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NBA Best Available: Draft Big Board

ISH breaks down the best players in the upcoming NBA Draft, from numbers 1-50. Where do your favorite players land? Find out below! Do not confuse this with a mock draft, I am simply rating the players based on who would fare the best in the NBA.

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1) Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

There was so much hype this offseason about Andrew Wiggins being the best player in the draft, but honestly I don’t think he lived up to the hype. Parker met the high expectations that were set preseason, as he became the leading freshman scorer in Duke history. Neither Wiggins nor Parker did very well in the tournament, but if we were basing this off the tournament then Shabazz Napier would be number one. Parker averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, both of which led the Blue Devils. What I felt separated him from the others was his consistent, elite play. Parker had 18 20+ point games, compared to Wiggins’ 11 games. He also only had 2 games where he scored less than 10, which is an impressive stat for an ACC player. Overall I think Parker is the best but just by a slim margin over Wiggins.

2) Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Kansas

Wiggins came into the NCAA season projected to pretty much be the best. The NBA suddenly had some teams leading the “Tank For Wiggins” campaign. He didn’t quite live up to the hype as a standout number one player though. Don’t get me wrong, he is an amazing basketball player, but there are several areas of his game that still need improvement.

During many Kansas games he would not be aggressive enough, and unless you just watched him the whole time you may not even notice he was on the court. When he was on his game you could make the argument that he was the best player in the nation, but it just didn’t happen enough obviously as McDerrmott came away with the trophy. He seemed to get the ball rolling toward the late season, as he had 93 points in the last 3 games of the regular season, but had just four in his last game in a Jayhawk uniform.

He is the most athletic player in this draft class, and also possess a great skill set at almost every trait you could think of. If he can be more aggressive and consistent then I think that the LeBron comparisons could become true for Wiggins.

3) Dante Exum, PG, Australia

The first foreign (non-collegiate) player on the board comes early, here at three with Exum. Exum has great athleticism and size for his position, as he stands at 6’6”.

He is a good outside shooter as well, making him a scoring threat from anywhere on the floor. He reminds me of a Damian Lillard type of player, who is just really good all around. It is hard to compare him next to some of the other players in this draft simply because he didn’t do to college here in the states, but other foreign players ranked this high are usually pretty good, i.e. Dirk Nowitzki and Yao Ming. He is actually one of 3 foreign players in the top five, joining Wiggins (Canada), and Joel Embiid (Cameroon). Exum is the best point guard in the draft and should go top 5 when it comes to draft day.

4) Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

Embiid is a player that worries me going forward. Like other former top prospects, Nerlens Noel and Greg Oden, Embiid has some issues with injuries.

This kept him out for the last quarter of the season last year as well as a few other games here and there. If he can overcome this then he could be the best player on the board, but he hasn’t shown signs of it thus far. If he is healthy then I have no problem saying that he could be the best center in the league in a few years.

From Cameroon, Ebiid was a primarily defensive force for Kansas last year, as he averaged over 2.5 blocks per game and over 8 rebounds. At times he would show flashes of some offensive abilities but he will need to become more consistent at that end. Overall I feel like Embiid has the potential to be an eventual hall of famer, but his injuries worry me at the moment. He should go top 3 on draft day.

5) Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

Randle is in a tight competition to try and hang on to the title of best power forward in the draft, and I believe he still is. Randle posted similar numbers to other star prospect, Noah Vonleh, during the regular season, as he averaged a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds a game.

The reason I have him ranked higher than Vonleh is for the fact that he proved himself more than Vonleh did this season. Randle led his team to the national championship game, where Vonleh could not lead Indiana to the tournament. Randle is a bruiser in the paint and he reminds me a little of Karl Malone. He battles for any rebound, and is able to just plow his way through defenders to make a play. For teams picking in the top 10 they will just have to decide what type of power forward they want, and personally I would rather have Randle on my team. Randle is a lock for the top 10, and could wind up in the top 5.

6) Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

Smart was one of the top players coming into the season but took an unfortunate slide after an aggressive affair with a Texas Tech fan. This is a player that could have very well been picked number one overall last year but chose to stay another season at Oklahoma State.

He is a tremendous all-around player, as he averaged around 18 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals per game last year for the Cowboys. One area that he struggled with was his 3-point shooting as he was very inconsistent, but he is still more than capable of hitting that shot. He is a tremendous player when he gets into the lane because he is an excellent finisher and could also dish it out if needed as well. If not for an ill temper at times, Smart could have been ahead of Exum as the best point guard in the draft. He still has the top 5 potential but we could also see him slide on draft night.

