The 2021 NBA Draft will be an important event for teams to build for their future. Here is the Jaden Springer 2021 NBA Draft Profile.
Jaden Springer Background
Size: 6-foot-3, 202 pounds
2020-21 stats: 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.2 steals, 46.7% FG, 43.5% 3PT, 81.0% FT
Springer was a highly-touted prospect who played one year of college basketball. After playing well in college, Springer has entered his name in the 2021 NBA Draft.
As a five-star prospect, Springer could have gone just about anywhere for college and elected to play for Rick Barnes at Tennessee. He averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the Volunteers. Tennessee had high expectations going into the season, but the Volunteers lost to Oregon State in the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
The freshman decided to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft following the season. He is currently projected to be a late first round pick.
His effort on the defensive end of the floor is incredible. Springer hustles all over the floor to stay in front of his man. He is a threat to steal the ball at 1.2 steals per game. That includes pick-pocketing dribblers and jumping passing lanes. Not only can he stay in front of his man, but he stays attached to his man off the ball and he plays good team defense.
Springer is great at shooting off the catch. If a teammate can get him some open looks, Springer is able to knock deep shots down at a high clip. He shot 43.5 percent from 3-point range and most of those shots came from off-the-catch situations. In addition to his distance shooting, he shot 81 percent from the line.
Not only is Springer a willing passer, but he excels at it when given the chance. There were plenty of players who handled the ball for Tennessee, but Springer was able to average 2.9 assists. He sees the floor well and he can hit his teammates in stride to get them open looks. Springer should be able to run the pick and roll well with his vision.
Springer doesn’t have a quick release. He needs to find a way to get his release off quicker to get more open shots. Defenders with decent recovery speed can catch up to him and deter him from shooting shots that would normally already be released by other players. A shooting coach needs to help Springer get the ball out quicker.
He doesn’t have elite athleticism for the NBA level. Springer will struggle to get past quick defenders when he has the ball in his hand. While his hustle helps him defensively, he may struggle to match up with the athletes at the next level. He is not a threat to throw down dunks and rather finishes decently with layups.
While Springer can cut and shoot off the catch, he struggles to create his own shot. He needs to be set up to score effectively. Springer lacks the speed and wiggle as a ballhandler to penetrate the lane and get shots for himself.
Projected Draft Range: Late First Round Pick
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