2011 NBA Mock Draft: Is Darius Morris the Best Point Guard Prospect in Draft?
2011 NBA Mock Draft Finds Michigan's Darius Morris Underrated
Darius Morris may be the most underrated point guard in the entire draft. The legitimate 6’5” prospect out of Michigan has the skills of an old-school pass-first point guard that seems to have fallen out of favor in the NBA for some inexplicable reason.
Teams are constantly on the lookout for the next Derrick Rose, a ball hogging point guard who turns the ball over too much and is not a great passer. Players like Rose get their assists by making simple passes and for some reason the NBA chooses to reward players who wildly careen towards the hoop with foul calls. This then leads to open shooters on the perimeter who can be hit with an easy pass.
Darius Morris is a point guard that is built more out of the Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo mold that has become more rare in recent prospects. He has an amazing court vision and a knack for finding a teammate in position to score. The one knock on his game now is his outside shooting ability and is the reason why he is projected to fall out of the lottery.
These flaws sound very familiar to the ones that Rajon Rondo received coming out of college and also still plague him today. But Rondo has steadily improved his mid range game and has become one of the NBA’s elite passers.
When all is said and done, Darius Morris may be the best point guard to come out of this draft. He will be taken in the same area that Nash and Rondo fell to because of perceived weakness in their game by scouts. He has a chance to prove them wrong and succeed by being a traditional pass first point guard that is proven to win games at the next level.
No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving
No. 2 Minnesota Timberwolves: Derrick Williams
No. 3 Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Enes Kanter
No. 5 Toronto Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas
No. 6 Washington Wizards: Kawhi Leonard
No. 7 Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker
No. 8 Detroit Pistons: Jan Vesely
No. 9 Charlotte Bobcats: Marcus Morris
No. 10 Milwaukee Bucks: Klay Thompson
No. 11 Golden State Warriors: Alec Burks
No. 12 Utah Jazz: Tristan Thompson
No. 13 Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette
No. 14 Houston Rockets: Chris Singleton
No. 15 Indiana Pacers: Bismack Biyombo
No. 16 Philadelphia 76ers: Donatas Montiejunas
No. 17 New York Knicks: Josh Selby
No. 18 Washington Wizards: Marshon Brooks
No. 19 Charlotte Bobcats: Markieff Morris
No. 20 Minnesota Timberwolves: Davis Bertans
No. 21 Portland Trail Blazers: Jordan Hamilton
No. 22 Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris
No. 23 Houston Rockets: Darius Morris
No. 24 Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson
No. 25 Boston Celtics: Nikola Vucevic
No. 26 Dallas Mavericks: Trey Thompkins
No. 27 New Jersey Nets: Justin Harper
No. 28 Chicago Bulls: Kenneth Faried
No. 29 San Antonio Spurs: Jeremy Tyler
No. 30 Chicago Bulls: Tyler Honeycutt
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