Kyle Guy has continued to impress during his two seasons at the University of Virginia under head coach Tony Bennett. The former five-star prospect became the top scoring option in the Cavaliers’ offense as a three-point shooter last season. Guy led the Cavaliers to an impressive 28-2 record last season, losing just one game in the uber-talented Atlantic Coast Conference play. Guy has since decided to return to school for his third season and expectations have never been higher for him as a player as well as for the Cavaliers as a program. With another strong season in Charlottesville for Virginia basketball, Guy could see himself declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. Here we look at his chances at an NBA future:
Guy has blossomed into a deadly three-point shooter during his time at UVA, shooting 49% and 40% during his two respective seasons in the program. His playing time as well as his involvement in the offense increased during last season, where he averaged 14.1 points per contest. And while his percentage from beyond the arc decreased last season, this can be explained by the fact that he took more than twice the amount of three-pointers last season than he did in the previous year. Guy was also by far the most consistent shooter on the team, and seemed to come up in the clutch with a much-needed three-pointer when the Cavaliers were in trouble. NBA teams are always in need of more shooting, especially in today’s NBA that is ruled by the three-point maestro Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. If Guy can continue to improve on his previous two years as a shooter, NBA teams will continue to take notice.
Another facet of the game in which Guy excels at is defense. Bennett’s Virginia teams are always very disciplined on the defensive end of the floor, and the teams that Guy has been a part of are no different. Guy, not known as an overwhelmingly great defender out of high school, has transformed into a player who make his presence felt on defense through his energy and discipline. While Guy averaged just over a steal per game last season, it was his ability to trap the ball-handler and fill passing lanes that led to his value as a defender. His athleticism also allows for him to make up for any mistakes that he initially makes when guarding in the backcourt, as he can quickly change direction and close on the shot attempt. Defense will only become more difficult for Guy in the NBA, but his ability to be coached and his speedy development at UVA leave little concern.
Guy’s draft stock may be hurt by his struggles to create his own shot, which will only get worse at the next level. However, Guy’s excellent shooting and ability to hold his own on the defensive end will allow him to develop into the three-and-D type role as an NBA player. This role has become much more prevalent in previous years, especially with the NBA’s evolution into more of a three-point heavy league.
Guy will more than likely be looked at by NBA front offices and scouts as a late first-round flier to an early-to-middle second round pick whenever he declares for the draft. Having the chance to play on a national stage should only help his draft stock during the season. Therefore, the likelihood of Guy being a first-round selection may correlate with his program’s success. UVA has had several recent success stories in the NBA, such as Malcolm Brogdon, Justin Anderson, and Mike Scott. Many players have made lengthy NBA careers out of great shooting and lockdown defense, and Guy will likely look to be the next.