Andy Rautins is a lesser known prospect that doesn’t get hardly any hype, and gets even less respect.
He’s regarded as a one-dimensional player, as many draft experts view him as strictly a spot-up shooter, and don’t view him as athletic enough to be anything more than a bench player at the next level, while others don’t even give him a shot at making it in the NBA.
He follows a strong line of Syracuse guards, with only Jonny Flynn finding any sort of success recently, while other college stars from Syracuse such as Gerry McNamara and Eric Devendorf have gone undrafted in their respective drafts.
Raustins, however, has better size than all the mentioned former Orange players, and arguably has the best shooting stroke.
NBA Position: PG/SG
Rautins has a picture-perfect release, and shoots the ball almost the same way every time. His good size and excellent mechanics allow him to get his shot off whenever and wherever he wants, while his NBA range gives him a shot at draining a basket from just about anywhere on the floor.
He has a very under-valued and under-rated feel for the game, as he exhibits a very high basketball I.Q., and is a tremendous passer, averaging at least three assists per game in his last three seasons.
He’s a bit of a streaky performer, but when he’s on, he’s nearly unstoppable. He’s a true game-changer, as he can kill opponent’s momentum with the three ball, and can also make a solid impact with his above-average play-making skills, especially for a two guard.
While not an elite athlete, Rautins has displayed enough athletic ability to successfully defend the two spot at the next level, as he possesses the length and lateral quickness to stay in front of his man in one-on-one situations.
He’s also a stout defender, and performs at an elite level in zone defenses.
Again, not an elite athlete, Rautins still exhibits a solid first step and good quickness and speed, allowing him to penetrate and get to the basket, while he also has the flair and vertical to finish with a dunk if need be.
Rautins isn’t a freak athlete, and he likely never will be, so his upside is somewhat limited, especially with him being a year older that the average senior.
While his defense is solid, he likely doesn’t have the speed and quickness to defend the point guard position at the next level, while currently doesn’t have the strength to successful defend the two and three spots on a consistent basis.
His offensive game is explosive and he has excellent range, but he appears to be a bit one-dimensional, as he rarely takes the ball inside the three-point line. However, he’s shown the ability to do so, and it seems that this is more a result of what he’s asked to do in his offense, rather than it being something he’s not capable of doing.
Regardless, he hasn’t consistently proven his ability to score in a variety of ways, leaving this aspect of his game severely in question.
His passing is very good for his position, but he tends to get a little flashy with some passes, and tends to look away from the easy pass, which can lead to unnecessary turnovers. This isn’t a huge flaw in his game, but it’s a minor weakness that needs to be adjusted.
NBA Comparison: J.J. Redick (More Athletic/Versatile)
Draft Projection: Mid Second Round