NBA Mock Draft 2016: Shooting Guards



Shooting Guard / 6-7 / California / Freshman

Despite losing some of the hype surrounding him heading into the showcase games, Brown remains some scouts pick as the top overall prospect in the entire freshman class. He’s a physical specimen with incredible strength and athleticism. He absolutely wowed a gym full of NBA scouts over three days in Treviso (Italy) in the summer before his senior season of high school playing against European top level 20-21 year olds. He did seem to struggle some with consistency and shooting last season. He made a surprising decision to go to Cal, and, along with Ivan Rabb, figures to make them one of the most intriguing teams to follow this season.

Twitter: @FCHWPO
Comparison: Jason Richardson
Salary: $3,952,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Mississippi State / Freshman

Newman is a polished scorer and fearless player. He’s proven 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 tremendous speed to get by opponents and a polished pull up J, Newman is able to overcome a size disadvantage to be an effective scorer. Word is he will play point guard at Mississippi State, however most view him as a shooting guard for the NBA level.

Comparison: Monta Ellis
Salary: $1,931,900*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Michigan / Senior

LeVert enters the season as one of the top senior prospects available. He’ll look to bounce back after missing nearly his entire junior season with a broken foot. LeVert is a solid athlete with good size for the 2 guard position. With quality offensive skills, excels in passing and setting up teammates off the dribble. While not a superstar athlete, his intensity and determination make him highly effective.

Twitter: @CarisLeVert
Comparison: Doug Christie
Salary: $1,743,500*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Anadolu Efes (Turkey) / 1997

Korkmaz is a wiry guard with an advanced offensive game for his age. He has already begun to prove himself on the senior level at a young age and should be able to add facets to his game as he gets stronger. 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.

Comparison: Marco Belinelli
Salary: $1,420,100*
Shooting Guard / 6-4 / Oklahoma / Senior

Hield is a kid with a terrific attitude and a polished skill set. He is a dangerous offensive talent showing the ability to score as well as facilitate. He’s on the small side at 6-foot-4, but has long arms and a strong build. One of the top seniors in the country, Hield could make a run at National Player of the Year honors.

Twitter: @buddyhield
Comparison: Bobby Phills
Salary: $1,356,100*
Shooting Guard / 6-7 / Florida State / Freshman

Bacon is a high flying two-guard with an intriguing skillset. He’s got excellent size for the position and a solid body already. He enters a Florida State program that isn’t known for showcasing one-and-done freshmen. And it will be interesting to see to what kind of opportunity Leonard Hamilton gives Bacon to sizzle.

Comparison: Latrell Sprewell
Salary: $1,249,800*
Shooting Guard / 6-5 / California / Senior

Wallace is an intriguing player as he possesses NBA athleticism and the ability to play some at either guard position. A strong defender who proved last season he could run the point position and make good decisions. He biggest flaw right now is his inconsistent outside shot. Although it has shown improvement over his college career, he’ll need to continue to improve upon it in order to maximize his abilities.

Comparison: Nick Young
Salary: $1,151,900*

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

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