- Boston Celtics01Boston Celtics
A versatile defender and athletic leaper who is already capable of playmaking and transition scoring—the hallmarks of an NBA point guard.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: James Harden, Brandon Roy, Gilbert Arenas
- PTS 23.2 26.0 Per40
- REB 5.7 6.4 Per40
- AST 5.9 6.6 Per40
- eFG% 53.5 439 FGA
- STL 1.6 1.7 Per40
- BLK 1.2 1.3 Per40
- 3PT% 41.3 126 3PA
- FT% 64.9 168 FTA
SHOT CHART41.7% 48 FGA29.4% 51 FGA44.2% 43 FGA54.4% 184 FGA35.1% 37 FGA46.8% 47 FGA56.3% 32 FGA
- Controls speed of the game as a playmaker in transition.
- Great first step, but can slow it down when needed. Gets where he wants using hesitations, Euro-steps, and crossovers.
- Pick-and-roll maestro for his age, and NBA spacing will only enhance his abilities.
- Excellent passing vision and sees plays develop early. Puts zip on the ball. Likes to use bounce passes.
- Great body control, handles contact well, and finishes with both hands at the rim.
- Good shooter off the dribble. Pulls up on a dime. Has height and lift to shoot over guards. Will need to use more stepback jumpers.
- Competitive, instinctual rebounder. Uses his length to outrebound bigs.
- Great defensive upside due to long arms and wide frame.
- Needs to extend his shooting range and usually used a slow “one-two step” off the catch in college.
- Settles for too many midrange jumpers and floaters rather than attacking the rim.
- Lackadaisical defender who falls into an upright stance and doesn’t always fight hard through screens. He’s capable of locking down when he’s engaged.
- Los Angeles Lakers02Los Angeles Lakers
Has the potential to be the best passer in the NBA; a transcendent playmaker who makes his teammates better.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Penny Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Shaun Livingston with a jumper
- PTS 14.6 16.6 Per40
- REB 6.0 6.8 Per40
- AST 7.6 8.7 Per40
- eFG% 66.8 343 FGA
- STL 1.8 2.1 Per40
- BLK 0.8 0.9 Per40
- 3PT% 41.2 194 3PA
- FT% 67.3 98 FTA
SHOT CHART40.8% 81 FGA43.1% 72 FGA42.9% 7 FGA75.6% 131 FGA55.6% 9 FGA50.0% 6 FGA38.5% 39 FGA
- Elite court vision and passing accuracy, allowing him to whip the ball upcourt in transition.
- Impressive intangibles; high basketball IQ, sees plays develop early, selfless decision-maker, creative.
- Height advantage over small guards.
- High pick-and-roll playmaking upside as he already understands how to make reads, change speeds, and use hesitations.
- Complementary off-ball scorer who can shoot from deep and make smart cuts.
- Excellent instincts on defense: jumps passing lanes for steals and flies in from outside to snatch rebounds; has good off-ball-defense potential.
- Bizarre shooting mechanics—a hitch and low release—limit his dribble jumper. He’s currently a nonfactor scoring from midrange.
- Lacks a deep arsenal of dribbling moves, though he’s talented enough to make up for an average first step.
- Unable to get to the rim consistently, and when he does, he often avoids contact. Needs to add Curry-like crafty finishes.
- Lean frame could hinder him in matchups against stronger guards, and he doesn’t always stay in his stance.
- Philadelphia 76ers03Philadelphia 76ers
Athletic, energetic two-way forward whose scoring upside is contingent upon the system in which he plays.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Tracy McGrady, Andre Iguodala, Aaron Gordon
- PTS 16.3 21.2 Per40
- REB 7.4 9.6 Per40
- AST 3.0 3.9 Per40
- eFG% 55.2 429 FGA
- STL 1.7 2.2 Per40
- BLK 1.1 1.4 Per40
- 3PT% 37.8 90 3PA
- FT% 56.6 173 FTA
SHOT CHART31.0% 42 FGA46.9% 32 FGA30.0% 30 FGA62.5% 256 FGA30.3% 33 FGA30.4% 23 FGA38.5% 13 FGA
- Explosive athlete who plays with balance, force, and feel, and he’s unafraid of contact.
- Capable of playing point forward given his passing vision and accuracy.
- Go-to scorer potential; has a quick first step, fluidity, and the ability to change pace.
- Excellent team defender who never gives up on a possession and fights for 50-50 balls.
- Tremendous perimeter defender, already excels in the pick-and-roll and pick-pocketing ball handlers.
- Noticeable presence in the post; rebounding well and blocking on the weakside on defense.
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- Average wingspan and lack of length and bulk limits his defensive versatility.
- Poor shooting mechanics needing an overhaul: wide base, elbow out, brings ball to shot pocket early, low and slow release, has a hitch.
- Struggles shooting off the dribble, and his shot is easy to contest.
- Unimaginative ball handler leaning on his stepback too much.
- Dwells on negative plays, picks up techs, commits lazy fouls.
- Phoenix Suns04Phoenix Suns
Combo forward with classic go-to scoring potential, though he must improve in secondary areas to become truly elite.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Danny Granger, Paul Pierce, Rudy Gay
- PTS 16.8 20.2 Per40
- REB 7.3 8.8 Per40
- AST 2.1 2.6 Per40
- eFG% 50.7 365 FGA
- STL 1.3 1.6 Per40
- BLK 1.1 1.4 Per40
- 3PT% 34.2 117 3PA
- FT% 84.9 139 FTA
SHOT CHART34.2% 41 FGA40.4% 47 FGA38.5% 39 FGA58.3% 156 FGA31.4% 35 FGA37.0% 27 FGA25.0% 20 FGA
- Fluid athlete with a good wingspan and wide frame. Not super explosive but has excellent body control. Has defensive upside if mentality improves.
- Advanced scorer. Upside to score from all levels using his outstanding footwork to create space.
- Scores with ease from the post; can attack closeouts. Could feast on mismatches.
- Savvy ball handler. Lacks burst but knows how to change pace. Needs to be more aggressive in the paint, but he can get there.
- Should be able to develop into a pick-and-roll threat as he gains experience. It’s key for his good shooting touch to translate to NBA 3-point range.
- Lacks defensive mentality. Loses focus off-ball, dies on screens. He has the ability but doesn’t play with much effort or NBA-level physicality.
- Lacks defensive versatility. Flat-footed on the perimeter; gets toasted by guards. Thin in the waist, so gets overpowered by bigs.
- Needs to score to produce. He’s a willing passer but lacks vision off the dribble.
- Not a natural shooter, with rigid mechanics. Gets to his shot pocket early and heaves the ball. Struggles off the dribble from 3-point range.
- Lives in midrange. Settles for pull-ups and floaters. If his 3-pointer doesn’t translate, is he a player modern teams can build around?
- Sacramento Kings05Sacramento Kings
Lightning-quick point guard who constantly pressures opponents on both ends of the floor.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Mike Conley, John Wall, Elfrid Payton
- PTS 16.7 22.6 Per40
- REB 3.9 5.3 Per40
- AST 4.6 6.2 Per40
- eFG% 49.7 448 FGA
- STL 1.5 2.0 Per40
- BLK 0.2 0.3 Per40
- 3PT% 24.6 69 3PA
- FT% 73.9 211 FTA
SHOT CHART13.3% 15 FGA28.1% 32 FGA41.3% 46 FGA58.6% 249 FGA37.3% 51 FGA35.1% 37 FGA27.8% 18 FGA
- Speed coupled with the ability to control tempo. Can slow it down or kick it into hyperdrive, making him a major transition threat.
- High-IQ pick-and-roll playmaker. Good at probing defense, snaking to middle, and either attacking or passing.
- Excellent ball handler who can stop and start in a flash, armed with weapons like quick crossovers, hesitations, and hang dribbles.
- Potential to become an end-of-game scorer if his shot improves because he can create space for his jumper with ease.
- Super-active defender. Moves laterally well, guards actively without fouling, and has upside in the pick-and-roll.
- Excellent off-ball defender. Always seems aware of play, takes calculated risks to jump passing lanes.
- Skinny frame with needle legs that will make him a liability against larger guards or when scoring against contact.
- His poor shooting is vexing. He has good mechanics, looks comfortable, yet he struggles.
- Gets into the paint with ease, but isn’t an elite finisher. Needs to add more creative finishes instead of settling for floaters.
- Prone to turnovers as a result of trying to do too much as a playmaker.
- Orlando Magic06Orlando Magic
NC State, Frosh
His athleticism is impressive, but he doesn’t affect winning as a passer or defender, which makes him a high-risk lottery prospect.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, Jeff Teague
- PTS 18.1 20.8 Per40
- REB 4.6 5.2 Per40
- AST 6.2 7.1 Per40
- eFG% 52.0 420 FGA
- STL 1.9 2.2 Per40
- BLK 0.4 0.5 Per40
- 3PT% 35.9 153 3PA
- FT% 71.5 200 FTA
SHOT CHART32.7% 55 FGA43.1% 58 FGA22.6% 31 FGA65.7% 169 FGA22.6% 31 FGA29.0% 38 FGA31.6% 38 FGA
- Explosive athlete; soars through the lane, uses both hands to dunk and finish in traffic, major threat in transition.
- Shifty ball handler and creative finisher. Uses quick crossovers and stepbacks to get open. Gets to the rim with ease.
- Elite scoring potential, but upside hinges on shooting development. Creates space but can’t always sink the shots.
- Accurate passer with potential to improve, but doesn’t make many advanced passes and tends to be a beat slow making reads in the pick-and-roll.
- Excellent first step and dynamic handle, and NBA spacing in the half court will help.
- Subpar decision-maker; forces shots early in the clock and from midrange.
- Shooting hampered by inconsistent footwork and getting to his set point early, ruining momentum.
- Limited physical profile; tore left ACL in high school, short arms, but has a wide frame that can pack on muscle.
- Poor defensive effort; dies on screens, can grind in man-to-man when he’s engaged, but often looks sluggish and takes it easy off-ball.
- Minnesota Timberwolves07Minnesota Timberwolves
Florida State, Frosh
A tall, lanky, multipositional 3-and-D athlete with role-player skills who can become much more if he develops a scorer’s mentality.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Longer Harrison Barnes, Marvin Williams
- PTS 12.0 18.3 Per40
- REB 7.8 12.0 Per40
- AST 1.2 1.8 Per40
- eFG% 56.8 256 FGA
- STL 1.2 1.8 Per40
- BLK 1.5 2.3 Per40
- 3PT% 34.8 89 3PA
- FT% 78.0 118 FTA
SHOT CHART43.9% 41 FGA31.4% 35 FGA46.7% 15 FGA68.1% 113 FGA36.4% 22 FGA40.0% 20 FGA0.0% 8 FGA
- Exciting potential to be a versatile scorer. Can rise over smaller defenders or drive by bigger ones.
- Good spot-up-shooting upside. He’s streaky with inconsistent mechanics but has good touch and a high release.
- Effective off-ball threat. Catches lobs, attacks boards, could be at his best in a motion offense that gives him the ball off handoffs.
- Versatile defensive upside. Has the length to play small-ball 4, likes to crash the boards. Good shot blocker. Can slide his feet on the perimeter.
- Lacks fluidity pulling up off the dribble. Needs to get quicker transition from dribble to shot.
