Fandango's top 10 prospects, with super cool awesome analysis.
1. Otto Porter - SF - SO - Georgetown
I love his all-around game, he can do every aspect of the game and do it well. He stood-out this year winning Big East PLayer of the year, and carried a weak Hoyas squad to a top 10 ranking and #2 seed. While he was a stand-out in college, I don't think he can carry an NBA team over 82 games, his game doesn't lend itself to it. However, he makes for a great sidekick and can step-up and carry a team for a few games when called upon. At worst, I see Porter as Prince or Battier, but see him close to Deng, who is a low-level all-star for the Bulls and a #2 guy. His potential isn't a high as some other guys, which will prevent him from going #1. Because I believe so much in him to be very solid pro, I have him as my top prospect.
Comparison: Loul Deng
Best Fit(s): Cleveland, Washington, New Orleans, Sacramento
2. Trey Burke - PG - SO - Michigan
A true Point Guard's Point Guard. Great leader, makes plays in the clutch, runs the offense well - all aspects of a quality PG. Burke is very quick and finds ways to get pass defenders, to get into lane where he can finish fairly well for his height or pass to an open teammate. Burke is also a good shooter, and as shown by that shot he hit vs Kansas, he proves he has NBA range and will be a threat to space the floor, which will force defender to play tighter, which allows Burke to utilize his quickness to get by. I don't think he's great enough to ever to be franchise player, with his lack ofsize and not "elite" quickness. He will though, be a great addition and solid player who can run your team, play tough defense, and make plays when needed to.
Comparison: Mike Conley
Best Fit(s): Orlando, New Orleans, Sacramento
3. Ken Caldwell-Pope - SG - SO - Georgia
KCP might be the best scorer in this year's draft. No joke. He put up 18.5 PPG last year on a GOD-AWFUL Georgia team. KCP was double and triple-teamed majority of the time, and still scored double digits on 43% shooting and 37% from three. Pretty good, considering KCP has nobody to create shots for him, Georgia was literally a one-man team. Pair KCP with a PG that can find him shots, to go along with his talent to get his own shot, you got a dangerous scorer. KCP can be turnover prone, and does carry a mindset that he has to do everything, leading to "hero ball" and some bad shots. A great athlete, who can leap very well. Underrated prospect in my books, if he played on a more prominent team, he'd be higher.
Comparison: JR Smith
Best Fit(s): Minnesota, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando
4. Nerlens Noel - C - FR - Kentucky
ACL injury is interesting, because he may not even suit up for next year, so a team would have to be patient. Noel is still a project, while he has great talent on the defensive end, he's still got miles to go on offense and will have to learn to play defense on the highest level in NBA. Great shot blocker, will alter lots of shots coming off of help side, also very good at blocking his own man's shot. Still needs to bulk up, or else bigger post players will back Noel down with ease and negate his shot blocking. Noel is a very active rebounder on both ends due to his non-stop effort. He's is a great athlete at his size (ACL injury could nock him back a bit), great in the open-court, and finishes around the round well. However, when things slow down on offense, Noel struggles and can be a hinderance to a degree. Noel basically has very little of an offensive game, besides a hook-shot. However, if you're drafting Noel, you're looking for defense, rebounding, and athletic ability. Offense would be icing on the cake. Could become a top-tier defensive player for many years.
Comparison: Tyson Chandler
Best Fit(s): Charlotte, Cleveland, Phoenix, Washington, Minnesota
5. Anthony Bennett - F - FR - UNLV
Very unique prospect. He's an absolute beast inside, so strong and explosive. He is a monster on the offensive boards, he will feast inside the paint. He's undersized to play PF and maybe isn't quick enough and doesn't have an elite handle to play SF. He is super long and can be a good defender with blocking shots and causing havoc in the passing lanes. Bennett has the entire package skill wise and athletic ability, the really question is can he succeed in the NBA as undersized PF against tall, long defenders.
