As a reminder, we are not currently profiling rookies, sophomores, or prospects we already evaluated throughout the draft process, but you should be able to find in-depth scouting reports on every player of note by following the links on their profiles or using our search engine above.
Due to the timing of the release of these articles (dating back well over a year now), many of the players that were on New Jersey's roster at the time are no longer around. We still preferred to add their scouting reports to the database regardless.
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Third year player, look for scouting reports this summer.
Offense: A extremely dangerous and versatile scorer, capable of shooting from the perimeter or taking the ball to the basket. Has a reputation for settling for too many jumpers, but the rate at which he gets to the line is solid for his position. Uses his athleticism along with advanced moves and scoring instincts to break his man down off the dribble. Utilizes crossovers and spin moves well. Shows good ability to take contact and adjust in the lane, aided by his incredible hang-time. Can drive in either direction with the ball, but is historically better going right, both on drives and pull-up jumpers. Has a good perimeter shot, and can shoot as well off the dribble as he does spotting up, despite taking many very tough shots. Doesnt always have his feet underneath him on shots, and forces some fade-aways. Hasnt been as good off the dribble this season than he normally is, taking more attempts than were used to seeing from him when Devin Harris was injured. Regardless, he still maintained high efficiency. Very good shooter when he is left open. Gets most of his offense in isolations or as the ball-handler in pick-and-rolls, but is dangerous moving off the ball and spotting up. Has a well above average assist to turnover ratio for his position. Is capable of facilitating an offense for extended stretches in games. A great shot creator for himself and others, capable of making every pass, but excelling most in the pick-and-roll. Also creates shots with post entry passes, in transition, and on drive-and-kicks. Uses athleticism to get out and finish in transition, but not as much as he used to. Still reminds us of his Vinsanity days from time to time by throwing down some highlight reel dunks.
Defense: Not know for his effort defensively, Carter is a very good man-to-man defender when he wants to be. Shows a good stance and lateral quickness, along with a penchant for getting a hand in his mans face. Uses his physical tools well, but not until the game is on the line. Effort level wavers considerably at times. Not the greatest at getting around screens. Can over-commit in help defense. Has good hands in the passing lanes. One of the better rebounding shooting guards in the league defensively. Could be a significantly better defender if he put his mind to it.
Dooling was already profiled as a member of the Orlando Magic. Follow his profile link to read his scouting report.
Rookie. See NBA draft scouting report.
Offense: A big-time scorer and major talent who has shown that he can carry a team as a primary option, even if he has some noticeable holes to his game that he must continue to address. Gets a huge amount of his offense (45%) in pick and roll situations, with considerable other chunks coming off isolations and in transition, where he truly excels. Quickness and explosiveness make him incredibly difficult to stay in front of, and does a great job using that to get to the basket and finish in traffic. Can create shots going either direction, gets to the free throw line at an outstanding rate and converts 82% of his attempts once there. Finishes extremely well around the rim, but could even get better by adding some more strength to his upper body. Racks up tons of assists at the point guard spot, partially due to how heavily hes relied on as a ball-handler and shot-creator in New Jerseys offense. Unselfish player who does a good job driving and dishing and making post-entry passes, particularly off the pick and roll, but doesnt possess what you would call brilliant court vision or playmaking instincts. Turns the ball over at a somewhat high rate, but this is to be expected considering his role and extremely aggressive style of play. Could still do a better job with his decision making skills, tends to force the issue at times over-penetrating, making tough passes or trying to split double teams. Perimeter shooting is his main Achilles heelteams regularly go underneath screens and dare him to take open jumpers, and hes yet to show that he can consistently punish them, even from 17 feet out. Extremely shaky on the catch and shoot, not consistent at all with his feet set from NBA 3-point range, even when left open. Better shooting off the dribble, has a very fluid pull-up jumper which is becoming more and more effective as of late, but is also prone to streakiness. Shot-selection is questionable at times.
Defense: Has all the physical tools to be an outstanding defender, including good size, long arms and excellent lateral quickness. Showed in the past that he can lock down his man when called upon in a more limited role, but has gone away from that in New Jersey as his offensive responsibilities increased. Seems to get out of his stance quickly and not fight all that hard getting through screens, effort is spotty depending on the situation. A major target for post-up plays, gives up position too easily, as he seems to lack the strength and toughness to fight back and hold his ground. Great length and anticipation skills getting in the passing lanes, comes up with plenty of steals every game. May revert back to being a better defender in time as the competition level around him in New Jersey increases.
