NBA Draft: Top 10 Point Guards
The point guard field is shallow this year, with only two worthy of lottery consideration and four potential first rounders. In fact, of the 10 listed below, only half or so are natural fits for the position. Teams will have to decide whether to go with a need or a want, especially when you consider the demand for point guard depth. Some of these guys might actually get a boost just for possessing the point guard label. Regardless, here are your top ten point guards who have declared for the 2012 NBA draft.
1. Kendall Marshall 6-4 180 PG UNC So.
Marshall could be the most precise and timely passer we've seen in years. He owns the vision, pass-first mentality and ability to consistently hit his target on the move that should land him a starting gig at the pro level. Though 6'4 with a mature mindset, Marshall lacks the upside of your typical first point guard off the board due to the inability to create his own offense and uninspiring athleticism. He did however look more comfortable spotting up in his senior year, which should at least bring promise to a previously determined area of concern. Details aside, Marshall is your consummate floor general and remains the best option for a team in search for a natural playmaker.
2. Damian Lillard 6-2 190 PG Weber St. Jr.
At 6'2, Lillard plays the point out of necessity, but his appeal as a prospect stems from his dynamic scoring prowess. Lillard averaged over 24 a game, doing so with volume and efficiency. He shot 40% from downtown on just under 3 makes per game, while turning it over 2.3 times despite dominating the ball. While he lacks point guard instincts, Lillard is difficult to contain, made evident by his 8 free throw attempts per game. Though few might question his ability to manage a half court set, he's simply too good of a basketball player to nitpick at his deficiencies. He becomes a steal if he slips out of the lottery.
3. Marquis Teague 6-2 180 PG Kentucky Fr.
It took Marquis a few months to adjust to his new environment, but his comfort level rose as the season progressed. An excellent athlete with a quick first step and admirable ball-handling skills, Teague has breakdown ability but struggled to efficiently pick and choose when to facilitate and when to attack. A highly-touted high school recruit, one inconsistent freshman year where he was surrounded by five future NBA players shouldn't dent his stock too much. Being the quarterback for a national champion should only help his cause.
4. Tony Wroten 6-5 195 PG/SG Washington Fr.
For a 6'5 guard, Wroten is a slick, creative ball-handler with shooting guard athleticism. He's mesmerizing off the dribble, attacking the rim with reckless abandon, sometimes to a fault. His weaknesses center around an inconsistent jump shot with minimal range, along with wild urges that need to be tamed. But he has the potential to create magic with the ball in his hands, and that's where he shines as a prospect. Whether this is a compliment or a knock, think Tyreke Evans.
5. Maalik Wayns 6-1 190 PG Villanova Jr.
Wayns passes the eye test with a sturdy frame, strong upper body and quickness with the ball in his hands. He's at his best in the open floor, doing a fine job of attacking space and finishing at the rim. His stock isn't as high as it was two years ago, as he's failed to improve upon his management of a half court set. His role will be best suited as a change of pace guard off the bench, which could eliminate bites from teams fishing in the first round. The fact that Villanova struggled mightily this year is just another negative that could diminish his general talent as a basketball player.
6. Tomas Satoransky 6-6 207 PG/SG Czech 1991
The top prospect at the 2011 Adidas Eurocamp, Satoransky has tremendous size and athleticism for a combo-guard. He's a capable ball-handler with a great feel for the game, and has the potential to be an effective pick and roll facilitator. Though not known for his shooting, Satoransky's versatility can help minimize his weaknesses, and allow him to contribute in departments that remain under-valued. Despite a disappointing season playing for a team that is a terrible fit for his abilities, he's said to be staying in this year's draft.
7. Scott Machado 6-1 180 PG Iona Sr.
One of the most unique and difficult prospects to evaluate, Machado lead the country in assists displaying extraordinary court-vision, poise and facilitating instincts. However there remain serious question marks surrounding the true orchestrator in regards to a possible transition to the next level. For starters, the defenses in the MAAC don't compare with those of major conferences. But Machado's primary uncertainty as a prospect stems from his questionable physical tools. Most 6'1 point guards make up for a lack of size with elite athleticism, quickness or explosiveness. Machado possesses neither of these qualities. Still, his ability get the ball where it needs to be when it needs to be there will trigger intrigue from GMs looking for a true distributor to spray the ball around to his featured scorers.
8. Andrew Albicy 5-10 180 PG (France) 1990
A diminutive point guard with great experience, Albicy shows floor general potential utilizing supreme quickness and point guard instincts. He's got incredible stop-to-start quickness off the hesitation dribble that allows him to attack the rim and beat his defender. A pest defending on the ball, Albicy's motor seems to be contagious, but at 5'10 he lacks the upside or promise of most regular rotational players. If he can continue improving his range and consistency shooting the ball, Albicy might have a shot at turning a few heads, especially after the success Isiah Thomas had as a rookie.
9. Josep Franch 6-3 180 PG Spain 1991
Franch is a natural point guard but lacks the athleticism to comfortably handle the NBA position. He's a crafty ball-handler and passer, always looking for his teammates after putting the ball on the floor. But with a target on his head defensively and an unreliable outside stroke, Franch is looking at the back of the 2nd as a best case scenario.
