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2020 NBA Draft Profiles: Cassius Stanley

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He can FLY! But will Cassius Stanley fall in the draft?

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Cassius Stanley: Guard, Duke University

  • 6’ 6”, 193 lbs, 20 years old, out of Los Angeles, CA (Sierra Canyon High School)
  • Named to ACC All-Freshman Team
  • Ranked No. 29 overall in the ESPN 100 and the No. 6 shooting guard
  • Broke Zion Williamson’s max vertical leap record (46.5 inches)
  • Averaged 12.6 points on .474 shooting and 4.9 rebounds in 29 starts
  • Projected Role: 3 and D wing, with a role on an NBA roster immediately.
  • Strengths: Finishing around the rim, overall athleticism, and versatility at the guard spot (combo guard).
  • Weaknesses: Shooting form/technique
  • Projected to go: 28th (CBS Sports), 31st (Yahoo Sports), 31st (NBC Sports)

You might know a guy that can explode out of this world to throw down some crazy dunks. Current Memphis Grizzlies rookie Point Guard Ja Morant comes to mind when discussing Cassius Stanley and his tremendous bounce when throwing down highlight slams.

There is a good chance Stanley could be one of the more slept on players in the NBA Draft as mock boards have Stanley being taken in the late first round. If Stanley falls far enough down the boards, he could be another young Grizzlies project that would fit in well with the core already in place. At 20 years old, coming off an explosive season on a very stacked roster, how could Stanley make Memphis a better roster on day one.

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Expectation:

With any prospect, you’re taking a gamble that the particular player will fall victim to the “system.” The system being falling through the cracks due to the lack of the role or a lack of focus on development. You saw that with Grayson Allen (Duke) and De’Anthony Melton (USC) in their first seasons in the NBA. Now, in Memphis, we are discussing Allen and Melton potentially being part of the roster for years to come due to their success in limited time this season.

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I don’t agree with comparing players, but this should give you a good gauge of what Memphis would be getting from Cassius on day one. A prospect that won’t play a lot of minutes starting out, but will be ready to contribute when given the opportunity.

At 20 years old, Memphis would have the chance to mold Cassius into whatever they’d like him to be. He could be a combo guard that has the frame and skill to switch on the defense in the modern NBA. With a lot of prospects, they lack the motor to play both ends of the floor, but in Stanley’s case, he is going to give you everything and more on both ends.

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With Cassius, it will be about developing key components of his game. He must continue his progression on the defensive side of the ball, as you should expect Stanley to be a switchable guard off the bench.

Then, you look at Stanley’s offensive skill set on day one and you see a guy that can finish around the rim really well. In terms of athleticism alone, Stanley will be a guy that will be a threat at the rim, but he will need to be more consistent in the catch & shoot - along with shooting off the dribble.

The reality:

Several things would have to play into Cassius Stanley falling to the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round as they will be in the middle of round two. Stanley, projected to go late first round, early second round, likely wouldn’t be on the board unless Memphis traded up.

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Not only being available still, but Memphis has quite the guard depth moving into next season, so there would be a higher risk of Cassius falling due to depth, lack of playing time/opportunity, and just not wanting to use a pick on an asset that isn’t needed looking at it from a organization standpoint.

Cassius has the skills to be in the league for years Abd intangibles that are tough to find in this new age of NBA prospects. Worst case scenario, Stanley is a guy that does all of the small things on your roster, but it is unlikely to happen in Memphis unless it’s later on in his career.