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Updated: 6/26/14 1:15 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Andrew Wiggins

  1. Cleveland | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 19

1) Andrew Wiggins SF Risk: 5/10 Potential: 10/10 Wiggins entered his freshman year with several years of hype as the best prospect of this draft class and one of the best prospects since Lebron. Much of this hype stems from Wiggin's rare size and athletic gifts. These expectations were so high that they were practically impossible to meet. Jabari Parker made it seems worse, as his polished offensive game made Wiggins look unskilled by comparison. Wiggins, however, is the player who remains the better prospect. Although Parker is close to a sure thing as an offensive threat, Wiggins was just as dominant on the defensive end. The difference is that Parker looked amateurish on defense, but Wiggins offensive numbers, while inefficient, were still quite good and leave a great deal of room for optimism. Wiggins numbers from his freshman season are a mixed bag. He clearly has potential in every area of the game, but his offensive awareness was sorely lacking. He had roughly 19% usage, which is far below what is expected of a dominant scorer. Wiggins was completely lost in the Kansas offense. Part of this was due to poor guard play from his teammates. But his lack of aggression was a significant factor as well. CONCLUSION: Wiggins path to becoming a superstar will be a long one, so the team which drafts him must be patient, despite the high expectations which come along with a #1 pick. A stable focus on process over outcome in his early years will make a big difference. I would only pick him over Parker because his overall potential is a bit higher.
Jabari Parker

  2. Milwaukee | Jabari Parker | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | Duke | 19

2) Jabari Parker SF/PF Risk: 4/10 Potential: 9.5/10 Incredible size and scoring ability. The comparison to Carmelo Anthony is apt. Jabari Parker has been labelled a "tweener", but in today's NBA, that could be a good thing. I think he's a stretch 4. He has excellent size, with above average athleticism at 6'9". Considering his scoring and shooting ability, he should fit in very well at the 4 position. The biggest question mark for Jabari is his defense. He shows a low defensive IQ, and also poor lateral movement. Although he is athletic and long enough to get some blocks, his defense is disappointing. CONCLUSION: Of the elite prospects in this draft, Parker is the most polished. He is the least risky pick, projecting quite clearly as a Paul Pierce / Carmelo Anthony type. However, he is the least athletic of the elite prospects, and is the most one dimensional, so he probably has a lower ceiling than the others. It is more than a fair trade off, so Parker should be one of the top 2 picks
Joel Embiid

  3. *Philadelphia | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

5) Joel Embiid C Risk: 8/10 Potential: 10/10 By all accounts, Embiid is a generational talent at the center position. There is practically no area of the game in which Embiid has not shown the potential to excel. However, the navicular fracture which he suffered is a major concern. Injury concerns are particularly threatening to centers, and many players with size have been deterred by foot issues. Yao, Ilgauskas, Brook Lopez, and many others have had their careers swiftly shortened by the exact same injury. CONCLUSION: That said, Embiid was the clear top prospect in this draft, and still has the most upside. What follows is likely a binary outcome. Either the injuries ruin the next few years of his career, defeating the purpose of drafting him, or he will become healthy and turn into a great center. With the clear superstar prospects off the table, this is a nice spot for Embiid to be drafted.
Dante Exum

  4. Orlando | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 196 | PG/SG | Australia | 19

4) Dante Exum PG Risk: 7/10 Potential: 10/10 Dante Exum is the complete package. He shows ability in every aspect of the game. He is incredibly gifted from a physical standpoint, at 6'6" from the PG position with 6'9" wingspan. Jawdropping quickness. Strong ballhandling and shows an ability to create off the dribble that is rare. Clearly has court vision. High basketball IQ on both offense and defense. His biggest weakness at this point is the jump shot. This is crucial in today's NBA. However, he is very young, and has potential to improve in this area. CONCLUSION: For the sake of analysis, it would have helped if he played a year of college. However, the potential he has is very obvious. He is less of a risk because his athleticism, finesse, and IQ are all off the charts, with only his shooting as a potential issue. Exum's risk however, if much higher because of the lack of information. We simply do not know how good a defender he will be, or how he would have responded to higher levels of athletic competition. He will be a great pick. It could even be argued that he will have a nice discount on draft day because of he hasn't been tested against the best competition
Noah Vonleh

