SF/PF – 6’9, 215lbs – Born 1st June 1996
Chatman played his first two collegiate seasons at Michigan, yet never found his footing on either end of the floor. He in fact lost minutes as a sophomore rather than stepped up to claim a regular rotation spot, and was effectively deemed unplayable by season’s end. Chatman inevitably transferred out of the program and went to Detroit Mercy, where in the only season he played for the Titans, he significantly improved his averages from 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game up to 17.8 points and 8.2 rebounds respectively. Bolstered by this improvement, Chatman forwent his senior season to declare for last year’s draft, and after going undrafted, he initially signed with Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey, joining the G-League player pool in February only after being released from there.
The Wolverines largely camped Chatman out in the corners and on the weak side as a shooting option, yet Chatman sought to prove with Detroit that he could be more than just this. The long and wiry lefty really wants to be a ball-handler and shot creator, playing half-court offence like a young Josh Smith out there. He has not the explosive athleticism of someone like that, however, and not only regularly loses the handle in traffic, but also forces up shots where a reset or a pass-off would be a better idea. To be fair, Chatman does move well, especially for the 6’9 height he is now usually listed at, but that 6’9 size is something he uses mostly to get jump shots away. And although he shot them well in his one and only season with Detroit, it remains the anomaly for now.
Chatman has never been consistent on the defensive end, a liability against stronger players and not using his tools enough against the smaller ones. That combined with quite a lot of unnecessary long twos and forced shots makes for a confused package at the moment. Chatman has a lot of tools in the arsenal, but thus far, he has never shown much in the way of rhythm.
– 20th June, 2019
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