Chasson Randle: 22-years old, Stanford, Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Draft Express Measurements (Draft Combine): 6″1.5, 179-pounds, 6″7 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 19.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.1 blocks, 1.4 steals, 40% field goals, 88% free-throws, 36% threes, 36.4 minutes
Quick Season Review: The Stanford Cardinals went 24-13 and barely missed the NCAA Tournament after a 1-4 end to their season. They went to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), and they won the championship. Randle was the main reason, as he averaged 23.6 points in five games and won the Most Outstanding Player Award. The senior guard scored in double digits in 36 0f 37 games and had four games of at least 30 points. Randle’s best game came against Rhode Island in the second round of the NIT, when he scored 35 points. Randle led the Cardinals in scoring his last two seasons.
Strengths: Randle is one of the best scorers in the draft. Can fill it up from anywhere, good midrange and three point shooter. Excellent free-throw shooter, that averaged 6.2 attempts the last two seasons. Long wingspan (6″7). Clutch player. Can create turnovers with length. Killer mentality. Always seems to be in control, never rattled. Doesn’t turn it over much for his usage (2.0 to). Can create his own shot. Underrated athlete (39.5-inch vertical).
Weaknesses: Size is definitely a concern. Good handle, but he plays like a shooting guard. Average passer. At times he looks to score too much. Must work on finishing around basket. Not efficient last year (after shooting 47% from field as a junior). Must get stronger. Inconsistent defender.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
Chasson Randle is an NBA ready scorer, despite having flaws in other areas. Randle appears to be ready as he is a confident player that isn’t afraid of the big stage. Selecting Randle makes sense if the Spurs lose some guards in free-agency, like Cory Joseph.
NBA Comparison: C.J. Watson
C.J. Watson and Chasson Randle have similar size and both can score the ball. Watson’s wingspan (6″6) is similar to Randle’s, but Randle is a better athlete. Like Watson, I believe Randle will become a solid role player in the NBA.
Below is a Chasson Randle highlights video uploaded by North Dallas.