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2013 Draft Preview: POINT GUARDS

June 3, 2013
by Joe Gabriele Beat Writer

The 2013 NBA Draft is just over three weeks away, and the Cavaliers have plenty of options all over the board – including the No. 1 pick.

Chris Grant and the Cavaliers’ brain trust has been unpredictable on Draft night over the past few years, but they’d REALLY be throwing everyone a curveball if they went with a point guard with the top pick. Kyrie Irving is coming off another stellar campaign and he’s fully entrenched as the starter. But might the Wine and Gold be searching for his backup with the 19th, 31st or 33rd pick? If so, here are some names that they might be considering as they’re on the clock …

Lorenzo Brown – 6-5, 189 – Born: August 26, 1990 – (Roswell, GA) – College: NC State -- at 6-5, intriguing oversized point guard prospect; not a great shooter, but a crafty scorer off the dribble and creative finisher around the basket; excellent court vision – finished 6th in NCAA at 7.2 apg as a junior, averaged 6.2 apg as a sophomore; above-the-rim player; very solid defender; fluid athlete; can be effective in the post; not a great half court or perimeter player and doesn’t get to the line very often; very good ball-handler for his size – was top 10 in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio; needs to add muscle to his frame; NC State’s poor NCAA Tournament showing hampered exposure; doesn’t yet have a go-to move; grabs a lot of steals, but not yet considered a great all-around defender; would be a 23-year-old rookie; utilizing his size and athleticism is how Brown will make his mark at the next level

Isaiah Canaan – 6-0, 190 – Born: May 2, 1991 – (Biloxi, MS) – College: Murray State -- strong, stocky point guard; accounted for one-third of Murray State’s offense; led the team to a 28-1 regular season mark as a junior; definitely a shoot-first point guard – averaged only 3.8 apg in 33 minutes per game – although that was the role that was required at Murray State; shot almost 46 percent from beyond the arc as a junior; extremely comfortable and confident shooting off the dribble; equally proficient in catch-and-shoot situations; concerns about level of competition after coming out of the Ohio Valley Conference; can break down defenses with good-but-not-great first step; doesn’t have elite size at 6-0, raising concerns about his defensive potential at NBA level; excels in the pick-and-roll; good upper-body strength and doesn’t shy away from contact at the rim

Erick Green –6-3, 180 – Born: May 9, 1991 – (Winchester, VA) – College: Virginia Tech -- the nation’s top scorer – by a significant margin – as a senior with Virginia Tech; prototypical PG size, standing 6-3 with a 6-7 wingspan; can score in bunches from the perimeter and the stripe; improved skill level in each year of his four-year career; can create his own shot from anywhere on the floor; is as comfortable spotting up as shooting off the dribble; quick and crafty; excels in the open floor; good ball-handler but doesn’t possess elite athleticism or burst; will need to add weight and muscle at the next level; high basketball IQ; will need to improve as a passer to be considered pure PG at the next level; capable but not great defender in college; not an extremely strong finisher around the rim; strong work ethic and very good decision-maker with the ball

Myck Kabongo –6-2, 180 – Born: January 12, 1992 – (Toronto, ON) – College: Texas -- flashy, pass-first point guard with excellent instincts; another product of the Canadian invasion; high basketball IQ and very unselfish; great leadership skills and maturity; very coachable; fun player to watch; tremendous ball-handler who can get where he wants to on the floor; equally efficient in the open floor and half court; not a very strong finisher – needs to add muscle to his wiry 6-1 frame; perimeter shooting is still a work in progress; often tries to make the spectacular play instead of a simple one; tends to be turnover-prone; doesn’t have great fundamentals or toughness on the defensive end; had somewhat disappointing freshman season after being so highly-recruited out of high school; strong leadership skills, very vocal on the court; reputation for being a solid character guy

Shane Larkin – 5-11, 171 – Born: October 2, 1992 – (Orlando, FL) – College: Miami -- tough, confident, competitive; lacks ideal size; excellent in the pick-and-roll; strong leadership skills; quick reflexes; intelligent, instinctual player; strong rebounder despite size; great athletic bloodlines – son of Hall of Fame shortstop, Barry Larkin; extremely effective shooter in college (48 percent FG, 40 percent 3-pt FG, 80 percent FT); led Miami to school’s first-ever ACC Championship and eventually a trip to the 2013 Sweet 16; tremendous handle – 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio with Hurricanes; could develop into a starter, but seen as potential spark plug off the bench; loves to get into the lane, using explosive first step; doesn’t have ideal length, short wingspan, could be a mismatch against bigger guards; not a lock-down defender; high-character kid with terrific intangibles


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