|1.||Anthony Davis 6-10 220 PF Kentucky Fr.||Conspiracy theorists are coming out of the woodwork on this one, the Hornets who are in the process of being sold by the league naturally win the lottery. Davis oozes upside and while he may not be an immediate star at the NBA level, most talent evaluators see a superstar in the making. His jaw dropping physical attributes combined with a competitive drive should allow him to overcome a lack of physical strength. If there is a "savior" in this draft, odds are it’s Davis.
NBA Comparison: Kevin Garnett
||Harrison Barnes 6-8 220 SF UNC So.||Whomever the Bobcats select will have their work cut out for them: living up to the second overall pick plus being asked to do the impossible and be the Bobcat’s savior. The MJ/UNC connection could very well come into play here. Barnes tourney meltdown has his stock down, but he’s our top small forward available for this year’s draft. After Davis, Barnes might be the surest bet in the entire draft class. The scenario with Drummond (who is our second rated prospect) joining Charlotte will almost insure that he ends up a bust.
NBA Comparison: Glen Rice
||Andre Drummond 6-10 260 PF/C UConn Fr.||Drummond is the one prospect from this year’s draft that has a chance to be even better than Anthony Davis. An absolute physical specimen, there isn’t a prospect on the high school/college level even close to matching his physical attributes (strength/athleticism). The risk potential is high as he could turn into a bust, as his passion for the game has been questioned and he didn’t put up monster stats as a freshman. A Wall and Drummond duo would be a fast and exciting one.
NBA Comparison: Amar’e Stoudemire
||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6-7 216 SF Kentucky Fr.||This pick could come down to a decision between Gilchrist and Beal. Kidd-Gilchrist was as good as any college player in the nation last year (including Davis). But he may get drafted too high and the expectations will be difficult for him to fulfill. He lacks upside due to his offensive shortcomings with mechanical kinks in his jumpshot. He shot below 20% from the field on jumpshots. Cleveland will have a difficult time selecting Robinson (if available) after taking Tristan Thompson at 4 last year.
NBA Comparison: Gerald Wallace
||Thomas Robinson 6-8 240 SF/PF Kansas Jr.||The Kings could take Robinson and play him at PF alongside Cousins. How tall Robinson measures will be a big factor in how high he gets selected. If he measures a legit 6’9 in shoes, look for him to get looks from 2 on down. If he measures in the 6’8 (in shoes) range, look for him to slide to the 5-8 range.
NBA Comparison: Derrick Williams
||Damian Lillard 6-2 190 PG Weber St. Jr.||While his point guard abilities are debatable, Lillard is a tremendous athlete with a wet jumpshot. He’s a late bloomer who has a work ethic that many high profile prospects are lacking. Portland is said to be high on Lillard and could shore up their PG position for years to come with Lillard.
NBA Comparison: Jay Williams
||Bradley Beal 6-4 207 SG Florida Fr.||The Warriors already have Klay Thompson, but could move him to the SF posiiton and put Beal at the 2. Beal had nearly identical shooting numbers as Eric Gordon in his freshman season. While he lacks the same freakish athleticism as Gordon, he is smoother and would form a formidable backcourt playing alongside Curry and Klay.
NBA Comparison: Eric Gordon
||Jeremy Lamb 6-5 185 SG/SF UConn So.||Like the Warriors, the Raptors already have a SG but would be able to move Derozan over to his more natural SF position. The Raptors are said to be high on Lamb and will consider him here if he’s available. Lamb gives them another talented prospect who could potentially play either wing position.
NBA Comparison: Reggie Miller
||John Henson 6-10 220 PF UNC Jr.||Joe Dumars loves length and Henson is sort of a Anthony Davis light in the length category. Pairing Henson with Monroe would be interesting as their skills would likely mesh well. Whether or not Henson will add the necessary strength to fulfill a top 10 selection is debatable.
NBA Comparison: Samuel Dalembert
||Terrence Ross 6-6 190 SG Washington So.||The Hornets already have Eric Gordon, but after adding Davis at 1, Ross gives them insurance in case Gordon’s injury problems continue. Ross is a talent with a legitimate chance to be the top SG prospect from this year’s draft class.
NBA Comparison: Eddie Jones
||Perry Jones 6-11 235 SF/PF Baylor So.||Jones is one of the draft’s real wildcards. A team could decide his lack of production and improvement was more of a product of Baylor and he’s worth a mid lottery pick. But the concerns about his motor could cause him to slide right out of the lottery. He would be an upside pick after taking Lillard at 6.
NBA Comparison: Tim Thomas
||Tyler Zeller 6-11 240 PF/C North Carolina Sr.||After moving Andrew Bogut in the trade that brought them Monta Ellis, Milwaukee would likely pounce on Zeller if he’s available here. Though Tyler has had injury concerns in his own right, he is younger and runs the floor exceptionally well, which would fit their jet quick backcourt.
NBA Comparison: PJ Brown
||Kendall Marshall 6-4 180 PG North Carolina So.||Marshall would be an excellent addition to an aging backcourt in Phoenix. Marshall’s ability to create shots for others gives him a great deal of potential. He’s the best passer that the college game has seen in years.
NBA Comparison Mark Jackson
||Austin Rivers 6-4 203 PG/SG Duke Fr.||The Rockts could look to deal Rivers if there was a team out there looking to trade for him (Boston?). They usually look for value with their picks and while there are a number of other options here and at 16, Rivers would be a solid addition.
