Vanderbilt’s Scotty Pippen Jr. unlikely to be picked in NBA Draft

Scotty Pippen Jr. has NBA Hall of Fame bloodlines. He was a two-time all-conference selection at Vanderbilt and the SEC’s first player in 25 years to average 20 points in back-to-back seasons. But one of the top players in the SEC is not listed in most mock drafts ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23.

Pippen impressed scouts at the NBA Combine with his performance in drills, showcasing his basketball IQ that comes from being around the game. Despite that, it’s still a long shot to get drafted. Here are Pippen’s limitations from a professional standpoint:

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Size

Despite being listed at 6-foot-3 at Vanderbilt, Pippen measured at 6-1 at the combine. It’s not impossible for players that small to succeed in the NBA, but they generally either have to be uncommonly athletic or have an elite skill in one specific area (like Steph Curry’s shooting). Pippen lacks the general athleticism needed at his size and while he is good at a lot of things, he isn’t elite in any one area.

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