NBA Draft 2012: Power Ranking Top Point Guards in This Year's Class

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 18:  Kendall Marshall #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels prepares to play against the Creighton Bluejays in the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 18, 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NBA draft class isn't very deep at the point guard position like previous years, but that doesn't mean there isn't superb talent waiting to get a chance to shine at the next level. 

This year, the draft is loaded with powerful forwards. Because of the limited depth at point guard in the 2012 class, a team may end up reaching on a guy, which would result in much higher expectations for said prospect. 

There's no denying the top point guards this year all have what it takes to be great in the NBA, but the added pressure that comes with being a top-five or even a top-10 pick is immense. 

With that said, here's how I rank the top three point guards in the 2012 NBA draft class. 


Kendall Marshall, North Carolina 

While he may not score as much as the others, Marshall is the true point guard, which some team will absolutely love.

He does exactly what a point guard should do: make those around him better. Marshall is a skilled facilitator, dishing out great passes for his teammates.

However, that's not his entire game. Marshall can score if need be, and evidence of this is the last few games he played for North Carolina. He averaged nearly 15 points per game in his final six games before getting hurt in the NCAA tournament. 

Had Marshall been able to play the whole tournament, the Tar Heels might have made the championship game over Kansas, and Marshall's draft stock would be through the roof. 

Still, Marshall is a very skilled point guard, and because he knows how to run a team and make everyone around him elite, he's No. 1 on my list of point guards. 


Damian Lillard, Weber State 

Lillard is all about putting points on the board, mainly because he was just about all Weber State had. 

He can dish it out, but his floor vision needs improvement. Since he does have the ability to score at will and is very quick on the court, some team will draft him early, hoping he turns into their Derrick Rose

It's very possible that that's what happens for Lillard, but the pressure for him to be elite quickly will be very high. 

Lillard has the talent to achieve those dreams and aspirations for the team that drafts him, but it certainly won't be easy. It's also possible Lillard plays the 2-guard spot for the team that selects him because of his ability to score. 

While he isn't the best passer out there, Lillard is can get to the basket with ease, and that's what makes him so enticing. 


Tony Wroten, Washington 

Another great scorer, Wroten is one of the big sleepers in the 2012 NBA draft. 

As a freshman at Washington, he helped carry the team to the regular season Pac-12 title. He's young and has room for improvement, but within a couple years, Wroten can be really special. 

Wroten sees the floor very well, but he needs to work on his jump shot and shot selection. Knowing when to shoot and when not to is very vital in the NBA. 

However, once he's surrounded with better talent, he should become more focused on a particular role for that team, which will most likely be as a cross between a pure facilitator and a great finisher. With Wroten, a team is going to get the best of both worlds. 

Some team might reach on Wroten in the lottery, but I doubt that happens. He should be drafted in the later teens or maybe early 20's.


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