Begarin is an athletic, right handed, 18 year-old guard that is just scratching the surface of what he may be capable of. He averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 34% 3-pt fg, and 61.3% FT. His assist-to-turnover ratio this season was 1.22-to-1 in the French LNB Pro-B league. ...His DEFRTG was 1.6 points better than his team's DEFRTG. You rarely see that large a number from a guard. He has quick hands, and a high steals per-minute rate. ...Right now, at age 18, he should be thought of as a development guy that is possibly a deep bench reserve. His athletic profile combined with hard work could yield a special player in a few seasons. We expect Begarin to be selected in the late second round.
Our best advice: in 1999, the 5th pick was Jonathan Bender. We advised, "draft Shawn Marion."