- Doesn’t have strong hands. Bobbles a lot of passes. Loose handle and takes off from too far out on layups. Not very physical.
- Not as impactful in the open floor as you’d hope. Tends to be more finesse than physical. Lack of strength will be solved but mentality may not change.
- Average feel. Can pass but lacks vision; doesn’t make the quickest reads. Shot selection is iffy.
- New York Knicks08New York Knicks
Supremely athletic scorer who, while undersized as a 2, has tools to grow into a point guard.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Ray Allen, Lou Williams, Zach LaVine
- PTS 19.8 24.8 Per40
- REB 2.5 3.1 Per40
- AST 2.3 2.9 Per40
- eFG% 54.3 558 FGA
- STL 0.9 1.2 Per40
- BLK 0.5 0.6 Per40
- 3PT% 39.7 262 3PA
- FT% 82.2 180 FTA
SHOT CHART33.3% 105 FGA42.9% 119 FGA52.8% 36 FGA61.6% 138 FGA32.8% 64 FGA37.5% 64 FGA50.0% 32 FGA
- Superb quickness. He flies up the court and is a monster dunker in the open floor. He’s lean in the waist but has wide shoulders.
- Elite shooter from NBA range who is always looking for his shot. Can spot up or hit off-balance coming off of screens, or off the dribble.
- NBA spacing may unlock his pick-and-roll capabilities allowing him to pull up over screens at will or attack newly open lanes.
- Potential as a great finisher near the rim if he improves his handle. He can finish with power or finesse.
- Shines most in transition.
- Shows flashes as a passer. Not accurate but has vision and recognizes the open man when running pick-and-roll or handling in transition.
- Hasty decision-maker, too frequently dribbling into trouble.
- Average passer. If he becomes a point, passing will always be secondary.
- Doesn’t drive to the basket often enough. And when he does, rarely draws fouls. Most of his at-rim chances come in transition. Tightening his handle would help.
- Likely a one-position defender due to short arms and lean frame; can’t switch.
- Apathetic off-ball defender and rebounder. Loses focus or gambles rather than making fundamental plays.
- Dallas Mavericks09Dallas Mavericks
A tremendous perimeter scorer at the big-man position who needs to refine his defense to maximize his potential.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson, Channing Frye
- PTS 15.6 20.2 Per40
- REB 7.2 9.3 Per40
- AST 0.9 1.1 Per40
- eFG% 58.4 376 FGA
- STL 0.4 0.5 Per40
- BLK 0.5 0.7 Per40
- 3PT% 42.3 163 3PA
- FT% 83.5 164 FTA
SHOT CHART41.8% 67 FGA46.2% 65 FGA54.6% 22 FGA59.6% 141 FGA36.4% 22 FGA34.4% 32 FGA35.5% 31 FGA
- Fluid, agile 7-footer with a guard’s skill set. Potential to score off the bounce, pull up to shoot, or attack.
- Excellent spot-up shooter with NBA range. Projects as a major pick-and-pop and spot-up threat.
- Great footwork when shooting on the move, which teams can exploit by using him off screens like a guard.
- Very good attacking closeouts. Uses spin moves and crossovers.
- Finishes using both hands effectively at the rim.
- Flashes of defensive upside. Currently lacks fundamentals, but he’s mobile enough to develop the ability to defend on the perimeter.
- Needs to expand beyond his shooting game to add playmaking and interior scoring.
- Struggles at times scoring against length.
- Subpar interior defender because he doesn’t get in position for leverage and he lacks strength and length.
- Inconsistent perimeter defender who reaches too much, has poor footwork on closeouts, and gets lost in pick-and-roll coverages.
- Poor rebounder, often outperformed by guards and moved off his spot. Lacks length to grab contested boards.
- Sacramento Kings10Sacramento Kings
One of the most moldable prospects in the draft, with a skill set that’ll undoubtedly draw comparisons to Kawhi Leonard.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Shane Battier, Trevor Ariza, Al-Farouq Aminu
- PTS 11.1 17.6 Per40
- REB 5.4 8.7 Per40
- AST 1.4 2.3 Per40
- eFG% 61.5 122 FGA
- STL 1.3 2.1 Per40
- BLK 1.3 2.1 Per40
- 3PT% 31.1 45 3PA
- FT% 56.3 48 FTA
SHOT CHART38.1% 21 FGA25.0% 16 FGA0.0% 1 FGA71.6% 74 FGA33.3% 3 FGAN/A 0 FGA28.6% 7 FGA
- Superb physical dimensions—long wingspan with wide frame—with lateral quickness and extreme versatility.
- Elite defensive potential and capable of defending nearly every position. Jumps passing lanes, switches onto guards and bigs, contests hard.
- Rebounding advantage given his size, which he uses to box out, with long arms outreaching even larger players.
- Quick first step in the post and when attacking closeouts. Raw footwork holds him back, but already a transition threat.
- Good awareness; understands his game, plays within himself, and rarely makes boneheaded mistakes.
- Coming off a torn ACL, especially concerning as he doesn’t explode when leaping.
- Lacks aggression and must be stronger with the ball in his hands at the rim.
- Sloppy footwork and ballhandling. Lacks a left hand. Called for travels and charges. Needs to learn to absorb contact near the rim.
- Lacks passing vision and needs to put more zip on basic passes.
- Shooting issues: slow shooting release and one-two step that leads to blocked shots. Poor free throw shooter.
- Lacks fluidity transitioning dribble into shot due to rigid mechanics.
- Charlotte Hornets11Charlotte Hornets
A skilled two-way center who easily projects as a good role player and could reach much higher levels as a scorer.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Jason Smith
- PTS 10.0 23.2 Per40
- REB 5.9 13.6 Per40
- AST 0.4 1.0 Per40
- eFG% 67.6 207 FGA
- STL 0.5 1.1 Per40
- BLK 1.8 4.1 Per40
- 3PT% 47.6 21 3PA
- FT% 74.3 148 FTA
SHOT CHART50.0% 4 FGA0.0% 1 FGA40.0% 5 FGA68.0% 175 FGA25.0% 4 FGA71.43% 7 FGA50.0% 16 FGA
- Great coordination and timing finishing on tip-ins, cuts, and pick-and-roll dives. Draws a ton of fouls.
- Good shooting potential off the catch and pick-and-pop. Needs to extend range and speed up release but has sound, repeatable mechanics.
- Mobile on the post and drives. Has face-up upside. He’s mobile using both his left and right hands to dribble or finish with hook shots or layups.
- Versatile defender with good fundamentals. Can comfortably defend stretch bigs with the upside to hang with forwards and wings.
- Displays good timing as a shot blocker, instincts on rotations, and a nose for rebounding. Needs to bring intensity consistently.
- Average athlete who lacks length and elite hops. Lacks bounce in traffic and gets blocked too frequently.
- Commits careless mistakes as a passer and doesn’t always handle the ball well in traffic.
- Troublingly high foul rate needs to improve. He pushes off on boards and reaches too much; too hungry for blocks when he should box out.
- Has concerning intangibles. Gets visibly frustrated when things don’t go his way, which leads to losing focus or being tentative.
- Detroit Pistons12Detroit Pistons
Supreme athlete with NBA strength who is still developing his point guard skills.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Norman Powell, Avery Bradley, Gary Harris
- PTS 15.6 19.3 Per40
- REB 4.9 6.0 Per40
- AST 2.7 3.4 Per40
- eFG% 49.8 444 FGA
- STL 2.1 2.6 Per40
- BLK 0.5 0.6 Per40
- 3PT% 35.4 226 3PA
- FT% 80.6 108 FTA
SHOT CHART31.9% 94 FGA45.7% 81 FGA31.7% 41 FGA50.7% 142 FGA32.0% 25 FGA43.3% 30 FGA25.0% 32 FGA
- Elite defensive potential: aggressive, versatile, plays with reckless abandon, great rebounder.
- Potential pick-and-roll playmaker; He has passing vision, sees the open man, and mainly needs to add more dynamic passes.
- Explosive leaper: lob threat, dunks when he has space, uses both hands for layups.
- Effective shooter; has NBA range, hits tough shots, and can rise to shoot off the dribble.
- Improved ball handler who uses crossovers, change of pace, and has a great first step.
- Lacks defensive awareness: gambles too much, strays out of position, commits too many fouls, and has unrefined fundamentals.
- Doesn’t have a true position. He’s an undersized 2-guard and lacks the pure passing and ballhandling skills of a point.
- Takes too many wild shots at the rim; doesn’t handle contact well on drives.
- Streaky shooter who launches too many shots early in the clock.
- Denver Nuggets13Denver Nuggets
Strasbourg / France
A defensive stopper at the point guard spot with excellent feel, but his rawness leaves his upside a complete mystery.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: George Hill, Jeremy Lin
- PTS 5.8 12.8 Per40
- REB 2.1 4.6 Per40
- AST 1.6 3.5 Per40
- eFG% 55.9 204 FGA
- STL 0.8 1.7 Per40
- BLK 0.2 0.4 Per40
- 3PT% 41.4 87 3PA
- FT% 66.7 51 FTA
SHOT CHART45.8% 48 FGA30.0% 30 FGA63.6% 11 FGA62.5% 56 FGA40.0% 25 FGA36.4% 22 FGA43.8% 16 FGA
- Fluid athlete with long arms and a frame that can pack on bulk.
- Multiposition defender with elite upside. Plays extremely hard, takes charges, makes winning plays.
- Advanced fundamentals in closing out and fighting over screens. Attentive off-ball. Rebounds too. Capable of defending reliably as a rookie.
- Has natural passing instincts, and his height creates angles. Accuracy is an issue but he has excellent vision passing off the dribble.
- Good off-ball shooting upside.
- Navigates pick-and-rolls well, snakes to the middle of the floor. Clearly knows what he wants to do, just doesn’t always execute or finish effectively.
- Inaccurate passer, doesn’t execute basic plays. Needs to improve a lot to be a point guard.
- Loose handle; ball slows him down. He botches crossovers, fails to create space or turn the corner. Ends up settling for midrange shots.
- Lacks the quick first step you see from elite guards. May be better off in a secondary role in two-guard offense rather than the primary playmaker.
- Ineffective shooter off the dribble. Goes into slow motion when he transitions into his shot.
- Improved his mechanics but still needs a faster release and more consistent footwork.
- Miami Heat14Miami Heat
Injuries have robbed him of his elite standing in this draft class, but his versatility and athleticism as a big still make him an enticing prospect.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Amar’e Stoudemire, Julius Randle, Darrell Arthur
- PTS 3.9 13.6 Per40
- REB 3.8 13.3 Per40
- AST 0.3 1.2 Per40
- eFG% 57.7 78 FGA
- STL 0.3 1.2 Per40
- BLK 0.7 2.3 Per40
- 3PT% --- 0 3PA
- FT% 50.0 24 FTA
SHOT CHARTN/A 0 FGAN/A 0 FGA0.0% 2 FGA64.6% 65 FGA42.9% 7 FGA0.0% 4 FGAN/A 0 FGA
- Versatile defensive potential. Before the ACL tear, he was capable of switching onto guards.
- Not a pure rim protector, but he can alter shots due to quick-leaping ability. Needs to get stronger to handle larger bigs, though.
- Excellent rebounding potential if explosiveness returns. Capable of throwing down putbacks. Loves to chase out of area for boards.
