The 2010 NBA Draft is upon us, which means position rankings are in order. We’ll be updating our nba mock drafts routinely as the month of May carries on and brings us closer to draft day, and once the final list of player withdrawals is known, we’ll have a clearer picture.
John Wall is clearly the cream of the crop this year at the point guard position, and there simply aren’t any other full-fledged elite point guards in this class.
Read on to see how the other point guards stack up behind Wall:
1. John Wall (Kentucky)
Wall is a one-make fast-break waiting to happen, packing great athleticism and instincts together to form a potential-ridden specimen. He is far and away the best point guard in this draft class, and is likely the top overall prospect.
2. Eric Bledsoe (Kentucky)
Bledsoe took a back-seat to Wall at Kentucky, but he too has loads of athleticism and potential. He still needs some refinement, but potential alone keeps him at the second spot.
3. Armon Johnson (Nevada)
Has all the tools necessary to make the transition to the next level, and can score with the best of them. However, like Bledsoe, he’s still quite raw.
4. Greivis Vasquez (Maryland)
Vasquez needs to get stronger and more consistent, but no point guard in this class has his combination of passion, size, and dedication to getting better. He could be a match-up nightmare if he improves his shot and gets stronger.
5. Sherron Collins (Kansas)
Has adequate numbers and great point guard skills, but has several things working against him. He does not have ideal size, and he saw his numbers drop across the board from 2008 to 2009. An early exit by Kansas in this year’s NCAA tournament doesn’t help, either.
6. Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
He has the talent of an elite prospect, but has major character and decision-making concerns.
7. Jon Scheyer (Duke)
Has the size and intangibles to make it at the next level, very likely at either guard position. He showed great vision and play-making ability throughout the season, and really stepped up in the tournament en route to Duke’s championship.
He can shoot, score, and dish. His main knock would be defense and a lack of elite athleticism, but he actually is better than average in both areas, despite the public opinion saying otherwise.
8. Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga)
Has outstanding size, strength, and athleticism. Bouldin (right) is a very under-rated passer and play-maker, and has the penetration ability to make things happen, both for himself and others. He needs to improve overall consistency a the position, but definitely has the tools to compete at the next level.
9. Denis Clemente (Kansas State)
Has great speed and quickness, but might be too under-sized to be viewed as a starter at the next level. Has the skills to be a solid back-up, however.
10. Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)
Can be a clutch performer, but isn’t a pure point guard, and struggles with inconsistency. Has shown an ability to get to the line and comes up big in crunch time. Simply doesn’t have that second gear you look for in point guards.
Honorable Mentions: The following players are more than capable of shooting up these rankings over the course of the next month, but are either outside of the top 10 at this position due to skill, character, or identity concerns. In the case of identity concerns, certain players are not ranked based on their inexperience at the position, or because the majority of NBA scouts are looking at these players for a different position (usually shooting guard).
Andy Rautins (Syracuse)
An elite shooter with an excellent basketball IQ, Rautins sees the floor on an elite level and displayed sound passing ability and decision-making in his senior season. He’s arguably best suited to be a spot-up shooter, but it’s hard to ignore the progress and production he had last year as a distributor.
Trevon Hughes (Wisconsin)
Very quick and athletic guard. More of a shoot-first point guard, but is probably too small to player the two spot at the next level.
Tommy Mason-Griffin (Oklahoma)
Very talented, but very under-sized. Had a solid statistical freshman season, but Oklahoma’s lack of success holds his stock down.
Terrico White (Mississippi)
Great size for the position, but he’s really not a point guard. He never averaged even three assists per game in a season, and simply fits better as a two guard.