  5. Utah | Noah Vonleh | 6-9 | 247 | PF | Indiana | 19

6) Noah Vonleh Risk: 6/10 Potential: 9/10 Vonleh has tremendous size and athleticism. This extends to co-ordination. His movements are smooth and fluid. He has a hook shot with either hand Excellent rebounder on both ends of the court. (rebounding translates well to the NBA). He shows promise as a shooter, at 58% from 3, despite a very small sample size. Works hard on defense. Vonleh's biggest downside is a lack of basketball IQ and awareness on both ends of the court. Vonleh has all the raw athleticism and talent to be a great player, but it could take a long time for his decision making to allow him to utilize his skills . CONCLUSION: As such, he has a very high ceiling in this draft, but there is quite a large gap from where he is now to his full potential. Vonleh has similar potential to many of the high upside guards like Lavine and Payton, but in their worst case scenarios, I think Vonleh will be more valuable, since he will at least have an impact on rebounding, and as a finisher in the pick and roll. I would be happy to use a top 10 pick on him, but definitely not before Wiggins, Parker, Smart and Exum are off the board.
Marcus Smart

  6. *Boston | Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

3) Marcus Smart PG/SG Risk: 4/10 Potential: 9.5/10 Marcus Smart is a rock solid point guard and a leader. I think that Smart has been lost in all the hype of the top 4 prospects. Smart is a very low risk pick. He is very strong, and is an underrated athlete. He has great size at 6'4" for a PG. In many ways he is remiscent of Jason Kidd. Smart has truly elite defensive ability. Not only is he strong and athletic, but he has great anticipation. He could be a shut own defender on the next level. He averaged 3 steals per game, and that is one stat which translates well to the next level, and generally correlates with athleticism. The media made a big deal about his confrontation with a fan, but I thought it showed a competitive spirit and fire which is rare. Smart has potential as a scorer. He was able to get into the paint at will. He is very aggressive and finishes well at the rim. He is also very capable of seeing the floor an passing to open teammates. Smart's biggest weakness, similar to Dante Exum, is the jump shot. Although shot selection was also a concern, many of these issues will likely disappear as the talent level of his teammates improves and his shooting abilities rise. He also has turnover issues, which are largely a byproduct of being an inexperienced and aggressive point guard. CONCLUSION From a risk perspective, Smart has the highest basement level of any player in this draft. As such, I think he is one of he lowest risk prospects. He also has upside which would appear to be slightly below the level of Embiid, Wiggins, Parker and Exum. Smart has to improve his jump shot if he expects to become a star player, but he isn't that far from developing a good stroke. Some of his jump shooting problems may simply be poor shot selection, which he certainly must improve. I would not be surprised if a team selects Smart with a top 4 pick.
Julius Randle

  7. LA Lakers | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 20

10) Julius Randle PF Risk: 8/10 Potential: 9/10 Julius Randle has quite a unique profile. He is very quick for his size, and has an ability to handle the ball and create shots out of the isolation. He has an array of fakes in the post, and a good looking jump hook. However, his offense suffers from his lack of moves going to his right hand. He also has no jump shot. He shoots about 70% on FTs, so he may be able to develop a mid range shot, but at this point it is hard to expect much development in that area. Furthermore, he did most of his efficient scoring off put backs. Otherwise, he was fairly average in post up scoring and inside finishing. On defense, Randle's quickness can be very useful. He has good lateral mobility, and can defend the pick and roll well. I think he can develop and a one on one defender. However, he is not able to get blocks and steals, which limits his potential on this end. Randle is a strong rebounder, and this should be a dependable skill at the NBA level. CONCLUSION: Despite his limitations, Randle has the quickness and dribbling ability to develop into a star player. However, I think there is potentially a long road ahead for Randle to improve. There is also quite a bit of downside here, as Randle currently lacks either a jump shot or passing ability. This makes him a one dimensional player a the moment. If he can develop these aspects of the game, and it's possible that he can, the rest of his game (drives and post play) will open up and make him much more effective overall. I see Randle as a top 10 pick, but I would hesitate to draft him over Lavine or Payton, who think have a slightly higher upside, and a slightly higher probability of being stars.
Elfrid Payton

