Richard Hamilton

Drafted #7 in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Wizards
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Position: SG
High School: Coatesville Area High School (Pennsylvania)
Hometown: Coatesville, PA
College: Connecticut
Current Team: Connecticut
Win - Loss: 37 - 3


NBA Scouting Reports, Central Division (Part One)

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Apr 24, 2008, 01:07 am
Overview: A skinny shooting guard who moves without the ball and shoots the midrange jumper as well as anyone in the game. Has a very skinny frame, but is long and tough. Displays adequate athleticism and above average quickness. Changes directions well. Appears more deceptively fast than explosive. One of the most well conditioned players in the League. Can run off screens for days. Shows a great work ethic and a lot of heart. Plays with great efficiency. Won an NCAA Championship in 1999 at Connecticut and an NBA Championship with the Pistons in 2004. Two time All-Star. Forms one of the League’s best guard tandems with Chauncey Billups.

Offense: One of the best midrange players in the game. Probably the best. Great shooting stroke. Elevates well enough to shoot over defenders. Very reliable out to NBA three-point range. Tremendous footwork. Works as well off the ball as Reggie Miller used to. Gets open and quick triggers jumpers all game. Tires his man out by virtue of his conditioning and cutting. Get most of his shots off of screens, spotting up, and in transition. Not a great finisher due to his lack of elite explosiveness and strength. Pretty good from the post, or with his back to the basket in the midrange. Capable of turning over both shoulders for jumpers. Capable ball handler. Better at driving to the rim with his left. Likes to pull up when going right. Extremely smart passer. Pretty good offensive rebounder when he wants to be. Great basketball IQ.

Defense: Solid defender who used his conditioning advantage to play pesky defense for the long haul. Enough lateral quickness to deny some dribble penetration. Closes out really hard, and minimizes the space he gives his man. Can get beaten by more physical offensive players. Goes straight up in the post, but doesn’t have the size to push some shooting guards off the block. Does his best to use leverage to his advantage. Won’t get steals on the ball. Better at reading passers and getting deflections. Not usually capable of guarding point guards of small forwards. Gets back up the floor as instructed when rebounds aren’t in his area.


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