NBA Mock Draft 2017: Shooting Guards


Shooting Guard / 6-3 / Kentucky / Freshman

Monk is an undersized 2-guard with top-shelf athleticism. Playing at Kentucky he’ll have the perfect opportunity to showcase his open court speed and explosiveness. He has been described by some as a player that could develop into a point guard, but that may be optimistic. His forte is scoring and using his athleticism in the open floor in transition. If he can develop into a combo that can play some point within the rotation, he’ll create some added value. Whether he slips into the same vortex as two highly rated small 2s from last year’s recruiting class (Malik Newman and Antonio Blakeney) remains to be seen.

Twitter: @AhmadMonk
Comparison: Louis Williams
Salary: $1,804,600*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / Duke / Junior

Allen made a wise decision to return for his junior year and figures to be a first rounder with another solid season considering the depth of this year’s draft isn’t as strong as last year’s. Allen is extremely aggressive and proved as a freshman in the NCAA title game two years ago that he has some big huevos. He is very dedicated to the weight room and shows aggressiveness in creating contact and getting to the line. While his size, athleticism and quickness are all just average for an NBA 2-guard, his energy and intangibles should allow him to find a role at the next level and overcome scout’s concerns about his limitations.

Comparison: Brandon Rush
Salary: $1,403,600*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Adelaide 36ers (Australia) / 1998

Ferguson committed to Arizona but issues related to his transcript curtailed his NCAA eligibility. He has already begun his season playing in the Australian League and he will likely find things more difficult than he anticipated. He showed what a deadly shooter he can be in April’s Nike Hoop Summit connecting on seven three-pointers in just a few minutes of game time. While extremely limited in creating offense for himself and others, his prototypical 3-and-D skills give him intrigue. It will be interesting to see how many scouts make the trip Down Under to see him.

Comparison: James White
Salary: $1,192,200*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Arizona / Sophomore

Trier is a prolific scorer with good speed and athleticism. He considered entering the draft after one year at Arizona but made a wise choice in returning to school. A five-star recruit, look for him to emerge as the Wildcats’ go-to scorer this season. He lacks ideal size for the next level, but is explosive and has pretty good ball skills. He likely will carve out a role as an instant offense type off the bench. A big season should get him looks in the first round on draft night.

Twitter: @ISO_Zo
Comparison: Jordan Crawford
Salary: $1,062,300*

Key: (*) Standard salary for players selected with that pick in 2017-18.

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