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2012 NBA Draft: Sorting Out The College Players

Anthony Davis is the draft's best player, but Royce White (left) may be a lot closer to the top group than most people know.With the 2012 NBA Draft just around the corner (Thursday, June 28), here's an examination of all likely first-round selections and a few notable second-rounders. They are ranked roughly in order of their possible contribution to a winning team at the next level, but the system and teammates many of these players get dealt into will make or break their careers, making this a fairly fluid list, moreso the further you get down it. I’ve focused my comments on the college players since I know significantly more about them than the internationals.

This list will be updated multiple times before the draft, including the addition of more players each time.


Future Centerpieces

Teams could/should build around them as one of their key players. They should be in the All-Star (or All-NBA, All-Defense) discussion most seasons. (Ex: Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin)

1. Anthony Davis (PF/C, Kentucky, freshman)
As we already know, Davis is an un-freakin-believable defensive force of nature who can anticipate and alter shots from virtually anywhere in the halfcourt. He’s a very good rebounder, and although he’ll never be a team’s Option A on offense, he converts a very high percentage of his shots (62%) because he’s so active on the offensive glass for quick putbacks, converts alley-oops overtop of opponents on set and broken plays fairly regularly, and generally doesn’t do anything stupid with the ball that will result in a bad shot. If you’re looking for a comparison, think a higher ceiling version of Marcus Camby or Tyson Chandler.

2. Thomas Robinson (PF, Kansas, junior)
Great strength, size, athleticism, and energy allow Robinson to be an absolute beast on the boards, a skill that will undoubtedly carry over to the NBA. Although he will never be a 25 ppg type of scorer, he proved last year that he can be a first option on offense on the low block, and he’s developing a much better feel for how to score from the mid-range, already displaying above-average ball handling moves to get to the rim. His defense should be an asset in the league because of his physical attributes and an active motor.


Reliable Starters

They could probably start for most clubs. They’re a big part of their team’s success, just not the major reason. The positive aspects of their games undoubtedly outweigh the negative. (Ex: Kevin Martin, Luol Deng, Nene)

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF, Kentucky, freshman)
MKG is the ultimate hustle player whose impact on his club goes far beyond whatever stats he puts in the books, although it’s not uncommon to see him have 2 or more offensive rebounds, steals, and blocks all in the same game. His size and motor make him an Artest-esque defender, plus his unbridled aggression can net him powerful in-traffic dunks, free throws, and fastbreak buckets. His attitude and intensity make him a coach’s dream. Concerns: weak outside shot limits his offensive impact, will never be a “time to take over” scorer

4. Tyler Zeller (C, North Carolina, senior)
Zeller’s game is a lot more subtle and valuable than most fans are aware. He’s a no-frills offensive player who uses muscle and determination to establish favorable position and fight for baskets (and he’ll sprint on the break), plus his rebounding has improved by leaps and bounds over the last couple years to the point it’ll be a true asset as a pro. Where he doesn’t get his due is on the defensive end, where Zeller is one of the smartest big men in terms of always being in the best position to contest baskets by the opponents, whether it’s his man or driving wings, which significantly helps his team’s defense. Concerns: average to below-average length and athleticism limit his ceiling

5. Kendall Marshall (PG, North Carolina, sophomore)
Pretty much no matter where Marshall gets drafted, he’ll be a steal. Putting specific skills aside and only considering one’s overall impact on a team’s offense, Marshall is truly in the Jason Kidd/Rajon Rondo/Andre Miller mold of uber-smart game managers who improves the team’s offense far better than virtually any other PG out there. He doesn’t score much or have a go-to skill to become a good scorer, but his IQ running the offense and putting teammates in the best positions to score is far more rare than most fans are acknowledging, which is the big reason UNC’s talent-heavy offense always fell apart without him. Concerns: his non-elite quickness will be an issue for driving into the paint and defending speedy NBA point guards


Role Players, “A” Level

They will have a fairly defined role on just about any team they play for, maybe even as a starter. They have their limitations, but what they do well is enough to make most fans happy without having too high of expectations. (Ex: Anthony Morrow, Marcin Gortat, Nicolas Batum)

