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2011 NBA Draft: Jimmer Fredette and the 5 Best Scorers in the Draft

Luis De LeonContributor IIIMay 31, 2011

2011 NBA Draft: Jimmer Fredette and the 5 Best Scorers in the Draft

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 19:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoot against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Pepsi Center on March 19, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmond
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    The 2011 NBA Draft is almost three weeks away.

    A lot of attention went towards BYU point guard Jimmer Fredette after a 43-point performance in a victory against then undefeated No. 4 San Diego State on January 26.

    But Fredette is not the only one capable of lighting up the scoreboard.

    NBA teams looking for offensive firepower should be looking at these guys.

6. Jordan Hamilton

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns goes up for a shot against Brady Morningstar #12 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2
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    Jordan Hamilton
    Shooting Guard/Small Forward
    6'7", 220 lbs
    2010-11 Points Per Game: 18.6

    Jordan Hamilton reminds me of J.R. Smith.

    The former Texas Longhorn moves well without the ball to get open and doesn't hesitate to shoot once he has it.

    Both he and Smith are streaky shooters that can be lights out on a good day but become a liability on bad days. Each player tends to fall in love with his jumper, which leads to multiple ill-advised shots.

    The NBA team that drafts Hamilton will need to make him more of a slasher to increase his efficiency.

5. Klay Thompson

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10:  Klay Thompson #1 of the Washington State Cougars shoots over Darnell Gant #44 of the Washington Huskies in the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on Ma
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    Klay Thompson
    Shooting Guard
    6'6", 202 lbs
    2010-11 Points Per Game: 21.6

    Despite his great shooting ability, Klay Thompson made the adjustments throughout his years at Washington State to become more of a slasher.

    It shows in the stats, too. His points per game average rose from 12.7  to 19.6 to 21.6 while playing similar minutes in all three seasons (33.1, 35.4 and 34.7, respectively).

    He isn't explosive around the rim, although there will be the occasional dunk, but Thompson is smart and knows how to create his own shot.

    Those smarts also help him take care of the ball.

4. Marshon Brooks

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 5:  Marshon Brooks #2 of the Providence Friars takes a shot over Henry Sims #14 of the Georgetown Hoyas during a college basketball game on February 5, 2011 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.  The Hoyas won 83-81.  (Photo b
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    Marshon Brooks
    Shooting Guard/Small Forward
    6'5", 190 lbs
    2010-11 Points Per Game: 24.6

    The nation's second-leading scorer has to be on this list.

    A rare four-year player, Marshon Brooks improved every season while in college.

    Whether it's off the dribble or spot-up shooting, Brooks knocks down his shots. He also displays that important first step needed to get past his man and drive towards the hoop.

    As a one-man show at Providence, you have to wonder if Brooks is capable of becoming more of a team player in the NBA and producing without handling the ball all the time.

3. Derrick Williams

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    ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Derrick Williams #23 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts after a dunk against of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, Cali
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    Derrick Williams
    Forward
    6'8", 241 lbs
    2010-11 Points Per Game: 19.5

    Derrick Williams' 19.5 points per game mark is extremely impressive given that he did it with a limited number of field goal attempts. With more touches, he could've easily been one of the top scorers in the country.

    Primarily used in the paint, Williams also has a perimeter game. He was good for 57 percent from beyond the arc. Williams is also capable of making plays by putting the ball on the floor and driving in.

    A good reason why he was so efficient were his frequent trips to the foul line, where he averaged about eight free throw attempts a game. But he can still improve on his 74 percent free throw shooting.

    Williams' aggressiveness, efficiency and ability to score down low and on the perimeter is what makes him a top five prospect.

2. Kemba Walker

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies handles the ball against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston,
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    Kemba Walker
    Point Guard
    6'1", 172 lbs

    2010-11 Points Per Game: 23.5

    Watching Kemba Walker go to work all the way to the national title was a thing of beauty.

    The best part is despite Walker's high scoring, it was never at the expense of his teammates or UConn's momentum.

    Walker is a team player that thrived in his role. He had a remarkable assist to turnover ratio (1.98) for somebody that handled the ball as much as he did.

    His long range game needs improvement, but 33 percent is respectable. Most of Walker's damage comes from within the arc.

    Floaters, finger rolls, jab steps, step backs—you name it. Walker has a large repertoire. His creativity makes life hard on defenders, as if his deadly quickness wasn't already enough to deal with.

    Walker's aggressiveness shows in his eight free throw attempts per game.

    Simply put, Walker is a nightmare matchup for any individual defender.

1. Jimmer Fredette

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoots against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (
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    Jimmer Fredette
    Point Guard
    6'2", 195 lbs
    2010-11 Points Per Game: 28.9

    There are many questions concerning Fredette, but none have to do with his scoring ability.

    Fredette received a ton of national attention after the San Diego State game, being called "the best scorer in the world" by two-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant.

    He also dropped 47 points against Utah, 42 on Colorado State and 52 against New Mexico.

    Overall, he broke the 30-point barrier 16 times in 37 games.

    The man can make shots from anywhere on the court and has the accuracy to match the range. 

    Not only does he have a good stroke, but he doesn't shy away from contact when he takes the ball to the rim.

    Fredette entered college as a shooting guard and he's still getting acclimated to setting the table for his teammates at the point.

    As the nation's top scorer, Fredette's offensive game will be fully rounded once he is comfortable as a facilitator in the NBA.

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