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simmons Ben Simmons 6-10 230 SF/PF LSU Fr. Simmons comes into the season as the odds on favorite to be the number one pick. He has been rated at or near the top of this class for several years now. He has a star quality and seems to embrace the limelight, as he allowed LSU to use his likeness to market the team’s ticket sales and upcoming season. Comparing him to LeBron is obviously optimistic and aggressive, but there hasn’t been a player in the past 12 years with the package of size, strength and playmaking ability as similar to King James. He has the size and strength to play the four, and the playmaking ability to facilitate the offense with the ball in his hands like a point guard. Skal Labissiere or Jaylen Brown could potentially make a run at the top pick, but at this point, the 2016 draft is Simmons’ world. NBA Comparison: LeBron James
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skal Skal Labissiere 7-0 215 PF/C Kentucky Fr. Labissiere has made an astonishing improvement to his body and game over the past year. At this time a year ago, he was a rail thin rising senior with decent touch who was generally rated somewhere in the top 5-10 in his class, but his improvement in his body and game really raised his profile. He improved so much that some scouts, citing his size, favor him to be the top pick over Simmons. At Kentucky, he will benefit by playing under Coach Cal, who has shown an ability to showcase his player’s best qualities, while masking their deficiencies. Skal’s ability to shoot and play in the post make him a no brainer as a top 5 pick, and the fact that he appears to have the ability to easily add 30 pounds without losing any mobility means he’ll be able to play both post positions. NBA Comparison: LaMarcus Aldridge
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jaylen Jaylen Brown 6-7 225 SF/SG California Fr. Despite losing some of the hype surrounding him heading into the showcase games, Brown remains some scouts pick as the top overall prospect in the entire freshman class. He’s a physical specimen with incredible strength and athleticism. He absolutely wowed a gym full of NBA scouts over 3 days in Treviso, Italy, in the Summer before his senior season of high school, playing against European top level 20-21 year olds. He did seem to struggle some with consistency and shooting last season. He made a surprising decision to go to Cal, and, along with Ivan Rabb, figures to make them one of the most intriguing teams to follow this season. NBA Comparison: Jason Richardson
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jones Damian Jones 7-0 245 C Vanderbilt Jr. Jones is a physical specimen with great size and athleticism. He’s a bit of a late bloomer as he enters his junior season without having completely broken out and performed to his ability. At the Nike Academy he matched up with Jakob Poeltl and outperformed him in front of numerous scouts. His 7-foot frame and 7-foot-2 wingspan give him ideal center size. He just needs to develop a little more swagger and intensity on the court. Having him this high is certainly going out on a limb, but he has the talent to rise up into the top 5 if he has the break out season he’s capable of having. NBA Comparison: DeAndre Jordan
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ingram Brandon Ingram 6-9 195 SF Duke Fr. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact Ingram can make at Duke in his freshman season. He’s an extremely talented wing prospect with incredible length and shooting ability. He’s still got a ways to go in terms of adding strength and becoming consistent. Strength will help him to finish as well as not getting bullied on the defensive end. While he’s not on the level with Durant from a talent standpoint, his game and dimensions are extremely similar. NBA Comparison: Kevin Durant
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murray Jamal Murray 6-5 205 PG/SG Kentucky Fr. Murray, like Labissiere had a huge senior season punctuated by his Hoop Summit performance in which he took over for the World Select team along with Simmons and Skal proved himself as one of the elite prospects in the entire class. There are still some questions about his ability to be a full time PG, but with leadership, scoring ability and high level size and athleticism, Murray has the talent to be a top 5-10 pick. NBA Comparison: Chauncey Billups
