Revisiting the point guards of the 2009 NBA Draft

Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague (R) drives to the net on Chicago Bulls’ Omer Asik during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago, May 10, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Jeff Teague’s series performance (17-4-3, 56% shooting) against the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semis got me thinking about all the promising point guards that came out of the 2009 Draft. Take a look:

5. Ricky Rubio, T-Wolves
6. Jonny Flynn, T-Wolves
7. Stephen Curry, Warriors
10. Brandon Jennings, Bucks
17. Jrue Holiday, 76ers
18. Ty Lawson, T-Wolves (traded to Nuggets)
19. Jeff Teague, Hawks
20. Eric Maynor, Jazz (traded to Thunder)
21. Darren Collison, Hornets (traded to Pacers)
25. Rodrigue Beaubois, Thunder (traded to Mavericks)
29. Toney Douglas, Knicks

It’s pretty amazing that with the emergence of Teague in Atlanta, no fewer than six players on that list have developed into starting caliber point guards in the NBA. Four others (Douglas, Beaubois, Maynor and Flynn) are rotation players.

Here are the 2010-11 stats for each player, sorted by Efficiency Per Minute, which is I believe the best way to quickly compare a player’s production.

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Spend four minutes with Rodrigue Beaubois [video]

Here’s a video of Rodrigue Beaubois’ 40-point night against the Golden State Warriors. (Yes, it’s Golden State, but still.) The kid hit nine three-pointers.

The funny thing about Beaubois’ effort is that it came off the heels of a game against the Blazers where he played one minute…one minute

According to John Hollinger, Beaubois has a PER of 18.92, which ranks #6 amongst shooting guards. Why is he listed as a shooting guard when he’s only 6’0″? Because pretty much all he does is shoot. He has an assist ratio (% of possessions that end in an assist) of 16.1, which would rank 66th out of 69 players if he were listed as a point guard.

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