By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on June 15, 2014
The Florida Gators' went to the Final Four in 2014 based mainly off their defense and teamwork, but one of the more underrated talents on their roster was shooting guard Casey Prather. Prather is not expected to be drafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, but his accuracy from three point range and his defense are two things that many NBA teams need desperately. Here are five teams who would benefit from selecting Prather in the 2014 NBA Draft.
With so many picks in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers could afford to trade later in the draft and pick a player like Prather. With such a need for depth in Philadelphia, a shooter like Prather could fit in perfectly.
Prather was one of the best shooters in college basketball last season when it came to shots while standing still. With opposing defenses worried about Dwight Howard in the middle and James Harden on the outside, a three-point ace like Prather could receive a lot of opportunities to shine.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need someone that can come off of the bench and knock down shots. Prather is an excellent shooter from range and could thrive on an offensively lethal team like OKC.
The Charlotte Hornets desperately need someone who can knock down shots consistently, and with Prather likely to be an undrafted free agent, the Hornets could focus on other needs in the draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need someone who can defend on the perimeter, but also need a shooter who can hit a good percentage of his shots. Only two of Cleveland’s players shot over 35 percent from three and Prather averaged over 40 percent in two separate seasons at Florida. With the No. 1 pick and No. 33 pick, the Cavs could pick him up as an undrafted free agent.
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