The Exum Files

Dante Exum is known as being the biggest mystery in the draft. Outside of a highlight compilation, most fans have never even seen him play. What is certain is that he has the measurements that equate to the buzzword 'potential'. And still only 18 years old, that 'potential' is what has him set to be drafted in the early lottery. Adamant about playing point guard, drafting Exum would certainly put Trey Burke in an uncomfortable spot. At the moment, the Jazz shouldn't worry about this. We have young talent at all 5 positions, so someone is going to have more competition for their position. Because of this, best player available should be the drafting strategy. The Jazz should also be swinging for the fences this year, as an average starter isn't an upgrade at any position. With that said, here's more on Exum and why I think he's going to be special.

Combine Numbers

  • 6'6" in shoes
  • 8'7" standing reach
  • 196 pounds
  • 6'9" wingspan
  • 31.5" no step vertical

Compare this to the numbers of our own Burke and Burks.

Trey Burke

  • 6'1" in shoes
  • 8'1" standing reach
  • 187 pounds
  • 6'5" wingspan
  • 29.5" no step vertical

It's no surprise that Exum would be a better leaper and much bigger than Trey, but things get interesting when we compare Exum to Alec.

Alec Burks

  • 6'6" in shoes
  • 8'7" standing reach
  • 193 pounds
  • 6'10" wingspan
  • 29" no step vertical

By these measures, Burks and Exum are nearly identical. Once I finally found game tape of Exum, it's clear the comparison to Burks goes beyond numbers. (The game footage I found was the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit. This was a friendly game of US prospects against international prospects set up by USA basketball. Of note, Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, the Harrison kids, and Noah Vonleh played for the US team. Andrew Wiggins, Dennis Schroeder, Joel Embiid, and Exum headlined the international team. I'll link the youtube video below.) Exum attacks the basket at will and is a great finisher. While he is a natural scorer, he finds the open guy just fine in the pick-and-roll. He's also a great defender and rebounder for his position. Does this sound like anyone we know?

His already good but potentially elite defense already makes him a great fit for what the Jazz are trying to build. But what would allow him to play off Burks is his post-up game as well as a promising jumper. As long as both Burks and Exum could keep the defense honest, I don't know of a backcourt that could keep both guys from getting to the rim.

Here's the highlight reel of Exum during the Hoop Summit.

Here's the full link of the game 2013 Nike Hoop Summit.

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