Hinrich Gets the Point
Posted Jun 24 2003 2:01PM
NBA GMs know the score when it comes to the Kansas point guard
New York, June 24 -- In the eyes of non-Kansas Jayhawk fans around the country, Kirk Hinrich carries a slight resemblance to Harry Potter.
General managers and scouts feel that Hinrich has the size (6-3), speed and stroke, to go with a healthy set of intangibles you’d expect from a coach’s son, all of which should bring him success on the NBA level.
Few players have done quite as well in the individual workouts with teams as Hinrich. Based on the strengths of his workouts, he's gone from being a mid-first round pick to a player almost assured of landing in the top 10.
He has already worked out for the Clippers (sixth pick), Bulls (seventh), Bucks (eighth), Knicks (ninth), Warriors (11th), Sonics (12th and 14th), Raptors (fourth) and Wizards (10th). The Orlando Magic, owner of the 15th pick, would love to see his name on the board, but is resigned to the fact that he’ll be long gone by the time they select.
“That guy can really play and is going to be a great pro,” said Magic forward Drew Gooden, a former teammate at Kansas. “To me, he reminds me of a guy like Steve Nash.”
Playing a position that demands athleticism, Hinrich admits that he’s “had to overcome the stereotype of being a white point guard.” He noted how shocked teams have been with his better-than-average leaping ability and quickness.
“I think I match up really well, with my size and strength, the versatility,” said Hinrich. “When they break down the pros and cons, I don’t think there are many things that they say I can’t do.”
Of course, Hinrich isn't a prototypical point guard because of his scorer's mentality (17.3 ppg as a senior; .406 on three-point attempts) and he isn't a prototypical shooting guard because he's 6-3 and a little thin.
But scouts love his game because he does so many things well. His eye for the right pass, knowledge of the game and court savvy are rare in this age. And he hopes teams take into account his history of success at Kansas, participant in the last two Final Fours.
“A career should speak more than an hour workout,” said Hinrich. “I think it is still important to have a good workout when you go in, and all of them have been good so far. As far as my experience at Kansas, I think that does help. Those teams want to win and players want to be part of winning.”