By: Marcus Ferro
For the last couple months, ESPN has been ranking every player in The Association. Overall, I didn’t have much of a problem with the rankings. I can imagine ranking 500 players is a difficult task. However, once we started getting into the top 25 the rankings started getting absurd. Here are the ones that really made my blood boil.
By Marcus Ferro
I apologize that it took me so long to continue my positional ranking series and for the lack of postings altogether. I am a first year law student; free time to blog is scarce these days. I’ll try my best to manage my time more efficiently and post more. Anyway, here are my shooting guard rankings.
You can find my point guard rankings here
By: Marcus Ferro
Last week ESPN had a 5-on-5 article for each position from point guard to center. While I agree with some of the writers, I think the 5-0n-5’s are shit unless they feature legit ESPN journalists (e.g. J.A. Adande or Mark Stein) because I don’t know where the fuck some of these TrueHoop affiliate writers are coming from sometimes. Anyway, it prompted me to make my own positional rankings. It’s not like there is anything else worth writing about. I’m so sick of lockout talk, and I refuse to entertain the thought of Kobe playing in Turkey. So I’ll start off my positional rankings with the point position. This is the most difficult position to rank because it is more abundantly talented that it has ever been. My rankings have changed a little from last year’s.
By: Jared Ramos
26. Marshon Brooks: SG, Senior, Providence
With a 7-1 wingspan, great quickness, excellent jumping ability, solid ball-handling skills and the ability to create his own shot, there is no wondering why NBA teams are interested in Brooks. All these skills were on display in Brooks final season at Providence where he averaged nearly 25 points per game against Big East opponents.
Brooks is a volume shooter, and compares well to other players in this draft like Jimmer Fredette and Kemba Walker. When you compare him to someone in the NBA, most scouts say Kobe. But before we get ahead of ourselves the comparisons begin and end at the fact that they both take contested jumpers. Brooks was able to pull that off in college, but few scouts think he will be able to get off the same shots in the NBA that he did at Providence.
For all of Brooks positives on the offensive end, there are some major question marks and holes in the rest of his game. Can he play without the ball in his hands? Can he come off screens in the NBA? Can he improve his passing? Will he be able to run an offense? Can he improve his defense? If he can work on these areas, than Marshon Brooks could become a pretty good player at the next level.
NBA Comparison: Jamal Crawford
By: Jared Ramos
21. Jimmer Fredette: SG, Senior, BYU
Jimmer Fredette stormed onto the scene this season winning Player of the Year honors while at the same time winning people hearts. No question Fredette’s numbers were impressive, averaging 28.5 points a game which led the country and 4.3 assists. The big question is will he be a good pro?
First the positives for Jimmer, he shoots the lights out. He has unlimited range and is a threat to shoot as soon as he crosses half-court. He not only can hit 30-foot jumpers, but he can also score off of screens, or catch and shoot. His midrange game may be his best area. Fredette can hit off-balance jumpers with ease from 15 feet. That awkward off-balance release will allow him to shoot over bigger defenders in the NBA.
Now onto the negatives, his defense. Jimmer had some of the worst defense I have ever seen. His average athletic ability kills him on defense because he has slow feet. The worst thing of all though is the fact that it looks like he could care less about defense. There have been multiple times where he was beaten off the dribble and just gave up on the play. Jimmer has a long way to go to even be a decent pro in my opinion. The fact that he can shoot however will guarantee him a spot on a NBA roster.
NBA Comparison: Adam Morrison
By: Jared Ramos
16. Markieff Morris : PF, Junior, Kansas
Markieff is the twin brother of Marcus, who was the Big 12 Player of the Year. Markieff’s numbers were not as impressive as his brothers but still solid, averaging 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Markieff is a strong explosive power forward who stands at 6’10 235 lbs. He is very athletic and has a polished offensive game, something he did not have when he first came to Kansas. Another area where Morris has vastly improved is in his mid range jumper. This season Morris connected on 42 percent of his three-point attempts and 58.9 percent from the floor overall. His post game still needs work however. In college he got by on talent and athleticism, he will need to develop a few low post moves in order to get touches in the NBA.
On the defensive end Morris has the ability to contribute. He will never be a game changer on that side of the ball, but he will give you 8-10 rebounds a game. Morris will not be a superstar, but he will be a quality player in the NBA. What separates him and Marcus and is the fact that Marcus is a bit more versatile. Markieff is more of a catch and shoot big man, whereas Marcus can put the ball on the floor.
NBA Comparison: Al Harrington
By: Jared Ramos
11. Terrence Jones: SF, Freshman, Kentucky
The 6’8 Jones was the most dominant freshman in basketball the first few weeks of the college basketball season. He tailed off towards the end of the season and would be best served if he returned to Kentucky for one more year. Despite a sub-par second half Jones still averaged 15.7 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game.
For starters Jones’ offensive game is pretty versatile. He has good scoring instincts and a good IQ. His best work comes when he is able to catch the ball and it put on the floor. He attacks the rim primarily with his left hand and does a nice job handling the ball. He is explosive first step also gives him the ability to attack the rim forcefully. On the defensive end he gives good effort. He does a good job of closing in on defenders and rarely takes a play off. His biggest problem on the defensive end is that he tends to lose his man because he spends a good amount of time watching the ball and not his man.
The reason Jones needs another year at Kentucky is because he is not polished. His low post game is not there, he struggles against bigger players and does not have any moves at the moment. Offensively he needs to improve his three point shooting, just 32.9%. He also needs to develop a right hand. With that said he does have an NBA ready body and a high ceiling, he just needs a bit of seasoning.
NBA Comparison: Andrea Iguodala
After breaking down the five best players in this years draft, we now turn our attention to the next group of players who should be drafted in the lottery. Here we see a few more international players, a diaper dandy, a conference player of the year and maybe the best player in college basketball.
Vesely was going to be a top 10 pick last season, but decided to return to Europe to learn more. He is 6’11 240 lbs and can play both the small forward position and the power forward position.
At 6’11 Vesely would be a nightmare to guard as a small forward and the fact that he is comfortable playing down low only improves his stock. He has been compared to Blake Griffin for his dunking ability, I will not go that far but Vesely does have a great athleticism. The knock on Vesely is that he has bad ball skills, a problem if he is going to be a small forward. Another problem is that he is not a great rebounder, averaging only 4.3 rebounds per game. Vesely is very raw, but has upside if he can add some weight.
NBA Comparison: Austin Daye
Irving is the cream of the crop in what might be the worst draft class since 2001. He only played in 11 games, but averaged 17.5 points per game and 4.3 assists per game. Three adjectives to describe Irving would be efficient, unselfish and exciting. He is not Derrick Rose or John Wall, but he has the potential to be an All-Star down the road. He did miss 26 games due to a toe injury, he would return for the NCAA tournament where he averaged 17.6 points per game.
He has excellent court vision and a good jump shot, shooting 52.9 % from the field and 46.2 % from three. He is capable of making shots off the dribble and has a high basketball IQ. On the defensive side of the ball he has good size, speed and quickness to guard the top guards in the league. Kyrie Irving will have no problem transitioning into the NBA.
NBA comparison: Russell Westbrook