June 22, 2011

2011 Point Guard Prospects

#1 Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

*All listed player heights are measured with shoes on, and rounded to the nearest whole number.

(Player age is how old they will be on June 23rd - the date of the 2011 NBA Draft)


1. Kyrie Irving
Experience: Freshman | School: Duke | Age: 19
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 191 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'4"
Hand Length: 8.3 in. | Hand Width: 9.3 in. | Projected: Top 2 Pick


Analysis:
It is very interesting that Irving did not participate at the Combine. Is he hiding something? He is not a lock for the number one pick, so it makes you question the decision. (5/21/11)

Irving is the top point guard prospect in the draft, and has drawn some comparisons to Chris Paul. He is a true point guard, and his strengths are his quickness, passing skills, decision making, and shooting ability. However, durability is a concern as he missed most of his freshman season. Also, he doesn't have elite athleticism and is not a great defender. Still, he his the best player in the draft, and could be the number one overall pick. (5/21/11)

Season Stats:
17.5 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, (53% FG)




2. Brandon Knight
Experience: Freshman | School: Kentucky | Age: 18
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 177 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'6.75"
Hand Length: 8.3 in. | Hand Width: 9.5 in. | Projected: Pick 3-7


Analysis:
Knight made his case to be a potential top five draft pick with his strong play in the NCAA tournament. He made some clutch shots through out, and showed how talented of a player he is. He is a great scorer, who can shoot from deep and/or drive to the lane. He isn't a true point guard as of yet, but he has the potential. (5/21/11)

Season Stats:
17.3 PPG, 4.2 APG, 4.0 RPG, (42% FG)




3. Kemba Walker
Experience: Junior | School: Connecticut | Age: 21
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 184 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'3.5"
Hand Length: 8.0 in. | Hand Width: 9.0 in. | Projected: Pick 3-13


Analysis:
Walker will be ready to contribute right away for an NBA team with scoring off the bench. He is undersized, and not a true point guard right now but he can definitely get his teammates involved, though he isn't a great passer. He often forces the issue, taking bad shots or making poor decisions. He isn't a lethal shooter, but he is a great competitor who should make a smooth transtition to the NBA. (5/21/11)


Season Stats:
23.5 PPG, 4.5 APG, 5.4 RPG, (43% FG)




4. Jimmer Fredette
Experience: Senior | School: BYU | Age: 22
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 196 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'4.5"
Hand Length: 8.0 in. | Hand Width: 8.5 in. | Projected: Pick 7-17


Analysis:
Fredette is a very coachable and likable player. He is a high character guy with a great work ethic. From a basketball stand point, he has unlimited range on his jumper, and can flat out score. He has proven that he can develop into a true point guard at the next level due to his outstanding court vision and solid passing skills. Though he lacks elite athleticism and is not a great defender, he is still going to contribute for an NBA team and play at a high level. (5/21/11)

Season Stats:
28.9 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, (45% FG)




5. Darius Morris
Experience: Sophomore | School: Michigan | Age: 20
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 190 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'7.5"
Hand Length: 8.8 in. | Hand Width: 10.0 in. | Projected: Pick 17-27


Analysis:
Morris is one of the few prospects in the draft that is a defined point guard. His 6-5, 190 pound frame allows him to overpower defenders, as well as being a solid defender himself. His offensive game needs improvement, especially his three point shooting, but he looks like a first round prospect. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
15.0 PPG, 6.7 APG, 4.0 RPG, (49% FG)




6. Nolan Smith
Experience: Senior | School: Duke | Age: 22
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 188 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'5.5"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 9.3 in. | Projected: Pick 21-Early 2nd


Analysis:
Nolan Smith is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is great leader and he has a high basketball IQ. He is best suited to run the point, but should easily be able to play the 2 guard. He has a great overall skill set, but he will likely be a second round pick because he doesn't separate himself from other prospects in the draft. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
20.6 PPG, 5.1 APG, 4.5 RPG, (46% FG)




