The 2013 NBA Draft is quietly loaded with legitimate talent. We’ve already showed you who the top three-point shooters, dunkers, and shotblockers are, but a lot of those guys can’t succeed without someone setting them up. Today we bring you the best of this draft class’s passers.
5. Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Jackson led his team in scoring while finishing top-ten in the nation in assists but isn’t garnering much hype leading up to the draft. The biggest knock on him is his size, just 5-10 and 176 pounds. Still, he plays with a high motor and is confident in his decision making. Because of his height disadvantage defensively, many are sleeping on Jackson. He will probably be drafted somewhere around the middle of the second round, but could make for a pleasant surprise if he’s in the right situation.
4. Peyton Siva, Louisville
Siva showed his passing ability all the way through the National Championship game, finishing with a career-high 5.7 assists despite coming in to school as a scorer only. He expanded his game as a three-year starter and brings all the intangibles needed in your floor general. He’s not going off the board until late in the second round, but guys like Siva who may not be the best athletes but possess great basketball minds certainly have a place in this league.
3. Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece
Adetokunbo is a boom or bust pick who I’ve become very fond of over the last few weeks. He stands at 6-9 and boasts a 7-3 wingspan. What’s scary is that he’s only 18 years old and is still growing in to his body. Adetokunbo is a definite project, but his size and basketball IQ make him an intriguing option at point forward. He needs to bulk up before he’s ever going to play in the United States, but certainly the framework is there. Expect Adetokuno be taken shortly after the lottery.
2. Myck Kabongo, Texas
Kabongo seems to turn passing in to an art, whether it be a simple drive and kick or flashy behind the back dime. In both of his seasons at Texas, he finished with over five assists per game, proving to be one of the nation’s most unselfish players. However, he’s undersized and and needs to add more polish to his shooting if he’s going to excel at the next level. His offensive leadership will definitely get him drafted, but it most likely won’t be until the second round.
1. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
Standing at 6-6, Carter-Williams has tremendous size for his position and his high IQ should transition well to the NBA. He’s a gifted athlete and has a knack for coming up with steals defensively, but Syracuse has a horrible track record of late between Jonny Flynn, Donte Greene, and Wes Johnson. Still someone will make the splash on draft night, probably with a top-15 pick.
Trey Burke, Michigan
Dennis Schroeder, Germany
Shane Larkin, Miami
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State