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bender Dragan Bender 7-0 215 PF Croatia 1997 Bender got caught up in shoe wars over the summer and was unable to perform in the U19 and U18 National team events. It was a shame because he appeared primed to be the standout performer in those events and solidify his status as one of the top prospects for the 2016 draft. Instead he’s more of an unknown, but has built up a big reputation in past events in his age group. At the June, 2015 adidas Eurocamp he struggled some to utilize his great speed and scoring ability, but his age was surely a factor facing players 3-4 years older than himself. NBA Comparison: Toni Kukoc
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sabonis Domantas Sabonis 6-10 240 PF Gonzaga So. Look for Sabonis to have a breakout season at Gonzaga, and possibly even be in the running for a first team All American spot. He is not an above the rim athlete, but he has solid athleticism and a terrific skill set and feel for the game. He only knows one way to play and leaves it all out on the floor every time out. He had an eye opening performance, getting the upper hand on Jahlil Okafor in their match up in the NCAA tournament. While his Dad is one of the league’s greatest international players, it’s obvious he has a natural love for the game that wasn’t forced upon him. NBA Comparison: Luis Scola
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rabb Ivan Rabb 6-10 220 PF California Fr. Long considered one of the top prospects in his class, Rabb even was a near consensus top player of the class at point during his high school career. Rabb had some injury problems (foot) going into his senior year but finished strong. He’s been working hard in the weight room and added a good deal of strength this offseason. Rabb has nice touch and the ability to create baskets in the post as well as knock down mid range shots. He could have a big freshman season at Cal. NBA Comparison: Chris Bosh
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cheick Cheick Diallo 6-9 220 PF/C Kansas Fr. Diallo is a high motor kid with tremendous length, 7-foot-3 wingspan. He should be an instant contributor on the boards and on defense for Kansas. His offensive game remains remedial, but he’s worked hard at adding a nice hook shot and better fishing ability in the paint. He’s a player that should improve as the season goes along. Whether he’s ready to be a one and done lottery pick remains to be seen, but the talent is there. NBA Comparison: Kenneth Faried
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poeltl Jakob Poeltl 7-1 240 C Utah So. While Poeltl disappointed scouts, struggling over the Summer at the Nike Academy event, look for him to bounce back quickly with a strong season in the Pac 12. He’s good at finishing plays in the open floor as he’s very fluid and has great feet. He still has a ways to go in polishing his offensive game. But his potential as a two way player and ability to be a rim protector makes him very intriguing. NBA Comparison: Bill Wennington
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newman Malik Newman 6-4 185 SG Mississippi St. Fr. Newman is a polished scorer and fearless player. He’s proven himself on the International level as one of the premiere players in his age group, winning MVP of the USA U17 Team that won gold in Dubai. With tremendous speed to get by opponents and a polished pull up J, Newman is able to overcome a size disadvantage to be an effective scorer. Word is he will play point guard at Mississippi State, however most view him as a shooting guard for the NBA level. NBA Comparison: Monta Ellis
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dunn Kris Dunn 6-4 205 PG Providence Jr. It was a bit of a surprise that Dunn decided to return to school as a number of scouts had him pegged as a mid first rounder had he entered the 2015 draft. Dunn led the nation in assists and shows great size and defensive ability at the point guard position. His speed and athleticism are good but may be a little overrated. He also doesn’t seem to be challenged much by the level of backcourt talent in the Big East. NBA Comparison: Antonio Daniels
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levert Caris LeVert 6-7 205 SG Michigan Sr. LeVert enters the season as one of the top senior prospects available. He’ll look to bounce back after missing nearly his entire junior season with a broken foot. LeVert is a solid athlete with good size for the 2 guard position. With quality offensive skills, excels in passing and setting up teammates off the dribble. While not a superstar athlete, his intensity and determination make him highly effective. NBA Comparison: Doug Christie
