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Ranking The Top 10 Point Guards in the 2017 NBA Draft

The 2017 NBA Draft is loaded. Scouts are oozing over these prospects like Goldman Sachs recruits holding Harvard resumes or eighth graders scrolling through a porn star’s Instagram. The point guard class is especially stacked — here are the top ten ball-handlers who are about to take the NBA by storm…

The Intriguing Second Rounders




No 10: Nigel Williams-Goss

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It’s hard to get a lot of pub when your season consists of dominating inferior teams from the West Coast Conference, but NWG’s numbers (17 points, six rebounds, and five dimes per game) don’t lie. Plus the advanced stats like his game




No 9: Frank Mason III

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There are questions about Mason III’s size (he’s very generously listed at 6’0) and athleticism, but his skill and toughness should allow him to carve out a long, successful NBA career. His clear NBA comp is DJ Augustin, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the AP Player of the Year and unanimous All-America selection went on to experience more success than Texas’ former star..




No 8: Jawun Evans

Evans has better handles than a brand new Schwinn. The uber-quick Oklahoma State point guard averaged over 19 ppg for the Cowboys, and definitely has the jumper, quickness, and overall game to compete at the next level…

The Not Really A Point Guard But They’re Undersized And Can Score Like a Motherf***er So Let’s Call Them A Point Guard Division




No 7: Devonte’ Graham

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Graham was almost always overshadowed by Mason III, but the KU sharpshooter turned heads this season. Did he have an absolutely awful game against Oregon to close out the season? Yup. That happened. But his total body of work, smooth stroke, and high upside should convince an NBA team to take him off the board early in the second round




No 6: Dennis Smith Jr. 

Could Dennis Smith Jr. be the next Damian Lillard or John Wall? Or is he the next Steve Francis? Who the hell knows, but those are flattering comparisons. Smith Jr. shouldn’t have gone to NC State, where he received less air time than a fat man jumping, but he’s an intriguing prospect who projects as a lottery pick…




No 5: Malik Monk

Malik Monk’s a point guard? Um…sure. His only job with De’Aaron Fox on the floor was to score, but a lot of scouts are projecting him as a one at the next level, mostly as a way to rationalize drafting his immense talent. Preseason workouts are going to be huge for Monk, who only ran a handful of pick-and-rolls at Kentucky last season…

The Cream Of The Crop




No 4: Frank Ntilikina

6’5 with almost a seven-foot wingspan, Ntilikina has the physical tools to become an elite scorer and defender at the next level. It’s always hard for us in ‘Merica to judge the Euro guys, but after watching way too many hours of Frankie’s highlights and reading reviews about his advanced feel for the game, it’s hard not to get excited about the kid from France…




No 3: De’Aaron Fox

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Fox carved up UCLA like your drunk uncle handling the bird on Thanksgiving, and his elite quickness, smooth left-handed mid-range game, and pick-and-roll prowess project very well for the National Basketball Association. The chances of Fox not being a good NBA player are extremely slim…




No 2: Lonzo Ball

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Ball’s college career ended on a “womp womp” in the Bruins’ Sweet Sixteen loss to Kentucky, but this kid is special. He’s the only player in this draft that will instantly make whichever team selects him better. He is truly “Jason Kidd with a jumpshot,” and that notion has to tickle the fancy of every NBA front office. We have Fultz ranked slightly higher, but there will likely be several teams with Ball higher on their board…




No 1: Markelle Fultz

He’s an incredibly skilled scorer who can get to the basketball at will, plays above-average defense, and has a tremendous feel for the game. We’ve been searching for a Fultz comp, and the best we’ve come up with is “Steph Curry meets Andre Iguodala.” He has the skills of both of those guys, which means he has superstar potential. Most people didn’t get to watch Fultz play at Washington this season, but he’s the real deal…

Other Guys Who Might Get Drafted And Are Above-Average Guards of Point: PJ Dozier, Monte Morris, Joel Berry II

Honorable Mention: Marcus Keene

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