Marquette Golden Eagles, Markus Howard, has been one of the Big East’s best players since the 2016-17 season. He has also been one of the best shooters and scorers college basketball has had during his career. So the question is, why isn’t Markus Howard being talked about more in regards to the 2020 NBA Draft? In fact, where is he going to be drafted if he even gets drafted at all?
Since his sophomore season to right now, Markus Howard has averaged 23.8 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field and a remarkable 40.0% from three on almost 9 attempts per game. He has also averaged 3.5 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists, and 1.0 steals.
When it comes to his strengths, Howard is an elite shot maker and shooter. He can create shots for himself and knock them down anywhere on the court. As a three point shooter, he definitely has the ability to shoot a high percentage at the NBA level. In terms of “2k Badges” Howard has a gold limitless range badge at the very least. However, his weaknesses far outweigh his strengths which is what limits him in the 2020 Draft. Outside of scoring, Howard is a very limited player. Although he can create for himself, he struggles creating for others. He lacks projectible size and will never be mistaken for a good defender. Markus Howard is a one trick pony, he’s incredible at his one trick, but to be a first round draft pick, players need more than one tool.
When looking through numerous mock drafts and draft profiles, the consensus is that Marquette’s, Markus Howard, will be a mid to late second round pick. The most common picks have him going to the Pelicans, Raptors, or Thunder. Whoever drafts Markus Howard will be getting a player who can score at any level. Most likely, for his first year in the NBA, Howard will be a 2-way player who will dominate the G-League and get called up every once in awhile to be a shooter off the bench. At his very best, Markus Howard could be the 2015 through 2017 version of Isaiah Thomas. However, due to his size and shortcomings as a passer, Markus Howard draws more comparisons to a player like J.J. Barea on a night to night basis. Either way, Marquette fans can expect to see Markus Howard get some playing time in the NBA next season.