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How much has Muhammad's stock fallen?

2/27/2013

For much of the season, UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad was considered a sure-fire Top 3 pick, and possibly the top overall choice, if he enters this summer's NBA draft. That's no longer the case.

Muhammad's ability to score is not the issue. In fact, he leads all freshmen with an average of 18.2 points a game. The concerns with Muhammad lie in how he projects as a pro in the many other areas of the game.

Here's more from our NBA draft insider Chad Ford, who dropped the left-handed swingman down to No. 8 on today's Big Board update.

Chad Ford

Two areas in particular concern NBA scouts

"Muhammad's recent slide from a top-three pick into the bottom of the top 10 is based partly on a number of uneven performances (like his 11-point, 2-for-7 shooting night against USC and a 4-for-13 performance against Cal) and even more based on a growing jadedness by NBA scouts toward his game. They love his motor, but the concerns about how explosive he is and his lack of size for his position are giving them pause."