Ranking 2014 NBA Draft Point Guard Prospects
Unless you’re living under a rock, by now you’ve heard about the 2014 NBA Draft and how it’s projected to be one of the best in history since 2004 (A.K.A the one that featured stars like Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, etc.).
Studs like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum already headline this heavily stacked class, but more and more talent continues to emerge like Kansas big man Joel Embiid or Syracuse floor general Tyler Ennis.
With the draft still far away, a prospect’s stock could rise or fall over the next few months but for now let’s give our take on where players currently rank for their given position. Today’s segment will cover the top floor generals.
Honorable Mentions: Semaj Christon, Jahii Carson, Jordan Clarkson, Vasilije Micic
Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6’9”, Soph.
Anderson is a walking triple double that can take over games thanks to his immense stature and advanced ball handling skills. Many scouts are concerned with his slow-paced style of play but he’s proven so far that even the most versatile defenders can’t stop him from dictating a game at his own speed.
Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6’3”, Jr.
Literally nowhere to be found on draft boards to start the season, but rising up the rankings quickly thanks to his stellar play with Arizona. Currently he leads the team in scoring averaging 16.1 points in 31.5 minutes of action and has continued to shoot at a much more efficient clip compared to last season.
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6’2”, Fr.
The Syracuse floor general doesn’t have stats that jump out at you and scream superstar, but his ability to take over games in the clutch is making NBA executives consider this kid to be one of the best freshman in the 2014 class.
Dante Exum, Australia, 6’6”, 18 years old
A lot of question marks surround the Australian phenom, but it’s still clear he’s very fluent on the offensive end if you watch some of his performances in the FIBA U19 World Championship. With his size and untapped potential there’s no doubt one team will use their draft pick on Exum, who’s drawing comparisons to stars like Michael-Carter Williams and Penny Hardaway.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6’4”, Soph.
Some recent draft boards are putting Exum above Smart, but for now we’re giving the Oklahoma State Sooner the top ranking. The sophomore is a much safer pick when it comes to risk-reward, and brings quite a few skills to the table like leadership, offensive/defensive versatility and toughness that just can’t be taught.
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