San Antonio Spurs Draft Prospect: Terry Rozier

By George Middleton

Terry Rozier: 21-years old, Louisville, Point Guard

Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″2, 190-pounds, 6″8 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.2 blocks, 2.0 steals, 41% field goals, 79% free-throws, 31% threes, 35.0 minutes

Quick Season Review: Terry Rozier was one of the more improved players in the country as a sophomore. After being a role player as a freshman (7 ppg), he became the Louisville Cardinals best player. Rozier scored in double-digits in 33 of the 36 games this year. He led a solid Cardinals team to the Elite 8, where they suffered a close overtime loss against Michigan State. Rozier averaged 16.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in four NCAA Tournament games. What was impressive was his 14 rebounds performance against North Carolina State in the Sweet 16. His best scoring output was 32 points against Western Kentucky.

Strengths: Explosive athlete (38-inch vertical) with top level speed. Not turnover prone (2.2) for a player with high usage. Can score at the rim and plays much bigger than size. Excellent rebounding guard, showed it was no fluke on the biggest stage (NCAA Tournament). Can defend at a high level, as he plays with high level of energy consistently, having a great wingspan helps him a lot. Good free-throw shooter.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent jump-shooter and doesn’t make as much plays for others as other floor generals. Shot selection can improve as well. Can improve at making decisions, can overshoot at times.

Where He Would Help Spurs? 

Bring lots of energy particularly on defense, has the potential to be a pest on defense. Rozier fits the typical backup point guard label, as he isn’t a great passer and looks to score before involving others. He can benefit from playing behind Tony Parker, who is also better at scoring than creating for others.

NBA Comparison: Nate Robinson

Terry Rozier is not as explosive as Nate Robinson, not many are, but he has a similar playing style. Both are better at scoring the ball and play with lots of energy. They are both also both too small to play the two guard, particularly Robinson. At this stage Rozier is a more reliable defender than Robinson is, but Robinson can shoot better.

Below is a Terry Rozier highlight video uploaded by pOrign01.

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