- Can develop into a screen-game threat because of his good hands and leaping.
- Scores quickly from the dunker’s spot on baseline and runs floor hard in transition.
- Perimeter scoring potential. Can handle the ball in the open floor. Needs to improve handle to face up or create in half court.
- Worrisome injury history: torn left ACL, MCL, meniscus in 2013; torn right ACL in 2015; left-knee procedure in 2016.
- Lacks feel for the game; sets too many moving screens, makes inaccurate passes, panics when pressured. It’s crucial he improves role-player skills.
- Interior scoring is shaky, rarely uses his left hand, and misses easy shots.
- Lacks explosiveness from standstill.
- Uncomfortable shooter: low release, limited range, misses off the side of the rim.
- Prone to getting hacked due to poor free throw percentage.
- Portland Trail Blazers15Portland Trail Blazers
A sharpshooting combo guard with elite feel and fundamentals, but has questionable defensive upside.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: J.J. Redick, Wesley Matthews, Greivis Vásquez
- PTS 19.5 22.0 Per40
- REB 5.1 5.7 Per40
- AST 2.5 2.8 Per40
- eFG% 58.1 484 FGA
- STL 0.8 0.9 Per40
- BLK 0.4 0.4 Per40
- 3PT% 43.8 201 3PA
- FT% 85.6 187 FTA
SHOT CHART43.1% 72 FGA43.6% 78 FGA47.8% 67 FGA58.0% 143 FGA43.8% 48 FGA56.8% 37 FGA38.5% 39 FGA
- Excellent shooting upside. Features a quick release and pristine footwork, with ability to hit shots on the move, off screens, and off the dribble.
- Extremely high basketball IQ and feel for the game. Rarely makes mistakes. He’s very advanced at using off-ball screens to get open.
- Improved his handle significantly and used his off-hand more frequently as a sophomore — his growth rate is encouraging.
- Tremendous passing vision and accuracy with both hands. His pick-and-roll instincts give him combo-guard upside.
- Intangibles are off the charts. He’s a proven hard worker, plays with fire, hustles, and makes winning plays.
- Subpar at-rim finisher due to poor verticality and length.
- Needs to improve his handle against high-level athletes. May always need screens to get open on-ball.
- Gets burned on defense despite playing hard with solid fundamentals. Struggles to move laterally and has short arms.
- Even if he improves defensively, he likely maxes out at average due to athleticism.
- Chicago Bulls16Chicago Bulls
North Carolina, Jr.
A jack-of-all-trades wing who can easily fill a complementary role for any team, though he must prove that his shooting progression is sustainable.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Matt Barnes, Mike Dunleavy Jr.
- PTS 18.3 22.8 Per40
- REB 4.7 5.8 Per40
- AST 2.8 3.5 Per40
- eFG% 53.1 596 FGA
- STL 0.8 1.0 Per40
- BLK 0.2 0.3 Per40
- 3PT% 37.0 284 3PA
- FT% 74.8 131 FTA
SHOT CHART35.6% 101 FGA39.3% 112 FGA43.5% 46 FGA60.9% 184 FGA31.3% 48 FGA29.8% 47 FGA39.3% 56 FGA
- Improved spot-up shooter after quickening his release, though he needs to preserve his revised mechanics.
- Flashed potential shooting off screens while displaying good footwork.
- High IQ/instincts; knows how to fill an off-ball role sprinting in transition, spotting up, and cutting.
- Good passer who makes quick decisions and accurate passes.
- Serviceable defender who has great quickness and length to contain guards and wings.
- Not a fast-twitch athlete and lacks a tight handle, limiting his scoring off the dribble.
- Settles for too many floaters and midrange jumpers due to inability to attack the paint.
- Thin frame and average physicality limit his defensive upside.
- Milwaukee Bucks17Milwaukee Bucks
A high-upside two-way big man who will require patience at the next level, but his raw athletic talent could make him worth the wait.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Karl-Anthony Towns Lite, Theo Ratliff, Samuel Dalembert
- PTS 12.9 20.5 Per40
- REB 6.2 9.8 Per40
- AST 1.2 1.9 Per40
- eFG% 68.9 296 FGA
- STL 0.9 1.4 Per40
- BLK 1.4 2.3 Per40
- 3PT% 53.3 15 3PA
- FT% 51.7 87 FTA
SHOT CHART33.3% 3 FGA0.0% 1 FGA50.0% 8 FGA76.4% 229 FGA43.5% 23 FGA20.0% 20 FGA50.0% 12 FGA
- Explosive leaper with excellent eye-hand coordination for lobs and putbacks. Has soft touch near the rim.
- Massive pick-and-roll potential. Must improve screening and shooting but can take defenders off the dribble and score.
- Intriguing perimeter-scoring upside. Possesses an excellent first step and fluid athleticism, and shows Towns-like flashes.
- Shoots at a low rate but could improve due to soft touch. There’s too much movement on his shot mechanics.
- Mobile defender; has long arms, covers ground well, can slide on the perimeter. Fundamentals must improve.
- Extremely raw offensively. Sets sloppy screens; inaccurate passer. Commits frustrating, avoidable turnovers. Liability from the free throw line.
- Below-average rebounder who doesn’t always box out or chase out of his area.
- Lacks discipline and fundamentals on defense. Needs to stay in his stance and avoid falling for fakes that get him into foul trouble.
- He’ll get stronger over time but to reach his upside defensively he’ll need to be tougher defending the interior.
- Indiana Pacers18Indiana Pacers
Wake Forest, Soph.
An advanced-stats darling as a big man, but his fundamentals must improve drastically to reach his two-way upside.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Explosive Enes Kanter, Al Jefferson, J.J. Hickson
- PTS 19.2 28.8 Per40
- REB 9.8 14.8 Per40
- AST 0.5 0.8 Per40
- eFG% 62.2 376 FGA
- STL 0.6 1.0 Per40
- BLK 1.6 2.4 Per40
- 3PT% 0.0 1 3PA
- FT% 74.5 220 FTA
SHOT CHARTN/A 0 FGAN/A 0 FGA55.6% 9 FGA67.0% 297 FGA48.7% 37 FGA35.5% 31 FGAN/A 0 FGA
- Advanced interior scorer. Knows how to carve out space, score through contact, and finish with both hands.
- Smart in the pick-and-roll. He’s a lob threat, smooth on drives, and excellent at beating switches. Needs to improve screening, though.
- Great face-up scoring potential if his shot improves. Has a good first step, can attack off the bounce due to good footwork.
- Very good rebounder, especially offensively. His instincts shine through in how he tracks the trajectory of the ball.
- Struggles defensively, but he plays hard and is a fluid athlete. With the right coaching he could become an effective two-way player.
- Poor defender who doesn’t stay seated in his stance and gets too handsy. He’s not lazy, just lacks fundamentals.
- Skinny frame, and not particularly long or explosive, so his rim-protection upside is naturally limited.
- Ineffective shooter, but has good touch and average mechanics. Needs to fix his set point and have consistent footwork to improve.
- Lacks passing vision. He telegraphs too many passes or doesn’t spot open players.
- Atlanta Hawks19Atlanta Hawks
Allen is a long, fluid 5 who brings skills that teams desire in a two-way center but is lacking intangibles and feel for the game.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Steven Adams, JaVale McGee
- PTS 13.4 16.7 Per40
- REB 8.5 10.5 Per40
- AST 0.8 1.0 Per40
- eFG% 56.6 316 FGA
- STL 0.6 0.7 Per40
- BLK 1.5 1.9 Per40
- 3PT% 0.0 7 3PA
- FT% 56.4 149 FTA
SHOT CHART0.0% 2 FGA0.0% 1 FGA28.6% 28 FGA65.3% 222 FGA44.8% 29 FGA42.9% 28 FGA0.0% 4 FGA
- Tremendous measurables with a wide frame and a long wingspan. More light on his feet than he is a leaper, but he can throw down dunks.
- Good rim-protection upside. His fundamentals and awareness are poor but he’s so long and mobile that he could become an enforcer.
- Complementary offensive player who can hover on the baseline and dive in pick-and-rolls, and will run the floor hard in transition.
- If shot develops, could be a load straight-line driving to the rim. He has a surprisingly smooth handle and solid footwork.
- Intangibles are concerning. He’s not physical, avoids contact inside. Classic big who wants to be a guard.
- Lacks fundamentals defending the perimeter. Slides slowly laterally, doesn’t always get a good contest on jumpers.
- Instincts are lacking. Makes sloppy decisions as a passer, has slow reads on defense, commits careless fouls, is an inconsistent rebounder.
- Poor shooter at this stage. Shoots a medicine ball at the rim from outside. He has solid form, though, so might be an unsolvable, natural issue.
- Portland Trail Blazers20Portland Trail Blazers
A big body who fits the mold of a modern-day center who can protect the rim, switch screens, and throw down lob dunks.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Clint Capela, Tristan Thompson
- PTS 4.7 14.5 Per40
- REB 4.0 12.4 Per40
- AST 0.2 0.6 Per40
- eFG% 56.4 101 FGA
- STL 0.2 0.5 Per40
- BLK 1.2 3.7 Per40
- 3PT% --- 0 3PA
- FT% 53.5 43 FTA
SHOT CHARTN/A 0 FGAN/A 0 FGA0.0% 4 FGA61.6% 86 FGA28.6% 7 FGA33.3% 6 FGAN/A 0 FGA
- Tremendous shot blocker with both hands. Already has an NBA body with elite length and a frame to get even stronger.
- Hard-nosed player who competes on the boards and flat-out plays hard. Makes winning plays.
- Great pick-and-roll scoring upside. High-flying lob threat, explosive leaper off one or two feet. Also, sets strong, fundamental screens.
- Runs the floor hard in transition. Always a lob threat and seals off the opponent inside, makes himself an option for early-offense entry passes.
- Loads up on his dunks too often, leaving him prone to being stripped. Plus, he rarely dunks with just one hand. Will need to be more versatile inside.
- Poor shooter with clunky mechanics. Needs to overhaul his mechanics, add the dip, and improve his set-point timing.
- Average touch on hook shots and layups, and bobbles tough passes, which may not bode well for him as a dynamic at-rim finisher.
- Gets into foul trouble easily by being too handsy, or not going straight up for blocks.
- Suffered a torn meniscus before the season and a sprained foot during the year, so medical reports are crucial to assure those were fluky injuries.
- Oklahoma City Thunder21Oklahoma City Thunder
Adelaide / USA
A superb athlete with extremely streaky shooting ability, though he’s a long-term project and must learn the details of the game.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Terrence Ross, Stephen Jackson
- PTS 4.6 12.2 Per40
- REB 1.2 3.1 Per40
- AST 0.6 1.6 Per40
- eFG% 45.7 139 FGA
- STL 0.2 0.6 Per40
- BLK 0.3 0.7 Per40
- 3PT% 31.3 67 3PA
- FT% 60.0 20 FTA
SHOT CHART35.00% 40 FGA27.3% 33 FGA25.0% 8 FGA54.4% 46 FGA30.0% 10 FGA40.0% 10 FGA0.0% 3 FGA
- Elite athlete with fluid body movements, though he needs to improve his ballhandling to take advantage of his natural skill.
- Raw scorer, but he has major hot streaks where he drains 3s displaying the smoothness of elite shooters.
