Zion Williamson
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Zion Williamson
Duke, Freshman, #1 PF
18 yrs | 6’7″ | 285 lbs | 6’10” wingspan
Ball IQIQ
9
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
8
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
10
Defense
9
PPG
22.5
RPG
8.8
APG
2.1
FG PCT.
68.4%
3PT PCT.
33%

Zion is the most highly-anticipated draft prospect in quite a while. His combination of size and speed is matched only by LeBron. 285 lbs with a 40-inch vertical is something we’ve never seen before. That strength and athleticism alone makes him very tough to defend. Projects as a plus defender on the perimeter can move his feet. Probably starts at the four, but an intriguing stretch-five candidate. Has the potential to become a great playmaker, we’ve seen flashes of great vision at Duke. Would love to see an offense built with shooters around him, maximize spacing. Biggest concern is his jumper. If he develops a 35% three-point shot, he can be absolutely deadly. Highest floor and highest ceiling in this draft, and truly a one-of-a kind prospect.

Strengths

•   Physical attributes
•   Driving and finishing
•   Rebounding
•   All-Around Defense
•   Playmaking

Weaknesses

•   Jumpshot
•   Height, especially as a defensive center
•   Ballhandling
•   Free throws

Best Landing Spot

I have to give this to the Knicks, right? There are some dream lottery teams like the Lakers and Mavs, and I think Atlanta deserves a shoutout here too, but the idea of Zion in MSG is just too enticing. Plus, the possibility of Durant could put Zion on a contender in his rookie season. Although the organization doesn’t deserve him, MSG and the fans do.

Worst Landing Spot

Cleveland. Please, ping pong ball gods. The Cavs have had their turn. LeBron, Kyrie, Wiggins/Love, and Anthony Bennett. Their team is bad, with little hope (sorry Collin Sexton), and the organization is a mess. They’ll have a 14% chance to land the #1 pick, but even the Bulls and Suns would be a better spot for Williamson. Sorry Cleveland, but we are all sick of your lottery luck.

Draft Range

#1, whoever gets it

NBA Comparison

Air Barkley, Draymond/Aaron Gordon hybrid, flashes of LeBron

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 9, shows incredible feel and vision on both ends
Shooting (Inside): 9 can score in the post and on the drive
Shooting (Outside): 5 (jumper), only 30% from three at Duke
Passing: 8, shows flashes, but not in a playmaking role at Duke
Dribbling: 6, impressive for his weight and size, but not NBA perimeter level
Hustle: 10, a real gamer, plays hard
Defense: 9, can move his feet, has IQ to read pick+rolls


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

Ja Morant
2
Ja Morant
Murray State, Sophomore, #1 PG
19 yrs | 6’3″ | 175 lbs | 6’10” wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
10
DribblingDribble
9
Hustle
9
Defense
9
PPG
24.5
RPG
5.7
APG
10
FG PCT.
49.9%
3PT PCT.
36.3%

Morant is the first college player to ever average 20 points and 10 assists. His 10 assists per game is the highest in NCAA history for a single season. His passing is already very impressive, and he’s incredibly explosive and athletic. Look up his dunks on YouTube, they’re something, but he’s also a crafty layup finisher. Ja really needs to cut down on turnovers, and his jumper is improved but still not consistent. Most rankings have Morant #2 behind Zion, and that seems justified. He already projects as a point guard that can really lead your offense and play both ways.

Strengths

•   Passing
•   Explosiveness
•   Finishing
•   Ballhandling
•   Defense

Weaknesses

•   Turnovers
•   Consistency on jumper
•   College competition

Best Landing Spot

The two lottery teams in dire need of a point guard are the Bulls and Suns. Either one would be a good fit, next to a Booker or LaVine. Really, he should go anywhere he will start in his rookie season and get plenty of usage. Give him the keys to the offense and let him learn on the fly.

Worst Landing Spot

I just don’t think Cleveland really deserve any more lottery luck after winning it four times. They already have a point guard anyway, and so do the Grizzlies, Hawks, and Wizards. Morant’s best role is the primary ball handler, so he would be best on a team without an established one.

Draft Range

#2 to #5

NBA Comparison

Russell Westbrook, De’Aaron Fox, Young Derrick Rose

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, has incredible vision but could improve in the pick+roll on both ends
Shooting (Inside): 9, can get to the rim with handles or athleticism and finish with power or finesse
Shooting (Outside): 7, 34% with a good-looking shot
Passing: 10, highest assists per game in NCAA history
Dribbling: 9, impressive handle, uses it well
Hustle: 9, hasn’t seemed like a concern at Murray State
Defense: 9, already a great perimeter defender, just needs to read pick+rolls


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

RJ Barrett
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RJ Barrett
Duke, Freshman, #1 SF
18 yrs | 6’7″ | 202 lbs | 6’9″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
8
Hustle
9
Defense
7
PPG
22.8
RPG
7.7
APG
4.1
FG PCT.
45.7%
3PT PCT.
31.3%

RJ Barrett shares the spotlight with a few other Duke studs, but is looking to be a top five pick in the upcoming draft. At 18, he is going to need some seasoning in his first few years, as many young players do in the NBA. The volume has been there in his first year at Duke, averaging over 18 FGA. Offensively he is going to need to diversify his game to become a plus talent in the NBA, and going to the right team is going to be a major part of his development. Adding more with his right-hand scoring would give him a major bump in the offensive department. Right now he is more left-hand dominant. Barrett has the ability to handle the ball and take over ball-handling duties at times during games. A young player is going to be a bit erratic at times, which Barrett shows when he gets into trouble. He had over three turnovers per game, which a lot came off mental errors. A team that will help him make better choices with the ball is going to be a plus. Because of Barrett’s ability to get to the line, shooting 66% is not going to cut it. This is the one major stat he needs to improve heading into the NBA.

Strengths

•   Physical Profile
•   Contact Finishing
•   Speed
•   All-Around Defense

Weaknesses

•   Consistent Shooting
•   Shot Selection
•   Right Hand

Best Landing Spot

This is a tough one because he likely is going top five, but will likely dodge Phoenix and New York if the ping pong balls fall the right way. Cleveland isn’t a great franchise when they are without LeBron James, and we have seen young players struggle. However, if he can get in the backcourt with Collin Sexton, there is potential for them to build upon a strong backcourt for the future.

Worst Landing Spot

Memphis is sneaking up into the higher draft spots, and Barrett seems like a tough fit in Memphis and what they usually look for. While I don’t believe Memphis takes Barrett with their high pick, it is a bad situation to jump into at the moment with everyone jumping ship.

Draft Range

#3-7

NBA Comparison

DeMar DeRozan, Khris Middleton

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7, Needs to be more consistent passing, but IQ is slowly rising.
Shooting (Inside): 7, His inside scoring is a bit one dimensional, but is an above average mid-range shooter.
Shooting (Outside): 6, Consistency lacks, but has potential to develop.
Passing: 7, When he opts to pass, he is an above average distributor.
Dribbling: 8, For his size, he is a strong ball-handler.
Hustle: 9, Barrett is a true competitor, and his drive will keep him around.
Defense: 7, Can get beat by more athletic forwards.


By: Jason Guilbault @jguilbault11

De’Andre Hunter
4
De’Andre Hunter
Virginia, Sophomore, #3 SF
21 yrs | 6’7″ | 225 lbs | 7’2″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
8
Defense
9
PPG
15.2
RPG
5.0
APG
2.0
FG PCT.
52.9%
3PT PCT.
44.6%

De’Andre Hunter is not as flashy and he may not jump off the screen like some other players in this draft class at his position, but he is a low-risk, high-reward solid swingman that can help a team immediately.

He has excellent size for the small forward position and his 7-2 wingspan could allow him to play three positions and defend just as many. Where he stands out most is on defense, and with his size and wingspan, he can defend in the post or on the perimeter. He’s a versatile defender with great instincts.

Offensively, he’s a slasher although he doesn’t have the quickest first step, and he can shoot from all over the floor, especially in catch-and-shoot situations.

He definitely has room to grow in several areas of his game, but he is NBA-ready at others.

Strengths

•   Versatile defender
•   Solid rebounder, especially on the offensive end
•   Efficient shooter

Weaknesses

•   Not the best playmaker
•   Ball-handling

Best Landing Spot

Atlanta Hawks. Being picked up by one of Atlanta’s early first rounders would be ideal. Atlanta has done well with their young talent lately and there are opportunities there for playing time and for him to come up with a young core that includes Trae Young and John Collins.

Worst Landing Spot

New Orleans. Far too many question marks regarding the future of that franchise.

