Top 5 Point Guards to look for in the 2019 NBA Draft
1. Ja Morant:
Just watch him play. No words are needed to exlpain what makes Morant the #1 PG in this class, just watch him play. He scores at will: breaking ankles, pulling up for jumpers, getting to the rim with ease and dunking on defenders. He’s the type of player that “wows” you. The small school sophomore is leading Murray State to a 4-1 record while averaging 27.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.4 assists. His draft stock is rising like a rocket and he is likely to end up as a top 5 pick.
2. Darius Garland:
The preseason top ranked Point Guard, 5* Darius Garland. A true freshman who has had a lot expected of him due to his long affiliation with the USA Basketball program and almost flawlessly successful high school career (4 state championships). Garland would have something to say against Morant, though a meniscus injury cut his probable lone college season off after only 5 games. Garland wins games and is a constant offensive threat with a great handle and jumper. His injury is not considered so serious as to hinder his draft stock and he is still projected a lottery pick.
3. Jaylen Hands:
Hands was once expected to be a top pick coming out of high school alongside Collin Sexton. Now in his sophomore year, Hands has something to prove after not being pleased with how the NBA did not show much interest in him going into last year’s draft. Hands’ greatest strengths are his athleticism and craftiness, he plays fast and aggresive and makes plays for his Bruins. He has shown great potential at times but has not been consistent or impactful enough to warrant a high selection.
4. Shamorie Ponds:
Shamorie gets buckets. Ponds is one of college basketball’s top scorers and has started his junior year off angrily. He has three 30 point games already this year and shows no signs of slowing down, he is a pure scorer with an attack first mindset and there is always room for a player of that caliber in the NBA.
5. Carsen Edwards:
Edwards is a player in the same pool as Ponds. He scores, he scores, he scores. His Purdue squad has lost a couple of games this season already and look to be relying too much on Edwards’ heroics. Edwards is a stronger guard that uses a great handle and contested shooting to get his.