Comparing 2020 NBA Draft Prospects to Current Players: Shooting Guards
Staff writer Dalton Pence will be conducting a five-part series that compares certain NBA draft prospects to current players, grouped by position. Note: The order of the prospects is random and does not reflect the rankings of said prospects. The first in the series was point guards, now we move on to shooting guards.
Edwards is an intriguing prospect; he is a big-time shot creator, but often times at the cost of efficiency. The lack of help in his lone season at Georgia likely played a factor into it, but Edwards will need to improve his shot selection. In terms of comparisons, I’m going with Donovan Mitchell; Edwards can follow that same trajectory as a team’s primary scoring option that does not have a ton of impact on facilitating nor defense.
I elected to put Hampton as a shooting guard in this series, but he will likely play both as a lead guard and off-ball. Jordan Clarkson is a combo-guard with microwave-scoring abilities and a respectable perimeter game. I see Hampton playing a similar role and possibly being a team’s tertiary scoring option if he is drafted into the right situation. Similar in frame, Hampton will use more vertical athleticism as opposed to Clarkson’s quickness.
Vassell is listed as a two guard, but will likely carve out a role as a wing. His game is similar to that of Jaylen Brown’s; both are solid defenders with a tremendous feel for the game on both ends of the court. Like Brown, Vassell is just scratching the surface in terms of offensive potential. The latter has shown signs of being able to create offense off the dribble, but I doubt he ever reaches the star level that Brown is trending upward to.
Green’s staple in the NBA will be on-ball defense. However, his offensive upside cannot be overlooked; the comparison to Josh Richardson stems mainly from defense, but both mid-30% three-point shooters while possessing the ability to score in a plethora of ways. Green’s athleticism is superior to that of Richardson’s, but the two guards are the type of players that winning teams need to have.
The Kentucky product will likely be played early on as a point guard due to size limitations, but he’s more of an undersized shooting guard. That description alone finds him being compared to Collin Sexton. Maxey’s success levels will depend on the situation he gets drafted to, but there is no questioning his two-way abilities and three-level scoring repertoire. Sexton’s athleticism and quickness mirrors that of Maxey’s.
Comparing Bolmaro to a current professional player is difficult, mainly because I’m not sure what role he plays at the next level. He projects as a solid passer for a 6-foot-8 wing, but lack of ball-handling opportunities may suppress that ability considerably. He does not have a true offensive identity, but shows promise as a plus-level defender. Therefore, my comparison for Bolmaro is a less-skilled, lite version of Manu Ginobili (play style).
The Texas Tech standout is an intriguing prospect to study for the same reason as Tyrese Maxey. Whichever team drafts him will likely attempt to mold him into a point guard, but he projects as an undersized shooting guard. Despite playing different positions, Ramsey will be a Trey Burke-type player that specializes in scoring and shooting the ball extremely well from deep. Like the latter, Ramsey will be a solid depth piece with a long career.
Even though he hasn’t made a significant impact yet for Oklahoma City yet, Hamidou Diallo is set to see an increased role next season. Like him, Stanley has jump-out-of-the-gym athleticism and a prototypical NBA frame. His skillset is evident, but Stanley is still an extremely raw prospect on both ends of the court. Both he and Diallo have opportunities to carve out a role in their respective rotations.
Not extremely athletic, Bane will be a three-and-D shooting guard at the next level. In terms of comparison, a combination of PJ Tucker and Matisse Thybulle come to mind due to shear strength and a high-motor. I doubt he ever becomes a lockdown defender like either or the two, but Bane should be more than serviceable on both ends of te court.