Best Off Guard Prospects in the 2009 NBA Draft

From David Aldridge …

Draft preview: Closer look at the shooting guards

Rank

Name

School/Team

Hgt

Wgt

Wingspn

Vertical

1

James

Harden

Arizona State

6-5 1/4

222

6-10 3/4

37

2

DeMar

DeRozan

USC

6-6 1/2

211

6-9

38.5

3

Gerald Henderson

Duke

6-5

215

6-10 1/4

35

4

Terrance Williams

Louisville

6-6 1/4

213

6-9

37

5

Wayne

Ellington

North Carolina

6-5 1/4

202

6-6 1/2

38

6

Jermaine

Taylor

Central Florida

6-4 3/4

207

6-8 3/4

37.5

7

Jodie

Meeks

Kentucky

6-4

211

6-4 1/2

37

8

Chase

Budinger

Arizona

6-7

206

6-7

38.5

9

Marcus Thornton

LSU

6-3 3/4

194

6-5

33

10

Sergei

Gladyr

Mykolaiv (Ukraine)

6-5 #

198 #

N/A

N/A

 

From a Raptors’ perspective

If Toronto can successfully trade down from the No. 9 slot, in exchange for a Lower 1st Round Pick and, in the process, pick-up an additional 2nd Round Selection … one Marcus Thornton,

i.e. scored 30 in the NCAAs against Butler and has an NBA-ready body that has scouts comparing him, physically, with a Mitch Richmond.

“He’s a volume scorer,” says one scout. “He’s a little bit wild, a little streaky. When he gets going you can’t stop him. he’ll get six, seven buckets in a row on you quick, from all kinds of distances. But he needs a lot of shots to get a lot of points. A very poor man’s Ben Gordon.”

who is a Top Flight NBA prospect, as a shooter/scorer, in the mold of  Richmond, Gordon, and, yes, Ray Allen, may still be there for them. 

Those who think that Marcus Thornton might struggle scoring at the next level might also be in for a big surprise.

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