NBA Draft Blog: Wayne Chism
[This post was made prior to the most recent Kentucky game, however, I'm not sure Wayne's performace would have changed this evaluation.]
Wayne Chism, F, Tennessee
Chism is the current SEC Player of the Week and is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds. He is three wins away from being the Vols' all-time winningest player and is poised to help Bruce Pearl's club to a fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance. So how do his NBA prospects look at this point?
Well, he doesn't even crack our top 100, and that's probably justified. Chism, a senior, certainly looks like an active and athletic player in the SEC, but, in reality is a 6-foot-9 "below the rim" guy who relies on pump fakes and creating angles in Tennessee's offense to score inside. He has had trouble scoring over length in a league that has big, athletic post players. Recent games against Kentucky and Vanderbilt simulate what he would see in the NBA, and he was not effective in the low post in either game.
Chism, in many ways, is a product of Tennessee's well-executed offense, taking advantage of flex cuts and backscreens to get layups and open jump shots, especially behind the arc. He also trails the fast break and is not hesitant to shoot the 3-pointer in transition, making 34 percent of his 67 attempts this season. And, his lack of ballhandling skills is hidden because he stays within the offense and is rarely in a one-on-one situation away from the basket.
Ultimately, Chism has been a very productive player for the Vols, and he is likely get a chance to show his wares in pre-draft workouts. Unfortunately, I do not think he possesses one particular skill that is NBA-ready.