Name: Dante Exum
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6’6″ (with shoes)
Exum is listed as a point guard, and said at last week’s combine that he’d prefer to play point guard in the NBA. At 6’6″, however, he has plenty of size to play both guard spots, especially if he adds some bulk to his rather slight frame. At the Nike Hoops Summit last summer, Exum impressed with his ability to play off-the-ball, which he’s not accustomed to doing. Exum has great speed with the ball and legitimate handle, as well. His size and athleticism give him the ability to finish above-the-rim, which is something not often seen in point guards.
His fluidity is what jumps out most, and he always seems to be a step ahead of everyone else on the floor. Exum’s basketball IQ is a major plus, and he’s exceptional at getting his teammates involved. He may struggle defensively at first against more physical guards, but his length makes him a useful and versatile defender.
The primary knock on Exum’s game at this point is his outside shooting. His shot is fairly ugly, which will probably require some coaching in order to adjust. Fortunately, shooting is probably the easiest aspect in which to improve. As mentioned above, bigger point guards may give him some issues defensively, but he has already added 10 pounds to his thin frame in the last year.
Exum is a surefire lottery pick, and he reportedly impressed during his interviews at the draft combine. Though he didn’t work out or participate in any of he drills, there are already several lottery teams with major interest in him. There were initial concerns that he was obsessed with the idea of playing for the Lakers, but he helped alleviate those thoughts during his time meeting with teams. He’s still only 18, which is also a major plus.
Exum could go somewhere in the top-five, but if the right team lands the No. 1 overall choice, he could go there, as well.