The nation's best wing players

Ranking top players, NBA prospects among shooting guards, small forwards

Updated: February 21, 2013, 12:26 PM ET
By Jay Bilas and Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

Ben McLemore/Victor Oladipo/Shabazz MuhammadGetty ImagesBen McLemore, Victor Oladipo and Shabazz Muhammad are among the nation's top wing players.

During college hoops season, Jay Bilas and Chad Ford will start the week by addressing a big question, evaluating NBA prospects on the rise and looking ahead to the next week.

The discussion: Who are the nation's best wing players?

Chad Ford: Every year, NBA scouts and general managers obsess over centers and point guards come draft time. What's interesting about the NBA's big man and point guard obsession is that, for the most part, the NBA is already stocked with high-quality centers, power forwards and point guards. According to John Hollinger's PER statistics, this season there are currently 37 point guards, 34 power forwards and 35 centers with a PER more than 15.

NBA teams really need to mine the draft for wings. Currently, just 16 shooting guards and 20 small forwards cross the 15 PER barrier. And 15 of those 36 wings who are putting up plus-15 PERs aren't even starters.

This year's draft could offer some welcome relief. Call it a renaissance year for quality wings, as we have four wings in our top 10 and another nine in our top 30.


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