Three-guard sets become norm in NBA

Three-guard sets become norm in NBA
May 25, 2013, 5:30 pm
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How likely is it that the Wizards take a guard or small forward with the No. 3 overall pick in the June 27?

Not very.

With a plethora available, they likely will take a post player because size is one of their two greatest needs along with scoring, and try to find a scorer late.

The Wizards have two second-round picks but aren't expected to use both.

So what if Ben McLemore (Kansas) or Victor Oladipo (Indiana) happen to be available at No. 3?

Three-guard sets are popular in the NBA, which has become a more perimeter-oriented game.  The Wizards are set with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt, but it’s not inconceivable that they could go small in the draft if there’s a decided edge in talent over the big men in the field.

The Wizards will begin bringing in players for individual workouts, tentatively scheduled June 3.

“I see teams like the (Golden State) Warriors, they got three guards, Jarrett Jack, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, any of them can bring the ball up the court, any of them can score,” said Virginia Tech combo guard Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer at 25 points per game and ACC Player of the Year. “That’s the type of player I can be.”

Isaiah Canaan of Murray State was interviewed by the Wizards at the pre-draft combine in Chicago. He’s only 5-11 out of shoes and likely wouldn't be taken unless he’s available in the second round or if the Wizards could find a way to trade into the back end of the first round.

Teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Houston Rockets will use three-guard sets for extended stretches. In fact, the Rockets have flooded the floor with guards and had Carlos Delfino, who stands 6-6, playing in the middle. All were playoff teams.

“The game is starting to change,” Canaan said. “A lot of teams are looking for those two-dimensional guards that can score and distribute the ball.”