Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NBA Draft Top 20 Prospects

1.       Victor Oladipo – SG – Indiana

- Oladipo showed significant improvement this last season and the sky is the limit with his athleticism and work ethic...quite possibly the only all-star caliber player from this draft class...see similarities to Dwyane Wade

2.       Trey Burke – PG – Michigan

- Burke led the Wolverines to the national title game this year and possesses all the traits to be a very good point guard in the NBA...not going to be Chris Paul good but similar style of play

3.       Nerlens Noel – PF/C – Kentucky

- Noel is a defensive force with his length and athleticism...biggest question mark will be the development of his offensive game but he does create some offense already off his defense...Larry Sanders is the player I see the most in Noel

4.       CJ McCollum – G – Lehigh

- CJ doesn't possess great size but as an off-guard he can flat out shoot like nobody else in this draft...I have troubles finding a comparison for him but he'll become an instant asset with his shooting ability

5.       Sergey Karasev – SF – Russia

- Sergey is a perimeter forward with size, sharp shooting ability and handles the ball very well for the position...not being an elite athlete prevents him from being placed higher but being able to shoot and create his own shot places Sergey high on the list

6.       Anthony Bennett – F – UNLV

- Bennett, who recently added quite a bit of weight thanks to injury, might have some work ethic concerns connected to him, but when it comes down to it he can simply ball...likely an undersized 4, Anthony can score anywhere on the court and creates off the dribble 

7.       Cody Zeller – PF/C – Indiana

- Cody had an underwhelming season at Indiana and I know I have been critical of him, but at the end of the day he is an athletic, skilled big with good upside...not going to be a franchise changing player as a Top 10 pick but on a playoff caliber team he'll be the necessary big to make it work

8.       Giannis Adetokunbo – SF – Greece
- Giannis is as good an athlete as we'll see in this draft with terrific length...he operates very well in the open floor thanks to his plus ball handling and passing skills...he does need to become stronger and refine his offensive skills but at the least, especially early on, he can be a defensive skills
9.       Ben McLemore – SG – Kansas

- Ben has been argued as worthy of the 1st overall pick by some, but I don't see it...he has the potential to be a solid perimeter scorer in the league but he has not shown the ability to be able to create his own shot as he is a weak ball handler

10.   Otto Porter – SF – Georgetown

- Otto is the perfect example of high floor, low ceiling player...he's a good, not great athlete and has shown a good offensive game...I question whether his perimeter shooting will translate and he doesn't convert much off the dribble...his length makes him a good defensive forward as well

11.   Dennis Schroeder – PG – Germany

12.   Shabazz Muhammad – SF – UCLA

13.   Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – SG – Georgia

14.   Alex Len - C - Maryland

15.   Glen Rice Jr. – SF – NBDL 
16.  Jackie Carmichael – PF – Illinois State

17.   Kelly Olynyk – C – Gonzaga

18.   Rudy Gobert – C – France

19.   Michael Carter-Williams – PG – Syracuse

20.   Allen Crabbe – SG – California


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