- Projectable defensive upside due to intensity level, athleticism, aggression, and terrific lateral quickness.
- Lacks feel for the game; fails to execute basic passes, forces contested shots, rarely changes speeds.
- Shooting mechanics are a mess; there’s too much movement, and his form always looks different, leading to inconsistent results.
- He’s lean and struggles defensively to contain thicker, stronger players.
- Lacks awareness defending off-ball; loses track of his man or takes awkward angles fighting through screens.
- Brooklyn Nets22Brooklyn Nets
North Carolina, Frosh
A long, mobile center with a high basketball IQ, making him an intriguing fit in today’s game.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Bigger Taj Gibson, Jakob Poeltl
- PTS 7.1 19.5 Per40
- REB 5.1 14.1 Per40
- AST 0.6 1.7 Per40
- eFG% 57.3 178 FGA
- STL 0.3 0.7 Per40
- BLK 0.6 1.6 Per40
- 3PT% --- 0 3PA
- FT% 61.9 105 FTA
SHOT CHARTN/A 0 FGAN/A 0 FGA0.0% 8 FGA61.8% 152 FGA28.6% 7 FGA45.5% 11 FGAN/A 0 FGA
- Excellent rebounder who boxes out, has a nose for the ball, and makes timely outlets to his guard.
- High defensive potential. Not a true shot blocker but alters shots with his length and does a good job switching onto the perimeter.
- Good screener and finisher with soft hands around the rim, making him a good pick-and-roll threat.
- Shows good touch and solid jumper mechanics, so there may be untapped potential.
- Runs the floor hard in transition and carves out space under the rim for easy baskets or drawn fouls.
- Lack of explosiveness limits upside; not a lob threat or rim protector, two key skills for modern centers.
- Can improve defensive fundamentals, especially on the perimeter, to channel his aggression into production.
- Crucial he speeds up his gather when receiving passes from the baseline, otherwise he’s prone to being blocked.
- Should strive to improve his Steven Adams–style flip shot in the paint to finish quickly when he’s not right at the rim.
- Toronto Raptors23Toronto Raptors
FC Barcelona B / Latvia
A draft-and-stash candidate who, long term, could exceed expectations as a high-IQ playmaking wing/forward.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Nicolas Batum, Jonas Jerebko, Chandler Parsons
- PTS 9.2 17.9 Per40
- REB 2.7 5.2 Per40
- AST 1.4 2.7 Per40
- eFG% 51.6 184 FGA
- STL 0.7 1.4 Per40
- BLK 0.7 1.4 Per40
- 3PT% 31.6 95 3PA
- FT% 79.6 49 FTA
SHOT CHART43.2% 37 FGA23.4% 47 FGA20.0% 5 FGA60.3% 63 FGA20.0% 5 FGA50.0% 10 FGA33.3% 12 FGA
- Explosive at-rim finisher who can dunk, has soft touch on layups, and uses savvy pump fakes to create space.
- Good spot-up shooting potential as long he develops a higher release point.
- Smart player who makes accurate passes and understands his strengths.
- Very fluid ball handler who changes directions quickly, which suggests he has untapped pick-and-roll potential.
- Rigid shooter off the dribble who needs to smoothen his transition from his dribble to his shot.
- Ineffective rebounder and defender at this stage due to lack of strength.
- Needs to improve defensive fundamentals to reach an adequate level.
- Utah Jazz24Utah Jazz
Nancy / France
Oozes potential as a pick-and-roll scoring big man, but needs to significantly refine his fundamentals and bulk up.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Dehorned Kristaps Porzingis, Willie Cauley-Stein with a 3
- PTS 6.2 16.2 Per40
- REB 5.1 13.3 Per40
- AST 0.6 1.7 Per40
- eFG% 43.9 205 FGA
- STL 0.5 1.3 Per40
- BLK 1.6 4.1 Per40
- 3PT% 22.7 44 3PA
- FT% 57.5 87 FTA
SHOT CHART66.7% 3 FGA0.0% 3 FGA0.0% 3 FGA55.0% 40 FGA0.0% 2 FGA33.3% 3 FGA0.0% 1 FGA
- Impressive athleticism; super-long wingspan, quick leaper, fluid for his size.
- Lob threat in transition, off cuts, and in the pick-and-roll.
- Good shooting potential if he improves lower-body jumper mechanics. Has natural touch and an unblockable release, but twists his body.
- Unique pick-and-roll upside. Not many players that long or mobile can also space the floor.
- Great defensive potential because of how he covers a lot of ground and remains active, and his timing on blocks. Quick enough to cause problems defending the perimeter.
- Makes too many careless decisions with the ball, especially when pressured.
- Ineffective screener.
- Struggles scoring against contact near the rim. Can finish over the top, but takes a lot of sloppy layups and doesn’t use his off-hand.
- Weak, thin frame that prevents him from offering any resistance in the post and on the boards.
- Reaches too often on the perimeter, leaving him out of position or in foul trouble.
- Inconsistent effort.
- Orlando Magic25Orlando Magic
A prototypical big man as far as athleticism and versatility are concerned, though to be more than a role player he’ll need to play tough consistently.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Tayshaun Prince, Lamar Odom, Perry Jones III
- PTS 11.0 14.5 Per40
- REB 5.3 7.0 Per40
- AST 1.3 1.7 Per40
- eFG% 60.5 305 FGA
- STL 0.5 0.7 Per40
- BLK 1.5 2.0 Per40
- 3PT% 37.3 110 3PA
- FT% 83.3 60 FTA
SHOT CHART37.8% 45 FGA29.4% 51 FGA66.7% 6 FGA72.2% 144 FGA22.2% 18 FGA44.0% 25 FGA63.6% 11 FGA
- Versatile defender with quickness to defend guards and length to alter shots at the rim.
- Coordinated, smooth ball handler attacking the basket.
- Late bloomer who plays like a guard, with a skilled, perimeter-focused game.
- Good spot-up shooter who displays fluidity shooting off the dribble.
- Limited rebounding and interior defensive upside due to thin frame and lack of verticality.
- Lacks defensive awareness; he’s often out of position in man-to-man and off-ball.
- Not an interior scorer despite his size; avoids contact, doesn’t beat switches, and settles for floaters rather than attacking the basket.
- Decision-making must improve offensively; he takes untimely shots and isn’t an advanced passer.
- Portland Trail Blazers26Portland Trail Blazers
A skilled forward with the kind of high-level offensive instincts to carve out a role in the NBA, as long as he gets stronger.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: David Lee, Trey Lyles
- PTS 16.3 21.7 Per40
- REB 8.2 11.0 Per40
- AST 2.4 3.2 Per40
- eFG% 65.2 381 FGA
- STL 0.6 0.8 Per40
- BLK 1.1 1.5 Per40
- 3PT% 46.6 58 3PA
- FT% 67.9 106 FTA
SHOT CHART43.8% 16 FGA52.9% 17 FGA35.1% 37 FGA73.0% 244 FGA37.0% 27 FGA38.9% 18 FGA55.0% 20 FGA
- Impressive athlete who plays hard, has good body control and high IQ.
- Solid spot-up-shooting potential. Soft touch and can shoot on the move.
- Selfless passer with good vision. Throws darts into the post and tends to make smart passes.
- Potential to become a solid positional defender if he learns fundamentals and adds weight to his frame.
- Lacks defensive versatility; gets cooked on the perimeter as he is often out of position or flat-footed and slow to recover defending pick-and-roll.
- Lacks length or verticality to protect the rim.
- Only an average rebounder despite nose for ball.
- Average first step attacking closeouts, and is slow to turn the corner.
- Interior scoring must improve, particularly when sealing off his man underneath the rim.
- Jump shot has a low, slow release. Needs to get quicker by using the hop.
- Brooklyn Nets27Brooklyn Nets
Radnicki Basket / Australia
A skilled forward named the top prospect in the Adriatic League, an honor previously awarded to Dario Saric and Nikola Jokic.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Al Harrington, Tranquilized Draymond, Joe Ingles
- PTS 12.3 18.3 Per40
- REB 7.3 10.8 Per40
- AST 1.7 2.5 Per40
- eFG% 55.5 321 FGA
- STL 1.3 2.0 Per40
- BLK 1.0 1.5 Per40
- 3PT% 39.7 135 3PA
- FT% 60.0 85 FTA
SHOT CHART38.7% 62 FGA39.29% 56 FGA40.0% 10 FGA58.6% 140 FGA38.9% 18 FGA26.9% 26 FGA38.5% 26 FGA
- Fluid and coordinated athlete with long arms who can explode at the rim when he has space.
- Productive shooter with a high, quick release and deep NBA range.
- Reliable complementary player who can cut to the rim for lobs or fill space on the perimeter.
- Shows flashes while playmaking in transition. With his quick first step, he may someday see it translate to the half court.
- Effective defender and rebounder when engaged. Slides his feet, battles inside, jumps passing lanes, and flies in for weak-side blocks.
- Careless when driving to the rim, and settles for floaters too often.
- Can finish strong when he has space, but needs to learn how to use his off hand.
- Wild ball handler; he lacks basic one-dribble pull-ups and doesn’t have much shake creating offense.
- Doesn’t punish smaller players on the post, which would be a bonus against switching defenses.
- Effort comes and goes on defense; he needs to bring more of an intense defensive mentality.
- Los Angeles Lakers28Los Angeles Lakers
A superb athlete and energetic big man whose calling card will be his immense defensive versatility.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Udonis Haslem, Darrell Arthur
- PTS 10.9 15.2 Per40
- REB 8.8 12.2 Per40
- AST 1.8 2.5 Per40
- eFG% 64.2 269 FGA
- STL 1.3 2.2 Per40
- BLK 2.2 3.1 Per40
- 3PT% 21.4 14 3PA
- FT% 70.1 117 FTA
SHOT CHART40.0% 5 FGA0.0% 5 FGA54.6% 11 FGA67.6% 225 FGA20.0% 10 FGA57.1% 14 FGA66.7% 3 FGA
- Excellent shot blocker who perfectly times his leaps and alters shots without fouling.
- Terrific perimeter defender who can switch screens onto guards and wings, and contain stretch bigs.
- Skilled finisher around the rim; he has good hands, can dunk through contact and use either hand on layups.
- Instinctual offensive rebounder who excels at putback dunks and tip-ins.
- Undersized with a lean frame, which leaves him prone to being overpowered on the boards and defending the interior.
- Subpar defensive rebounder who often fails to box out, relying instead on his leaping ability.
- Turnover prone; commits careless traveling violations, has only modest passing vision and accuracy.
- Mediocre shooter who must improve the consistency of his form.
- San Antonio Spurs29San Antonio Spurs
A bruising big man who can space the floor, though he must answer questions about his defensive limitations.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger, Jason Maxiell
- PTS 18.5 22.7 Per40
- REB 12.5 15.3 Per40
- AST 3.0 3.7 Per40
- eFG% 57.2 421 FGA
- STL 0.4 0.5 Per40
- BLK 0.8 1.0 Per40
- 3PT% 44.7 85 3PA
- FT% 78.1 210 FTA
SHOT CHART37.0% 27 FGA44.0% 25 FGA55.6% 32 FGA60.8% 255 FGA38.9% 36 FGA19.2% 26 FGA50.0% 24 FGA
- Great rebounder with strong hands who boxes out, hustles out of his area, and has a good nose for the ball.
