2010 NBA Draft: Guard Preview II
June 21st, 2010 By DraftNasty Staff Reports
With the overflow of guards present in last year's NBA Draft, many questioned the amount of talent available at the position in this year's class. As we've mentioned in some of our earlier NBA Draft previews, the cupboard is far from bare in 2010 at the position. Players such as South Carolina's Devan Downey (pictured far right above) are just hoping to get drafted, despite being dominant at times in the SEC. DraftNasty insider Justin Van Fulpen gives us his thoughts on what to expect of this year's crop of guards.
1. John Wall, Kentucky, 6-4 196 (PG) - Wall is the best prospect in this year's draft and will be the number one overall pick. He has the athletic ability to be a top point guard in the NBA who can also score.
2. Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky, 6-1 192 (PG) – Bledsoe is a risky pick high in the draft, but could turn out to be to a very good NBA player. He has good quickness and speed, but scouts worry about his ability to run a team at the point.
3. Armon Johnson, Nevada, 6-3 190 (PG) – Johnson is a scoring point guard who has all the athleticism to be a top notch point guard in the NBA. He could be a steal for some team.
4. Terrico White, Mississippi, 6-5 203 (PG/SG) – White is a good overall athlete, who some feel could play shooting guard, but is an above average playmaker. Some scouts knock his work ethic and feel he could be a harder worker.
5. Willie Warren, Oklahoma, 6-4 208 (PG/SG) – Warren is a combo guard who some people think would fit more natural at the shooting guard position. He didn’t have a great season and had some off the court issues that are a concern to some scouts.
6. Mikhail Torrance, Alabama, 6-5 210 (PG/SG) – Torrance is a good overall point guard with decent size, but needs to become a better overall shooter. If he can do that, he could be a very good player in the NBA.
7. Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, 6-6 211 (PG/SG) – Vasquez has good size and had a good overall senior season, displaying good leadership ability. He has had outstanding individual workouts and is a player who is rising up boards.
8. Sherron Collins, Kansas, 5-11 217 (PG) - Collins lacks great height, but is a strong player with good quickness. He is a good shooter, who with his lack of height, most likely will be a backup point guard in the NBA.
9. Alexey Shved, Dynamo Moscow, 6-5 161 (PG) – Shved has good height for a point guard but needs to get stronger. Most likely will be a player a team drafts and keeps overseas to develop.
10. Denis Clemente, Kansas State, 6-0 175 (PG) – Clemente had a great senior season and is a very good scoring point guard. Lacks upside, but he is a guy who could come off the bench and provide some scoring and energy.
11. Jerome Randle, California, 5-10 160 (PG) – Randle lacks height, but has the ability to be a good backup point guard because he is a good shooter and makes good decisions with the ball.
12. Ben Uzoh, Tulsa 6-3 200 (PG/SG) – Uzoh has a 6-9 wingspan. When you combine that with his outstanding leaping ability and overall athleticism, it makes him a late round prospect.
1. Evan Turner, Ohio State, 6-7 214 (SG) – If John Wall wasn’t in this year's draft, Turner would be the number one overall pick, and some feel that Turner will be the better overall player. He has improved his shooting ability and continued to improve. He could be a superstar in the NBA.
2. Xavier Henry, Kansas, 6-6 210 (SG) – Henry is a strong guard who is a very good shooter, and has all the ability to be a very good shooting guard in the NBA. Some scouts just want to see him be more aggressive going to the basket.
3. Avery Bradley, Texas, 6-3 180 (SG) – Bradley doesn’t have outstanding height for a shooting guard but is an outstanding athlete which helps him make up for the deficiency. Because of his great athleticism, he is a very good defender and could be a pick in the teens to twenties of Thursday's first round.
4. James Anderson, Oklahoma State, 6-6 208 (SG) – Anderson was a big time scorer in college and his shot improved as the season went on last year and many feel he can be a good scorer in the NBA. Anderson has not been spectacular in pre-draft workouts and his star has fallen as of late.
5. Dominique Jones, South Florida, 6-4 216 (SG) – Jones has been one of this year’s biggest risers late in the draft process. He is a big time scorer who needs to improve his jump shot, and if he does that, could be a solid player in the NBA.
6. Elliot Williams, Memphis, 6-4 180 (SG) – Williams has good quickness, but needs to improve his outside shot to be a big time scorer at the next level. He also needs to get stronger.
7. Lance Stephenson, Cincinnati, 6-6 227 (SG) - Stephenson was one player people thought should have gone back to school, but now that we have gotten into the pre-draft process, he has been one of the players that NBA teams have been very interested in late in the 1st round. He is a very good one-on-one player and can create his own shot, but is still very raw.
8. Jordan Crawford, Xavier, 6-4 198 (SG) – Crawford is a very good catch and shoot player, and because of that, could sneak late into the first round.
9. Manny Harris, Michigan, 6-5 185 (SG) – Harris has shown ability to be a pure scorer and can pass the basketball and slash to the basket.
10. Aubrey Coleman, Houston, 6-2 200 (SG) – Coleman was a big time scorer at Houston last season, but lacks great height and the physical ability to be a big time scorer in the NBA. He does work hard and gives good effort, and should be a nice addition coming off someone's bench.
11. Sylven Landesberg, Virginia, 6-6 185 (SG) – Landesberg has good size and athletic ability for a shooting guard, but should have stayed in school.
12. Jon Scheyer, Duke, 6-5 180 (SG) – Scheyer is never going to be a star in the NBA, but he is a very smart basketball player, who works hard and can shoot the basketball. With those skills, if he can show the ability to guard shooting guards in the NBA, could have a nice career.
Justin VanFulpen-DraftNasty Insider
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