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Shabazz Napier
PG - 6'1, 180lbs - 32 years old - 6 years of NBA experience
Crvena Zvezda - Signed with Crvena Zvezda
  • Birthdate: 07/14/1991
  • Drafted (NBA): 24th pick, 2014
  • Pre-draft team: Connecticut
  • Country: USA/Puerto Rico
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Brandon Rosenthal (Landmark Sports Agency)
5th February, 2014Puerto RicoDrafted 3rd overall in the 2014 BSN Rookie Draft by Capitanes de Arecibo.
2014 NBA DraftNBADrafted 24th overall by Charlotte.
2014 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Charlotte to Miami in exchange for the draft rights to P.J. Hairston (#26), the draft rights to Semaj Christon (#55), a 2019 second round pick and cash.
18th July, 2014NBASigned four year, $6,244,560 rookie scale contract with Miami. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
27th July, 2015NBATraded by Miami, along with cash, to Orlando in exchange for a protected 2016 second round pick (not conveyed).
25th October, 2015NBAOrlando exercised 2016/17 team option.
7th July, 2016NBATraded by Orlando to Portland in exchange for cash.
24th October, 2016NBAPortland exercised 2017/18 team option.
17th July, 2018NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year, $3,787,723 contract with Brooklyn.
Career Moves
2010 - 2014Connecticut (NCAA)
June 2014 - July 2015Miami Heat (NBA)
July 2015 - July 2016Orlando Magic (NBA)
July 2016 - June 2018Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
July 2018 - presentBrooklyn Nets (NBA)
Articles about Shabazz Napier

June 29, 2017

Shabazz Napier
PG, 6’1, 175lbs, 25 years old, 3 years of experience

Although he again shot under 40% - albeit by the tiniest amount possible - Napier had a career year, shooting well from three and being a reasonably capable third string backup to Lillard and McCollum. He injects some shooting and defence from the bench, is tied in cheaply to one more season of rookie scale salary, and stepped up in the playoffs when most others stepped down.

Player Plan: One year of rookie scale salary remaining. Eligible for an extension, but has not done enough to merit it. Keep and let him prove he can be a full time NBA backup, rather than a third stringer.

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June 19, 2014

"Hands up who likes me?"

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, Senior, 6'1 175lbs

2013/14 stats: 35.1 mpg, 18.0 ppg, 4.9 apg, 5.9 rpg, 1.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 2.9 TOpg, 2.1 fpg, 42.9% FG, 40.5% 3PT, 87.0% FT

As an underclassman, Napier took many a bad shot. He came in as a scorer and still wanted to be one, but that aggressiveness became damaging as he took too many bad ones and too many early ones. But once he learnt to temper this, Napier became a leader and a go-to offensive option, fearless and unflappable. That is not to say he is not still liable to weak moments - Napier is occasionally still fearless to the point of recklessness and always liable to take a heat check jumpshot on his good shooting days but mostly justified now in his decision making. He cannot resist a few bad ones, and often threatens to ruin his hot scoring steaks by playing with tunnel vision. But it is less so now. And a bit of aggression never hurt.

Napier does not really make his team mates better, at least not in a conventional way. Despite decent assist numbers, some pick and roll passing and some drive-and-kicks, this is still a score-first player, perhaps even a score-second player. But he does make the team better. Napier is a very talented shot maker, mostly with the jumpshot, who regularly hits contested ones and who can shoot off the catch or off the pull-up, needing only a small amount of space to get the shot away. Over time he has put away the excess of long two-pointers and turned them into threes, which has brought up his efficiency, and although he is too small to do much around the basket, he can at least get there, so he cannot be overplayed for the jumper. Napier's blistering speed and good ball handling skills gets him to the basket with ease even when amongst the trees, and defensively, that same speed combines with good hands, good anticipation, timely passing lane gambles and an improved effort level to be a pest on that end, sufficiently so to often overcome his size disadvantage. He is clutch, a very good foul shooter, and a competitor.

It's easy to see why LeBron likes him. Given how small Napier is, he will always be slightly hampered at this level. But put talent around him, and he'll be a fine fourth or fifth offensive option.

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