Cam Reddish: Intelligence
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
Reddish has good court awareness as he moves around the court, finding the soft spot in defenses regularly. He knows where the next pass is going to be and generally will do a good job reading the situation and sizing up his advantages before taking a shot or deciding to pass. On the bounce, he can be more unpredictable, dribbling into trouble and creating situations which he must be bailed out of. On defense, he desperately needs to improve in this category. He is very guilty of only focusing on the ball and allowing his man to slip away behind his back for easy buckets. He is also poor at stopping transition opportunities when he isn’t the first man back, allowing players to fill the lanes unchallenged.
Reddish does a good job of recognizing what his role should be within a lineup and adjusting his game accordingly. He does tend to lack awareness as a passer, often missing weak side opportunities or dump-offs when dribbling into the lane. Defensively he often fails to recognize the strengths of the player he’s matched up with, which can lead to slow reactions to their off-ball movement. However, he does tend to step up late in games, making key plays in these high leverage situations. These peaks and valleys work out to slightly below average situational awareness overall.
Reddish hasn’t been the best decision maker with the ball in his hands this season, often missing open reads and driving into help defenders. He is capable of making one or two option reads but can’t handle complex situations with a live dribble. He tends to remain calm when getting double teamed, but he has a tendency to create those situations for himself, making each drive an adventure. Off the ball, he is a much better decision maker, relocating intelligently (particularly off offensive rebounds) and making an extra pass to warp defenses.
One of the more concerning areas for a player who has so much primary ball handling experience (and probably one of the better arguments against NBA teams thinking of him in that “bench unit ball handler” way), Reddish has a tendency to miss easy reads at first glance and then try to force them after the window has started to close. He is second on the team in turnovers per game and many of those come from unforced errors in this field. While he would probably be able to improve those errors over time, teams would likely be better served having Reddish focus on a different offensive strength: spotting up. He is, nonetheless, a decent ball mover in a team context, preferring to swing the ball instead of holding the ball.
Anticipation (A to C)
Offensively, Reddish is very much an a-to-b player who will take what the defense gives him without making the next logical leap. He is good at seeing the next thing that will happen, particularly when using his own gravity to create space for teammates, but he doesn’t see two or three moves ahead. On defense, he shows a touch more anticipation, lying in wait to pick off errant passes and putting himself in good position to deflect more on-target attempts.