The next position we will look at in the NBA draft positional preview is the shooting guard. This position was dominated this year by Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, who both absolutely lit it up this year with their incredible scoring and all-around play. However, even though the top two players at this position finished one-two in the college basketball player of the year voting, the drop-off to the third best prospect is huge and makes this position very top heavy. So let’s take a look at the top 5 best prospects at the shooting guard position in this year’s NBA draft.
Luwawu is a shooting guard that has played overseas the past year in France and has done a phenomenal job. He has caught the attention of numerous NBA scouts with his above average shooting and superb defense. he is a 6’6 guard so can space the floor well and he is very athletic which makes penetration difficult to stop. He could add some muscle and there is a lot of questions people have due to him never playing in America, but he can still be a future starter in the NBA. Expect him to go early second round.
Brogdon was a four year starter at Virginia and was part of the core that really helped Tony Bennett put that team back on top the ACC. He was known for his incredible defensive skills and fantastic leadership qualities he embodied in his team for during his time there. He also has a very high basketball IQ and plays as many minutes as he needs to get the job done. He will be very valuable to a team for his defense, shooting and fundamentals and I expect him be an early second round pick.
Korkmaz is one of the most scouted and looked at overseas prospects of the year and with good reason. The 6’6 guard from Turkey is a premier scorer that can handle the ball like a point guard. He has killer instinct when it comes to his dribble-drive penetration and when he does drive, he can kick it out with ease. He is also only 18 so his ceiling is as high as it can be. Just like his overseas counterpart Luwawu, he could add some strength but I still fully believe he will be a mid to late first round pick.
For much of the year, Valentine was the best player in college basketball. He was averaging 18 points, 8 boards and 7 assists and was running through the league like it was his job. He is one of the most well rounded and versatile players in this draft and NBA teams and scouts have taken notice of that and have put him on their big boards. With his scoring, rebounding, passing and basketball intellect, he can very easily be a mid first round draft pick this year.
1- Buddy Hield
There is always one player that turn everyone’s heads and this year, that was Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. He had an amazing tournament up until Villanova ran them out of the city and solidified himself at the top of the draft boards. He is an incredible shooter with Steph Curry type range and is a great ball handler with explosiveness that makes defenders spin. He can improve upon his defense and is slightly undersized, but he will still be a top 10 draft pick.
Others to watch- Malik Beasley, Malachi Richardson, Patrick McCaw, Wade Baldwin