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Shabazz Napier - PG, 6'1, 175
Portland Trail Blazers - Acquired via trade in July 2016
       Date of birth: 07/14/1991
       Country: USA/Puerto Rico
     Drafted (NBA): 24th pick, 2014
     Out of: Connecticut
  NBA Experience: 3 years
  Hand: Right

5th February, 2014 Puerto Rico Drafted 3rd overall in the 2014 BSN Rookie Draft by Capitanes de Arecibo.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 24th overall by Charlotte.
2014 NBA Draft NBA Draft 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, 2014 NBA Signed four year, $6,244,560 rookie scale contract with Miami. Included team options for 2016/17 and 2017/18.
27th July, 2015 NBA Traded by Miami, along with cash, to Orlando in exchange for a protected 2016 second round pick (not conveyed).
25th October, 2015 NBA Orlando exercised 2016/17 team option.
7th July, 2016 NBA Traded by Orlando to Portland in exchange for cash.
24th October, 2016 NBA Portland exercised 2017/18 team option.
When: Where:
2010 - 2014 Connecticut (NCAA)
June 2014 - July 2015 Miami Heat (NBA)
July 2015 - July 2016 Orlando Magic (NBA)
July 2016 - present Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
From blog:

   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 4: NCAA Point Guards

"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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   2017 NBA Manifesto

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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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 18th November 2017

Napier has played his way into the Blazers’ rotation by way of adding some harassing defensive impact to his usual scoring game. Averaging 18.5 fantasy points over his last five games. Napier has solved the problem of how to shuffle the frontcourt rotation in the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu by being a good small ball option, and while his talent is suitably marginal that a string of bad games will take him out of the rotation again, he is in it for now.

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