With a little more than 48 hours to go before the NBA draft, we continue to look at prospects the Pelicans could target. Currently they have the 51st selection in the second round, and we’re going to go in a bit of a different direction today.
Guard, Freshman, Duke, 6’2”, 191 lbs, 19 years old
10.3 ppg, 42.8% FG, 29.0% 3PT, 59.6 FT, 2.0 Reb, 5.6 Ast, 1.5 Stl
The starting point guard for the other main one-and-done school Duke, Duval saw his stock tumble all season, before declaring for the number one draft. Whether he was exposed by his limitations or was playing in a system that was not conducive to his playing style will be the main question for teams looking to draft Duval. The highly touted prospect, a top five recruit in most places ranking as high as #3 from Scout.com & Rivals, seemed to have trouble fitting into a Duke system dominated by forwards Wendell Carter and Marvin Bagley. The pacey uber athletic point guard fits the mold of the other athletic point guards that is common in the NBA in the vein of a Westbrook or Derrick Rose. Flashy dunks, coast to coast slams, poor shooting, putbacks, defensive potential all are mainstays of Trevon Duval’s overall game. While he may be able to find a place in a rotation with improvement, which he has the potential for, his average play making ability, poor free throw shooting and even worse three point shooting are a poor fit for the modern game.
But let’s be honest, this is more about what he does well, rather than what he does not. His dribbling and athleticism pretty much gets him to the rim at will, whether it’s coming downhill off of pick and rolls, dribble handoffs, putbacks or just out maneuvering the defender, the way he gets to the rim is impressive and should translate well. And once he gets there, his leaping ability is just a joy to watch. He posted the second highest standing vertical and max vertical leap at the combine. He showed flashes of playmaking ability. Overall, he is the type of twitch athlete that can be really fun to watch in the NBA.
How Does He Fit?
With the 4th/5th guard position up in the air, I could see him being an alternative to someone like Frank Jackson, who was unavailable due to injury this season. While I don’t see the Pelicans tying up a roster spot in a project, there is no doubt that he fits the mold of highly rated prospect who fell to the second round that the Pellies seem to like. See Frank Jackson (10th on ESPN 100 rankings) last season and Cheick Diallo (7th) the season before that. Trevon Duval has the NBA body, youth, and athleticism to be the type of boom or bust player that teams look for in the second round
Is there someone else you want the Pelicans to draft? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more draft profiles this week on Locked on Pelicans.