Toronto Raptors 2020 NBA Draft Preview: Why Grant Riller is an ideal target

Grant Riller #1 of the Charleston Cougars. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Grant Riller #1 of the Charleston Cougars. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Charleston Cougars guard Grant Riller (1) moves to the basket against the Auburn Tigers. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports) /

Riller’s offensive scouting report

At 23 years of age, Grant Riller does fit the bill as an older player that tends to fall by the way-side. When looking for talent in the NBA draft, being that age and not having played an NBA game just makes teams look in another, most of the time younger, direction. But players like Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Eric Paschall, Matisse Thybulle, Robert Covington, and C.J. McCollum to name a few, have all shown that they can come into the league and contribute despite spending four years in college (or five in Riller’s case).

Riller simply put, is NBA ready on offence. His game consists of fast-twitch, elite-level shiftiness. His ability to change speeds and directions with his handle is sure to translate well to the next level. His handle is tight, he can use it to move defenders east and west and use it to get separation for his jumper.

His finishing around the rim is also very good, as he likes to take off quite far from the basket and hang in the air for floaters and touch finishes with either hand of the glass. He also has a variety of euro steps and other crafty moves around the rim, and showed the ability to get up for some dunks in open space.

Riller can shoot the rock as well, he shot 35.6 per cent from three (four attempts per game) at Charleston, many of those coming off the dribble. He’s a good enough shooter where you can’t go under the screen on him in pick and roll. His mechanics look good as well and I expect to get better shooting the ball, as most do when you have the ability to up thousands of shots consistently in an NBA practice system.