Draft 2011: Top Five Point Guards, Vol. 1
Need a floor general? You can’t lose with these five.
We are in the midst of a golden age of point guards in the NBA. Paul. Williams. Rondo. Rose. Nash. Wall. Westbrook. Parker. The list goes on and on. It seems every team has an elite point guard, and if they don’t then they want to get one, fast. For those teams in the market for a point guard, here are the best floor generals that the 2011 NBA Draft should offer.
His injured big toe could still potentially keep him off of the floor for the rest of this season, but scouts have seen enough of Kyrie Irving to know what he brings to the table. Speed. Craftiness. Poise. Passing. Scoring. Defense. What more could you want in a point guard?
After missing the Jayhawks first nine games while serving a NCAA-imposed suspension, Baltimore’s Josh Selby burst on to the collegiate scene, scoring 21 points in his debut. He’s an explosive athlete who can score from anywhere on the court, but at this point he is more of a combo guard than a pure point guard. But, standing only 6-2, that will have to change at the next level.
Brandon Knight is in the similar category as Josh Selby — he has good size for the point guard spot, great scoring ability and blazing speed. The only problem is he still needs to work on his point guard skills — he pretty much turns the ball over as often as he gets an assist. But he plays for John Calipari, who has a pretty good history at producing NBA point guards.
The elder statesman on the list is Huskies’ junior guard Kemba Walker, who is an early favorite for National Player of the Year honors. The speedy Bronx native is an incredible scorer (26.1 ppg this season) and has become an outside shooting threat. The real concern regarding him is his size — he’s listed at 6-0 (which probably really means he’s a sub-six footer).
More than likely Cory Joseph will stick around college for at least one more season, but if he does declare for this year’s draft he could be a high pick. Not the greatest athlete, Joseph nonetheless gets the job done, is a heady player and can score on his own or set up teammates.
Next in line: Nolan Smith, Duke; Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas; Maalik Wayns, Villanova; Demetrei McCarney, Illinois; Iman Shumpert, Georgia Tech.