Draft Range

6-10

NBA Comparison

Kawhi Leonard

Not talking about current Kawhi, but there’s potential there. His skill set reminds me of Leonard when he came out of San Diego State known primarily as a defender who worked on developing other areas of his game.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 8
Passing: 6
Dribbling: 6
Hustle: 8
Defense: 9


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Jarrett Culver
5
Jarrett Culver
Texas Tech, Sophomore, #1 SG
20 yrs | 6’6″ | 195 lbs | 6’10” wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
8
Hustle
7
Defense
7
PPG
18.8
RPG
6.5
APG
3.8
FG PCT.
48.5%
3PT PCT.
33.1%

While several freshmen are making the biggest splashes at the top of most mock drafts, sophomore wing Jarrett Culver is enjoying a breakout season in his sophomore campaign and seems to be trending upward lately especially as Texas Tech readies for a Sweet 16 matchup. As a freshman who was a part of the Texas Tech team led by Zhaire Smith who made it to the Elite 8, Culver was a role player, but he has stepped into a bigger role this season. He’s one of the rare prospects that could actually be taller than his listed 6-6 height, and he obviously worked on bulking up a bit before his second season in Lubbock.

Strengths

•   NBA-ready game
•   Smart decision-maker, especially as pick & roll ball-handler
•   Natural feel for the game

Weaknesses

•   Jump shot needs some work especially at the next level
•   Not an elite athlete by any means
•   Can make mistakes defensively, but has tools and potential to be a solid wing defender

Best Landing Spot

Atlanta seems to be an ideal landing spot with Culver as he’d be part of a group of young Hawks that can grow together, teaming with Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter and Omari Spellman. It would also be ideal if Vince Carter decides to stick around and can mentor the young player.

Worst Landing Spot

Culver’s skills translate well to the NBA so he could likely be a contributor on several teams, but he doesn’t need to be the type of player that is expected to come in and immediately help change the franchise. Cleveland might be a rough spot for him, because they don’t seem to have much of an identity, and coaching is still a huge question mark.

Draft Range

#5 or #9 – Atlanta
#6 – Memphis
#7 – Washington
#8 – New Orleans

NBA Comparison

Culver reminds me most of Evan Turner, or Evan Turner with a better jumpshot and passing skills. While Culver can struggle with his shot, that’s mostly on isolation plays. He’s much more effective in catch-and-shoot situations and in the pick-and-roll game.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8
Shooting: 7
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 8
Hustle: 7
Defense: 7


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Cameron Reddish
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Cameron Reddish
Duke, Freshman, #2 SF
19 | 218 lbs | 7’1″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
6
ShootingShot
9
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
6
Defense
9
PPG
13.6
RPG
3.7
APG
2.0
FG PCT.
35.8%
3PT PCT.
33.3%

Cameron Reddish has been a bit of a head-scratching prospect to anyone that has watched Duke regularly this season. He has been overshadowed by fellow freshmen Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, but he has also had bouts with inconsistency.

At times he looks like he has the potential to be an all-star at the next level, and other times he looks like an average rotation player. He’s known for being a shooter, but his shooting numbers this season for Duke have been all over the place. That could partially be due to the role he plays in Duke’s offense as just a spot-up shooter when he’s capable of much more. He has especially struggled from deep lately, but he has a very high ceiling, and has the skillset and tools to do well on the next level, especially if he can tap into what really makes him special.

Strengths

•   Despite struggles, is a top-level shooter
•   NBA-ready body
•   Good passer at his size/position
•   Has the potential to be a very good wing defender

Weaknesses

•   Mentality/passion are constantly questioned
•   Tendency to overthink and tries to do too much at times
•   Ballhandling

Best Landing Spot

Granted Chicago gets a new head coach and focuses on player development, the Bulls would be an ideal spot because they have some young talent than can grow together and he likely wouldn’t be thrown into the fire and have so much expected of him right away.

Worst Landing Spot

Cleveland would be a nightmare landing spot for Reddish. He’s a player that can contribute right away, but needs time to develop. In Cleveland, there might be too much pressure right away.

Draft Range

#4 – Chicago, #5 – Atlanta, #6 – Memphis

NBA Comparison

Tracy McGrady – Watching Reddish immediately reminds me of T-Mac. McGrady was best with the ball in his hands. Like McGrady, Reddish is a great shooter, but also capable of creating offense and being a playmaker. Reddish will need to clean up his ball handling a bit, but those skills and his abilities on the defensive end make him an exciting prospect.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 6
Shooting: 9
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 6
Hustle: 6
Defense: 9


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Darius Garland
7
Darius Garland
Vanderbilt, Freshman, #2 PG
19 yrs | 6’2″ | 175 lbs | 6’3″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
8
DribblingDribble
9
Hustle
8
Defense
7
PPG
16.2
RPG
3.8
APG
2.6
FG PCT.
53.7%
3PT PCT.
47.8%

Darius Garland is a crafty lead guard with speed, a great shooting touch and very likely the best handle in college basketball. if not for an injury that cut his freshman campaign short, he’d likely be considered the best point guard prospect in the draft. He’s likely right behind Ja Morant on most draft boards.

He has range past the NBA three-point line with a quick release and efficient mechanics on his jumper. When you combine his ability to pull-up from anywhere along with his Kyrie-esque handles and a high basketball IQ, he becomes an offensive threat because he can pull-up and hop into quick jumpers on the perimeter, moves under ball screens to get open looks, or he can use the threat of his pull-up game to often freeze defenders and change speed for drives into the lane.

He is not an elite athlete or finisher by any means and he will need to add some muscle onto his wiry frame at the next level to deal with physical point guards, but he has a solid foundation to build on

Strengths

•   Great shooter with range
•   Best handles in this draft class
•   Scrappy defender

Weaknesses

•   Not a great finisher
•   Needs to add some strength to defend physical NBA guards
•   Decision-making needs improvement

Best Landing Spot

Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets – Garland is slated to be drafted somewhere near the bottom of the lottery and in the Hornets and Nets, he would go to teams with coaches that prioritize development. James Borrego spent a lot of time under Gregg Popovich and one of the first things he did when he was hired in Charlotte was to sign Tony Parker to serve as a mentor to some of his younger guards. Kenny Atkinson and Sean Marks put in the work and were patient developing their young players and what they have done for De’Angelo Russel’s career resurgence has been impressive. He would go to teams that would have crowded backcourts, but his skill level would allow him to carve out some playing time and having veterans available to mentor him would be important.

Worst Landing Spot

Any team that would hope to throw him into the fire too quickly may not be the best spot for him right away. Point guard is a tough position to be asked to start at right away for an NBA rookie

Draft Range

Lottery.

NBA Comparison

Damian Lillard or Trae Young

His game is very similar to Lillard’s except Lillard had more size and strength coming in. Garland even watches a lot of game tape of Lillard and tries to take notes from some of his crafty shot set-ups on offense. He has range and the change-of-speed similar to Young.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8
Shooting (Inside): 8
Shooting (Outside): 8
Passing: 8
Dribbling: 9
Hustle: 8
Defense: 7


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Sekoun Doumbouya
8
Sekou Doumbouya
Poitiers, Intl., #2 PF
19 yrs | 6’9″ | 220 lbs | 6’11” wingspan
Ball IQIQ
4
ShootingShot
5
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
5
Hustle
8
Defense
8
PPG
6.5
RPG
3.0
APG
0.4
FG PCT.
52.2%
3PT PCT.
29.5%

18-year-old Sekou Doumbouya is the top foreign prospect in the 2019 draft class. Playing pro since he was 15, Sekou has been playing against 30-year-old grown men for the majority of his developmental stages. He is extremely raw, and goes against the grain as far as stereotyping international players is concerned. Very athletic, long, good bounce, and explosiveness laterally and vertically, while lacking fundamental skills, touch, footwork, and ball handling. He is a massive project, but untapping his potential looks to be a low risk high reward payoff.

Sekou is a low risk high reward prospect. His floor is high because you absolutely know already that at age 18 he does one thing extremely well: defends. His defensive versatility allows him to be switchable (2-5) maybe even switch onto some point guards and make their life difficult. That is the name of the game in today’s NBA, which is why he projects to go inside the top 10. If he slides down to the late lottery/ late teens, it’s because he is so raw. Typically international players come to the NBA with high skill and lack the speed, strength, and agility it takes to be effective right away. Doumbouya is the opposite. He is a physical specimen with a NBA ready body, nearly 7-foot wingspan, and great lateral quickness for his size. Shot selection, outside shooting, ball handling, and creating off the dribble are all teachable aspects of the game that will be necessary for him to learn.

Can guard any position on the floor and any playstyle you need him to. In a fast-paced open floor transition setting ,he is extremely effective. When the pace slows down and half-court sets are being set up, his value takes a dip offensively. This will change once he gets more skilled and has some structure with his NBA team. OG is a better perimeter shooter, and better offensively in the half court, but both struggle to create for themselves or other players, and much prefer getting out and running the floor, using their superior athletic ability.