NBA Comparison OJ Mayo
|15.||Arnett Moultrie 6-10 225 PF Miss St. Jr.||The Sixers are sitting in a great spot with the first non-lottery pick after making a deep run in the playoffs. They are in a position to add a quality player with solid depth in this year’s draft. They went big with Nikola Vucevic last year and could look to bolster their frontcourt once again with a player like Arnett Moultrie.
NBA Comparison: Jordan Hill
||Meyers Leonard 7-1 245 C Illinois So.||Meyers Leonard lacks the NBA readiness and polish of someone like Tyler Zeller, but scouts feel he has more upside. A team will need to be patient with him, and the Rockets have two picks and a diversified roster.
NBA Comparison: Robin Lopez
||Jared Sullinger 6-9 286 PF Ohio St. So.||Sullinger began the year as a projected top 5 pick, but failed to show much progress in his sophomore season and doubts began to creep in scout’s minds about his upside and dedication to staying in shape. He could be a steal at 17 for a team like Dallas, and a great fit with Dirk, as he has an extremely polished post game having led the Buckeyes to the Final Four.
NBA Comparison: Carlos Boozer
||Dion Waiters 6-4 210 SG Syracuse So.||Waiters is getting some lottery buzz and could end up going higher, but scouts are split on his upside and ability to fit an NBA position. He was the nation’s top 6th man and could be used in a similar role with the T-Wolves as an instant offense 2-guard off the bench.
NBA Comparison: Dominique Jones
||Moe Harkless 6-8 205 SF St. John’s Fr.||The Magic currently have the services of Dwight Howard, but how much longer that will be is unknown. They no longer appear to be legitimate contender so drafting for upside and the future could be their best option. Harkless is not expected to have an immediate impact, but could ultimately end up one of the top 10 players from this draft class.
NBA Comparison: James Posey
||Terrence Jones 6-9 241 SF/PF Kentucky So.||The Nuggets have a balanced roster and can look to add a best player available. His skills are a nice contrast to Danilo Gallinari as he is a better athlete with the ability to handle the ball and rebound.
NBA Comparison: Marvin Williams
||Royce White 6-8 260 SF/PF Iowa St. So.||Royce White has top 10 talent in this class but the concerns about his anxiety disorder will need to be addressed. White has the potential to play either forward position giving the Celtics added versatility.
NBA Comparison: Anthony Mason
||Andrew Nicholson 6-9 230 PF St. Bonnaventure Sr.||Nicholson is a late bloomer with a lot of upside left, despite being a senior. He came on late in the season leading the Bonnie’s to a surprise NCAA bid. He would give the Celtics a young bigman with offensive potential. The Celtics, with back to back picks may be thinking long term with a team that likely will be shaken up, if not dismantled.
NBA Comparison: Craig Brackins
||Jeffery Taylor 6-6 220 SF Vanderbilt Jr.||Taylor showed steady improvement throughout his college career. His defensive ability is what teams are most intrigued with. Taylor would be a nice back up to Josh Smith, whose longterm future with the team always seems to be in question.
NBA Comparison: Thabo Sefolosha
||Doron Lamb 6-4 195 SG Kentucky So.||Doron Lamb isn’t getting the love he deserves from teams and it appears that he will slip into the late first round on draft night. He could develop into a steal at 24 and Irving’s future running mate at the 2.
NBA Comparison: Cuttino Mobley
||Marquis Teague 6-2 190 PG Kentucky Fr.||The Grizzlies could use a backup for Mike Conley and while Teague struggled as a floor general at times at UK, he came through when it matter with a solid tourney showing. He’s got elite level speed and athleticism for a PG, similar to his brother Jeff who’s finding success with the Atlanta Hawks.
NBA Comparison: Jeff Teague
||Fab Melo 7-0 250 C Syracuse So.||The surprise team of the league this season, the Indiana Pacers, have been making some excellent moves in the draft over the past few years. Fab Melo could be a yin to Roy Hibbert’s yang offering defense and athleticism when Hibbert leaves the game.
NBA Comparison: Brendan Haywood
||Quincy Miller 6-8 205 SF Baylor Fr.||Q was once considered a top 5 player in a very strong high school class before tearing his ACL. He then looked like a shadow of his former self athletically as a freshman at Baylor. According to contacts, Miller has looked improved in workouts. While he plays the same position as LeBron and Battier, another wing with offensive ability would be a welcomed addition for Miami.
NBA Comparison: Austin Daye
||Evan Fournier 6-7 190 SF France 1992||Fournier might not be one of the top 30 prospects available in this year’s draft, but he’s got one key thing going for him: as an international player he can be stashed for a few seasons, and brought over when/if he can bring value to the team. Thunder GM Sam Presti knows all too well the value of stashing players having come up in the Spurs system, the team that wrote the book on stashing players in Europe.
NBA Comparison: Marco Belinelli
||John Jenkins 6-4 185 SG Vanderbilt Jr.||The Bulls have one of the league’s top sharpshooters in Kyle Korver. Imagine how difficult it would be for teams to account for both Korver and the nation’s top college shooter John Jenkins playing alongside Derrick Rose on the perimeter.
NBA Comparison: JJ Redick
|30.||Festus Ezeli 6-11 255 PF/C Vanderbilt Sr.||The Warriors would love to see a bigman like Ezeli available here at 30. They could use the toughness and blue collar approach that Festus brings to the table. While not an upside pick, Ezeli is a big body with a solid understanding of his role.
NBA Comparison: Mark West