SBN Mock Draft: The upside of Bennedict Mathurin hiding in plain sight

Bennedict Mathurin doesn’t appear to be sitting on the prime of anyone’s checklist. He isn’t the most effective scorer within the draft class, probably the most NBA prepared, probably the most polished, the highest defender or probably the most athletic. If you float the title of Mathurin as a possible choose at No. 5 for the Detroit Pistons, the common response appears to be, “yeah, certain.”

There may be this sense that deciding on Mathurin means you are not keen to take the house run swing such as you can be in the event you chosen thriller man Shaedon Sharpe. Choosing Mathurin additionally appears to offend those that salivate over Jaden Ivey’s athleticism, and hitching your wagon to Bennedict will get a tsk tsk from these armed with the analytics that showcase simply how potent a power Keegan Murray was at Iowa.

So why am I taking Mathurin fifth within the SB Nation Mock Draft? As a result of he explodes to the rim, he has this lovely, pure excessive arc to his 3-point shot that makes it practically unblockable, he is a superb cutter who looks like he may completely feast off of the type of appears to be like Cade Cunningham can create for him, and he has the dimensions, power and size to change into an affect participant on the defensive finish of the ground.

If the first mission is to seize a younger participant who might be an ideal complement to Cunningham then Mathurin is your man. In case you ask me his upside is not that far off from a participant like Sharpe, it is simply that the elusive, mysterious nature of Shaedon, with an absence of nationally televised sport and time away from organized ball means he is a thriller field everybody desires to open.

Mathurin is likely to be a sophomore, however he is youthful than Chet Holmgren and simply 5 months older than Paolo Banchero. Murray is extra of a identified product with a excessive probability of a minimum of discovering success as a scorer on the NBA degree.

Bit Mathurin has a sneaky excessive upside that no person is speaking about. In a league the place everybody desires two-way wings that may shoot from the perimeter, end in site visitors and showcase some secondary playmaking means, Mathurin checks all of the bins.

He shot over 40% from deep at 8 3s per 100 possessions, and whereas that dipped barely to 37% as a sophomore, it ought to be famous that Mathurin will not be merely a catch-and-shoot specialist. Bennedict takes extraordinarily troublesome appears to be like in NBA-style actions together with off of dribble handoffs, coming off of screens and off the dribble.

He is a motion shooter and knocks them down at a excessive proper on excessive quantity. His shot can also be one thing value investing in. From the waist and above you see the whole lot you need. A pure, clean movement that transitions right into a high-arcing look. Under the waist there are some points. Mathurin takes a very long time to get into his movement, and whereas it is constant you’d love to hurry it as much as make him much more harmful on the perimeter.

However he doesn’t solely rating from the perimeter. Mathurin has a wholesome .369 free-throw charge and tried 174 photographs outlined as shut 2s by, the place he shot 63%. Examine that to the extra extremely touted Ivey, who had a free-throw charge of .470 and 172 photographs on the rim the place he shot 67.9%. Ivey is likely to be getting all of the headlines, and his explosiveness is the actual deal, however there isn’t any disgrace in trailing Ivey in athleticism amongst potential lottery picks.

And one factor Mathurin has that the opposite contenders for the fifth choose would not have – Ivey, Murray, Sharpe, AJ Griffin – is large upside as a defender. He isn’t at all times locked in, nevertheless it’s not unusual for younger gamers to be inconsistent on the defensive finish. He is bought the dimensions and wingspan as a capturing guard to be disruptive and deal with his enterprise on switches effectively sufficient.

He is additionally aced the pre-draft course of coming in with rave critiques after interviews, particular person exercises and for his effectiveness and competitiveness in 3-on-3 settings. he actually looks like a Troy Weaver sort participant. And he’d be nice enjoying alongside Cade and might be a giant piece of a vibrant future.

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