Who is the next great shooter coming out the draft?
While some players have well-rounded talents, others are strictly specialists in one or more particular areas. Regardless of the team's style of play, great shooters will always be in great demand since many teams seem to be in need of more consistent snipers to help them in their quests for a NBA championship.
In what is being called an average draft in 2011, there still seems to be a plethora of shooters waiting to be picked. Let's take a look at the premier shooters at each position available for this year's draft.
The NCAA has followed the storied career of Jimmer Fredette closely for good reason. Fredette raised many eyebrows with his incredible knack for playing the game of basketball. His basketball IQ is only outdone by his shooting range.
During his senior year, he exploded for over 28 points per game with 16 games of 30 points or more and a high of 52. He has a strong array of dribble moves that create space for him to get his shot off and if the defense doesn't bite he can still gets his shot off with relative success.
Fredette seems to relish when a hand is in his face when shooting. If what he showed in college is showcased early and successfully teams will need to watch out. Comparisons to JJ Redick are relative but Jimmer seems to have a bit more range.
With other great point guard shooters out there such as Kemba Walker, Norris Cole, Shelvin Mack and Charles Jenkins, Fredette trumps them all with his overall shooting ability.
In his four years of college hoops no one will question whether Jon Diebler could shoot the ball but you have to ask why his numbers never surpassed 13 points per game.
What you notice though is that there was gradual improvement in his shooting accuracy showing more efficiency in his shooting over his college career. Diebler got his shots within the flow of the offense which explains the great proficiency in shooting he displays.
To add to it all are solid mechanics, fluid release and great range Diebler posses in his 6' 6.5" frame. Diebler can play the role of zone buster or spot up shooter. Diebler also has solid court vision, is an unselfish player and rarely makes bad decisions either as a terrific 2.5/1 assist to turnover ratio show. Deibler games seems to come in the mold of a Kyle Korver, Andy Rautins, James Jones or a Rasual Butler type of player. Other notable shooters coming out this year are Klay Thompson, Andrew Goudlock, Jacob Pullen and LaceDarius Dunn.
Longhorn fans will soon enough miss Jordan Hamilton as the Compton, Ca. product ventures into NBA waters. At 6' 9" Jordan is a fine marksman with range out to 25 feet. Hamilton is much more efficient spot up shooter compared to shooting off the dribble. Hamilton is solid at moving off the ball and utilizing short curls for quick catch and shoot jumpers from the elbows and wings making him dangerous from mid range and 3pt range. He has a fluid release who needs to work shooting off the dribble. His 39% 3pt range will be welcomed in his new NBA city. His game likens the Knicks SF Shawne Williams or even Rasual Butler. Other small forwards known for their shooting stroke are Nikola Mirotic, Davis Bertans and Kyle Singler.
Derrick Williams has made quite a splash on the NCAA this year and become one of if not the marquee player in the draft. With that in mind he is one of the most effective 3pt shooters as he shot 57% from deep for the 2011 season. The video above shows that his jump shot has a very quick release, a compact/fluid motion, soft touch and goes in quite often. He shooting style looks very Al Harrington like and you already know how solid of a career Al H. has had. Willimams is being looked at as the 1st pick for a good reason. Other Power forwards with sweet strokes are Marcus Morris, Jaime Skeen and Justin Harper.
Jon Leuer is a sweet-shooting 7 foot big man, and while he might not be the next Dirk Nowitzki, he could develop into quite a shooter/scorer in the league. He reminds me of a bigger Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic). Leuer still finished the season shooting a solid 37% in catch and shoot situations. His footwork and release are extremely sound and consistent and his mechanics are pretty fluid. The four year collegiate shot a close to 40% from 3pt range and almost 50% from the field. Leuer has legit NBA range and an improved ability to create and shoot off the dribble. Other centers with some range are Enes Kanter and Nikola Vucevic.