Top Guards in the NBA Draft
If, as many expect, the Bulls pick the Chicago native, Rose would become the first guard since Allen Iverson (1996) to be selected No. 1 overall in the draft.
Timberwolves assistant GM Fred Hoiberg described the Trojans' freshman as being the "ultimate competitor" along with having a "beautiful" shooting stroke. The question with Mayo is how much -- and how effectively -- he'll be able to play point guard in the NBA.
The 6-3 Bayless has the size of a point guard but the scoring ability of a shooting guard. He has drawn some comparisons to 6-3 Bulls guard Ben Gordon, the third pick in the 2004 draft, who has averaged 18.0 points in his first four seasons.
The 6-3 combo guard didn't dazzle with big college stats, but he has climbed the draft board thanks to his defense and potential to play point guard on a regular basis. And one GM said the "underrated part of his game is that Westbrook can make shots."
The explosive scorer will have no trouble adjusting to the deeper three-point line in the NBA. Gordon made 70 three-pointers as a freshman and also attempted 277 free throws, the fourth most in school history.
No combo guard here: Augustin is a true floor leader who is also a scrappy defender. His lack of size (5-11, 171 pounds) is a concern, but Augustin can neutralize that in part with his solid jump shooting.
One of the few seniors getting first-round consideration, Lee averaged 20.4 points in 30.0 minutes last season. The 6-5 Lee, who shot 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range as a senior, might be able to contribute immediately off the bench in the NBA.
A big guard (6-6, 210 pounds), Rush is physically ready for the NBA. Along with being a strong defender, Rush shot better than 40 percent from three-point range all three seasons at Kansas, where he won a national championship as a junior.
The 6-7 swingman is a scorer through and through, though his long-range shooting needs work. He was instant offense at Memphis, where he averaged 18.1 points in 28.7 minutes as a junior last season.
A solid all-around guard, the NCAA tournament hero could join Kansas teammates Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur as first-round picks.
The 23-year-old boosted his stock at the Orlando predraft camp. The 6-5 senior guard from New Mexico could squeeze into the first round based on his ability to stuff the stat sheet -- he averaged 16.3 points (on 51.6 percent shooting), a Mountain West-leading 8.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks.
Coming from Washington State, it's not surprising that Weaver is a strong defender. His deep jumper is lacking, though he did improve his three-point shooting from 23.7 percent as a junior to 36.4 percent as a senior.
Gordon drew some criticism for skipping the Orlando predraft camp, but he's still regarded as a likely second-round pick. The 6-4 combo guard averaged 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season.
The 6-6 Hairston played in the frontcourt at Oregon, but he reportedly has shed about 15 pounds (to 205) in anticipation of a move to shooting guard. Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan told the Oregonian that Hairston, the Ducks' sixth all-time leading scorer, will develop into a rotation player in the NBA.
Taylor is bidding to become the first D-League player selected in the NBA draft. Taylor was dismissed from the Iowa State team before his senior season last July, a few weeks after the 2007 draft. So the 6-1 point guard is draft-eligible this year, and he's coming off a D-League season in which he averaged 14.5 points (on 48.2 percent shooting) and 4.3 assists.