Potential Warriors target Vassell makes alarming change to shot originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The 6-foot-7 forward is one of the most consistent shooters in the draft. He projects as a prototypical 3-and-D wing at the NBA level. In two seasons at Florida State, Vassell shot 41.7 percent from 3-point range and ranked in the 80th percentile as a spot-up shooter last season, per Synergy Sports.
Vassell is a good shooter who needed to speed up his stroke just a touch. But based on a recent workout video, it appears he might completely altered his stroke and not for the better.
Video that’s been circulating on Twitter. Devin Vassell’s form has been completely changed for the worse. pic.twitter.com/pxG0DbQxFg
— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) October 15, 2020
For comparison here's a video of how Vassell shot the ball at Florida State.
#Twolves GM Scott Layden (think he retained that title under new regime) is at today’s FSU-VT game. Seminoles soph. SG Devin Vassell is putting on a show. Shot it well last year, raising game this yr. Possible 1st rdr. #Timberwolves pic.twitter.com/JI53oETGoW
— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) February 1, 2020
As you can see, Vassell's new stroke has the ball cocked behind his head and his elbows are almost square to the rim. With his old stroke, he was perfectly balanced (as all things should be) and released the ball at the top of his head.
Now, it is, of course, worth noting that a 20-second video doesn't mean much and it doesn't come with any context.
Vassell is projected to be a lottery pick with most mock drafts having him going in the seven to 11 range. Vassell likely would only be an option for the Warriors if they traded out of the No. 2 overall pick, perhaps in a deal with the New York Knicks, who own the No. 8 overall pick.
Vassell has a 7-foot wingspan and could fill the Andre Iguodala-sized hole the Warriors now have at wing defender.
One video shouldn't impact Vassell's draft stock, but it's not an ideal development one month out from the draft.