SF, Senior, UT Arlington, 6’7 210, 21 years old
20.5 ppg, 44.6 FG%, 33.9 3P%, 80.7FT%, 8.5rpg, 2.2apg
Over time we’ve tended to recognize patterns in Dell Demps’ behavior when it comes to drafts, especially in the second round. He likes players who have injury history, whose stock has been hurt by circumstances other than their play on the court. He likes to scoop up these guys in the hope they become a diamond in the rough.
With that in mind, Hervey is the prototypical Dell Demps pick. He can score in bunches, leading the Mavericks in scoring with an eye-popping 31.0 USG%. He has interesting size to play the wing, and rebounds well for his size. While not a great shooter, he has improved every year to the point where that may be alluring. But with ACL surgeries on both knees, plus the bad-draft-stock combo of being a college senior and playing for a smaller school, Hervey isn’t high on a lot of boards, including being completely left off some mocks entirely.
Add to that the concern of diminished athleticism during a jump to the NBA where everyone is more athletic, there are certainly flags and concerns. But when you’re sitting at the 51st position in a draft, the Doncics and Aytons long gone, the draft crop isn’t going to be flaw-free. So if Hervey is available at 51, is he worth the pick? It obviously depends on who’s out there, but it also depends on if the Pelicans are still in the “taking fliers on risky players” business. Segue!
How Does He Fit?
As a pure player standpoint, a bench scoring wing who can rebound sounds like a perfect fit for the Pelicans, who as I stated last time were one of the worst bench teams in the league last year. And if he can learn to shoot the NBA three reliably, he could be a key cog off the bench.
However, an area of concern is his ability to defend, particularly defending bigs. The Pelicans would likely put him in some bench lineups that would require him to play the 4, and his rim protection is essentially nil, so he may be in a position where even if he scores well, he gives up as much as he gets. That’s not to say he’s an overall bad defender, but if the Pelicans play small he might not be as effective.
That’s not even addressing the fact that the Pelicans are feeling pressure to build upon last year’s success and may not be in the position to draft a guy who may not play due to injuries. The low-floor, high-ceiling guys are certainly Dell’s bread and butter, but the Pelicans are looking at a bigger menu right now. Bread and butter might not cut it.
Overall he has an intriguing skillset, but it comes down to whether Dell is looking to find a player who can be relied on this year.
Thoughts on Hervey or the Pelicans draft in general? Let us know in the comments!