The 2022 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the AJ Griffin 2022 NBA Draft Profile.
AJ Griffin Background
Size: 6-foot-6, 222 pounds
2021-22 stats: 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.6 blocks, 54.7% FG, 44.7% 3FG, 79.2% FT
Griffin started off the season not playing much, but turned into a key contributor for Duke. After his one season for the Blue Devils, Griffin is heading to the pros.
As a recruit, Griffin was a five-star player that chose to go to Duke after getting offers from all around. He was able to work his way into the starting lineup, averaging 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. His shooting ability helped Duke reach the Final Four in Coach K’s last season on the sidelines.
Following the season, Griffin decided to leave school to go pro. He is currently projected to be a mid-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
AJ Griffin Strengths
His 3-point shooting will be the first thing that teams covet. He shot 44.7 percent from behind the arc in his lone college season. Griffin hit contested threes and ones from well-past NBA range. He can hit them off the dribble or off the catch. His base gets really wide, which may need to be tweaked, but he does have a solid release.
Griffin has solid size for an NBA wing. He stands at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, which will help him match up with some of the bigger players on the wing in the NBA. If he is guarded by a smaller player, he can get his shot off over them. He won’t be at a size disadvantage too often.
He has the ability to create his own shot. Griffin most notably has a really good step-back jumper, which freed him up for some of those 3-point shots. Most of his ability to create his own shot ends up helping him in the mid-range or from deep, but if he has the ball in his hands late in the shot clock, he can get a semi-decent look off all by himself.
AJ Griffin Weaknesses
Griffin doesn’t have great explosiveness. He lacks a quick first step and doesn’t have the athleticism to truly match up with some of the better NBA wing players. His lack of speed and movement ability will limit him in several areas.
While he can create his own space for his shot, he doesn’t often get to the basket. He made just 1.1 free throws per game. His lack of a quick first step hurts him here, as even though he can dribble decently well, he can’ penetrate and get in the paint very often. He might be a player that teams sit on the wing or corner. This limits his ability to create for others because he rarely makes defenses collapse into the paint.
His defense could also improve. Not having the greatest footspeed hurts him, but he could do a better job of being engaged. Griffin doesn’t work through screens quickly and a lot of times relies on his length to help him defensively instead of moving his feet. Playing good team defense and staying engaged could help him improve as a defender, even with slower feet.
Projected Draft Range: Mid-First-Round Pick
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