2014 NBA draft: Shooting ensure rankings

From stars to good purpose players, there are many engaging sharpened ensure prospects in this year's draft. (L to R Getty/2, AP)

From stars to purpose players, there are many engaging sharpened ensure prospects in this year’s draft. (Getty Images/AP)

With a 2014 NBA breeze fast approaching, SI.com is providing positional rankings for a tip prospects in this year’s class. On Monday, we looked during the best indicate guards. Today, we mangle down a tip 10 sharpened guards.

1. Andrew Wiggins (6-foot-8, 197 pounds)
Kansas, beginner | Age: 19
2013-14 stats: 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 44.8 FG%, 34.1 3FG%

Strengths: Wiggins possesses arguably a biggest upside of any actor in this draft. Elite quickness, a 44-inch vertical and 7-foot wingspan make a Canadian a many physically means actor in a class. He averaged 17 points as a beginner yet an intensely different descent ability set, winning in a open building and also being effective on a descent glass. A good initial step lets him get past defenders, and there’s speak of Tracy McGrady-like upside if Wiggins continues to develop. With his tools, he’s prepared to step in on a defensive finish from Day 1 and make an impact, even if his sharpened and round skills are still throwing up. Wiggins, who is set to be a tip 3 pick, could spin an chosen two-way actor with a right development.

Weaknesses: The biggest doubt with Wiggins is his consistency. He put on a uncover in a 41-point diversion opposite West Virginia, yet scored a measly 4 opposite Stanford in an NCAA contest loss. Which Wiggins will we see some-more mostly in a NBA? His miss of aggressiveness could be a red flag, or it could usually be his celebrity — he usually doesn’t have a same on-court engine as some of his peers, yet guys like McGrady have thrived notwithstanding eternally loose demeanors. Teams will give him each possibility to attain and urge his operation of descent skills, yet that’s a two-way travel that requires Wiggins to wish that success usually as badly. Given all a hype trustworthy to his name a past integrate of years, anything reduction than stardom will be a disappointment. — Jeremy Woo

WINN: A once-in-a-generation talent, Wiggins has Kansas fans in frenzy


2. Gary Harris (6-4, 205)
Michigan State, sophomore | Age: 19
2013-14: 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals, 42.9 FG%, 35.2 3FG%

Strengths: An intelligent, versatile combo guard, Harris brings a discriminating mix of sharpened and invulnerability that is tough to find in this draft. He’s immature for his category and turns 20 in September, suggesting there’s growth still to come. The intangibles are good — Harris is tough, intelligent and a high-character actor who comes from a winning program. Some consider he can transition to personification a indicate full time. Even yet he’s not a point guard, he should be means to assume some lead-guard duties when needed. He will continue to urge during a subsequent spin and assistance on both ends of a floor.

Weaknesses: Harris is a small small as a two-guard, and not an chosen athlete. He’s not as skilful aggressive a edge as NBA teams would like, either. Although he’s a means shooter with good form, he shot usually 35.2 percent from three-point operation final season. He’s best served personification alongside another ensure who can emanate looks for him — formed on his stream ability set he’s some-more of a delegate backcourt option. If he proves to teams that he can run a point, it’ll strike his value. Though he’s a flattering protected pick, he competence not have as high of a roof as some of a other guards in his first-round breeze range. — JW

BUKOWSKI: Harris perplexing to fire approach adult boards


3. Nik Stauskas (6-6, 207)

Michigan, sophomore | Age: 20
2013-14 stats: 17.5 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 47 FG%, 44.2 3FG%

Strengths: In a joining where teams increasingly value three-point shooting, Stauskas has emerged as a intensity lottery collect after dual seasons during Michigan in that he shot 44 percent from over a arc. Stauskas — who put on a absurd backyard-shooting arrangement (70 for 76 on threes) — has a discerning recover and well-spoken stroke. He is quite fatal when spotting up, scoring 1.34 points per possession on such play forms final season. The biggest reason Stauskas’ batch has risen over a past year is he’s shown he can be some-more than usually a shooter. Stauskas adeptly rubbed defensive vigour and valid a means off-the-dribble shooter.

