The NBA has evolved into a three-point league, and Gradey Dick enters the 2023 NBA Draft as one of the best shooters available. Check out below for a Gradey Dick scouting report, NBA comparison, stats, highlights, draft ranking, and team fits. Other scouting reports can quickly be found on the Lineups 2023 Big Board or Final Mock Draft as well.
Gradey Dick Scouting Report
Freshman Gradey Dick averaged 14.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.7 APG, and 1.4 SPG. He masterfully spaced the floor for Kansas by shooting a 40.3 3PT% on 5.7 attempts per game. Given the demand for shooters with size, franchises will eagerly draft him as a supplementary piece that can enhance ball-dominant players.
Draft Age: 19.7
Strengths: Dick is a phenomenal catch-and-shoot threat that can bend around screens going to his left or right. He will immediately be one of the better motion shooters in the league. In addition, Dick was hyper-efficient as a pull-up shooter when defenders chased him off the three-point line, but he also recognized when to cut to the basket instead of pulling up. Overall, Dick’s shooting prowess reaches far beyond just a catch-and-shoot target in the corner.
He’s also fairly athletic and boasts a 6’8” frame, so Dick catches defenders off guard who only respect his jumper when he drives to the basket. He will be a transition weapon for teams that love to push the pace because of his lightning quick release and ability to occasionally slash.
On defense, he’s surprisingly disruptive as an off-ball chaser, and he makes smart swipes as a help defender. Dick won’t be a plus defender, but I don’t expect him to be a huge liability either.
Weaknesses: He struggles to create separation with his handle and doesn’t possess the footwork necessary for isolation scorers. Therefore, his offensive self-creation upside is extremely limited compared to other prospects. That’s not to say that he can’t occasionally burn his defender, but he’s far from a prolific on-ball threat. Dick’s passing is also a work in progress, and his court vision is lacking. These factors limit his on-ball influence, especially against NBA defenders.
Defensively, opponents will attempt to drag him from off-ball into an on-ball role. His isolation defense isn’t too sturdy because he doesn’t have the hip flexibility, footwork, or anticipation to consistently stay in front of ball handlers. Dick isn’t porous enough to be hunted off the court in a playoff setting, but he won’t resemble anything close to a defensive stopper.
Gradey Dick Stats
Gradey Dick NBA Comparison
Dick’s absolute floor significantly overlaps with Duncan Robinson (when he’s shooting well) in terms of the deadly three-point shooting, enormous off-ball gravity, quick release, size, and ability to shoot coming off of screens in either direction. However, Dick’s more than just a specialist due to his opportunistic off-the-dribble scoring, survivable defense, and decent finishing at the rim.
Therefore, a preview of Dick’s potential impact is better displayed by a player like Cam Johnson, who flashes self-creation from time to time, is a solid defender, and possesses the ability to attack the basket when starting with a separation advantage. Johnson’s stat line this past season is a great template for Dick’s peak: 15.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 SPG while shooting 40.4 3PT% on 6.1 attempts per game. In summation, Dick won’t be an All-Star, but his skill set is extremely valuable because it enhances the main roster pieces to the highest degree.
Gradey Dick Highlights
Gradey Dick NBA Draft Ranking, Team Fit, Landing Spot
Draft Ranking: Dick ranks 11th on my Big Board and sits in the fifth tier with names like Bilal Coulibaly, Kobe Bufkin, and Leonard Miller
Team Fit: The Orlando Magic at 11th represent the best fit. Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner are jumbo forwards that thrive as on-ball scorers and playmakers. Wendell Carter Jr is cemented at center, and Orlando can either trot out Markelle Fultz or Jalen Suggs at point guard. That’s a fantastic core, but the Magic – who ranked 24th in 3PT% – desperately need to boost their spacing. Dick obliges, and he’s a suitable long-term replacement for Gary Harris, who turns 29 in September and is on an expiring contract.
Landing Spot: Oklahoma City (12th) is also a logical landing spot for Dick. They field three excellent slashers (Gilgeous-Alexander, Jalen Williams, Giddey) that also double as playmakers, so spot up shooting is key. Toronto (13th) ranked 28th in 3PT%, so they must add spacing around Scottie Barnes and company. Dick wouldn’t fit their prospect mold, but the value he provides to the rest of the roster is undeniable, especially with a center in Jakob Poeltl that doesn’t shoot jumpers.