The basketball scouting question you need to answer

basketball scouting questionWhen you sit down to evaluate a player for the next level, there’s one basketball scouting question you must answer above all else.

I learned about this question years ago from one of my mentors, an NBA scout and executive, who likes to ask aspiring scouts if they know what it is.

People make all kinds of guesses.

  • “How much potential does the player have?”
  • “How big and athletic is he?”
  • “What are his work ethic and character like?”
  • “How good is his basketball IQ?”

They’re good guesses. These things matter, of course.

None of them are the answer he’s looking for though.


What do you want to know about scouting?

I’m always looking for ways to share more helpful information about basketball scouting.

I’ve published a number of resources for how to get started in scouting and what some of the “big ideas” in the field are.

In the spring of 2017, I taught an online class called Basketball Scouting Crash Course to a group of 25 students who included people who work in college and professional basketball.

Now, I’d like to know how I can help even more.

Please do me a favor and fill out the short one-question survey below.

I’ll keep you posted on what I’m working on.


NBA Expansion: 4 Necessary Ingredients

nba expansionNBA expansion is a popular topic of discussion for NBA fans.

It’s fun to speculate about which cities might be deemed most worthy of joining the league via NBA expansion.

Those conversations often devolve into arguments about which cities most “deserve” a franchise based on population or enthusiasm.

Perhaps someone might think to point out which cities have basketball arenas. There’s not usually much more depth to it.

Today I’m writing about what really matters for NBA expansion — the criteria that the NBA and its team owners look for.

I identified 4 key ingredients that need to be in place for a city to receive an expansion franchise in the future.


What matters more than how ready an early entry is

readyTHAT GUY is entering the NBA Draft?!

He’s not ready!

He averaged 6 points a game in college!

What’s he doing?!

We’ve all heard this one.

We’ve probably all said it at some point.

But nine times out of ten, people are wrong to say it.

I was reading Gary Parrish’s article defending Skal Labissiere’s early entry into the 2016 NBA Draft. It made me think.

A player’s NBA readiness on the court isn’t actually the main issue.

What matters is how ready the NBA is for him.

ESPN basketball analyst Jalen Rose likes to say, “You never get what you deserve, only that which you have the leverage to negotiate.”

(I believe Chester Karass originally said it in his 1994 book on negotiating.)

This principle applies here.