Weaknesses: While Stauskas added muscle after his beginner deteriorate and demonstrated he can be some-more than a sharpened specialist, questions sojourn about either he can kick jaunty defenders off a dribble. Stauskas’ invulnerability is another concern. He lacks a parallel speed to keep round handlers in front of him and can be delayed to tighten out on shooters. Stauskas also contributed usually sparingly on a potion final season, posting a lowest descent and defensive resilient percentages among teammates who used during slightest 20 percent of accessible possessions. — Chris Johnson

BALLARD: Stauskas prepares for bigger purpose in a NBA


4. James Young (6-7, 213)
Kentucky, beginner | Age: 18 years
2013-14: 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 40.7 FG%, 34.9 3FG%

Strengths: A means scorer with ideal distance for his position, Young totalled a 7-foot wingspan during a breeze mix and possesses wiry strength that helps him emanate space for his jumper. The lefty relies heavily on his fringe shot, with a flattering recover and good range. Young didn’t entirely arrangement his bravery during Kentucky: He shot usually 34.9 percent from deep, a low series he’ll be means to urge when personification with improved playmakers who can make open looks for him. Young has a ability to be a inclusive fringe hazard with a scold development. He won’t spin 19 until Aug and has one of a bigger upsides out of a draft’s second tier of prospects.

Weaknesses: Young is a bit of a one-trick pony, relying on that burst shot in lieu of being gentle aggressive a rim. He’s not a top-flight athlete, that boundary him in terms of removing by his defender. He’ll have to put in work in that dialect and make improvements going to his right to keep defenders honest, that would assistance his shot preference by generating improved looks. Young wasn’t a quite active defender final year and those fundamentals have to improve, yet that’s a teachable ability and he’s also one of a youngest guys in a draft. There’s some risk here. Whomever drafts Young will have to trust a diversion will eventually click for him. If it does, there’s a lot of value to be had. — JW

BUKOWSKI: Young sharpened approach to tip of NBA boards


5. P.J. Hairston (6-5, 229)

North Carolina, sophomore | Age: 21
2013-14 stats (Texas Legends, NBA D-League): 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 45.3 FG%, 35.8 3FG%

Strengths: After a clever sophomore deteriorate during North Carolina in that Hairston averaged a team-high 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds, NCAA manners violations sidelined him from a college diversion for 2013-14. The descent intensity he demonstrated in college translated to a D-League. Hairston’s multiple of size, strength and ability to conflict a basket make him a tough cover in a half-court, as he’s means to expostulate past defenders, quarrel by hit and finish in traffic. Hairston is also a plain shooter, with operation out to a three-point line and a ability to get his shot off in a crowd of ways. He shot 35.8 percent from over a arc and 87 percent from a giveaway chuck line final season.

Weaknesses: NBA crew will have questions about Hairston’s off-the-court issues during North Carolina. Though he has a size, strength and wingspan (6-9) to be an effective defender, his bid on that finish of a building is not consistent. Hairston needs to urge his preference creation and ability to set adult others for scores, as he assisted on usually 3.9 percent of his team’s baskets while he was on a building final season. And while Hairston has demonstrated a ability to emanate off a dribble, he’s substantially best served handling essentially as a shooter. — CJ

MANNIX: Hairston perplexing to pave highway from D-League to NBA draft


6. C.J. Wilcox (6-5, 195)
Washington, comparison | Age: 23
2013-14: 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 45.3 FG%, 39.1 3FG%

Strengths: Wilcox is to this year’s breeze what Tim Hardaway Jr. was to final year’s: a knockdown shooter who can fill a role. The Pac-12 product can make shots with his feet set, pulling adult or entrance off screens, and he showed really good during a combine. He’s an above-average contestant with good distance for his position and a 6-8 wingspan. Wilcox knows who he is as a player, and yet he’s already 23, that majority helps his means for an determined group looking to supplement a long-distance threat.

Weaknesses: He’s not good formulating shots off a leap or removing into a paint and finishing. Teams know what they’re removing here — Wilcox might not spin anything some-more than a building spacer and a purpose player. His age is a wreckage to his upside, and his best fit lies with a playoff group that has a devise to maximize his use. Wilcox could be a useful revolution cog, yet what we see is flattering most what we get. — JW

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