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Get. Will. Barton.

We've been so busy discussing Jae Crowder that I feel like I've neglected my other pet project: a movement to draft Will Barton, the sophomore shooting guard from Memphis. After the jump, I'll compare his numbers to the other SG prospects in this year's draft.

Here's the pool of guys I'll look at, which I think covers the (non-foreign) SG prospects for the draft.

Player Class School Height Weight
Will Barton SO Memphis 6'6" 175
Marcus Denmon SR Missouri 6'3" 185
Jared Cunningham JR Oregon State 6'4" 194
Dion Waiters SO Syracuse 6'4" 210
Bradley Beal FR Florida 6'4" 201
Kim English SR Missouri 6'6" 200
Orlando Johnson SR California-Santa Barbara 6'5" 205
Alex Young SR IUPUI 6'6" 200
Doron Lamb SO Kentucky 6'4" 170
Terrence Ross SO Washington 6'7" 197
Jeremy Lamb SO Connecticut 6'5" 185
John Jenkins JR Vanderbilt 6'4" 215
Austin Rivers FR Duke 6'4" 203
William Buford SR Ohio State 6'5" 185

Barton is one of the younger prospects (at least by class, I didn't check birthdays), has good height, but is a pretty skinny guy.

Here are some stats (the steals and blocks are per-40 minute pace adjusted from Draft Express):

Player WS48 TS% FTA/FGA A/TO Stl+Blk TRB%
Will Barton 0.260 0.587 0.41 1.28 2.5 13.6
Marcus Denmon 0.226 0.621 0.31 1.85 1.8 9.2
Jared Cunningham 0.185 0.568 0.61 1.00 3.1 6.5
Dion Waiters 0.253 0.565 0.33 1.95 3.7 5.4
Bradley Beal 0.227 0.575 0.44 1.04 2.6 11.6
Kim English 0.225 0.658 0.37 0.95 1.8 7.9
Orlando Johnson 0.220 0.560 0.41 1.21 2.2 9.5
Alex Young 0.183 0.538 0.37 0.90 3.1 10.9
Doron Lamb 0.211 0.624 0.40 1.46 0.7 4.9
Terrence Ross 0.243 0.558 0.20 0.71 2.7 11.1
Jeremy Lamb 0.220 0.589 0.27 0.86 2 7.3
John Jenkins 0.285 0.656 0.29 0.72 1.4 5.1
Austin Rivers 0.136 0.538 0.46 0.89 1.1 5.8
William Buford 0.175 0.521 0.23 1.28 1.3 8.8

To make it easier to interpret them, here is how each player ranks in each category, with an average rank added at the right:

Player WS48 TS% FTA/FGA A/TO Stl+Blk TRB% Avg Rank
Will Barton 2 6 5 4 6 1 4.0
Marcus Denmon 6 4 10 2 9 6 6.2
Jared Cunningham 11 8 1 8 2 10 6.7
Dion Waiters 3 9 9 1 1 12 5.8
Bradley Beal 5 7 3 7 5 2 4.8
Kim English 7 1 8 9 9 8 7.0
Orlando Johnson 8 10 4 6 7 5 6.7
Alex Young 12 12 7 10 2 4 7.8
Doron Lamb 10 3 6 3 14 14 8.3
Terrence Ross 4 11 14 14 4 3 8.3
Jeremy Lamb 9 5 12 12 8 9 9.2
John Jenkins 1 2 11 13 11 13 8.5
Austin Rivers 14 12 2 11 13 11 10.5
William Buford 13 14 13 4 12 7 10.5

Barton is at least middle of the pack at everything, with rebounding standing out as a strength. Denmon and Cunningham are a little short to play SG (though Cunningham could be a nice second rounder). Waiters looks good in some categories, but his rebounding is pretty abysmal. Beal is good across the board, but we aren't getting him. English might be a good second round pick. The limited games of Jenkins and Doron Lamb show up in the rankings. Rivers can get to the line and that's about it.

So why is Barton projected as a late first or early second round pick? As far as I can tell, it's because he's skinny. Think Corey Brewer. That's not a good enough reason to drop him in the rankings for me.

I shouldn't be taking the time to do this, so I'll keep this short and let you sort through the stats and put your own interpretation in the comments.

I'll close with my opinion, to the tune of "I Want to go to Mount Splashmore" from the Simpsons:

I want to draft Will Barton.

Draft him, draft him, draft him, draft him now!

Now! Now! Now! Now! Now!

Will Barton draft that man right now.

[Edit]

Eric in Madison requested the Madison Dan Standard Deviation (MDSD) scores, which I had omitted because I wanted to show more transparent, easily understood stats. Here they are:

Player MDSD
Will Barton 6.86
Marcus Denmon 3.53
Jared Cunningham 3.84
Dion Waiters 5.84
Bradley Beal 5.62
Kim English 2.80
Orlando Johnson 4.83
Alex Young 6.66
Doron Lamb -0.83
Terrence Ross 5.31
Jeremy Lamb 2.60
John Jenkins 1.41
Austin Rivers -1.35
William Buford 0.58
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