Mar 22, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyler Ennis (11) drives to the basket as Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) in the second half of a men

NBA Draft 2014: Tyler Ennis brings polish at point guard


Strengths

For a point guard, Tyler Ennis is longer than most with a wingspan of 6-foot-7. While he will only be 20 in August, he handles himself with poise and maturity both on the court and in interviews. Ennis seems to be a capable scorer, though his strength lies in his playmaking ability. His ball-handling, court vision and change of speed are superb, all marks of a good point guard.

Ennis’ shot mechanics look good, and he can shoot in either spot-up or off the dribble situations. He looks to have a perimeter shot that can translate to the pro level.

Weaknesses

While his size is exceptional for a point guard his athleticism is not elite, which could cause some issues on both ends of the court. On offense he might not be able to get past some faster or stronger players in the NBA, while on defense his lack of lateral quickness could hurt his team. Ennis accumulated a bunch of steals in Syracuse’s zone defense, but we’ll see how his man-to-man defense fares at the next level.

Ennis only weighs 182 pounds and definitely needs to put on some strength before next season. This will help him finish better in the paint.

X-factor

Ennis’ defense will be the thing to watch. To have a long career as a starting point guard in the NBA, he can’t be a defensive liability as a player who isn’t exactly a sharpshooter from the perimeter or an offensive virtuoso who can score at will and create off that offense. Where his defense ends up will determine whether Ennis becomes Kendall Marshall or Mike Conley.

How he would fit with the Suns

Ennis could be the point guard of the future for the Phoenix Suns. Goran Dragic is already 28 years old and can opt out of his contract following this next season and Bledsoe’s free agency status is still up in the air. Even if the Suns keep both guards this summer, Ennis would be an upgrade over Ish Smith, with just the perimeter shooting to provide the Phoenix bench with another floor-spacer. Ennis’ playmaking skills could even help Archie Goodwin, as well as they both grow together.


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  • Rebel

    I like Napier way better.

    • 4everis2long

      I agree with you 100% on Napier.