2020 NBA Draft Profile: Skylar Mays

06/04/2020 at 12:06pm

Skylar Mays
6’4  |  SG/PG  |  22.7  |  LSU  |  SR

15.6 1.058 92nd 56.4% 14.9% 16.7%

Skylar Mays is a polished guard with a well-rounded offensive game who has scored efficiently in a variety of roles over his four seasons at LSU.  Widely regarded as one of the top-100 prospects in the high school class of 2016 following his senior year at Findlay Prep (NV), Mays returned to his native Baton Rouge to play at LSU.  Emerging as a starter as a freshman but improving steadily over his four seasons with the program, he earned multiple Academic All-American nods ahead of his senior year under Head Coach Will Wade.  Averaging 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while positioning the Tigers for an NCAA Tournament berth, Mays earned All-SEC 1st Team honors and was named COSIDA Academic All-America of the Year.

34.4 16.7 5 3.2 49.1% 39.4% 85.4% 1.8 0.2 2.3 1.7

  • Standing 6’4 with a solid 205-pound frame and good length, Mays has nice size for a combo guard.  A good all-around athlete, he is an aggressive slasher who embraces contact, takes the ball strong to the rim, and can play above the rim in space.

  • Spending time operating both on and off the ball as a senior, Mays is an unselfish players with a steady demeanor who can contribute with his ability to make set shots, put pressure on the rim changing pace as a slasher, and find the open man off the dribble.  A heady guard who picks and chooses his spots well, he is not overly dynamic with the ball but knows how to create space and use his frame to get to spots.

  • Proving to be a competitive, instinctual defender throughout his career, Mays is quick to get in the passing lanes and does not give up many easy opportunities one-on-one.

Shot Chart

PlayType Analysis

  • A steadying presence on the offensive end for a young team, Mays contributed in a variety of ways for Tigers.  He did much of his scoring as a set shooter, but frequently brought the ball up the floor and created for himself and others out of the pick and roll.  Settling for few jump shots off the dribble, he did a nice job getting downhill to get opposing defenses in rotation.

  • With his shots split almost evenly between jumpers and shots at the rim, Mays has slightly unorthodox shooting mechanics that are nonetheless very reliable.  Scoring 1.21 points per catch and shoot jump shot in the half court [86th percentile] and 1.02 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [89th percentile], he did a very good job picking and choosing his spots to pull-up and is an efficient floor spacer.  Fluid getting into his pull-up, he does not have the quickest release, but his ability to keep defenses honest when he puts the ball on the floor is a plus.

  • Taking the ball strong to the rim and using crossovers and spin moves to find angles to finish, Mays scored  1.19 points per shot around the rim in the half court [64th percentile].  Keeping his head up looking for the open man and embracing contact, he is not the shiftiest player, but his ability to play with pace helped him get to spots consistently and actually made him more effective finishing in the half court than in transition.

  • A smart passer who moves the ball unselfishly on the wings and can make reads out of the pick and roll, Mays keeps things simple as a distributor which allows him to slide between roles at the guard spots.

Spot Up Pick & Roll
24% 1.12 89th 24% 1.14 98th

Transition Isolation
23% 1.01 53rd 11% 0.85 66th

Defensive Analysis

  • A competitive defender with good timing, Mays is not especially long or overly quick, but makes a consistent effort to contain the ball. He allowed 0.77 points per one-on-one possession [47th percentile] as he is tough at the point of attack.

  • Chipping in on the glass and showing nice anticipation in the passing lanes, Mays has a nose for the ball but has room to get to spots a bit earlier when closing out.