2014 NBA Draft Breakdown: Tim Frazier - Europe A Likely Option

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Penn State doesn't have a history of producing NBA talent, but that shouldn't prevent their fifth-year guard from making a living playing basketball.

Even before Tim Frazier suffered a devastating Achilles injury that sidelined him for all but three games of his senior season, the B1G's leader in assists wasn't hearing much NBA chatter. At 6'1" 170lbs soaking wet, Frazier's body hasn't developed in a way that would indicate he could handle 82 physical, grueling games. It's a shame, because Frazier does possess some of the attributes NBA teams are looking for in a pure point guard. At least, he did in his junior season, in which he assisted on an incredible 45.3% of his team's baskets while he was on the floor.

Alas, injuries of this magnitude, especially for a player that relies on quickness to make plays, take their toll. Frazier's 2013-14 numbers didn't quite measure up to the high standards of his junior season, and as a 23 year-old entering an increasingly younger basketball workforce, he seems destined for a career overseas. Which, y'know, ain't a bad way to make a living.

Strengths: Frazier broke Penn State's all-time assists record this season (previously held by Freddie Barnes) and while he had players like Talor Battle and Jeff Brooks to pad those numbers in his freshman and sophomore seasons, he earned the bulk of his 641 career dimes dishing to players that wouldn't get time on the majority of B1G teams (no disrespect to Billy Oliver, whom I love dearly). He's a shot creator, and that's how he'll make his money at the next level. Frazier isn't a shooter, but he is a capable scorer and his floater is one of the better ones you'll have seen in college basketball. He's got one hell of a crossover too. Just ask Indiana:

Weaknesses: Durability is obviously an issue here. While he hasn't had a history of little nicks keeping him out of games, the Achilles tear has to be a huge red flag in the eyes of scouts. He's a skinny dude and having watched him for four-plus years, I got nervous every time he came down from a big leap in the fear that his knee or ankle would explode.

Skills-wise, his jumper isn't near the level of a where a prospective NBA player needs to be. Frazier has never posted an eFG% over 50% in his career, and shot just 29% from three-point range this past season, a career-low.

Prediction: Frazier shouldn't have any trouble carving out a career in Europe if he wants it. He's got all the intangibles you look for in a professional and his weaknesses (jumpshot, body) are things that can be improved over time. He's going to compete at the Portsmouth Invitational pre-draft camp later this month but unless he absolutely tears it up in front of NBA scouts, he could very well join his former teammates Battle (Belgium) and Brooks (Italy) in one of the better leagues across the Atlantic.

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