My first segment showed how weak this year’s drafts point guard class was.
Behind John Wall was a bunch of questions. Many of those players are either lacking a true point guard feel or quickness for the position.
Well I don’t think I can say the same about this shooting guard position. This year is actually a rather strong year if you’re in need of a shooting guard.
You have the super talent in Xavier Henry that can make a huge impact on NBA team. Or you have the cool James Anderson who can rain three balls all day and attack the basket.
Regardless of the player this years draft, teams can grab some very good shooting guards off the board.
Unlike the point guard position, there are more talented shooting guards behind Xavier Henry that can be lottery picks or taken in the first round.
Here is my take on who the top 10 shooting guards are in the draft…enjoy!
Top Ten Point Guards
Is your team’s in need of a guard with quickness, speed, vertical leap and a good first step?
Jerome Dyson is your guy. Dyson exhibits exceptionally great athleticism. And despite his height, I believe he can excel at the next level.
Dyson is 6’3’’ and although he has had his chance to turn himself into a true point guard, the experiment just didn’t work out. Dyson is a scorer and that’s all there is to it.
He has a nice form on his jump shot and the release point is very quick. He can get the shot off over the contest fast and knock it down.
What makes him such a match-up problem at the NBA level is his speed at the two position. Many times when a player of his caliber displays such speed you can expect him to be the point guard. But instead, he uses his quickness on two guards to get into the lane and finish around the rim.
Think: Leandro Barbosa
Dominique Jones is one of those guys who can get it done at the point or shooting guard position.
What makes him more comfortable at the two guard position is his ability to score efficiently on the offensive end.
He is more of a both built inside one player. His dribble-drive is just, if not as good as, any players in this upcoming draft. Along with the drive he displays the ability to shoot the mid-range and three point jumpers and knock them down.
That means if he is a good shooter, foul shots also follow suit. With his aggressive mindset he has the ability to get to the line more than most.
With offense, he is equipped with defense. Overall James is a sub-par defender but his lateral quickness makes up for that. Big and strong physical body which shows he can survive in the NBA.
Think: Rodney Stuckey
So I’m guessing you want to know why Avery Bradley is listed with the shooting guards and not the point guards?
Well first if I would like for you to know, Avery Bradley is not a point guard. Even though he is much smaller for the two guard position, he doesn’t have the skills to play at the point, so that’s why he is here.
Now, although Bradley is 6’2’’ and listed as shooting guard, he is still expected to be going in the first round or early second.
One reason why: he knows how to score the basketball.
From inside, out Bradley gets it done. Following the Big 12 this season, I had the chance to see him play a lot. He can hurt you many ways. He is able to beat defenders off the dribble and pick and pop, or take it all the way to the rim. Or he is just as comfortable spotting up somewhere in the offense.
Also he has a wingspan which makes up for him being shorter on defense. He can lock down on defenders at the next level IF he is committed to playing defense.
Great leaping ability showcases great dunks and can spark a run with a
highlight reel slam.
Think: Monta Ellis
Lance Stephenson can definitely be a lottery pick this year, and if he would have stayed probably would have been a lock for the top ten in next year’s draft.
At the age of 19 he has a very physical NBA body at 6’5’’ 210 pounds.
He has a natural feel for scoring the basketball. Doesn’t have the elite handles—something he needs to improve—but he can still get the ball in the lane consistently.
He has a very quick first step when driving to the lane, and leaves his defender trailing. Has a good change of pace dribble so it’s nothing for him to split the double-team.
His physical body allows him to finish well around the rim, and knows when to use his strength when attacking the basket. With that he gets a lot of foul calls.
He displays some good defensive tactics, stand and mechanics. He can lock down on defenders at the next level if he is committed to playing defense.
Think: Thabo Sefolosha
Overhyped? Maybe, but the thing is Jordan Crawford WILL be a great basketball player.
There are risks taking Jordan Crawford in this draft. Sometimes a player of his caliber can be overhyped by the things he does. Like the dunk on Lebron,
I’m guessing that raised his draft stock because before Indiana, I never even knew the kid.
How about the 38—just an estimate—footer he drained against K-State, but still lost the game?
