2022 NBA Draft Prospect Profiles: Josh Minott

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  • 6’8″, 6’11” wingspan, 205 pounds, 20 year old from Boca Raton, Florida
  • NEW YEAR IN MEMPHIS: In 33 games (5 starts, 14.6 minutes per game), 6.6 points game on 52.2% shots (14.3% of 3, 75.4% on free throws), 0.9 Assists per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 0.8 steals per game, 0.7 blocks per game, 0.9 turnovers per game
  • AWARDS AND AWARDS: 2021-22 AAC All-Freshman, AAC Freshman of the Week on January 3, Palm Beach 5A-1A Senior Season Player of the Year
  • 3 STRENGTH STAT (per Tankathon): Steals (2.0 per 36), Offensive Rebounds (4.4 per 40), AST/USG (0.58)
  • 3 IMPROVED STATS (per Tankathon): 3 Points % (14.3%), Fouls (4.3 per 36), Defensive Rebounds (5.9 per 40)
  • CURRENT BIG BOARD POSITION: 41 (Tankathon), N / A (The ringtone), 47 (ESPN), 42 (CBS sports), 46 (Bleacher report), 41 (The athletic)

Potential.

Josh Minott has a lot of it and teams appreciate it, especially in the NBA draft.

Many people reading this draft profile already know Minott, as he spent his sophomore year at the University of Memphis. At the start of his freshman season, Minott was a four-star recruit and was even a predicted potential lottery pick in some of this season’s forward drafts.

I think it’s safe to say that Minott’s first year didn’t go exactly as he planned. He started in just 5 games for the Tigers and averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 14.6 minutes, which was ninth on the team. He would lose minutes against Landers Nolley and DeAndre Williams when they were returning from injury.

But what he did on the field caught the attention of NBA scouts and Tigers fans alike. Therefore, with those modest stats, he’s still being drafted and could find his way into the final round of the first round.

areas of strength

Athletics. Watching Minott last season you could see he was more athletic than most if not all the guys he was on the court with. He’s fast and can jump out of the gym, as evidenced by his 38.5 max vertical at the NBA combine. He’s a guy that other teams need to keep an eye on as he knows how to end a lob.

There were also times when it seemed like he didn’t quite know how to handle his own athleticism. But as he keeps growing and growing into his body, it will take care of itself.

As for his defense, there are some pros and cons. We’ll get to the pros in this part of the article. Although I mentioned his numbers last season are modest, they don’t tell the whole story.

Per 40 minutes (from Sports-Reference.com)

  • 1.8 blocks per game
  • 2.2 Steals per Game
  • 10.3 rebounds per game

I would take this type of production from just about anyone. That’s 4 shares per 40 minutes! To me, that shows Minott’s untapped defensive potential. Sure, he’s probably lost some playing time this year from not being able to stay ahead of faster guards, but he has the ability to recover for a chase-down block. Another strength on defense is his length that if he gives up an inch or two he’s still able to raise a hand and deny shots.

Minott’s final strength is the ability for him to play multiple points on the floor. As the game evolves and we see more and more no-position lineups being introduced, Minott fits in perfectly in that aspect. He might be able to play 1-5 depending on how much more he needs to grow, but realistically at the moment I’d say he’s best used from 2-4.

Areas for Improvement

Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via Getty Images

His biggest weakness is his jump shot ability. Minott averaged just 0.6 points per jump shot and a miserable 14% from 3 this season, according to Synergy Sports, but he only shot 14 three-pointers all season. He knows this is not his chance. While his ability to play multiple positions will help him progress in the game, his inability to make jump shots will quickly land him on the bench.

He may also have difficulty staying out of nasty troubles. He averaged almost 2 fouls per game, which is about 5 fouls per 40 minutes. Part of that is down to his eagerness on offense to get to the bucket. But part of that is because he’s unable to stay in front of his man and tries to make an impact after he’s been beaten. That’s his biggest weakness on defense, sticking with his man when he’s faster. He might also gain some extra weight to strengthen bigger guys.

Fit with the Grizzlies

If you ask me, a guy like Minott should be one that every team in the league should take at least one flyer from. I know it really comes down to whether a team needs to fill a gap right away or can wait for a guy.

Of course, any team, even the Warriors, could use more shooters, but the Grizzlies are in a pretty good position to pack a punch for Minott. The Grizzlies currently have the 22, 29, and 47 picks in this year’s draft. It’s more than likely Minott will be there by the time he’s 29 and possibly even 47. As we’ve seen in the past, the Grizzlies will move in early and even trade someone if they really like someone.

If the Grizzlies draft Minott, I see him as a guy who’s going to start at the bottom of the G-League. If Minott hits his potential ceiling, just imagine the length and athleticism of a front-row finish with Jaren Jackson Jr., Josh Minott, Ziaire Williams and Brandon Clarke. Not to mention you still have Dillon Brooks and DeAnthony Melton. That would be fun to watch.

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