The Most Lethal Shooters of the 2014 NBA Draft Class
Shooting—you won't find a team in the NBA that has enough of it.
Everyone could use a shooter. A lethal outside stroke alone could actually be enough to get you drafted or give you a career.
The following guys have established themselves as the sharpshooters in the 2014 NBA draft class. Whether their offensive games translate or not, they'll each have a jumper to hopefully lean on as a moneymaker.
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6'8'', SF, Senior
You can question how well Doug McDermott's overall offensive game will translate, but there's no debating his outside stroke.
If he can sustain his current 42.7 percent clip, it would mark the fourth year he's finished over 40 percent from three. McDermott rarely ever has two bad shooting days in a row—he's been consistently scorching-hot season after season at Creighton.
His numbers were off the charts his sophomore and junior years, when he finished over 48 percent from downtown in each.
Off the catch, off the dribble, slipping off a screen, curling around one—McDermott can make outside shots from more angles than any player in the country.
He might not be the scorer at the pro level he is in college, but his NBA range and 64.8 percent true shooting percentage for his career can certainly be used in dozens of NBA lineups.
Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6'6'', SG, Sophomore
Nik Stauskas has really expanded his offensive game, and it hasn't taken away from his shooting stroke and consistency.
After knocking down 44 percent of his threes as a freshman, he's currently connecting on 44.7 percent as a sophomore while making 2.5 a game.
Last year, most of Stauskas' threes came as a spot-up catch-and-shooter. This year, he's spending more time on the ball, where he's shown the ability to pull up or step back and release off the dribble.
Stauskas has gone from a stationary shooting target to one who can shoot on the move. And he's now a threat to use his accurate stroke in more offensive situations.
Free-throw shooting has also become a factor, as Stauskas' scoring threat increased from one year to the next. He's making 5.8 free throws a game at a lights-out 82.1 percent clip this season.
He's a more complete player than he was a year ago, and that's helped boost his stock tremendously, but at the end of the day, it's Stauskas' jumper that's going to carry him throughout his NBA career.
C.J. Wilcox, Washington, 6'5'', SG, Senior
C.J. Wilcox is a volume three-point shooter—he's making more than three a game on more than seven attempts. And he's been lighting it up from deep since 2010.
Wilcox has made at least 1.9 threes per game in each season at Washington, and he's never finished one shooting below 36 percent from downtown.
This year, he's making over 41 percent of his three-pointers. Wilcox has a quick release as a spot-up threat, along with the ability to put it on the floor and pull up from inside the arc.
Wilcox is really just one of those guys who's more comfortable from 27 feet away than he is from 10.
At 6'5", he has good size and athleticism for an NBA 2-guard. If Wilcox is able to consistently stick his threes, it could earn him a role as a sniper off an NBA bench.
Rodney Hood, Duke, 6'8'', SF, Sophomore
Rodney Hood has evolved into quite the offensive weapon—at 6'8", he's helped Duke stretch the floor thanks to his deadly 45 percent three-point stroke.
He sports a high, smooth, lefty release, and he's got the size to shoot over the defense and make shots with hands in his face. When Hood's feet are set and squared to the rim, forget about it—he's one of those shooters who makes you think everything he lets go will fall.
Hood might not be the most explosive or athletic, but that refined, trustworthy jumper should allow him to thrive in a stretch role.
Think Rashard Lewis in his prime, when he used to light up the perimeter for Seattle and Orlando.
Jabari Brown, Missouri, 6'5'', SG, Junior
Jabari Brown has emerged as one of the most improved prospects in the country this season, and a lot of his success can be attributed to his scolding-hot jumper.
He's making just under three three-pointers a game at a 46.2 percent clip.
Brown has been remarkably consistent—he's finished above 35 percent from three in 17 of his 23 games played so far.
“Jabari’s playing at an unbelievable level and, knock on wood, because his numbers are ridiculous for a perimeter player what he's doing," said coach Frank Haith via Tod Palmer of The Kansas City Star.
Steve Walentik of the Columbia Daily Tribune detailed Brown's progress over the years and his notable consistency as a junior.
Brown is averaging roughly 20 points a game this season, but it's that unstoppable jumper that's going to attract teams looking for a perimeter scorer and floor-stretcher.
Andre Dawkins, Duke, 6'4", SG, Senior
Andre Dawkins has one job to do for Duke, and he does it about as well as anyone in the country.
His stats are really staggering—Dawkins is making an eye-opening 2.4 three-pointers a game on 47.4 percent shooting from downtown, only he's doing so in just 15 minutes of action.
Most sharpshooters need time to build rhythm—Dawkins manages to come off the bench blazing hot, as he can knock down threes without getting many touches in between.
His true percentage this year is at an incredible 70.1 percent.
All he does is snipe threes—he's taken 116 of them, compared to just 26 two-point attempts. And if Dawkins ever makes it as a pro, that ratio won't be much different.
Dawkins deserves a good hard look in Round 2 by a team in need of specialty three-point shooting.
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