Draft 2K9 - Ty Lawson
College: North Carolina
Position: Point Guard
Drafted: No. 18 by Minnesota (traded to Denver)
The fastest point guard in the draft will look to parlay a storied college career into a life in the NBA. With a low center of gravity, Lawson is lighting quick and led his North Carolina team to a National Championship. Lawson averaged 24.6 points per game in the NCAA tournament on a bum ankle. Barley standing 6-feet tall, Lawson is strong when slashing to the basket and can step out to the 3-point line. The junior hit 47.2 percent from deep range on his way to destroying defenses that did not respect his outside game. Lawson was also one of the best point guards with assist to turnover ratio at 6.6/1.9.
How will Lawson look outside of the Roy Williams run-and-gun style of offense? This is the biggest stumbling block for Lawson in the draft this year. In a half court set, Lawson may struggle to find scoring opportunities, especially against bigger and stronger defenders. The midrange game was also lacking from Lawson's overall skill set.
The Wolves will need to make a decision on the type of offensive identity they will feature next season. If the goal is to increase the pace and run a Mike D'Antoni style of offense, Lawson is a great fit. Not sure he is the best option among point guards in the mid first round. Jonny Flynn or Eric Maynor could be the best available player on the board for the No. 18 pick.
Round 2: UNC 84, LSU 70
Round 3: UNC 98, Gonzaga 77
Round 4: UNC 72, Oklahoma 60
Round 5: UNC 83, Villanova 69
Round 6: UNC 89, Michigan St 72
"Ty Lawson looks as good as anyone from this perspective, regardless of position. As we put this data together, we weren’t surprised that Ty Lawson excelled from a situational perspective, as he did play for the most potent offense in all of college basketball, but we didn’t expect him to look this good."
"Combines speed, quickness, strength and ball handling to form a very intriguing package A one man fastbreak, he is able to stay under control and maneuver around defenders even at the ultimate breakneck pace Has a pass first mentality, understands who to get the ball to and is always looking to get others involved before getting his own offense going."
Ford's Mock Draft
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