Rafer Alston

Drafted #39 in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Bucks
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Age: 44
Position: PG
Jerseys: #1, #11
High School: Benjamin N. Cardozo High School (New York)
Hometown: New York, NY
Agent: Dan Fegan
College: Fresno St
Current Team: Fresno St
Win - Loss: 5 - 11


NBA Scouting Reports, Southwestern Division (Part One)

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Overview: A playground legend who is a solid fit for Rick Adelman’s offense when his shot is falling. Handles the ball as well as any person on the planet. Possesses average size for a pure point guard. Has great quickness, but is more fluid than explosive. Didn’t have the easiest time getting to where he is now. Spent time at two different Community Colleges before spending his senior season at Fresno State. Managed to get drafted, but still had to pay his dues in the CBA and NBADL before finding a niche in the League. Used his time in the minors to get used to playing in a structured offense. Ironed out many of his playground skills and developed a solid jump shot as well. Has always been a tremendous distributor. An important part of Houston’s system—fought off heavy competition to again average a great deal of playing time.

Offense: A talented offensive player who isn’t a very efficient scorer, but is great at setting the table. Get one third of his offense from spot ups with another third coming from pick and rolls. Very apt at dribbling off screens to create a passing angles to the roll man. Extremely creative passer and ball handler. Always find a way to deliver the ball. Will turn the ball over due to his style of play. Hard to stop in transition. Makes defenders commit before giving up the ball. A solid, but unspectacular scorer. Has a repertoire of floaters, but has a tough time producing consistently from the outside. Puts great touch on his lay ups and midrange shots. Can beat his man off the dribble due to his handle, but doesn’t do it enough. Likes to drive left and look to score at the rim. Not much of a free throw shooter or offensive rebounder. Can make a killing as a jump shooter in Houston’s offense when he’s hitting shots—the problem is he takes too many outside shots.

Defense: A very good defensive player who has the quickness to hang with most point guards. Puts in a great effort. Maintains a low stance. Has a hard time defending taller players who can shoot over him. Quick hands. Will pick his man’s pocket from time to time. Good defensive rebounder for his position. Likes to box out, read the situation, and then get into position to receive the outlet pass.