Moses Moody 2021 NBA Draft Profile: Arkansas HC thinks Knicks' Tom Thibodeau would love the dynamic SG

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Arkansas SG Moses Moody Treated Image
Arkansas SG Moses Moody Treated Image

Eric Musselman has known Tom Thibodeau for years. Musselman and Thibodeau coached together as assistants on Bill Musselman’s staff in Minnesota. Bill was a mentor to Thibodeau, and he was Eric Musselman’s dad.

It’s been a long time since Thibodeau and Musselman shared a bench in Minnesota, but Musselman still knows the kind of player Thibodeau likes.

“He likes guys that play both sides of the ball,” Musselman, head coach at the University of Arkansas, says. “He likes players that know how to execute, and he likes players that understand good shot from great shot.”

Musselman happened to coach a player last season that fits that description.

“All those things, Moses possesses,” Musselman says.

Moses is Moses Moody, the Arkansas freshman and potential lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Moody, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, led the Razorbacks in scoring as they reached the Elite Eight. He was one of three freshman to average more than 15 points and five rebounds. He was one of three SEC players to shoot at least 42 percent, 35 percent from three 3PT and 80 percent at the free throw line. He was also one of two players in the conference to rank in the Top 20 in the following SEC categories: Points per game (3rd), field goal percentage (9th), three-point percentage (17th), free throw percentage (9th), and rebounds per game (17th).

Maybe more importantly, the 19-year-old approached his freshman season with the mentality of an NBA veteran, Musselman says.

“His eyes were glued to the film during our film sessions, he didn’t wander at all. He knew every part of the scouting reporting in and out. He just had a serious-minded approach (that’s rare for a freshman).”

Moody’s production and his approach to the game have made him a sure-fire first-round pick. He’s projected by most drafts to be selected in the lottery (top 14 picks).

So, the Knicks may not have a chance to selected Moody on draft night. But he was one of many players on their radar leading up to the NBA Draft Combine. That isn’t surprising, of course. A player of Moody’s caliber is probably on the radar of most teams.

“Any NBA team that puts a premium on execution would like Moses,” Musselman says.

Execution is certainly something that Thibodeau prioritizes. If the Knicks selected Moody, they might have to move RJ Barrett to small forward. But they’d be getting a young player with a monumental upside that checks off some elements of the game that are important to their head coach.

And, Musselman says, Moody would have no problem fitting into the Knicks’ locker room.

“The veterans on the team are going to like him and respect him, which is not always the case with rookies,” Musselman says. “He’s a player they’re all going to play and respect from the get-go because of the type of teammates he is and how he is in the locker room… He’s as unselfish as anybody we’ve had.”

Sounds like another trait that Thibodeau would appreciate.