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Norman Powell
Ht/Wt: 6'4" / 215 lbs
Position: SG
Team: UCLA
Class: Senior

2015 Draft Profile - Norman Powell

Powell brings in the combination of length, athleticism, and toughness as a slightly undersized shooting guard. During his first three years he was known more for being just a great athlete and defender, however he proved last season that he also has an aggressive offensive style of play as well.

His 6'11 wingspan makes up for his lack of height at the shooting guard position. Powell is an explosive leaper with great speed and strength. He has a very quick first step and his strength and athleticism allow him to finish at the rim over bigger defenders.

He's an experienced four-year player who can finish at the basket with authority while having the body control. Besides being very strong and aggressive, Powell plays very controlled and has the ability to absorb contact when driving inside. He comes off ball screens well to create space for his jumper that has vastly improved.

Powell also uses his length and athleticism on defense, where he's known for being an elite-stopper, With great defensive awareness, Powell guards the perimeter very effectively, containing defenders with good lateral quickness and upper-body strength. He's very active defensively on and off -the-ball, always seen digging for steals or creating deflections, using his long wingspan to get in the passing lane. He also has quick feet, which allows him to guard point guards as well.

Being listed as a shooting guard, Powell is still considered undersized besides his long wingspan, standing at only 6'4. This causes concerns to team drafting him because they don't know if he can transition to guarding bigger defenders in the NBA, and he lacks the instincts to play point guard consistently.

Offensively, Powell lacks a consistent jump shot. Though it got better, his shooting mechanics are extremely inconsistent and obviously changed if he was having an off-night. In a league filled with guards that can knock down shots, Powell must make this a priority if he wants to see himself transition into the NBA.

Another concern scouts have on Powell is his decision-making. This past season at UCLA he averaged more turnovers than assists, at times trying to do a bit too much with the ball in his hands. He isn't great at creating for others and can put himself in tough positions.

PPG: 16.4 RPG: 4.7 APG: 2.1 SPG: 1.8 BPG: 0.4 FG%: 45.6 FT%: 75.1 3PT%: 31.9

Norman Powell Videos

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2014 Norman Powell Interview - DraftExpress - Adidas Nations

Norman Powell Dunk Over Jordin Mayes - UCLA vs Arizona

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