Strengths: Alexander has prototypical physical tools for an NBA small forward Ã¢â‚¬â€œ size, frame, length and athleticism. He shows an excellent mid-range game and fantastic form on what appears to be his go-to move Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a one-dribble crossover pull-up jumper from about 18 feet. He gets terrific separation off the ground to create space from his defender, which, coupled with his extremely high release point, will make his shot very hard to stop in one-on-one isolation situations. Alexander also excels in transition, using a freakishly explosive vertical leap as well as above-average foot speed in the open court. The forward is said to be a very high character player with an excellent work ethic and has played organized basketball for only 5 years.
Weaknesses: Alexander still has considerable work to do on his ball-handling skills, shooting range, footwork, balance and overall technique if he's to reach his extremely high ceiling as a player. The ball seems to slow him down, and he looks a bit out of control with his dribble by the time he reaches the rim on his slashing moves. Some teams have questioned his all-around feel for the game in the half-court offense. There also are concerns from what we could see here about his lateral movement on the perimeter defensively against NBA-quality small forwards.
Outlook: Considering his age and the fact that he has played for only a few years, Alexander has a very high ceiling as a player. It will be a year or two before he's ready to contribute heavy rotation minutes, but he could pay off big time for a team that's willing to wait. He's one of the high risers of this draft and might find himself in the late lottery when all is said and done.