This is the second matchup over on the guards side of the Pacers 26th pick tournament bracket. I consider this matchup as my unknown one. These guys could go early second round or sneak into the end of the first round, but near the end of the first round you get thin on talent at guard. We have an unknown, but maybe one of my favorite players of the draft in Jared Cunningham against a veteran in Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas. Check out after the jump my analysis of both prospects.
Who do you want to move on to the second round?
I was considering putting other players into this matchup like Scott Machado from Iona and Darius Johnson-Odom from Marquette, but Cunningham and Taylor are expected to go much higher than both of them on draft night.
Anyways, this matchup will pit two scoring guards against each other. These guys could be a nice little spark off the bench for us next season. Let me show you how these guys fare in this matchup.
Here's the tale of the tape for Cunningham vs Taylor:
Jared Cunningham: He is the most explosive leaper in this whole draft class. He could jump out of the gym and put up highlight dunks left and right. Jared is always in attack mode and always getting to the free throw line. Cunningham can create his own shot with ease as he can explode to the rim or hit the outside shot. He's a smooth ball handler who has great court vision. Cunningham averaged 18 points per game last season.
Jared has great defensive potential on the next level as he can apply the pressure and get lots of on-ball steals. He averaged three steals a game for the Oregon State Beavers last year.
As I said earlier, Cunningham may have lots of highlight plays on the next level. Check out these two dunk of the year candidates from last season:
Even though Cunningham has those crazy hops like that, he does have some flaws to his game. He would be outmuscled by stronger guards on the next level with relative ease. Jared will need to add some pounds to his light frame.
He lacks midrange game and his NBA range three-pointer is still being developed. Cunningham isn't that great of shooter off the dribble either. He usually forgets about his teammates and drives straight into a triple team inside that usually ends up in a bad shot. Jared gambles a lot on team defense and if he can't get the steal, he usually is taken out by a pick by the opposing team's stronger big men.
Here are a few videos Cunningham's strength (athleticism) and weakness (defense):
He could contribute nicely here in Indiana. Placing him behind Paul George at shooting guard and having him sometimes run the show in the second unit would be fun to watch at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Cunningham might even provide a few highlight dunks for the Pacers as he did for Oregon State. If were in the market for a versatile guard who could score, Cunningham could be a great fit for Indiana.
The second participant in this matchup is Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas. He's the prototypical build for a point guard at 6-4 and has great length. Tyshawn has great quickness to the rim off the dribble. Also, he can shoot very well from the perimeter. I compare him to another former Jayhawk in Mario Chalmers.He could operate a team very well and runs the pick and roll to perfection. Taylor gets to the free throw line with his explosive burst to the rim. He's always in attack mode it seems.
Tyshawn is a solid perimeter defender as well. He has great lateral quickness and hands that gives him the potential to be a great player for many steals on the next level.
Having a senior like Taylor wouldn't be a bad addition. Having that experience could be needed near the end of the game. Taylor has been in two final fours for the Jayhawks in his career there.
Taylor has a major issues with turnovers. He will throw bad passes and force plays a lot. Tyshawn averaged almost four turnovers a game last season for Kansas. His shot selection is very questionable as well. He forces drives and gets out of control a lot.
Taylor has character issues that could scare lots of teams away. He violated team rules on many different occasions. Tyshawn could have potential disciplinary issues. His issues like this could bring flashbacks to the brawl days to many.
Maybe his disciplinary issues will scare off a lot, but he could shine if he gets rid of it. He's already said he knows what he's done wrong. We'll find out soon if he's telling the truth or not.
Here are videos Taylor's strength (NBA readiness) and his weakness (passing):
If Taylor can shake his off the court issues, he could be a steal on the next level. His shooting and driving ability could be great for a team like Indiana. He loves to penetrate and then pass it out to the open man. Taylor would likely take the place of A.J. Price as the third point guard and could be a little spark plug with maybe ten minutes off the bench of aggressive scoring and driving to the basket. His ability to fake out his defenders and then kick it out as mentioned could open up our shooters for a lot more wide-open shots. If he adjusts, I see Taylor as a nice ft with the Pacers.
After all of the analysis, who do you want to move on to the second round? Will it be Jared Cunningham or Tyshawn Taylor advancing on to the second round?