Here are a few prospects that will be surprise type players. I'll also do a player comparison.
Tony Mitchell - Kenyon Martin - I have fallen in love with Mitchell of the past few weeks. He has fantastic athleticism, a good reach, defensive minded, and has a good jumper. To me, he is a player that has been overlooked because he did have a little bit of trouble in the past and he played at a small school. Also, I see him as a player that has something to prove. He will think that he is underrated and will most likely attack the NBA like an animal.
Nate Wolters - Jeremy Lin - If you follow me at all, you know that I love Wolters too.. He is super heady and has an excellent feel for the game.. He is an extremely hard worker and has a great skill set.. Not a fantastic athlete but makes up for it with great height for his position.
Archie Goodwin - Lance Stephenson - A long, scrappy, ball dominate guard that will need time to adjust to the NBA game and not having the ball all the time. Also, cant really shoot much but loves to get into the lane and challenge the defense. Goodwin, at time and in short spurts, can man the PG position but will never be able to for long unless he changes. If he will buy in, defend, and learn to play off the ball a little bit would go a long way for this guy.
Ryan Kelly - Ryan Anderson - Long, slow, and great shooting PF. Fantastic in a Pick and Pop or a catch and shoot type situation. Kelly will find a place to fit in because he is so smart and a hard worker.. He does the little things that PFs need to do while providing the shooting touch of much smaller players.. Pretty good rebounder and defender.. Nothing that will blow you away but good enough to defend the average players.
Great post, in my opinion. I like basically everything you said, man.
I feel like Mitchell has the potential to be a somewhat more perimeter oriented Serge Ibaka. Which is exciting. No homo, as Roy Hibbert would say.
I've always liked the Kenyon Martin Tony Mitchell comparison on the surface in terms of size and athletic ability, but I've only been able to watch one of Mitchells games over the last two years so my question is does he have the same motor that Kenyon has? I mean if you remember K-Marts Nets days that guy was 105% at all times and an all-star in '03.
No.. He doesn't have that motor.. Not many people have the motor Kenyon had/has..
My three sleepers(surpises) in this draft are probably CJ Leslie, Archie Goodwin and Myck Kabongo.
I am a big fan of Nate Wolters too, I see him becoming more of a Bob Sura, all around good/great talent but doesnt have the speed and quickness to become a great/star player
I liked what I saw from myck kabongo in the 3 games I watched him last year. He had a nice fluid looking ahot and seemed like he handled the ball very well and with confidence. I think he could be a steal in the second round.
@8thdeadlysin, you're right, not many people do have that K-Mart motor so let me rephrase that question. Does he have a good motor? Does he play hard or is it sometimes in question?
Yeah, he has a good motor.. He rebounds and defends like crazy.
never moved Tony Mitchell away from the Knicks in my mock draft.. i feel like it's a perfect match
Reggie Bullock won't be a star, but I think he could easily be a top 10-15 player from this draft. Really reliable shooter who makes always the right play on the court. He isn't the sexy pick, but he could be productive right from day one.
Gorgui Dieng is another underrated prospect. He is perceived as lacking upside, but he probably is the best defensive big in this draft class right now and knows his role on offense. He isn't a great scorer, but he knows where to be on the court, can shoot the ball well and can pass and handle the ball a bit. He could develop into a Joakim Noah-type player in the right situation.
Mitchell's motor is very much in question. He admitted at the combine to having trouble getting up for games last season, and admitted to just cruising through the season.
It was a bad situation with injuries and a new coach, but Mitchell lost himself millions of dollars by coasting. I'm a big fan and half want the celtics to draft him at 16, but i don't think he's the brightest bulb.
He didnt seem to work on any post moves before his soph season, nor did he display an improved handle.
I dont think Doc would really like him or his defensive bbiq. If Doc doesnt come back I'm more interested in Mitchell, and agree his upside is high. Maybe close to bennetts overall upside, but i doubt he gets there. Doesnt have the best focus, especially when hes not getting lots of touches.
Hes already shown that hes dumb enough to coast and cost himself millions. That mentallity could change, but it would be risky to expect it to change that much.