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Booker has appeal beyond the arc

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To help readers get to know top NBA draft prospects, Insider offers a 360-degree look at many of them in a concise and thorough scouting report featuring three expert perspectives: Kevin Pelton (analytics), Fran Fraschilla (scouting) and Chad Ford (NBA front offices). Here's a look at Devin Booker.


WARP Projection: 1.0 (42nd among players in top 100)
Comparables: Bradley Beal (87.1), Tobias Harris (84.6), Luol Deng (81.4), Thaddeus Young (79.4)
Strengths: Shooting, TO%
Weaknesses: Usage, FTA%, Rebound%, Assist%, Steal%, Block%


The analytics perspective

There are red flags all over Booker's freshman statistics, starting with his aversion to larceny. After picking up nine steals in his first six games, Booker had just eight in the final 32 games. He also did little to contribute to Kentucky's NCAA-best blocks total, swatting just two shots all season. As a result, Booker's combined steal and block percentages are among the lowest in my college stats database: