2016 NBA Draft Prospects: Breaking Down the Pro Future of Stephen Zimmerman

February 4th, 2016 by C.J. Moore Leave a reply »

Stephen Zimmerman will be entering the NBA in the perfect era for his skill set.

Back in the day, NBA teams were searching for back-to-the-basket post players who they could dump the ball down to and have that guy get them buckets. Some teams are still searching for that, but there's less of a premium on post-up scorers in today's NBA, which has become more of a guard's game.

Zimmerman is a good fit in the league because he's at his best operating as a screener in the pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop, and he has a good enough jump shot to spread the floor. Defensively, he fits the prototype of what most teams are searching for out of their center.

"It's so en vogue, you have to have a rim protector and be able to guard in space and move around and guard three guys in every possession," an NBA scout told Bleacher Report. "Zimmerman can do all of that stuff."

So a big man who can shoot, kill it in the pick-and-roll, block shots and guard multiple positions—that sure sounds like a lottery pick, doesn't it? 

Zimmerman could end up going there, but as you'll see in this scouting repo ...

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