- Good shooter off the pick-and-pop, spot-ups, and free throws. Has a quick release. He’ll need to extend to NBA range, though.
- Conditioning improved in college, which helped him sustain his production late in games as fatigue set in.
- Versatile interior scorer who uses his wide frame to carve out space and both hands to finish. Can also facilitate from the post.
- Loads the ball up before elevating for dunks, which leaves him prone to getting stripped. Needs to become a quicker leaper to thrive on pick-and-rolls.
- Clunky ball handler attacking from the perimeter. Always tries to spin back right. Struggles shooting off the dribble.
- Defensive liability, especially in pick-and-roll. Doesn’t slide his feet well on the perimeter and lacks verticality to contest at the rim.
- Athletic limitations put a cap on his defensive upside even if his fundamentals and awareness improve.
- Utah Jazz30Utah Jazz
Oklahoma St., Soph.
Lightning-quick point guard who can excel in the pick-and-roll, though his size may limit his upside.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Speedy Claxton, Kenny Smith, D.J. Augustin
- PTS 19.2 26.2 Per40
- REB 3.4 4.7 Per40
- AST 6.4 8.7 Per40
- eFG% 47.5 482 FGA
- STL 1.8 2.4 Per40
- BLK 0.1 0.2 Per40
- 3PT% 37.9 95 3PA
- FT% 81.2 191 FTA
SHOT CHART36.4% 44 FGA28.0% 25 FGA40.00% 40 FGA49.4% 257 FGA43.1% 58 FGA32.6% 43 FGA40.0% 15 FGA
- Speed demon. He gets to top speed in a flash. Has an extra gear to turbo by defenders. Has iso-scoring potential if he tightens his handle.
- Good pick-and-roll playmaking upside. Knows how to navigate, split screens, or snake to middle. Can attack, pull up, or pass. Likes to use a floater.
- Quick release shooting off the dribble. Can stop and pop to pull up from anywhere. Needs to extend range, but he looks comfortable.
- Puts good zip on his passes. Does a good job pushing ball ahead on break or finding open man in the pick-and-roll.
- Tough, pesky defender. He fights around screens and can pressure the ball. Likes to crash the boards too. He’s undersized, though, which limits him.
- Undersized guard and only a decent athlete at an elite athletic position, which naturally could limit his upside on both ends of the floor.
- Struggles converting at the rim. He can get there at will but is usually forced into tough shots. Needs to improve his off-hand.
- Must cut down preventable turnovers by improving ballhandling, especially his crossover, and developing his off-hand passing ability.
- Has good mechanics but lacks NBA range. Misses left and right, so there could be an issue with his hands and release.
- Atlanta Hawks31Atlanta Hawks
Kansas State, Sr.
Versatile two-way player on the perimeter, making him an ideal fit for the modern, positionless NBA.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Taller Kent Bazemore, Doug Christie
- PTS 13.0 16.6 Per40
- REB 6.3 8.1 Per40
- AST 3.5 4.4 Per40
- eFG% 53.2 314 FGA
- STL 1.0 1.3 Per40
- BLK 0.3 0.4 Per40
- 3PT% 37.6 85 3PA
- FT% 76.7 159 FTA
SHOT CHART50.0% 28 FGA23.5% 34 FGA52.6% 19 FGA56.6% 175 FGA39.1% 23 FGA27.3% 22 FGA38.5% 13 FGA
- Defensive versatility thanks to lateral quickness, active hands, and long arms. Will be able to switch between guards and wings.
- Excellent transition playmaker who can grab rebounds and go coast-to-coast, or push the ball ahead due to his great passing vision.
- Impressive passer capable of tossing accurate dimes with both hands and running advanced pick-and-roll schemes.
- Improved spot-up shooting mechanics, but still needs to make tweaks. His base is too wide and he gets to his release point early.
- Not a dynamic scorer off the dribble; uncomfortable when he’s pressured.
- Very thin frame, which makes fighting through screens difficult.
- Phoenix Suns32Phoenix Suns
A knockdown-shooting power forward who needs to add new dimensions to his game.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Donyell Marshall, Raef LaFrentz, Brian Scalabrine
- PTS 13.2 14.6 Per40
- REB 8.6 9.6 Per40
- AST 2.1 2.3 Per40
- eFG% 54.8 320 FGA
- STL 1.0 1.1 Per40
- BLK 1.4 1.6 Per40
- 3PT% 39.2 125 3PA
- FT% 83.6 116 FTA
SHOT CHART43.9% 41 FGA28.6% 35 FGA40.6% 32 FGA57.8% 135 FGA44.4% 18 FGA30.8% 13 FGA42.2% 45 FGA
- Solid shooter with deep NBA range, a quick trigger, and a high release.
- Excellent footwork while shooting on the move, making him a pick-and-pop threat.
- Ambidextrous with soft touch, which gives him interior finishing potential if he gets stronger.
- Intelligent cutter who can finish above the rim when he has space.
- Makes intelligent passes.
- Not a rim protector outside of the college zone system, and only an average rebounder.
- Lacks the strength and size to guard bigs and the quickness to guard wings.
- Average frame, athleticism, and toughness limit defensive upside.
- Slow first step, and stops his dribble for floaters instead of getting right to the rim; only an average finisher in traffic.
- Ineffective shooting off the dribble, lacking fluidity, and struggles to create space on his own.
- Orlando Magic33Orlando Magic
A skilled forward with theoretical two-way ability, but needs to improve defense and shooting.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Lamar Odom, Jeff Green, the Morris twins
- PTS 16.3 20.9 Per40
- REB 9.0 11.6 Per40
- AST 2.4 3.1 Per40
- eFG% 53.9 333 FGA
- STL 0.6 0.8 Per40
- BLK 0.5 0.6 Per40
- 3PT% 32.1 78 3PA
- FT% 66.9 121 FTA
SHOT CHART35.6% 73 FGA28.6% 28 FGA27.8% 18 FGA61.5% 218 FGA36.8% 19 FGA33.3% 15 FGA46.15% 26 FGA
- Smart complementary player who cuts off-ball, fills space, rebounds, and keeps the ball moving.
- Shooting upside: He has great fundamentals, but is subpar from 3 and the free throw line. His issue may be biomechanical.
- Capable of sealing off smaller defenders and finishing in the post using his left or right hand. He has good touch inside.
- Defensive versatility potential: He plays hard, has long arms, and shows flashes. If he improves his fundamentals, he could be a multipositional defender.
- Talented rebounder who reads trajectory of the ball by feel.
- Defensive production must improve; he can move his feet and stay engaged but lacks awareness in defending the perimeter and bulk in defending the interior.
- Currently a nonfactor shooting off the dribble; he misses all over the place and has occasional airballs.
- Lacks a quick first step and agility scoring off the bounce, though he shows potential driving on closeouts.
- Telegraphs passes and makes poor decisions driving into traffic, though he won’t be asked to carry such a heavy load in the NBA.
- Sacramento Kings34Sacramento Kings
Zalgiris / Germany
An underdeveloped stretch forward who shows impressive perimeter skills that could manifest long term.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Donatas Motiejunas, Troy Murphy, Andrew Nicholson
- PTS 4.4 14.7 Per40
- REB 3.4 11.6 Per40
- AST 0.6 2.1 Per40
- eFG% 52.1 95 FGA
- STL 0.8 2.8 Per40
- BLK 0.6 1.9 Per40
- 3PT% 26.9 26 3PA
- FT% 68.3 41 FTA
SHOT CHART22.2% 18 FGA44.4% 9 FGA0.0% 3 FGA62.0% 71 FGA33.3% 3 FGA0.0% 2 FGA33.3% 6 FGA
- Excellent ball handler with good body control, making him a threat to attack closeouts or create from the perimeter, if his shot develops.
- Projects as a plus shooter due to his good form, though at this stage he’s inconsistent. Might be an issue with his hands due to odd rotation on shot.
- Takes risks as a passer, but it’s clear he has tremendous vision. He will need to cut down on careless turnovers, though.
- Good rebounder with a nose for the ball, especially on defense. Offensively he’s only average on putbacks since he’s a below-the-rim player.
- Average athleticism and length. Not a rim protector. Doesn’t always play up to his size, partially because of his poor posture.
- Subpar foot speed defending the perimeter. Has long-term upside due to his fluidity but fundamentals must improve.
- His NBA game is largely dependent on his shot improving. If it doesn’t, he may not offer enough in other areas.
- Orlando Magic35Orlando Magic
His choice to return to Cal didn’t pay off, but still could have appeal as a small-ball center if he improves his shot and presence on defense.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Andrew Nicholson, Ed Davis
- PTS 14.0 17.2 Per40
- REB 10.5 12.8 Per40
- AST 1.5 1.9 Per40
- eFG% 49.7 312 FGA
- STL 0.7 0.8 Per40
- BLK 1.0 1.2 Per40
- 3PT% 40.0 20 3PA
- FT% 66.3 187 FTA
SHOT CHART0.0% 2 FGA71.4% 7 FGA40.0% 15 FGA54.4% 193 FGA37.7% 53 FGA36.4% 33 FGA37.5% 8 FGA
- Fluid athlete; soft hands, hustles in transition, finishes patiently with both hands inside, has great timing on cuts.
- Elite rebounder; likes to box out and keeps the ball alive given his length and bounce. Could serve as a small-ball 5 if he gets stronger.
- Advanced post player with a good first step, but doesn’t get much lift on his jump hooks.
- Solid pick-and-roll potential, but needs to avoid bringing the ball down before leaping.
- Poor shooter; ball comes out flat, elbow sticks out, gets to his release point early.
- Struggles defending in space, too flat-footed, and gets beat by quicker players. Prone to getting bodied because he’s lean.
- Has long arms, but not a rim protector because he lacks explosiveness and strength.
- Philadelphia 76ers36Philadelphia 76ers
Projects as an energy big man but needs to improve his awareness and proper technique to stay on the floor.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Bismack Biyombo, Montrezl Harrell
- PTS 13.0 17.3 Per40
- REB 8.0 10.6 Per40
- AST 0.8 1.1 Per40
- eFG% 59.9 284 FGA
- STL 0.7 0.9 Per40
- BLK 1.5 2.0 Per40
- 3PT% 0.0 1 3PA
- FT% 65.3 236 FTA
SHOT CHARTN/A 0 FGAN/A 0 FGA31.3% 16 FGA64.0% 247 FGA25.0% 8 FGA38.5% 13 FGAN/A 0 FGA
- Quick and explosive leaper with good hands and coordination at the rim. Runs the floor hard.
- Has a quick first step from the mid-post. May never be part of his game, but upside is there if he develops his jumper.
- Predictably high defensive upside due to measurables if he receives proper instruction. Can move laterally and protect the rim.
- Good rebounder. Has a nose for the ball on offensive boards and competes for defensive ones.
- Strong frame and solid mobility give him defensive upside. But too often he falls out of his stance, is flat-footed, or loses focus off-ball.
- Projects as an energy big, yet his motor often runs cold.
- Subpar shooter from midrange and the line. His footwork is inconsistent, looks tense, brings the ball to his set point too early.
