Caris LeVert

  • 6’7” Shooting Guard with 6’10” wingspan
  • 21 years old; played 4 years at Michigan
  • Had season-ending left foot injury as Jr. after just 18 games
  • Had season-ending left leg injury as Sr. after just 15 games
  • Great size/length for a Guard
  • 6% 3pt shooter on 4.3 attempts/game (40.1% on 334 career attempts)
  • 4% FT shooter on 4.5 attempts/game (77.0% on 265 career attempts)
  • Length helps him get shots off over smaller defenders
  • Avoids contact at rim; chooses to pull-up/use floater instead of attack bigs
  • Not an explosive athlete
  • 3% Assist%, 6.4 Assists/40 both above average for guards scouted/drafted
  • Only 2.2 Turnovers/40
  • Moves reasonably well defensively; can help him stay in front of smaller, quicker ball-handlers
  • Will need to bulk up to match up against 3’s at the next level
  • 9 Rebounds/40
  • All comparison stats must be taken with a grain of salt: LeVert only played 2 Big Ten games; most games came against lower-level non-conference opponents

 

  • Has size to play 1-3 offensively; projects best as combo guard with ability to pass/shoot over defense
  • If healthy, could develop into decent role player on a good team
  • #10 Shooting Guard, #16 overall Guard; probably 2nd Round pick due to foot issues: draft range between 31-undrafted

Malcolm Brogdon

  • 6’6” Shooting Guard with 6’11” wingspan
  • 23 years old; played 4 years at Virginia
  • Hard worker
  • Strong player with good size for Shooting Guard
  • Strength might not be enough to translate from younger NCAA opponents to older professionals
  • Doesn’t have great ball skills or athleticism to beat defenders 1-on-1
  • Very good shooter
  • 39.1% on 5.1 3pt attempts/game (36.5% on 507 career attempts)
  • 89.7% FT shooter on 4.2 attempts/game (87.6% on 482 career attempts)
  • Very average in PnR; won’t hurt team with risky play, but doesn’t create much
  • Just 1.6 Turnovers/40, lowest among guards scouted/drafted
  • 3% Turnover% also lowest among guards scouted/drafted
  • Stays in front of man defensively
  • Strong defender; can guard 2’s and switch to 1’s or 3’s for small spurts
  • Not prone to taking risks; should help him fit in as complementary player offensively and defensively
  • Seems to do his job/know his role, and do so very well

 

  • Not a high-ceiling player; is what he is
  • Should see success as spot-up shooter that keeps ball moving around perimeter
  • Maxes out as a role player, but should be successful in that role for many years
  • #9 Shooting Guard, #15 overall Guard; draft range 28-40

Malachi Richardson

  • Big Shooting Guard at 6’6” with a 7’0” wingspan
  • 20 years old; played 1 year at Syracuse
  • Old for freshman, took advantage of strong end of season/NCAA tourney play by entering 2016 Draft
  • Solid athlete; moves look smooth and coordinated, but won’t jump out of gym
  • 3% 3pt shooter on 6.1 attempts/game; upped to 41.5% on 5.9 attempts in conference play
  • Quick, high release coupled with massive length nearly impossible to defend
  • Nothing inside the arc: only 39.0% 2pt shooter for season, worst among guards scouted/drafted
  • Shot 22.5% on 2.8 mid-range attempts/game, often off the dribble and early in shot clock
  • Used his length to convert 47.1% at the rim
  • Very low 12.8% Assist%, ranks 4th worst among guards scouted/drafted
  • 9% Rebounding% very low for his size/length, especially playing back line in zone
  • Played lazy defense and took lots of plays off
  • By far lowest BPM among guards scouted/drafted at 3.0

 

  • Absolute project: has to improve to become 3-and-D guy, but with great 3pt% and length, has potential
  • Good coaching staff or dedicated D-League team could help him become NBA rotation player
  • #8 Shooting Guard, #14 overall Guard; likely drafted 32-45

Gary Payton II

  • 6’3” Point Guard with 6’8” wingspan
  • 23 years old; played 2 years at Oregon State after 2 years at Salt Lake CC
  • Strong defensive player and great athlete
  • 9 Steals/40 ranks 2nd among guards scouted/drafted
  • 6 Blocks/40 ranks 3rd among guards scouted/drafted
  • 2 Rebounds/40 ranks 2nd among guards scouted/drafted
  • Ran PNR more in final year at OSU
  • Looks to pass or get to rim on PNR; avoids shooting; good vision
  • Just 31.4% 3pt shooter on 2.2 attempts/game and 64.2% on 3.8 FTs
  • Poor shooting form; slight hitch
  • Leads to defenders playing off him, going under every screen
  • Has good acceleration if opponents provide opening
  • Not going to beat many people off the dribble
  • Pushes ball in transition
  • Good finisher at the rim; shot 65% on 374 attempts over 2 years
  • Uses athleticism to score over larger defenders
  • 0% 2pt shooter on 11.0 attempts/game

