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NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

Posted on: May 29, 2009 12:06 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 5:53 pm
 

Ty Lawson: 6-0, 195, Jr., PG (University of North Carolina)

Draft Rank: #19

PG Rank: #8

Strengths:
Fastest player in the draft with the ball in his hands. Loves to get out and push the ball up the floor. Has a great first step that allows him to breakdown a defense and create for others, as well as himself. Has improved his shooting year after year. Has good ball-handling skills and doesn't slow up when he is dribbling. Knows how to get into the lane and jump-stop for a mid-range jumpshot. Has a variety of creative shots that he can use in order to finish when he gets into the lane. Has a very thick frame that helps make up for his lack of height. This past year he proved that he could knock down the college three at an amazing rate. Is a winner. Has very quick hands and good instincts to get steals. Has very quick feet that will allow him to stay in front of his man. His assist-to-turnover ratio is great.

Weaknesses:
While he showed his ability to knock down the college three, I am not sure he has the mechanics or the range to knock down the pro three. Undersized guard who will be a liability against bigger guards who can post up. Turns the ball over too much when getting into the paint, instead of dishing the ball off.  Doesn't have great athleticism. Will have trouble finishing at the next level. Favors his right hand and has a weak left when penetrating. Injury prone.

Mental:
Every season he has improved his shooting and the only way to do that is by practice and a strong work ethic. Really controls the flow of the game and sets up his teammates so that they can succeed. Lead his team this year even when he was hurt. When he was out of the lineup he still supported his teammates on the bench. 

Extra info:
-- 2009 ACC Player of the Year (first point guard to win that award since 1978)
-- 2009 Bob Cousy Award winner for the best point guard in the country
-- Set the record for the most steals in the NCAA title game (8)

Comparison: Mike James, 6-2, 188, PG

Would be a good fit for: New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, or Philadelphia 76ers

Conclusion:

I know I have Lawson lower than a lot of people do, but I have major concerns about how his game will translate in the NBA. First of all, he was in the ideal system and surrounded by exceptional talent for him to succeed. There is no doubt he is fast, but I worry about his creativity and shiftiness at the NBA level. I also don't think his shooting will be what it was this past year as the NBA three is a significantly different shot. When you are as short as he is you either have to be an elite athlete or an elite shooter.

Those are all the negatives, but the truth of the matter is that his stats, his team wins and his leadership are very hard to overlook. His foot speed is also tremendous and that is something that is very important in the NBA. The biggest key for Lawson will be the system he goes to. If he is given the keys to the car and allowed to go up and down then I think he could be a very effective point guard. If he gets stuck in a controlled system that values ball movement then I am not sure he will be nearly as effective. 

I also would like to point out that this year's draft has about 10 point guards who could go anywhere from seven to 30.  I like Lawson's game but I just have some of the other point guards a little bit higher (not much). The draft definitely lacks super star potential, but it does have a very deep point guard crop. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up better than Teague, Jennings or Flynn -- who I all have in my top 10.
Comments

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: June 3, 2009 1:49 pm
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

I watched plenty of Ty Lawson this year and think he's going to be a good PG in the future.  HOWEVER, I don't think he'll ever be an All-Star and would probably be best suited as a change of pace backup PG (ala Nate Robinson who is MORE athletic and can shoot better).  IF he continues to improve his shot and is able to consistently hit the NBA-three, he could definitely become an elite point guard.  His leadership and his speed are his best assets, but if I'm a GM I'd definitely take Jennings or Flynn before him.  Good analysis dude.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2009 3:09 pm
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

I can watch alot of tapes on players... How can I become a draft analyst. I actually played college basketball so I know a few things about what is actually needed to win.



Since: Jun 9, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2009 4:59 am
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

Have you seen this kid play ball before? It doesn't appear so. Not a great athlete? How many 5'11 195 lb men do you know that dunk off two feet? Not many! Could anyone in the NCAA match Lawson's speed? No! This kid is a diffence maker, plain and simple! This kid is a winner at the highest level! Even at 5'11 he can finish amongst the trees. His low center of gravity and superior upper body strength will prove the doubters wrong. Lawson will thrive at the next level with the 24 second shot clock and superior athletes around him. If Lawson is really the 8th best PG prospect in this draft, then this is the deepest and most talented PG draft ever!



Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: June 1, 2009 11:35 pm
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

Brian,

I think I just got dumber by reading your post.  He has blazing speed and outstanding strength, can cut on a dime with amazing agility, but he's not a great athlete??  I hope that I don't have to tell you that makes absolutely no sense...I think that could be the definition of being a great athlete.

The guy does not turn the ball over a lot when in the paint.  That is an idiotic comment that has absolutely no basis.  If you were watching their games this year the guy penetrated and scored or found an open teammate with a phenomenal success rate.  If you watch, the UNC half court offense basically revolved around waiting for Lawson to blow by his man and make something happen.  No he did not get blocked a lot...not true.  No, he did not turn the ball over a lot on any part of the court.

He did anything and everything that was asked of him to help the team win.  Three pointers, pushing the ball, getting steals, finishing at the hoop, and making everyone around him better.  If they had asked him to average 25 he would have done it.  By the end of the season he was humiliating whoever he was up against, which were supposedly some of the best players in the nation.

You can make an argument that he is a little bit too short to succeed.  He shoots off of his shoulder, so even though he shot the ball exceptionally well you could try to make an argument he won't be quite as good of a shooter in the NBA.

You could also make an argument that his speed and strength will be more than enough to make up for being a couple inches short.  You can also argue that his shot will be just fine in the NBA.

Either way, having him as the 8th pg in the draft is really moronic.  There is no intelligent argument as to why that should be the case. 



Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:33 pm
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

Ty Lawson should be one of the first six player taken in the draft, he's that good just wait and see. 



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 7:45 am
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

the writer of this article in general is an idiot lawson plays 3 high level seasons at UNC winning a championship displaying great leadership and winning ability and yet he has a freshmen (holliday) who did nothing at UCLA, teague who basically gave up on the team in the 2nd half os the season  to enhance his draft potential  and stephen curry who cannot play pg at any level ranked ahead of lawson ? are u kidding me yes lawson has faults but so do every player in this draft but lawson has great speed an nba build ,great strength and leadership so at leat credit him for something this is why players with no chance to compete at nba level leave school early cause guys like this overrate them while downgrading guys who can play but aren't "flashy"..learn something about what ur writing or get another job



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2009 12:42 am
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

I actually think Lawson would be a HIGHER pick if he did not go to UNC. If he went somewhere else he would have been THE star player on the team not one among many and therefore would have gotten a chance to show off his scoring ability. Lawson could have easily averaged over 20 points per game but he played for UNC so his job was to get the ball to Hansbrough, Green, and Ellington instead of score.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2009 5:22 pm
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

i could see the Bobcats getting Ty Lawson if Raymond Felton leaves too, so i would put them as a team who could possibly draft Lawson, but i think the best pick for the bobcats needs to be a shooting guard....but i could see them taking Lawson if they get nervous about Felton heading out.



Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 6:02 pm
 

NBA Draft Prospect: PG Ty Lawson, UNC

Thanks for helping me out.  I appreciate it.  You were actually right I did contradict myself.  I meant to say that he turns the ball over when he gets into the paint.  I just edited it.  

After reading your post, I am not sure what else you disagreed with me on.  The first thing I talked about was his speed, what else do you want me to say about it?  I talked about the system that he was in as well and how it would be important for him to be in an up-tempo system like New York, Phoenix or possibly Philly who is at there best when they are playing a fast tempo offense. 

At any rate I appreciate the feedback. 

-Brian



Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2009 6:00 pm
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