2013 NBA Draft Preview: 4 Guards with Potential to Be Steals
In every NBA draft, there are a few players who wind up being selected toward the tail end of the draft but pay off greatly in the end.
In the 2013 NBA draft, there are a number of players who have the potential to do just that.
There are many highly talented players who will likely go in the early selections. These players include Indiana's Cody Zeller, Kentucky's Nerlen Noels and North Carolina's James Michael-McAdoo.
Of course, with those three being underclassman, it will be up to them whether or not they enter the draft. However, with so much focus being placed on them, it's unlikely they stay in school.
Regardless, while those three may be some of the top prospects in the 2013 draft, there are a number of talents who could steal the spotlight in the next couple of years.
In this installment, we will look primarily at the guards.
Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville
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Electric and exciting to watch, Peyton Siva is poised to lead the talented Louisville Cardinals to another Final Four run.
At only 6'0", Siva's size cements him into the point guard position. Despite his small stature, he plays bigger than he actually is at times. Siva has tremendous leaping ability that allows him to block shots in transition, which makes him a great defensive threat as well.
Using a combination of court awareness and speed, Siva can slice-and-dice the best defenses. After getting to the rim, Siva has no problems converting, even when he's being strongly contested by taller defenders.
Two things Siva will need to work on this season are his three-point shooting and cutting down on turnovers. Siva shot only 24 percent from beyond the arc in 2011-2012 and coughed up over three turnovers a game.
If he's going to make a splash in the 2013 draft, he will need to prove his total worth this season.
Siva is one of the best point guards in the country. He has the skills—now he just needs to put it all together and make a special season out of them.
Kenny Boynton, SG, Florida
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After being overshadowed by Bradley Beal last season, Kenny Boynton will now take over the offensive production for the Florida Gators.
Boynton, even while being the second option on offense, averaged nearly 16 points per game on 44 percent field-goal shooting (including 40 percent from beyond the arc).
At 6'2", Boynton plays a predominate shooting guard role, but his size may force him to work on handling the ball a little more this season.
There's no denying Boynton is a tremendous shooter and a constant scoring threat. He can score in bunches, much like a J.R. Smith-type player. However, it wouldn't kill him to work on a mid-range game.
When he's not getting to the rim, he's jacking up threes and vice versa. There isn't much leeway in that area.
What team doesn't need a nice scoring option off the bench?
Boynton can fill that role for a number of late-round selections and should be a nice pickup for whoever nabs him. He's a shooting guard right now, but working on becoming a point guard would help elevate his draft status.
Michael Snaer, SG, Florida State
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One of the best pure shooters in the 2013 draft class, Michael Snaer has an opportunity to be a huge steal in the second round.
Snaer is a dead-eye shooter with good range. His great asset is his three-point shooting ability, but he also isn't afraid to take his defender off the dribble, either.
On multiple occasions last year, Snaer knocked down game-winning three-point shots—once at Duke, once at home against Clemson—showing off his ice veins from beyond the arc when it's needed.
If Snaer can continue, even expand, his tremendous shooting, he could elevate himself to a higher selection in the draft. However, if he remains at the pace he's at right now, that should not be a problem for him.
He'll be this year's John Jenkins and will provide a shooting presence every team in the league loves to have.
Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State University
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One of the top players in the nation that few know about, Nate Wolters is poised for yet another incredible season with South Dakota State.
Wolters was one assist away from becoming only the fourth player in history to have a season in which he averaged 20-plus points, five-plus rebounds and six-plus assists in a single season.
Not a big deal, apparently, as Wolters still hasn't been given the respect he deserves in college basketball circles.
What makes Wolters stand out is how calm and poised he plays the game. You rarely see him lose his cool, or even get frustrated. On the rare occasion he does get upset, opposing defenses have no answers for him as he kicks up his game into another level, rendering him unstoppable.
In the skill-set category, Wolters doesn't have the greatest speed, but he manages to break down defenses with ease on his way to the basket. He can convert in the form of a little tear-drop runner or a mid-range jumper.
His shooting form may be a little awkward at times, but it's extremely affective for him.
Wolters rarely turns the ball over and runs the offense without any problems. He can drive with the best of them and find teammates for the open shot.
While his scoring comes easily, so does his passing ability. He's a true point guard and can continue to do great things in the upcoming season.
Like Peyton Siva, Wolters needs to work on his three-point shooting. He's shown he can knock down the long ball in the past, but it dramatically decreased during his junior season. However, this can be attributed partially to the fact that Wolters doesn't necessarily need to shoot threes too often because of his great driving ability.
Also, there were four 40 percent three-point shooters for the Jackrabbits last season, making Wolters' production from beyond the arc less needed than some might expect.
Wolters may not be on many mock drafts right now, but he should be. If he can produce the same caliber of numbers he did in 2011-2012, watch his name jump up the draft boards closer to next year's NBA draft.
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