Jarrett Culver: 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.
On defense, Culver is generally very aware of his surroundings, anticipating actions and positioning himself early to defend them. Offensively, he is more of a work in progress. When he is off the ball, he moves well and finds soft spots to exploit. On the ball he can be patient, sometimes to a fault. He will wait for the perfect moment and sometimes it will not develop, leaving him with little shot clock to work with. His passing accuracy has also been suspect this season, something which can manifest itself on plays which require precise timing.
Culver has a good understanding of his role in the game and how to apply his strengths to best make an impact. He can still miss some reads and has taken a few bad shots early in the shot clock but many of his struggles are a result of switching roles. He has turned into a different player in his sophomore season, giving NBA teams a two-year sample to decide which they like more.
Culver reads the game well while on the move. This is especially apparent when he relocates off screens. He will change directions and use the screen to his advantage before the defender realizes he is out of position. On defense, he is very sound, rarely getting out of position, with one caveat. He will occasionally get too aggressive when doubling down or hedging, leaving small but exploitable gaps.
Culver typically plays in decisive fashion, acting right away when he catches the ball or making crisp help rotations. He displays a willingness to attempt aggressive passes, not balking when there is a narrow window to complete the play. At the times when he does slow down and plays at an unhurried pace he usually does so with a purpose, lulling an opponent to sleep before springing into action.
Anticipation (A to C)
Culver displays good anticipation on both ends of the court. On offense when driving he does a good job anticipating how the defense will react, moving in a precise way that allows him to get all the way to the rim despite lacking the explosive burst many primary creators have. On defense he does a good job reading opponents and disrupting their intended course of action, often getting his hands on passes in on-ball situations.