San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospect: Rashad Vaughn

By George Middleton

Rashad Vaughn: 18-years old, UNLV, Shooting Guard

Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″5, 199-pounds, 6″7 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.8 steals, 44% field goals, 69% free-throws, 38% threes, 32.2 minutes

Quick Season Review: The UNLV Rebels disappointed this season, as they went 18-15 this season, but it was certainly not Rashad Vaughn’s fault. The star freshman was incredibly consistent this season, scoring in double digits in 21 of 23 games this year, before getting injured. Vaughn injured his left knee and missed the final nine games. Vaughn’s best game of the season, was when he scored 31 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against Utah State. Vaughn went for 30 points against Colorado State two weeks later.

Strengths: Vaughn is one of the more polished scorers in the draft. He can create his own shot and hit off the catch. Has good size for a two guard. Usually makes good decisions, despite some ill advised shots once in a while. Attacks the basket well and is a solid rebounder for a two guard. Good ball handler for a shooting guard.

Weaknesses: Can improve as a playmaker and should as he possesses a good handle. Doesn’t have much length (6″7 wingspan). An inconsistent defender, at times he looks good and at times he looks lackadaisical. Must improve free-throw shooting.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

Rashad Vaughn will only be a good fit for the Spurs, if they lose Marco Belinelli, Danny Green, or Manu Ginobili. He will add scoring punch off the bench in the near future. At worst he might become a solid scorer, despite questions of efficiency at the next level.

NBA Comparison: J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith has more athleticism than Rashad Vaughn at this point, but it’s a fair comparison. They’re both similar in the sense that they can score from different areas on the floor and have a solid handle.

Below is a Rashad Vaughn video uploaded by Rashad Vaughn.

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