2024 NBA Draft Profile

Tristan

da Silva

Position
F
Height/Weight
6-8 / 217 lbs
School/Club
Colorado
Country
Germany
Status
Senior
Birthday
05/15/2001
Draft 2024

Overview

Born in Munich, Germany, da Silva has basketball roots with his brother currently playing professionally for Barcelona. A back-to-back All-Pac-12 team inclusion, da Silva fueled Colorado to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2020-21 season with averages of  16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals plus blocks on 49.3/39.5/83.5% shooting.

Analysis

da Silva solidified his status as a bona fide, multi-level scoring weapon in 2023-24, finishing in the 76th percentile by converting 63.5% of his shots at the rim, ranking in the 82nd percentile by knocking down 46.7% of his shots in the midrange, and canning 48.4% of his unguarded catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts. That being said, da Silva shooting just 35.8% on his guarded catch-and-shoot attempts and 21.1% on a limited volume of dribble-jumpers is distinctly less compelling. His 60.6 true-shooting percentage still ranked 152nd nationwide this season, which is extremely impressive given his balanced shot diet.  Colorado ranked in the 71st percentile with a 104.1 defensive rating during da Silva’s minutes this season, with the switchable forward offering valuable scheme versatility — although he’s more of a quality team defender than one-on-one stopper.. 

Projection

da Silva’s archetype is alluring due to his size and fluidity, but the question becomes: what can he excel at versus next-level physicality? da Silva’s lean frame will soon face rim protection like never before, and his handle out of self-creation isn’t twitchy — although it’s worth noting that da Silva added 20 pounds throughout his tenure at Colorado. Knocking down 34.8% of 155 guarded catch-and-shoot threes across the past two seasons is a workable foundation, but his prospect floor might still be lower than many perceive. He has logged double-digit rebounds just four times in 69 games since 2022. Ultimately, da Silva has crafty touch, savvy cutting, and good decision-making to score efficiently. Rui Hachimura comes to mind as a comparison, while Tobias Harris would be a best-case scenario.

— Profile by RotoWire