6. John Henson (PF, North Carolina, junior)
Henson’s length, athleticism, and anticipation allow him to be a phenomenal shot blocker in every situation (man-to-man, switching onto guards on pick-and-rolls, from the weak side). He’s a springy rebounder who grabs more than his fair share, and his moving-toward-the-rim-without-the-ball scoring capabilities can be a great asset within the right system (off pick-and-rolls). Concerns: overall scoring skills are underdeveloped, has no shot outside of 8 feet from the hoop (51% FT), skinny and weak even after “bulking up” to 220 pounds

7. Royce White (PF, Iowa State., sophomore)
White has an extraordinarily rare set of skills that makes him the most versatile player in the draft. He’s a load to handle on the low block due to his bulk and footwork, can create for himself and others off the dribble like a guard (ridiculously good passer and dribbler for a big man), and he bangs hard for boards at a very high rate. He’s active and capable on the defensive end and reacts well to challenges; White actually outplayed Anthony Davis when their clubs faced off in the tourney. Concerns: could struggle defending particularly tall or quick PF’s, needs to develop a better jumper, has had weight/conditioning issues, anxiety disorder/flying issues, had legal troubles in the past that to his credit truly seem to be behind him

8. Jared Sullinger (PF, Ohio State, sophomore)
Using brute force, great ball skills, and advanced footwork, Sullinger is a handful to stop from putting the ball in the hoop and getting to the free throw line. He’s becoming a much better shooter away from the basket, he’s a very strong rebounder, and he can be an intelligent defender. Concerns: being slow and heavy footed raises questions about his potential against taller or stronger NBA bigs, missed games due to back pain [Update already: this could be a symptom of something really bad], questions about his drive when facing a truly challenging opponent could be damning if at all true, seemed to be more dominant as a freshman, his rebounding was not elite

Jae Crowder is this draft's Kenneth Faried; everyone will retroactively known how good he was going to be.

9. Jae Crowder (SF/PF, Marquette, senior)
Crowder is the Kenneth Faried/Kawhi Leonard of the 2012 Draft, so here’s your fair warning. He works harder than everyone else and his team way overachieved in the killer Big East. He’s extremely smart both with and without the ball, can spot up all over the place (posts up quite well for his size), is a phenomenal passer, and is the most disruptive and versatile defender in the draft. With the highest level of hoops IQ and strength you could want from a SF, he is determined to shut any and everyone down—or simply steal the ball—and continually forces opponents into bad shots. Crowder understands his role/limitations and how to fight for the little things that lead to team success as well as anyone in the league. Concerns: can’t create offense for himself at the NBA level due to less than elite speed and so-so handles, lacks great athleticism and offensive talent, small-ish (6-feet-6), rebounding can be inconsistent

10. Jeffery Taylor (SF, Vanderbilt, senior)
Taylor is a shutdown defender due to his excellent build, foot speed, and determination. Through hard work, he’s become one of the best spot-up shooting SF’s, and his awareness and athleticism make him a threat to cut to the hoop for easy points from the weakside or on the fast break. He’s unselfish and doesn’t force the action. Concerns: terrible ball handler, cannot create out of the mid-range, has had well-documented confidence issues that occasionally manifest themselves in long disappearances on the court

11. Scott Machado (PG, Iona, senior)
Machado is a ridiculously talented and efficient passer who excels at orchestrating an offense on the run. Although not a great scorer, he improved his shooting percentages significantly in his senior season (50% FG, 40% 3FG) and is plenty comfortable as a secondary option (14 ppg). Machado has had some big games against big-name opponents. Concerns: his defense is a major concern as he is short (6-1) and hasn’t looked particularly good in man-to-man D in college, lacks the elite quickness needed to be a true break-down-the-D creator

12. Doron Lamb (SG, Kentucky, sophomore)
Lamb can fill it up from deep in a big-time way (48% career 3FG) in a variety of ways, plus he uses intelligent moves with the ball to get himself looks inside the arc (particularly mid-range jumpers). When called upon to play spot-duty as a PG, he’s unselfish and takes care of the rock. Lamb’s defense is noteworthy because of his solid fundamentals and effort. Concerns: lacks elite physical skills, not good finishing at the rim, won’t expand beyond defined role

13. John Jenkins (SG, Vanderbilt, junior)
Jenkins is an amazing long-range shooter (44% 3FG last year and career) who can get his shot off quickly against anyone even under pressure (often vs. double-teams Lamb never faced) – no reason to believe he won’t remain one of the elite of the elite jump shooters at the next level. He has decent defensive fundamentals. Concerns: poor athleticism, underwhelming passer and rebounder, can’t create moving to the basket, will have trouble guarding most NBA guards