7) Aaron Gordon, SF/PF, Arizona

Gordon is a freak of an athlete, there is simply no other way to put it. He draws many Blake Griffin comparisons, and when you watch him you can see why. He electrifies crowds with his insane dunks, and silences others with his lock down defense. He can pretty much do anything… except score.

He is a very inconsistent scorer, averaging just above 12 points per game last year, where as Griffin averaged almost 19 at Oklahoma. He has a shooting form that would make Stephen Curry gag, and a free throw that is 10% lower than Shaq’s… unfortunately that stat is true. If Gordon can fix these offensive issues then he could turn out to be one of the top 3 players out of this draft. He is a lock for the top 10 and could sneak in to the top 5.

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8) Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Vonleh is only a few shades away from being the league’s next Kevin Love. He almost averaged a double double at Indiana, and also had some of the best measurements at the combine. He showed last season that he is more than capable of making outside jump shots, and even though his attempts were small in number he shot almost 60% from 3 point range. He is an offensive threat from anywhere on the floor, but there is room for improvement in his post game.

For me he draws comparisons to a Kevin Love or Chris Bosh type player, in that he is a big man who rebounds at a high rate, but can score from the perimeter. Unfortunately he also reminds me of Ekpe Udoh, the 2010 bust from Baylor. I think that he could very well be the next Udoh, but has a high ceiling and could be the next Bosh as well. In the end, I believe Vonleh goes in picks 6-10.

9) Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA

LaVine has just as much potential as any of the other top guys in this draft. He is a super athlete, possibly challenging Aaron Gordon as the best in the draft.

He came in first in the lane agility drill, second in the shuttle drill, fourth in the standing vertical jump, and third in the maximum vertical jump. He is also one of the best 3 point shooters in the draft, and should be paired with guys like Nick Stauskas, Doug McDermott, and Gary Harris in workouts. My only problem with LaVine is that he is unproven. Despite having all of the capabilities to being a great player he only started one game for UCLA, and put up average numbers for a sixth man. So all in all, LaVine is a work in progress and probably would not be great for a team that needs immediate help around this area in the draft, like the Magic or 76ers. He would be best to go to a team like the Nuggets, Suns, or Bulls, where he can develop better but still play good minutes.

10) James Young, SF, Kentucky

I am much higher on Young than most are, and honestly I think he is one of the most talented players in the draft. He helped lead Kentucky to the National Championship, after being the team’s 2nd leading scorer during the regular season, behind Randle. He is an excellent shooter, and is able to make very difficult, contested shots.

He is a natural scorer and reminds me some of Carmelo Anthony. He is also a gifted athlete, who possess a good verticle leap and has shown it with some crazy dunks, including a thrilling dunk over a UConn player in the national championship. He lacks some on defense but that should be something that will improve after time in the NBA. I think that he will go in the lottery, but if not then he won’t fall too much after that.

11) Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana Lafayette

Payton is possibly the most unknown, non-foreign prospect of the top 30, but could turn out to be one of the best ones. He averaged over 19 points last season for the Ragin’ Cajuns, and also lead them to the NCAA tournament as a 14 seed. He is NBA ready in terms of athleticism, and is one of the faster players in the draft. Just like Exum, Payton has a knack for getting to the rim without much trouble, and can score or dish it out when he gets there.

He is a phenomenal all-around player, as he averaged 6 rebounds and assists, over 2 steals, and 19 points per game last season. In my opinion he is just as good as the top 2 point guards but just doesn’t get the credit or publicity that Exum and Smart get. This spot is much higher than most people would say he deserves, but I don’t see what is wrong with him. I would love to see him go top 10 but I think he will go late lottery to mid first round.

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12) Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

Nik Stauskas was by far the best thing to come out of the departure of Trey Burke. In his freshman year at Michigan he was primarily used as just a pure outside shooter, and although he was very good at that role he was by far not NBA ready. He developed this year into a fantastic all-around player, as he learned to play the point guard position as well as score in other ways besides the 3 point line. He was the Big Ten’s 3rd leading scorer, and shot an amazing 44.2% 3 point percentage (which happens to be higher than Aaron Gordon’s free throw percentage). He lacks some lateral quickness for a guard, which would make it hard to guard the guards in the NBA. Teams will love him for his versatility between the 1 and the 2, and he should go between picks 8-12.

13) Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia

Saric was suppossed to go top 10 in last years draft, and potenitally go that high in this year’s draft. At 6’10” Saric is practically a point guard in a power forward’s body. He possess great court vision, and plays point forward. Even though he has many attributes like a point guard, Saric still exerts his size to the best of his ability. He averaged 9.3 rebounds per game last year in Croatia, as well as 16.6 points. Really the only problem is that he may not even come to the NBA.

He announced earlier that he would only play professionally for either the Celtics or Lakers, making Kobe Bryant-like drama when drafted by the Hornets. Saric will have to get over this if he truly wants to play in the NBA, I am sure the Lakers or Celtics would love to have him but they are picking at spots where Saric would be by far not the best player available. All in all I feel like if Saric is willing to go to any team he goes in picks 8-14

14) Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

Another player that I think is underestimated by everyone else is Cleanthony Early. Had Early gone to a school like Duke or Kansas or another big name basketball school, there would be no doubt in my mind that he could be a top ten pick. He showed that he could play up against the big boys in his final game as a Shocker against Kentucky, as he went off for 31 points and 7 rebounds; both were statistical categories he led the team in during the regular season.

He has the athleticism, size, and experience to compete in the NBA from day one and have an impact. If you look at other 4 year guys from small schools that were drafted in the past few years (which is not too many) there are some good ones, including Damian Lillard and Kenneth Faried. Early reminds me of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist… except he can score as well as be an athletic wing. I think he will fall out of the lottery, but I think he is lottery worthy.

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15) Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

Gary Harris is one player that I feel gets overrated by many people. I watched him at Michigan State and I saw some great plays from him but there were other times where I didn’t even know he was on the court. He has the potential to be a good player which is why he is still in the lottery range on this list, but I don’t think that he can have the immediate impact that most of the above players could have in the NBA. One more thing fans should be aware of is that he is injury prone.

He has struggled with a groin injury that many believe kept him from being the best he could have been, and with around 50 more games that he will have to play in the pros than in college, he will need to become more durable. But I am being to harsh on him at the moment, he is still a phenomenal player in a loaded draft. He is an excellent defender, as he averaged just under 2 steals per game last season, but Harris’ strongest point is probably getting to and converting at the rim. Besides Parker, Harris is the next best slashing wing in the draft, and that is high praise in a draft stacked this high with superstars.

Overall I think Harris could turn out to be very good but I could see his career going to either extreme on the spectrum of basketball greatness, much more risk here.

16) Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

The reigning Wooden Award winner falls down to number 16 on my big board. Although McDermott is a lethal scorer, he is not someone that I see being a threat in any other statistical category in the NBA. He also has a higher basketball IQ than anyone else in the draft, a lot of which is contributed to being the son of Greg McDermott, the head coach at Creighton.

Dougie McBuckets, as some call him, earned that nickname by three straight 20+ ppg scoring seasons, all in which he shot well over 50%. He doesn’t force shots and it shows, but he still has the IQ to figure out how to score even when he is tightly guarded. But even if he is the best scorer in the draft there are some things he will have to fix to make the transition into the NBA.

He needs to become more of an athlete, although his numbers at the combine were much better than expected. He also will need to show that he can rebound at a high rate in the NBA like he did in college. Another thing I love about him is that he is a senior, and like I said with Early, it can show that he is more capable early on than others that may have come out of college prematurely. Overall I am a big fan of Doug McDermott, I see him as almost a lock in the lottery, but if he doesn’t go there then I doubt he slides past 15.

17) Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn

Napier is another player that I really like, mainly because of his leadership and his ability to carry his team, as shown in the NCAA Tournament. He reminds me of his former teammate, Kemba Walker, who was also a great leader and won the National Championship at UConn.

Both Napier and Walker were superb shooters in college, with the ability to make clutch or off balance shots when needed. Both are slightly undersized for an NBA point guard, and both led UConn to win the National Championship in scenarios where no one thought they would. Napier is more of a combo guard than Walker is, but has possibly the best ball handling out of anyone in the draft. Napier is a phenomenal shooter, and also a very good rebounder, as he averaged 6 boards a game last year. Napier is a terrific on ball defender as well; he averaged around 2 steals throughout his career at UConn.

He is not a superb athlete like some of the other point guards above him, but his skill set in other areas makes up for it. I see him going early 20’s in the draft, although I think he should be higher.

