2010 NBA Draft – Point Guards
John Wall or bust!
What a difference a year can make. Last year’s draft was one for the ages in terms of point guard talent. This year’s draft, to use an annoying and overused expression, “not so much.”
This year, if you are in need of a point guard, you better start losing games real quick and get yourself the No. 1 overall pick, because the 2010 NBA Draft is JOHN WALL OR BUST!
Wall is the only real standout point guard talent for 2010, with the prospect pool filled with a bunch of undersized point men and combo guards. In fact, instead of coming up with the top five point guard prospects as per usual, we could only come up with four that could possibly get drafted this year (unless some unexpected point guard underclassmen declare).
1) John Wall | Kentucky | Freshman
We’ve already written about how much we love John Wall here, and here. Our opinion has not changed in the least, as Wall continues to impress in his first (and last) season in college. He’s shooting over 50 percent from the field while putting up a stat line of 17/7/4 and is even hitting three’s more frequently as the season wears on. Mark him down (in indelible ink) as the first name out of David Stern’s mouth at this year’s draft.
2) Kalin Lucas | Michigan State | Junior
This is where things really drop off, but that is by no means meant to be an insult to Kalin Lucas. Lucas should have a long NBA career, he’s just not projected to be more than a serviceable player. Lightning quick and battle-tested, Lucas is enjoying a strong junior season in East Lansing and has improved his field goal percent by almost 100 points from last year. As of now he looks to be a late first round pick.
3) Sherron Collins | Kansas | Senior
Speaking of battle-tested players, none come with more experience under their belt than Sherron Collins. Incredibly quick, yet also extremely strong, Collins has the Jayhawks on course to earn him a second NCAA championship ring. The fact that he measures in at under six feet hurts his draft stock though, as he is projected as a late first round or early second round pick.
4) Alexey Shved | Russia | 1988
It’s hard to get a real good feel for how good Alexey Shved is (or will be) because he rarely sees the court for Dynamo Moscow. What we do know is he is long for a point guard (6-5), has a good handle and a nice stroke from outside. He’ll probably hear his name called in the early to middle portions of the second round.
Next up: The Shooting Guards
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