A quick, aggressive and highly confident point guard coming off a tremendous season, helping his team reach the Elite Eight, Denis Clemente had a solid all-around showing in Portsmouth, looking very focused on showing off his merits as a distributor.
Clemente does not possess great physical tools for an NBA point guard, as he has average size and length to go along with good, but not great athleticism. More of a combo guard earlier in his career, particularly before transferring from Miami to Kansas State, Clemente did an excellent job running Frank Martins offense this season, even if his limitations as a playmaker were always fairly evident, which is probably a testament to the kind of coach Martin is.
At his best in the open floor, Clemente struggles with tunnel vision and suspect decision making in the half-court, showing a very quick trigger at times and being fairly inconsistent with his perimeter stroke. Better shooting off the dribble than in catch and shoot situations, Clemente gets very little elevation with his feet set on his flat-footed stroke, due to his unorthodox mechanics.
Able to operate on the pick and roll and very effective pushing the ball up the court, Clemente struggles finishing around the basket at times, lacking the size, strength and explosiveness to complete plays in traffic, often reverting to difficult flip-shots and floaters rather than drawing contact and getting to the free throw line.
Defensively, Clemente lacks great physical tools, but brings terrific toughness and intensity to the table. He competes one very possession and doesnt back down from opponents, even if he at times shows questionable awareness and decision making ability.
All in all, Clemente still has plenty of polish to add to his game before he can be realistically considered a legit NBA point guard. A native of Puerto Rico, Clemente can make a good amount of money playing in his local league, where the wide open style of play likely will suit his style. Hell have opportunities to play in Europe as well.