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So This Draft Is Supposed To Be Weak?




I keep hearing about how weak this draft is; and to be fair I agree overall, but I also feel that the the 2013 NBA draft will be remembered as a deep draft when it comes to 2 guards, and a average if not solid draft when it comes to the 5's.

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Marcus Smart



6'4" - Combo Guard - Oklahoma State

One of the best freshman in college ball, Marcus Smart is a talented scorer with a great feel for the game. A leader on the court who plays more like a senior than a freshman.

Pros

Extremely strong and powerful guard who is a load to handle on the wing. Has great lateral quickness and can get by defenders and into the lane at will. Compact body makes him hard to stop under the basket or attacking the rim.

Very smart player and good decision maker. Excellent defender with active hands, gets a lot of steals and blocked shots. Fills up the stat sheet.

Cons

Does not have ideal height for an NBA shooting guard and is not a natural point guard. An average outside shooter who needs to be more consistently accurate from three point range.

by NBA Draft Room

- How he fits in? - Marcus Smart has alot of potential and it feels like he could become a Tyreke Evans type of player, maybe with his head on right. His outside shot isn't there yet, but the possibility of getting a player who can play the 1 behind Lillard, and the 2 behind Matthews is a very intriguing one.

- Comparison - I think there is alot of Tyreke Evans in his game, maybe not quite on Tyrekes level coming out, but he has that type of ability. Some have said rich man's Avery Bradley.

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Ben McLemore





6'5" - Shooting Guard - Kansas

After one redshirt season, McLemore has exploded onto the national scene and projects as a high lottery pick and possible #1 overall pick in 2013.

Pros
One of the best athletes in college basketball with a natural, fluid feel for the game. A tremendous leaper who finishes above the rim and is always a threat for backdoor alley-oops. Has become a deadly three point shooter with great range. Shoots with good form and nice elevation.

Can fill up the stat sheet with rebounds, assists steals and points. A solid defender who uses his great physical tools well to defend the perimeter and grab rebounds. Unlimited upside.

Cons
Lack of experience appears to be the only question mark with McLemore.

by NBA Draft Room

- How he fits in? - Ben McLemore fits in as a very possible starting 2 guard, with more potential than Wesley. He looks ALOT like a slightly older Bradley Beal, who's shot is falling with more regularity in college than Beal's was. He should remain an excellent shooter at the NBA level.

- Comparison - He's been getting compared to a young Ray Allen by quite a few scouts and sites.

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Archie Goodwin


6'5" - Shooting Guard - Kentucky

An explosive athlete who will continue the long line of outstanding freshmen to come play for coach Cal.

Pros

Elite level athlete with an explosive, wiry body, long arms and great leaping ability. Attacks the basket with blow-by speed and is a great dunker. Very fast in the open court with great lateral quickness and overall athleticism. Can score well in the lane on floaters and pull up J's. Shows decent form and an improving perimeter shot.

Very aggressive on the defensive end and, unlike a lot of star players, takes defense seriously and puts in a lot of effort. His quick hands and feet make him very difficult to beat one on one and he is very good at forcing turnovers and difficult shots with his D.

Has a lot of upside due to his pure athleticism and intense style of play.

Cons

Like many young players he has to add strength/weight and improve his outside shooting. Doesn't get great elevation on his jump shot. Plays an aggressive brand of basketball which is great but can lead to too many turnovers and fouls.

by NBA Draft Room

- How he fits in? - Again Archie fits in as a possible future starting 2 guard, with more potential than Wesley. Goodwin already shows a better handle with the ball than Wesley, and has very high upside.

- Comparison - Has been compared to Russell Westbrook, though I think he's a little closer to Eric Gordon athletically, though he's taller and longer.

