By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on June 15, 2014
There has been a lot of talk in recent years around the NBA proclaiming that shooting guard isn’t nearly as deep of a position league-wide as it used to be. Though there are still talented guys at the position, that proclamation is true to a degree. However, the 2014 NBA Draft will bring a strong crop of shooting guards. These 10 guys are the best shooting guards in the incoming class.
At Washington, Wilcox had a stellar senior season where he averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 boards, 2.5 assists, one block and one steal per game on 45.3 percent shooting and while shooting 39.1 percent from three. If it weren’t for the lack of upside with him being 23 years old, Wilcox would most likely be projected to be selected well before where he is now.
Though he stands just over 6’4” with shoes on and isn’t a fantastic athlete, Jabari Brown still has a lot to offer at the next level, particularly offensively. As a junior at Missouri, the guard put up 19.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and a more-than-solid 41 percent from three. There are definite worries, but Brown could be a solid offensive reserve in the NBA.
A torn ACL hasn’t helped Dinwiddie a lot heading into the draft, but the Colorado prospect can definitely get it done. In 17 game prior to the injury, he put up 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting over 41 percent from three. Obviously the injury hurts his cause a bit, but he’s shown he has the talent to make an impact in the Association.
At 21 years old, Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic isn’t the picture of upside. After playing overseas for some time now, though, it’s pretty clear that Bogdanovic will be able to score from the perimeter at the NBA level. Some people have compared Bogdanovic’s potential to be like a Marco Belinelli in the pros, providing offense with scarce contributions otherwise. Not a bad look for a prospect.
Jordan Adams was highly productive in his sophomore season at UCLA, putting up 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game on 48.5 percent shooting from the floor. His athleticism is seemingly limited as is his size, but he has a ton of skill. Adams should be able to get by on that at the next level.
LaVine didn’t have the same production as Adams at UCLA, but was solid in a limited role. There’s definite high-level skill with LaVine, but so much of his value is derived from his potential as an athlete. After measuring a 41.5” vertical at the Draft Combine, he followed that up with a 46” vertical at a workout. That’s more than enough to have teams looking his way.
The stats from James Young’s lone season at Kentucky won’t knock you to the ground, but he was solid. Moreover, he’s a young guy with NBA-size, NBA-length, and solid athleticism. Given what he’s already capable of coupled with his potential, it’s hard not to be high on the Wildcats product.
I’m probably higher on Hairston than most, but he’s a near can’t-miss prospect in my eyes. He’s seemingly put all of his woes from UNC behind him and has a ton of things to like. He has size, strength, athleticism, a ton of skill on both sides of the ball, and a good motor. His lack of upside at 21 years old is really the only concern in my eyes. I’d take Hairston way higher than where he’s projected to go.
People have been deservedly high on Gary Harris for the past two seasons, even having him as a lottery pick had he come out last season. Harris presents a presence on both ends of the floor and is a lethal threat on the perimeter as a scorer. He’ll has the potential to be a big-time performer at the next level and could very well wind up being the best two-guard in the draft.
Many may have Stauskas slotted right behind Harris, but he’s the best at the position in my mind. He’s a lethal scorer with NBA-ready size and basketball IQ. Moreover, he’s a surprising athlete that can handle the ball well when asked to do so. To me, Stauskas brings too much to the table to not be looked at as the best shooting guard in this class.
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