Comparison: Charles Barkley
Best Fit(s): Cleveland, Sacramento, Washington, OKC
6. Shabazz Muhammed - SG/SF - FR - UCLA
Scoring. That's one thing you can expect from Muhammed. The former high school phenom has seen his stock drop this year after a up-and-down season at UCLA. Muhammed starter the year out of shape, and looked like a medicore athlete after an injury. This brings up some red flags for me, how commited is Muhammed? I would not want a player who isn't willing to keep himself in shape. I'm not going to lable Muhammed as lazy or not focuses, but those are some concerns. Like I said, Muhammed provides scoring, averaging nearly 18 ppg with his silky-smooth jumper as a freshman. However, Muhammed projects to be one-dimensial scorer in the NBA. I think his shooting abilty should carry over, but his lack of quickness and explosion might make it hard for him to get his own shot. Also, Muhammed relied heavily on his size and strength to bully his way to the basket. I'm doubtful he can do that regularly in the NBA. Outside of scoring, Muhammed doesn't seem to bring much to the table. An average defensive player at best, not a great ball-handler, not a passer or playmaker, and an alright rebounder. That's why it's so important for Muhammed to improve his athletic ability, it will make him better in those areas simply through being a better athlete. Also, Muhammed is a year older than most freshman, possibly lowering his potential. Also bring's up questions why his dad would lie about his age. I think Muhammed has the highest potential in this year's draft, however he could be a total bust also. I think if a team is desperate enough for a superstar, they might as well swing for the fences and take Muhammed. I could see Shabazz being an all-star for many years, but I could also see him stuck on the bench with his warmups. Most interesting prospect this year IMO.
Comparison: Michael Redd
Best Fit(s): Charlotte, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Phoenix
7. B. McLemore - SG - FR - Kansas
If you were building the ideal SG, you might come out with McLemore. He has ideal height and size for the position, jaw-dropping athletisim, and a killer three point shot. So why wouldn't he be higher? McLemore is not assertive enough, or has shown to be. McLemore's lack willingness and desire to take over, along with his struggles at times to get his own shot, make him seem like more of a role player than superstar. Not to say he won't be good, he actually has the talent to be an all-star. The caviet is, he needs a playmaker to get him open shots and a coach who is commited to getting him shots. On the right, team McLemore will be a borderline all-star, still a lot has to go right for him to achieve his full potential. If not, he could still turn out to be a nice bench player, who can play defense, hit open shots, and run the floor and finish.
Comparison: Wes Johnson
Best Fit(s): Charlotte, Orlando, Minnesota
8. Victor Oladipo - SG - JR - Indiana
Tough defender, athletic, gets to the basket and can finish, a nice piece for any team. However, he has the qualities of a role player. Oladipo doesn't posses an offensive skills that make him much of a threat on the offensive end. Oladipo's limited range will likely negate his quickness and solid handles from getting to the basket like he did college. However, Oladipo should be a valuable asset on defense, with his tough man-to-man defense and ability to pick off passes and create fast break scores. Oladipo is a bit undersized (even as the league gets smaller) and could struggle against taller, bigger guards. I think Oladipo will be a nice rotation player, a possible all-defense team player. Nonetheless, not a player you expect to be an all-star
Comparison: Tony Allen
Best Fit(s): Minnesota, Portland, Philadelphia, Detroit
9. CJ McCollum - G - SR - Leigh
A combo-guard with great scoring ability. McCollum posses the ability to score off the dribble, with strong handles and uses the pick and roll effectivly. He is a very good catching and shooting as well, making him a very adept at scoring. While he's a very good scorer, it comes to question how good he is, playing at Leigh he didn't get to go against great talent and took advanatge of weak teams. McCollum also isn't a “true PG”, he's much more of a scorer than facilitaor. It will be interesting how he develops his play-making ability for others, if he can he could become a very good starter, if not he's a likely solid scorer off the bench. He isn't a great athlete, and could struggle guarding the ball in the NBA. His lack of quickness also could take away from his scoring ability. I think he might be best suited coming off the bench, so I'm not sure if teams should peg him as their PG of the future.
Comparison: Jarrett Jack
Best Fit(s): Utah, Dallas, Milwaukee, Indiana
10. Cody Zeller - PF - SO – Indiana
Zeller is right now, might be the best offensive big man in the draft, that's not saying too much though. Zeller is noted for having execelent footwork and post-play. Zeller has a natuarl feel for the game, he never seems to force anything, which lead to him to scoring as much as he possibly could or should for Indiana this past year. While he is skilled and has good post-moves, Zeller has struggled against long athletic front-lines, remember Syracuse? Zeller is going to have to adjust to playing against long, strong, and athletic bigs or his post skills will be negated. He could stand to improve his jump-shot, especially with if he struggles in the paint. Zeller runs the floor very well at his size, and would be a good fit for a face-paced team. Zeller runs very hard, and is able to handle the ball well, and finish around the rim. On defense, Zeller is medicore, and with so many PF's being quick and athletic, he could struggle if his man faces up on him. While being nearly 7 foot, Zeller has short arms and isn't very strong, he isn't a great rebounder or shot blocker. There are certain things Zeller does very very well, but he needs a team who will be able to utilize him for his strengths if he want's to have an impact.
