NBA scouts optimistic about Cam Reddish’s ‘huge upside’

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If Cam Reddish had performed as much as his potential in his first two-plus seasons within the NBA, the Hawks doubtless wouldn’t have made him accessible for the Knicks’ taking. 

But regardless of some flaws in Reddish’s sport and an Achilles harm that set him again final yr, scouts imagine he nonetheless has the upside, perfect measurement for a wing and time to make an affect with the Knicks. 

“Most of the time, you say hey, when a guy’s been in the league about three years, maximum four years, he is what he is,” former 76ers scout Michael Vandegarde mentioned in a cellphone interview. “But on the flip facet, he nonetheless is 22 and he missed a major chunk of time over his first three years. So you may take a look at it as a glass half-empty, glass half-full. 

“A three-and-D guy, there’s massive upside to that for Cam Reddish and maybe he can be more. Maybe he can be a guy that finds a little more offense in his game. He definitely has the skill set to have more offense in his game.” 

Cam ReddishCam Reddish nonetheless has ‘massive upside’ based on one NBA scout.Getty Images

Considering what the Knicks gave up for Reddish — Kevin Knox and a protected first-round decide through Charlotte — Vandegarde believes it was a deal value making regardless of describing the previous Duke star as “still an unknown.” 

Reddish is taking pictures career-highs of 37.9 p.c from deep and 90 p.c from the free-throw line this season — the 2 most necessary numbers when figuring out whether or not a participant can shoot, Vandegarde mentioned. But Reddish was additionally taking pictures simply 42.1 p.c on 2-point subject objectives — which if he had performed sufficient minutes to qualify for league leaders, can be tied for the second-worst mark within the NBA. 

“He has real questionable ability to make shots where he’s pulling up off the dribble, where he’s maneuvering through traffic,” Vandegarde mentioned. “But he’s not even 22 yet and he’s got the size [6-foot-8] and length [7-foot-1 wingspan] you covet.” 

Reddish was combating for minutes with the Hawks (averaging 23.4 per sport this season), however one other scout believes he might emerge in a much bigger position with the Knicks. 

“He’s an ascending offensive participant and might defend a number of positions,’’ an Eastern Conference scout mentioned. “He’s simply 22 and the Knicks don’t have an enormous wing that proficient on the roster. Cam hopefully will get a good shot at this and profit from it.’’ 

How a lot Reddish performs will doubtless depend upon how he defends, particularly beneath coach Tom Thibodeau. 

“I think Thibs will do wonders for him in terms of intensity and defense,” Vandegarde mentioned. “I would think he’s got a chance to be a really good defender and I think you’re going to find out real quickly what Thibs feels about him.” 

— Additional reporting by Marc Berman 

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