Cam Whitmore 2023 NBA Draft profile: Does wing fit next to Luka Doncic?

2023 NBA Draft, Cam Whitmore
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Cam Whitmore's weakness

Even though Cam Whitmore is a phenomenal two-way player he does have one weakness that he needs to improve on.

1. Playmaking

This is a skill that isn't necessarily common for small forwards, but it is a skill that elevates the great ones to another level. And Whitmore doesn't have it yet.

Whitmore demands the attention of the defense when he drives to the basket. Two players would often collapse on him, but he doesn't have the court vision to find the open man at a high level. He averaged just 0.7 assists per game and had just six games with more than one assist.

Whitmore also had zero assists in 14 of his 26 games played. This is a sign that he won't be able to facilitate at all, but that won't be needed immediately on most teams, and the 18-year-old has plenty of time to develop his game.

If he can outgrow the occasional tunnel vision he gets when driving to the bucket and focus on passing accuracy, he will be just fine. The 6'7 wing just has the mindset that he is going to score when attacking the rim which helps him in some situations but hurts him in others.

Developing a healthy balance of passing and trying to go score will be beneficial for Cam Whitmore as he tries to learn the feel of professional basketball once drafted.