2014 NBA Draft: Dante Exum Scouting Report and Mixtape

By Evan Caulfield on May 8, 2014

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When it comes to point guard prospects in the upcoming draft, there’s no better than Australian phenom Dante Exum.

The 6’6″ floor general from the Australian Institute of Sport led the 2012 U17 Australian National Team to a silver medal at the World Championship last summer and also participated in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, where he averaged a team high of18.2 points and was subsequently named to the All-Tournament Team.

As of today, Exum is projected to go anywhere from 3-5 according to numerous NBA draft sites.

  • Position: PG/SG 
  • Birthday: 6/13/95
  • School: Australian Institute of Sport
  • Class: N/A (international)  
  • Height: 6-6
  • Wingspan: 6-9
  • Weight: 190
  • 2013-2014 Stats: 18.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.8 APG, 52.9 FG%, 33.3 3FG%, 60.9 FT%

                                             

Strengths

Exum is a lightning quick floor general with a killer first step and an array of crossovers that can create headaches for any opposing team. At 6’6″ he has the ability to play either guard position, finishing over smaller defenders with ease and also causing frequent mismatches when he gets in the post. Scouts love his aggressiveness and uncanny ability to draw fouls both in the open and half-court, averaging 9.6 free throw attempts per 40 minutes. He’s also becoming an even more adept passer, averaging 5.1 assists per 40 minutes.

Weaknesses

One area Exum definitely could improve on is his shooting, as his shot tends to go flat at times and isn’t always on balance. He struggles to remain efficient both from the free throw line and the perimeter, shooting 60.9 percent on free throws and 33.3 percent from behind the arc. Furthermore, it’s essential he also improves his pure point guard skills, as he sometimes struggles finding open teammates and can get out of control with his turnovers, coughing up the ball 3.2 times per 40 minutes.

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