PG – 6’3, 160lbs – Born 8th April 1996
AJ Mosby – or Anthony Mosby, depending on where you look – has just completed his first professional season out of Alcorn State. Not a powerhouse team in a powerhouse conference, exactly, and the 13-23 record that the Braves (I had to look up their nickname) posted in his two seasons with them in SWAC play meant no postseason platform for Mosby to perform on. The G-League Draft does however like to throw people into the spotlight, and after being drafted 36th overall by Northern Arizona and spending half the year there, Mosby was subsequently acquired by Erie from the available player pool to finish the season, thus completing an entire professional campaign in the NBA’s official minor league.
Standing 6’3 but otherwise tiny, Mosby is a scoring point guard who uses a barrage of lefty floaters to score around the basket, flanked with a pull-up three with a quick release. As a senior at Alcorn State, he rated as 90th percentile in pick-and-roll ball-handling, 86th percentile in spot-up shooting, 87th percentile in isolation and 81st percentile in shooting off screens. That’s a lot of efficiency on a lot of shots, and so although it has not entirely carried over here into his first professional season, where the defenders all got bigger and stronger, Mosby nevertheless exhibited this knack for scoring at both of his G-League stints.
It wasn’t a bad first season, all told. Considering his tiny size and the limitations this will always put on him defensively and around the basket, perhaps Mosby can use his time in the G-League to develop his playmaking skills for others, something that naturally is second to his own scoring desires currently. Yet Mosby commits few errors and brings a sedate yet solid scoring punch to the bench. This was a big step up from Alcorn State, and he did OK.
– 20th June, 2019
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