- Boston Celtics37Boston Celtics
Athletic, multipositional forward who could rise up draft boards with strong workouts.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Jae Crowder, Stanley Johnson, Jonathon Simmons
- PTS 18.9 22.2 Per40
- REB 6.8 8.0 Per40
- AST 1.5 1.8 Per40
- eFG% 57.4 428 FGA
- STL 0.4 0.5 Per40
- BLK 0.4 0.5 Per40
- 3PT% 42.4 172 3PA
- FT% 78.5 219 FTA
SHOT CHART42.4% 66 FGA45.8% 72 FGA51.5% 33 FGA58.3% 175 FGA37.9% 29 FGA30.0% 30 FGA34.6% 26 FGA
- Good defender against bigs. He has a strong, sturdy frame, and plays with superb fundamentals defending without fouling.
- Versatile enough to defend guards and wings. Fights through screens, closes out well.
- Smooth, simple one-motion spot-up shooting form with NBA range should translate. Needs to quicken his release, but it’s fixable.
- Athletic at-rim finisher. Hangs in the air and handles contact well in traffic. Can throw down dunks when he has space attacking closeouts.
- Spent two years at Duke before transferring to SMU. Hasn’t excelled versus elite competition, and is already 22 years old.
- Defensive intensity wanes. Doesn’t pick up many blocks, steals, or charges. Tends to be a beat late on his rotations.
- Lacks creativity as a ball handler and is stiff changing directions. May never be more than a straight-line bully driver.
- Chicago Bulls38Chicago Bulls
An athletic combo guard who showcases the ability to score from all levels but needs to improve his pure point guard skills.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Austin Rivers, Jerryd Bayless
- PTS 10.9 17.6 Per40
- REB 2.5 4.0 Per40
- AST 1.7 2.7 Per40
- eFG% 56.4 281 FGA
- STL 0.6 0.9 Per40
- BLK 0.1 0.1 Per40
- 3PT% 39.5 129 3PA
- FT% 75.5 102 FTA
SHOT CHART32.7% 55 FGA36.2% 58 FGA27.3% 11 FGA62.6% 107 FGA42.1% 19 FGA23.1% 13 FGA70.6% 17 FGA
- Good shooter off the catch; his release is slightly low, but he’s effective even with a hand in his face, or when he’s on the move.
- Productive scorer off the dribble who can pull up from all ranges or use soft floaters in the lane.
- Crafty at-rim finisher who can use either hand at the rim and score against contact.
- Good defensive potential: strong frame, instinctual, quick laterally, and plays hard.
- Undersized against bigger 2-guards; he can battle, but will need to be perfect and more consistent to thrive and avoid foul trouble.
- Lacks shake despite a great first step. He needs to add more advanced dribble moves to break down a defender.
- He lacks lead guard skills, forces passes, and leaves his feet too much, putting him in turnover-prone situations.
- Questionable, rushed shot selection will need to improve.
- Philadelphia 76ers39Philadelphia 76ers
Gran Canaria / Latvia
True center with excellent mobility who needs to improve fundamentals to survive defensively.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Salah Mejri, Willy Hernangomez
- PTS 7.1 18.3 Per40
- REB 3.0 7.9 Per40
- AST 0.2 0.6 Per40
- eFG% 67.3 202 FGA
- STL 0.2 0.5 Per40
- BLK 0.7 1.8 Per40
- 3PT% 47.1 17 3PA
- FT% 56.0 84 FTA
SHOT CHART80.0% 5 FGA50.0% 2 FGA16.7% 6 FGA73.3% 120 FGA20.0% 5 FGA50.0% 6 FGA50.0% 4 FGA
- Excellent rim runner who runs fluidly up the floor, has good hands, and finishes expertly in the paint.
- Solid shooting upside out to deep midrange due to soft touch and high release.
- Ambidextrous ball handler and finisher who shows potential driving to the rim.
- Mobile defender whose upside hinges on his mobility rather than his verticality protecting the rim.
- He’ll need to speed up his mechanics to become an effective shooter.
- Lacks passing vision.
- Lacks length and explosiveness to protect the rim and block shots.
- Poor fundamentals; ends up committing careless fouls because he’s typically a beat late on rotations.
- Not an impactful rebounder on either end of the floor.
- New Orleans Pelicans40New Orleans Pelicans
A big, high-IQ point guard who has tremendous intangibles and could rise up draft boards with good workouts.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Greivis Vásquez, Patty Mills
- PTS 18.1 22.0 Per40
- REB 4.1 5.0 Per40
- AST 4.4 5.3 Per40
- eFG% 57.8 404 FGA
- STL 1.2 1.5 Per40
- BLK 1.4 1.8 Per40
- 3PT% 39.6 144 3PA
- FT% 81.3 182 FTA
SHOT CHART32.7% 52 FGA40.0% 50 FGA42.3% 26 FGA63.7% 171 FGA40.0% 30 FGA42.5% 40 FGA48.5% 33 FGA
- Excellent feel for pick-and-roll. He can pull up from anywhere, change speeds, and make textbook passes.
- Fluid scorer on the move, whether it’s shots off screens or dribble pull-ups.
- Crafty at the rim by necessity since he doesn’t get much lift; he handles contact well and can finish with both hands on layups.
- Good touch on runners and short jumpers.
- Competitive rebounder and defender who has good awareness and hustles to make winning plays.
- His shooting release is a little low, so he may need to make adjustments at the next level.
- Lacks speed; struggles turning the corner to get to the rim due to his average first step.
- Needs to tighten his handle in order to create space as an initiator for his offense.
- Charlotte Hornets41Charlotte Hornets
An accomplished, well-rounded wing who could play a meaningful role on a contender’s bench.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Wesley Matthews, Old Vince Carter
- PTS 18.7 22.6 Per40
- REB 6.4 7.7 Per40
- AST 2.9 3.6 Per40
- eFG% 59.0 463 FGA
- STL 1.5 1.8 Per40
- BLK 0.3 0.3 Per40
- 3PT% 40.4 183 3PA
- FT% 74.7 170 FTA
SHOT CHART40.5% 84 FGA40.6% 69 FGA32.7% 52 FGA68.4% 193 FGA40.6% 32 FGA21.4% 14 FGA47.4% 19 FGA
- Has all the intangibles: great teammate, competes hard, can easily fill a role-player hole if his core skills improve.
- Spot-up 3-point shooter who attacks closeouts and properly times his cuts.
- Can run the pick-and-roll, which would make him a complementary player along more experienced starters.
- Versatile defender and active rebounder, winning many 50-50 balls.
- Flawed shooter; lacks NBA range, has an ugly motion that looks like he’s heaving a medicine ball, and shoots on the way down.
- Predictable ball handler with a slow first step. Drives left, spins right too often.
- Average finisher at the rim who rarely uses his left hand and doesn’t get much lift.
- Absorbs contact, but needs to add crafty finishes to avoid getting swatted.
- Struggles creating his own shots because he lacks burst and can’t create space to score.
- Lacks the natural court vision to take on a playmaking role.
- Utah Jazz42Utah Jazz
Nanterre / France
An elite athlete who plays relentlessly on offense and defense; has a clear destiny as a rim-running center.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Montrezl Harrell, Kenneth Faried, Ed Davis
- PTS 10.2 18.3 Per40
- REB 6.9 12.4 Per40
- AST 0.6 1.1 Per40
- eFG% 60.8 353 FGA
- STL 0.7 1.3 Per40
- BLK 1.1 2.0 Per40
- 3PT% 33.3 3 3PA
- FT% 63.9 158 FTA
SHOT CHARTN/A 0 FGAN/A 0 FGA16.7% 12 FGA61.8% 191 FGA20.0% 5 FGA50.0% 8 FGA100.0% 1 FGA
- Versatile defender who can switch screens onto wings, provide solid rim protection, and play hard-nosed post defense.
- Excels scoring in transition and the pick-and-roll; his excellent athleticism makes him a constant lob threat.
- Aggressiveness at the rim leads to a lot of drawn fouls; finishes through contact.
- Dogged offensive rebounder who leaps like a pogo stick for tip dunks.
- Liability on the defensive boards due to subpar reach and size.
- Lacks defensive technique; bites on fakes and falls out of a balanced stance, leading to foul trouble or open shots.
- Poor passing vision and accuracy lead to a frustrating turnover rate.
- Elementary ball handler who won’t create offense outside of the restricted area.
- Poor shooter from the field and line despite having good form, suggesting his problem is natural shooting touch.
- Houston Rockets43Houston Rockets
A tough-guy point guard who plays with intensity and fearlessness, which helps make up for his lack of size.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Jameer Nelson, Tim Frazier, Yogi Ferrell
- PTS 20.9 23.2 Per40
- REB 4.2 4.6 Per40
- AST 5.2 5.7 Per40
- eFG% 57.3 400 FGA
- STL 1.3 1.4 Per40
- BLK 0.1 0.1 Per40
- 3PT% 47.1 82 3PA
- FT% 79.4 238 FTA
SHOT CHART38.6% 44 FGA52.44% 82 FGA34.3% 35 FGA54.4% 226 FGA43.5% 23 FGA40.00% 30 FGA46.8% 47 FGA
- Like a cannon ball driving to the rim. Changes speeds, finishes with either hand, uses floaters, and does a good job drawing fouls.
- Has sound mechanics shooting off the dribble or spotting up, which is valuable in today’s multiple-ball-handler offenses.
- Terrific ball handler; skilled at creating in isolations, he can pull up, step back, or make plays on the move.
- Hard-nosed defender. Plays hard consistently. Fights through screens. Rebounds well for a little guy.
- Always in attack mode, sometimes to a fault, leading to wild turnovers.
- Only an adequate passer. Teams will draft him for his scoring, but passing vision and accuracy are notable areas for improvement.
- Doesn’t get significant extension on layups, so there will be an adjustment period scoring inside against NBA-size bigs.
- Undersized, and no matter how hard he plays, he may be a liability against bigger guards who can shoot over him.
- New York Knicks44New York Knicks
A small-ball forward with offensive skills, but weak defense and inability to create space lower his value.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Bigger Doug McDermott, Kelly Olynyk
- PTS 23.0 26.1 Per40
- REB 10.1 11.5 Per40
- AST 2.2 2.5 Per40
- eFG% 52.8 468 FGA
- STL 0.8 0.9 Per40
- BLK 0.4 0.4 Per40
- 3PT% 36.3 160 3PA
- FT% 88.7 194 FTA
SHOT CHART35.3% 51 FGA35.9% 64 FGA57.1% 14 FGA61.3% 168 FGA40.3% 62 FGA28.3% 53 FGA36.8% 14 FGA
- Good shooter with a quick release and smooth footwork on the move who appears comfortable from NBA range.
- Great post skills allow him to seal off a defender under the rim and finish with both hands.
- Smart player with good instincts: great fundamentals and reliable, though occasionally telegraphs passes.
- Limited scorer. His slow first step won’t allow him to create space against top-level athletes.
- Lacks explosive scoring and lateral quickness to defend the perimeter, limiting his upside.
- A modern tweener: can’t switch onto guards or protect the rim and doesn’t make up for it as a rebounder, though he hustles.
- Houston Rockets45Houston Rockets
South Carolina, Soph.