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18) Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

Payne is a very similar player to Vonleh, a long, athletic forward with a good outside shot, but still can rebound at a high rate. Payne is a little more proven as a shooter than Vonleh, but just doesn’t have the measurements or strength that Vonleh has. Although I feel like Payne is more NBA ready at the moment than Vonleh, I think Vonleh has more potential than Payne. Payne played the majority of last season with mono, that wasn’t discovered until just last week; this shows just how tough Payne is, and that he is will to play through the payne (see what I did there?).

He is a good defender in the post, and can rebound at will with his length and jumping ability. He needs to bulk up some for the NBA, but other than that I see Payne being the next Taj Gibson in the pros. And guess who also falls under the senior status that I love, that’s right Payne does. I think Payne goes late lottery to late teens in the draft.

19) Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Ennis is a player who falls on my board, mainly because I do not see anything that shows signs of potential in him. He is very fast, and has good court vision, but those are attributes that every point guard should have, while Ennis doesn’t have anything that separates him from the other point guards in the draft.

He doesn’t score much, and his assist numbers are about the same as Smart, Payton, and Napier. He doesn’t rebound at the rate the other point guards do, although he does play good defense, recording 2 steals a game. Ennis is really just an average point guard, and he isn’t going to put up huge numbers in games. He would fit well with a team like the Bulls, that aren’t looking for the new face of the franchise but could use a solid backup, because we all know Derrick Rose has knees of glass. A team looking for a player that can help lift their team to the playoffs, should not pick Ennis. But a team looking for potentially a long term starter, but nothing really above that, has found their guy in Ennis.

There is a chance he slips into the lotto but I think that Ennis will probably fall into the late teens, possibly early 20’s.

20) PJ Hairston, SG, UNC/ Dallas Legends

The main issue coming into the draft with Hairston was his maturity and decision making off the court. Scouts are saying that they believe he has fixed that, based on his interviews after his workouts.

If this is true then Hairston could turn into a very good player for some lucky team. He is an excellent shooter and driver, although he isn’t going to score any other way as he lacks the mid range game. He has an NBA ready body, and is much stronger than most of the shooting guards in the draft. He reminds me somewhat of Aaron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic in terms of he will give you the scoring you need, but he is not going to rack up any big assist or rebound numbers. Overall I think that Hairston goes in the early 20’s, but he may have a shot to go a tad higher.

21) TJ Warren, SF, NC State

Warren, like McDermott, was another phenomenal scorer at the collegiate level, as he led the ACC in scoring with 24.9 points per game. Unlike McDermott, Warren is capable of a lot more than just scoring. He is a very good on ball defender, and he also rebounds at a high rate. He can be inconsistent at times from deep, but is usually able to drain just about anything else. He also is not super athletic, but he has good endurance and is able to stay on the court for pretty much the entire game.

He may struggle though to keep up with some of the small forwards in the NBA, but that athleticism should come eventually with time in the NBA. I think that Warren should fall in between the late lottery to early 20s.

22) KJ McDaniels, SF, Clemson

Other than Gordon and LaVine, McDaniels is the most athletic player so far in the draft. He only checks in at 6’6” but has the athletic tools to make him a rebounding and blocking monster. He averaged over 7 rebounds and around 3 blocks last season for Clemson, these are numbers you would expect from most power forwards or centers in the draft.

He is an elite defender, and showed it by not allowing more than 18 points to Jabari Parker in either matchup Clemson had with Duke. He reminds me of a more athletic version of Tobias Harris. Both players rebound at a high rate for their position, as well as putting up a similar amount of points (17-ish). Both are capable of hitting 3 point shots, but they also lack consistency in their jump shots. I think that McDaniels can be a solid long term starter, like Harris, if he goes to the right team, potentially the Timberwolves or the Suns. In the end I think McDaniels will find himself being drafted somewhere in the 20’s on draft night.

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23) Rodney Hood, SG, Duke

Hood was mainly known last season as the apprentice to Jabari Parker, an unfortunate title for someone as talented as Hood. Hood was lights out from 3 point range last season, shooting 42% from beyond the arc. Hood is one of the top knock down shooters coming into the draft, but is also able to score off penetration as well. Hood has a unique figure for a shooting guard, as he stands at a power forward height of 6’9” but plays like a typical shooting guard would. He could become very successful in the NBA if he could figure out how to utilize his height advantage, almost like how Michael Carter-Williams did last year.

Really other than scoring last year, Hood was not a huge threat at doing much else, as he only averaged 4 rebounds and 2 assists. As a pure scorer/ shooter in this draft, Hood is one of the best in the class. But overall I think Hood will end up being a guy like Nick Young, a natural scorer but not much else. He should fall somewhere in the 20’s, perhaps even a little higher if there is a team that likes him.

24) Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

Stokes is another guy who falls a bit due to lack of athleticism, but he has already shown significant improvement and has lost quite a bit of weight already before the draft. He is a bruiser in the post and reminds me of Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins, in that he has the ability to rack up rebounds by just bullying opponents in the paint.

There were several occasions last season where Stokes would rack up 18 rebounds a game, a number extremely high for college players. Last season Stokes was 11th in the nation in rebounding, and 2nd out of the major conferences (behind Julius Randle). I think that Stokes and Randle are very similar players, but Randle obviously has more publicity, and has some of the intangibles that Stokes doesn’t have. Overall I think that Stokes goes late first round to early second round.

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25) Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

Capela is a player like Gordon in the draft in that he is mainly known for his stellar defensive play. He is a very long, tall forward, standing at 6’11” with a wingspan of 7’5”. He is a very good rebounder, which is a lot of simply him overpowering his opponents with his length. He is a very raw player, and will have to be developed over time. I have to say that when I see Capela it automatically reminds me of Serge Ibaka. Both players are very lengthy foreign players, mainly known for their ability to rebound and block shots at a high rate. He wont be very impactful from the start but if he went to a team possibly like the Thunder, who have a knack for developing players like Capela (Steven Adams and Serge Ibaka).

The Suns are another team that should be interested, as they have acquired 3 first round picks, so they have a little room to gamble with a couple of those. Overall I say that Capela will go somewhere in the 20s but I doubt he slides to the second round.

26) Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

Unlike most, I am not a fan of the 6’11” Bosnian. His main issue is that he is unathletic, and is unable to play big minutes because of his physical conditioning. These are big issues in today’s NBA, since almost all centers are big and athletic, and are able to play big minutes. If you look at the past defensive player of the year for the last 3 years it has been Joakim Noah, Marc Gasol, and Dwight Howard; all of whom are crazy athletic and able to play most of the game. Obviously his athleticism will improve with time in the NBA, but currently I see him being a guy like Brendan Haywood.

At best, Nurkic could turn into someone like Zach Randolph or Elton Brand, but I just don’t see it happening. Despite being the most unathletic player on my board, I have Nurkic at 24 for his skill around the rim, and his ability to score and rebound at a high rate when he is in the game. Overall I think that Nurkic has one of the widest ranges of anyone in the draft, probably starting right after pick 10 and going into the mid 20s. It really depends on if teams view him as the Bosnian Blob, or the Bosnian Baller.

27) Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

Grant is one of the most athletic players in the draft, but he isn’t much more than that. He is a good rebounder, and can make shots if open, but that is all he is going to do in terms of the stat sheet. He is not a very good outside shooter, nor is he that great on defense, despite his length and leaping ability. Grant also only started just over half the season, despite not being injured; this shows a lack of experience that is crucial to playing good minutes in the NBA.

He does not show that much potential for a good career in the league, but if he can become a very good shooter or defender then he has a chance to make it in this league. Right now the best connection I can draw to Grant is DeMarre Carrol of the Atlanta Hawks. Both players score just above ten points per game, but yet they are good rebounders for their position. Overall I say he goes late first round but don’t be surprised if he falls to the 2nd.

28) Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia

I have heard that scouts are absoulutley in love with Porzingis, but honestly I just see another edition of Donatas Motiejunas. Both players are/ were foreign big men with the ability to shoot, and are looking to go/ went right after the lottery picks are used up. Motiejunas has had a lack luster career thus far after being drafted with the 16th pick by the Houston Rockets, now averaging just around 5 points and 3 rebounds per game. Porzingis is a big seven footer, but weighs just about the same as the abnormally skinny, Tayshaun Prince.

If he can bulk up big time then he could potentially be the next Dirk Nowitzki, in that he is a big man that is also an amazing shooter. But right now, he is not able to do anything in the post due to his lack of strength, despite how tall he is. He wont be able to do much in the pros if he cant put on weight, but if he can then look for him to potentially be one of the best players from this draft. Overall he could go late teens to mid 20s, but there is a chance that he doesn’t declare for the draft next year since he will be almost a lock for the top 10 next year.

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29) Kyle Anderson, SF/PF, UCLA

Anderson is probably the best point forward in this draft after Saric. He played the point the majority of the time he was on the floor for the Bruins, and possess great court vision to be able to continue that in the NBA. Due to his size (6’9”), he is also a fantastic rebounder, averaging almost 9 a game last season at UCLA. He is the most versatile player in the draft, as he is able to play any of the guard or forward positions.

