Why Jahii Carson's draft stock could soar
December, 27, 2013
By Joe Kaiser | ESPN Insider
The better Trey Burke plays as a rookie this season, and more Isaiah Thomas continues to show that he could be one of the top 15 point guards in the league, the higher Arizona State sophomore Jahii Carson could be picked in the 2014 NBA draft.
Carson, like Burke and Thomas, is an undersized point guard who continually has to prove himself every time out on the court. But so far this season, the scoring guard has done just that. Though only listed at 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Carson's play is standing out. He's averaging 19.6 PPG, 5.8 APG, and 4.1 RPG, but it's his shooting that might be the most impressive facet of his game. That was a big question mark entering the season, and so far he's answered it in a big way, shooting 49.7 percent from the field and a torrid 50.0 percent (18-36) from 3-point land.
ESPN's NBA draft expert Chad Ford lists the ASU star at No. 26 on the latest Big Board, but as Thomas continues to stuff the stat sheet in Sacramento and Burke shows that he belongs in Utah, teams around the league won't be inclined to pass on a player like Carson simply due to his short stature.