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DeAndre Liggins, Sharpshooter


With under a month remaining until the NBA Draft, DeAndre Liggins remains a player of numerous perceptions as mock drafts project him anywhere from the late first round to undrafted and everywhere in between.  If the former Kentucky player is able to creep into the late first round though, he’ll likely need to have convinced an NBA team that he has potential as an offensive player and that his trademark defense is not the only thing he has to offer.  According to a tiny blurb in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Liggins might have made at least a small amount of traction in that area at the Chicago Combine.

In his column that covers just about every sports happening in the city, Terry Pluto says that the Cavs would be wise to draft Liggins with one of their two second round picks because they’re in need of a defensive specialist.  You can debate that point if you’d like, but Pluto goes on to make a little note in the following paragraph that I think raises an eyebrow: 

2. Yes, they also need scoring from the shooting guard/small forward spots. But those players are rare in this draft. You can debate if Derrick Williams is best at small forward or power forward. But after Williams, there is not a single elite prospect at those wing spots. Liggins averaged only 8.6 points, shooting 42 percent (39 percent on 3-pointers) for a Kentucky team loaded with scorers. His job was to defend the opponent’s top scorer, and he did it well. At the recent NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago, there was a 3-point shooting drill of 25 shots. Making the most were OSU’s Jon Diebler and BYU’s Jimmer Fredette with 19. Liggins made 18.

Yes, the only players who shot better than DeAndre Liggins at the three-point shooting drill in Chicago were Jon Diebler and The freaking Jimmer.  One drill does not obviously guarantee a player a spot in the first round and it’s not the only indicator of offensive ability, but if you’re an NBA GM looking at Liggins as a possible role player, the ability to knock down a three-point shot and create space certainly makes him more attractive.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

15 Comments for DeAndre Liggins, Sharpshooter

  1. Catattack
    2:13 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    First. Also THE GAME.

  2. Voice of Reason
    2:15 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Hoping Liggins’ dreams come true…love that kid.

  3. AKA cold buckets
    2:24 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Remember when Diebler hit that 3 to tie it against us? I was upset. But it’s kinda funny how the Knight moves.

  4. Rob Bergeron
    2:36 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Irving, Enes, and Liggins would make a great draft for the CAVS!

  5. cristoforouk
    4:03 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Also heard this at UK when Cal said he was the best shooter in practice. Never saw it in games. He is an average 3 point shooter at best.

  6. KD
    4:08 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    and if i was a owner and my gm picked him in the first round he be fired Clevland makes sense thats why they are terrible a bunch of role players

  7. T
    4:25 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins can play if he learns how to jump more than 7 inches

  8. Reality
    4:37 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Just another reminder of his 3 clanking off the rim in the closing seconds of the Final Four … ugh. Love Liggins, though. But that hurt, and I’ll re-live it until the Cats win their next title.

  9. Mudcreekmark
    6:42 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    That is pretty impressive to make 18 out of 25 with the pressure of performing in front of NBA execs.The only thing with Liggins shot is he has a tendency of leaning back on his shot. With the help he’ll get and the time he will have to perfect it, I think he has a chance to be a very good spot up shooter. He would need to improve quite a bit to become someone who could put the ball on the floor against NBA type defence and beat you off the dribble but who knows. His shot improved from year to year so I imagine he has the work ethic to become better at any thing he puts his mind to.

  10. Somervillain
    7:24 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Yes, he clanked the last one, but he hit the dagger against UNC. I think talk of his offensive challenges are dramatically overstated. He needs work, but he isn’t terrible, and with his dramatic defensive impact, any O is gravy. He certainly belongs in the league. Good luck, Liggins.

  11. T
    7:37 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink


  12. PillowTalk
    8:14 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink


    He hit 40% of his 3 pointers in games. That’s alot better than “average at best”.

  13. Brew Crew
    9:32 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    1. You got me. We all lost.

  14. RYNO
    10:08 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Liggins is a great shooter. Because of Liggins hard work, and that of John Calipari and his coaching staff, Liggins went from being a HORRIBLE shooter, to a great shooter. During his first two years, I used to cringe EVERY time he took a jump shot, especially when it was behind the arc. But last year, he consistantly hit shots from all over the court. He went from 23.5% from 3, to 40%!! That’s a Jorts-ian turn around that got very little play with all the national media. I think he’ll continue to progress and improve till he is a very reliable offensive player in the NBA. Last week, Matt suggested that he just didn’t get it because Liggins thinks he can do more that he was asked to do at UK. That’s not dilusional or far-fetched. He only needs to be as good a shooter as his team needs him to be, but I think he’ll work his way into a starting lineup, or sixth man role in a few years.

  15. Kwildcat
    10:27 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Awesome Dre, we got yur back – hope you go high