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Cheat Sheet: Your 12 Biggest NBA Draft Questions Answered

By 06.25.14

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10. Who are the shooters to watch out for?

Doug McDermott and Nik Stauskas, for sure. Doug topped the nation in scoring last season, while Nik was clutch from downtown. Both definitely have the skills and work ethic to succeed running off screens and launching bombs with just a slither of daylight available ala Kyle Korver, JJ Redick and Ray Allen.

Of course, they will have the same issues as those guys – namely, defense – but both have showed impressive athletic results at the combine, and teams would be unwise to consider them defensive liabilities just because of their skin color (as is often the case). Rodney Hood (who has the coolest name in the draft) also offers value in the teens for teams after a shooter, and has shown promise on the defensive end. I guess we can call him our “3 and D” guy of the draft.

11. I’m sick of all these combo guards these days…any genuine 1’s out there?

Shabazz Napier, Tyler Ennis an­­­­­­d Elfrid Payton offer hope in this area. All have averaged 5+ assists per game at college for at least one season, which is no mean feat (Chris Paul averaged 6.3 in his college career). Napier has Damon Stoudamire potential, which actually isn’t as bad as it sounds.

Ennis has more doubters of late since his combine results weren’t pretty. Don’t get me wrong, Tyler can flat out run point, but his lack of upside hurt his stock. Payton, on the other hand, has shot up draft boards, mainly because of his defense. With the league the way it is at the moment, I’d go for Elfrid above the other two guys, as the ability to put the brakes on a point guard is becoming somewhat of a lost art in the NBA.

12. Who else should I watch out for?

The two Spartans, Garry Harris and Adreian Payne, are worth keeping an eye on. They’ve been recruited and brought up by Izzo, so you know they’re going to give their all night in and night out. Harris is a flat-out scorer who is undersized: it’s likely he’ll continue to score in the NBA, but at low shooting percentages. Payne has a nice outside game for a big man, but also conditioning issues due to a heart condition. Both could be solid bench guys in this league.

Jigga’s latest signing, James Young, can score the ball, and would be a welcome sixth man addition to some young, developing teams. T.J. Warren is similar, and should go in the first round. Kyle Anderson is a nice point-forward type, who could provide some ball-handling for funky bench-units. Sneaky defensive value can be had late in the first round with K.J. McDaniels.

Other guys to keep an eye on are Glenn Robinson III, his UoM teammate Mitch McGary, P.J. Hairston and a whole host of other European guys I know little about, and refuse to learn since they are likely to stay stashed in Europe anyway.

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