  8. Sacramento | Elfrid Payton | 6-4 | 185 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

8) Elfrid Payton PG Risk: 6/10 Potential: 9/10 Elfrid Payton is very similar to Rondo. It is clear that he as superior quickness, athleticism, rebounding, passing, ball handling, and defense. At a baseline level, he will be an excellent ball dominant PG who can penetrate and create shots for teammates. He will likely be a great defender and rebounder. However, his shooting is very poor, and will take time to develop. Considering the importance of shooting in the NBA, it's likely that Payton will go as far as his jump shot takes him. CONCLUSION: Because Payton excels in so many areas (defense, penetration, passing), he has a fairly high basement projection. He has the potential to be a star player if he is able to improve his shooting. Shooting is an essential skill, and is difficult to improve from the level at which Payton currently resides. Overall, I think he's worth the risk.
Aaron Gordon

  9. *Charlotte | Aaron Gordon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 19

13) Aaron Gordon Risk: 8/10 Potential: 8.5/10 It's hard not to like Gordon. He plays hard working, unselfish basketball. He has an excellent basketball IQ, with a tremendous defensive impact. He can guard on the perimeter and in the post. He's a solid rebounder. And he can pass the ball. The troubling thing is his offensive game. Aside from dunking the ball, he is very poor finisher at the rim, and has no shot to speak of. Also of a concern is his low steal and block rates. This does not make sense for a player of his athleticism. Gordon is huge risk because his lack of offensive game could keep him off the floor entirely. All of his current strengths could translate to the NBA, but his inability to score (in any way) will keep him on the bench. If Gordon was a 6'10" center, this woud not be an issue, since many centers provide enough value as interior defenders that the don't need much offense. But Gordon will play SF or PF. CONCLUSION: I think Gordon's best comparison is Andrei Kirilenko... but AK47 had good FTs at 77% as a rookie. Gordon shot 42% from the FT line. That puts a severe limit on his offensive potential. Another comparison is Marion. But Marion was a superior finisher on offense, and shot 73% from the FT line in his year in college. I really like Aaron Gordon, but there are tons of red flags, and I think teams should avoid drafting him with a top 10 pick.
Zach LaVine

  10. *Orlando | Zach LaVine | 6-6 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

9) Zach Lavine PG/SG Risk 7/10 Potential: 9.5/10 Lavine is a great prospect due to his length and athleticism. He is very quick and a great vertical jump. He also has some skills, with a fine ability to handle the ball, and excellent three point shooting ability. However, he is also very raw. Lavine is very dominant with his right hand, which causes problems on drives to the basket. He is also lacking in basketball IQ on both ends of the floor. These issues make Lavine a project SG. I believe Lavine is worth the risk because of his combination of shooting and athleticism. In isolation, shooting is the most important skill in the NBA. Lavine's ability to shoot from 3 gives him a very valuable strength from which to get playing time while he builds out the rest of his game. CONCLUSION: Although he is extremely raw, I think it's worth the risk in this case considering his shooting, defense and athleticism are such a great combination of established skills. I would be happy to use a top 10 pick on him. He is perhaps the ultimate boom or bust prospect.
Jusuf Nurkic

  11. *Chicago | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 20

16) Jusuf Nurkic C Risk: 7/10 Potential: 8/10 A broad shouldered 7 foot center from Bosnia, Nurkic is a dominant finisher in the paint. He is mobile, knows how to use his body, and has good footwork on hook shots, spin moves, and catches as the roll man. Gets to the FT line often, and shoots a decent 70%, which can improve with time. Excellent defensive rebounder with good timing and anticipation. His mobility is used well on defense, as he is excellent at showing on the P&R, and often can get steals with his quick hands. Nurkic's biggest weakness is his defensive positioning on the interior. He seems to have trouble with defensive fundamentals and is not a good one on one defender. He also has an almost non-existent vertical at around 23". His low minute totals also raise concerns about his conditioning. CONCLUSION: I think Nurkic is a player who shows potential, but my concern is that the competition he faced, and minutes played, may have hidden his limitations. I could see him as a Pekovic, with better mobility on defense, but the potential issues of conditioning and lack of jumping ability could make him a complete non-factor in the NBA. I think that he is a good pick near the end of the lottery.
Gary Harris

  12. *Philadelphia | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Michigan St. | 20

