William Buford spent four years at Ohio State. He played an intrinsic role in Ohio State’s success and looks to continue finding success – this time, at the NBA level. Buford’s game revolves around hitting shots, as he doesn’t possess the physical tools or athletic ability to create his own shot, which severely limit his ceiling. Kevin Pelton ran a fantastic study, which assigned Burford to be the most similar to a collegiate, Jason Kapono. Buford needs to get his shot back on track, but he has the mechanics for it to succeed. With a silky jumper, Buford will be a succesfful NBA player.
William Buford, a four-year starter for Ohio State, is a shooting guard with good experience and a solid all-around game. At 6’5”, Buford has good size and length with a 6’9.5” wingspan. In his senior year as a Buckeye, Buford shot just 35.8 percent from deep. But as a junior, Buford shot threes at a 44.2 percent clip, so the deep threat potential is there. Buford is a good rebounder, pulling down five a game as a senior, which would pick up some of Landry Fields’ slack if he does not return to the Knicks next season.
Judging The Fit:
Buford has the skills, fundamentals, experience, and defense to be a decent NBA two guard. However, it seems the only way Buford is on the Knicks’ radar come draft night, is if J.R. Smith declines his player option. But with Iman Shumpert on the mend, it remains a possibility (with or without Smith) that the Knicks will in fact pursue Buford with the 48th pick.