2010 Draft Preview: SHOOTING 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.
James Anderson – 6-6, 208 – Born: March 25, 1989 (Junction City, AR) – College: Oklahoma State – Projected to go in the middle of the first round; was extremely impressive in individual workouts; fantastic junior season at OK State, 22.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg as a junior; dominated top-flight competition in the Big 12; not a dynamic athlete, simply produces; lights-out shooter – perfect fundamentals, form, mechanics; perimeter defense is suspect, not laterally quick; plays under control, not turnover-prone; got better every season in Stillwater; not a great ball-handler; not adept at creating for himself, hamstring injury limited him in some team workouts.
Jordan Crawford – 6-4, 198 – Born: October 23, 1988 (Detroit, MI) – College: Xavier – Known as the kid who dunked on LeBron James last summer, Crawford loves to attack the basket and can seemingly get to the rim at will; plays with an “attacking” style; not a great perimeter shooter with inconsistent mechanics; transferred from Indiana, averaged 20.5 ppg last season for Xavier; 21-year-old sophomore; had a great NCAA Tourney, averaging 29.0 per contest; not a big contributor without the ball in his hands; needs to add muscle to compete at the next level; can grow into a good defender, but isn’t known as one now; doesn’t create for others, has “tunnel vision” when driving the ball; doesn’t need much space to get off shot or use quick first step.
Dominique Jones – 6-4, 216 – Born: October 15, 1988 (Lake Wales, FL) – College: South Florida – Fast-riser, explosive scoring ability; has been dubbed the “poor man’s John Wall”; extremely long wingspan (6-9); one of the Draft’s biggest sleepers; powerfully built frame; can create his own offense and can get to the line; averaged 18.9 ppg in three years at South Florida; attacks and often overpowers his defender to get to the rim; not a point guard, but also looks to make the extra pass; considered a bit of “tweener”; can guard either possession; again, uses his frame and wingspan to become an outstanding defender; rebounds and blocks shots very well for a guard; not a knock-down shooter from the perimeter.
Lance Stephenson – 6-6, 227 – Born: September 5, 1990 (Brooklyn, NY) – College: Cincinnati – Mega-hyped freshman from Brooklyn came to Cincinnati as the top scorer in New York state history where he led his team to four straight state titles; averaged 12.3 ppg as a freshman; with an already NBA-ready body, Stephenson uses his strength to compensate for his lack of athleticism; physical player, gets to the basket and loves to draw contact; dropped 16 pounds during pre-Draft workouts; questionable shot selection; not a great defender, lacks lateral quickness; wide offensive repertoire; maturity, character issues before freshman year in Cincy; tendency to pout, argue or take plays off.
Elliot Williams – 6-4, 180 – Born: June 20, 1989 (Memphis, TN) – College: Memphis – Athletic lefty; at 6-4, with a good wingspan, can play either guard position; very versatile; Duke transfer who blossomed in his sophomore season; lack of finishing ability with his right hand; excellent on-ball defender; great defensive awareness and anticipation; better in transition than in the half court; needs to polish his perimeter shooting and mid-range game at the next level; could go anywhere from mid-20s to the middle of the second round; averaged 17.9 ppg in his only season at Memphis; tough rebounder for a player his size; can add some muscle to his frame; high-energy performer.
Cavs.com continues its positional preview, focusing today on shooting guards.