Strengths

•   Defensive versatility
•   NBA athleticism
•   Excels in transition/ runs the open floor
•   Plays through contact/ isn’t scared down low
•   Huge rebounding radius/ attacks rebounds
•   Good cutter

Weaknesses

•   Outside shooting
•   Extremely raw/ relies on athleticism vs skill
•   Shot creating/ ball handling
•   Not very fundamental
•   Shot selection

Best Landing Spot

Boston or San Antonio. Sekou needs a team with good coaching and depth. Under Pop or Brad’s staff, he would learn more of the fundamentals without being rushed to produce so quickly like he has been his entire early life. His offensive and defensive I.Q. needs improvement. Decision making, helpside defense, shot selection, etc would be influenced positively by a team with a lot of culture and a solid foundation. (both the Spurs and Celtics historically love foreign projects)

Worst Landing Spot

A young team that counts on him to produce right away (New York, Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Atlanta). To maximize Sekou’s potential, he needs to be taught the fundamentals at the NBA level slowly and correctly. Throwing him out for game reps isn’t the correct way without first giving him a baseline on how to play at the highest level in a smarter way.

Draft Range

7-19

NBA Comparison

A taller OG Anunoby

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 4
Shooting: 5
Passing: 6
Dribbling: 5
Hustle: 8
Defense: 8


By: Ryan Magdziarz @RyanMagdziarz

Romeo Langford
9
Romeo Langford
Indiana, Freshman, #2 SG
19 yrs | 6’6″ | 210 lbs | 6’10” wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
9
Hustle
8
Defense
10
PPG
16.5
RPG
5.4
APG
2.3
FG PCT.
44.8%
3PT PCT.
27.2%

Langford is already a capable defender, one of the main strengths or his game. He’s smooth with the ball and should be able to provide a spark scoring-wise, could develop into a 20 point scorer. He’s a great finisher and can score in the midrange, but his jumpshot is the #1 concern. He could become become a solid three and D wing if he gets up to 33%-35% from three, but he shot only 27% at IU, which is definitely not going to cut it in the NBA. However, with good defense already, the jumpshot would make him a great player in the NBA.

Strengths

•   Defense
•   Ballhandling and finishing
•   Midrange game
•   Shot selection

Weaknesses

•   Three-pointer
•   Free throws
•   Turnovers
•   Thin

Best Landing Spot

Romeo would be best in an organization that can develop his jumpshot. The Spurs are my #1, they’ve always been good at that, but it looks like they’re making the playoffs. Miami is also a solid organization. Atlanta would be a good fit. Brooklyn would be a good one too. There’s still development to be done, so the landing spot can be big for Langford.

Worst Landing Spot

The Lakers are THE worst possibility. There would be pressure right away, and his lack of shooting wouldn’t be a good fit next to LeBron. I don’t think LA would draft him, but that would be awful for Romeo.

Draft Range

#6 to #15

NBA Comparison

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jrue Holiday

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, especially on the defensive end
Shooting (Inside): 8, great finisher and slasher
Shooting (Outside): 5, really struggling from three at IU
Passing: 6, hasn’t really been impressive, probably not his role
Dribbling: 9, has a good handle, can use it to get to the rim
Hustle: 8, hasn’t necessarily had effort concerns, but has been passive
Defense: 10, one of the best perimeter defenders in the draft


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

Jaxson Hayes
10
Jaxson Hayes
Texas, Freshman, #1 C
18 yrs | 6’11” | 220 lbs | 7’3″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
6
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
9
Defense
8
PPG
10.0
RPG
5.0
APG
0.3
FG PCT.
72.8%
3PT PCT.
N/A

Jaxson Hayes is the latest product to come out of Shaka Smart’s University of Texas Big Man Factory. Hayes is a player most draft analysts are falling in love with, and we think several NBA scouts and GMs could leading up to draft night as well.

Hayes is a player that looked like he would need a few years at Texas before transitioning to the NBA, but he’s been projected everywhere from the lottery to the late 20s.

Hayes is a freak athlete, with the size and upside that will make teams want to take a flyer on him. He is raw, but he was a late bloomer when it comes to basketball as he experienced several growth spurts and is still getting used to his 6-11 frame, but he is so young, turning 19 just before the draft, that there is a chance he could still grow, and there’s tons of potential for growth in his game as well.

As he is currently, he could probably carve a role out on a team as a low utility player that is used in screen-and-roll situations and in clean up around the rim on offense as a lob threat, while providing some above average rim protection on defense. Hayes seems to have a nose for the ball and has good enough instincts where he knows to double at the rim for a block. He also has good recovery speed when he has to come out to the perimeter to defend and is able to close out even if he is beat.

He has great speed going coast-to-coast and closes on breaks fast, getting ahead of the defense for dunks and lobs. He’s quick off pick-and-rolls and is good at finding open spots and driving lanes as a rim runner, but he may have some trouble against more physical bigs in the NBA.

Strengths

•   Freak athlete
•   Gifted shot blocker
•   Good finisher and high-percentage scorer

Weaknesses

•   Needs to improve rebounding, especially on defense
•   Needs to add some strength to defend at next level
•   Face-up offense needs work

Best Landing Spot

Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs – Hayes is projected all over the board. If he is picked in the lottery, the Lakers could be a nice landing spot because the Lakers utilize rim runners and defenders in the paint and don’t ask a lot of them on offense. This could be a nice spot to develop if veterans JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are there to take him under their wing. San Antonio could use a mobile big man and are known for being patient with developing their talent.

Worst Landing Spot

Any teams with a ton of frontcourt depth or a team that may expect too much of him too quickly would not be ideal. Cleveland and Oklahoma City come to mind.

Draft Range

Late lottery to mid 20s.

NBA Comparison

Clint Capela, Jarett Allen

Hayes’ game reminds me a lot of another former Longhorn in Brooklyn Nets big man Jarrett Allen, but he’s got a few more tools that are also similar of Clint Capela, especially in the screen and roll game.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8
Shooting (Inside): 6
Shooting (Outside): 6
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 7
Hustle: 9
Defense: 8


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Nassir Little
11
Nassir Little
UNC, Freshman, #4 SF
19 yrs | 6’6″ | 220 lbs | 7’2″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
6
ShootingShot
6
PassingPass
5
DribblingDribble
5
Hustle
8
Defense
5
PPG
10.0
RPG
4.7
APG
0.7
FG PCT.
48.5%
3PT PCT.
28.0%

I am in belief that Nassir Little is going to be a much better NBA player than college player. He remains a tricky prospect to predict, because of his limited minutes due to being behind Cam Johnson and Luke Maye. He hasn’t played much, averaging less than 20 minutes a game, but NBA teams have him on their radar. Little was a high one and done prospect coming into college, despite being passed on the depth chart. His shot has been erratic to start his college career, but playing in a system that isn’t built for him and 20 minutes a night is tough to get going.

Strengths

•   Transition
•   Driving and Finishing
•   Passing
•   Defensive IQ
•   Steals

Weaknesses

•   Three Point Shooting
•   More Ways Of Scoring
•   Off The Ball Movement

Best Landing Spot

Washington or New Orleans are going to have a shot at Nassir Little, who hasn’t had a ton of playing time, but is highly touted when looking at his game in the NBA. Washington is in dire need of a small forward with upside, as they are now without any heading into the offseason. New Orleans would get an upside small forward, which has been a dreadful position for them over the last few seasons. He would also jump into a better surrounding cast.

Worst Landing Spot

Atlanta could create a log jam depending on how they draft. They have Taurean Prince, Kent Bazemore, and a few other names that are in the mix for the future. Little would have to work his way in, which possibly means that his limited college sample holds him back if teams want to look at current roster players.

Draft Range

#5-12

NBA Comparison

Jae Crowder

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 6, Ball-handling and transition a bit rocky.
Shooting (Inside): 6, Strong close to the rim, but gets weaker as you hit mid-range.
Shooting (Outside): 4 Below average three point shooter at the moment.
Passing: 5, Needs more work passing to help.
Dribbling: 5, Can be turnover happy, limited dribbling game.
Hustle: 8, Athletically talented with a high motor.
Defense: 5, Average defensively, but has athleticism to build.


By: Jason Guilbault @jguilbault11

PJ Washington
12
PJ Washington
Kentucky, Sophomore, #3 PF
20 yrs | 6’8″ | 230 lbs | 7’2″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
8
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
9
Defense
7
PPG
15.2
RPG
7.5
APG
1.8
FG PCT.
52.2%
3PT PCT.
43.3%

It looked like Washington was going to declare for the draft last year, but he decided to stay at Kentucky, and that’s done great things for his draft stock. He has improved the mechanics on his jumpshot and other parts of his game.

He also improved physically, which makes him a target for teams that need a power forward that can dominate down low and shoot on all three levels. He’s also capable of playing small forward if he has to due to his mobility.

While undersized at 6-8, he more than makes up for that with a 7-3 wingspan and a solid frame.

Strengths

•   Wingspan and mobility allow him to guard multiple position
•   Despite height, is a powerful presence inside the paint on offense
•   Improved shot from all over the floor

Weaknesses

•   Shorter than prototypical power forwards and centers
•   Off-ball defense needs improvement

Best Landing Spot

Charlotte or Minnesota. Both teams have players that could serve as mentors and who could be more patient with Washington. James Borrego was a big part of the player development program in San Antonio and could put Washington in the right type of situation.

Worst Landing Spot

As is the case for Brandon Clarke, Orlando has multiple players that can play multiple positions.

