5.) Isaiah Roby, Forward: (11.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.9bpg, 1.3spg, 45.4 fg%, 33 3p%, 67.7 ft%)
Roby is a 6’8.5” potential versatile forward with a 7’1” wingspan. This Nebraska Cornhusker is marketed as a three-and-d athletic wing who finishes above-the-rim comfortably with both hands.
He can play with his back to the basket or face-up bigs, possessing a soft touch around the rim and in the mid-range. For his solid build, Isaiah Roby married a quick first step with decent ball-handling to slash and beat slower defenders.
Off the ball, he ran well in the open court, had a nose for the offensive board, and excelled as a screener and cutter in the pick-and-roll game. What set Isaiah Roby apart was his willingness to not only pass out of the post to open perimeter players but his capabilities in hitting a cutting teammate on the run (although he surely can get better in his passing accuracy and velocity).
His reach, lateral quickness, and impressive defensive mechanics witnessed him frequently holding his own against smaller and quicker guards, and stronger bigs. Roby’s downfall, however, was his inconsistent shooting and cold streaks (catch-and-shoot and pull-up jumpers) that failed to keep the defense honest and consequently shrunk the offensive spacing.
Moreover, his fear to embrace physicality and absorb contact both hampered his offensive game at the basket (leading him to “settle” for a lot of shots) and defensive intensity at times. Still, with all this, the Dallas Mavericks’ front office needs to consider drafting Isaiah Roby.