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Top 10 point/shooting guards in 2014 NBA draft (Highlight Reels)

Here are the Daily News' expected top-10 players at the guard position, point and shooting guard, including where they fit with the team based on the club's current needs.

Top 10 point/shooting guards in 2014 NBA draft (Highlight Reels)

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Guards Gary Harris, from Michigan State, and Shabazz Napier, from Connecticut. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)
Guards Gary Harris, from Michigan State, and Shabazz Napier, from Connecticut. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Here are the Daily News' expected top-10 players at the guard position, point and shooting guard, including where they fit with the team based on the club's current needs.

 

At point guard:

1. Shabazz Napier (UCONN)

Another player that may play too fast for his own good, but the difference about Shabazz compared to any other point guard in this draft is that he's probably the only one that the Sixers should consider, especially if he falls to the early second round.

Fit for the Sixers: 4.5/5

2. Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)

A quick combo guard without a solid jumper, but if moved to the off-guard spot, he could be a good fit for the team.

Fit for the Sixers: 4/5

3. Dante Exum (International)

Exum, an athletic combo guard from Australia that mirrors a John Wall/Derrick Rose mold, has a ton of potential at 18 years old.

Fit for the Sixers: 3/5

4. Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette)

A Devin Harris/Rajon Rondo-compared pure point guard that is probably the best defensive point guard in the class. Tremendous defensive player but needs to be proven against elite competition.

Fit for the Sixers: 1/5

5. Tyler Ennis (Syracuse)

Perhaps the best pick-and-roll point guard and pure passer in the class next to Elfrid Payton, but not really something the Sixers need with the No. 10 pick unless they plan to deal away MCW.

Fit for the Sixers: 1/5

At shooting guard:

1. Gary Harris (Michigan State)

Don't let the stats confuse you, Harris is more than a serviceable perimeter shooter and is probably the best defensive guard in this year's class.

Fit for the Sixers: 5/5

2. C.J. Wilcox (Washington)

A little old for a prospect at 23-years old, but a great catch-and-shoot specialist and can run your best defensive player around the floor and through screens for a few straight quarters.

3. P.J. Hairston (North Carolina)

The Sixers would need to move some pieces around to get back into the first round to try to grab him, so who knows if they'll actually get him, but he will be a very talented young guard to whatever franchise picks him up.

Fit for the Sixers: 5/5

4. Nik Stauskas (Michigan)

For the Sixers, one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA, he'd be great for transitional three pointers or just three pointers in general.

Fit for the Sixers: 5/5

5. Zach LaVine (UCLA)

An uber-athletic wing player that can jump out of the gym with a bunch of upside, but the thing is, can he really be that good at the next level?

Fit for the Sixers: 3/5

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