76ers Draft Profiles: Desmond Bane
Shooting is a desperate need right now for the 76ers. Already not having many shooters to start, Philadelphia is expected to lose Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III in free agency.
This would leave Furkan Korkmaz as the only perimeter threat off the bench as of right now. Luckily, the 2020 NBA Draft has so many perfect players for the Sixers around where they pick. One of those prospects is Desmond Bane. Bane is a 6’5 Guard out of TCU coming off his fourth season at the school. Entering the draft at 22, he is a bit on the older side but age likely won’t be a big factor for the 76ers.
Playing four years at TCU, Bane was the first TCU player to make first-team all Big-12. He is also TCU’s all-time winningest player with 84 wins.
In 2020 he scored over 20 points 12 times out of their 32 games. If drafted, Bane will be the sixth player since 1985 to make the NBA from TCU. The only other current player is New Orleans’ Kenrich Williams.
The obvious first impression from Bane is his ability to shoot from deep. In 2020, Bane was 44% from three and has a career average of 43%. From 2017 to 2018 his shot increased drastically going from 38% to 46% from beyond the arc.
Bane while he isn’t the best defensive player gives a lot of hustle and makes it work. With his shooting and effort, Bane will easily be able to carve out a significant role for himself in Philadelphia. He has shown to also be a legitimate passing threat finding players often with ease. If you watch you can see Bane constantly fighting off ball to find an open shot for his team. This ability and motor can be of much value to Philadelphia.
While his upside is eye-opening for Sixers fans there are some concerns. Bane has had trouble handling the ball proficiently, and likely would need to be used as a catch and shoot player or in limited dribble situations to start.
During his four years, Banes’ two-point percentage has dropped significantly. Going from 60% in his freshman year to 46% this past season is a bit alarming. The positive from that is his three-point shot has remained just as good but it is something to keep an eye on.
With everything taken in, I still feel Desmond Bane can be fantastic for the 76ers. Doc Rivers should be able to implement his skills perfectly into his system.
Bane could be a key piece in the Sixers’ rotation as a reliable knockdown shooter. If the Sixers can run their offense and get Bane open shots he could have a fantastic season. When the Sixers are on the clock at 21 it would be a no-brainer for them to draft Bane if he is still on the board.
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