Offense: Isnt asked to do a whole lot on the offensive end, which is probably a good thing. Gets almost two-thirds of his offense in spot up situations, but can hardly be described as a shooter. Will take a jumper from time to time, but knows that isnt his game. Doesnt get much elevation on his shot, making it more of a push. Defenders feel comfortable leaving him open when he isnt in rhythm. Wont spot up outside the arc. Doesnt do much off the dribble, but will show some decent spin moves and short-range ability once in a blue moon. Struggles from the midrange due to a lack of sound footwork when setting up to shoot. Looks exponentially more comfortable in close when he can finish with a layup. Only passable ball handling ability, which makes him reliant on his teammates. Doesnt always protect the ball as well as he should in the lane. Shows a halfway decent post game. Can take advantage of smaller defenders on the low block. Shows good intangibles. Runs the floor hard and sets good screens. Shoots almost no free throws anymore. Limited range and lack of shot-creating ability limits him severely, but he doesnt turn the ball over, doesnt force too many looks, and generally knows his role.
Defense: Defensive role player whose job it is to be a spot defender on the perimeter. Always guards the oppositions best offensive wing when hes on the floor. Good at reacting to drives and cutting them off at the baseline or sending them to the middle when he knows he has help. Solid lateral quickness in his defensive stance. Always gets a hand up on shooters. Makes an effort to contest every shot his man takes. Doesnt always make a big effort in help side since he tries to deny entry passes to his man on some occasions. Not the type of defender that darts in passing lanes or dominates physically. Shows tremendous fundamentals and discipline, which makes him a solid option on this end.
Hayes was already profiled as a member of the Detroit Pistons. Follow his profile link to read his scouting report.
Offense: A nice offensive option who is more productive than efficient. Gets almost one-third of his shots up in spot up situations with isolations, shots off of screens, fast breaks, and pick and rolls accounting for the majority of his other touches. Possesses a solid jump shot with good range and a high release point, and has improved dramatically in recent seasons as a catch and shoot option despite only decent mechanics. Takes a lot of contested jumpers, but doesnt change his mechanics considerably when he does. Not a terribly consistent shooter off the dribble, despite his ability to create, has improved his midrange game a bit, and doesnt get tunnel vision to the rim like he used to. Has a good first step, showing good quickness and timing, which allows him to break his man down going in either direction. Doesnt get out in transition as often as he used to, but still finds quite a bit of success going one-on-one. Not the most advanced ball-handler, but uses craftiness and subtle misdirection steps to maneuver through the lane. Shows great ability to adjust in the lane and takes contact very well. Goes to the line at a terrific rate and shoots a good percentage. Has been a fantastic finisher historically, but hasnt been very effective around the basket recently, seeming to force a lot of tough shots and not finish his drives as efficiently. His drop off in shooting percentage at the rim accounts for many of his struggles, though his dramatic improvements as a shooter mask some of these issues. Moves well off the ball and makes good, quick cuts to the basket, where he catches and finishes well. Also uses his athleticism to get out and make plays in transition. A low-mistake player who makes good reads in the passing game and gets a decent amount of assists.
Defense: Lateral quickness has fallen off noticeably following ankle troubles, which has impacted him defensively. Shows a good defensive stance, but doesnt always move his feet well when being attacked off the dribble. Sags off his man too much in one-on-one situations, leading to some easy shots. Overplays help defense at times, leading to open shots for opponents on the weak side. A good post defender who uses his body well while showing good fundamentals, even looking comfortable when matched against power forwards. Offers San Antonio some nice defensive versatility, but will need to work hard to fit into their defensive system. Change of scenery could be exactly what the doctor ordered on this end of the floor.
Second year player. See NBA draft scouting report.
Offense: A nice inside-outside threat that is still trying to find the efficiency he showed in the past. Gets almost one-third of his touches in spot up situations, with offensive rebounds, basket cuts, and pick and pops accounting for the rest of his shots. Used to get more touches with his back to the basket when he was peaking in 2007. Rarely gets to the free throw line anymore. A good mid-range shooter with range out to 20 feet who was very dangerous in the pick-and-pop game. Hasnt had an easy time getting his jumper to fall since returning to the Thunder, but still has the pretty mechanics that made him effective before he got hurt. Maintains consistent form when uncontested, but struggles with a hand in his face, getting sloppy and showing reduced effectiveness. A crafty post player with a good assortment of moves, but has struggled to finish with his back to the basket post-injury, showing a severe lack of vertical explosiveness. Isnt the feature post player that he once was. Used to really struggle to finish over defenders, but has had better luck around the basket coming off Oklahoma Citys bench. Has good touch on his hook shot with either hand, but prefers to turn over his left shoulder. Shows very nice spin moves going in either direction. Can sometimes take too long with his moves in the post, putting the ball on the floor too much. Does not turn the ball over at all, though, which is a nice plus. Will draw some contact and get to the line once in a blue moon, where he shoots a respectable percentage. Looks decent turning into his man to face up, but lacks the quickness to get by. A smart player off the ball who does a good job cutting and finishing on open looks at the basket. Isnt able to get out in transition anymore, often trailing behind. Efficiency fell off drastically in 2008, with TS% falling from 56% to 45%, but hes rebounded since returning from Russia to some extent shooting 50% this season. Still has a ways to go before being considered a legitimate starting center, though.
Defense: A fundamentally sound post defender, does a good job moving his feet, staying in front of his man, and contesting shots, but is often over-matched athletically. Can struggle to hold position against stronger opponents. Not much of a shot-blocking threat, but has been notably more effective since returning from Russia and does a good job making rotations and getting his hands up. Lateral quickness is a problem on the perimeter, and he struggles to get out and defend the midrange effectively. Getting back some of his recovery speed, but still doesnt always get back to his man when defending the pick and roll, though he puts in great effort trying. Was never a great rebounder, but is even less effective than he once was now. Isnt physically aggressive or athletic enough to beat the players around him to the ball.
Rookie. See Rookie Retrospective article in profile.
Offense: Has very good scoring instincts and excellent size for the small forward position, which makes him a solid mismatch threat. Game is clearly centered on his perimeter jump shot, which boasts excellent form and consistency, with a high and quick release. Good when open, and actually even better with a hand in his face more often than not, showing very good poise and rarely altering his mechanics. Not quite as good pulling up off the dribble, but rarely forces bad jump shots, always keeping very good balance. Has a step-back jumper in his repertoire, but mostly relies on straight up jumpers. Took most of his shots behind the arc in the NBA, but is decent from the mid-range as well, and made plays inside the arc more frequently for Dynamo Moscow. Not a great ball-handler, but is comfortable making a straight-line drive to the basket when it presents itself, and is athletic enough to finish at times. Gets to the free throw line at a very nice rate, mostly thanks to his smarts and craftiness. Doesnt show the ability to consistently get past opponents in pure one on one situations, and usually only will be able to drive off a shot-fake or a screen. Forces some drives where he cant get past his opponents, resorting to an awkward shot thats part floater, part running hook. Very good cutting without the ball, doing a good job finishing over smaller 3s with nice touch off the glass. Shows good ability to adjust in the lane, but doesnt finish with his left hand, leading to some awkward attempts on that side of the basket. Gets out in transition as well, where he shows his aggressiveness in attacking defenders and getting to the line. Likes to try and dunk when he gets any sort of running start at the rim. Doesnt have much of a post game, looking uncomfortable there and not finishing well. Assertive drives help him get to the line, where he is a lights out shooter. Over-aggressiveness can come at the expense of turnovers, though.
Defense: Not a very good defender, despite showing good attentiveness and putting in consistent effort. Suffers from below average foot speed and a high center of gravity, making him a liability on the perimeter at the 3-spot. This is compounded by being prone to biting for fakes, and not showing great recovery speed. Struggles with screens as well, often getting caught. Not a good post defender either, as hes undersized and not very strong compared to power forwards he is occasionally matched with. Had a much easier time defensively in Europe, since his length was more of an asset, and his lateral quickness was not quite as big of an issue. Also was able to spend more time at the 4, where hes an even bigger mismatch offensively, and often is able to match up with other face-up forwards in his mold. Solid rebounder at his position, as he has good size and smarts and is willing to put the effort in.
Offense: Will never be known for his exploits on this end of the court, as he lacks a great skill level or tremendous athleticism. Had a bad year after receiving a big contract following a great season with the Nuggets in 2008, partially due to injuries. Didnt shoot the ball as well from the field in limited action. Gets almost half of his possessions as a spot up shooter at this point in his career. Doesnt have bad form on his jumper, but is hindered by a slow release and bouts of inconsistency when defended. Not a bad option when wide open, but not ideal in that regard. Doesnt put the ball on the floor much, but attacks the rim, and prefers driving right when he does. Not a great ball handler, but doesnt force things too often. Proves to be a solid finisher around the basket in limited attempts. Can use both hands and has soft touch, will have some trouble when he has to score over bigger defenders. Not afraid to mix it up down low. Doesnt get any possessions in the post anymore, find his touches by working off the ball. Does a good job cutting to the rim, crashing the glass, and running the floor in transition. Always looking to tip a missed shot back out to his teammates. Has never been a great foul shooter, but was truly brutal from there in 08-09, dipping down to an abysmal 36%. May not ever be as efficient as he was during his final two seasons with the Nuggets.
Defense: Capable of defending multiple positions for stretches of his career. Can still guard some players at both forward spots. Maximizes his physical tools with his physical play defensively. Always gets a hand up when closing out shooters, being very aggressive and showing great awareness and decent recovery speed to get back in the play if he gets beat. Knows when to concede fouls, and does so often. Pretty foul prone for that reason. Very good help defender in terms of timing and fundamentals, but lacks the athleticism to make an impact as a playmaker. Does show good hands when stripping ball handlers in the lane. Very fundamentally sound after the shot goes up. Turns and rides his man out of the lane before going after the ball. Isnt a glamorous defender by any stretch of the imagination, but knows how to get the job done and will work as hard as anyone to stay in position.
Simmons was already profiled as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. Follow his profile link to read his scouting report.