14. Mike Scott (PF, Virginia, senior)
Scott is a rather versatile scorer, displaying hustle and smart moves on the low post and a good all-around face-up game in the mid-range, including a very good jumper. He shows a great motor on the boards, and he intelligently uses his strength on the defensive end. His attitude and intangibles are considered top-notch, and he’s a hard worker. Concerns: small for PF (6-feet-8) so he is somewhat limited scoring inside, non shot blocker, sub-par athlete, multiple ankle surgeries, turns 24 in July

15. Andrew Nicholson (PF/C, St. Bonaventure, senior)
Nicholson’s low-post moves are very advanced and earn him very high shooting percentages and regular trips to the free throw line. In addition, he’s become very good at both shooting and creating for himself from the mid-range and perimeter, making him the most intriguing scoring big man in the draft. He has the length and anticipation to be a good shot blocker (2.0 bpg for career), and many scouts think he has a lot of room to improve considering he didn’t play until his junior year in high school. Concerns: poor passer and gives up a lot of turnovers, underwhelming rebounder - lacks consistent fight and toughness for boards, needs more strength and drive on the defensive end

16. Will Barton (SG/SF, Memphis, sophomore)
Utilizing good body control and length, shifty moves, dramatically improved shot selection, and a more-than-adequate jumper, Barton is a great scorer. He’s an unbelievable rebounder out of the backcourt (8 rpg), and he’s more than willing to start the fastbreak after clearing the glass. Pretty good passer and wing defender. Concerns: very weak and skinny, decision-making can be inconsistent - especially from deep, it can’t be emphasized enough how damaging his slight build (which indicates trouble putting on muscle) could be to his future at both ends of the court

17. Terrence Ross (SG/SF, Washington, junior)
Ross is most comfortable and skillful scoring on jump shots from the mid-range on out beyond the arc, which he could be even better at in the NBA since he won’t receive much attention as a role player. He combines the size, aggression, and overall athleticism to be a terrific defender. Not only that, he’s a very good rebounder out of the backcourt, decent passer, and does well scoring above the rim off lobs and offensive boards. Concerns: doesn’t have the dribbling ability to be even an average slasher, relies on size and speed to do too much (low hoops IQ?), although a decent passer he’s a non-creator with the ball, lacks consistent shot selection

18. Kyle O’Quinn (C/PF, Norfolk State, senior)
O’Quinn has the best combo of long arms and strength among the draft’s big men. During college, he’s been a big-time shot blocker, very good rebounder, and did a great job making his shots and getting to the free throw line. He’s shown some ability to knock down jumpers, and he’s plenty aggressive, plus he generally retained decent rebounding and shot blocking numbers against big schools. Concerns: lack of athleticism hurt him against most big-name opponents (especially on offense), trouble guarding big men on the perimeter, lacks consistent focus and good results on his jumper

19. Jeremy Lamb (SG, UConn, sophomore)
Lamb is a very good outside shooter, catch-and-shoot shooter, and mid-range creator when he’s not forcing up questionable shots. He has the unbelievable wingspan and good lateral speed to become a disruptive defensive wing. Concerns: proved this year that he doesn’t have the passing/vision or discipline to be a #1 scorer with the ball in his hands a lot, his energy and leadership/chemistry were all over the place this season for a severely underperforming team

20. Arnett Moultrie (PF/C, Mississippi State, junior)
Moultrie combines big man size and length with top-end athleticism, quickness, and a developing jumper (78% FT, 8/18 threes), so the hype machine is in full effect leading up to the draft. He’s a very strong rebounder and finishes quite well off the ball (alley-oops, offensive put-backs), and his fundamentals on the defensive end have progressed well. He can beat slower defenders with a quick first step, and his motor/drive has been decent. Concerns: severely raw low-post offensive game, non shot-blocker (0.8 bpg in 36 minutes), doesn’t really affect team defense at all, needs better consistency, needs more strength to prevent being backed down

21. Drew Gordon (PF, New Mexico, senior)
Gordon maximizes his athleticism and effort on the glass, where he is a phenomenal rebounder. He’s a decent finisher at the rim, and he looks like he should be able to develop a jumper that commands respect at some point. Gordon is a serviceable defender due to his athletic skills and motor. Concerns: unreliable back-to-the-basket scorer, poor jumper (currently), will never be great scorer or defender


Role Players, “B” Level

They have their moments, but their seasons/careers lack consistency. Often their success will be based heavily on what teams and situations they’re part of. (Glen Davis, Daequan Cook, Randy Foye)

Anyone else concerned that "sharpshooter" Bradley Beal's best skill in college was rebounding?

