Who do you think will be the Steals in the upcoming draft ?
For me these two guys stand out that could go in the second round.
Fab Melo - The guy is Huge skilled an athlete and a good post defender.
Royce white - First time watching him I thought he was the PG of the team. That is 6'7 atleast 235 pounds slightly above average athlete.
Darius Johnson Odom if he gets drafted. Reminds me somewhat of Ben Gordon. Plus i like his work ethic and DJ has come a lonnnng way as a baller. I'm happy for him
darius miller, quincy miller, john jenkins, will barton. not small names but they all have the potential to be big time scorers in the nba and will probably be drafted second round
Doron Lamb, Tony Mitchell (North Texas), and Andrew Nicholson
1st round: Terrence Ross predicted to go 19. This may sound crazy, but I believe he could be the best shooting guard in this draft class. He has ideal size at 6-7 and very good athleticism. His shooting improved this season and he hit a little over 2 a game. The only thing he's lacking is advanced ball handling. He showed how good he can be at the end of the season with 4 straight games of over 20 points, and I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes an all-stat.
2nd round: Mike Scott predicted to go 43. Mike Scott doesn't have ideal size at 6-8 or athleticism at the power forward position, but players like him have been finding a niche in the NBA lately. Scott has a very nice well-rounded game offensively and can post his man up and back up down and finish with a hook or step back with a pretty fadeaway. He also has a very impressive mid-range game, and if he can expand his range out to 3 he can be that more valuable. Best case scenario for him is Paul Milsap, but more likely he'll be a solid contributor off the bench for a number of years (which wouls be be very good for a 2nd round pick considering their lack of success).
I aslo think Terrence Ross could be the best Sg in the draft hopefully his handle comes along. I'm hoping my Celtics draft him and Perry Jones since these two can slip to us.
He's undersized but he is a phenomenal athlete. He explodes to the rim and always goes up strong and throws it down with authority. His aggressiveness will make up for his lack of positional height. I see a poor man's K-Mart.
Draymond Green- Possibly the most "skilled" player in this draft. He has major red flags with his build (6'6 240), first step, leaping abillity, and shooting off the dribble, or in the post. His bread and butter comes from his set jumpshot, outstanding playmaking ability, abillity to get loose balls, crash the boards, lead his team, and be an energy type player. Although he is ball dominant I think he would be a great player to play with a shoot first PG. He would be a very good SF, PF tweener off the bench for a team with a score first PG and interior presence.I dont see why he should slip into the 2nd round at all, he is a perfect fit for Orlando who desperately needs a PG in this draft but also needs a forward just like Green pretty badly, Oklaholma who could really use Green as a guy to mix it up a bit with the lineup, and Chicago where the interior passing is so important within their game, and the team or help defense is always present Green would have a hard time not suceeding.
i agree that mike scott could really be a steal in the 2nd round like dejaun blair with a few years ago with the spurs. good mid-range shooter and a 4 year college player. could provide a nice spark off the bench for someone.
big names: PJIII is likely to slip far enough to prove to teams that he shouldnt have. I dont know if Harrison Barnes will slip or how far but I think anywhere outside the top 5 is a definite steal for him.
true steal: Darius Miller. If Meeks and Bogans have been successful, then there is no reason why Miller shouldnt. Miller is better than both I think, but who is going to take a chance on him in the 1st round?
gut feeling: Hollis Thompson - this is a guy that can and if given the right opportunity will be a better scorer in the NBA than he was in college. Speaking purely on jumpshot, he looks like a young T-Mac. 6'8", wiry, long, good lift and release, hard to bother from 3pt range. I could see Thompson ending up on a roster like the T-Wolves and making a guy like Wes Johnson expendable. With his ballhandling and defense being WIP, he is best suited to play where there is not much pressure for him to develop, but could end up being a deadly offensive player in the league in 2 or 3 years.
You guys are dreaming if you think PJ111 will slip out of the lottery.
Darius Miller seems like he could be a steal, and for Lamb to slip out of the top 10, that's a steal for whoever drafts him.
This guy is a NBA athlete with a decent jump shot. He can end up being the team lockdown defender to guards the other teams guards with athleticism and long arms. I can see him being a Tony Allen type of guy.
Anybody the spurs pick
I agree about Mike Scott too. He definitely wont get much love because he is "old" for one. Speaking of old...the "ancient" Bernard James could be a steal as well.
