Former Ohio State basketball star Aaron Craft did go undrafted in the recent NBA Draft event, but that didn’t mean that he wouldn’t get his shot to impress this summer and eventually make a roster, and on Saturday, he made his NBA Summer League debut with the Philadelphia 76ers.
All things considered, Craft did not look all that bad, and as CSN Philly pointed out about his debut, his defense is something that can not be ignored.
On a similar track, say what you will about Aaron Craft–and people have said just about everything there is to say about a basketball player, good or bad, about Craft over his seemingly endless four-year tenure at Ohio State–but ooh boy, can that kid defend on-ball. The point guard made life absolutely miserable for Magic blue-chip prospects Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo over the course of his ten minutes of action in this one. He picked up full court, he fought his way under screens, he helped trap on the perimeter, and he absolutely refused to give up an inch of space or a first step into the lane.
But, they also pointed out something that all Ohio State fans grew to know as well over the years: His offense could use a little more polishing.
His offense was occasionally brutal–just two points and one assist, with a top-of-the-key turnover on a telegraphed pass that led to an easy fast-break bucket at the other end–and I’m still not sure he’ll be able to pressure effectively enough like this on a nightly basis to make it in the Association. But if I was a scout watching these games, what he did to Oladipo and Payton, two legit pros, would certainly get my attention. If he keeps it up all week, you can bet he’ll get another look in the preseason somewhere.
The summer season did just start and there is a lot of room to grow from here, but still, not a bad overall debut for the former Buckeye.