2011 Draft Preview: SHOOTING GUARDS
With the Cleveland's big day just about three weeks away, the Cavaliers could very well be looking to add wing players in this year's upcoming Draft.
Marshon Brooks – 6-5, 195 – Born: January 26, 1989 (Stone Mountain, GA) – College: Providence – Finished his senior season second in the country in scoring (24.6 ppg); uncanny ability to create his own shot; is as good off the dribble as with catch-and-shoot; has NBA three-point range; can get into the lane, great body control allows him to finish; just 6-5, but has enormous 7-1 wingspan; can score points in bunches; would flourish in a up-tempo system; above-average rebounder; has the body and quickness to be a solid defender at the next level; tends to over-dribble; some questionable shot selection; is not an elite athlete; will have to add strength, size; sporadic lack of intensity on the offensive end; doesn’t always get his teammates involved.
Alec Burks – 6-6, 193 – Born: July 20, 1991 (Grandview, MO) – College: Colorado – Not highly recruited out of high school and an afterthought when he first arrived in Colorado; one of the best scorers in college basketball (20.5 ppg); can create his own shot; gets to the line frequently and hits on 82 percent when he does; shot just 29 percent from three-point range last year; explosive slasher and strong finisher; good passer with a high basketball IQ; length and lateral quickness make him a solid defender; very versatile; one of the best-rebounding wing players in the Draft; scouts feel he still hasn’t reached his potential; quick first step; made big strides in a short time at Colorado; needs to add upper-body strength and his spot-up shooting.
Jordan Hamilton – 6-8, 228 – Born: October 6, 1990 (Los Angeles, CA) – College: Texas – Swingman from Texas emerged as one of the most dangerous scorers in college hoops last year; can score in a variety of ways and from almost anywhere on the floor; easily has NBA 3-point range; great shooting mechanics, with high release on jumper; strong rebounder for a wing player (7.7 rpg); terrific scoring instincts; better in catch-and-shoot situations than firing off the dribble; doesn’t have a great first step; tends to force shots and has been seen, at times, as a selfish player; poor defender at this point, not very physical with his opponent; suited for a fast-paced, up-tempo NBA team; is a high-volume shooter, but can score in bunches.
Tyler Honeycutt – 6-8, 187 – Born: July 15, 1990 (Sylmar, CA) – College: UCLA – At 6-8 with a wide wingspan, Honeycutt led the PAC-10 in blocked shots; could be a standout defender at the next level; averaged 1.5 steals per game; can play some small forward; solid rebounder despite skinny (188 lbs.) frame; decent mid-range game with fluid mechanics; despite some risky decisions, is usually a capable and willing passer; intense, hard-working and extremely competitive; struggles to create his own shot; will need to add serious bulk if he’s to guard forwards at the next level; doesn’t have great range with jumper; decent first step but not a great ball-handler; scouts somewhat concerned about his mental and physical toughness.
Klay Thompson – 6-7, 206 – Born: February 8, 1990 (Ladera Ranch, CA) – College: Washington State – Improved his scoring and passing greatly from sophomore to junior seasons at Washington State; relies heavily on the perimeter game offensively; constantly in motion, working to get open; excellent scoring instincts; most comfortable spotting up or coming off screens; deadly jumper; not a great athlete, but quick shot with a high release helps; doesn’t have dynamic first step; doesn’t mind contact at the rim, but not a great finisher; lacks the quickness or athleticism to become an elite defender; not a big upside; son of former NBA star Mychal Thompson; should have a defined role in the NBA; good with his left hand; better in the half court than the open floor; averaged 22.1 ppg as a junior.
Here's a group of slashers, scorers and playmakers who could be available should the Wine and Gold look into this year's crop of shooting guards ....