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CJ McCollum


6'2" - Point Guard - Lehigh
Pros
Highly skilled lead guard with a tremendous feel for the game, good leadership skills and a sweet shooting stroke. Can really fill it up, despite seeing double teams and always being the focus of the opposing defense (that's life as a small school prospect). Terrific free throw shooter and gets to the line often.
Very good rebounder for a point guard, pulling down an average of about 7 boards a game. Crafty defender who reads the passing lanes well and has very active hands.
Cons
Not a high percentage shooter from the field and sometimes forces the issue. Not an elite level passer and will have to get better at getting into the lane, drawing the defense and finding teammates. Good but not great athlete who relies on smarts, not speed. Has faced a low level of competition and will have to make a major adjustment to the speed, strength and size in the NBA.

By NBA Draft Room
- How he fits in? - I can very easily see him turning into a Lou Williams type of player if not better. A scoring combo guard with an outside shot is nothing to scoff at, especially on a 4 year rookie deal. He could become an explosive scoring sixth man.
- Comparison - Damian Lillard?..... Not really, he doesn't quite have the NBA ready body that Lillard had, he's not extraordinarily skinny but could use some more strength. Has alot more in common with Lillard than Stuckey, but as I said, I think he compares well to Lou Williams.
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Shabazz Muhammad



Shooting Guard - 6'6" - UCLA

Muhammad is the top recruit in the High School class of 2012 and is an early favorite to be a top 3 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. His body and game are mature beyond his years and he excels at every aspect of the game.

Pros

Has ideal size for the shooting guard position and all the skills to be a great wing player in the NBA. Very strong and well built which allows him to post up smaller defenders. Left handed which player with a good handle. Has a great mid range game and creates his own shot well. Very quick first step and has the strength to score in the lane, even while drawing the foul. Uses ball fakes and head fakes well to get the defense off balance.

Has vastly improved his three point shooting and is becoming deadly from beyond the arc. Will have to continue to work on this area of his game to develop NBA range but has excellent work ethic and drive to be great. Plays the game the right way and doesn't force the issue. Shares the ball well and plays a team game. Gets back on defense and seems to take pride in shutting his opponent down.

Has a very good head on his shoulders and is a great kid. Humble, hard working and has excellent basketball I.Q.

Cons

Although Muhammad is a very good athlete he does not have elite level explosiveness like a Vince Carter or Dwyane Wade. He's more like Brandon Roy (in his prime) which is still pretty damn good.

By NBA Draft Room

- How he fits in? - Very obviously as a starting 2 guard, he could possibly get away playing the 3 on some teams, but for this team he's probably a best fit at the 2.

- Comparison - Athetically he's probably in the Joe Johnson/Brandon Roy tier as an athlete, but I don't think that he's quite the natural ball handler that Roy was. I think that Joe Johnson is a perfect comparison for him, though h might end up being a better finisher with a little better athleticism.

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Michael Carter-Williams

6'5" - Point Guard - Syracuse

A unique prospect who excels at distributing the ball and controlling the flow of the offense. His size sets him apart from other point guards and allows him to see over defenders and find teammates. Having a breakout Sophomore season.

Pros

Has great court vision and a natural feel for putting the ball in the right place at the right time. Gets past the defender well and keeps his head up, looking to pass first.

Has great height for a point guard and long arms. Good first step and can really explode into the lane and get to the rim. Has a nice mid range game and soft touch. Still developing and has a lot of upside potential.

Cons

Not a very good shooter from the perimeter and has a lot of work to become a threat from outside. Lacks strength at this point.

By NBA Draft Room

- How he fits in? - Could possibly fit the same way as Smart, as a sixth man type player who gives playmaking and scoring to the bench. He's got a varied set of skills and I'm sure would fit in, in some capacity or form.

- Comparison - Alot of scouts have been uttering that he looks very similar to a young Rip Hamilton.

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These are just a few, but most of the consensus top guards in the country. I think that this talent pull is deeper than last years, or at least very close to this last year. I think all of these players have a shot at playing at the 2 in the NBA. Whether it's as a bench hybrid type player (McCollum) or as a legit starting 2 (McLemore).

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