So two events, and now he is looking like a true first rounder or possibly even fall into the early second round of the draft.
Even if he is over-hyped he does display some key qualities conducive to excellence in the league.
He is 6’4" and about 195 pounds. This is ideal size for an NBA shooting guard.
With that size he brings athleticism. He displays at time some hot streaks and when he gets hot, you’re in for a interesting game. Just ask Frank Martin.
He can be a good on the ball defender. Displays good instincts, and is overall above average defensive skills
Think: Jamal Crawford
Elliot Williams is the transfer from Duke. That was a good thing in the long run, because it showcased many things scouts couldn’t see at Duke.
At Memphis, he showcased his ability to run the point guard position. However, he played most of the year at the two guard position.
Williams is a very long athlete which compliments well when trying to defend multiple positions.
His jump shot has improved, and will probably see Williams playing the role
of the slasher. Because, in my eyes he is stuck between the one and the two.
Nothing bad about that just shows his versatility and how well he can adjust his mindset for the game.
Think: Jason Terry
Terrico White, the 6’5" guard out of Ole Miss.
Many people have him as a point/shooting guard at the next level. However in my mind he is a true shooting guard because there were times during the season where he had to run the point guard position and it wasn’t pretty.
He dribbled with his head down, displayed poor vision, and shot weak floaters in the lane.
However, when he is a wing threat, that’s when he is at his best.
He has very quick feet and knows how to use his speed and quick crossovers to get into the lane. When he does get to the lane, he finishes strong at the rim. Watching game film over him, I witnessed countless dunks over defenders with his great leaping ability.
His comfort area would have to be the mid-range game. His shot has a nice form to it, and he lets off high percentage shots proficiently.
If the team he is drafted to get’s him to play with a lot of energy rather than the lackluster effort he displayed in college he will be a draft steal down the road.
Think: Jason Richardson
Willie Warren the 6’4" combo guard out of Oklahoma University.
He has very good size and strength to excel in the NBA. Along with that, he displays above average athleticism.
The thing he does better than any guard in the draft—with the exception of John Wall—is the mixture of his game. When he is on fire, defenders tend to try to hold him tighter and that’s when he uses head fakes and crafty moves to beat the defender for a shot attempt.
His shot is very crisp, and he has the potential to knock the three down consistently at the NBA level.
Warren is very aggressive with his offensive approach, stays under control, and finishes strong around the rim.
That’s why he is listed as a shooting guard. Now the reason scouts are saying he could possibly play point guard as well is his ability to create for others. His favorite play to run was the pick and roll, where he used his vision to find teammates or hit the mid-range jumper.
Think: Ben Gordon
Xavier Henry, the 6'6" shooting guard out of the University of Kansas.
If the rule of high school players to the NBA was still intact, I doubt I would have witnessed Henry on the KU campus this season. Rather he would have been taken as a lottery pick in last year's draft.
He is 6'6" and 210 pounds which is ideal size for an NBA shooting guard.
Henry has a nice stroke on his three point jump shot, and his offensive mindset is just outstanding.
Some scouts nag about his lack of aggression, me included, but as he progresses into a full NBA player that won't be a problem.
Going to college one year, Bill Self helped Henry gain the defensive fundamentals needed to excel at the next level. Henry is committed to playing defense, a very long defender, and is a thief I tell you. He jumps passing lanes, and times blocks well.
Think: CJ Miles
Yes, James Anderson is the best shooting guard in the draft.
James Anderson has ideal size for the shooting guard position, 6’6" 195 pounds. Anderson is a scorer in every sense of the word. Can score the basketball from the inside, where he likes to finish strong at the rim or from the outside where he likes to stretch his jump shot.
He thrives in the catch-and-shoot situation. He has great shooting mechanics, squares his body and get’s great lift on his jump shot.
When he isn’t shooting, he can score the basketball by getting in the lane with the floaters, or finish strong at the rim. He is very aggressive with his offensive attack, taking the ball to the rim more often.
He isn’t just offense. Anderson has a great wingspan for a 6’6" guard and displays great lateral quickness and length. He gets down in good defensive stand, and can lock players down at the next level.
Think: John Salmons