Quincy Pondexter (Washington)
6'7, SF, 220 lbs.
At 6'7, great athlete, and great defense, Pondexter's defense alone can keep him in the NBA. Pondexter came to Washington as a great athlete with limited offensively outside of 10 feet. With improved offense game and a good motor, he has solid role player / glue guy potential for an NBA team.
Offensively, Pondexter shoots fade aways from the post up position or takes the ball to the rack with his athleticism.u sing acrobatic finishes. His jumper improved somewhat this season as he started showing some range outside 14 feet, but he still looks uncomfortable shooting outside of the mid range and isn't a real threat from there.
He has solid handles and athleticism to drive, but he doesn't possess the passing skills or pull up jumper to counter a defense that takes away the lane. He needs to develop those skills at the next level as well as a spot up jumper to play on the perimeter. Once a shot is up though, he uses his athleticism to gather in offensive boards and put backs.
Defensively, Pondexter makes up for a lack of lateral quickness with great length. He has long arms to get into the passing lanes and can guard all of the wing positions. He plays solid help defense swatting shots and gathering rebounds to start transition offense.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Pondexter jumps into the league as a defensive role player, energy guy, and athletic game changer. He still has a lot of work to do offensively in refining his skills and as opponents can give him the Duhon treatment on the perimeter right now. An improved jumper makes him similar to Josh Howard, but right now he projects more similarly to Thabo Sefolosha.
How does his game translate to the Bulls?
With limited outside shooting skills, and the Bulls not having a strong need at SF, he doesn't fit the Bulls needs.. His limited outside shooting would pack the lane even more for Derrick Rose, and he can't immediately make teams pay for doing that. While he has a chance to be a good role player, his fit isn't good for the Bulls.