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Player Profile: Yogi Ferrell

via @YogiFerrell11 on Twitter

Yogimania. If you paid any attention to the NBA or NBA Twitter last season you undoubtedly heard about it.

An undrafted rookie point guard from Indiana signed a 10-day contract and sparked a run in which the Mavericks upset the Spurs, Cavs, and Blazers in impressive fashion. During that run, he averaged nearly 18 points on over 50% shooting from deep, impressing enough to earn a two-year contract.

Since then Yogi has continued to be a solid contributor for the Mavs, but with much less hype surrounding him.

Outside Scoring: 16/20

Yogi was a good shooter in college and he’s continued that trend in the NBA. He’s shot 40% since joining the Mavericks and has shown the ability to fill it up. For example, he hit 9 of 11 shots from downtown against Portland last season which tied the rookie record for made 3’s in a game. 

Interior Scoring: 14/20

One of Ferrell’s biggest limitations is his size. He’s generously listed at 6 feet tall. His small frame limits his ability to get inside and score against larger defenders. There is give and take with Ferrell in this aspect of the game, as he can score in the paint, but is susceptible to getting blocked:

Passing: 15/20

Ferrell might be in just his second year in the NBA, but he’s got plenty of experience. He was a four-year starter at Indiana and has the basketball IQ to match that experience. He doesn’t put up gaudy assist numbers, but he’ll consistently get 3-5 assists while limiting his turnovers. Ferrell consistently makes the smart play and occasionally makes a fantastic play like this:

Rebounding: 9/20

This is gonna come as a shock, but the short guy doesn’t get a ton of boards. In the day and age of Russell Westbrook and other uber-athletics guards it isn’t a surprise to see a guard pulling down double-digit rebounds, but Ferrell isn’t one of those guys. He averages about three boards per game.

Defense: 12/20

Small frame. Not helpful. Wash, rinse, repeat. Despite Ferrell’s small stature, he has a defensive rating of 100.5 right now and is getting around 1 steal per game. He can be a decent or even good defender, but he has to bring a lot of energy on that end of the floor in order to be successful. This is another area where his experience and IQ helps. His defense isn’t the greatest, but it could be much worse.

Free Throw Shooting: 17/20

Ferrell has shot around 83 percent from the charity stripe since he was in college and that hasn’t stopped in the NBA. He’s a player you can count on to hit from the line with consistency.

Future Outlook:

Ferrell will probably never be a star in the NBA. He’s too limited in certain facets of the game to reach that level, but he does have a solid skill set that fits well in today’s NBA. Ferrell will more than likely utilize his mixture of scoring, passing, and IQ to make a nice career for himself. He is exactly what you want in a backup point guard or secondary playmaker and fits with a lot of different personnel groupings, which should allow him to be one of the best bench players in the league for years.

Scores:

Outside Scoring: 16/20

Interior Scoring: 14/20

Passing: 15/20

Rebounding: 9/20

Defense: 12/20

Free Throw Shooting: 17/20

Overall Score: 13.8/20

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