NBA Draft

Josh Christopher

Scouting Report

Christopher was viewed as a first-round pick prior to the college season but saw his stock drop before recently rising back into first-round status.
The 19-year-old shooting guard averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 15 games but missed the final month of the 2020-21 season due to calf and back ailments.
Christopher posted three 20-point outings, including a season-high 28 against Villanova in his second college game. But other times, he forced too many shots and had give games with a shooting percentage under 34.
Christopher shot 43.2 percent from the field overall, and connected on 18 of 59 3-pointers (30.5 percent). His long-range percentage will need to be better in the NBA.
His ball-handling will also need to improve as he had more turnovers (26) than assists (21). Christopher did make a solid 80 percent of his free-throw attempts.
Christopher has shown promise as a defender and had multiple steals six times last season. He had 22 overall.
Christopher would fit best with an NBA team that can afford to bring him along slowly as a rookie.
Positives: Displayed promise as a scorer and that figures to improve as he gets older. His ability to get steals at a time in which he is still growing as a defender is a good sign. Has the look of a player who can help immediately while developing toward an eventual starting role.
Negatives: His shot selection will need to improve to solidify in his spot in the rotation. Decision-making when passing or shooting will need to get better. Durability will be graded downward due to his freshman season injury woes.
--Field Level Media

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