NBA Draft: Top 10 Shooting Guards

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:10am

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1. RJ Barrett, Duke

RJ BarrettRJ BarrettConsidered a lock to go 3rd overall to the Knicks, Barrett averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, and four assists per game as a freshman. To call him ball dominant guard would be an understatement. He’s wired to attack the basket using hesitation moves and his effective Euro-step. He's got a bit of an unorthodox style lacking great fluidity in movement or his shot. He’s strong at finishing through contact and displays his physical brand of play with 8 boards a game. He also showed the ability to be a secondary playmaker for his team, averaging over four assists per game. In today’s league, teams value playmakers at as many positions as possible. In transition, he’s almost automatic at the rim. He will be exceptionally effective on a team that likes to push the pace. His jump shot however, remains a work in progress. He shot just under 31% from the three-point line this past season, so obviously improving his efficiency is imparative. As a shooting guard in today’s game, Barrett needs to develop a consistent long-range stroke. Teams will be able to sag off of him and disrupt the flow of the offense. A bigger issue then his lack of a consistent long-range shot, is his over-confidence in it. At the free throw line, he struggled, shooting only 66% from the stripe which raises further questions about his ability to improve as a shooter. His decision making in the half court needs work, as he has a tendency to play hero ball. On the defensive end of the floor, he shows mental lapses at times. For his level of athleticism, he should be a higher caliber defender. But his ability to impact games and overall skill level and potential makes him the obvious choice at 3 and a player with a chance to be an important building block for a long struggling franchise.

2. Kelden Johnson, Kentucky

He is an athletic wing that plays with great determination and heart. He has an explosive first step that he uses to blow by his defenders. He is great at finishing around the rim during straight line drives. He averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game last season. He demonstrated his ability to get on the boards as a 6-6 shooting guard. His three-point shooting ability is good, though he could work on his consistency. He’s a creative ballhandler and uses his crafty moves to get where he wants on the floor. He’s adept at playing off the ball as he’s good at finding open spots on the floor. He’s a very good perimeter defender and has a willingness to fight through screens. His length allows him to give opposing ball handlers problems. He struggles being a playmaker for his teammates, he averaged as many turnovers as he did assists. He needs to build strength on his frame. At times he hesitates to shoot three-pointers, which can stall an offense. He’ll need to develop more confidence in his long-range stroke. As of right now, he looks like the ideal 3 & D player that teams covet a lot in the NBA today. His athleticism gives him the ability to drive to the basket but at times he can get out of control and end up turning the ball over. But there's plenty to lick about his long term potential.

3. Jarret Culver, Texas Tech

At 6-6, and with a 6'9 wingspan, Culver has the size to cover both 2s and 3s in today’s game. With thick legs and a sturdy frame, he should have no problem adding the necessary weight to handle the strength of players at the next level. He led the Raiders in scoring this season at 18.5 points per game, while being the primary distributor for his team. He was involved in 35% of his team’s offense this season. He’s crafty attacking the basket, as he’s shown a variety of moves that he uses to score once he's in the lane. In his team’s defensive system, he displayed good instincts. He shows consistent effort and quick hands. His all-around offensive game allows him to keep defenders off balance. He improved on his playmaking this past season with improved vision. For all the positives, there are also some His three point shot needs work, he only shot 30% this past season. That won’t cut it at the next level. He’ll need to improve his handle in the NBA, and his ability to not only make shots but create open looks. Due to the fact that he's not an elite level athlete and lacks a reliable outside shot at this point, it must be pointed out that he appears to be a bit overrated for this year's NBA draft with lofty top 5 projections. He is graded as a late lottery pick to mid first rounder by this site, but he's one of the draft's top individuals so the floor is relatively high, as long as teams keeps their expectations for him in check.

