2011 NBA Draft

NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette and the 10 Best Shooters in the Draft

Scott ResnickCorrespondent IIJune 21, 2011

NBA Draft 2011: Jimmer Fredette and the 10 Best Shooters in the Draft

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars shoots over Scottie Wilbekin #5 of the Florida Gators in the second half during the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March
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    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

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini takes a shot over Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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    College: Illinois

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 14.6

    3P%: .451

    FG%: .452

     

    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

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    TULSA, OK - MARCH 20:  Jordan Hamilton #3 of the Texas Longhorns goes up for a shot against Jesse Perry #33 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (P
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    College: Texas

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 18.6

    FG%: .440

    3P%: .385

     

    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

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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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    College: Washington State

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 21.6

    3P%: .398

    FG%: .436

     

    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

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    CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 18: Jon Diebler #33 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots against the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 18, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo
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    College: Ohio State

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 12.6

    3P%: .502

    FG%: .507

     

    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

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    NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14:  Ravern Johnson #2 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs drives for a shot attempt against the Kentucky Wildcats during the final of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2010 in Nashville, Tenness
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    College: Mississippi State

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 17.6

    3P%: .403

    FG%: .430

     

    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

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    HOUSTON - MARCH 28: LaceDarius Dunn #24 of the Baylor Bears puts up a shot over Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils during the south regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium on March 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Duk
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    College: Baylor

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 19.5

    3P%: .357

    FG%: .398

     

    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

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Kyrie Irving #1 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots a free throw while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, N
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    College: Duke

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 17.5

    3P%: .462

    FG%: .529

     

    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

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    HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02:  Brandon Knight #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium on April 2, 2011 in Houston, Texas.
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    College: Kentucky

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 17.3

    3P%: .377

    FG%: .423

     

    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

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Justin Harper #32 of the Richmond Spiders puts up a shot against Mario Little #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Anto
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    College: Richmond

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 17.9

    3P%: .448

    FG%: .534

     

    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

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 24:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young Cougars warms up prior to their game against the Florida Gators in the Southeast regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 24, 2011 in New Orle
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    College: BYU

     

    2010-2011 Statistics:

    PPG: 28.9

    3P%: .396

    FG%: .452

     

    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. 

     

    For more 2011 NBA draft coverage, stay tuned to Bleacher Report for updated NBA mock drafts, NBA draft rumors, NBA draft results and draft grades.

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