NBA Draft prospect Melvin Frazier: defensive prowess mixed with offensive rawness

Melvin Frazier is one of the best defenders in this draft. With his unique blend of athleticism and will, he became an incredibly tenacious defender, albeit undisciplined. But will his defensive impact be enough to cover up his offensive shortcomings?

Player specifics:

  • Height: 6’6″
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Wingspan: 7’1.75″
  • Position: SF
  • Age: 22
  • College: Tulane
  • Home town: Marrero, Louisiana

Statline:

Per Game Table
Season FG% 3P% FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS
2015-16 .401 .286 .516 3.1 0.7 0.9 0.3 1.1 5.2
2016-17 .438 .264 .667 4.6 1.5 1.9 0.5 2.4 11.5
2017-18 .556 .385 .712 5.6 2.9 2.2 0.7 2.6 15.9
Career .481 .312 .653 4.4 1.7 1.6 0.5 2.0 10.6
Provided by CBB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 6/13/2018.

Skills:

Defensive Versatility

Because of his huge frame, smooth athleticism, and relentless motor, Frazier is one of the better and more versatile defensive prospects in this draft. Throughout his Tulane career, he was consistently one of the more aggressive defenders in the nation, capable of cheating further off his man than the average player to help and yet still able to close-out on and contain his man when the ball eventually came in his direction.

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