4. Romeo Langford, Indiana

Langford is an athletic shooting guard with a large wingspan. His strength lies in creating scoring opportunities off the dribble and finishing through contact once he gets to the basket. His length allows him to get shots over bigger defenders. He is dangerous when he gets out in transition as he is aggressive hunting his shot. Without the ball, he is great at filling the lanes. He’s also a quality offensive rebounder for a guard. He shows solid ability to facilitate the pick and roll for a 2-guard. He’s a solid defender with active hands and with his physical tools, he has the potential to be an excellent defender. His intensity level remains one of his main drawbacks, and he seems to have trouble staying locked in at all times during the game. He only managed to hit 27% of his three pointers last season, while shooting almost four a game. he obviously doesn't lack for confidence, however, he shot the hoosiers out of a number of games with his high volume approach. He can also be too careless with the ball, which leads to turnovers. He is a talented player, but struggled to live up to expectations this season, as his efficiency just didn't match his volume.

5. Nickeil Alexander Walker, Virginia Tech

Alexander-Walker is a versatile player who has efficient numbers. He has the skills to play both the shooting guard and spot duty at the point guard position. He’s able to play effectively whether on or off the ball. He’s great at running off screens as well as running the team’s offense. His movement without the basketball created openings around the court for teammates. He is a crafty finisher around the rim. He is a good shooter from distance, as he shot 38% throughout his college career. NBA teams will value the spacing he will give to offenses. He led his team in scoring while shooting efficiently. He struggles to finish through contact however. He also keeps his head down when driving and forces bad passes in traffic. He needs to work on getting stronger as his slight frame allows him to get bullied by opposing defenders. He’s a streaky shooter at times and lacks explosiveness on his first step off the dribble. His court vision must show improvement in order to take his game to the next level. He projects as a complimentary player as he lacks an alpha type personality to take over games.

6. Tyler Herro, Kentucky

Herro is a score first shooting guard who has a knack for finding his shot. Whether it is coming off screens or using his step back jumper to create space. He is a great free throw shooter, having hit 93.5% of them this past season. He has an underrated ability to get to the rim in half court sets. On the defensive end of the floor, he’s improved in his understanding of help defense as well as being good at playing the passing lanes. In transition, his pullup jumper is a reliable way for him to get points. He lacks length, as well as lacking ideal size for an NBA shooting guard. He’s not a good ball handler, which is worrisome, and he is very streaky. To often he has gone cold from behind the arc. His lateral quickness is lacking, which leads him to having problems defending smaller and quicker players on the perimeter. His playmaking is lacking, and he has trouble making simple passes which can stall the offense and creates turnovers.

7. Dylan Windler, Belmont

Windler is a deadeye marksman. He knocked down 43% of his three pointers, shooting seven attempts per game. He’s excellent at catch and shoot or on the move. He moves well without the basketball and is unselfish with the ball and is willing to pass to open teammates. He doesn’t just score off shooting however, he’s great at reading defenses and cutting backdoor for layups. He’s a great rebounder for a shooting guard, he averaged almost 11 a game this season. He has sneaky athleticism that you wouldn’t expect to be able to do some of the things he does currently. He doesn’t attack the basket when he has the ball in his hands. Like a lot of the other shooting guards on this list, he needs to add strength to his frame. His ceiling isn’t that high due to the fac that he will turn 23 years old before his first game. He will have to rely more on running off screens rather than trying to take his man off the dribble. He’s a solid ball handler, but nothing spectacular off the dribble.

8. Kevin Porter, USC

Porter is a talented wing, who has had trouble with discipline and maturity. He’s patterned his game after James Harden, however he's a far cry from Harden from an impacting games standpoint. Harden was a stone cold winner both in high school and college, and Porter has had a hard time staying focused enough to stay on the court, much less affect the outcome of games. An awfully generous comparison, as one was a college star while the other was not able to average double figures at the college level. He's had run ins with his coaches at USC and doesn't seem to completely grasp the concept of team basketball at this point. JR Smith would seem to be a more appropriate "generous comparison". He's a talented athlete and has some creative dribbling moves. He excels in isolation where his scoring ability is apparent. But at times he can be too ball dominant and it's unclear how his style fits in if he's relegated to being a role player, or how he will be able to handle failure and challenges, and NBA life in general. He did display good three-point shooting ability in his one year, connecting on 28 of 68 good for 41%. But his free throw shooting was a troublesome 52%. His shot mechanics are very unorthodox, which could make extending out to the NBA three line a challenge. He showed a solid, though unspectacular 34-inch vertical at the NBA Draft Combine. He grades out as an extremely high risk, high reward, late first to early second round pick, (35th overall prospect on our top 100 big board) who a number of teams just wouldn't draft due to off court concerns and lack of a team concept.

