NBA Draft

Hugo Besson

Scouting Report

The numbers suggest that there's no reason to draft this guy, but scouts aren't necessarily into data when it comes to Besson. They see enough to like about him that he could go in the second round of the draft this summer.
Playing in New Zealand this year, Besson averaged 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The 6-6 Besson, who projects as a combo guard, also delivered 2.5 assists per game. He's currently projected as a mid to late second round choice. Besson applied for last year's draft but opted out.
Strengths: Besson combines good height and agility, which allows him to whip defenders off the dribble and gain the lane. Besson has the ability to score off the bounce and can also post up smaller guards for easy baskets. A good ballhandler, Besson also doesn't mind sticking his nose into traffic to get tough rebounds. He works hard on defense and has shown flashes of brilliance playing against older players in his native France and New Zealand.
Weaknesses: Besson's 38.5 percent mark from the field and 30.6 percent 3-point shooting can be attributed to questionable shot selection. For a guy who will be expected to run an offense, his 2.5 assists and 1.8 turnovers last year suggest someone who's not exactly Chris Paul. Besson hunts his shot a bit too much and tends to pound the ball into the floor too often. And while he gives a good effort on defense, quicker players are going to give him fits. Someone might pop him in the second round and a lot of people might wonder what's the fuss?
--Field Level Media


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