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2013 NBA Draft: Top 10 Shooting Guard Prospects

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:44am

1. Kentavious Caldwell Pope 6-6 190 SG Georgia So.

Kentavious Caldwell-PopeKentavious Caldwell-PopeYou have to admire scorers who don’t dominate the ball. KCP requires defensive attention throughout the entire 35-second shot clock, because of his ability to move, catch and shoot out to 26 feet. Though currently he's strictly a perimeter scorer, Caldwell-Pope’s strengths translate to the next level in terms of taking his skillset and filling a niche. The fact that he’s got excellent defensive tools (size, length and athleticism) only increases his appeal as a two-way prospect.

Physically he’s got the build to score at the next level- he just needs to continue developing and improving his efficiency. A smooth scorer, Caldwell-Pope could be the Terrence Ross of the 2013 draft, with the upside and offensive weapons worthy of lottery consideration.

2. Ben McLemore 6-5 195 SG Kansas Fr.

The top recruit in Kansas’ 2011 class, McLemore will finally get his first chance to justify the “high ceiling” label he’s been given, after red-shirting last season.

McLemore is another superior athlete who can stroke it from deep, but still has so many raw qualities in terms of developing as a prospect. He’s one of those kids who looks the part, but still needs to put the pieces together.

Bill Self has said McLemore could be the best talent he has ever coached. If he's right, McLemore may be a lottery pick after just one season in Lawrence.

3. CJ Wilcox 6-5 190 SG Washington Jr.

There’s always a place in the big leagues for an athletic shooter with off-guard size. His production has been limited by playing with high profile guards playing in front of him (Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten).

Because of this, he has remained under the radar despite averaging 14 points and consecutive years shooting 40% from downtown. A top scoring option on one of the better teams in the Pac-12, expect Wilcox to generate first round buzz in 2013.

4. PJ Hairston 6-4 220 SG North Carolina So.

PJ HairstonPJ HairstonHairston could be Carolina’s most talented offensive player. A strong, athletic wing with an aggressive scorer’s mentality, Hairston will immediately fight Reggie Bullock for playing time and offensive looks.

Though a little undersized at 6'4, he’s got a good looking stroke to compliment strength and athleticism. The explosive package he offers offensively could generate interest in the first round.

5. Jamaal Franklin 6-5 185 SG/SF San Diego St. Jr

Few prospects are as exciting to watch as Franklin, whose highlight mixtapes could probably sell on Pay-Per-View. He’s like an acrobat, seemingly flying into the frame without warning, propelled by jaw-dropping athletic ability. The gift he has allows him to contribute in areas most wings can’t, particularly cleaning up/finishing loose balls on the glass.

He's considered extremely raw and unskilled on the perimeter and will need to improve upon those skills in order to prove that he's a legitimate 2-guard and not a small 3 to garner interest in the first round from scouts.

6. Sean Kilpatrick 6-4 210 SG Cincinnati Jr.

Generally one-dimensional as a freshman, Kilpatrick added to his game, and physique as a sophomore to become Cincy's leading scorer. While his primary strengths revolve around his jumper, he overpowered defenders attacking the rim north and south.

With Dion Dixon out of the picture, Kilpatrick should get more opportunities to dominate the ball, which means more reps as the top scoring option. He's said to have been dominating practice early on, and seems primed for a breakout year.

7. Allen Crabbe 6-6 190 SG California Jr.

Athletic yet not explosive, Crabbe plays the game with a sense of rhythm and finesse. His most valuable asset is his shooting stroke, which has been consistently effective in two consecutive years. Crabbe will need to add strength, as he struggles attacking the rim and absorbing contact. But again, there's almost always a spot in the league for athletic shooters.

8. Reggie Bullock 6-7 190 SG North Carolina Jr.

A talented wing with good size for a shooting guard, Bullock enters his junior year with consistency atop the priority list. 66% of Bullock’s shot attempts come from behind the arch, which can explain his “appear/disappear” tendencies. Still, he shot 38% from downtown as a sophomore, and has the physical tools and stroke that translate to the next level.