A superb athlete who projects as a high-level defender, though his shooting may limit him severely on offense.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Shaun Livingston, Dejounte Murray
- PTS 13.9 19.1 Per40
- REB 4.9 6.7 Per40
- AST 2.8 3.8 Per40
- eFG% 44.5 460 FGA
- STL 1.7 2.3 Per40
- BLK 0.3 0.4 Per40
- 3PT% 28.5 137 3PA
- FT% 59.7 129 FTA
SHOT CHART24.1% 58 FGA29.3% 56 FGA40.0% 60 FGA56.3% 176 FGA25.5% 51 FGA35.0% 40 FGA18.5% 27 FGA
- Tremendous athlete with high defensive upside; explosive in the open floor, with long arms and excellent lateral quickness.
- Multipositional defender: could effectively switch onto guards, wings, and leaner forwards.
- Can create space off the dribble; he changes directions quickly and gets to the rim.
- Solid playmaker who can take on secondary pick-and-roll duties. Tightened his handle as a sophomore, but still needs work.
- Poor shooter who needs to overhaul his mechanics. Flings the ball at the rim. Also subpar from the free throw line.
- Average feel for the game; his success will largely depend on his athleticism.
- Has high defensive potential, but needs to improve his fundamentals to avoid committing careless fouls like reach-ins.
- Philadelphia 76ers46Philadelphia 76ers
Bamberg / Lithuania
A raw forward whose skill and fluidity must be matched by physical development to shine at the NBA level.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Diet Gordon Hayward, bigger Marco Belinelli
- PTS 14.6 20.1 Per40
- REB 4.4 6.0 Per40
- AST 2.0 2.8 Per40
- eFG% 51.6 319 FGA
- STL 0.6 0.8 Per40
- BLK 0.2 0.2 Per40
- 3PT% 35.8 165 3PA
- FT% 85.3 95 FTA
SHOT CHART34.8% 23 FGA35.5% 31 FGA33.3% 3 FGA54.6% 22 FGA50.0% 4 FGA66.7% 3 FGA25.0% 4 FGA
- Fluid athlete with a high basketball IQ.
- Dynamic shooter who can hit off screens, one- or two-dribble jumpers, and spotting up.
- Smooth ball handler who could excel running pick-and-roll.
- Natural touch with both hands; he could develop into an effective at-rim finisher if he gets stronger.
- Thin frame limits his defensive and rebounding potential.
- He’s too lean to defend larger players and not quick enough to defend smaller ones.
- Must add more diverse dribble moves to create space as a shooter off the dribble.
- Plays with so much finesse he avoids contact inside. Difficult to tell if the issue is mental, physical, or both.
- Indiana Pacers47Indiana Pacers
South Carolina, Sr.
A Swiss-army-knife wing whose hard-nosed defense will be his meal ticket.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Wesley Matthews, P.J. Tucker
- PTS 21.4 25.2 Per40
- REB 7.2 8.4 Per40
- AST 2.8 3.3 Per40
- eFG% 51.1 438 FGA
- STL 2.1 2.5 Per40
- BLK 1.0 1.1 Per40
- 3PT% 39.5 147 3PA
- FT% 83.0 259 FTA
SHOT CHART36.4% 55 FGA44.8% 67 FGA44.4% 27 FGA53.5% 226 FGA22.6% 31 FGA30.8% 26 FGA36.7% 30 FGA
- Intense defender with quickness to defend guards, size to defend bigs and rebound.
- Experienced in both pick-and-rolls and post-ups, while also passing well and able to play off-ball.
- Advanced ballhandling skills make him a potential secondary playmaker.
- Substandard first step.
- Subpar shooter who needs to extend his range. Currently shoots flat with a low release and looks uncomfortable off the dribble.
- Relies too heavily on drawing fouls and plowing through defenders to score, which may not translate at the higher level.
- Milwaukee Bucks48Milwaukee Bucks
A microwave scoring point guard with a knack for coming up big in clutch moments.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Seth Curry, Gary Neal
- PTS 14.7 19.4 Per40
- REB 3.4 4.6 Per40
- AST 1.8 2.3 Per40
- eFG% 57.4 397 FGA
- STL 0.8 1.0 Per40
- BLK 0.1 0.1 Per40
- 3PT% 42.4 203 3PA
- FT% 75.2 137 FTA
SHOT CHART40.6% 101 FGA42.5% 80 FGA33.3% 24 FGA57.0% 135 FGA38.9% 18 FGA38.9% 18 FGA50.0% 30 FGA
- Speedy guard who excels in transition as a scorer and playmaker, showcasing good body control on his drives to the rim.
- Excellent shooter with good form and a high release. He can pull up on a dime off the dribble or spot up playing off the ball.
- Skilled attacking the paint; he changes speeds, uses hesitations and quick crossovers, and finishes with either hand at the rim.
- Makes the simple plays as a passer; a more limited role may cut down on his “trying to do too much” turnovers.
- Competitive defender; rebounds well for his size. Plays hard enough to survive against both guard spots.
- Needs to tighten his handle to maximize his skills. He gets too loose, especially with his left hand.
- Lacks natural passing vision and accuracy. He’ll mistime bounce passes or miss open players.
- Short wingspan and thin frame limits him defensively against larger players.
- He’ll need to be more consistently engaged playing off-ball defense and work on his footwork when closing out on shooters.
- Denver Nuggets49Denver Nuggets
An energetic big man who flashes ideal versatility for the modern NBA.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Pascal Siakam, Cody Zeller
- PTS 17.3 22.7 Per40
- REB 9.9 12.9 Per40
- AST 2.3 3.1 Per40
- eFG% 53.2 433 FGA
- STL 0.4 0.5 Per40
- BLK 1.1 1.4 Per40
- 3PT% 28.1 32 3PA
- FT% 69.9 183 FTA
SHOT CHART33.3% 6 FGA33.3% 12 FGA51.7% 29 FGA57.6% 311 FGA33.3% 24 FGA40.5% 42 FGA9.1% 11 FGA
- Experienced a late growth spurt and retains guard-like agility to blend with his long arms and strong body.
- Potential to defend as a small-ball 5 due to long reach and bulky frame.
- Displays potential lateral quickness defending the perimeter.
- Plays extremely hard running the floor in transition and rolling in the pick-and-roll.
- Relentless offensive rebounder who flies in for putback dunks.
- Inconsistent defensive rebounder; misses too many box-outs and lacks instincts tracking the ball.
- Plays in a zone defensive scheme, lacking experience in NBA-style man-to-man.
- Not an explosive leaper, and tore his MCL to end his college season.
- Poor decision-maker who forces contested shots, lacks passing vision, and commits careless fouls.
- Struggles scoring against length due to lack of lift and inability to use his left hand for layups.
- Lacks shooting upside due to poor touch. His form also needs to be more consistent.
- Philadelphia 76ers50Philadelphia 76ers
Has the defense and work ethic to make the NBA as a combo forward, but must improve his shot.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, K.J. McDaniels
- PTS 17.6 20.5 Per40
- REB 6.3 7.3 Per40
- AST 1.5 1.8 Per40
- eFG% 52.5 440 FGA
- STL 0.8 1.0 Per40
- BLK 0.9 1.1 Per40
- 3PT% 25.5 94 3PA
- FT% 71.3 167 FTA
SHOT CHART37.9% 29 FGA17.5% 40 FGA37.0% 27 FGA60.9% 276 FGA15.8% 19 FGA42.3% 26 FGA26.1% 23 FGA
- Off-the-charts intangibles; plays with fire and passion, maximizing his athleticism and strong frame.
- Versatile defender with the quickness to cover guards and the bulk to cover forwards.
- Excellent rebounder who gets ahead in transition, with good timing on cuts and ability to attack closeouts.
- Soft touch on jump hooks, floaters, and free throws. With tweaks to his mechanics, he could become a reliable spot-up shooter.
- Suffered a litany of leg injuries, including a shattered tibia in high school. Teams will want to know his medical history.
- Inconsistent shooting mechanics lead to too many bad misses and airballs. His release is low and he has shoddy footwork.
- Stiff ball handler with subpar passing vision, limiting him to straight-line drives when attacking closeouts.
- May need to learn how to better navigate pick-and-roll screens when defending wings.
- Denver Nuggets51Denver Nuggets
A long, active center who can also space the floor, but an ineffective defender.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Anderson Varejão, Jamaal Magloire
- PTS 12.6 17.9 Per40
- REB 6.6 9.5 Per40
- AST 1.5 2.1 Per40
- eFG% 56.0 285 FGA
- STL 0.8 1.1 Per40
- BLK 1.5 2.2 Per40
- 3PT% 38.3 60 3PA
- FT% 73.0 148 FTA
SHOT CHART52.2% 23 FGA30.0% 20 FGA50.0% 4 FGA56.5% 209 FGA54.6% 11 FGA40.0% 5 FGA28.6% 14 FGA
- Mammoth wingspan with great physical dimensions that he doesn’t take for granted; plays his ass off, communicates.
- Super-active defender who could be effective in a pick-and-roll defense that drops rather than hedges.
- High-energy big on offense who hustles in transition and throws his body around inside.
- Can finish off-balance under the rim off cuts and the pick-and-roll.
- Solid 3-point-shooting potential with a quick release that can be further refined.
- Tightened his ballhandling to improve attacking closeouts.
- Rushes; sets moving screens, has sloppy footwork, makes panicked passes, throws up wild layups.
- Subpar rebounder for his size. He boxes out but doesn’t rebound outside his area or outmuscle NBA-caliber bigs for 50-50 balls.
- Lost defensively due to poor fundamentals. Gets caught flat-footed and is slow to accelerate laterally. He can’t hedge or switch.
- Not a rim protector. Has length but he’s not a leaper. Typically a beat late on rotations, which gets him into foul trouble.
- Washington Wizards52Washington Wizards
A bull of a player at the 4 spot with excellent athleticism and scoring upside, but presently lacks one key skill.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson
- PTS 16.0 20.1 Per40
- REB 8.7 10.9 Per40
- AST 1.8 2.3 Per40
- eFG% 54.1 434 FGA
- STL 0.8 1.0 Per40
- BLK 2.6 3.3 Per40
- 3PT% 38.4 172 3PA
- FT% 69.2 130 FTA
SHOT CHART43.2% 44 FGA28.6% 49 FGA43.8% 32 FGA67.4% 144 FGA34.9% 43 FGA26.7% 45 FGA40.8% 76 FGA
- High upside as a lob threat in the pick-and-roll; he excels most with spacing in transition.
- Explosive at-rim finisher: delivers contact, draws fouls, and dunks through defenders.
- Good fluidity as a ball handler; he uses Euro-steps and crossovers and has a quick first step.
- Fast-twitch athlete with potential to defend multiple positions.
- Solid spot-up shooter; his form is inconsistent, but he has solid touch and hits shots.
- Above-average rebounder who could dominate if he played with consistent effort, though his height and reach are limitations.
- Lacks defensive fundamentals; he doesn’t stay in his stance, misses rotations, and looks lost in the pick-and-roll.
- Poor basketball IQ; commits careless turnovers, fails to execute simple plays, dribbles into traffic, takes too many shots early in the clock.
- Struggles shooting off the dribble; he airballs or hits the backboard too frequently.
- Settles for jumpers too often against switches rather than overpowering inside because he has poor post footwork.
