Athletically, Ennis is about average, just like the rest of his game. While not great, he possesses solid athleticism across the board in terms of lateral quickness, jumping ability, and front-line speed.
While somewhat thin, Ennis has good height for a point guard at 6’3 to go along with a nice wing-span of over 6’7. His frame should support more more weight as he gets onto an NBA weight lifting regimen as well.
Ennis greatest strength for the next level is his extremely high basketball IQ as he is one of the smartest basketball players in the draft. He is one of the best pure point guard prospects to come along in a few years with his ability to set-up teammates, see a play unfolding, and setting up the hockey style assist.
Skill-wise, Ennis is best known as a floor leader in the little things that he does well. His best skill is passing the ball efficiently as evidenced by nearly six assists a game with less than two turnovers. He is able to get to the rack off pick-and-rolls and finish with floaters or mid-range jumpers.
Occasionally, Ennis will flash a nice crossover to get open to mid-range as well. While not the best 3 point shooter, he is an average shooter that should continue to improve along with hard work, however, he did take and make big crunch time shots.
Defensively it is hard to judge Ennis based on his role in the patented Syracuse zone that doesn't emphasize a lot of individual man defense. However, he shows a good basketball understanding and has good anticipation skills as evidenced by over two steals per game. I project Ennis to be an above average defender due to a good understanding of the game, good size, decent athleticism, and hard work.
While Ennis is a solid player, he has some major concerns. Ennis does not possess great foot speed nor does he have a great first step. As a primary ball-handler, will he be able to create for others regularly when not playing in the pick-and-roll?
While Ennis can get into the lane at times, he struggles to finish despite having a floater. He needs to master a shot in the mid-range to rim area in order to take advantage of the penetration he does get.
While I project him to become a decent defender, he'll have a large adjustment from playing full time zone to playing mostly man defense in the NBA. How long will it take Ennis to become a consistent man-to-man defender with just average athleticism?
Overall, Ennis possesses many characteristics of being a solid overall point guard. For some teams, I can see Ennis being an above average point guard starter. For other teams that need more playmaking, Ennis may just be a backup point guard. To me it depends on how a roster is designed.
At this point, Ennis could go anywhere from late lottery to early 20’s. I would say he is one of the safest picks in this draft in terms of high floor, but with that high floor comes a relatively low ceiling as well.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
While the Bulls need youth at the point guard and mainly someone that is healthy, I would rather take someone that might make way more of an impact at a particular skill. Ennis might be a coach’s dream and particular Thibs because he will limit mistakes while running a team.
However, the Bulls desperately lack athleticism, shooting, and playmaking. I would rather have Ennis over a project player for this team, but would rather have players such as Kyle Anderson, Rodney Hood, Gary Harris, Jarnell Stokes, Adreian Payne due to adding a more meaningful skill to the team.