He handled the ball a lot more in high school than he will at Carolina, so he’s had to adjust fulfilling a different niche. Bullock has the talent to do so, but needs a big year in order to keep any first round dreams possible.

9. Rodney Purvis 6-3 187 PG/SG NC State Fr.

Purvis was cleared by the NCAA to play in games this season. This is important, because his presence could impact the entire conference.

Purvis is an explosive scoring guard capable of creating his own offense. Whether it’s north/south attacking the rim or east/west pulling up, his ability to manufacture offense on his own goes a long way at the college level. He’s exactly what NC State needs to get them over the hump.

10. Archie Goodwin 6-5 190 SG Kentucky Fr.

Goodwin is widely considered a top 20 prospect entering college and will be looked to fill in at Kentucky as their new off guard. He has the prototypical size and athleticism to be an NBA 2-guard.

With excellent speed and leaping ability, Goodwin thrives in the full court and attacking the glass. He needs to get stronger and improve upon his outside shooting and ability to create baskets.

He still has a ways to go in terms of skill level and feel for the game, but comes into Lexington in a wide open system that should help to showcase his talent. Whether he has enough talent and readiness to be a one and done player is debatable.

Honorable Mention: Alex Abrines 6-5 190 SG Spain 1992, Kenny Boynton 6-2 190 PG/SG Florida Sr., Jabari Brown 6-4 210 SG Missouri So., Drew Crawford 6-5 210 SG Northwestern Sr., Tim Hardaway Jr 6-5 190 SG Michigan Jr., Elijah Johnson 6-2 180 PG/SG Kansas Sr., Brandon Paul 6-4 190 SG Illinois Sr., Steven Pledger 6-4 221 SG Oklahoma Sr., Glen Rice Jr 6-4 175 SG Georgia Tech Sr., Durand Scott 6-4 185 SG Miami Sr., Marcus Smart 6-3 210 PG/SG Oklahoma St. Fr., Michael Snaer 6-4 205 SG Florida St. Sr., Dexter Strickland 6-3 175 SG North Carolina Sr., Rasheed Sulaimon 6-4 190 SG Duke Fr. , Axel Toupane 6-6 191 SG France 1992, Brandon Triche 6-2 190 PG/SG Syracuse Sr., BJ Young 6-4 180 PG/SG Arkansas So., Trey Zeigler 6-5 200 SG Pittsburgh Jr.

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I'm not as high on

I'm not as high on Caldwell-Pope as this site is. I mean this kid was billed as a shooter but what kind of shooter has a .396/.304/.654 shooting line?? Also, a major part of being a good shooter is shot selection and KCP displayed really bad shot selection.

It's not a great group of SGs, but my list would look totally different. I'd have KCP much lower and Archie Goodwin much higher. Archie's younger, but I like his all-around game better. He's a better slasher, ball-handler, has a better floor game with IMO more potential defensively because of his better lateral quickness combined with his excellent wingspan.

I think Purvis is a sleeper one and done candidate, but I think it'll take him more than a year to figure out what kind of player he wants to be going forward. Does he still see himself as a scoring PG and will he still try to become one at NC St?

I also like Alex Abrines a lot even though he gets sporadic PT. To me he's like Rudy Fernandez with a much better physical build and tools. He's got a mature game and really knows how to move out there on the floor, especially coming off of screens and sliding into position for catch n shoot opps. I think the only thing that would prevent me from putting him higher up on the list is that he's likely a draft and stash candidate who won't immediately come over.

I'd put Michael Carter-Williams on this list instead of the PG list

I think Vander Blue is a break out candidate this yr for Marquette. He's a tad undersized, but he's a freak athlete with improving perimeter skills. I'd put him on my HM list.

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"a scorer on one of the top

"a scorer on one of the top teams in the country". You are getting Washington mixed up with UK. Washington won't even be a top 4 team in the PAC-12

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Bj young should be higher.

Bj young should be

higher.

