With just under a month left until the 2013 draft it’s time to look at which point guards will actually fit best in what the Jazz are trying to do. As we’ve learned recently the Jazz have not done so well with the shoot first point guard. The Jazz desperately need a distributor and secondary a shooter or someone that can penetrate and make defenses collapse. A three point shooter is necessary as well as they seem to get open looks a lot when the ball is thrown down to a big man. Defense is also something the Jazz have lacked for more than a decade from their point guard and would be a great addition to the core four.
With those qualifications this is how the point guards should rank to the Jazz:
1. Trey Burke (Michigan) – This is obvious as he is the first projected off the board but unless the Jazz trade up he most likely will be out of reach.
2. Micheal Carter-Williams (Syracuse)- Although I’m not very high on him he is the best passer and defender in the draft. His lack of shooting skills and speed concern me greatly.
3. CJ McCollum (Lehigh)- Not a great passer or defender but as a scorer he is ridiculously good. He will be better than both Harris and Mo but until he learns to run a team I don’t think he is what the Jazz are looking for.
4. Dennis Schroeder (Germany)- His assists to turnover ratio is awful but his overall game might be the best of the points. It’ll be interesting to see how early he goes but if he can be in control he definitely has the ability to be the best point from this draft.
5. Isaiah Canaan (Murray St.)- He’s still my favorite point in this draft but his lack of athleticism might deter teams from drafting him. The Jazz should really take a hard look at him at 21 and will be a guy you can count on night in and night out.
6. Shane Larkin (Miami)- I have mixed feelings on what this guy is capable of. He is a vertical leap that is beyond this world but his height of 5’11 and lack of defensive ability might hurt him at the next level. Then again Nate Robinson is doing wonders and he’s 5 inches shorter.
7. Lorenzo Brown (NC State)- Could be the sleeper of the draft as his size and impressive 4:1 assist to turnover ratio might make him an elite point at the next level. Any team should feel safe with him as their backup and maybe even as a starter.
8. Erick Green (Virginia Tech)- Honestly I doubt his ability at the next level and don’t see him starting anywhere. That being said if he plays with a chip on his shoulder he’ll find a place in the league.