2013 Draft Preview: SHOOTING GUARDS

June 18, 2013
by Joe Gabriele
Cavs.com Managing Editor

With just over a week remaining until the Cavaliers are (officially) on the clock in the 2013 NBA Draft, Cavs.com continues to break down the prospects, position-by-position.

Some of this year’s most highly-regarded candidates are the high-fliers from the shooting guard position. The Wine and Gold addressed the two last year, but there’s no guarantee they won’t double-down when June 27 rolls around.

With that in mind, here’s what the scouts have said about some of the top shooting guards in this year’s Draft …

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – 6-6, 205 – Born: February 18, 1993 – (Greenville, GA) – College: Georgia –- deadly shooter with ideal two-guard size; huge improvement in points, rebounds and assists from freshman to sophomore seasons at Georgia; explosive offensive talent; able to make very difficult shots off the dribble; very efficient in the pick-and-roll; one of the top rebounding guards (7.1 rpg) in the country last season; somewhat raw as a ball-handler and finisher; strong defender, moves well laterally and gets into passing lanes; converts defense into offensive opportunities, averaged two steals per contest in sophomore season; good-but-not great wingspan; isn’t a very good playmaker, doesn’t look to involve teammates; can be turnover-prone; productivity sometimes relies solely on perimeter success; should be a solid two-way player at the next level

Allen Crabbe – 6-6, 197 – Born: April 4, 1992 – (Los Angeles, CA) – College: Cal –- wiry athlete with pure shooting stroke; very quick player, both off the dribble and in the open court; textbook shooting form; was a one-man show at Cal who succeeded despite being focal point every night; moves very well without the ball; outstanding footwork; uses good size and athleticism to be an effective on-ball defender; needs to add some bulk at next level; has somewhat of a ‘relaxed’ demeanor on the court; average ball-handler; not a great playmaker; struggles a bit to create for himself or his teammates off the dribble; doesn’t have elite-athlete-level explosiveness; has excellent range, could develop into a 3-point specialist, but also has full repertoire, including strong mid-range game; can be more aggressive on both ends of the floor

Tim Hardaway Jr. – 6-6, 200 – Born: March 16, 1992 – (Miami, FL) – College: Michigan –- re-established his stock after returning to Michigan for his junior season and was second-leading scorer on a team that reached the National Championship; solid three-point shooter; excellent in transition, great finisher off the break; overall, very strong body of work; moves well without the ball; very confident, assertive ballplayer; excellent maturity and perspective as the son of a former pro; doesn’t have an explosive first step; although numbers didn’t increase greatly during his three-year stay at Michigan, his effectiveness did; needs to add some muscle to thin frame; hard-worker and tough competitor; solid but not strong defender, lacks lateral foot speed; doesn’t have a well-developed mid-range game; might have reached his ceiling; seen as a rotation player at the next level

Ben McLemore – 6-5, 190 – Born: February 11, 1993 – (St. Louis, MO) – College: Kansas –- prototypical shooting guard; elite athlete, maybe the most explosive in college ball last year; shooting numbers in final year at Kansas were better than last Draft’s top shooter, Bradley Beal’s; unselfish, solid team player, likes to create for others; very coachable player; plays within himself and doesn’t get out of control, almost to a fault; a beast on alley-oops, especially off back-door cuts; might just be scratching the surface of his potential; tends to ‘blend in’ and sometimes isn’t as aggressive as he should be; chiseled 6-5 frame with good-but-not-great wingspan; needs work on his ball-handling; can be a streaky shooter; not a standout defender, but is such an elite athlete, teams believe he can be; Kansas coach Bill Self said he was the most talented kid he’d ever coached

Victor Oladipo – 6-4, 213 – Born: May 4, 1992 – (Upper Marlboro, MD) – College: Indiana –- explosive pure athlete and relentless defender; should be able to guard all three perimeter positions at the next level; fantastic finisher around the rim; excelled in arguable the toughest conference in the country; doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective; better on the catch-and-shoot than on the move; tough, gritty player; improved his FT percentage 14 points from freshman to sophomore seasons at Indiana; best in transition offense, can get up and down the floor in a blur; jumper mechanics need work; doesn’t have a go-to offensive move; not a great ball-handler and can be turnover-prone; can be out of control, but forgiven because of how hard he plays; hard worker on both ends of the floor; greatly impressed teams in interviews at the Combine