10. Tyshawn Taylor 6-2 190 PG/SG Kansas Sr.
At 6'4, Taylor sports ideal point guard size with off-guard athleticism. But his decision-making as a quarterback has been consistently erratic, which can generate fear from coaches who value ball-security and control. While his ability to efficiently manage an offense remains under question, his scoring instincts and physical tools should help off-set his deficiencies and give him a chance at landing a spot on an NBA roster.
Honorable Mention: , JCovan Brown 6-2 180 PG/SG Texas Jr., Dee Bost 6-2 190 PG Mississippi St. Sr., Ashton Gibbs 6-2 195 PG/SG Pittsburgh Sr., Jorge Gutierrez 6-4 195 PG/SG California Sr., Reggie Hamilton 5-11 180 PG Oakland Sr., Tu Holloway 5-11 185 PG Xavier Sr.,Scoop Jardine 6-1 192 PG Syracuse Jr., Nemanja Nedovic 6-3 190 PG Red Star (Serbia) 1991, Gerald Robinson 6-1 190 PG Georgia Sr., Zack Rosen 6-1 170 PG Penn Sr., Jordan Taylor 6-1 195 PG Wisconsin Sr., Casper Ware 5-10 180 PG Long Beach State Sr.,
Wroten isn't a PG. I can't see him playing the 1 because he's such a poor decision maker. He plays a dumb brand of basketball. He's an overrated passer as well since he's such a poor decision maker. If a player attempts a lot of passes that he shouldnt, is he really a good a passer? Kid plays like a streetballer. Really awful bball iq. 1st round talent with 3rd round game and 4th round mentality.
And Teague is a 1st round talent with 2nd round game. His PG skills are garbage.
8 guys at best will be drafted from this group. Wroten and Satoransky are combo guards, which usually means they will play more SG than PG.
I'm also not sold on Kendal Marshall. No doubt he's a great playmaker, but I worry how his other dimensions will translate at the next level.
Teague is the best prospect
ok, wait a second. First off, guys like Satoranskyy make it, but Nedovic doesnt? Nedovic is a legit POINT guard, satoranksy isnt. Wroten isnt a point either. Will never play pg in the NBA. And JaCoven Brown, Jordan Taylor, Tu Holloway and Dee Bost arent on the list???? this is really a pointless list phoned in by someone in a rush. How in the world does Franch make the list (I heard he's not coming over anyway) but Holloway not? And I wouldnt make Marshall the top PG> He cant defend. He cant shoot. Great....top pick for sure. Teague is probably second round...I bet Tyshawn goes ahead of him.. IN fact I bet Tyshawn ends up going ahead of marshall and for sure Lillard does.
First of all Wroten averaged like 16 5 and 4 and was shooting around 47% for the majority of the season. That's not "3rd round" game. And what do you doubt about Kendall Marshall? We all know he won't be a good defender, and he's not a good finisher, but after that? He showed a huge improvement in his jumper and in his overall scoring as the season went on. He's got great size, a great handle and unbelievable PG skills.
It's weird how you don't like the flashy guy who lacks decision making and true PG skills, yet you also dislike the best pure PG is the past few drafts at the same time.
^^^Like I said, I love Marshall's passing ability, but I just wonder how his other dimensions like defense and scoring are going to translate because the NBA is on a whole nother level with size and athleticism.
I'd take over all the other PGs though, but I feel that's kind of a testament of how weak this PG class is.
"He did however look more comfortable spotting up in his senior year, which should at least bring promise to a previously determined area of concern."
Isn't Marshall a sophmore?
Shaky group and Tu Holloway is actually better than everyone you got after Wroten.
Albicy is a a sleeper, probably goes late round 2 to a team like San Antonio, Dallas, or LA, but he has potential to make a JJ Barrea type impact. His speed and quickness will cause problems for bigger point guards. Barrea has kind of laid the script how small guys like that can succeed in the NBA.
I agree with everything said about Albicy, even like him possibly better than Barrea- but the only thing I don't get is- I don't see him on the early entry list. Didn't see him listed with the international players listed eligible. Am I missing something? I even took the dude off my mock pool based on not finding him on an early entry/international players eligible list. If he is indeed coming out this year, I will put him in my draft again... What's the scoop on him?
FUNKYBUNCH - 1990 guys are eligible this year.
Weakest PG class in a while. I like Marshall but he isn't going to be anything great. Teague will be no better than his brother. I haven't seen enough of Lillard to make a good assessment. The rest of the guys are going to have average careers at best.
Wroten > Teague.
both have there obvious(similar) flaws, but Wroten has more upside.
Malik Wayans at #5? I think there is a good chance he won't get drafted. Doesn't have a legit college 3 point shot, let alone an NBA one, kind of a chucker, a solid frame but poor length.
Wayans also shot 30% against ranked opponents this season. I think he's just another short, inefficient Villanova point guard who will fail to make the jump to the next level.