2022 NBA Draft Profile: Shaedon Sharpe and Detroit

Shedon Sharp

Shedon Sharp
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What is Shedon Sharp? Future bust? Future superstar? Role player? Sharpe is the enigma of the draft for this Thursday. It can be many different things, maybe several at once. The only thing we know for sure is that he will be chosen by lottery. However, Sharpe is expected to enter the Top 10 in almost every available model project. Raw potential, size, athleticism and even mystery make Sharpe the most intriguing player to enter the 2022-2023 NBA season.

The 19-year-old 6-foot-6 phenomenon from Canada spent his entire first season in Kentucky due to mysterious eligibility circumstances. Many thought Sharpe would return to the court after returning to Wildcats practices. However, this was stopped by Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

“I told his parents that I would not put him in a position to hurt himself,” Calipari said. “I’m not. And we’re going to do that, the process of that, and if he finishes playing this year because he’s able to do it and he can play, we’re going to play with him. But I’m not just pushing him so we can win another game or stay closer. ”“ I won’t.

It was never explained what the hell was going on. And the general public, outside of NBA insiders, will never understand. So what do we need to look for about what Sharpe might be like in the NBA?

During Sharpe’s final year at Dream City Christian in Arizona, he was ranked №. 1 in its class from ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. Hence the noise around him, as he was only the second five-star number one to choose Kentucky after Nerlens Noel in 2013.

The Canadian is another in a long line of excellent players coming from our northern neighbors, starting with Steve Nash and continuing with RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, dillof Brooksand Lou Dort. Entering this year, Sharpe rides the wave of his abstraction. If he goes back to college and gets hurt or shows he’s not as professional as we all thought he would be, his stock will fall. Even with zero collegial review bar, he is destined to be elected to the lottery.

Outside of college, Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 36.1 percent of 3 on the Nike EYBL track in 2021, according to Cerebro Sports. While competing in the international elite basketball basketball team The Grind Session, he averaged 18.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

Physical Sharpe is the whole package – it has a lightning fast step, a tendency to superiority in descent and a dynamic set of tools for finishing around the edge. The scouts were amazed during the combine’s improved handling of the ball, shot from the shot and accuracy from the three-point line. The downside is that none of these observations occurred during the NCAA’s regular season. Even more important is the NCAA tournament. We are yet to see how Sharpe performs on the biggest stages during the crisis. Dominance in high school is still just high school.

There are clear red flags that would make it to Detroit or one of the developing teams in the top seven alarming. There was criticism of his motorcycle dating back to high school. The scouts described Sharpe as bored and uninterested in defense, a terrible qualification for a child who has all the physical gifts to be a two-way horse. The effort is unbearable. You either have it or you don’t. This is not something that suddenly changes once you start playing against the best players in the world.

If he lands in Detroit or Sacramento, two of the most likely bargains, he will join teams with a long history of losses. While Detroit is doing better than Sacramento lately in the draft and player development selections, Sharpe will at least play to the core in Cade Cunningham. This may be the best case scenario for the young miracle. If the ball was out of his hands, it would be easier to acclimatize Sharpe to head coach Dwayne Casey’s system. Cunningham is a great facilitator, even as a rookie this year. He also dealt with motor problems in college, but proved he was ready for the bright lights of the NBA game.

The Pistons grow something special in Detroit and do it at a slow and steady pace. Sharpe can be the three-level scorer his list needs to act as a dose of adrenaline in an attack. And playing at Cunningham’s steady hand will give the Pistons a larger-than-life backfield that can grow and form together as the team builds to more than an unknown amount. This is a situation that can elevate an enigma of light to test what it is and what it can be.

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