9. Terence Mann Florida State

At 6’7, he’s a jack of all trades type. He can be a great slasher in the NBA with his ability to finish at the rim. He has an explosive first step that he uses to get into the lane. He has the physical ability to dunk on whoever is trying to stop him from putting the ball in the hoop. He has improved his ability to score on the move. His shooting ability can make him a great threat at the next level, he shot 39% from beyond the arc last season. On the defensive end of the floor, he’s improved in his ability to guard the ball. He’s unselfish to a fault when trying to get his teammates involved, rather than trying to score himself at times. His scoring number can attest to that. He must improve his ball handling ability in order to take his game to the next level. He has a bad tendency to disappear at the end of big games due to his lack of variety of ways to score.

10. Jaylen Nowell, Washington

Nowell is a combo guard with solid athleticism. He’s most effective when he isolates opposing defenders. He’s capable of initiating the team’s offense. He’s adept at moving without the ball in his hands. On the defensive end of the court, he has displayed high IQ. He knows where to be and does a good job at forcing turnovers. He has a lot of confidence in his jump shooting, he hit 44% of his three pointers last season, knocking down 51 on the year. He’s a great finisher and excels in the open court. At 6’4, he’s undersized for a shooting guard but plays with energy and has a good motor. Due to being able to hit tough shots, he will sometimes force up difficult shots in traffic. He averaged almost three turnovers per game, so he must improve his ball security. He only averaged 3.1 assists per game, he must work on becoming a better facilitator. He regressed in his free throw shooting; he went from 80% to 77%. The main concern with Nowell is his size and position.

Honorable Mention

Tyus Battle 6-6 205 SG Syracuse Jr., Ignas Brazdeikis 6-7 220 SF Michigan Fr., Phil Booth 6-3 195 SG Villanova Sr., Charlie Brown 6-7 200 SG St. Joseph's So., Terence Davis 6-4 190 PG/SG Mississippi Sr., [Player: Aubrey Dawkins 6-6 205 SG/SF Central Florida Jr., Torin Dorn 6-5 205 SG NC State Sr., Luguentz Dort 6-4 220 SG Arizona St. Fr., Tyler Hall 6-4 210 SG Montana St. Sr., Amir Hinton 6-5 190 PG/SG N/A Jr., Karim Jallow 6-7 205 SG MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg 1997, Matas Jogela 6-7 190 SG/SF Dzūkija Alytus 1998, John Konchar 6-5 210 SG Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Sr., Marcos Louzada Silva 6-5 190 SG SESI/Franca 1999, Fletcher Magee 6-4 195 SG USA Sr., Vanja Marinkovic 6-7 195 SG/SF KK Partizan 1997, CJ Massinburg 6-3 195 SG Buffalo Sr., Charles Matthews 6-6 195 SG Michigan Jr., Matt McQuaid 6-4 200 SG Michigan St. Sr., Adam Mokoka 6-5 210 SG Mega Bemax 1998, Matt Morgan 6-2 180 SG Cornell Sr., Zach Norvell 6-6 205 SG Gonzaga So., Jaylen Nowell 6-4 200 PG/SG Washington So., James Palmer 6-6 210 SG Nebraska Sr., Jordan Poole 6-5 190 PG/SG Michigan So., Brandon Randolph 6-5 180 SG Arizona So.

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Wow. The top four shooting

Wow. The top four shooting guards on this list can't, uhh, SHOOT.

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