7. Reggie Jackson
Experience: Junior | School: Boston College | Age: 21
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 208 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Pick 21-31


Analysis:
Jackson is a combo guard who projects as a point guard in the NBA. His elite athleticism allows him to play bigger than he actually is. He needs to improve his jumpshot and continue to develop his passing skills, as he is not a true point guard. Many teams are high on him which is good for his stock, but in reality he has a ways to go. (5/21/11)

Season Stats:
18.4 PPG, 4.5 APG, 4.3 RPG, (50% FG)




8. Norris Cole
Experience: Senior | School: Cleveland State | Age: 22
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 174 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'2.25"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 9.5 in. | Projected: Late 1st-Early 2nd


Analysis:
Norris Cole is a true point guard. He is a great ball handler, he's quick off the dribble, and he is a good scorer. Each year in college he improved drastically, drawing a lot of attention from scouts. Cole has a great feel for the game, and is a great passer. The only thing keeping him from being a first round lock is the level of competition he faced. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
21.7 PPG, 5.3 APG, 5.8 RPG, (44% FG)




9. Malcolm Lee
Experience: Junior | School: UCLA | Age: 20
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 198 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'9.75"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 9.5 in. | Projected: Early-Mid 2nd


Analysis:
Malcolm Lee measured in as the tallest point guard in the draft at just under 6-6. He is labeled as a combo guard, who will have to improve his skills if he wants to be a lead guard. Also, he lacks strength and the all around skills to be a 2 guard. (5/22/11)

Season Stats:
13.1 PPG, 2.0 APG, 3.1 RPG, (44% FG)




10. Iman Shumpert
Experience: Junior | School: Georgia Tech | Age: 20
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 222 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'9.5"
Hand Length: 9.0 in. | Hand Width: 9.0 in. | Projected: Pick 17-Mid 2nd


Analysis:
Iman Shumpert is the biggest point guard in the draft. He will be a nightmre for opposing defenders as a lead guard with shooting guard size. He can fly out of the gym, and he can get to the rim effectively. However, he isn't a pure point guard at this point, and will be limited to the position due to his lack of shooting ability. (5/22/11)


Season Stats:
17.3 PPG, 3.5 APG, 5.9 RPG, (41% FG)




11. Shelvin Mack
Experience: Junior | School: Butler | Age: 22
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 209 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'7.5"
Hand Length: 8.3 in. | Hand Width: 9.3 in. | Projected: Mid-Late 2nd


Analysis:
Shelvin Mack has a been a big part of Butler's championship teams. He can generate instant offense, and not to mention he is an excellent jump shooter. He still has to progress as a lead guard, but for now should be a solid role player in the NBA. (5/28/11)

Season Stats:
16.0 PPG, 3.4 APG, 4.5 RPG,(41% FG)




12. Cory Joseph
Experience: Freshman | School: Texas | Age: 20
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 185 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Mid-Late 2nd


Analysis:
N/A

Season Stats:
10.4 PPG, 3.0 APG, 3.6 RPG, (42% FG)




13. Isaiah Thomas
Experience: Junior | School: Washington | Age: 22
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 186 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
N/A

Season Stats:
16.8 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.5 RPG, (45% FG)




14. Ben Hansbrough
Experience: Senior | School: Notre Dame | Age: 23
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 203 lbs. | Wingspan: N/A
Hand Length: N/A | Hand Width: N/A | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
N/A

Season Stats:
18.4 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.9 RPG, (48% FG)




15. Demetri McCamey
Experience: Senior | School: Illinois | Age: 22
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 204 lbs. | Wingspan: 6'6.25"
Hand Length: 8.5 in. | Hand Width: 9.0 in. | Projected: Late 2nd-Undrafted


Analysis:
McCamey is a true point guard. Unfortunately, he saw his draft stock slip with poor play down the stretch. He apparently had a solid combine, which helps his cause. But there are still some concerns. (5/28/11)

Season Stats:
14.6 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.4 RPG, (45% FG)