Michael Snaer is this years version of Iman Shumpert in the ACC. The difference is, Shumpert is comfortable at the PG position and creating off the dribble where Snaer is not. Snaer is a much less erratic player though, as far as shooting and ballhandling. The similarities? They are both explosive athletes with length that really get after it defensively. I dont know if Snaer will come out, but he could be just like Shumpert in the fact that he will be projected low then rise before draft time. If I were a GM and I had a really good PG, say like the Wizards for instance....I would love to get MKG and pick up Snaer early in the 2nd round. Could also be a good late 1st round pickup for a team like the Sixers (Collins would love him) or the Cavs.
I know T.A. was pissed when Travis Leslie said he was better than him before he got drafted....but looking closely, seriously....I dont see how Snaer is not better than Tony Allen. Definitely better than Leslie because Snaer can handle a little and shoot a lot better. Snaer is a tenacious defender but he is simply a better 2-way player because of the range on his jumpshot and his passing ability.
Snaer handle and shooting could be above and beyond better than Leslie and Tony. Those two aren't known for that. However I don't think he is as good of an athlete as those two. Damn I recall him being highly ranked coming into college and being mention as the top SG.
most mocks have him going in the second but I see him as a first round talent
Tony Allen before he got hurt had Freak hops, people wanted him in the dunk contest like Shannon Brown. Watch him now he will always jump and land with two feet and you can tell he is scared to get up.
Royce White, or Tony Wroten, or Jae Crowder.
That were projected as lottery picks last year but stayed in school have gotten hammered on this site for doing so... Some of them are going to slip further than I think is deserved.. I think the big 4 of them are Barnes, P. Jones, T. Jones and Sullinger... granted they might not slip enough to be considered a steal... I agree with the thread poster that Melo has a lot to like, but I think he is going to shoot up the draft boards once teams realize that he is more athletic and bigger than some of the other C prospects, so he may be projected as a steal, but will prob get drafted close to the range he should be. Royce is one of those high risk-high reward types that is projected to go late in the draft, so he could be a steal as well. Green is another one who could make a difference, but is projected late... the question for both of those players is weight and or athleticism for the next level.
What about D. Lamb from Kentucky ? he can spot up, and make his own shot off the dribble, plus set some teammates up decently.. he is a little undersize/weight, but no one is talking about him right now and he is shooting near 50% from 3 in two years at KU
Jeff Taylor, probably one of the best athletes from the draft, probably one of the better defenders from the draft, and after his great season probably one of the better shooters from the draft.
This guy will be an nba starter and an important team piece for someone in 1-2 years
Jeff Taylor has to be in the right team or play with a passing first point guard because he isn't able to get his own offence. If he is asked to do more than shoot a open look and defend it isn't going to go well.
Well he was playing with a non pass first PG this year and did it pretty well besides the turnovers, anyway he will be a better player playing for an nba team where he won't have to carry all the offense. And I dind't say he will be a Kevin Durant, but he will be a starter in this league and an important player for his team. I see him having an impact similar to what Chandler Parsons is having for the rockets (something I predicted before last years draft as well)
Royce White, eventhough he has his issues, he's learnt to manage it, if his anxiety was such of a big deal, he would've buckled against UCONN and he would've most certainly folded against Kentucky but he was easily one of the better performers in both matches, he was more of a match for Terrence Jones who really struggled against White.
Iowa State has White listed as 270lbs which is mind blowing considering his natural ability and quickness, he's probably closer to 255lbs, we'll see how he turns out in the combines, i also doubt he'll get as much freedom then he did at Iowa State, but he could be a serious threat in the post due to his vision, he'll need to be drafted with the team that has the right coach, because he's going to need attention, if ignored he could really struggle, i was hoping the Spurs would land him due to the Popovich factor but they don't currently have a pick in the first round.
Talent wise, he's top ten , i actually think he's better then Moultrie who this site has him listed at seven, i touched on how he's able to manage his condition, often in interviews, he's very laid back and even jokes around despite being the most nervous guy in the room. I think he'll overcome his fear of flying, he'll have to because NBA players travel alot.
I also like, Wroten, Buford and Barton.
Acy and Q Miller in the second round is a steal.
I'm glad Snaer is finally getting some love, he and Barton are my two sleepers to be steals if they get drafted to the right team. Snaer is like a poor man's MKG, he defends like a maniac, is smaller, can handle, is less athletic but has the same intangibles and weakness. Barton's limitations are purely physical, teams are scared of his skinny frame, but ask Kevin Durant how important weight is when you've got length, athleticism and aggression in spades. While Barton isn't quite as long as Durant, he's still got great length for his position, and his rebounding numbers are evidence that he punches above his weight, so to speak.
