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James Bell - SG/SF, 6'6, 225
Signed in Israel - Signed with Hapoel Holon
       Date of birth: 01/07/1992
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: Villanova
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

26th July, 2014 Italy Signed a one year contract with Vanoli Cremona.
9th July, 2015 France Signed a one year contract with Nancy.
3rd August, 2016 Israel Signed a one year contract with Hapoel Holon.
When: Where:
2010 - 2014 Villanova (NCAA)
July 2014 Charlotte Hornets (Summer League)
July 2014 - June 2015 Vanoli Cremona (Italy)
July 2015 - June 2016 Nancy (France)
August 2016 - present Hapoel Holon (Israel)
From blog:

   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 3: NCAA Small Forwards

James Bell, pleased with life.

James Bell, Villanova, Senior, 6'6 225lbs

2013/14 stats: 29.5 mpg, 14.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.6 bpg, 1.7 TOpg, 3.1 fpg, 42.6% FG, 37.1% 3PT, 81.5% FT

Bell has long since struggled with his inconsistency, which, like Rion Brown above, is largely born out of him having to play a role he should not rightly be fitting. The role Bell should be playing is that of a three and D role player. But when asked to extend beyond that, as Villanova sometimes did ask of him, he struggles.

With decent size for the wing position, and a good frame with some strength on it, Bell has a good physical profile for any league, including the big one. That said, his impact is limited by his skill set, as well as his mindset. Bell is simply not aggressive at attacking the basket, nor as he good at it. Bell rarely gets to the foul line, avoids contact, does not handle the ball well against any kind of pressure, and commits quite a few turnovers by either charging over his opponent or by losing the ball on drives. He is not going to break down a defense or make it as a slasher.

Then again, it is fine for Bell to be only a role player, if he can succeed in it. It is to his strength, in a way, that he is a team player somewhat lacking in assertiveness - he needs only pick his spots, and move it on when he doesn't have them, which he does. Crashing the glass pretty well for a wing, as well as using his strength and toughness on the defense, Bell hustles and demonstrates good defensive intensity, with some clutch stops to his name. Being seen to have done this will help his career prospects.

James Southerland springs to mind as a similar (if slightly bigger) player who signed multiple NBA contracts this season. There is nothing especially prolific about Bell, but then nor was there about Southerland. They play roles, and the NBA needs role players too, so Bell has a faint chance. But he needs to get healthy. Bell has had stress fractures in both legs already in his young career, as well as foot problems. With health, maybe he can make it as a three-and-D wing.

As things stand, however, he has not enough of either aspect. Particularly on the shooting side. Bell has a high release and has added a mid-range shot, and has demonstrated some effectiveness in curl action as opposed to always just spotting up - by any measure, he is a good shooter. But the inconsistency factor is definitely in play here. All shooters are inconsistent, some more than others. But Bell can be particularly so. He needed to have added 10% to that senior year shooting percentage. Alas, Europe beckons.

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Signed in Israel


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