NBA Mock Draft 2016: Shooting Guards



Shooting Guard / 6-7 / California / Freshman
14.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg

Brown appears to be the one guy that could challenge the “Baby Durantula” to go second overall. Brown’s explosiveness trumps both Simmons and Ingram, and while he lacks their size and length, his play has really shown great improvement as the season has gone on. He’s a terror in the open floor, using his superior speed, athleticism and raw power to get to the rim. His jump shot is also severely underrated. His floor game continues to progress, and he’s begun to put together moves to get by opponents, which makes for a deadly mix. Brown is a thoughtful, introspective kid with high character and possesses superstar upside.

Twitter: @FCHWPO
Comparison: Jason Richardson
Salary: $3,952,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Oklahoma / Senior
26.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg

No one has helped his draft stock more this season than Buddy Hield. Along with Simmons, Hield is the frontrunner for NPOY honors. He has also moved himself into the lottery with his standout play. He is a kid with a terrific attitude and a polished skillset. Buddy is a dangerous offensive player showing the ability to score in a variety of ways as well as facilitate. He’s on the small side at 6-foot-4, but has long arms and a strong build.

Twitter: @buddyhield
Comparison: James Harden
Salary: $2,451,200*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Duke / Sophomore
20.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Allen has picked up right where he left off in last year’s national championship game, in which he came in and rescued the Blue Devils when their backs were against the wall. Allen has been extremely efficient in his sophomore season both shooting and scoring on drives to the basket. He’s a confident athlete and plays with a sense of urgency and competitiveness and aside from his Kentucky performance has been extremely consistent.

Comparison: Bob Sura
Salary: $1,743,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Anadolu Efes (Turkey) / 1997
3.4 ppg, 1.2 rpg

Korkmaz is a wiry guard with an advanced offensive game for his age. He’s a good leaper, having won dunk contests and shows solid explosiveness. He’s not incredibly quick, so defense and creating shots against high-level athletes could be a challenge. He has struggled some with playing time and productivity this season.

Comparison: Marco Belinelli
Salary: $1,656,200*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Florida State / Freshman
17.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg

Bacon is an explosive, dynamic athlete with a growing all-around skill set. He has been one of the ACC’s top performers in his freshman season and appears set to parlay that into becoming a one-and-done first-round pick. He still needs to improve upon his outside shooting, but proved he could hit shots in the clutch with his game winning bucket against Florida on December 29.

Comparison: Gerald Wilkins
Salary: $1,573,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Michigan / Senior
17.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg

LeVert has done a solid job of bouncing back after the knee injury which sidelined him last season. He’s an unselfish, versatile 2-guard with a smooth mid-range game and excellent vision. While he lacks ideal athleticism, his feel for the game and cerebral decision-making help him to be an effective player. How well he checks out in physicals and tests athletically will likely factor into his draft stock.

Twitter: @CarisLeVert
Comparison: Doug Christie
Salary: $1,199,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Arizona / Freshman
14.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Trier is an undersized 2-guard with explosive scoring ability. He’s been an effective scorer as a freshman putting his name on scouts’ lists as a possible one-and-done first rounder if he can continue to produce and develop. His ability to show that he’s an all-around contributor and team player and not solely a top notch individual scorer would help his cause.

Twitter: @ISOzo_LOE
Comparison: PJ Hairston
Salary: $1,151,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Florida State / Freshman
17.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Beasley is a sweet shooting freshman who has been every bit as productive as teammate Dwayne Bacon, only with more efficiency. He’s a superior shooter and even displays some combo skills, with great ballhandling and solid passing. While not as big or athletic as Bacon, there are some scouts who prefer Beasley for his great versatility and aforementioned jump shot.

Comparison: Devin Booker
Salary: $1,061,600*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Mississippi State / Freshman
13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg

Newman is a polished scorer and fearless player. He has struggled some with the adjustment to the college level and playing the point guard position. But as the season has progressed, its apparent he’s becoming more comfortable and playing more efficiently. He proved himself on the International level as one of the premiere players in his age group, winning MVP of the USA U17 Team that won gold in Dubai. With speed to get by opponents and a polished pull up J, Newman is able to overcome a size disadvantage to be an effective scorer.

Comparison: Monta Ellis
Salary: $990,700*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Kansas / Junior
15.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg

Selden came into Kansas as a high-level recruit and after two underwhelming seasons, has finally begun to live up to expectations. This year he’s showing go-to scoring ability and excellent outside shooting efficiency. An above average athlete with strength and explosiveness. he’s Kansas’ top player and the Jayhawks are a true contender, elevating his status. While on the short side for a 2-guard, his ability to play physical and attack the rim gives him possibility as a late first rounder.

Comparison: Norman Powell
Salary: $983,400*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2016-17.

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