Now former Virginia guard Devon Hall was the only player on the Cavaliers’ roster last season to compete in this year’s NBA Draft Combine. Hall was one of the Cavaliers’ most talented players over the course of last season and during their ACC Championship run. Hall’s presence on the floor immediately made the Cavaliers better on both ends of the floor. While starting 34 games last season, Hall averaged 11.7 points per game, along with 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. While these numbers may seem low for such a highly regarded player on one of the best teams in the country, Virginia’s defensive style of play limited his ability to stuff the stat sheet. As of now, Hall looks to be on the fringe between a projected late second-round pick and an undrafted free-agent. This raises the question of whether Devon Hall is actually worth a draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft?
Virginia basketball has produced several successful NBA players in the past several NBA drafts, including Justin Anderson and Malcolm Brogdon. The players to come out of the UVA basketball program and enter the NBA are often versatile, adaptable on both ends of the floor, and eager to learn. These attributes also apply to Hall, who has shown the ability to play multiple positions and defend many different body types. On the offensive end, Hall has shown the athletic ability to get inside the paint and rise above the rim as well as the ability to step out and knock down the three-pointer. Hall shot 43.2 percent from behind the three-point line last season on 3.9 attempts per game. And while Hall may find it much harder to get to the rim at the next level with the players being much more athletic, his 6’5” 211 pound frame should give him a better chance inside than people may think.
Hall would add to an NBA team the luxury of having a three-and-defense role player with the ability to grow and develop year after year. Hall improved drastically in each of his four seasons at Virginia, with his last securing himself a shot at the pros. Hall also is able to provide leadership and experience both on the floor and in the locker room, coming from a successful and storied college basketball program. His experience from playing four years of basketball under Tony Bennett will help his development as a whole.
Hall could hear his name be called by commissioner Adam Silver in June anywhere in the middle to late second-round. However, Hall may also not hear his name called at all during draft night. His invitation to the NBA draft combine is a good indication that at least several NBA teams see him as a player that can help their respective rosters. In my opinion, I believe that Hall is worth a second-round pick. His four years at Virginia will give him a head start in his development over the underclassman, and his leadership is unmatched. When a player can help on both sides of the floor and defend multiple positions, NBA teams view them as at least a viable option in the draft. However, team needs and the other players available near the end of the draft will be the real determining factor.