2010 Draft Preview: POINT GUARDS
As it stands now, the Cavaliers don't have any selections on Thursday night, but anything can happen between now and then. As the 2010 NBA Draft approaches, we'll still be taking a look at some potential picks.
Eric Bledsoe – 6-1, 192 – Born: October 23, 1990 (Birmingham, AL) – College: Kentucky – One of the Draft’s fast-risers; coming off a great freshman season, but could possibly use more seasoning; 6-1 with 6-8 wingspan; went against John Wall every day in practice; wrapped up lone season in Lexington averaging 11.3 ppg, 2.9 apg; off-the-charts explosiveness and athleticism, speed and ability to change direction – might even be quicker than Wall; shot 41 pct. from three-point range; slightly turnover-prone; played mostly two-guard next to Wall; powerful frame that can add weight and muscle; emotional, passionate; tough and willing defender.
Sherron Collins – 5-11, 217 – Born: March 18, 1987 (Chicago, IL) – College: Kansas – Stocky frame and slightly prone to weight issues, but has shown up chiseled for workouts; excellent ball-handler; at 5-11, won’t play any two-guard in the pros; lightning quick; natural leader and four-year player with National Championship experience; scorer’s mentality; clutch player; impressed scouts with passing and playmaking abilities; tough defender for his size, ball-hawk, will fight hard through screens; had a somewhat disappointing senior season at Kansas, but leaves school as the winningest player in the program’s history.
Armon Johnson – 6-3, 190 – Born: February 23, 1989, (Reno, Nevada) – College: Nevada – Reminds some of another Nevada (state) product, Marcus Banks; Not a great perimeter shooter at this point; at 6-3 with a long wingspan, has outstanding frame for a point guard; excellent quickness and explosiveness, likes to attack the rim; known for his aggressive style of play; great first step with a good change of direction; assist numbers climbed steadily through three years at Nevada; is solid on the defensive end, but didn’t play against top-level competition; not highly regarded out of high school; averaged 15.7 ppg 5.6 apg as a senior; lefty with outstanding one-on-one skills; not a natural point, is much more adept at creating for himself.
Greivis Vasquez – 6-6, 211 – Born: January 16, 1987 (Caracas, Venezuela) – College: Maryland – Big, fiery guard from Venezuela; stock is actually rising from good individual workouts; not a long wingspan (6-7) for his size, but at 195 lbs., considered to have excellent size at the point; average overall athleticism, will have major issues defending quicker PGs on the next level; already 23 years old; NBA 3-point range but just decent mid-range game; scoring mentality, not a true point guard, but size lets him see over defenders; projected as a role player in the NBA; 19.6 ppg, 6.3 apg as a senior, extremely passionate which is seen as both a positive and negative.
Willie Warren – 6-4, 200 – Born: October 22, 1989 (Fort Worth, TX) – College: Oklahoma – Once considered a lottery project, stock keeps slipping; undersized two, but an offensive force who can score in bunches; could be attractive for teams looking for a Ben Gordon-type coming off the bench; averaged 15.2 ppg, 3.5 apg in two years at OU; high turnover rate; could have been a top-10 pick if he came out after last season; got called out by his coach Jeff Capel for maturity issues; had to pick up scoring slack after Blake Griffin left; great first step, very strong, physical player and defender; for a scorer can create shots for others.
Cavs.com begins its positional preview, focusing today on point guards.