Ray Spalding

Height: 6-10

Weight: 215

College: Louisville

Classification: Junior

Birthdate: 3/11/1996

2018 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 50

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round

​2018 NBA Draft: Round 2, Pick 56 by the Philadelphia 76ers (rights traded to the Dallas Mavericks)

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket

Excels at scoring on the move

Adequate low post scorer

Sets good screens on offense

Decent playmaker for a big man

Good rebounder

Good defender that can get blocks and steals

Solid athlete

Good motor

Cons:

Must improve his face-up game

Bad free throw shooter

Does not shoot the ball enough

Needs to improve his playmaking skills

May be fairly raw offensively

Struggles against stronger players

Can be quite foul prone

Can have lapses defensively

Needs to add strength

May potentially be a tweener

Summary:

Ray Spalding is a very athletic big man that may project to be a defensive specialist in the NBA.  He can rebound and block shots, and there have been reports about his emerging jump shot over the summer.​

Still, he has not really been much of an offensive force, as he does not really look to take shots, and he has not really looked to score often outside of the hoop area when he does so in college.  Offensively, Spalding’s game may be a work in progress, but with his size, athleticism, and defensive potential, he could potentially be a second round pick in 2018.​

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ESPN’s Article on Spalding at the Adidas Nations