NBA prospect primer: Top 10 shooting guards

NBA prospect primer: Top 10 shooting guards
April 23, 2014, 12:30 pm
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BOSTON — The re-signing of Avery Bradley by the Boston Celtics is not a sure thing.

And while Chris Johnson certainly earned his way on to the roster following an initial 10-day contract, he is by no means the answer to their shooting guard concerns, either.

The Celtics may look to address the position through the draft. And while it's unlikely they will use their first, first-round pick on any shooting guard, the second one (No. 17 overall) may lead to them selecting a much-needed perimeter shooter to provide added depth.

Here's CSNNE.com's list of the top 10 shooting guards in this year's NBA draft.

1. Gary Harris, 6-5, 210 Michigan State

STRENGTHS

* Good shooter, scorer off the dribble

* Strong upper body

* Solid defender

* 6-7 wing span

WEAKNESSES

* Ball handling needs work

* Doesn't have ideal size (6-4) for his position

* Has decent, but not great athleticism

* Lacks great quickness or explosiveness
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2. Nik Stauskas, 6-6, 205, Michigan

STRENGTHS

* Has lots of range with his shot

* Deceptive step-back jumper tough to defend

* Under-rated playmaker

* High basketball I.Q.

WEAKNESSES

* Lacks foot speed

* Struggles defensively

* Needs to get stronger
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3. James Young, 6-7, 215, Kentucky

STRENGTHS

* Quick, efficient release on his jumper

* Has 6-11 wing span

* Only 18 years old, still has growth potential

* High energy player

WEAKNESSES

* Shot selection can be shaky at times

* Goes to his left (dominant hand) almost exclusively

* Needs to get stronger

* Ball-handling in need of improvement
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4. P.J. Hairston, 6-5, 227, Texas Legends

STRENGTHS

* NBA-ready frame

* Can score in a multitude of ways from the perimeter and off the dribble

* Has 6-9 wing span

* Can defend multiple positions

WEAKNESSES

* Work ethic questionable in college and in the D-League

* Terrible passer

* Character concerns after dismissal from UNC

* Ball-handling not very strong
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5. Bogdan Bogdanovic 6-6, 205, Serbia

STRENGTHS

*  Ideal size for NBA shooting guard

* Good court vision

* Showcased the ability to play the point as well as shooting guard

* Gets more than his share of deflections and steals

WEAKNESSES

* Pressure defenses cause him problems

* Is not good at creating his own shot off the dribble

* Lateral quickness results in him struggling against speedier guards

* Streaky shooter
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6. C.J. Wilcox, 6-5, 190, Washington

STRENGTHS

* Highly efficient scorer coming off screens or on pull-up jumpers

* Has 6-8 wing span

* Shows knack for filling whatever he's called to perform

* Uses his length well defensively

WEAKNESSES

* At 23 years old, questions about how much better he'll get will arise

* Relies heavily on jumpers, seldom finishes around the rim

* Defensive intensity tends to fluctuate
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 7. Zach LaVine, 6-5, 180, UCLA

STRENGTHS

* Amazing foot speed which allows him to score easily in transition

* Shooting mechanics unorthodox, but effective off screens and mid-range shots

* Will play off the ball, but has some lead-guard skills

WEAKNESSES

* Poor defender

* Struggles to score in half-court sets

*  Patience required for any team drafting him
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8. Jordan Clarkson, 6-5, 195, Missouri

STRENGTHS

* Can play both guard positions at the next level

* Has 6-7 wing span

* Creates own shots effectively in iso and pick-and-rolls

WEAKNESSES

* Decent finisher, not sold that will translate at the next level

* Lateral quickness

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9. Markel Brown, 6-3, 190, Oklahoma State

STRENGTHS

* Has 6-7 wing span

* Freakish athlete that's a highlight waiting to happen

* Solid decision-maker

WEAKNESSES

* Struggles to create his own shot

* Jumper has improved, but still a major flaw to his game

* Ball-handling skills need work

* Not the most "engaged" defender despite his elite level athleticism
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10. Jabari Brown, 6-4, 215, Missouri

STRENGTHS

*  Expanded his offensive game to be more than just a catch-and-shoot player

* Does a good job of getting to the free throw line

* Good defender

WEAKNESSES

* Doesn't create enough for others offensively

* Ball-handling a concern