Draft Range

#10-#15

NBA Comparison

Game is similar to Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu. Also similar to OKC 3/4 Jerami Grant, but Grant is more athletic and Washington has the potential to be a better shooter.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 8
Passing: 8
Dribbling: 6
Hustle: 9
Defense: 7


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Jontay Porter
13
Jontay Porter
Missouri, Sophomore, #4 C
19 yrs | 6’11” | 240 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
6
Defense
6
PPG
9.9
RPG
6.8
APG
2.2
FG PCT.
43.7%
3PT PCT.
36.4%

Jontay Porter chose to pull himself out of the 2018 NBA Draft and return to Missouri in an attempt to get himself more NBA-ready. Unlike his brother, Michael Porter Jr., who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Jontay was projected all over the late first round and early second round. The idea was that another year of development at the college level and a weaker 2019 draft class would yield better results. Unfortunately for Porter, he suffered a season-ending injury and scouts still have just his freshman tape to go by.

But with Porter’s skill set, especially at his size and position, his draft stock hasn’t been affected too much. He has the size to play center and power forward at the next level, is a good shot blocker and has range all the way to the NBA three-point line. Because he’s often around the perimeter setting up for outside shots, he can also serve as a shot creator, with excellent vision, especially on the outside.

Porter is not the most athletic player, which could hurt in the switch-heavy NBA if he ends up switching onto a faster guard or forward. Some time with a good NBA strength and conditioning program could do a lot to help in some of his weak areas.

Strengths

•   Great range on jumpshot
•   Solid passer
•   High basketball IQ

Weaknesses

•   Lacks explosiveness
•   Conditioning
•   Strength

Best Landing Spot

Porter needs to land with a team that has good coaching and is proven to be patient with bringing players along and developing them, even utilizing the G League well. San Antonio seems like an ideal spot for this reason. Sean Marks and Kenny Atkinson in Brooklyn have also taken the patient approach with their younger players like Jarrett Allen, and having a mentor like Ed Davis could prove beneficial as it has to Allen.

Worst Landing Spot

Any team that expects Porter to come in and be a heavy rotation player right away is not an ideal fit. Porter has some intriguing tools, but needs time to continue to develop and get his body into NBA shape.

Draft Range

18-30

NBA Comparison

Al Horford – Like Horford, Porter isn’t the most flashy or athletic player, but because of his basketball IQ and natural feel for the game, he’s able to be an effective NBA center with shooting range. Porter is also similar in skillset and size to Nuggets big man Trey Lyles.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8
Shooting (Inside): 7
Shooting (Outside): 7
Passing:7
Dribbling: 6
Hustle: 6
Defense: 6


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Coby White
14
Coby White
North Carolina , Freshman, #3 PG
19 yrs | 6’5″ | 185 lbs | 6’4″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
9
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
8
Hustle
7
Defense
7
PPG
16.1
RPG
3.6
APG
4.1
FG PCT.
42.9%
3PT PCT.
36.3%

White is a combo guard with excellent speed and a great first step that allows him to blow past defenders. He has a versatile offensive game, allowing him to get buckets in bunches and score all over the floor. But he’s also improved his point guard skills when he’s needed as more of a passer-scorer. He’s been unselfish and looks to get other teammates involved, which means he can play either position comfortably.

White’s stock has been steadily rising since the NCAA tournament ended. He did well in an early March matchup against Duke, finishing with 21 points. He also stood out against Washington in the Midwest Regional, but he struggled with his shot against Auburn in the Sweet 16.

Strengths

•   Speed
•   Ability to shoot all over the floor both off the dribble and in catch-and-shoot situation
•   Good size to play both backcourt positions

Weaknesses

•   Passing has improved, but still room to grow in terms of decision-making
•   Turnover-prone
•   Strength

Best Landing Spot

Chicago seems like an ideal situation, because they need help in the backcourt and it’s clear that Kris Dunn is not the solution. Pairing him with another combo guard in Zach LaVine in the Bulls backcourt could be exciting as Chicago starts building around their youth.

Worst Landing Spot

Cleveland needs a ton of help and might be eager to take a flyer on White early because of his ability to play both positions, but the Cavs have a few similar players so he could either be asked to do too much early or get buried quickly.

Draft Range

#10-#15 but could climb even more.

NBA Comparison

Jamal Murray – White reminds me of Jamal Murray when he entered the draft out of Kentucky. He’s a combo guard that has better shooting skills than passing skills, but can easily play both positions.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 9
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 8
Hustle: 7
Defense: 7


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Rui Hachimura
15
Rui Hachimura
Gonzaga, Junior, #4 PF
21 yrs | 6’8″ | 235 lbs | 7’2″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
6
ShootingShot
9
PassingPass
5
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
9
Defense
9
PPG
19.7
RPG
6.6
APG
1.6
FG PCT.
60.3%
3PT PCT.
46.9%

Hachimura has an NBA-ready body, able to get to the rim and score via post ups as well as driving from the perimeter. He’s a great defender, already has the strength and size to defend some of the league’s best forwards. Although his three-point percentage looks good, he’s only shooting 0.9 per game, 15 for 32 on the season. Doesn’t have to become a great shooter in the NBA, just good enough to space the floor. Offensive game is intriguing, but he relies on his strength and size in the West Coast Conference, which is nothing close to the NBA. Good finisher, could be a roll guy.

Strengths

•   Size and strength
•   Defense
•   Finishing
•   Rebounding
•   Scoring in college

Weaknesses

•   Outside jumper
•   Ballhandling
•   Scoring against NBA defense

Best Landing Spot

I really like him in Atlanta with Young and Collins. Memphis would be interesting, too with Jaren Jackson. He probably won’t fall this low, but Boston might be very interesting if they trade for Anthony Davis.

Worst Landing Spot

The Bulls, who already have established two bigs. Similarly, Orlando already has two young PF’s and a young center. Hachimura would be best in a system where he can play some four.

Draft Range

#4 to #12

NBA Comparison

Paul Millsap, Wilson Chandler, Marcus Morris, PJ Tucker

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 6, not a great playmaker but he can read the pick+roll on defense
Shooting (Inside): 9, can post up and score off the dribble
Shooting (Outside): 6, one of his main weaknesses, not at a high volume yet
Passing: 5, hasn’t shown great vision yet but doesn’t need to be great
Dribbling: 6, not good enough to dribble past an NBA defender yet
Hustle: 9, plays very hard, has a great motor
Defense: 9, strong, quick, and smart defensively, can switch any screen for sure


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

Kevin Porter
16
Kevin Porter Jr.
USC, Freshman, #3 SG
18 yrs | 6’6″ | 217 lbs | 6’9″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
8
Hustle
7
Defense
7
PPG
9.5
RPG
4.0
APG
1.4
FG PCT.
47.1%
3PT PCT.
41.2%

Kevin Porter is a super athletic swingman who can shoot from every level of the court. He can use his speed and athleticism to slash to the basket for highlight finishes. He has the midrange jumper down and utilizes a step-back three to find space and launch long-range bombs.

Porter was injured for part of this season and he was suspended due to conduct issues, so that may cause him to slip a bit, but in terms of tools, he is gifted. That’s not to say he doesn’t have room for improvement. If he can be more disciplined on defense, with his size and natural ability, he could be a versatile defender able to guard three positions.

He may be seen at as a bit immature or wild, but his talent may be too hard to pass up, especially for a GM, who has a coaching staff known for player development.

Strengths

•   Solid handles
•   Athleticism
•   Can shoot from everywhere

•   Needs to improve as a ball distributor
•   Defense needs more discipline
•   Off-the-court issues/questions

Best Landing Spot

Brooklyn Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz. All teams with staffs that have been in place, building for years that utilize their G League teams and have solid player development teams.

Worst Landing Spot

Cleveland. Without a plan in place as far as a coach or coaching staff for next year, this would prove to be problematic. Porter would be best going to a team with a staff in place.

Draft Range

20-30, but could move up easily up into the 15-19 range.

NBA Comparison

Lonnie Walker IV, Justise Winslow

His game reminds me a lot of Lonnie Walker IV’s game when he was at Miami, but he also has the potential to turn into a player similar to Winslow if he dedicates himself on defense.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 8
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 9
Hustle: 7
Defense: 7


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Brandon Clarke
17
Brandon Clarke
Gonzaga, Sophomore, #5 PF
22 yrs | 6’8″ | 210 lbs | 6’9″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
9
Defense
9
PPG
16.9
RPG
8.6
APG
1.9
FG PCT.
68.7%
3PT PCT.
26.7%

Clarke is a versatile big man, who, despite his 6-8 height, can be a rim protector. While he has a shorter 6-8 wingspan, Clarke is athletic and can really get up to contest shots.

Watch any highlight tape of him on YouTube and you’ll not just see him putting down some huge dunks, but also swatting dunk attempts.

Whoever drafts him won’t want to use him to defend bigger centers, but he can defend threes and fours and has the footspeed to keep up if he gets switched on a guard. He’d be a great addition to any team that likes to utilize small ball lineups.

