NBA Draft 2011: Alec Burks and 5 Most Dynamic Wing Scorers of the Draft
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This year's draft appears to be one of the weaker ones of the past decade.
With less superstar names at the top, the draft could have some hidden gems in the middle to later rounds.
One thing's for sure: This year's draft is full of dynamic scorers that can boost any NBA team's production on the offensive side of the ball.
Here is a quick look at the top dynamic wing scorers of the 2011 NBA Draft.
5: Klay Thompson-- Washington State
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2010-11: 21.6 PPG
Not overwhelmingly athletic. Not incredibly efficient. Not a dominant ball-handler...
A hell of a shot, though.
A great spot-up shooter this past season with Washington State, Klay Thompson found himself offensively. Thompson easily became one of the more recognizable scorers this past year in the NCAA.
Although he relies heavily on his perimeter game and off the ball movement, his numbers can't be denied.
Despite his well-noted downsides, Thompson certainly knows how to put the ball in the basket.
That's all that matters.
4: Jordan Hamilton-- Texas
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2010-11: 18.6 PPG
Hamilton has one of the quickest releases among shooters in this year's draft, and certainly used it to his advantage.
Hamilton was deadly from the outside, getting his shot off quickly and efficiently. This past season at Texas, Hamilton nailed 43 percent of his shots beyond the arc — a great number.
Hamilton also has the attitude to be productive in the NBA. As the number one option at Texas this past season, Hamilton added confidence to his already smooth offensive game.
Should be an excellent late lottery pick this year.
3: Derrick Williams-- Arizona
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The consensus number two pick in this year's draft, Derrick Williams was a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the ball at Arizona.
Often debated is whether Williams will either play the 3 or 4 position in the NBA, this kid has it all: the size of a power-forward, but the skill set of a shooting guard.
Williams shot a sizzling 56 percent from the 3 -oint line this past year and was also very well-acquainted with the rim — where he found himself scoring a bulk of points through dunks or layups.
Williams has the soft touch to hit a mid-range jumper or the ferocity to posterize an opponent en route to the rim.
If he can translate his game over to the NBA, well... that would be scary.
2: Kemba Walker-- UConn
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2010-11: 23.5 PPG
Kemba Walker is probably the most recognizable player from this year's NCAA tournament.
Re-inventing himself during March Madness, Walker had a field day during the tournament at the expense of many opponents.
Walker displayed his whole arsenal in the tournament, scoring with his feet set, off the dribble, from the outside and from the inside. Walker pretty much did it all. There is no real analysis to be made. ... He gets any shot off he wants (even with his small frame) and does everything well.
Many reports show that Walker could be played at the 2 in the NBA, which is the reason I consider him the second best wing scorer and not Kyrie Irving (who is expected to play PG).
1: Alec Burks-- Colorado
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2010-11: 20.5 PPG.
Burks has the size and length to be a legitimate wing player in the NBA. His fluid offense and improved shooting has also shown that he can be a legitimate scorer in the NBA.
Burks put a so-so basketball program in Colorado on his back trying to will them into the NCAA tournament. He has shown great leadership skills and can score from the outside or around the bucket.
At Colorado, Burks relied heavily on isolation plays — clearly showing that he has the ability to create his own shot. He has the ball-handling skills and explosiveness of a guard. He has the size and presence of a forward.
Burks is truly a pure-scorer. One that is ready for the NBA. His skill-set is wide, dynamic and most importantly — NBA ready. Burks is the best scorer from the wing position in this year's draft — Just watch the kid play!
Burks is predicted to go in the late-lottery, but will be a steal for any team even if he goes higher.