2022 NBA Draft Preview: David Roddy

Here at Detroit Bad Boys we try to give you as in-depth coverage of the NBA Draft as possible, whether it’s round one, round two, or even the team’s potential non-draft free agents. While most of the speeches concerned the team 5th general choice, and rightfully so, the team currently also owns choice no. 46 in the second round and I would like to start diving into potential prospects who could potentially be available in the second round.

Instead of doing the usual: stats, positives, negatives, NBA comparison and adaptation to the Pistons format that I use for the first round guys, I’ll do something different for the latter. My thoughts on round two begin first with identifying a skill that will put them into an NBA rotation as soon as possible. From Malcolm Brogdon’s shootout to Monte Morris’ point guard skills to senior year and the stunning defensive Herb Jones, the boys of the most successful second round have something that can be instantly identifiable as a legitimate NBA skill.

And no, I’m not going to say this guy will be the next Joker, Manu, or Isaiah Thomas. Those guys are incredibly exceptional in more ways than one. But even in their cases, they had a SKILL that selected them and the initial was what their teams wanted to develop. So when I preview these round two perspectives, I will immediately start with their identifiable NBA prowess along with a comp for the type of role and development they could see that would immediately take them to an NBA roster and possibly rotation as well.

* The little author is not here. I use stats and imagery from Sports-Reference and CBB Analytics while Bryce Simon uses InStat, so we can sometimes provide different stats or count percentages, so please note we’re analyzing different datasets.

Let’s begin!

The case of David Roddy

David Roddy has been on the NBA Draft radar for quite some time now, so he might not last until 46, because he’s a good shooter first and foremost. Last season at Colorado State, Roddy shot 43.8% with 3.4 attempts per 3-point game. He pairs this with his 6-foot-6, 260-pound, 6-foot-11.5 wingspan and a name like Grant Williams immediately comes to mind.

If you’re not familiar with Grant Williams, he’s currently on this year’s Boston Celtics squad that made it to the NBA Finals and was a big part of the reason. Pulling 40.5% of these playoffs out of 4.2 attempts per game (going 7 of 18 from long distance in Game 7 against the Bucks to help seal the win), Williams’ ground clearance gave his teammates much more team room to operate than in previous playoff runs. Add in the fact that he has played a tough defense against the likes of Giannis and you see a high impact RPG.

I believe Roddy can fit into the same player model as he shares Williams’ height but has 24 pounds heavier over Grant. He is also a discrepancy with the abilities he possesses at those dimensions. The state of Colorado has deployed it in various ways: posting, bouncing, performing DHO. Sports Reference’s College Basketball site also doesn’t know what to do with him as they’ve warned him.

To give you a better idea of ​​what his game is like in general, let’s go to our Motor City Hoops Bryce Simon to give you an overview of David Roddy’s game:

Early on in Bryce, Roddy will have an impact in pick and pop situations right from the start. Although this is the first year that Roddy has scored over 27.8% from three, it is a positive indicator that this year he has taken more three (105) than any previous year. I also think the TYPE of three-point shot he’ll be most likely to do in the NBA is catch-and-shoot, where Bryce shows he’s 40% and has 1.13 points per possession.

The area where Bryce and I differ when it comes to Roddy is on the defensive side of the ball. While I’m not going to say that Roddy is a good blocker, I think he is a good blocker in the post. What do I mean by this? Well, back to a few movies here against fellow 2022 NBA Draft Prospect Orlando Robinson.

To tell you the story of the tape, Robinson posted the following measurements to the NBA Draft Combine: 6 feet-11, 244 pounds with a standing range of 9 feet-3 and a wingspan of 7 feet-4. He pays attention to Fresno number 10 and Colorado state number 21 and notices the difference when ANYONE OTHER THAN RODDY stands guard over Robinson.

Bryce is right that Roddy doesn’t have the elevation to climb up there and crush shots, but what he does have is core strength and a barrel chest that puts in bigger and longer defenders to stop their shot. You will notice that Robinson has a hard time establishing positioning on Roddy and actually Robinson does his most damage on Roddy when it comes to missed second jumps. This reminds me of another undersized big man in PJ Tucker who does a similar job down below.

Oh, and before he went looking, Tucker blocked a total of 23 shots in three years in Texas; Roddy was 33 just this year. BUT, like Tucker and Grant Williams, I think Roddy will need time to get into this role. Unlike Williams and Tucker, however, I think Roddy is better equipped as a shooter but less experienced at being a big man on both ends of the court. In attack, in particular, the reason the reference sport has him as a guard is because he had a lot of the ball in his hand and was asked to create a huge amount of Colorado State attack.

And as Bryce showed, the mid-post things that Roddy did so much for the Rams will be almost completely wiped out of his NBA game. But again, this is similar to Williams who operated a lot with his back to the hoop in college and operated as a Tennessee center in some formations. Tucker took even longer to develop as he had to leave the NBA and prove himself overseas before returning and completely reinventing himself in what we know him today.

Roddy can still make it to day one and bust a few threes AND use his strength and wide frame to give the big league reserve men a big headache. I think spending a lot of time in the squat rack and working on developing his lower body will go a long way in increasing his vertical and help him hold up better against the NBA START centers.

This is also something that Williams and Tucker took a minute to work on and Roddy shone against real NBA bodies like Robinson (who also has good skills to be someone I profile as a second rounder this month). But even as his game is now, Roddy has a similar profile to Jordan Nwora, Mike Scott, and Dean Wade like that three-point forward rotation.

We’re not asking this guy to attack from the dribble, we’re not expecting him to be a defensive hub – he’s a second round prospect for a reason. Even though I love Roddy, I don’t think his lead is great, so if I were more inclined to chase someone like JD Davison or Michael Foster Jr. I would understand that. He mainly has to do with the fact that Roddy is not a great athlete on tape or in testing.

While not a bad athlete in any way, Roddy does not stand out in his movement or verticality. Pair him with playing in a conference despised by some scouts and Roddy will be dented for his lack of extraordinary athleticism against “inferior” competition.

But again, for me when it comes to looking at these round two perspectives, I AT LEAST want to find an identifiable skill that can keep them in a spin and that can point to a handful of guys who have a similar profile to say, “oh yeah. , David Roddy may be that. ” Just look at his hit chart if you still don’t believe me.

David Roddy’s hit chart for his 2021-22 NCAA season in the state of Colorado
CBB Analysis: https://cbbanalytics.com/stats/30629/players/1309461/shooting

Thanks as always for the support and commitment here at DBB as we couldn’t do it without any of you! Let us know what you think of David Roddy in the comments, and PLEASE let me know in the comments the upcoming NBA 2022 Draft Round 2 prospects that you would like me to cover in the future.

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