Biography: Rautins wasn't really on scouts' radars after his first three seasons at Syracuse, during which he averaged 7.6 points and never shot better than 38.0 percent from the field. He forced his way into the spotlight by suddenly turning into a 40.7 percent 3-point shooter as a senior while also leading the Orange with 4.9 assists per game, and many felt he was the team's MVP despite the presence of lottery lock Wesley Johnson. Despite Rautins' improved playmaking, he's more of a two-guard than a floor leader, though he's certainly capable of handling the ball. He was second in the Big East in steals, but a lot of those were a product of Jim Boeheim's zone defense rather than individual rewards for sticking to his man. Rautins is spending the months leading up to the draft versing himself in more man-to-man defense and improving his handle, but there's one reason he has a chance to make it in the NBA - his shot. He's likely never going to be a starter at the next level, but as Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr and others have proved, if a player can shoot, they'll find him a roster spot. Rautins also has an excellent basketball IQ and strong work ethic that helps make up for his lack of overall athleticism. While those questions about his future may keep him from being drafted, Rautins could easily shoot his way onto a roster in training camp this summer.
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