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2016 NBA Draft Player Profiles: Guards

Which guards will become the next great ones in the NBA following this week's draft? (Flickr)


With the 2016 NBA draft quickly approaching, everyone is scrambling to find out about this year’s draft class. For that reason here's a list of the best NBA prospects in this year's draft. The order is not meant to be interpreted as a mock draft. This list is meant to inform with the strengths and weaknesses in each of these prospects. First up, guards.


Tyler Ulis

20 years old, 5'9" 160 lbs.

University: Kentucky

Reasons to draft

-       Potentially the best ball handler and decision maker available

-       Can score in a myriad of ways

-       Excels at running the fast break

Reasons to pass

-       Horribly undersized

-       Questionable ability to finish against NBA length

-       Will have experience defensive limitations against larger more physical guards

Jamal Murray

19 years old, 6'4" 207 lbs.

University: Kentucky

Reasons to draft

-       Has great scoring instincts

-       Can be a great passer, at times

-       Is a knock down, catch and shoot marksman

-       Has great footwork leading into a shot

Reasons to pass

-       Is capable of getting to the rim but must improve on his ability to finish

-       Struggles being able to create his own shot

-       Lacks NBA level explosion

-       Has a low release point on his shot, which could lead to more blocks in NBA play

Kris Dunn

22 years old, 6'4" 205 lbs.

University: Providence

Reasons to draft

-       One of the most physically gifted players in this year’s draft

-       Is an elite playmaker in transition

-       One of the best on ball defenders, will be able to help an NBA team immediately

-       Maybe the most NBA ready player in this draft

Reasons to pass

-       Streaky shooter

-       At times can be to focused on making a flashy play instead of the right one

-       Must take care of the ball better

Wade Baldwin

20 years old, 6'3" 195 lbs.

University: Vanderbilt

Reasons to draft

-       His 6'10" wingspan makes up for his lack of explosion

-       Has the potential to develop into an elite on ball defender

-       Is good at starting fast breaks

-       Can consistently hit shots, if left open

Reasons to pass

-       He struggles to score under pressure

-       Is an average athlete

-       Struggles to finish at the rim

Denzel Valentine

23 years old, 6'5" 220 lbs.

University: Michigan State

Reasons to draft

-       He is a great rebounder for his size

-       Can score any way he wants

-       Is an elite passer

Reasons to pass

-       Can be a defensive liability

-       Is an inconsistent finisher around the rim

-       Struggles making the right decisions under pressure

Buddy Hield

23 years old, 6'4" 215 lbs.

University: Oklahoma

Reasons to draft

-       He is potentially the best pure shooter in this year’s draft

-       Possesses quick and efficient shot mechanics

-       Can finish at the rim with both hands

-       Is a dependable ball handler

Reasons to pass

-       He favors his left hand too much

-       Has questionable NBA level defensive abilities

-       Has displayed poor shot selection while in college

Demetrius Jackson

22 years old, 6'1" 194 lbs.

University: Notre Dame

Reasons to draft

-       Has an explosive game, can change speeds quickly

-       Is one of the best pure scorers in this draft

-       He can get anywhere he wants to on the basketball court

Reasons to pass

-       He is undersized, one of the smallest players in this year’s draft

-       Is inconsistent on both sides of the ball

-       Relies too much on his right hand