Comparison: Luis Scola
Best Fit(s): OKC, Philadelphia, Washington
Overall, I don't believe there is a single "super-star" in this draft, but I think there are plenty of guys who can play and be good players and possible all-stars down the line. This is a good draft for teams that have a franchise player in place, like Washington, New Orleans, Minnesota, Portland, Cleveland. If you're Charlotte or Phoenix, this isn't the year you get a guy to build around.
This is just my perspective, I would be shocked though if it turns out these guys end up the 10 best players. There are always some surprises with who turns out to be good or who turns out to be bad.
Bonus - 3 Sleeper Picks
1. Brandon Davies - PF - BYU
2. Reggie Bullock - G/F - UNC
3. DeShaun Thomas - F - Ohio St
as much as i love KCP, there is no way hes going #3
agreed, this is just ranking the players. Difference between this and a mock draft.
Faaaaaan Daaaaaaan Gooooooooooooo .. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on Alex Len.
Not very high on him. He doesn't really have a great skill set IMO, no intangibles, no heart, desire or any fire. Isn't very tough, and for a bigass 7 fter who is going to protect the paint, you gotta be a tough, mean sob. He could end up like a Mozgov or Kufos, gets a few mins off the bench, comes in the game to just occupy spaceand foul, and give the starter rest. At best, I could see him being what Andrew Bogut is right now, ok starter, solid rebounding and defense, can score some in the paint. Just don't see the potential. Then again, I'm a heel so what do I know?
Charles Barkley's rolling over in his grave.
you mean chair?
Yea if you are comparing Bennett to Barkley isn't he your highest rated player? Over Porter who you liken to Loul Deng. If a Deng-type player is the best player out of this draft, it was as bad as everyone said.
Deng is a very good player, two-time all star. Solid, but an overrated (got 1 first place vote for DPOY) defender. Good length but has always struggled to move his feet and been awkward in his movement a bit. He has improved a great deal in those areas over time but still not the best at perimeter defense. I may be different than most Bulls fans but after watching him every night for the past 9 seasons you appreciate the hard work and everything he does on the court, but you're just left wanting more. I would like to see how many games in his career he has scored over 20 points. If the Bulls had a second option (no not you, Boozer) to go along with Rose, Deng would be an incredible 3rd option/role player. You can't count on Deng taking over a game, greatly due to his inability to create his own shot. So, I think you might be right with the Porter/Deng comparison.
Comparison is meant to show how they play, obviously if I was saying Bennett will have Barkley's career he would be the #1 guy.
Good job sir, TY.
None the less that bennett comparison is quite funny, cool and awesome,+ i really hope for otto, that he'll be a prince "at worst".
I've never seen him play but based on your analysis he sounds like he'll be better then mclemore. I'm excited to see him play! great analysis
* overall great analysis
thanks man! nicest thing I've heard all week.
@ Fandango...I really hope Jericho kicks your ass
Really good analysis, I'm high on Porter also, and I like how you have McCollum in your top 10. I'm a big fan of him also.
and ps. FAAAANDAAAANGOOOOO is the best thing going right now
I like the analysis overall, but I've never been a fan of the McLemore-Wes Johnson comparison. I know this comparison isn't saying he will produce like Wes (we all know if McLemore played a season with Rubio he'd average way more than 6 points a game) and I understand the comparison as far as similar inabilities to get their own shot and questionable assertiveness, but McLemore is a WAY better shooter than Wes and a far better all-around perimeter player than Wes IMO.
I know, it's not a great comparison to have, because Wes has been such a flop, but I think if McLemore turns out, he would be what Wes Johnson would be if he was good.
And IMO wes johnson was a very old junior, playing in the nba at age 23, Mc lemore is an old frosh(older than beal), but he will only be 20 in the nba, not the same ceiling, a little too much "guilty until proven innocent" in his case.
on KCP. Oladipo held him to 4-15. He may end up as a spark-off-the-bench guy, but he has little NBA value for 2-3 years.
Breathe in the A's
even if I disagree with some parts of your list I gave you +1 just because you are not shy to put your own opinion if this site where is all about negs lol