The 2016 NBA Draft has two versatile forwards at the top of the class in LSU’s Ben Simmons and Duke’s Brandon Ingram, but the rest of the top five might be rounded out with players who excel at the guard positions.
Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, Jamal Murray of Kentucky and Kris Dunn of Providence all have a chance to be selected with a top-five pick June 23, and there are plenty of teams in the top 10 that need guard help.
Here are the top 10 guards in the 2016 draft class.
1. Buddy Hield (SG, Oklahoma, 6-5, 215)
Senior guard has good size/strength and excellent shooting range. He’s also a well-rounded prospect capable of contributing immediately as a rookie.
2. Jamal Murray (PG/SG, Kentucky, 6-4, 205)
Another very good outside shooter, this Wildcats freshman also has explosive athleticism and adds versatility as a combo guard.
3. Kris Dunn (PG, Providence, 6-4, 220)
Three-year playmaker for the Friars is an excellent passer and improved his scoring average in each of the last three seasons.
4. Jaylen Brown (SG/SF, California, 6-6, 225)
The Bears guard has superior strength and athleticism, which helps him defend well on the perimeter.
5. Malik Beasley (SG, Florida State, 6-5, 190)
The Seminoles guard can stretch the floor with his outside shooting and provide instant offense in a bench role as a rookie.
6. Furkan Korkmaz (SG, Turkey, 6-7, 175)
The Turkish star has excellent size and length for a shooting guard, and he also shoots well from the outside. His perimeter defense needs work, though, and he must add strength to improve it.
7. Denzel Valentine (SG/SF, Michigan State, 6-5, 210)
Valentine is a polished, smart player capable of providing reliable scoring production and rebounding. He’s also not a bad defender against guards or small forwards.
8. Dejounte Murray (PG/SG, Washington, 6-5, 170)
Murray’s impressive playmaking skill and smart decision-making make him more suited to be a point guard, but his size allows him to defend bigger guards.
9. Malachi Richardson (SG, Syracuse, 6-6, 200)
Richardson is a quality passer, but he must be more consistent with his outside shot to make a strong impact offensively in the pros.
10. Timothe Luwawu (SG/SF, France, 6-7, 195)
The French guard is an athletic shooting guard with the ability to knock down jump shots and attack the rim, but his defense leaves a lot to be desired.
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