Amen Thompson is a special athlete with passing chops but there are questions about just how good he truly is now and how that impacts his long term prospects to be worth a top 5 pick. Amen played in the Overtime Elite league, beating up on inferior competition. Competition aside, Amen Thompson is a 99th percentile athlete who could step into the NBA and thrive defensively and with impressive playmaking skills. He really struggles to shoot the ball and is not the youngest prospect, making only scoring 16 ppg slightly worrisome vs younger athletes. Amen Thompson could be somewhat of a 6’6” turbo athlete playmaker who gets to the rim at will and defends high level wings on the opposite end but there is fair scepticism about his shot.
Strengths: Tremendous athlete Big lead guard. Height and strength Lightning fast in open court and in half court with first step 74% around the rim. Sees over the defense and passes promptly Downhill attacker. Good patience as a passer Improving floater game. Great rebounder. Good instincts defensively in passing lanes. Weaknesses: Poor Shooter with poor showing at pro day. Shot 29% on jump shots and 66% from free throw line. Drives recklessly at times. Can force going downhill due to lack of shot. Not a gifted scorer in terms of knowing how to score without physical traits. Must improve mid range game. Swing Skills: Amen Thompson must become a better shooter to realize the potential he possesses in a dream body for the modern NBA on ball guard who has serious 2 way upside. Thompson shot so poorly in pro day workouts that he abandoned displaying the shot at times. The upside is so clear of a guy who can score 18-20 ppg and dish out 8 plus assists while being nearly all defensive team caliber but his lack of shooting nor proof of success in more reputable leagues put pause into teams making the evaluation. His potential might be the second highest in the class should he hit to the 100th degree.