2017 NBA Draft: Breaking Down the Top of the Stacked Point Guard Class

December 28th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

The 2017 NBA draft could potentially see five point guards selected in the lottery—the most since 1999.

Washington's Markelle Fultz, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr. and France's Frank Ntilikina have each flashed starter upside with the necessary tools and skill sets to thrive at the NBA level.

Volume production and/or efficiency have only helped strengthen their cases.

A number of teams are also projected to pick early that could either upgrade their point guard situations (Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic) or make room for another (Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Boston Celtics).

I ranked each guard three separate times—in three key aspects of his game, with No. 5 being the worst—based on his current play and likelihood of improving.


Scoring 5. Lonzo Ball

Ball's skeptics can make a compelling argument about limited scoring potential.

His 15.8 points per 40 minutes rank last among the other top NCAA point guards. Though he's unselfish with an identity tha ...

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