17) Gary Harris Risk: 6/10 Potential:8/10 Harris comes into the league as a scorer from midrange and 3pt shots. He is a decent 3pt shooter at 35%, but was hurt by shot selection. He is an excellent spot up shooter, and pull up shooter. Unfortunately, he doesn't show much else on offense. He doesn't have exposive athleticism or length, so it's difficult to see how his slashing game will evolve much in the NBA. HIs inability to create offense limits his potential. Harris a gritty defender who is strong everywhere on the court, but particularly on the perimeter. It's unclear if his physical limitations will prevent him from being an elite defender on the next level. Harris should be able to get minutes in the league, as his shooting ability and defense are solid enough to warrant minutes. CONCLUSION: Harris should be able to grind out a role for himself, and this limits his downside. However, his lack of athleticism, size, and creativity with the ball limit his upside. Harris should be a late lottery pick.
Nik Stauskas

  13. *Minnesota | Nik Stauskas | 6-6 | 207 | SG | Michigan | 21

11) Nik Stauskas Risk: 5/10 Potential: 8.5/10 Stauskas is a lethal offensive player. Not only does he have an elite jump shot, but he has developed an ability to score off the dribble. He creates for both himself and his teammates. Although many scouts question Stauskas' foot speed, he was excellent in the Draft Combine agility drills. Watching him play, it is evident that he is quite quick on his feet, and capable of creating shots. The downside for Stauskas is his defense. His awareness and fundamentals on defense are sorely lacking. CONCLUSION: I consider Stauskas to be a low risk when you consider the value of his shooting ability. At minimum, he is likely to reflect JJ Redick's value, with more upside as a playmaker. It is not absurd to imagine him as a Klay Thompson type of player. Stauskas may be a poor defender at this point, but he at least has average athleticism, which is a far less dire situation than some other players who simply don't have the quickness to keep up with their man. As such, Stauskas is low risk, with strong potential to be an impact player on offense, along with average defense. I think Stauskas would be an ideal pick for any team with a need for shooting on the wing, but it would be ideal for Stauskas to be developed as shot creator as well.
Doug McDermott

  14. *Phoenix | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Creighton | 22

14) Doug McDermott Risk: 7/10 Potential: 8.5/10 He may not be explosive, but he is no Adam Morrison. McDermott proved at the NBA Combine that he is at least an average athlete, in both vertical and speed tests. This season and last season, McDermott shot the lights out, but he did more than just come off screens and use ball fakes. McDermott was exceedingly crafty about making cuts and getting open. He shows an ability to put the ball on the floor, and post up as well. He scored efficiently in ALL of these ways, which raises the odds that his offense will translate in the NBA. CONCLUSION: His ceiling is fairly high if he can improve his defense. Even league average would go a long way to building confidence that he can be a star player. I certainly think that he can be a star with his considerable shooting and scoring ability, as long as he is not a major liability on defense. Unfortunately, it seems likely that he will struggle in a major way. I think he is worthy of late lottery selection
Dario Saric

  15. *Atlanta | Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 20

7) Dario Saric SF/PF Risk: 7/10 Potential: 9.5/10 Saric has potential in every area of the game. He has great length, combined with fluidity and decent quickness. Although he may end up as a 3, I think it's more likely that he ends up as a stretch 4, who may not be quick enough to defend 3s but could create matchup problems for slower power forwards. He seems to be a hardworking player who looks to share the ball with his teammates. While I think that his passing skills are overstated (he turns the ball over frequently), he certainly has court vision. There is no doubt that he has excellent basketball IQ overall. His shot is a work in progress, but it is showing steady signs of improvement. He has a great handle for a player his size (he was once a PG). His basketball IQ also transfers to the defensive end, where he shows excellent anticipation for steals and blocks. His biggest weakness at this point is his defensive positioning, both in the post and on the perimeter. CONCLUSION: I think Saric has a very high upside because he shows potential in every aspect of the game. He has the length, quickness and basketball IQ to make improvements in the long run. He also has less downside than some of the other prospects because of his years of experience in the adriatic league. I would not hesitate to use a top 10 pick on him. Since Saric has just signed with a Turkish team for 2 years, an NBA team will have to wait 2 years for him to come over. For many teams this will hurt his value, but it actually increases his value for a team which would prefer to be patient and develop players in a rebuilding effort. A team like the Philadelphia 76ers could take him at #10 and "tank" again this year. It would be interesting if they pick both Embiid and Saric, as this would be an obvious tanking strategy. This also applies to a team like the Nuggets who are in transition but have many players to give minutes to on their roster, or a team with multiple picks like the Magic, Celtics or Suns.
TJ Warren

