Before this last season not many fans had heard of Tyler Ennis as a high lottery pick. However, after helping Syracuse to a 25-0 start Ennis was on the national radar. So, lets look at Ennis as a potential NBA lottery pick.
Ennis is six feet two inches tall. For a point guard, that is pretty respectable. He is no 6’6 Michael Carter Williams. He is only one inch shorter than Deron Williams, who in his prime was considered a good sized point guard. Ennis’s wingspan and height will allow him to not be overmatched in defense, but will not provide him any advantages on offense.
There is one thing Ennis has that not many people have, premier court vision. Ennis, in his freshman year, averaged 5.5 assist per game while only turning the ball over 2.2 times per game. His assist percentage, assist per game, and total assist were tops in the ACC. He simply doesn’t make many mistakes when he has the ball and he will not hurt a team with his decision making. The great court vision and anticipation shows on the defensive end where he averaged over 2 steals per game, although everyone seems to dismiss his defense to some extent because of the zone.
The weakness I see with Ennis is that he isn’t elite anywhere else on the offensive side of the floor. He is an “okay” jump shooter and is mediocre in his finishing ability. So, what is he left to do? In the NBA, he is going to be looking for a lot of spot up three point shots. Everyone talks about his ability to work the pick and roll, but his lack of an athletic, quick burst will hurt this skill in the NBA.
Another characteristic Ennis has is his moxie to hit the big shot. At the end of the game he wants the ball in his hand. (Sound familiar Jazz fans?)
So, who is Tyler Ennis in the NBA? Who does he compare with?
Looking at last year’s draft, Tyler Ennis is mix of Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke. He has the court vision of both point guards. Has better size then Burke and the same amount of confidence Burke has. But he has the jump shooting of MCW. Ultimately, the team that drafts Ennis is drafting their backup point guard.