Ideal landing points:
Snaer; Charlotte - team in desperate need of a culture change and Silas develops guards who work hard, Boston - would form a great defensive backcourt off the bench with Avery Bradley and play that Tony Allen role for them, Wizards - Jordan Crawford is nice, but Snaer is on a higher level defensively and they need more guys dedicated to winning, reuniting Snaer with Singleton would be an added bonus, Toronto - shallow at the 2-guard spot and Casey would love Snaer's attention to the defensive side of the ball, Los Angeles - they could use a stopper at the 2 to spell Kobe, and he'd be a steal in the second round. Essentially, Snaer could be a great role player for a lot of teams.
Barton; Charlotte - a team which needs a few second-round steals to help their rebuilding project, they already sold off Jeremy Tyler inexplicably, but Barton has huge upside and if MJ takes an interest in developing him along with Silas he could earn himself a starting spot the next time Henderson goes down with injury, Boston - again they could use a guy with length and athleticism with upside to speed up (or avoid) their rebuild, if Allen sticks around after this season he could mentor Barton to help his shooting woes the way he did Michael Redd, Lakers - could really flourish if Kobe mentors him, Minnesota - while he's somewhat reminiscent of Corey Brewer, he is a playmaker at the 2-guard and could form a nice backcourt off the bench with Barea. Like Snaer, he could really flourish in the right situation, but I'd say he has a higher ceiling with a lower floor.
Darius Johnson Odom, JAe Crowder, Malik Waynes
Kinda crazy to call a top 5 pick a steal but whoever gets Beal will be very happy. The talent is the top 5 is very loaded and someone has to fall to 5 and whoever does is getting a fantastic player.
I would've said CJ McCollum before Lehigh's upset win over Duke, but that victory brought some attention, such that he could no longer be considered underrated or "a steal." I'm thinking Brevin Knight; serviceable starter, solid, consistent, nothing special, not an All Star, but capable of producing 14-15 points, 6-7 assists, and knocking down a good percentage of mid-range jumpers in the NBA (when given opportunities due to injuries of others) for 10-12 years or so.
Scott Machado hes a solid athlete and is just a natural playmaker close to the level of Kendall Marshall. He also can score defend and shoot i think he will be a great backup point guard on a contending team and maybe even a starter.
1.Ian Miller-Even though he came off the bench,averaged only 2 asts a game and missed half the season.He might go in the lottery if he comes out..Scouts are comparing him to Russell Westbrook..
2.Bernard James-Age is a major reason why he's not being mentioned as 1 of the top centers in this draft,scouts dont believe he has much upside...He's a little unpolished on offense,but he defends the post better then alot of nba centers..No way this guy should get pass Miami's in the late 1st round...Becuz he's exactly the type of player they need...
3.Nemanja Nedovic-A 6'3 combo guard,plays alot like Goran Dragic...
5.Alec Brown-7'3 center from Wisconsin Green Bay
Rudeboy, I thank you. You're the only person besides me who has mentioned Nedovic as a steal. This kid IMO has been compared to a Euro Westbrook, but the way he plays is far more similar to an elite athlete Goran Dragic, which based on how a lot of posters here feel about Dragic, I see that as a lottey level get potentially in the mid-late second. A friend on another site actually said a shorter Rudy Fernandez in comparison and that his handle is what is holding him back from first round-lottery draft position. But he and Taylor are actually the guys I think could end up steals in the draft at pg, Darius Miller Hollis T at sg, Draymond Green/Kevin Jones at the 3/4, Quincy Acy/Drew Gordon pf, Robert Sacre or Festus at the 5.
really like Robbie Hummel too. damn good player. reminds me of another guy who was slept on at every level but succeeded....Matt Harpring.
back to Michael Snaer. he is an elite athlete at the next level. as good as T.A., Travis Leslie, probably not.....but he is not that far off and he is long too. He is definitely not a the freak that Shumpert is, but still....with the athleticism he does have, he is an excellent player with improved shooting and range. I think his biggest issue is, he is a tad undersized and cant really create offense off the dribble.....something that Shumpert can do because his handle is more advanced than Snaer. As a knock down shooter, Snaer can be that.
I still think Tyshawn Taylor is going to be a steal. He gets no love basically.
Hummel might slip into the late 1st round,if his injuries prove to be history... I saw Nedovic play in person last year when i went to visit some friends that play in the euru-league and was blown away how quick he was..My friends were telling me about this kid,how he could be on a nba roster soon..He's a much better athletic then people think,and a shifty ball handler... Tayshawn Taylor has no playmaking skils,cant shoot and too turnover prone..I doubt if he gets drafted....Playing at Kansas is the only reason why he's being mentioned as a prospect... Dee Bost could be a sleeper,Lorenzo Brown will be a slepper if he comes out.. Drew Gordon might slide to the 2nd round,he could be a steal.... Gibbs of Pittsburgh will surprise people...