities as a stretch-forward, Moser could become a more important role player down the road.
He would still be the fourth or fifth scoring option when he's on the floor, but he would be increasingly efficient and more adept at finding opportunities.
He's already 23, so don't expect monumental progress and a vastly different version of Moser five years from now. He's going to be a shooter and a hold-down-the-fort defender while the thoroughbreds get some rest. There's no shame in that, though.