Name: Allen Crabbe
Position: Shooting Guard
Latest Stats: 18.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg
After a terrific junior season, California guard Allen Crabbe has made the decision to enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft. Crabbe, who stands at 6-foot-6, has a prolific scoring ability and he can turn it on at any moment. Crabbe has solid size for a shooting guard and if he’s left alone in transition, he has the ability to make defenses pay. Crabbe only shot 34.8% from beyond the arc in 2012-13, so he’s going to have to improve on his release and ability to shoot under pressure.
Crabbe is one of those flux projections in which case he has the potential to be selected either late in the first round or early second. Crabbe could have a decent future at the NBA level and he’s been on the radar of many organizations since his freshman season. After a few seasons at Cal, he has rounded out his game and in June he will hear his name called somewhere around the halfway point of the draft.
Strengths: Crabbe’s ability to score the basketball is certainly one of his greatest strengths and at 6-foot-6, 210 lbs. he has the size and strength to attack and get to the basket. He can score in a variety of ways, whether it’s out in the open in transition or coming off screens, both of which should be calling his name at the NBA level.
Weaknesses: Crabbe is not an explosive athlete, despite his ability to get out and run in transition. However, Crabbe is going to need to improve his outside shooting if he hopes to be able succeed in the NBA. He can be lethal when left unguarded, but this is the NBA, that applies to most scorers.
Draft Projection: Late First, Early Second Round
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