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jeanne Jonathan Jeanne 7-0 210 C France Intl. Jeanne is still a couple years from being NBA ready from a physical standpoint, but he his wiry strength and a willingness to play physical that you don’t normally see from skinny, young guys. He’s got elite level size and athleticism and is extremely fluid even drawing some comparisons to a young Tyson Chandler. He is eligible to enter and has an aggressive agent but has started he will wait until 2017 before entering his name. With lottery level talent, he may be too difficult for teams to pass and may receive a mid first round promise and enter. Stay tuned. NBA Comparison: Samuel Dalembert
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simmons Ray Smith 6-8 190 SF Arizona Fr. Smith is coming off an ACL injury so it is a bit risky to put him this high, this soon. He returned to action in May after missing nearly 10 months and looked impressive. The skill level and talent is there for him to become a one and done lottery pick. He just needs to improve his strength and handle the jump to the college game. Arizona doesn;t have a standout talent returning, so it’s possible he could come in and instantly be the man in Tucson. NBA Comparison: Sean Elliott
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yabusele Guerschon Yabusele 6-8 260 PF France 1995 Yabusele is a late bloomer who impressed scouts at the 2015 adidas Eurocamp in Rewviso, Italy. He’s an undersized 4 but shows some combo ability with his ball skills and outside shooting ability. For a player with such tremendous body strength, he’s actually quite nimble. He shows good anticipation playing passing lanes and surprising body control to stop and start and not bowl over opponents when attacking. While lacking ideal power forward height, his 7-foot plus wingspan allows him to play bigger. NBA Comparison: Gary Trent Sr.
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<strong>New Orleans</strong>
korkmaz Furkan Korkmaz 6-7 175 SG Turkey 1997 Korkmaz is a wiry guard with an advanced offensive game for his age. He has already begun to prove himself on the senior level at a young age and should be able to add facets to his game as he gets stronger. He’s a good leaper, having won dunk contests and shows solid explosiveness. He’s not incredibly quick, so defense and creating shots against high level athletes could be a challenge. NBA Comparison: Marco Belinelli
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buddy Buddy Hield 6-4 215 SG Oklahoma Sr. Hield is a kid with a terrific attitude and a polished skill set. He is a dangerous offensive talent showing the ability to score as well as facilitate. He’s on the small side at 6’4, but has long arms and a strong build. One of the top seniors in the country, Hield could make a run at National Player of the Year honors. NBA Comparison: Bobby Phils
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briscoe Isaiah Briscoe 6-3 215 PG/SG Kentucky Fr. Briscoe and Jamal Murray should form a potent offensive backcourt for the Wildcats. Isaiah is a combo with a bag of tricks offensively and good length and athleticism for a combo guard. He’s very confident and shows solid leadership ability. Proving that he can efficiently play the point guard position will be beneficial for his one and done draft hopes. NBA Comparison: Randy Foye
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quarterman Tim Quarterman 6-6 190 SG/PG LSU Jr. Quarterman has a lot of talent but needs to become more disciplined with his decision making. He’s a legitimate point guard with excellent size and athleticism. He’s very long and fluid in the open floor, he shows a lot of versatility. He’s proven to be a very competitive kid and could really shine with such great talent surrounding him this season. NBA Comparison: Shaun Livingston
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bacon Dwayne Bacon 6-6 210 SG Florida St. Fr. Bacon is a high flying 2-guard with an intriguing skill set. He’s got excellent size for the position and a solid body already. He enters a Florida State program that isn’t known for showcasing "one-and-done" freshmen. And it will be interesting to see to what kind of opportunity Leonard Hamilton gives Bacon to sizzle. NBA Comparison: Latrell Sprewell
