2014 NBA Draft: Top 5 Guards

The 2014 NBA Draft is a few days away and will take place on Thursday June 26th.  The Documented Handicappers have listed the Top 5 NBA prospects at each position:

Point Guard

1.  Dante Exum (6-6/Australia)

A tall point guard with a large wing span that is getting compared to Michael Carter-Willaims of the 76ers but may have a higher ceiling.  One of the reasons why the 76ers may trade MCW and draft Exum.

2.  Marcus Smart (6-3/Oklahoma State)

Exum may be picked higher than Smart but Marcus Smart has proven his ability in the US with having a nice year at Oklahoma State.  His suspension for pushing a fan at Texas Tech may have brought up questions about his character and hurt his draft stock.

3.  Tyler Enis (6-2/Syracuse)

A true point guard but there are many questions about his shot making ability and defense.  He is young and would benefit by going to a team where he can back up and learn the NBA game.

4.  Zach Levine (6-6/UCLA)

Another freshman entering the draft, Zach Levine, has some serious hops, 46″ vertical to be exact.  However, there are concerns about ball handling if he projects as a PG at the next level.  Another young prospect that needs development.

5.  Shabazz Napier (6-1/UCONN)

Napier, a senior, is a proven winner as he leaves UCONN with 2 National Championships.  He would be a higher draft pick but is small compared to the rest of the PG class at 6’1.  His experience and maturity may make up for his lack his size which would fare well with a young team.

Shooting Guard

1.  Andrew Wiggins (6-8/Kansas)

Perhaps the #1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, is the 2014 NBA Draft poster boy.  He is the one receiving all the hype and many feel he has the highest ceiling if it can be coached out of him.  Many feel he lacks the “killer instinct” and leadership skills but after all he is only 19.

2.  Gary Harris (6-4/Michigan State)

Harris seems to fit the Tom Izzo PG mold which include intelligence, versatile and polished in all aspects of his game.  He is slightly undersized for 2 guard but may fit in well with a team like the 76ers that have an established PG that can get him looks.

3.  Nik Stuaskas (6-6/Michigan)

A 6-6 shooting guard that has faired well shooting from outside the arc.  Defense and frame will be a concern in the NBA.

4.  James Young (6-7/Kentucky)

A good shooter but not great and he only relies on the jump shot.  In the NBA he will need to learn how to attack the rim.

5.  P.J. Hairston (6-5/UNC)

Hairston was sidelined for an NCAA rules violation so he spent the previous season in the D-League.  Character issues are a concern but he brings great size and strength and certainly benefited by playing in the D-League this past season.

By RC Blevins

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