San Antonio Spurs 2nd Round Draft Prospect: Juwan Staten

By George Middleton
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Juwan Staten: 23-years old, West Virginia, Point Guard

Draft Express Measurements: 5″11.5, 186-pounds, 6″3 wingspan

2014-15 Stats: 14.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.0 blocks, 1.1 steals, 42% field goals, 70% free-throws, 36% threes, 31.3 minutes

Quick Season Review: Juwan Staten might’ve regretted not leaving after his stellar junior year in 2013-14. Staten averaged 18.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 5.6 rebounds. This year his numbers took a hit, but he was on an improved West Virginia team. The Mountaineers finished 25-10 and went to the Sweet 16 where they were humiliated by Kentucky. Staten was an inconsistent scorer that only shot 42% from the field, after shooting 48% as a junior. Despite a drop off season in production, Staten scored in double digits in 25 of 30 games he played this year. His best game came against North Carolina State, when he finished with 24 points and 6 assists in the win.

Strengths: Staten is terrific inside the three-point line, as he can finish around rim and has a mid-range game. He can create his own shot. Good ball-handler with vision. Good speed and lateral movement. Can rebound for a lead guard. Good defender. Doesn’t make too many mistakes (2.0 to). Athletic guard.

Weaknesses: Three-point shooting a concern for the next level. Extremely undersized for a point guard. Will he be able to defend premier point guards? Must improve free-throw shooting.

Where He Would Help Spurs?

Juwan Staten has the handle and passing to be able to play the point guard, but it will likely be in a bench role. The Spurs can use help at the backup point guard spot, especially if Cory Joseph (free-agent) goes to another team.

NBA Comparison: Will Bynum

Will Bynum is an undersized guard that can finish around the basket like Staten. Bynum has been solid when given his opportunity, I believe Staten will carve out a career similar to Bynum’s.

Below is a Juwan Staten video uploaded by WVU Sports Videos.

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