Cool article linked below looking in-depth at the life and work of an NBA scout. The piece describes the 3 different types of scouts (pro-personnel, college/international, and advanced) while breaking down the highs and lows of the gig. Great stuff in here on the exhaustive process teams go through to look into a potential draftee’s character.
“Gauging a player’s work ethic can be really tough as a scout. There are a lot of guys who are fake hard workers – they know the right things to say to see like a gym rat. It can be hard to weed out the actual hard workers from the fake ones. And what I consider hard work at the NBA level may be different from what a player or his coach considers hard work at the college level. The misses I immediately think of are the guys who were actually really hard workers and it’s showed.”
For more on scouting/evaluation:
-How the Celtics decode opponents’ play-calls (LINK)
-Inside the Phoenix Suns offseason (LINK)
-A tale of two draft picks (LINK)
-Chip Kelly’s thoughts on evaluation (LINK)
-Drafting Smart was years in the making (LINK)