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stone Diamond Stone 6-10 255 C Maryland Fr. Stone will get plenty of opportunities to impress scouts playing on a Big Ten squad picked by many as the #1 team heading into the season. Stone has a good understanding of the game with nice touch and foot work. He’s not the quickest or most athletic big, but he’s got great size and length, with a big frame and the ability to move players around in the paint with his strength. His upside isn’t tremendous, but he shows an advanced all around game for his age and should be able to be an instant impact freshman. NBA Comparison: Nazr Muhammad
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wallace Tyrone Wallace 6-6 200 SG/PG California Sr. Wallace is an intriguing player as he possesses NBA athleticism and the ability to play some at either guard position. A strong defender who proved last season he could run the point position and make good decisions. He biggest flaw right now is his inconsistent outside shot. Although it has shown improvement over his college career, he’ll need to continue to improve upon it in order to maximize his abilities. NBA Comparison: Nick Young
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pope Malik Pope 6-9 210 PF San Diego St. So. Pope is an extremely tantalizing prospect due to his size, strength and skill level. He has had injury woes in the past but showed bigtime flashes as a freshman. One of his best attributes is his versatility to face the basket and attack the glass with his surprising ball handling ability. If he can add consistency to his game and become an impact player on a regular basis, he could shoot up draft boards. NBA Comparison: Bruno Caboclo
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zim Stephen Zimmerman 7-0 235 C UNLV Fr. Zimmerman stayed home to play at UNLV and should have an instant impact for the Runnin Rebels. He’s got a solid offensive repertoire and a body that should allow him to continue to get stronger. He needs to become more aggressive and added strength should allow him to handle contact better. He’s got the touch to continue improving as a scorer, and a solid understanding of post play. NBA Comparison: BJ Mullens
27. t matthews EC Matthews 6-5 190 PG/SG Rhode Island Jr. Matthews is a sleeper who hasn’t really played up to his true ability at Rhode Island. He was the break out performer of the 2014 adidas Nations showing very good ability to attack the rim along with surprising athleticism. His efficiency at Rhode Island has been concerning as he’s not protecting the ball or shooting at an efficient rate from the floor. How much of that can be attributed to defenses being able to collapse on him is up for debate. But Matthews is a first round talent if he can put things together and play to his abilities. NBA Comparison: Kirk Hinrich
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<strong>LA Clippers</strong>
robinson Devin Robinson 6-8 180 PF/SF Florida So. Robinson is a top shelf run/jump athlete and has really developed his mid range shot. If he has a consistent year shooting the ball, he could find a spot in the first round. Scouts have criticized his ability to defend the wing position and consider him a likely undersized power forward, which neutralizes his intrigue to a degree. NBA Comparison: Jonas Jerebko
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<strong>Atlanta</strong>
ellenson Henry Ellenson 6-10 245 PF/C Marquette Fr. Ellenson is a big with good offensive skills and range on his shot. He’s got a sturdy frame and solid run/jump athleticism. He was a bit of a late bloomer as he burst onto the scene late in his high school career, and some recruiting analysts are extremely high on him. He may in fact need more time before entering the draft but could certainly climb up the draft board if he proves to be ready to be an impact player from the start. NBA Comparison: Cole Aldrich
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troy Troy Williams 6-7 200 SF Indiana Jr. Troy Williams is a freakish athlete with a high motor. He still needs to gain better control of his offensive game and cut down on turnovers and wild shots. But his above the rim athletic ability and potential makes him a first round possibility. His shot remains in need of major improvement. But his form isn’t a total disaster. He just needs to add better decision making and continue to gain confidence and consistency in his shot. NBA Comparison: Matt Barnes
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28 Comments

