Who do you think is the best player/prospect from this draft?
In my opinion, it's Trey Burke. He simply knows how to play the game. He can shoot, he can defend, he gets others involved, and he's a great leader. However, his most important quality is his willpower. He has the same desire to win that great players such as Michael Jordan possessed. I'm not claiming he's the next MJ, that's ridiculous, but I am comparing the fact that both MJ and Burke come off as players who have a fight to the death mindset.
The biggest knocks on Burke's game are his lack of size and the perceived idea that he's not an elite athlete. What Burke lacks in height, he makes up for with his 6'5.5" wingspan. He also weighs 190lbs., so he's not a tiny, weak guard. I'm also of the belief that Trey Burke is a better athlete than people give him credit for. He may not have tested well with the agility drills at the combine, but if you've watched him play, he makes athletic plays every game. He's a better athlete than a lot of good point guards that we've seen in the past. Steve Nash won 2 MVP awards, and he's not as athletic as Burke. Nash is a great player, and I'm not here to compare their games, however, I am saying that Burke's athleticism can more than cut it in the league.
If I'm Orlando, I would have to take Trey Burke with the second pick. They have a lot of talented young players who are in need of a point guard and a leader. Trey is the type of player to step in on day 1 and gain their respect. He is ready to play now, and he would have a very good backup and mentor in Jameer Nelson.
Who is your top player/prospect?
I agree with your Burke statement. He is an athlete, but not an amazing one. He'd be a much better athlete if we weren't comparing him to Rose, Westbrook, or Lawson. He's a nice guard who has a lot of potential and that works hard. I want the Magic to take him 2nd. Anyways, best player? That's tough. I'd have it between Burke and Porter. Best prospect? I'd say Archie Goodwin. He's raw, but if developed he could be great. Large wingspan and athletic. He could either be a bench player who goes overseas, or an absolute steal and a starter. I think i'm wrong though.
Trey Burke was an outstanding college PG but I don't think he'll be a star in the NBA. Don't get me wrong, I think he'll be a very good PG, but not a great one.
I'm going with Otto Porter, whom I think is the best bet to become an outstanding player at the next level. However, don't sleep on Cody Zeller, whom I think will become an outstanding NBA player.
Victor Oladipo is a mystery to me. I loved him at Indiana but I don't have a great feeling for him at the next level. I think he will be a very good player but I see him as more of a role player then a top tier draft choice. Hopefully I'll be wrong and he will become an all star.
Otto Porter: Porter is a super-long SF who had an exceptionally productive season last year for a very slow-paced Georgetown team. He is an excellent catch-and-shoot player who knows how to get his shot off and find openings in the defense. He has a developing post game with NBA potential. He is an outstanding rebounder who particularly excels on the defensive boards and he has a great grasp of team defense.
Porter catches a lot of flack for a lacking upside, but I think that criticism is misguided. Porter averaged an efficient 16.2 ppg for a slow paced Georgetown team and he did it without stopping the team's excellent ball-movement. Porter only just turned 20 and should gain strength and athleticism as his body matures. His tremendous effectiveness at the college level with undeveloped ball-handling skills and physical strength only bodes well for his upside. As he naturally gains strength as he gets older, some of his weaknesses will get significantly less pronounced. And Porter is a smart player who plays to his strengths, so his lack of tremendous ball handling ability is not nearly as big a weakness as it is sometimes claimed to be. I think part of the reason Porter is perceived as lacking upside is simply because he doesn't have a flashy style of play. Perhaps if his highlight reels were better, he would be more highly regarded as a prospect.
I find it funny that the Tayshaun Prince comparison for Porter is seen as an argument against drafting him high. Who in this draft is most likely going to end up better than Prince? Certainly, I think there are players who could end up being better than Prince, but there isn't one individual player who I am confident enough in their game to say they will probably be a superior player to Prince, who started on a championship team and has had a long and effective NBA career.
I see a little bit of Pippen in Porter also, Just the length and the extension
I'm a fan of Otto Porter, too. I don't see this draft being as weak as everyone assumes it is. I hope Washington take Porter. A Wall, Beal, Porter trio would be a scary thing to deal with in the future.
Others may disagree but I think its Mclemore. I think hes got the most potential of anyone in this draft. Very fluid skills, great athleticism, just needs polishing and some time to grow his game. Kids got a very bright future.
I like Bennett as 3 man or a stretch 4. The 4 position is changing with teams going small and having to match up with the Lebrons and Melos of the world. This Years Freshman college class is loaded with these hybrid type forwards, ie vonleh, gordon, parker.
Honorable mention from MCW. Something about a pure pg with dunk on you hops and length. He could be special if he becomes efficient with the pass/score decision.
Bennett are two guys I feel have very high ceilings. If Ben can develop his handle and not disappear he may be the most talented player. Currently I say Zeller has the most complete overall skills, yet he is young. Just unlimited potential in Zeller IMO.
Giannis. Youngest prospect too. Would be ineligible if he was an American.
Know he doesn't create his shot the best but he cuts to the rim well, is an outstanding finisher, shows potential as a spot up shooter, and will player hard on defense. I may be wrong, but I think with the right point guard next to him he'll at least be rookie of the year.