  16. *Denver | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 220 | SF | NC State | 21

15) TJ Warren SF/PF Risk: 7/10 Potential: 8.5/10 Perhaps not an explosive athlete, but an above average one. He was one of the highest usage players in the NCAA, an scored efficiently, shooting over 50% FG. His game consists of cuts, put backs, midrange shots and a surprising number of runners, of which he scored at an excellent 49% clip. Clearly, he has a diverse face up game. Warren did not shoot efficiently on his jump shot, but part of this was poor shot selection and a tendency to take early 3 point shots which were well contested. He has decent form, and the range to develop a stroke from anywhere on the court. His midrange shot is already decent enough to be used at the NBA level. Warren is also excellent at anticipating passes and getting steals. He is great in transition, so these are nicely linked skills. One of the biggest concerns with Warren is that he is undersized for PF, but not quite quick enough for SF. However, he is a fairly mobile player with a lot of strength. It's possible that he will become a good PF defender with time. It's not hard to see him turning into a stretch 4 if he can improve the consistency of his shooting form. I think that Warren is a good prospect because he is coming out as a sophomore, where he improved considerably over his freshman year. He also has a diverse range of skills which can all be improved, allowing his game to grow. CONCLUSION: Although Warren is strangely limited to the face up game, he excels at is as well. I think he can eventually turn into a stretch 4, which makes him a great pick in the late lottery.
Kyle Anderson

  17. *Boston | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 21

19) Kyle Anderson SF Risk: 8/10 Potential: 8/10 Slo Mo is a perfect nickname for Kyle Anderson. He appears to be going in slow motion. The question: Is he actually going slow? or is he just so smooth and long that we can't tell how fast he's moving? I think that both of these factors are at play. Anderson expanded a versatile offensive game in his sophomore year. His defensive rebounding is superb, especially considering that he was the primary ball handler for UCLA. He racked up assists, and showed an ability to create off the dribble. However, with his speed, the translation of his penetrating moves to the NBA is very worrisome. Anderson shot the ball very well in his sophomore year, 48% from 3, but he has a slow release, and was shooting over much shorter players. He also only took 58 total 3s, so the sample size is a concern. I think he has good form and can become a shooter. CONCLUSION: Kyle Anderson has a very unique profile, but he is considerably risky because of his lack of explosiveness. He is a very poor defender, despite getting some steals due ot his length. His lack of ability to guard in the post or on the perimeter will prevent him from getting minutes as he is developing. Anderson's lack of athleticism, small shooting sample size, and non-existent defense make him a high risk pick, but these factors also limit his potential. I would avoid drafting him inside the lottery
Rodney Hood

  18. *Phoenix | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 208 | SF | Duke | 22

Rodney Hood SF Risk: 5/10 Potential: 7/10 I see him as a less athletic Rashard Lewis. He can come in and shoot both in spot up and off the dribble immediately. Unfortunately, Hood is quite a poor defender, with a low steal rate as well. Given the importance of shooting, Hood will almost certainly be a useful player, but his upside seems quite low because of his defensive issues. I would avoid drafting him until late in the first round.
Adreian Payne

  19. *Denver | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

Shabazz Napier PG Risk: 7/10 Potential: 7/10 His potential is considerably lower than many of the other prospects because he is a senior. Furthermore, to be a starting PG in today's NBA, a player must be truly elite. There are only a handful of teams in the league without Star point guards. Napier is an excellent PG in isoation and out of the pick and roll. He is also an excellent shooter. Unfortunately, he also struggles mightily with finishing in the paint, and this will have even more impact in the NBA. CONCLUSION: I see Napier as a solid PG, but with limited upside. He should not be drafted until late in the first round.
Clint Capela

  20. Toronto | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF/C | Switzerland | 20

12) Clint Capela PF/C Risk: 8/10 Potential: 9/10 I see Capela as a similar case to Serge Ibaka. Capela is very athletic and smooth. He has strong timing on blocks and can change the game on that end with his length. Where Ibaka showed potential as a shooter, Capela seems to have a gifted touch in the post. He shot 74% on cuts and 65% on put backs. He should be an excellent option as the roll man, which has increased importance in the modern NBA. CONCLUSION: Capela comes with a ton of risk, but it's limited compared to many of the other PF/C prospects because he can make big impact without developing his jump shot. Game changing interior defense is a rarity in the league, and interior defenders with Capela's quickness and touch around the basket are even more rare. I think that Capela is worthy of a lottery pick.
James Young