Strengths

• Skilled shot-blocker
• Athleticism
• Post-up game

Weaknesses

• Doesn’t have the wingspan you’d expect for a rim-protecting big man
• A little short and skinny to defend bigger centers

Best Landing Spot

Brooklyn or San Antonio. Both teams have GMs, coaches and cultures centered around player development and patience when bringing along younger players.

Worst Landing Spot

Orlando isn’t a bad team per se, but they have several players that play 4-5 and Jonathan Issac, who has a similar skillset.

Draft Range

#15-#20

NBA Comparison

Very similar to Jordan Bell but with a more polished offensive game.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 7
Passing: 6
Dribbling: 7
Hustle: 9
Defense: 9


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Daniel Gafford
18
Daniel Gafford
Arkansas, Sophomore, #5 C
20 yrs | 6’10” | 230 lbs | 7’2″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
5
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
8
Defense
9
PPG
16.9
RPG
8.6
APG
0.7
FG PCT.
66%
3PT PCT.
N/A

When Daniel Gafford came into Arkansas without much hype surrounding him but his play over the last two years has change that. He is now looked at as a first-round draft pick and possible every day starter in the NBA. He has shown signs of great athleticism and finishing around the rim. He might not be that dangerous when it comes just feeding him in the post and expecting him to do post moves. But he makes up for that with great defense. If a team can deal with taking time to develop his offensive skills and needs a good low post defender, then Gafford could go very early.

Strengths

•   Rebounding
•   Defense
•   Athleticism

Weaknesses

•   Post moves
•   Free throws
•   Foul Prone

Best Landing Spot

San Antonio Spurs- Pairing up with Lamarcus Aldridge in San Antonio will be very beneficial for his offensive game. It would also help to have some time to develop and still get some good minutes off the bench. Also, San Antonio would benefit from someone with his defensive skill set in the second team.

Worst Landing Spot

The Oklahoma City Thunder- Going to a team with Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel would not be very beneficial for him. Mainly because he wouldn’t get much playing time with them, and they aren’t the best offensive big men in the league. Adams could help his development, but for him to reach his full potential he needs to be able to get some playing time and he needs to learn from a strong offensive threat.

Draft Range

mid-late first-round

NBA Comparison

Taj Gibson

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8
Shooting: 5
Passing: 6
Dribbling: 6
Hustle: 8
Defense: 9


By: Jonathan Kyncl @jdkyn

Keldon Johnson
19
Keldon Johnson
Kentucky, Freshman, #5 SF
19 yrs | 6’6″ | 215 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
5
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
8
Defense
8
PPG
13.7
RPG
5.7
APG
1.5
FG PCT.
47.3%
3PT PCT.
39.6%

Keldon Johnson is coming out of a college that has given us talented draft pick after draft pick. Johnson is a physical talent, and a very good athlete. He is also an above average defender, but the scoring is something that can be streaky at times. Johnson’s ceiling is going to be all about how he can evolve offensively, and become more consistent. Otherwise he is going to end up being a more defensive minded guard/forward that gets passed up by more all-around options. Johnson is going to be a great defensive player at minimum, so the floor is there for teams looking for defense.

Strengths

•   Shot Release
•   Driving and Finishing
•   Ball Handling
•   All-Around Defense

Weaknesses

•   Jumpshot
•   Picks Up Fouls
•   Consistent Scoring

Best Landing Spot

The Lakers are going to be hovering around this range when the season ends. Keldon Johnson is an above average defender, and has shown some promising stretched from three. If the Lakers retain this pick, I like him as a potential above average shooter who plays strong defense. Minnesota would also be a promising spot, yet Josh Okogie might be something they rather look at.

Worst Landing Spot

For some reason I have a hunch that Danny Ainge is stockpiling another guard. They have options, and while guard positions are opening up, they are not geared towards Johnson given they need a ball-handler. He would be around Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown who are similar style players minus the shooting.

Draft Range

#10-20

NBA Comparison

Robert Covington

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7, Above average vision who can dish as ball-handler
Shooting (Inside): 5, More versatility would benefit him at the NBA level.
Shooting (Outside): 6, Streaky shooter who can get hot.
Passing: 7, He has an underrated passing ability.
Dribbling: 7, Solid dribbling skills as a slashing type scorer.
Hustle: 8, Strong athlete who prides on defense and all-around play
Defense: 8, Tremendous wing defender.


By: Jason Guilbault @jguilbault11

Jalen McDaniels
20
Jalen McDaniels
San Diego State, Sophomore, #6 PF
21 yrs | 6’10” | 220 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
6
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
8
Defense
8
PPG
15.9
RPG
8.3
APG
2.1
FG PCT.
46.6%
3PT PCT.
32%

Jalen McDaniels is a 6’10 rangy hybrid forward who moves like a guard. Despite less than stellar jump shooting percentages, he has promising mechanics and has been consistent at the charity strip this season. The ability for McDaniels to move so quickly up the floor in transition while maintaining the utmost body control and fluid is essential to his appeal as a prospect. With all of these physical tools and a motor that runs relatively high the hope is that McDaniels develops into a player who out-maneuvers any big men trying to guard him while simply being able to shoot over any smaller wings. His half-court offensive game is far from a finished product, but his length and agility give him all of the tools to be an effective two-way player who doesn’t turn it over.

Strengths

•   Great Coordination and fluidity for his size
•   Great length at either forward position
•   Solid decision maker with a low turnover %
•   Potential defensive versatility

Weaknesses

•   Needs to add strength
•   Undetermined if he really has the skillset to play on the perimeter
•   Currently only translates as an energy post

Best Landing Spot

LA Clippers. A well-balanced team that can afford to let McDaniel’s take the time necessary to develop his perimeter skills and reach his ceiling. Doc Rivers would make him earn any minutes he gets as a rookie and that would be through the right ways via defensive effort and energy

Worst Landing Spot

New Orleans Pelicans. Any team that goes into the draft with an immediate need for a small-forward is going to be disappointed with McDaniels initially. His shot needs more NBA reps and he will take time to develop a scoring mentality playing as a big wing.

Draft Range

18 to 25

NBA Comparison

Jonathan Isaac had more wing skills coming out than McDaniel’s does, but all of the reasons Isaac was a lottery pick are still the reason why McDaniel’s game will be appealing to teams. A long hybrid forward who should stretch the floor and guard whatever position is required.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 6
Shooting: 7
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 7
Hustle: 8
Defense: 8


By: Skyler Beauchamp @Sky_limit_hoops

Bol Bol
21
Bol Bol
Oregon, Freshman, #2 C
19 yrs | 7’2″ | 235 lbs | 7’8″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
5
Defense
8
PPG
21.0
RPG
9.6
APG
1.0
FG PCT.
56.1%
3PT PCT.
52%

Bol Bol is an intriguing prospect with such a mix of standout tools and holes in his game that have had him projected all over draft boards. He’s an elite-level shot-blocker and rim protector with fantastic size and length, including a 9-6 standing reach, but Bol is certainly still raw and could use some time to develop.

Bol is a versatile player, and he has range out to the three-point line with a soft touch, which is surprising for a player his size. He also has the speed, instincts and ball-handling skills to lead a fast break and be a distributor on the break or in the post. There’s a ton of upside with former NBA center Manute Bol’s son, but he’ll have a few issues to iron out. His wiry frame and high center of gravity could be a problem against more physical NBA centers, who could bully him in the paint and seal him off under the rim. Adding some strength and muscle will likely be the first thing his NBA team looks to address with Bol.

Strengths

•   Elite-level shot blocker with quick reflexes
•   Solid instincts
•   Good finishing ability
•   Ability to score in the post or use his length to shoot from all over the floor

Weaknesses

Not physical enough for NBA centers
Low motor
Shot selection
Discipline on defense

Best Landing Spot

A team like Miami or Brooklyn that has veteran big men that can mentor the young center would be an ideal landing spot. If Boston keeps Al Horford, that would also be ideal so the aging Horford can help Bol and Bol isn’t rushed along to quickly. He would also have the opportunity to grow with the young core of the Celtics.

Worst Landing Spot

If a team like Washington or New Orleans fell in love with his upside and took a flyer on him in an attempt to fix a weakness, Bol is certainly not the type of player that will flourish with a ton of pressure on him early.

Draft Range

Literally all over the board, from late lottery to early 20s.

NBA Comparison

Rudy Gobert and Thon Maker – Both players have a better motor than Bol and are more disciplined defensively, but Maker’s skill set coming into the NBA is very similar to Bol’s, and Gobert is an example of what a player with the type of measurables Bol has can do in the league, especially as Gobert was given time to develop early.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 7
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 7
Hustle: 5
Defense: 8


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Bruno Fernando
22
Bruno Fernando
Maryland, Sophomore, #3 C
20 yrs | 6’10” | 245 lbs | 7’4″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
9
PassingPass
5
DribblingDribble
3
Hustle
9
Defense
9
PPG
13.6
RPG
10.6
APG
2.0
FG PCT.
60.7%
3PT PCT.
30%

Fernando is probably the #1 center in this draft, and he’s got all the physical tools. Tall, long arms, strong, and an impressive vertical. He projects as a modern rim-runner type. Can get up and finish lobs very well, good pick and roller. He can protect the rim well but also possesses the quickness to switch screens, which is incredibly important in the modern NBA. He’s also a great rebounder on both ends. His post game is solid, but he isn’t a jumpshooter, even from the midrange. But with his defense, finishing skills, and physical tools, Fernando is a deserving top 10 guy.