  1. Henry Ellenson is a top ten
    Henry Ellenson is a top ten pick and has literally no similarities to Cole Aldrich. He is a true four who can stretch the floor, but his best skill is pushing the ball after getting a rebound which Aldrich would never be able to do. One of Ellenson’s weaknesses is post defense but that is Aldrich’s strength.

    • Race Based Comparison

      Providencefriars1: For some unknown reason, Aran Smith feels compelled to compare white guys only with other white players (the opposite is true for black guys). Even if it means dragging up names like Bill Wellington, Toni Kukoc or BJ Mullens who are no longer in the NBA.

      I never saw H. Ellenson play but I’m not surprised to learn there’s no real comparision to Cole Aldrich. If Ellenson’s a stretch four, obviously he has nothing in common with Aldrich who is a cumbersome center. This kind of bizarre racial comparison happens all the time on this site. 

       

      • He’s not really a stretch
        He’s not really a stretch four but he certainly isn’t one of those bulky defensive oriented centers. He has a little Markieff Morris in his game but handles the ball more

  2. Henry Ellenson is a top ten
    Henry Ellenson is a top ten pick and has literally no similarities to Cole Aldrich. He is a true four who can stretch the floor, but his best skill is pushing the ball after getting a rebound which Aldrich would never be able to do. One of Ellenson’s weaknesses is post defense but that is Aldrich’s strength.

    • Race Based Comparison

      Providencefriars1: For some unknown reason, Aran Smith feels compelled to compare white guys only with other white players (the opposite is true for black guys). Even if it means dragging up names like Bill Wellington, Toni Kukoc or BJ Mullens who are no longer in the NBA.

      I never saw H. Ellenson play but I’m not surprised to learn there’s no real comparision to Cole Aldrich. If Ellenson’s a stretch four, obviously he has nothing in common with Aldrich who is a cumbersome center. This kind of bizarre racial comparison happens all the time on this site. 

       

      • He’s not really a stretch
        He’s not really a stretch four but he certainly isn’t one of those bulky defensive oriented centers. He has a little Markieff Morris in his game but handles the ball more

  3. Some of these NBA comparisons

     Some of these NBA comparisons are way off,why do you even bother doing them so long before the draft. If you compare Jonathan Jeanne to Samuel Dalembert,I assume you never watched a single highlight of him,let alone a game. (I’m not even saying he’ll be better than Dalembert,guys can bust,just the physical profile/style of play is so different)

  4. Some of these NBA comparisons

     Some of these NBA comparisons are way off,why do you even bother doing them so long before the draft. If you compare Jonathan Jeanne to Samuel Dalembert,I assume you never watched a single highlight of him,let alone a game. (I’m not even saying he’ll be better than Dalembert,guys can bust,just the physical profile/style of play is so different)

  5. Please stop with the

     Please stop with the comparisons. They’re awful. Even if you provide a nice little description in the caption, you almost assuredly ruin it with a ridiculous player comparison.  Just stop.  You’re not good at it.

  6. Please stop with the

     Please stop with the comparisons. They’re awful. Even if you provide a nice little description in the caption, you almost assuredly ruin it with a ridiculous player comparison.  Just stop.  You’re not good at it.

  7. From what I’ve seen of bender

     From what I’ve seen of bender (which isn’t really that much) he’s much closer to pao gasol than kukoc in terms of playing style.

    I still think Lamar Odom is a good baseline comparison for Simmons. I’m not saying he won’t have a better career than Odom but I can pretty much guarantee that he won’t be as good as lebron.

    Lol at the poetl-wennington comparison

     

     

  8. From what I’ve seen of bender

     From what I’ve seen of bender (which isn’t really that much) he’s much closer to pao gasol than kukoc in terms of playing style.

    I still think Lamar Odom is a good baseline comparison for Simmons. I’m not saying he won’t have a better career than Odom but I can pretty much guarantee that he won’t be as good as lebron.

    Lol at the poetl-wennington comparison

     

     

  9. I cannot see how Brandon

     I cannot see how Brandon Ingram can be compared to KD and only at number 5 on the mock draft. If he was anywhere near KD’s level he’d surely be at least number 2 on any mock draft.

     

     

     

     

  10. I cannot see how Brandon

     I cannot see how Brandon Ingram can be compared to KD and only at number 5 on the mock draft. If he was anywhere near KD’s level he’d surely be at least number 2 on any mock draft.

     

     

     

     

  11. the ellenson and Aldrich
    the ellenson and Aldrich comparison is completely awful. Also, one of Ben Simmon’s best strength is his court vision and while he’s not a 1 hes certainly a point forward that you can run your offense through, which is what LSU is planning to do with him this year.

