NBA Draft lottery: May Shaedon Sharpe’s upside tempt the Pistons?

This year’s NBA Draft has a number of intriguing prospects. One recent addition to the pool of interesting candidates is Kentucky’s Shaedon Sharpe.

The Detroit Pistons have a lot of things to consider as they look to take the next step in the restoration of the franchise. Sharpe is still young but his athleticism, play-making and skills on defense would make him a fit alongside the young players that make up Detroit’s roster.

He is a consensus five-star recruit and the top-ranked 2022 coming out of Dream City Christian in Glendale, AZ by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.

SHAEDON SHARPE

  • Position: Guard
  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • Age: 18
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Sharpe did not play for the Wildcats in the 2021-22 season since he enrolled at Kentucky in the spring semester. He was expected to practice with the team and then play next season but has opted to enter the draft instead. Scouts are still intrigued by what the Canadian wing would be able to do at the NBA level. They’ve noted that the 18-year-old has a lot of bounce for a player of his size.

He has plenty of length, strength and height that would make him an ideal wing. Sharpe has a quick first step that allows him to easily get to the basket and his strength has allowed him to finish through contact. That skill set could help him become an elite athlete in the NBA.

Scouts have noted that Sharpe is a great slasher and a good off-ball cutter who aims to exploit his ability to finish at the rim. On top of that, Sharpe is a lethal backdoor cutter that likes to take advantage of unsuspecting defenses. They also highlighted his ability to ignite a crowd with vicious dunks.

Sharpe is still young and is still developing, particularly in his ball-handling, playmaking and outside shooting game. But scouts have noted that he has made strides over the years. Based on what he has shown so far, scouts believe he could develop a solid pull-up jump shot because he finds a good rhythm with the dribble before rising up for the shot.

But Sharpe could be an intriguing prospect alongside Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and the other young core players the Pistons have been developing. But many have noted that Sharpe would be a project and through the Pistons are still in restoration mode, it could take some time before he becomes a complete player.

The Pistons and other NBA teams will evaluate Sharpe closely at this month’s Draft Combine. But only time will tell how he fares in the league.

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