Strengths

•   Vertical
•   Finishing
•   Rim Protection
•   Rebounding
•   Switching screens

Weaknesses

•   Jump shot, even from midrange
•   Playmaking
•   Ball handling
•   Foul prone

Best Landing Spot

Boston is a good landing spot for most prospects, but Fernando especially would be a good fit. Assuming they let him play ahead of Robert Williams, that would be a good place for him to develop. Especially if they lose Horford and/or Baynes this summer. Teams like Charlotte and Washington could use a center like Bruno, too. I actually think the Lakers could be intriguing for him, too. Rim-running centers like Fernando have been good there.

Worst Landing Spot

Most of the bad landing spots are just teams with established centers. Fernando probably shouldn’t play the four, mostly due to shooting and spacing concerns. Miami, Detroit, and Minnesota should steer clear for that reason. And who knows what’s gonna happen in New Orleans this summer, but that probably wouldn’t be ideal for any rookie.

Draft Range

#6 to #18

NBA Comparison

Serge Ibaka, Clint Capela, JaVale McGee 2.0

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7, just good enough but not a strength
Shooting (Inside): 9, great finisher off the roll, has a solid jump hook and dropstep too
Shooting (Outside): 2, hasn’t shown a jumper at all
Passing: 5, hasn’t been a great playmaker, needs to kick to corners off the short roll
Dribbling: 3, by no means is he a hybrid big man like Jokic or Towns, really can’t handle
Hustle: 9, very aggressive, strong, and plays hard
Defense: 9, good rim protector and can hopefully switch ball screens


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

Killian Tillie
23
Killian Tillie
Gonzaga, Junior, #7 PF
21 yrs | 6’10” | 220 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
3
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
4
Hustle
9
Defense
3
PPG
6.7
RPG
4.1
APG
1.6
FG PCT.
51.6%
3PT PCT.
42.9%

Tillie is a tall, thin, stretch-four with little skill outside of his shot. He’s struggled with injuries, a hip in the 2017 tournament, then an ankle sprain before the season, and most recently a torn plantar fascia in his foot that ended his season in February. Tillie’s three-point shot is excellent, 44% in his twelve games this season and 48% in his last full season. But that’s about his only selling point, he’s not strong or quick defensively and doesn’t have a lot of creating skill on the offensive end.

Strengths

•   Three-point shot
•   Coordinated, not clumsy
•   Can attack closeouts and finish floaters
•   Smart passer
•   Solid rebounder

Weaknesses

•   Too thin to defend in the post
•   Too slow to switch pick and rolls
•   Injury concerns
•   Lack of creating on offense
•   Not a strong finisher

Best Landing Spot

Philadelphia, Houston, or a team with good spacing that can plug him in as a shooter

Worst Landing Spot

Denver, Minnesota, he could be hunted defensively

Draft Range

Second Round

NBA Comparison

Ryan Anderson

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, can fill spaces off ball
Shooting (Inside): 3, can hit floaters, not a strong finisher
Shooting (Outside): 9, his main selling point, excellent shooter
Passing: 7, smart passer, but not incredible accurate
Dribbling: 4, not a creator off the dribble
Hustle: 9, doesn’t seem to be a concern
Defense: 3, his biggest weakness, willing but not strong or quick


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

Charles Bassey
24
Charles Bassey
Western Kentucky, Freshman, #7 C
18 yrs | 6’11” | 220 lbs | 7’3″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
6
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
9
Defense
7
PPG
14.6
RPG
10.0
APG
0.7
FG PCT.
62.7%
3PT PCT.
45%

Charles Bassey is very young and raw, but his upside will leave enough teams intrigued enough to make a run at him. While there are certain parts of his game that could be in question at the NBA level, there is no doubting his physical tools and insane athleticism.

He is a mobile big man with the type of quickness and agility you normally don’t see in players his size. He has a 7-3 wingspan and a 9-2 standing reach that makes him a solid rim protector. His offense will mostly be limited to cleaning up other teammates’ misses as it has been at Western Kentucky. He has shown the ability to get some range on his shot, but there’s still plenty of work to do there.

He has a great motor on both ends of the floor, can be utilized as a rim-runner and lob threat in the NBA, and if he is able to polish his offensive skills and add some strength onto his frame, he could have a high ceiling.

Strengths

•   Great motor
•   Athleticism
•   Tenacious rebounder

Weaknesses

•   Turnover prone
•   Faceup game needs improvement
•   Very raw

Best Landing Spot

Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz – Not only do the Blazers have several savvy veteran players, but they could also use some front court depth. A potential future pairing of Bassey with Jusuf Nurkic could be too much to pass up. Having Bassey as an understudy to one of the league’s best rim protectors in Rudy Gobert along with a head coach that prioritizes player development in Quin Snyder could also prove to be a beneficial landing spot.

Worst Landing Spot

A team like the Orlando Magic that has a solid front court in Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, and has younger, athletic bigs waiting in the wings like Mo Bamba and Jonathan Issac would likely not leave much playing time for someone like Bassey.

Draft Range

Late lottery to early 20s.

NBA Comparison

Clint Capela

Bassey reminds me of Clint Capela in his first few years in the league. He had the physical gifts and was an athletic rim protector, but had several areas of his game that needed polishing.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7
Shooting: 6
Passing: 6
Dribbling: 7
Hustle:9
Defense: 7


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Simisola Shittu
25
Simisola Shittu
Vanderbilt, Freshman, #8 PF
19 yrs | 6’10” | 240 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
6
ShootingShot
4
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
9
Defense
8
PPG
10.9
RPG
6.7
APG
1.8
FG PCT.
46.8%
3PT PCT.
5.6%

Simisola Shittu is one of the best physical specimens in the draft, but he’s still a raw prospect, yet to develop much skill. Shittu is 6-10, 225 with a 7-1 wingspan. He’s got an explosive first step and has an impressive vertical. He’s got the tools to be a good defender but hasn’t shown great awareness. Offensively, Shittu isn’t a perimeter shooter, but he’s strong and athletic enough to get to the rim. Shittu probably projects as a small-ball 5 due to his lack of a jumper and perimeter skills, but can run in the fastbreak and hopefully catch lobs.

Strengths

•   Strength and athleticism
•   Defensive tools
•   Transition game
•   Driving and finishing with pure strength
•   Above-average handle for a big
•   Rebounding
•   Vision and passing

Weaknesses

•   Lack of three-point jumper
•   Can’t create off the dribble
•   Defensive IQ
•   55% on free throws
•   Poor touch around the rim

Best Landing Spot

Brooklyn, Atlanta, Dallas, pretty much any team that needs an athletic, defense-first forward and doesn’t need the spacing.

Worst Landing Spot

Minnesota, LA Lakers, Philadelphia, teams that have spacing issues.

Draft Range

Second Round

NBA Comparison

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Ivan Rabb

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 6, good vision and passing but D IQ is poor
Shooting (Inside): 4, can finish with power but not great touch
Shooting (Outside): 2, 1-18 at Vanderbilt from three
Passing: 7, good vision, solid passer out of the post
Dribbling: 7, impressive handle for a big but doesn’t create off the dribble
Hustle: 9, Strong athlete who prides on defense and all-around play9, plays hard, good transition game

Defense: 8, has the tools, can defend inside and outside, IQ is shaky


By: Luke Zylstra @lzyl23

Nickeil Alexander-Walker
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Nickeil Alexander-Walker
Va. Tech, Sophomore, #4 SG
20 yrs | 6’5″ | 205 lbs | 6’9″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
9
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
7
Defense
4
PPG
16.4
RPG
4.2
APG
3.9
FG PCT.
47.8%
3PT PCT.
38%

Nickeil Alexander-Walker is a Virginia Tech sophomore who could be an offensive threat on the next level. Alexander-Walker comes from a rich basketball background, and starred alongside cousin and current NBA player Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in high school. Although he struggled at times as a freshman, only averaging 10 PPG, the sophomore has come into form this year, scoring over 16 points per game this year. The crafty Canadian is both a crafty finisher around the rim, and a solid spot-up shooter, averaging almost 40% from behind the arc. Some scouts see him as a defensive liability, as his thin frame forces him to struggle against larger opponents.

Strengths

•   Good 3-point shooter
•   Can finish around the rim
•   High basketball IQ
•   Good cutter

Weaknesses

•   Struggles to defend larger players
•   Lacks explosiveness
•   Can’t create his own shot

Best Landing Spot

Boston Celtics. Alexander-Walker, a master cutter and solid 3 point shooter, could be a massive asset for a championship contender. He would work wonders in the Boston system off the bench, adding a solid option off the bench. While Marcus Smart is a tough defender, Alexander-Walker could be inserted into a shooting lineup while switching with Kyrie to guard a weaker opponent on defense.