- Boston Celtics53Boston Celtics
Mega Leks / Germany
A talented combo guard with a pro body who plays hard and shows glue-guy upside on offense.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Malcolm Brogdon, taller Derek Fisher
- PTS 9.2 15.7 Per40
- REB 2.7 4.5 Per40
- AST 1.5 2.6 Per40
- eFG% 47.5 319 FGA
- STL 0.7 1.2 Per40
- BLK 0.3 0.4 Per40
- 3PT% 31.5 219 3PA
- FT% 76.0 75 FTA
SHOT CHART31.3% 96 FGA29.9% 107 FGA75.0% 4 FGA55.1% 69 FGA37.5% 16 FGA20.0% 15 FGA31.3% 16 FGA
- High-upside defender due to excellent length, strong frame, motor, and versatility.
- Comfortable shooting off the dribble; he can hit tough shots with defenders draped over him, a trait found in stars.
- Effective at-rim finisher, though he lacks the same explosiveness he shows in the open floor.
- Good passer in the pick-and-roll; he could develop into a combo guard long term.
- Needs to tighten his crafty ballhandling moves to take advantage of his agility.
- Poor shooter with a low release; he barely gets any lift and his shot lacks consistency.
- Almost always drives to his left, making him predictable for a defender.
- Phoenix Suns54Phoenix Suns
Florida State, Soph.
Muscular wing with microwave-scorer upside.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Dion Waiters, Lance Stephenson, Malachi Richardson
- PTS 17.2 23.9 Per40
- REB 4.2 5.8 Per40
- AST 1.7 2.4 Per40
- eFG% 51.0 489 FGA
- STL 1.0 1.4 Per40
- BLK 0.1 0.2 Per40
- 3PT% 33.3 171 3PA
- FT% 75.4 138 FTA
SHOT CHART31.2% 61 FGA39.7% 73 FGA35.3% 51 FGA60.6% 193 FGA30.4% 46 FGA40.5% 42 FGA33.3% 24 FGA
- Excellent scorer in the open floor. He’s a bowling ball attacking closeouts and slashing in transition. Can finish through contact.
- Aggressive ball handler with good footwork on drives. Uses Euro-steps and side steps. Can pull up on a dime off the dribble.
- At his best going downhill, and can navigate pick-and-roll well. Has upside as a screen-game threat if his shot translates.
- Defensive upside is there, despite his flaws. He has a thick, muscular frame with a solid wingspan. Great rebounder.
- Low-effort defender with poor fundamentals. Doesn’t fight over screens or close out hard.
- Mediocre basketball IQ. Takes too many contested midrange jumpers early in the clock. Forces contested shots rather than passing to open teammates.
- Needs to improve his off-hand so he’s not predictable. Usually tries to drive right and rarely uses his left at the rim.
- Subpar spot-up shooter with shaky mechanics. He can hit shots but needs to smoothen his release; looks less comfortable when he’s rushed.
- Utah Jazz55Utah Jazz
Notre Dame, Sr.
A long, athletic wing with 3-and-D skills valued heavily in today’s positionless NBA.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood
- PTS 14.5 17.0 Per40
- REB 4.1 4.7 Per40
- AST 0.9 1.0 Per40
- eFG% 52.0 443 FGA
- STL 0.9 1.1 Per40
- BLK 1.1 1.2 Per40
- 3PT% 36.1 241 3PA
- FT% 83.6 73 FTA
SHOT CHART36.8% 117 FGA34.4% 90 FGA44.4% 36 FGA62.6% 107 FGA32.3% 31 FGA23.7% 38 FGA40.0% 25 FGA
- Fluid athlete who finishes well in transition and on cuts. NBA spacing will aid his ability to drive in a straight line to the rim.
- Great shooting upside; can splash 3s off screens and dribble handoffs, and he excels on spot-ups. Needs a quicker release, though.
- Capable of shooting a one-dribble pullup, though he needs to add side-step or step-back moves to his footwork.
- Good basketball IQ. He plays within himself, makes smart passes, and doesn’t hold the ball.
- Versatile defensive upside due to good length for his position. He can slide with guards and block shots from the weakside.
- Ball slows him down due to his high dribble, limiting his upside scoring off the dribble.
- Struggles driving all the way to the rim and doesn’t finish well through contact.
- Needs to play with more force and passion. Doesn’t box out, rebound well, or play as effectively against physical players.
- Narrow frame will make it difficult for him to add muscle.
- Off-ball defense needs to improve. He gambles too much, his footwork on closeouts is underdeveloped, and he’s often a beat late on rotations.
- Boston Celtics56Boston Celtics
A head-at-the-rim leaper who has developed into a 3-and-D-style player with room to improve as a shooter and ball handler.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Andre Roberson, Jerami Grant
- PTS 11.1 16.8 Per40
- REB 6.1 9.2 Per40
- AST 0.6 1.0 Per40
- eFG% 54.7 299 FGA
- STL 0.9 1.3 Per40
- BLK 0.8 1.2 Per40
- 3PT% 39.1 110 3PA
- FT% 72.3 101 FTA
SHOT CHART34.9% 43 FGA41.7% 48 FGA52.2% 23 FGA65.1% 103 FGA23.3% 43 FGA43.3% 30 FGA38.5% 13 FGA
- Excellent athlete who excels in transition and off-cuts due to elite leaping ability.
- Unorthodox shooting mechanics, but he’s developed into a good 3-point shooter.
- Floats in the air when attacking the rim, which leads to a lot of drawn fouls. If he adds strength, he may finish through the contact.
- Gets high elevation pulling up off the dribble, looks smooth; if he extends to 3-point range off the bounce, he could exceed expectations.
- Great defensive potential; long, can defend multiple positions, and rebounds well.
- Suffered a left-foot stress fracture in 2016.
- Needs to improve finishing at the rim with his off-hand.
- Predictable driving to the rim; he almost always goes right since his left-hand handle is so underdeveloped.
- Will need to prove that his shot will translate to the NBA despite his odd shooting form.
- Frustratingly inconsistent player who loses focus on defense and becomes passive on offense.
- Brooklyn Nets57Brooklyn Nets
A true knockdown shooter who projects as a sturdy, versatile defender; has potential as a 3-and-D role player.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Arron Afflalo, Wesley Matthews, Solomon Hill
- PTS 13.4 16.4 Per40
- REB 6.5 7.9 Per40
- AST 3.0 3.7 Per40
- eFG% 54.6 351 FGA
- STL 1.5 1.8 Per40
- BLK 0.5 0.7 Per40
- 3PT% 44.9 136 3PA
- FT% 79.1 110 FTA
SHOT CHART54.2% 59 FGA36.2% 58 FGA35.3% 34 FGA50.4% 113 FGA41.4% 29 FGA52.5% 40 FGA33.3% 18 FGA
- Excellent spot-up shooter with sound mechanics, a quick release, and NBA range.
- Capable shooter off the dribble, though he lacks dynamic moves.
- Plays extremely hard defensively: fights through screens, defends with toughness against larger players, and rebounds well.
- Reliable team defender who stays mentally engaged off-ball, takes good angles on screens, and can switch screens.
- Lacks speed and ballhandling ability to turn the corner on drives, and the explosiveness to finish inside.
- Subpar passing vision and change-of-direction ability.
- New York Knicks58New York Knicks
A point guard who looks the part with his length and speed, but he must learn the game to be effective.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Tony Wroten, Dejounte Murray, Semaj Christon
- PTS 14.3 18.1 Per40
- REB 4.2 5.3 Per40
- AST 4.8 6.0 Per40
- eFG% 50.7 211 FGA
- STL 1.2 1.5 Per40
- BLK 0.7 0.9 Per40
- 3PT% 27.3 44 3PA
- FT% 73.7 137 FTA
SHOT CHART21.1% 19 FGA10.0% 10 FGA40.0% 15 FGA56.1% 132 FGA30.8% 13 FGA50.0% 12 FGA45.5% 11 FGA
- Excellent size for a modern guard, with long arms and the frame to get stronger.
- High pick-and-roll potential due to measurables and body control, but needs to round off the rougher edges of his game.
- Terrific first step makes him shine in transition and allows him to fly by defenders in the half court.
- Talented ball handler, though he needs to tighten it up going to his left.
- Upside to be versatile defender who can switch screens, though effort and fundamentals must improve.
- Major injury history—had knee/patellar tendonitis that ended his 2014-15 season, then suffered a torn ACL in 2017, among other issues.
- Unreliable decision-maker who makes inaccurate passes and careless plays.
- Ineffective shooter off the dribble, which directly inhibits his ability to drive the lane with defenders going under screens.
- Struggles shooting off the catch. Has rigid mechanics that have no consistency.
- Poor touch on layups and floaters doesn’t bode well for his jumper developing.
- San Antonio Spurs59San Antonio Spurs
Hard-working player whose extremely long wingspan gives him the potential to defend up to four positions.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Danny Green, Iman Shumpert, Quincy Pondexter
- PTS 14.9 16.9 Per40
- REB 4.8 5.4 Per40
- AST 2.4 2.7 Per40
- eFG% 53.9 372 FGA
- STL 1.3 1.5 Per40
- BLK 0.5 0.5 Per40
- 3PT% 39.7 199 3PA
- FT% 83.3 108 FTA
SHOT CHART36.1% 72 FGA43.0% 79 FGA26.9% 26 FGA55.0% 111 FGA27.3% 22 FGA50.0% 20 FGA38.6% 44 FGA
- Effective shooter with a high release who excels spotting up but can also drain one-dribble pull-ups and stepbacks.
- Good straight-line driver when attacking closeouts or in transition.
- Reliable passer who moves the ball within the flow of the offense.
- Competes hard defensively, chases 50-50 balls, and defends with toughness.
- Only an above-average athlete despite elite physical profile; he suffered a torn left meniscus in 2014.
- Suffers lapses as an off-ball defender; late on rotations or closeouts.
- Limited ball handler who shouldn’t be expected to create without a screen.
- He doesn’t use his left hand enough finishing at the rim.
- Atlanta Hawks60Atlanta Hawks
Iowa State, Sr.
A talented pick-and-roll playmaker who has elite court vision and makes pinpoint passes.BEST-CASE SCENARIO: Keyon Dooling, Earl Watson
- PTS 16.4 18.6 Per40
- REB 4.8 5.5 Per40
- AST 6.2 7.0 Per40
- eFG% 52.3 465 FGA
- STL 1.5 1.7 Per40
- BLK 0.3 0.3 Per40
- 3PT% 37.8 143 3PA
- FT% 80.2 111 FTA
SHOT CHART31.6% 57 FGA36.0% 50 FGA51.2% 41 FGA54.8% 179 FGA45.6% 57 FGA35.7% 56 FGA53.9% 26 FGA
- Elite passer who makes smart, creative plays and rarely turns the ball over.
- Savvy pick-and-roll ball handler who navigates screens and manipulates defenders with change of pace to get where he wants.
- Capable shooter off the dribble from midrange and on spot-up shots despite unorthodox mechanics.
- Plays hard defensively, makes good rotations, and rebounds well for his position.
- Makes a consistent impact. He’s a reliable player coaches can lean on to right the ship.
- Must extend dribble-jumper range to 3 to reach next level; he front-rims a lot of misses.
- Below-the-rim finisher with mediocre quickness, so creating and finishing against NBA athletes could be a struggle.
- One-position defender, as his slight frame and short arms make it easy for even guards to plow through him.
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