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Shabazz Muhammad projected as

Shabazz Muhammad projected as a SF I guess...If Tim Hardaway gets his jumpshot going consistantly throughout the season he could creep up draft boards quite a bit.

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Marquette will need Vander

Marquette will need Vander Blue to play at a high level to compensate for the loss of Johnson Odom and Crowder. Blue has proven to be a top notch talent albeit inconsistantly and Marquette has proven to be one of the best programs in the world in developing gaurds and making sure they have professional basketball careers.

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Marquette will need Vander

Marquette will need Vander Blue to play at a high level to compensate for the loss of Johnson Odom and Crowder. Blue has proven to be a top notch talent albeit inconsistantly and Marquette has proven to be one of the best programs in the world in developing gaurds and making sure they have professional basketball careers.

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I 100% agree, Tim Hardaway is

I 100% agree, Tim Hardaway is a tad underrated IMO.

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Am i wrong

... or it seems a very poor class? (now, we'll see in future...)

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BJ young 15 pts/25 mins as a freshmen, very high shooting percentages, facilitator, insanely quick, that's a pretty solid prospect IMO.

Snaer will be very old, but boy can he defends, that's a valuable late 1st rounder, you know what u get.

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Wayne Blackshear doesn't even

Wayne Blackshear doesn't even get a mention? He missed nearly all of last year, but his physical tools and his pure stroke will make him a damn nice prospect - if not this year, then next

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Here What i Dont Get!

Ben McLemore is picked second on the shooting guards. The kid is a 20 yr old freshmen and they talk about his popential like hes young. He will be 21 early next year. Here is what i dont get. Ben is picked to go lottery why cant a senoir cant go lottery thats 21 and have popential and has already proven himself. i feel like the president it time for change with the draft. Draft kids that have prooven themself first and then take chances in the second round.

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Here What i Dont Get!

Ben McLemore is picked second on the shooting guards. The kid is a 20 yr old freshmen and they talk about his popential like hes young. He will be 21 early next year. Here is what i dont get. Ben is picked to go lottery why cant a senoir cant go lottery thats 21 and have popential and has already proven himself. i feel like the president it time for change with the draft. Draft kids that have prooven themself first and then take chances in the second round.

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BJ Young

If in fact you're lumping young into the 2s he is top 10.....

Also get used to the HEALTHY Wayne Blackshear you saw putting it on UK in the Final Four....he will be a first rounder by the end ofhis career

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1. Shabazz Muhammad - Will be

1. Shabazz Muhammad - Will be a SG in the NBA. Will also be the #1 overall pick in 2013 NBA Draft, barring some unforeseen misfortune or possible ineligibility.

2. Archie Goodwin - Being on Kentucky tends to inflate your draft stock due to heightened media exposure, and Goodwin actually has a lot of potential anyways.

3. Ben McLemore - Should be big at Kansas this year. Has ideal size and athleticism for an NBA SG.

4. P.J. Hairston - Was behind some very talented players who are now in the NBA. Shooting touch, strength, scorer's mentality will make him UNC's top scorer this year.

5. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Won't have much competition for scoring touches at Georgia, and has the scoring ability to capitalize on that, although Georgia will suck this year, which might prevent his stock reaching its full potential.

6. Jamaal Franklin - Amazing athlete, puts up monster stats.

7. Tim Hardaway Jr. - Has very good size, very good overall skillset, NBA genes, will be getting set up by Trey Burke all year.

8. Allen Crabbe - Needs to add strength, but if he does should find a place in the NBA. May have to wait until next year.

9. Reggie Bullock - I may be underestimating him because he is so undersized.

10. Wayne Blackshear - I am probably underestimating him severely, but his injury prevents me considering him a preseason first rounder.

Honorable Mention: Michael Snaer, Trey Zeigler, Durand Scott, C.J. Wilcox.

I consider Elijah Johnson, Marcus Smart and B.J. Young to be PG prospects, and Reggie Bullock to be a SF prospect.

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Forgot Kevin Parrom. He could

Forgot Kevin Parrom. He could actually be top 10, if he has fully recovered from being shot.

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