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 19

20) James Young SG Risk: 9/10 Potential: 8.5/10 An intriguing prospect. He is very raw. Makes tons of mistakes on defense, did not show an ability to create his own shot off the dribble, and is inconsistent overall. However, he flashed star potential in his freshman season. He has a huge wingspan, and occasionally made highlight reel plays which suggest a player who simply has not learned to use his physical gifts. He has good mechanics with his shot, but is still somewhat inconsistent. CONCLUSION: Although he is a major boom or bust prospect, he has a lot of potential for late in the first round.
Tyler Ennis

  22. Memphis | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 20

18) Tyler Ennis PG Risk 6/10 Potential: 8/10 Ennis has a very interest profile coming into this draft. He is perhaps the only pure point guard in the first round of the draft. He was a masterful floor general, with a miniscule 9% turnover percentage. Part of this is because he makes the easy pass, but further than that, he makes the early pass. Some point guards rack up assists because they only pass on the drive and kick or drive and dish. Ennis, on the other hand, is perfectly happy pass to the open teammate very early in the possession. Ennis has mediocre athleticism. He has an average vertical, and is not particularly quick. He has a good handle, but is not very adept at penetrating on the isoation and creating his own shot. He relied on floaters, and shot a poor percentage. He didn't take many jump shots, and shot a middling percentage. However, the shot looks fundamentally sound, and it is not hard to see potential improvement. He shot a respectable 77% at the FT line. CONCLUSION: Athough the stats do not suggest a player with star potential, it's possible that Ennis' value will be much higher on a team with more talent. I can see him as similar to a Jose Calderon, a PG who is pure basketball IQ and finesse.
Jordan Adams

  23. *Utah | Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 209 | SG | UCLA | 20

Jordan Adams SG Risk 6/10 Potential: 7.5/10 Adams is an exceptional cutter and finisher. He was one of the best scorers, but almost all of them came from these situations. He lacks an ability to create his own shot, and he lacks the athleticism to beat anyone with his first step. His lack of explosiveness is also evident on the defensive end. Adams also has a good 3 point shot, and does get a lot of steals. He may lack atheleticism, but he makes up for it with hustle and awareness. I like Adams, but I fear that his upside is limited due ot his physical tools
Glenn Robinson III

  24. *Miami | Glenn Robinson III | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Michigan | 20

Glenn Robinson III SF Risk: 9/10 Potential: 8/10 Unbelievable phsyical tools, but he slumped badly in his sophomore year. His attitude and competitive spirit are highly questionable. Perhaps worthy of a second round pick.
Jordan Clarkson

  25. Houston | Jordan Clarkson | 6-4 | 186 | PG/SG | Missouri | 22

Shabazz Napier

  26. Charlotte | Shabazz Napier | 6-0 | 175 | PG | UConn | 23

Shabazz Napier PG Risk: 7/10 Potential: 7/10 His potential is considerably lower than many of the other prospects because he is a senior. Furthermore, to be a starting PG in today's NBA, a player must be truly elite. There are only a handful of teams in the league without Star point guards. Napier is an excellent PG in isoation and out of the pick and roll. He is also an excellent shooter. Unfortunately, he also struggles mightily with finishing in the paint, and this will have even more impact in the NBA. CONCLUSION: I see Napier as a solid PG, but with limited upside. He should not be drafted until late in the first round.
Cleanthony Early

  27. *Phoenix | Cleanthony Early | 6-7 | 210 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

Cleanthony Early SF Risk: 5/10 Potential: 7/10 Early has limited risk, but also limted upside. He can shoot the ball well and is quite solid in most aspects of the game.
Jerami Grant

  28. LA Clippers | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 214 | SF | Syracuse | 20

Jarnell Stokes

  29. Oklahoma Cty | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 20

Jarnell Stokes PF Risk: 6/10 Potential: 7/10 Stokes lacks the length and quickness that usual comes with high upside prospects. He is an excellent rebounder, and this skill will translate to the NBA. I can see him as a Reggie Evans type player who plays solid defense, and in addition has some strong post moves. He has an excellent hook shot. If he is able to translate these skills to the NBA, I think he'll be a reliable role player, but it's difficult to foresee much more than that.
Bogdan Bogdanovic