Worst Landing Spot

New Orleans Pelicans. Really anybody who goes to New Orleans in this year’s draft will struggle in the wake of the Anthony Davis saga, but Alexander-Walker would definitely struggle for the Pelicans. The combination of Elfrid Payton and Alexander-Walker would prove disastrous, especially without a difference maker like Anthony Davis to draw extra defenders.

Draft Range

Mid 1st round

NBA Comparison

Steph Curry, Buddy Hield, Aaron Afflalo

A fantastic spot up shooter makes has some experts projected him to be like an Aaron Afflalo: a shooter who is a liability on defense and doesn’t really do much else. However, if he can translate his ability to drive to the basket and finish around the rim to the NBA, he could become a dangerous player who can score from anywhere on the floor like Steph or Buddy.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, always knows what to do in transition
Shooting: 9, great from mid-range and behind the arc
Passing: 7, much improved passer, finds open teammates
Dribbling: 7, uses both hands, can attack the rim
Hustle: 7, no major concerns about effort
Defense: 4, struggles to defend larger players with his thin frame


By: Sean Leider @Leidersean

Kris Wilkes
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Kris Wilkes
UCLA, Sophomore, #6 SF
20 yrs | 6’8″ | 215 lbs | 6’10” wingspan
Ball IQIQ
9
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
7
Defense
6
PPG
17.3
RPG
4.8
APG
1.7
FG PCT.
43.2%
3PT PCT.
33.7%

Kris Wilkes was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, and when he arrived at UCLA there were plenty of lofty expectations for the teenager. He was met, if not surpassed, many of those expectations. He was going to go to the NBA last year, but after the combine he decided to return to UCLA to mature and improve and he did just that. He improved his point production from 13.7 points per game, to 17.4 this year. With this scoring production paired with his athleticism, it will make him either a first-round pick or a very early second-round pick.

Strengths

•   Athleticism
•   Driving
•   Confident shooter

Weaknesses

•   Shooting %
•   Defense
•   Passing

Best Landing Spot

Portland Trail Blazers would be a good fit for Wilkes because he can come off the bench and not be forced to take on too much of a load offensively. He will have time to develop and could turn into an integral piece for them either being a hot hand off the bench or being a starting small forward eventually.

Worst Landing Spot

Philadelphia 76ers would be the worst place for him to go late in the first-round because they already have many small forwards on the team. Wilkes wouldn’t have much playing time for a while and when he would get to the court, chances are he will be playing out of position. While it might look good to join Simmons and Embiid, it would not be great for his development.

Draft Range

Late first-round, early second-round

NBA Comparison

Caris Lavert

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 9
Shooting: 8
Passing: 6
Dribbling: 7
Hustle: 7
Defense: 6


By: Jonathan Kyncl @jdkyn

Naz Reid
28
Naz Reid
LSU, Freshman, #6 C
19 yrs | 6’10” | 250 lbs | 7’3″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
7
Hustle
6
Defense
6
PPG
13.7
RPG
7.1
APG
0.9
FG PCT.
47.3%
3PT PCT.
35.4%

Whereas the trend for bigs that have been coming out of college have been of a completely different style lately, with many playing around the perimeter, Naz Reid has some perimeter shooting skills, but he really is a throwback of a big that can go to work in the paint and outmuscle defenders.

His speed and agility have improved since high school, and they show as he’s able to be more crafty on drives to the basket than we are used to seeing from someone of his size. While he can shoot from deep, his release can be a bit slow, so most of his threes are taken when he comes free after screening. There is potential there if he continues development on his long-range shot and speed to become a stretch four type of player, especially with his passing ability

Strengths

•   NBA-ready body
•   Good passer
•   Mobile with the ability to score all over the floor

Weaknesses

•   Needs to be more disciplined on defense
•   Can be turnover prone
•   Inconsistent

Best Landing Spot

San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs recently bought out the contract of Pau Gasol and they could use some additional size up front next season. Reid could use a veteran big like LaMarcus Aldridge to serve as a bit of a mentor, and Tim Duncan still hangs out at the Spurs practice facility to work with the younger guys. The Spurs use the G-League very well and they’d be patient with his development as they have been with other recent draft picks like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White.

Worst Landing Spot

Teams with a ton of frontcourt depth like Oklahoma City and Milwaukee would not be a good fit because while Reid could use some time in the G-League from time to time in his rookie season, he’ll also need some decent NBA minutes to continue to develop.

Draft Range

24-30

NBA Comparison

DeMarcus Cousins and Julius Randle seem like the easiest comps to make to his skillset, as he’s really a mix of both.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8
Shooting: 7
Passing: 7
Dribbling: 7
Hustle: 6
Defense: 6


By: Michael De Leon @mdeleon

Matisse Thybulle
29
Matisse Thybulle
Washington, Senior, #7 SG
22 yrs | 6’6″ | 195 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
7
PassingPass
6
DribblingDribble
5
Hustle
9
Defense
10
PPG
9.1
RPG
3.1
APG
2.1
FG PCT.
41.5%
3PT PCT.
30.5%

Thybulle is an incredibly fast athlete who has spent the seasoning smothering opposing team’s perimeter players for arguably the best PAC-12 team in the country. He’s one of a handful of NCAA players ever to record 100 steals and 45 blocks in a season, and there’s absolutely no question that he brings tremendous anticipation and focus to that side of the floor. Offensively he’s shot the ball poorly from 3 this season at only 30.5% but has shot the ball at or above 36% in all of his previous seasons and at least appears to be a functional floor-spacer when shooting out of a collapsed defense. He does bring some questions to the table about his ability to score and low rebounding rate for such a great athlete, but he has elite defensive potential in a league that’s always looking for the next Bruce Bowen.

Strengths

•   Positional Versatility. Lateral quickness, straight-line speed, and wing span.
•   Elite anticipation
•   Loves to play defensive, passionate about locking players down and understands his role
•   Transition efficiency
•   Career shooting percentage from distance

Weaknesses

•   Is he an NBA caliber offensive player? Pretty rudimentary offensive skillset
•   Played a ton of zone for Washington. How will he translate into an NBA defense?
•   Low rebounding rate for such an athletic player
•   Took a step backwards shooting the ball from distance this season.
•   Never asserted himself as a consistent offensive option for the huskies despite the opportunity

Best Landing Spot

Milwaukee has spent the past 4 years constructing a roster of long switchable athletes who love to move off ball and move in transition. This seems like a match made in heaven for a player like Thybulle who would only need to focus on playing the best defense possible and hitting open shots.

Worst Landing Spot

Boston Celtics. On a roster already featuring Jaylen Brown and Semi Ojeleye so much of Thybulle’s skill set would look redundant and would struggle to compete for minutes against the other wings on the roster.

Draft Range

Late first round, early second round.

NBA Comparison

Iman Shumpert without the point guard skills or a more dynamic Tony Snell.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, Questions come from the zone, but he really understood his rotations for Washington this season
Shooting: 7, Struggling this season but nothing screams broken about his shot and he’s been relatively consistent over 4 years.
Passing: 6, Not a dynamic shot creator but he also wasn’t throwing the ball away frequently
Dribbling: 5, Loose handle that doesn’t get deployed with a ton of confidence unless in transition
Hustle: 9, Really loves to work and do the things that most players dread.
Defense: 10, Elite tools, a great mindset, and tremendous anticipation yield someone who has the highest defensive ceiling in the draft.


By: Skyler Beauchamp @Sky_limit_hoops

KZ Okpala
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KZ Okpala
Stanford, Sophomore, #6 SG
19 yrs | 6’8″ | 195 lbs | 7’2″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
6
PassingPass
7
DribblingDribble
8
Hustle
7
Defense
5
PPG
16.9
RPG
5.7
APG
2.0
FG PCT.
46.5%
3PT PCT.
37.5%

KZ Okpala is somewhat of a model for what teams are looking for at the forward position. He is a lengthy forward who can shoot well from anywhere on the court. He has been a bit spotty at times shooting this past season, but overall he has potential to be a strong off the bench type player, or with the right team a starter. His ability to operate ball-screens is going to make him a great fit for an NBA team. He is going to potentially fall to a later proven team, which is why a strong rotation player seems to be his likely outcome.

Strengths

•   Physical Size
•   Athletic & Explosive
•   Transition
•   Court IQ
•   Rebounding

Weaknesses

•   Defense
•   Blocked Shots
•   Contact Finishing
•   Free Throws

Best Landing Spot

San Antonio is in a good spot to land the Stanford Cardinal, and this would be a great match for the two of them. He is going to need some time to develop, but adding him in a high IQ system, he would work well. Okpala can make an impact off the bench before possibly landing a starting role moving forward. The shot is going to be a work in progress, but playing smart basketball is what the Spurs franchise has been about.