22. Bradley Beal (SG, Florida, freshman)
Billed as a sharp-shooting 3-point specialist who can create for himself with smooth, intelligent, change-of-pace moves and who rebounds at an extraordinarily high rate for a guard (6.7 rpg), Beal’s potential value is obvious. His attitude and work ethic are both considered quite good. Excellent anticipation skills on defense. Concerns: his ho-hum shooting numbers (45% FG, 33% 3FG, 77% FT) and passing numbers (2.2 apg vs 2.1 tov) don’t predict NBA success, lacks great athleticism and quickness.

23. Harrison Barnes (SF, North Carolina, sophomore)
Barnes is a very good catch-and-shoot scorer from the mid-range on out, and his on-the-ball D is both fundamentally sound and aided by great length and intelligence. He’s competitive, high character, and isn’t afraid to take big shots in pressure situations. Concerns: has trouble driving/creating his own shot, abysmal passer, really only does well when a great PG is setting him up in perfect spots, unimpressive rebounder

24. Kevin Jones (PF, West Virginia, senior)
Jones is a capable interior scorer with decent touch, which sets up his 8-12 foot jumper. He fights for rebounds and has a crafty way of getting his hands on a high number of caroms on the offensive end. Known for consistently high competitiveness and intelligence. Concerns: below-average athlete and leaper who plays way below the rim at only 6-feet-7, plays on the perimeter far too often where he only shot 27%, trouble defending most players due to size and athletic limitations

25. Miles Plumlee (C, Duke, senior)
Plumlee has great size and strength to play center in the NBA, and his phenomenal motor on the boards will translate quite well into the league, especially on the offensive end where he’s good at putting back misses. He makes the few baskets he takes (61% FG) and is an adequately strong and mobile defensive big man, plus his ability to intelligently play out of the pick-and-roll has been repeatedly mentioned as a skill that could really pay dividends at the next level. Concerns: very slow development in college, barely reached the level of consistent role player in four years, not a reliable scoring option, cannot anchor a team’s defense

26. Orlando Johnson (SG, US Santa Barbara, senior)
Johnson is a great outside shooter (43% 3FG) who continued to make shots at a high rate against the big-name opponents he’s faced. He can create pull-up and step-back jumpers for himself, and he’s strong enough to finish at the rim. His turnovers will drop once he’s no longer the opponents’ chief focus, and he’s a competent defender and above-average rebounder. Concerns: lacks the quickness to get to the rim effectively, not a great ball-handler, needs better shot selection (change of role may do it), trouble guarding quick guards who drive

27. Terrence Jones (PF/SF, Kentucky, sophomore)
Jones has all the athleticism, strength, and versatile set of skills you could possibly want in a combo forward; he’s capable of doing virtually anything a coach would desire from a small or power forward (dribble drive, shoot 3’s, bang for boards, etc.). At times looks dominant around the paint, posting up strong, driving past slower big men, putting back offensive tip-ins. Concerns: not particularly good at anything, floats around doing nothing/getting lost far too often, always seems like he should be better and should be accomplishing more, his sulking and poor body language are a known commodity

28. Dion Waiters (SG/PG, Syracuse, sophomore)
Waiters’ aggression and phenomenal anticipation on the defensive end make him a very disruptive guard – has the strength/frame to guard all SG’s. He continually shows flashes of good ball handling, jump shooting, and all-around self-creation offense. He’s an above-average passer (but not a PG-esque creator), and he’s at his best offensively on the fast break. Concerns: very inconsistent, weak jump shot, never started a game in two college seasons, could end up as nothing more than a reserve player who occasionally catches fire for a quarter

29. Jared Cunningham (SG, Oregon State, junior)
Cunningham is very fast and athletic, and he has some experience playing PG. He’s unselfish with the ball, but his best attribute is attacking the rim on fast breaks and when given a crease in the half-court, resulting in great finishes at the basket and a lot of free throws. Cunningham is a quick and determined defender who gets his hands on a ton of steals. Concerns: overall passing and shot selection are not good, so-so ball handler, smallish SG size (6-5, 185) limits his defense and scoring through contact at the next level, underwhelming jump shot

