Throughout the 2017-18 season, the Duke Blue Devils utilized Marvin Bagley in both face up and back to the basket situations. For instance, the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to another perimeter player. The second perimeter player will either give the ball to Bagley in the low post or gives it to a third perimeter player, and he will throw it to Marvin in the post to start the process of attempting to get a jump hook. Another example of this is when the point guard will bring the ball up to the three-point line and passes it to Marvin in the low post area. Once that happens, Bagley will attempt to back down the defender with one of his shoulders to get within comfortable range to shoot a jump hook. Unfortunately, Marvin hasn’t been able to add enough muscle mass to his body frame to back down the defender on a consistent basis. As a result, every time Bagley is told to post up he is forced to take a contested jump hook over the defender because he can’t back him down.
However, there are instances where Marvin Bagley will stand at or near the top of the key waiting to receive a pass from the point guard. Once this happens, Bagley will pass the ball to a third perimeter player and proceed to restart the process of posting up. Another example of this is when Marvin receives the basketball at or near the top of the key. Once this happens, he will pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action. If the defender gave him a few feet of space, he would pull up to shoot the wide-open jumper. On the other hand, if the defender played him tight, he will attempt to drive towards the basket for an easy basket, to draw a foul or attract a double team.
Therefore, the NBA team who drafts Marvin Bagley should use him as a face-up player until he can put on more muscle.