  30. San Antonio | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 22

PJ Hairston

  31. Milwaukee | PJ Hairston | 6-5 | 228 | SG | USA | 22

21) PJ Hairston SG Risk: 8/10 Potential: 8/10 Hairston is a knock down shooter. He lit up the D-league last year. Altough he is not a shot creator, he takes 3s in volume, and makes a strong percentage of them. Since he will not need to adjust to the NBA 3 point line, this is a highly reliable indicator of what he can do in terms of spot up 3 shooting in the NBA. He is also an excellent finisher in transition, using his length and strength to get to the basket and draw fouls. CONCLUSION: outside of the lottery, Hairston becomes an intriguing pick. I think he's an excellent value late in the first round
CJ Wilcox

  32. *Philadelphia | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 201 | SG | Washington | 23

Dwight Powell

  33. *Cleveland | Dwight Powell | 6-11 | 235 | PF | Stanford | 23

Spencer Dinwiddie

  34. *New York | Spencer Dinwiddie | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | Colorado | 21

KJ McDaniels

  35. *Memphis | KJ McDaniels | 6-6 | 196 | SF | Clemson | 21

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  36. *Milwaukee | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-6 | 205 | SF | Greece | 22

Thanasis Antetokounmpo Risk: 9/10 Potential: 8/10
DeAndre Daniels

  37. *Toronto | DeAndre Daniels | 6-8 | 195 | SF | UConn | 22

DeAndre Daniels Risk: 9/10 Potential: 8/10
Vasilje Micic

  38. Detroit | Vasilje Micic | 6-6 | 202 | PG | Serbia | 20

Nick Johnson

  39. *Philadelphia | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 198 | SG | Arizona | 22

Markel Brown

  40. *Minnesota | Markel Brown | 6-4 | 185 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

Mitch McGary

  41. Denver | Mitch McGary | 6-10 | 266 | C | Michigan | 22

Artem Klimenko

  42. *Houston | Artem Klimenko | 7-0 | 245 | C | Russia | 20

Khem Birch

  43. Atlanta | Khem Birch | 6-9 | 209 | PF | UNLV | 22

Damien Inglis

  44. *Brooklyn | Damien Inglis | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | France | 19

Semaj Christon

  45. Charlotte | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 186 | PG | Xavier | 22

Semaj Christon PG Risk: 8/10 Potential 8/10 At first glance, he as a similar profile to Elfrid Payton. He has good size for a PG, and is quick. However, Christon is not nearly the penetrator, passer or steal manufacturer that Payton is. Christon has a bit more potential with his shot, going 38% from 3 on limited attempts, but his FT% is below 70%, and this suggests that Christon will struggle with his shot. Christon has fantastic potential for a late first round / early second round pick.
Johnny O'Bryant

  46. *LA Lakers | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-8 | 257 | PF/C | LSU | 21

James McAdoo

  47. *New Orleans | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 21

Walter Tavares

  48. *Atlanta | Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 22

Alessandro Gentile

  49. Chicago | Alessandro Gentile | 6-7 | 230 | SG/SF | Italy | 22

Cameron Bairstow

  50. Phoenix | Cameron Bairstow | 6-10 | 252 | PF | New Mexico | 24

Jabari Brown

  51. *New York | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 22

CJ Fair

  52. *Philadelphia | CJ Fair | 6-8 | 218 | SF | Syracuse | 23

Deonte Burton

  53. *Minnesota | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 193 | PG/SG | Nevada | 23

DeAndre Kane

  54. *San Antonio | DeAndre Kane | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Iowa St. | 25

Ojars Silins

  55. *Charlotte | Ojars Silins | 6-9 | 210 | SF | Latvia | 21

Andre Dawkins

  56. *Orlando | Andre Dawkins | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Duke | 23

Alec Brown

  57. Indiana | Alec Brown | 7-1 | 231 | PF/C | Wisconsin Green Bay | 22

Cory Jefferson

  58. *Philadelphia | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Baylor | 24

Nemanja Dangubic

  59. *Brooklyn | Nemanja Dangubic | 6-8 | 195 | SG | Serbia | 21

Joe Harris

  60. *Brooklyn | Joe Harris | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Virginia | 23