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Prospect scouting report: Dedric Lawson

The Hornets have already brought in the Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder for a workout.

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The Charlotte Hornets had Dedric Lawson in for a workout last week, and the former Kansas Jayhawk could be in play for one of the Hornets' second round picks.


Height: 6'7" without shoes, 6'8.5" in shoes
Wingspan: 7'2.25"
Standing reach: 8'11.5"
Weight: 233 pounds

Strengths: Outside shooting ability, role player potential, strength, rebounding, experience/savvy

Lawson is going to sell himself to potential suitors primarily with his outside shooting ability and role player potential. He converted on 39.3% of his 89 3-point attempts and 81.5% of his free throws, so the shot seems legit. He led the Big 12 in scoring, but he did a lot of damage in the post and at the free throw line, neither of which are likely to translate to the NBA given his athletic limitations, unless he has a mouse in the house on a switch. The jumper should translate though.

He also does everything else well enough to fill in the gaps as a consistent role player if he can overcome his lack of athleticism. He led the Big 12 in rebounding at 10.9 per game and is a very good passer for a big. He finds shooters out of the posts and has good vision finding cutters. He averaged 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game, using his strength, length and awareness to disrupt opposing offenses.

Question marks: Athleticism

The list of weaknesses is short, but Lawson's primary weakness is enough to undermine all the skill he possesses. He's a terrible athlete by NBA standards, and that's often a death knell for NBA prospects that aren't supremely talented. He had the lowest max vertical leap at this year's combine, even bested by behemoth Tacko Fall. His standing vertical was only better than Fall’s.

He didn't test well in any other physical drill. His agility test, shuttle run, and 3/4 court sprint were all among the worst at the combine. He was able to overcome those athletic limitations with his length and positional awareness in college, but the NBA is a whole different beast.

His lack of athleticism also brings into question who he can guard at the next level. He's not quick enough to guard on the perimeter and he's not athletic enough to protect the rim at the NBA level.

Overall outlook

Lawson's shooting ability and overall skill level could allow him to carve out a niche as a role player, but his severe lack of athleticism will hamper him and may be enough to keep him off the court completely. He's worked out for the Hornets already, so he's probably on the team's radar, especially at the 52nd pick.