The modern NBA is filled with big, creative guards. Enter Anthony Black, the 6-foot-7 point guard taking over the reins at Arkansas this upcoming season. Everything the modern NBA desires, Black possesses.
Black is one of the most talented and skilled guards in the draft, averaging 13.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game leading a stacked Duncanville team to a state championship. If he can continue to translate his game at the collegiate level, he’ll be well on his way to a lottery selection in the 2023 NBA Draft.
- Elite passer for his size
- Great around the rim
- Active hands and feet on defense
- Great shot blocker for a guard
- His good size makes him a good rebounder. He’s also quick to get out in transition on a rebound
- Shooting is a work in progress. He seems uncomfortable with it and while his mechanics have improved, the ball still isn’t going in.
- Black doesn’t have a takeover mode in his offensive game. He’s instinctually a good player.
- Not much of an off-ball threat, shooting or cutting to the basket.
- Good but not a great athlete. To be determined how he handles guys of a similar size.
- He needs to bulk up more to reach his full defensive potential.
Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels both have similar profiles in recent years to Black, and both ended up lottery picks because of it. He’s got an excellent feel for the game and knows how to get to his spots. Adding muscle and improving his jump shot would go a long way to Black realizing his full potential.
Black’s fit is tougher to gauge, mainly because so many teams have point guard options at the moment. San Antonio makes a lot of sense for him to take over that lead guard role and work on his shooting. The Washington Wizards and Portland Trail Blazers as late lottery teams also make a ton of sense, as he would provide defense and secondary ball handling next to each team’s star guard.