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Yeah but you want a guy who can not only score but slow down his matchup too. Once he learns to use his strength and long arms to keep guys in front of him he'll be a serviceable defender. I still see him as a 3 though but his position will most likely be based on team need. If he gets picked by cleveland or sacramento then he'll be playing SF. He definitely has versatility to play both but he's better suited as a scoring SF.
I have so many questions about Baz and McLemore that I would much rather take Marcus Smart. I want to like those first two guys but they both have big question marks.
With the big guys they are all a crap shoot. Not sold on Bennett. Gobet feels like a bust. Scared of Noels injury big time or I would pick him. Not totally sold on Len though he could be promising. Zeller is prob the best bet but hard to get excited about that.
Marcus Smart is the best prospect in the draft. He wins by default.
Smart doesn't have any question marks?
is bazz at all like james harden? question on athleticism at the sg as far as defense goes. from his stats he seems to be efficient, can shoot, scores in isolation and is a pretty willing passer. it seems that bazz plays more of a power game while harden is more a euro mold type of player.
Defense: Smart has the longest wingspan and is the best at staying in front of his man. He is getting 3 steals per game, while Mclemore gets just over 1 and Baz is getting slightly less. Smart and McLemore get a little over 1 block every two games, but Baz hardly ever blocks a shot. Smart is also going to be the best on ball defender due to his quickness, the guy can stay in front of even small quick pgs.
Passing: Smart has some problems with turnovers but he still has the best assist to turnover ratio by a mile. McLemore is second and hovers around the one to one ratio area. Baz hardly ever gets assists and turns the ball over twice as much.
Smart: 4.3 assists 3.3 turnovers
Mclemore 2.1 assists 2.0 turnovers
Baz 0.9 assists 1.6 turnovers
Handle: Have to give this one to Smart as well, he looks very fluid and comfortable with the ball. Baz has a rep for only going left. McLemore has a good first step but struggles changing speed or direction.
Shooting: McLemore wins this one with the best percentages 16.7 pts 50% fg 43% 3pt. Baz is next 18.3 pts 45% fg 42% 3pt. Smart is last 15.2 pts 41% fg 29% 3pt. So here is the big question mark with Smart. His rep is a guy with good mechanics but has somewhat questionable shot selection. He kind of reminds me of Bradly Beal. I just think there is a better chance he will improve his shooting numbers then the other guys will improve in other areas.
Rebounding: Not the most important aspect for a guard but still worth considering. All three guys look decent here at over 5 boards per game but Smart has the best numbers with 5.7
Versatility: Smart can clearly play PG on both ends of the floor. The other two guys don't look like they can. This is huge for us as it would allow Kemba to work off the ball some without sacrificing defense. Remember how well Kemba did at UConn when Lamb was allowed to handle the rock more.
To sum it up
Baz: plays no defense and is a black hole on offense, good scorer but has a rep as a selfish player and a bad teammate
McLemore: Decent all around player, but has a year of being in a college program on the other two guys. Isn't great at anything accept his nice shooting percentages, which is a sign of good coaching.
Smart: best player in every way accept shooting percentages, youngest of the three, needs to improve shot selection