Worst Landing Spot

I love what Brooklyn is doing, but the timeshare process has limited the development of a few forwards over the last few seasons. While he could be a great fit, this landing spot seems to be more about inconsistent minutes stunting his growth. Putting him a spot that will commit to using him off the bench early on is a better spot, and I don’t believe that will be Brooklyn.

Draft Range

#15-20

NBA Comparison

Brandon Ingram

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, Finds open man, great on screens.
Shooting (Inside): 6, Growing as a shooter
Shooting (Outside): 6 Potential for an above average three point shooter is there
Passing: 7, Comfortable with ball in his hands, and passing to open shooters
Dribbling: 8, Handles the ball extremely well for his size and role.
Hustle: 7, Nothing to note, just solid all around player.
Defense: 5, A bit slow with his feet, and not a strong shot blocker


By: Jason Guilbault @jguilbault11

On The Bubble

 

Jaylen Hoard
Jaylen Hoard
Wake Forest, Freshman, #8 SF
19 yrs | 6’8″ | 215 lbs | 7’1″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
7
ShootingShot
5
PassingPass
5
DribblingDribble
4
Hustle
5
Defense
8
PPG
13.1
RPG
7.6
APG
1.5
FG PCT.
45.8%
3PT PCT.
22.6%

Playing for a struggling Wake Forest team, Hoard hasn’t received a lot of publicity this year, but the Frenchman is a promising NBA prospect. After moving to the US from his native France in 2016, Hoard quickly became a 5-star recruit, eventually electing to stay close to his new home by attending Wake Forest. While he hasn’t put up massive numbers this year, the projected small forward possesses great athleticism and has long wingspan allows him to guard a variety of position on the defensive end of the floor. However, if he wants to achieve next level success, he will need to put on some muscle and develop a consistent 3-point shot.

Strengths

•   Very athletic
•   Versatile defender
•   Ability to penetrate into the lane
•   Rebounds well

Weaknesses

•   Inconsistent outside shooting
•   Turnover prone
•   Puts up bad shots
•   Average free throw shooting

Best Landing Spot

Oklahoma City. Hoard is still a very raw talent, and will likely take a few years to develop into a solid NBA player. In OKC, he will be able to gain valuable minutes off the bench, all while learning from one of the best small forwards in the business: Paul George. George has very similar physical stats to Hoard, and also wasn’t a great shooter out of college, shooting 23% from beyond the arc in his first season. George would be the perfect mentor for the young Frenchman.

Worst Landing Spot

Any team where Hoard would be expected to play big minutes right away. Hoard has struggled at times in his first season in the NCAA, and the improved quality of play in the NBA will prove to be a big adjustment for the Frenchman. He is athletic, but still needs time to develop his game. Preferably, he lands somewhere he can learn behind a veteran.

Draft Range

Mid 1st round – early 2nd round

NBA Comparison

Paul George, Mo Harkless

Both George and Harkless have similar physical measurements to Hoard, and they can be used as examples of why players like Hoard will develop into solid NBA players. Like Hoard, both were terrible outside shooters coming out of college, but gradually improved in their first few NBA years. Harkless is now a solid contributor for a perennial playoff team, while George has developed his raw skills to become one of the top scorers in the NBA.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 7,good slasher, but sometimes prone to turnovers
Shooting (Inside): 5, decent mid-range jumper, but no outside shot
Passing: 5, good kick-outs after penetration, but averages less than 2 APG
Dribbling: 4, still struggles to use his left hand
Hustle: 5, effort has been questioned at times; often disappears from games
Defense:8, long wingspan makes him a versatile defender


By: Sean Leider @Leidersean

Ignas Brazdeikis
Ignas Brazdeikis
Michigan, Freshman, #7 SF
20 yrs | 6’7″ | 215 lbs | 6’9″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
9
ShootingShot
8
PassingPass
5
DribblingDribble
6
Hustle
7
Defense
6
PPG
14.8
RPG
5.2
APG
0.9
FG PCT.
46.3%
3PT PCT.
40.6%

The Michigan freshman definitely does not play like it’s his first year in college. He has an advanced understanding of the game and impacts the game in more ways than just shooting the ball. He can go out and get his buckets, but he doesn’t generally force shots. Despite being a lefty and shooting the ball with that hand, he does almost everything else with his right hand and does it well. Brazdeikis is already 20 so he’s old by freshmen standards, but not so by NBA standards. He should be able to help a team immediately by being a “microwave” guy off the bench for them, not only because of his shooting but also because of his off-ball work.

Strengths

•   Finishes well with his off-hand around the rim and even prefers it sometimes
•   Deceptively quick first step and finds way to beat his defender with it
•   Doesn’t have to be a shooter to impact games
•   Solid shooter at all three levels
•   Does not turn the ball over very often

Weaknesses

•   Can get lost on defense and is out of position at times
•   Not very quick, resulting in bad defensive possessions
•   Not an elite ball handler at his size
•   Just an average athlete

Best Landing Spot

Charlotte Hornets – As the team is constructed now, they need a young scorer on the wing and youth in general. Brazdeikis can provide that and help Kemba Walker on the offensive end of the floor.

Worst Landing Spot

Phoenix Suns – Brazdeikis would find himself fighting for time with at least two other small forwards signed through next year in Mikal Bridges and TJ Warren. The team also has an option on Josh Jackson with a chance to match an offer restricted free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. as well. So there could be four guys to compete with, which is definitely not ideal for Brazdeikis.

Draft Range

Early second round

NBA Comparison

Joe Ingles

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 9
Shooting: 8
Passing: 5
Dribbling: 6
Hustle: 7
Defense: 6


By: Benjamin Bornstein @THE_BOOMSTEIN

Luka Samanic
Luka Samanic
Olimpija Ljubljana, Intl., #9 PF
18 yrs | 6’11” | 210 lbs | 7’0″ wingspan
Ball IQIQ
8
ShootingShot
6
PassingPass
8
DribblingDribble
5
Hustle
5
Defense
5
PPG
7.5
RPG
4.4
APG
0.8
FG PCT.
48.3%
3PT PCT.
30.6%

Despite sharing a first name with the most polarizing prospect in last years class, this Luka’s game couldn’t be more different. Standing at 6’11 with average length Samanic is a deceptively fluid athlete who always has to be accounted for in transition situations. Long and fluid strides get him down the court effortlessly and usually faster than his Adriatic league counterparts while soft hands give him the ability to catch in traffic as good as any big man in his class. In addition to his effective locomotion down the floor, Samanic posses a tremendous feel for the game and was averaging slightly over three assists per 40 minutes while participating in youth events. Samanic has naturally smooth footwork in the post and has a crafty arsenal of fakes but must develop a stronger lower body to consistently have the impact he’s capable of in the post. He does a great job moving off-ball and does a good job of not making himself easy to guard. Currently shooting is the biggest question mark in Luka’s offensive repertoire. He’s never been a particularly consistent shooter but is struggling even more than usual during this ABA season hitting only 4 of 20 attempts from range. The mechanics typically look sound but until the outside shot starts falling more consistently there are questions about what position he can really play in the NBA with such a thin frame. On defense Samanic has shown glimpses of great anticipation and positional defense but he’s going to need to prove that he’s not a liability switching onto NBA caliber athletes on the perimeter. He’s going to have a very difficult time guarding true centers and will have to fill-out his frame. He’s not incredibly quick laterally and will have to work at becoming an astute well-rounded defender once he gets to the NBA

Strengths

•   End to end mobility
•   Hands and touch around the rim
•   High IQ with the ability to create for others
•   Ability to attack big-men on closeout
•   Promising shot mechanics

Weaknesses

•   Lack of explosiveness both vertically and horizontally
•   Very light to be a full-time post right now
•   Inconsistent shooter currently. Range is purely theoretical right now.
•   Average wingspan/reach for his height
•   Physicality reduces his aggression.

Best Landing Spot

San Antonio. The Spurs love looking to Europe at the end of the first round and Samanic is the perfect high-ceiling prospect for them to take a risk on. He’s going to need a creative coach that will appreciate his sublime IQ and quick instincts and Popovich seems like the perfect coach to handle the task.

Worst Landing Spot

Los Angeles Lakers. What didn’t work for Zubac won’t work for Samanic… Despite playing different front court positions, both post players share many of the same weaknesses and LA currently doesn’t come across as a team that’s willing to let Luka work out the hiccups in his perimeter shooting.

Draft Range

Anywhere from 14 to 30 entirely depending on how his shot looks in workouts.

NBA Comparison

Somewhere between Andres Bargnani and Cody Zeller depending on his shooting development.

Ratings Breakdown

Ball IQ: 8, Smart player who understands angles
Shooting: 6, Promising mechanics that have yet to translate
Passing: 8, High-level passer who should continue to improve
Dribbling: 5, Solid but unspectacular creating off the dribble right now
Hustle: 5, Plays hard but really lacks physicality currently
Defense: 5, Who does he guard? What is his true defensive position?


By: Skyler Beauchamp @Sky_limit_hoops