A Look At Duke Blue Devils’ Ryan Kelly’s Draft Stock

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Ryan Kelly helped make the Duke Blue Devils one of the best teams in college basketball this past season. Although the team was really good, it was that much better when Kelly was in the lineup. Unfortunately for Duke, Kelly was a senior this past season, so let’s take a look at his stock for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Kelly has the talent to go early in the second round, but with all of the foot issues he has been having, that is not likely to happen. Instead, his stock has been falling and there is a chance that he does not even get drafted. However, some mocks have him going late in the second round.

As a senior, Kelly scored 12.9 points per game and he also grabbed 5.3 rebounds per game. He shot 45.3 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from behind the arc.

If he can stay healthy at the next level, Kelly has the ability to succeed. He may stand at 6’11”, but he can also drain the long ball. He was very hard to guard in college because of this reason. That could be the case at the next level as well and it would certainly benefit him if he worked on his post game.

He already has the shot, now he just needs to add some more weapons to his game. Kelly should make an NBA team even if he is not drafted. He has too much talent for this not to be the case. So worry not Duke fans, if Kelly’s name is not called in the draft, he will find his way on an NBA team by next season–if he can stay healthy.

 

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