  12. the ellenson and Aldrich
    the ellenson and Aldrich comparison is completely awful. Also, one of Ben Simmon’s best strength is his court vision and while he’s not a 1 hes certainly a point forward that you can run your offense through, which is what LSU is planning to do with him this year.

  13. Ben Simmons

    Court vision is the part of Simmons game that does warrant comparison to LeBron.  He is a terrific passer of the basketball and looks to get his teammates involved – a great quality in any player.  But, he is not LeBron James.  LeBron is quicker, stronger, far more explosive and way more comfortable changing direction with the basketball in his hands.  LeBron has never been much of a shooter, but even at the high school level looked far more comfrotable shooting from the outside than Simmons.  Simmons is a very good athlete with size.  But, by NBA standards, he is not a supreme athlete.  LeBron James is the most gifted physical specimen possibly of all time in any sport.  I watched Simmons play in person at the HS championship game at MSG.  I was most impressed by his basketball IQ, but was not blown away by his physical gifts.  He had a few plays where I saw flashes of a dynamic athlete, but not "take over the game" athleticism play in and play out.  Right now, he simply doesn’t have the requisite ball-handling skills to take NBA level athletes off the bounce consistently.  On top of that, his jump shot needs a lot of work.  He didn’t even seem comfortable spotting up at the high school level three point line – this is a major issue that is not discussed enough when evaluating him.  All in all, he is a very good prospect and seems like a good kid who will work extremely hard and maximize his talent.  Multiple time all star?  Most likely.  MVP?  Highly doubt it with his skill set – he just won’t score enough points.  Guys like DeAndre Ayton and even Dennis Smith Jr. have more upside to me.

  14. Ben Simmons

    Court vision is the part of Simmons game that does warrant comparison to LeBron.  He is a terrific passer of the basketball and looks to get his teammates involved – a great quality in any player.  But, he is not LeBron James.  LeBron is quicker, stronger, far more explosive and way more comfortable changing direction with the basketball in his hands.  LeBron has never been much of a shooter, but even at the high school level looked far more comfrotable shooting from the outside than Simmons.  Simmons is a very good athlete with size.  But, by NBA standards, he is not a supreme athlete.  LeBron James is the most gifted physical specimen possibly of all time in any sport.  I watched Simmons play in person at the HS championship game at MSG.  I was most impressed by his basketball IQ, but was not blown away by his physical gifts.  He had a few plays where I saw flashes of a dynamic athlete, but not "take over the game" athleticism play in and play out.  Right now, he simply doesn’t have the requisite ball-handling skills to take NBA level athletes off the bounce consistently.  On top of that, his jump shot needs a lot of work.  He didn’t even seem comfortable spotting up at the high school level three point line – this is a major issue that is not discussed enough when evaluating him.  All in all, he is a very good prospect and seems like a good kid who will work extremely hard and maximize his talent.  Multiple time all star?  Most likely.  MVP?  Highly doubt it with his skill set – he just won’t score enough points.  Guys like DeAndre Ayton and even Dennis Smith Jr. have more upside to me.

  15. These comparisons are just

     These comparisons are just lazy. I don’t even know why I read the scouting reports. The forum gives better insight on each players skillset and career projection than the scouting reports. Sabonis/Scola, Dunn/Daniels, Briscoe/Foye, Stone/Nazr, Wallace/Young, Ellenson/Aldrich.

    These are just players they look like for the most part.

     

  16. These comparisons are just

     These comparisons are just lazy. I don’t even know why I read the scouting reports. The forum gives better insight on each players skillset and career projection than the scouting reports. Sabonis/Scola, Dunn/Daniels, Briscoe/Foye, Stone/Nazr, Wallace/Young, Ellenson/Aldrich.

    These are just players they look like for the most part.

     

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