2013 NBA Draft Prospect: Shabazz Muhammad

By Jeremy Hayes
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

When the 2012 college basketball season started, one of the top prospects for the NBA was UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad.

Now that the 2013 NBA Draft is upon us, it appears that Muhammad’s stock has dropped him to the middle of the first round, instead of being a top selection overall. Muhammad averaged about 17 points per game, and was not very stellar when it came to shot taking, only making (on average) 6-14 shots per game.

The main cause for concern, besides some off-court drama, is that the position he will play in the NBA is up in the air. With his 6-foot-6 stature, Muhammad will most likely not continue as a small forward, but move into the shooting guard role coming off the bench for his team as an off-guard.

Draft range: picks no. 8-18

That is a wide range of possible landing spots for Muhammad, ranging over 10 different picks. No matter where Muhammad goes, it is a good chance he will be coming off the bench or sent to the D-League.

Draft Prediction: Atlanta Hawks or Portland Trailblazers.

The Hawks need a lot of work, and Muhammad might be a solid player to draft with the 19th pick overall, if he falls that far. Expect the Hawks to push for some big name free agents this off-season too. The other option could be the Trailblazers at the 10th overall pick, or the team might even consider trading back into the first round. Muhammad could be an impact player for the Trailblazers if they can put him in the right position.

Overall Prospect grade: A- (and that is a raw A-).

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