Patrick McCaw

  • 6’7” Shooting Guard with 6’10” wingspan
  • 20 years old; played 2 years at UNLV
  • Tall, long guard; needs to fill out frame, very lanky
  • With added strength, could play 3 at next level
  • Solid handle for a 2
  • 1% 2pt attempts ranks 1st among guards scouted/drafted
  • Buoyed by strong play in transition
  • 6% on 5.6 3pt attempts/game (36.8% on 4.8 attempts as Fr.)
  • 4% on 3.2 FT attempts/game
  • Sometimes forces shots
  • Will need to quicken release/decision-making speed on CNS to sustain 3pt%
  • Most shots at 3pt line or hoop; helps keep efficiency numbers high, but could develop midrange game
  • Not great in PNR yet; better suited as a 2 or a 3 than primary creator
  • Looks to shoot often in PNR
  • 3 Turnovers/40 ranks 4th among guards scouted/drafted in 1st Round
  • Low Free Throw Rate of 29.1%
  • Has athletic profile to be good defender, but needs more bulk to guard 3’s
  • Needs to focus more and stay in position, rather than gamble for steals
  • 9 Steals/40 ranks 2nd highest among guards scouted/drafted in 1st Round

 

  • Prototypical size/athleticism for Shooting Guard in current NBA
  • Ability to lock-in mentally will be his swing attribute; could lead him to be a great asset on a contender or gunning for points on a lottery team
  • #6 Shooting Guard, #9 overall Guard; could go anywhere from 15-28

Furkan Korkmaz

  • 6’7” Shooting Guard with solid length (wingspan unavailable)
  • Only 18 years old; played 2 years at Anadolu Efes
  • 1 pts/40 against high-level professional competition
  • 3% 3pt shooter on 1.4 attempts/game (41.4% on 1.5 attempts as a 17 y/o)
  • Quick, high release; not fazed by defenders in his face
  • Didn’t get much PT on Anadolu Efes with NBA draftees Dario Saric, Cedi Osman
  • Only 1.1 2pt attempts in 8.8 minutes/game
  • Gets outmuscled by older European vets; can’t defend dribble-penetration through contact, gets bodied in the post
  • Very athletic
  • Good foot speed; can blow by defenders to get into the lane
  • Mostly a straight-line driver
  • Looks to pass or use floater/creative lay-ups, rather than attack bigs at rim
  • Only 1.7 Free Throw Attempts/40
  • Great leaper off one-foot; looks to dunk when no defenders present at rim
  • Won 2016 Turkish Basketball League All-Star Slam Dunk Contest
  • Primarily used as spot-up shooter, but can blow by overly aggressive close-outs
  • Doesn’t have much in-game experience as primary PNR ball-handler
  • Decent defensively; good length, but lacks strength
  • Stays in front of man by backing off instead of moving sideways; good shooters can take advantage of the space given

 

  • Young with a lot of upside, already has major pro experience
  • Probably won’t come to NBA for a few years; needs to add strength still
  • Great complementary player already as a floor spacer/versatile scorer, could improve to 2nd offensive option
  • Won’t be lockdown defender, but likely not a liability by the time he comes over
  • #5 Shooting Guard, #8 overall Guard; should go 12-20

Denzel Valentine

  • 6’6” Shooting Guard with 6’11” wingspan
  • 22 years old; played 4 years at Michigan State
  • One of the best passers in the draft
  • High basketball IQ
  • Can be primary ball-handler for 2nd unit
  • Size and length helps him make on-target passes above the defenders and accurate cross-court passes
  • 4 Assists/40 ranked 2nd among guards scouted/drafted
  • Good in PNR; can pull-up, get into lane, or find open teammate
  • Willing passer if double-team comes
  • Lacks foot speed and ball skills necessary to beat most guards/quicker bigs off dribble
  • Doesn’t try to get to the rim to score; relies on jump shots + passing ability
  • Only posted 21.4% FT Rate, lowest among guards scouted/drafted
  • Great shooter, both spot-up and off dribble
  • 4% 3pt shooter on 7.5 attempts/game
  • 3% FT shooter on 3.1 attempts/game
  • Percentages combined with elite size should allow shooting to translate to NBA
  • 1 Rebounds/40 ranks 3rd among guards scouted/drafted (4th = only 7.1)
  • Pushes ball in transition after defensive rebounds
  • Not sure who he guards at the next level, will have to be hidden on defense
  • Doesn’t have the quickness necessary to keep up with most guards
  • Not great at navigating around screens

 

  • Great passer and shooter, but poor defensively
  • Probably maxes out on a good team as 3rd Guard, able to come off bench and play with either starter
  • #4 Shooting Guard, #7 overall Guard; low-ceiling, relatively high-floor: should go between 10-20

Buddy Hield

  • 6’5” Shooting Guard with 6’9” wingspan
  • 22 years old; played 4 years at Oklahoma
  • Has shown good growth nearly every year in college
  • Elite shooter; very efficient scorer
  • Shot 45.7% on astounding 8.7 3pt attempts/game as a senior
  • 88% FT shooter on 5.4 attempts/game
  • 5% TS%, 62.3% eFG%, both tops among guards scouted/drafted
  • Shooting will have no trouble translating to next level; already surprising if open CNS misses
  • Good at mid-range pull-ups and step-back 3pt off dribble
  • Efficiency could improve even more when he adopts a more complementary role in NBA (30.2% Usage Rate Sr. year)
  • Not great as play-maker in PNR; can score for himself, not others
  • 7 Assist% 3rd lowest among guards scouted/drafted
  • 5 Turnovers/40 compared to only 2.3 Assists/40
  • Knows his strengths in transition: runs to rim with ball, runs to 3pt line without
  • Good transition player helps keep usage and efficiency high
  • Average-to-Below-Average athleticism
  • Can be gameplanned against and taken out of games by use of double-team (as seen in the Final Four vs. Villanova)
  • Uses pull-ups/reverse lay-ups to avoid confronting bigs at the rim
  • Below average defender, but has the tools and work ethic to improve
  • Doesn’t have quickness to guard 1’s, probably lacks size to guard most 3’s
  • Could also add better ball-handling and/or passing to his game over time