The downside is that he needs the ball in his hands for him to be productive. He doesn’t set many screens, and you would hardly notice him when he doesn’t have the ball. When he does have the ball it is fun to watch though, because he can do just about anything with it. He has a good jumper, or he can drive into the lane where he is the most deadly since he can dish it or drain it. I think that Anderson could go anywhere in the draft really because the team that picks him has to make sure he fits with their scheme, because he does not fit with too many in the NBA. But if he can find a home that is suitable to his strengths then he could be a triple double machine in the pros.

30) CJ Wilcox, SG, Washington

To round out the top 30 is the sharp shooter out of Washington, CJ Wilcox. Wilcox shot right around 40% from deep throughout his career at Washington, and also averaged over 18 points in his final year as a Huskie. The senior was also a good defender as he didn’t allow too many points from his opponents, and also averaged one block and steal per game.

He is about what you would expect the stereotypical shooting guard to be, a knock down shooter, rebounds some, has some assists, and stands at 6’5”. He wont be the Lance Stephenson shooting guard, getting triple doubles all the time, but he will score when he is put in but you really shouldn’t expect much else. He is a very low risk selection, and I think that he will turn out just like JJ Redick. Overall I think he goes late first or early second round.

31) Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

Phenomenal scorer, but really is not anything more than that. Not a top notch athlete or a good defender, both of which he will need to fix in the pros.

32) Jordan Clarkson, PG, Missouri

Very good at getting into the lane, but can struggle at times scoring in other ways than that. Versatile player, can play both the one and the two.

33) Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona

A team leader for Arizona last season, was a very good scorer as well as a smart player. Very athletic, and causes havoc on the defensive end.

34) Glen Robinson III, SF, Michigan

Very athletic forward, but did not live up to the hype for him at Michigan. Can score well, but is very inconsistent.

35) Patric Young, C, Florida

Physical specimen, and monster on the boards. Scary dude who reminds me of Mr. T. Excellent rebounder, but can struggle scoring at times.

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36) Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Colorado

Always looking to score, and usually can find away to get it done. Not very polished as an athlete or all around player yet.

37) Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State

Very talented scorer and athlete, but could have used another year or two for ASU.  Can lack a perimeter game at times, but more consistent then others.

38) DeAndre Daniels, PF, UConn

Athletic, but not bulky. Good shooter, and operates very well on the fast break.

39) Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia

May stay overseas, but could be a factor from day one. Knockdown shooter, but can be turnover prone at some points.  Lacks athleticism, but is able to play the both 1 and 2 positions.

40) Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier

Good scorer and ball handler, but can try to do too much at times. Not a great deep shooter, but is good off of penetration and mid range.

41) Joe Harris, SG, Virginia

Not a good athlete, but has a very nice 3 point shot, and can score at will. Good team leader, and finished all four years at Virginia.

42) CJ Fair, SF, Syracuse

Good leader and scorer for the Orangemen last season. Senior with good instincts, and is a solid all around player, but does not stand out at anything in particular.

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43) Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor

Very lengthy, tenacious shot blocker, but can shy away from contact in many scenarios. Good shooting and handling for a 7 footer, but needs to bulk up to be productive in the pros.

44) Russ Smith, SG, Louisville

Great scorer, but can get out of control at times. Seems like he is everywhere on the court at once, and gets it done at both ends of the floor.

45) DeAndre Kane, PG, Iowa State

Very good court vision and penetration skills, very good leader last season. Very old for this class, in fact he is more than 2 years older than John Wall.

46) Artem Klimenko, C, Russia

Huge frame, standing at 7’1”, 228 lbs. He is a great defender and rebounder, but has very raw talent and may stay overseas.

47) Markel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State

Very good scorer and rebounder, but can struggle shooting at times. Very good athlete, and stayed all four years at Oklahoma State.

48) Melvin Ejim, SF, Iowa State

Tremendous scorer and rebounder, happened to lead Big 12 in both categories in different seasons for Iowa State. Very athletic, and can be a factor right away.

49) LaQuinton Ross, SF, Ohio State

Very good scorer, but can lack aggressiveness at times. Some question about conditioning and work ethic heading into the draft.

50) Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford

Helped lead Stanford to a good tournament run last season. Lacks consistency, but can score from anywhere on the floor.

 

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