Vaughn is a shooting guard with nice size at 6’5 and 200 lbs. While raw, Vaughn has many elite scoring skills in that he can slash a little, shoot, is confident, and an above average athlete. He will most likely be near available around our pick.
Athletically, while Vaughn is not a burner, he is not a slouch either. He’s quick laterally, and has average hops as well as straight-line speed.
While not built like crazy, Vaughn is a solid build at 6’5, 200 lbs. He is wiry strong and has the frame to add more weight. He is of average height and build at the shooting guard position. At 6’5, his wing-span is a little short at 6’7 (almost T-Rex).
Basketball IQ wise, Vaughn leaves a little to be desired. While not a basketball dummy, he can be a ball stopper offensively and does not always put in the best effort defensively although he has the talent to do so.
Offensively, Vaughn has some of the best scoring skills in this draft. Vaughn is best known for his perimeter shooting, but can do straight-line dribble, some ISO, and shots off the curl. He can also occasionally get shots off of a post-up against smaller defenders.
Defensively, Vaughn has the size and average athletic ability to be a solid defender. The concern is does he consistently put in the effort?
Overall, Vaughn is a tantalizing offensive talent, but can be a black-hole offensively and does not consistently put in effort defensively. Is that because he was the go-to scorer as a freshman and adjusting to the heavy load of carrying a team? He is also a young 18 years old. Is he mature enough to handle the NBA already?
Overall, Vaughn is a possible great pick offensively that is projected to go in the 20’s in this draft. His offensive talent might be too much to pass up for many teams, but several teams are going to have to be patient and wonder if he is a team player.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
Bulls quite frankly need playmakers and more scorers. Vaughn has that talent and will most likely be available at our pick. I wonder if he is a volume scorer who will produce for our team. Coach Hoiberg heavily recruited him at Iowa State and might be intrigued by his scoring versatility off the bench, and he would add solid wing-size to the rotation.
My biggest concern for Vaughn: Is he going to be ready to play for a serious contender in the Eastern Conference? Will he sacrifice and accept his role, or will it take him multiple teams to get him to play team ball? Is he a poor man’s Vince Carter (not as athletic), or a J.R. Smith (which can win and lose you games – not as crazy)?