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NBA Draft Rumors: Reed Sheppard’s Ceiling In comparison with Steve Nash as Scouts Optimistic

Tyler Conway @@jtylerconway Featured Columnist IV June 3, 2024 Andy Lyons/Getty Images Some NBA scouts apparently believe Reed Sheppard has Hall of Fame potential. ESPN’s Jeremy Woo received some pro player comps for top prospects, and Sheppard was compared to Steve Nash on the high end of his projection. Sheppard averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 rebounds

NBA Draft Rumors: Reed Sheppard’s Ceiling In comparison with Steve Nash as Scouts Optimistic

Tyler LogoFeatured Columnist IVJune 3, 2024

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - MARCH 15: Reed Sheppard #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates in the first half against the Texas A&M Aggies during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Some NBA scouts apparently imagine Reed Sheppard has Corridor of Fame potential.

ESPN’s Jeremy Woo acquired some professional participant comps for high prospects, and Sheppard was in comparison with Steve Nash on the excessive finish of his projection.

Sheppard averaged 12.5 factors, 4.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists per sport throughout his lone season at Kentucky, rising as a dynamic playmaker regardless of largely coming off the bench. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Yr and was a second-team All-SEC choice.

“Nash is actually a lofty identify to start out with for Sheppard, however it displays the optimism from scouts that has helped him increase his draft inventory as a probable top-five decide,” Woo wrote. “Whereas his position at Kentucky did not let him play level guard full-time, the upside lies in Sheppard’s means to make performs in transition, knock down photographs and develop half-court creation.”

B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman has the Houston Rockets deciding on Sheppard with the No. 3 decide on this month’s draft. He is ranked because the No. 2 general participant on Wasserman’s large board.

This isn’t thought of a very elite class of expertise, however Sheppard is taken into account among the many most secure gamers on this draft attributable to his means to create off the dribble for himself and others and stretch past the three-point arc.

Given the chance to play level guard full time within the NBA, it is attainable there’s an additional stage accessible for Shepard to achieve as soon as he will get acclimated to the professional sport. Whether or not that stage is of Nashian proportions stays to be seen.

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