 

  • Athletic, defensive-minded Point Guard
  • Won’t have much of a career without dramatic improvement to jump shot
  • Should get an opportunity due to defensive prowess, ability to score at rim, pass
  • #6 Point Guard, #13 overall Guard; should go 28-45

Demetrius Jackson

  • 6’2” Point Guard with 6’6” wingspan
  • 21 years old; played 3 years at Notre Dame
  • Good athlete, strong frame
  • Ran PNR often in college, and successfully
  • Good, accurate passer
  • Willing to attack; can drive both left and right
  • Sometimes can’t find teammates/connect on passes over larger defenders
  • Low 2.4 Turnovers/40
  • Uses eurosteps/high release on lay-ups to negate height and finish at rim
  • Converted 61.7% of shots at the rim
  • Stays composed and maintains form on pull-ups
  • Only 33.1% 3pt shooter on 4.7 attempts/game; down significantly from previous years (42.9% on 3.3 attempts as So. 41.7% on 2.0 attempts as Fr.)= 38.1% career
  • Dip likely caused/aided by loss of Jerian Grant opening up good 3pt looks
  • 3% FT shooter on 4.0 attempts/game shows potential for upward regression to the mean in smaller role
  • Needs to up defensive effort, improve stance
  • Could become serviceable defender against smaller—average-sized point guards
  • 6% Rebound% ranked 3rd worst among guards scouted/drafted

 

  • Sometimes too passive; could be good fit with ball-dominant 2’s as successful secondary PNR ball-handler/spot-up shooter
  • Could become good starting Point Guard, likely becomes 3rd guard to play with either starter
  • #5 Point Guard, #12 overall Guard; should go in 18-30 range

Dejounte Murray

  • 6’5” Point Guard with 6’10” wingspan
  • 19 years old; played 1 year at Washington
  • Fantastic athlete; elite speed, quickness, leaping ability
  • Needs to improve actual basketball skills
  • More of a combo guard than true point guard
  • High 3.9 Turnovers/40, ranks 3rd—behind only higher usage players Kris Dunn and Isaiah Whitehead—among guards scouted/drafted
  • Very aggressive; looks to score, but just isn’t a good finisher yet
  • Has nice moves that shows potential is there, but needs to be reigned in a little
  • Tries to do too much
  • 5% TS%, 45.1% eFG both rank last in guards scouted/drafted 1st Round
  • Only 28.8% 3pt shooter on 3.5 attempts/game
  • Defenders play off of him because they know he can’t shoot
  • 3% FT shooter on 4.9 attempts/game
  • Poor percentages, but form isn’t broken; good shooting coach could make his career
  • Solid defender, with reasonable instincts and form
  • Good 2.2 Steals/40 and 0.4 Blocks/40
  • Will likely top out as “serviceable” on the defensive end, best case scenario
  • 1 Rebounds/40 ranks 3rd among guards scouted/drafted in 1st Round

 

  • Has the tools, but is a project until he can put it all together
  • Could be career D-Leaguer or starter in the NBA
  • Reasonable ceiling: gunner off the bench, potential perennial 6MOY candidate
  • #4 Point Guard, #11 overall guard; could go from 18-40

Malik Beasley

  • 6’5” Shooting Guard with 6’7” wingspan
  • 19 years old; played 1 year at Florida State
  • Went from not highly-recruited HS player to potential lottery pick in 1 year
  • Athletic wing who flourishes in transition
  • Mostly straight-line drives; looks to dunk first
  • Has ability on CNS plays as well
  • 7% on 4.2 3pt attempts/game
  • 3% on 3.8 FT attempts/game
  • Doesn’t look to pass on drives
  • Doesn’t create plays for teammates
  • Only 9.8% Assist Rate, lowest among guards scouted/drafted
  • 0 Assists/40 also ranked lowest among guards scouted/drafted
  • Great hustle player
  • 1 Rebounds/40 ranks 4th among guards scouted/drafted
  • Will push ball in transition after defensive rebound
  • Can stay in front of Point Guards on defense, but needs to stay disciplined
  • Likes to make the big play: gambles for steals, falls for shot fakes, goes for big dunks, leaks out early for fast breaks

 

  • High energy player; best suited as bench scorer
  • Needs to really improve his passing and defense; still raw, good coach will help
  • With improvement, can be serviceable player in starting lineup for a good team
  • #7 Shooting Guard, #10 overall Guard; could go anywhere from 19-32