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Red Flags: The plight of the "tweener"

Updated: June 20, 2010, 4:20 PM ET
By David Thorpe

Last week we broke down some of the "red flags" that occur off the court and can hurt draftable players, potentially lowering their stock. This week, let's look into how some on-court issues hurt these players when they are evaluated by NBA teams.

The issue I hear about most often from scouts is that the player is a "tweener," meaning one who lacks the prototypical size for the position that his skill set most resembles. When teams cannot figure out where he'll play, it's hard to get a firm grasp on the overall picture. Though the NBA is filled with terrific players who fall into this category, many more players have either failed to make an NBA team as tweeners or failed to even get a real chance. Either way, a lack of ideal size makes for a scary proposition for teams to draft a player at a premium spot.

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