It's time for our first matchup over on the guards side of the Pacers 26th pick tournament bracket. This is probably the best matchup in the tournament here when two top point guards face off. This time, it's two freshman vying to move on to the second round. Check out after the jump my analysis of both prospects.
Who do you want to move on to the second round?
This matchup pits the number three and four point guards in this year's class going up against each other. They are almost polar opposites if you dive deeper into their games. If either of these guys slip to 26, we might have to take a stab at them to possibly strike gold. Also, that likely means we shop Collison around this off-season. These guys can score like shooting guards and pass with ease. Let me show you how these guys match up against each other.
Here's the tale of the tape of Teague vs Wroten:
Marquis Teague: He's a lightning quick guard who is like a ball of energy when he's on a roll. Also, Teague is a superb passer who makes it look easy for many of his Kentucky teammates from last season. You could say he's the fastest prospect in this draft. He's known for his speed and superb handle of the ball. Teague has great court vision and awareness. He's gets his guards open on the outside by driving and kicking it out right after they commit to him when he bolts inside like he's about to go for a layup.
Marquis has the potential to be a great defender as well. He has great quickness to keep up with his man and fast hands to get lots of steals. Teague could become the best point guard in this class if he can continue to develop his all-around game.
Teague will need to improve on his jump shot. He's inconsistent from anywhere from 18 plus feet and beyond. If you look closer at his shot, his leg flails around that could take off his rhythm. Teague is like Brett Favre sometimes, he gambles a lot on some passes.He averaged three turnovers a game at Kentucky. Marquis needs to get stronger and build on his small frame. He tends to shy away from getting physical with the opposing player.
As mentioned earlier, Teague will need to be more consistent to succeed at the next level. If Indiana were to pick Teague, it's all based on a few years down the road. He has the potential to be a star, or he could flame out quickly.
Here are a few videos on Teague's strength (potential) and weakness (shooting):
Marquis could be a great fit here with the Pacers. Having Marquis take the place of Collison might not be that bad of an idea. It seems like George Hill will keep his spot in the starting lineup and Darren might not want to be a full time member of the second unit. If Teague could put it all together, he could easily replace DC in the second unit and eventually take over as the starter.
Now, we ge to Tony Wroten Jr. out of Washington. He measured at 6-6 at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. That's an inch higher than everyone expected. That means he could be switched to shooting guard if needed with his height.
Wroten is a wonderful ball handler who loves to drive and dish it out like Teague. That sets up easy plays for guys on the Huskies like Terrence Ross. Tony is also quick like a water bug when he's on the fast break. He pushes up the court fast to make the defense flustered. Wroten is very crafty when he penetrates to the rim.
He averaged 16 points a game for Washington last season. The Washington product has a street-ball like crossover that will leave the defender in the dust. Wroten I compare to a taller and aggressive Rajon Rondo.
Wroten does have flaws though. The up-tempo like style Wroten likes to run does make him prone for turnovers. He averaged four turnovers a game. Tony has very questionable shot selection. Just like Marquis, he isn't that great outside of 15 feet or more. Wroten needs to improve his shot as he only was 16% from behind the arc. That's scary right there.
Tony gambles a lot on defense which makes him foul prone and will leave the defense short-handed on the possession. He's aggressive style could get him in trouble a lot on the defensive side.
Here are a few videos on Wroten's strength (build) and weakness (shooting):
Wroten could be a great fit as well with the Pacers. He could make DC expendable this Summer or he could backup Paul George at shooting guard with his 6-6 height.
Tony loves to push the tempo which could be exciting to watch for the second unit. Once he develops, I could see a great new fast pace tempo for the Pacers led by Wroten. If he slips here, Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard might have to take the chance on this kind of potential.
After all of the analysis, who do you want to move on to the second round? Will it be Marquis Teague or Tony Wroten Jr, advancing on to the second round?