 

  • Will find role in NBA because of shooting ability
  • Without improvement to defense or play-making, might max out at elite bench scorer or purely spot-up shooter who needs to be hidden on defense
  • Late 1st Rounder if shooting ability was merely “Above-Average”
  • #3 Shooting Guard, #6 overall Guard; could go from 5-12

Tyler Ulis

  • Tiny Point Guard at 5’10” with 6’2” wingspan
  • 20 years old; played 2 years at Kentucky
  • Has great attitude/leadership abilities; voted top teammate at UK both seasons
  • Wants ball in his hands in important moments
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year as So.
  • Played nearly 37 minutes/game, most as the team’s primary ball-handler
  • Very good in PNR; excellent decision-maker, uses screens well
  • 56 Assist/Turnover ratio over college career
  • Can use footwork/ball moves to create space for open jump shots
  • Fantastic passer, despite his small stature
  • 3% Assist% with just 11.4% TO%, both top-5 for guards scouted/drafted
  • Per/40 stats also among the best: 7.6 assists and 2.1 turnovers
  • 4% 3pt shooter on 4.6 attempts per game (42.9% on 2.1 attempts as freshman in smaller primary ball-handling role)
  • 6% FT shooter on 5.6 attempts per game
  • Good form on shot; should translate to next level, if he can continue to create the extra space needed to make up for his lack of height/length—a big “if”
  • Increased athleticism at next level might turn his “open looks” into blocks
  • Utilizes floaters well to avoid going at bigs at the rim
  • Good defensively in college, but will surely struggle against bigger guards in pros
  • Can’t contest shots, bigger guards can pass over the top
  • But moves his feet and stays in front of his man to make life difficult
  • 6 Steals/40
  • Can strip defenders and create steals in 1-on-1 defense
  • Small stature will make defending NBA players very, very difficult

 

  • Fantastic play-maker and leader
  • Has everything you want in a Point Guard, except size; would be top-3-6 pick, if only a few inches taller
  • Could become top-tier backup PG, with potential to be starting PG on good team
  • #3 Point Guard, #5 overall Guard; could go anywhere from 10-20 because of size

Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot

  • 6’7” Shooting Guard, with 7’1” wingspan
  • 21 years old; played 1 year at Mega Leks (in Adriatic League)
  • Adding strength will help finishing at the rim in half-court; only 41.9% on 2s
  • Athletic wing; likes to push the ball in transition and run up-and-down court
  • Great shooting form; has potential to be best shooter in draft class
  • 2% from International 3pt on 5.6 attempts/game
  • Only 69% FT shooter
  • Good ball skills; capable of running PNR as a secondary/tertiary ball-handler
  • Needs to improve play-making and passing abilities to get there
  • Size helps Timothe see over opponents and make better passes
  • Doesn’t shoot a lot off the dribble; tends to pass or get to hoop once ball touches court
  • Can be out of control at times; 3.8 Turnovers/40 compared to only 3.5 assists/40
  • Has the size and athleticism to guard 2’s, and 3’s, even 1’s for stretches
  • Can get low in defensive stance and keep in front of smaller defenders, while using size to easily contest shots
  • Often loses track of his man when playing off-ball defense
  • 2 Steals/40
  • Mega Leks’ free-flowing style of play tends to inflate players’ counting stats; have to hope playing in NBA system will help reel him and reach his potential

 

  • Likely won’t start right away, but can develop into starter for a contender
  • Potential to be perfect 3-and-D player with ideal size
  • Needs to prove defensive skills are translatable to earn starting PT
  • #2 Shooting Guard, #4 overall Guard in draft; should go 8-15

Wade Baldwin IV

  • 6’4” Guard with insane 6’11” wingspan
  • 20 years old; played 2 years at Vanderbilt
  • Explosive athlete; uses burst and length to try to dunk over bigger defenders
  • Pushes ball in transition with intention to dunk/finish at the rim
  • Aggression + quick first step helps Wade beat his defender and get to the rim
  • Massive 61.4% Free Throw Rate (2nd Highest among guards drafted: 46.2%)
  • Solid 81.3% FT shooter when he gets there
  • 6% 3pt shooter on 3.1 attempts/game (43.9% on 2.8 attempts as Fr.)
  • Release isn’t very quick or high, but long arms help make shot difficult to block
  • Should translate to good shooter at next level
  • Doesn’t have a wide range of dribbling moves to beat his defender
  • Abuses larger defenders after PNR switch and gets to rim
  • Only finishes with right hand at the rim
  • Ability to hit open jump shots + quick first step could make Wade a nightmare in PNR if he improves his very low 43.7% 2pt
  • Fairly high 3.6 Turnovers/40
  • Has the tools, but needs to improve decision-making/ball-handling in half-court
  • Can sometimes get rattled by opponents
  • Possess size necessary to switch onto bigger wings for stints
  • 6 Steals/40, 0.4 Blocks/40 about average among guards scouted/drafted
  • Has potential defensively, but needs to make sure effort is always there
  • Played significantly better vs. weaker competition than ranked opponents

 

  • Not likely to be NBA starter on Day One
  • Has potential to be an above-average starting Point Guard
  • With his athleticism, could become solid defender
  • #2 Point Guard, #3 overall Guard in draft; should go 8-12 range