NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette and the 10 Best Shooters in the Draft
The 2011 NBA Draft may be short on well-rounded future NBA stars.
However, this draft class is certainly not lacking in the shooting department.
Whether it be from the perimeter or beyond the arc, this year's draft class is full of shooters who know how to put the ball in the hoop consistently.
Jimmer Fredette may be the most well known out of these sharp shooters, but here is a complete list of the 10 best shooters in the 2011 NBA Draft.
10. Demetri McCamey
Demetri McCamey can do it all.
As evidenced by his three-point percentage, as well as his field-goal percentage, McCamey can pop the long-range three as well as spot up and nail the mid-range jumper.
However, his biggest weakness at this point may be his shot selection. He's shown that he's not afraid to shoot the deep ball with a man in his face, which is a detriment to his draft stock.
Regardless, McCamey can shoot the ball at will, and if he can learn to take better shots on a consistent basis, he'll be looking at a bright NBA career as a shooter coming off the bench.
9. Jordan Hamilton
Jordan Hamilton will be a phenomenal scorer in the NBA.
He has the ability to shoot both the three-ball as well as the mid-range jumper, exhibiting smooth hands and a quick, compact release. He has no wasted motion in his shot, which can sometimes hurt him, as he'll feel he can take contested shots.
He's known for his awful shot selection at times, which is why he drops in at No.9 on this list.
However, if we're talking about pure shooting, then Hamilton is one of the best this year's draft class has to offer. When he's on, he's scary.
He utilizes his mid-range game well, and that's where the majority of his points will come from.
8. Klay Thompson
College: Washington State
During his college career, Klay Thompson was widely regarded as one of the best shooters in the Pac-10.
Klay is a phenomenal three-point shooter, as he can spot up from behind the arc or shoot it off the dribble.
His ability to pull up and pop the mid-range jumper may be second to none, which makes him such a deadly offensive weapon.
You can bet his shooting prowess will translate into the NBA, as Thompson already exhibits a great shooters IQ, knowing when to shoot and when to dish it off.
7. Jon Diebler
College: Ohio State
Jon Diebler is absolutely deadly from behind the arc.
His .502 three-point percentage led the Big-10 and was good enough for fourth in the nation.
Diebler exhibits a smooth, compact stroke and can shoot the ball off the dribble as well as in a set position.
He can pop the three-ball with a man in his face and from just about anywhere on the floor.
His three-point range may be only second to Jimmer Fredette in this year's draft class.
6. Ravern Johnson
College: Mississippi State
Despite a .403 three-point percentage, Johnson's game is more based around his ability to knock down the mid-range jumper.
Johnson possesses a quick first step, and once he blows by his defender, can shoot the ball at will from inside the arc.
He can also spot up and nail the three-ball, but he lacks long range from beyond the arc at this point.
Johnson's shooting may the only reason he gets drafted, as there's been questions swirling about his coachability as well as his basketball IQ.
5. LaceDarius Dunn
When LaceDarius Dunn is on, he's unstoppable.
Exhibiting a penchant for shooting the ball without limits, Dunn can knock down the three-ball from anywhere on the floor.
He has a quick shooter's release, and he uses that to hit shots with defenders in his face.
Dunn is a pure scorer in every sense of the word, which also means that he lacks the ability to distribute the basketball. This will certainly be a detriment to his NBA draft stock, but you can bet all 30 teams would love to have a sharp shooter like Dunn coming off their bench.
4. Kyrie Irving
The Cleveland Cavaliers may be debating whether or not to take Kyrie Irving at No.1.
However, one thing not up for debate is Kyrie Irving's shooting ability.
Irving is a pure scorer and is deadly from mid-range. He can pull up and knock down the 15-footer with pure ease, something that makes him an offensive force when you consider his ability to drive past defenders in the paint.
He can also pop the three-ball with consistency, although his range may be a bit short for the NBA at this point in time.
Regardless, Irving's mid-range game is second to none in this year's draft class.
3. Brandon Knight
Brandon Knight is a clutch three-point shooter.
He possesses the ability to take over games late with his shooting prowess, something that was on display time and time again throughout his lone season at Kentucky.
He can nail the three-point ball from long range, which has enabled scouts to label him as a three-point shooting threat in the NBA.
2. Justin Harper
The 6'9" forward is lethal from mid-range. He can also step back and knock down the three-ball from NBA distance.
His entire game is based around his ability to shoot the ball form the perimeter and beyond, which makes his draft stock quite intriguing heading into Thursday night's draft.
Regardless of his short-comings, Harper's shooting prowess is special, and he'd be a solid option as a tweener-forward coming off the bench for an NBA team.
1. Jimmer Fredette
The nation's leader in scoring average also happens to be one heck of a shooter.
The shooting ability that Jimmer Fredette possesses is truly something that can't be put into words. It must be watched, observed and admired.
But I regress. I'll try my best to put Jimmer's prowess into words.
The Naismith Award winner can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor at any given time. His quick release makes his shot nearly impossible to defend, evidenced by his .452 field-goal percentage this past season.
Jimmer has a knack for scoring, and that's based around his unquestioned talent for shooting the ball.
Say what you want about his game not being NBA-ready. But one thing is for sure: Jimmer Fredette is the most exciting player in this year's draft because of his other-worldly shooting ability.
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