LeBryan Nash: 22-years old, Oklahoma State, Small Forward/Power Forward
Draft Express Measurements: 6″6.5 (without shoes), 232-pounds, 6″10 wingspan
2014-15 Stats: 17.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 blocks, 0.8 steals, 46% field goals, 79% free-throws, 10% threes, 31.7 minutes
Quick Season Review: The Oklahoma State Cowboys had a decent season, as they finished 18-14 in the season. Nash was one of the primary reasons they made the NCAA Tournament. The Cowboys lost to the Oregon Ducks in the second round, Nash was solid in the game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Nash scored in double-digits in all 31 games he suited up. His best game was against Oklahoma, when he finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Nash has always been a highly touted, as he was #10 on the ESPN 100 in 2011. The problem with Nash is that he lacks shooting range for his size.
Strengths: NBA-ready body. Nash has solid length and is a good athlete. Can defend both forward spots, despite being slightly undersized. Good mid-range game. Solid defender. Great at getting to the free-throw line (7.1 attempts per game). Makes free-throws. Good at finishing with contact. Solid rebounder.
Weaknesses: Must add range on jumper immediately. Slightly undersized. Way too many turnovers (3.2). At times he doesn’t play hard and commits too many fouls (3 per game). Can use improvement in speed if he plays small forward.
Where He Would Help Spurs?
LeBryan Nash has more potential than most second-round prospects and with the 55th pick he is definitely worth the gamble. He can add good defense and scoring ability inside of 20-feet off the bench. Competing with Kawhi Leonard in practice will go a long way.
NBA Comparison: Poor man’s version of Al Harrington
Like Al Harrington, LeBryan Nash is very strong and has a good face-up game. Although Harrington certainly had more range and a better handle.
Below is a LeBryan Nash highlights video uploaded by North Dallas.