College: N.C. State
NBA Position: SF
Hands: Length (8.75) x (9.0) Width
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
High School: Brewster Prep Academy
SELECTED NO. 14 OVERALL BY THE PHOENIX SUNS
Ceiling: Jamal Mashburn
Basement: Bobby Simmons
NBA Comparison: John Salmons
- Average Athlete
- Good Size
- Aggressive Scorer
- Quality Post Scorer
- Rebounds Position
- Tweener: SF or PF?
Traditionally, elite wing scorers on the perimeter are great athletes that score off of their natural ability to get to the basket. With T.J. Warren the norm is broken as he has the ability to score the ball at a high rate without a jump out of the gym athletic nature.
He is an average to below average athlete in the respect of explosiveness and top end speed.
Warren can get over the rim for a dunk and score in transition with effectiveness, but does not have the ability to consistently make the highlight reel move or play that sparks energy. Instead he is a more methodical scorer that gets his from inside the paint to the three-point line.
This season, as a freshman, Warren is shooting 50% from deep, but is also limiting his attempts to less than one a game. From inside the three-point line Warren is as efficient as anyone in the country shooting 62.7%. Most of those attempts are in the paint and off of post ups.
That two point percentage is good for fifth best in the country.
That efficiency is highlighted by Warren taking only eight shots a game to score in double digits. Bumping him up to a PER 40 basis, Warren would be putting up lottery pick numbers at 17.1 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game.
There are some holes in his game on the defensive end that Warren could work on as a sophomore with all the other offensive weapons gone. Because of his athleticism he is an average defender and can be exposed on that end by isolation scorers.
He is a tweener due to his strength, size, lack of athletic ability, and penchant for scoring inside he is somewhere between a three and a four. Judging his game off of 24 games in college he is more of a traditional three, but could be used effectively as a four.