Luke Maye could prove to be one of the most head-scratching cases when it comes to the 2019 NBA Draft. On the surface, the UNC Tar Heels forward has become an incredibly productive player capable of doing a bit of everything. But there are some questions about areas of Maye’s game which could lead to him struggling at the next level.

The 6-foot-8 prospect posted averages of 16.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season while shooting 48.6 percent from the field. Not surprisingly, a loaded freshman class for Roy Williams led to Maye’s numbers dipping just a bit this season, but he’s still impressed.

Although Maye has attempted 1.6 fewer shots per game on average to this point, he’s posted marks of 14.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. His shooting percentage has dropped to 43.5 percent while he’s knocked down fewer shots from beyond the arc as well. On the positive side, he’s improved as a free throw shooter and is a force on the boards.

Luke Maye Mock Drafts Omit UNC Forward

There hasn’t been much love for Maye, largely due to a few issues with his size and how it’ll transition to the NBA game. In a mock draft from NBA Draft Room, he was left just outside of the second round and listed one of the first prospects in the “on the bubble” section. That seems to be a common theme, but what stands out is looking back at the 2018 draft.

Had Maye entered that draft, some believe he could have heard his name come off the board. previously had projections in early-2018 which featured the UNC forward as a mid-first round selection. Later on in the year, those projections were pushed to the middle of the second round.

Basketball Society’s Myicha Drakeford offered an interesting evaluation of Maye while detailing a few of his key weaknesses ahead of the 2019 draft. This included his struggles with shooting in traffic along with his defense.

Maye also has his struggles when shooting in traffic, especially if the defender is taller than him. He sometimes rushes his shot and that also plays a role in him becoming too passive when his shots aren’t falling.

Maye’s defense is particularly streaky at times. He struggles …read more



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