The 2017 draft class is one of the deepest in years, and the point guard position for this year’s class also sports major depth. Most experts agree that there are 4 point guards that are in a higher tier than everyone else, and I intend to give you my in depth analysis of these 4 guys. This article is your personal guide to the NBA’s next generation of floor generals, so let’s dive in.
1st Tier: Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox
Markelle Fultz- If you had looked over my Draft Board 1.0, you would know what a high opinion I have of Fultz. I do believe he is the best player in the draft, and the one with the highest potential. His uber-complete game will allow him to make the transition into the NBA very smoothly, and you can expect him to make an all-star team by at least his 3rd year in the league. He can shoot, create off the dribble, play defense, and get shots for himself and his teammates, not to mention he has good height for either guard position in the NBA.
Dennis Smith- Smith’s athleticism and ability to get to the rim are a recipe for success in the NBA. He has shown that his raw tools translate into scoring (19 ppg at NC State) and buckets for his teammates (6 apg). He was labeled as a bad shooter coming out of high school, but has shot 39 percent on nearly 5 attempts per game so far. My one concern about Smith was his tendency to play out of control which leads to a high turnover rate. But with all things considered, Dennis Smith has the potential to become and stay a top 10 player throughout his career.
Lonzo Ball- Ball’s court vision, size and athleticism, ball handling skills, and length make him an appealing prospect. However, I am concerned with his very unorthodox shooting form. He starts his shot below his left shoulder, and has a low release point, which makes his shot very easy to contest and not feasible at the NBA level. When Ball does get to the league, I have doubts about his ability to be a good one on one scorer, because of his tendency to shy away from contact and not get to the rim. Considering the fact that you can give basically any NBA superstar the ball and tell them to score, Lonzo Ball might not be as talented a prospect as you may think. But overall, his court vision and passing skills are at the next level, so he should be able to find his niche in the league.
De’Aaron Fox- With averages of 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists, Fox is slowly rising in the minds of most scouts. He’s still shooting an abysmal 15 percent from 3 point land, but I’m here to tell you that De’Aaron Fox is not as bad of a shooter as you might think he is. The usual indicator of a bad shooter is bad form, and Fox’s shot form is nearly perfect. He also hit 10 threes in a high school game, and is currently shooting 71 percent from the line. So he might not ever be raining 3s like Steph Curry, but I could see him becoming a serviceable 3 point shooter at some point in his career. His best attribute, however, is his speed. He may be the fastest player in college basketball right now. With out-of-this-world speed and a poor jump shot, his scouting report sounds very similar to that of John Wall 6 years ago.
Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox. These 4 floor generals show a higher level of talent than every other college point guard in the nation. I don’t like to make blanket statements like this, but at least one of these guys will be an all-star. There’s so much talent between these 4, and despite my tendency to point out their weaknesses, I would like to make clear once and for all that I think these guys are the real deal.