30. Darius Miller (SF, Kentucky, senior)
Miller has very good size and strength for a SF (6-feet-7, 235 lbs), and his jumper has always been a big plus for the Wildcats. Not only can he knock down 3’s, but Miller will take a quick dribble or two into a mid-range pull-up if he’s tightly contested on the perimeter. He’s an adequate passer. Concerns: never elevated past being a role player at UK, not much of a rebounder, should be a much more attentive and overall better defender than he is

31. Meyers Leonard (C, Illinois, sophomore)
Leonard is a legit 7-footer with exceptional quickness and mobility, an always coveted combination. He displayed great shot selection (58% FG) and above-average shot blocking throughout the season, plus he’s a decent mid-range shooter. Concerns: poor rebounder considering his great physical attributes, lacks the consistency and determination to be truly effective or valuable, lacks polish and toughness and drive

32. Draymond Green (PF, Michigan State, senior)
Possessing a phenomenal jumper for a big man (39% 3FG), plus great passing skills and decent ball-handling, Green has stretch-4/point-forward written all over him. He is very aggressive to the ball and is an excellent rebounder. His intangibles and basketball IQ are definitely high. Concerns: below-average to poor height and athleticism could make his transition to the league disastrous, massive defensive deficiencies against any type of forward, terrible finisher around the rim on both drives and back-to-the-basket moves

33. Moe Harkless (SF, St. John’s, freshman)
Harkless has great size (6-8, 205) and exceptional athleticism/explosiveness for the SF position, which is best used on the defensive end where he’s constantly getting steals, blocks, tips, and generally causing trouble. He has shown good handles at times and loves to create for himself on quick drives to the hoop. Harkless brings great energy on the court, allowing him to be a strong rebounder, especially on the offensive glass, plus a terror in the open court with his straight-line speed and big ups.Concerns: terrible perimeter shooter which really hampers his offensive game at the next level, still needs a lot more polish in nearly all areas of his game, needs to add muscle

34. Darius Johnson-Odom (SG, Marquette, senior)
Johnson-Odom is a good 3-point shooter who excels on the catch-and-shoot, but he’s shown he’s at least decent on pull-ups. He’s an aggressive dribbler with above-average quickness who can attack the paint, plus he uses good strength and effort to defend opponents. Concerns: very short for a SG at 6-2, no PG skills at all, not particularly good finisher at the rim, lack of size and PG skills really limits who he can play next to

35. Bernard James (C, Florida State, senior)
James is a decent rebounder and shot blocker, utilizing a high motor and smart instincts from the weak-side. He’s very mature and has a great attitude, and he made 61% of the shots he took (only 7.4/gm). Concerns: smallish for center (6-10), at 27 years old he’s really not going to improve much, man-to-man D much worse than his team/help D, not an offensive threat

36. Robbie Hummel (SF/PF, Purdue, senior)
Hummel is a very intelligent combo forward whose best attributes are his great basketball IQ and long-range shooting. He has a great overall skill level, able to handle the ball, pass, and bang for boards. Accepts his role and limitations, and plays very hard within them. Concerns: not a good athlete, lost some agility after tearing ACL in 2010, lacks the strength to go head-to-head with PF’s but his athleticism may force him away from SF

37. Kim English (SG/SF, Missouri, senior)
English has a killer outside jumper (46% 3FG) that is facilitated in a large part due to his intelligent off-the-ball movement. He is known for being a true leader, hard worker, and unselfish. Concerns: average athlete with below-average height, truly one-dimensional offensive player who does almost nothing well outside of spot-up for jumpers, defensive problems due to lack of quickness

38. Festus Ezeli (C, Vanderbilt, senior)
Ezeli has ideal size, strength, and athleticism to play in the league and can finish very strong at the rim. He utilizes very good effort, length, and anticipation to contest shots and play very good man-to-man D. Concerns: missed games both due to injuries and suspensions, very poor rebounder, easily gets in foul trouble due to over-anticipation, severely lacks polish on the offensive end – way too many turnovers

39. Damian Lillard (PG, Weber State, junior)
Lillard has a nice frame, confidence, driving ability, and overall scoring skillset to lead one to believe he could be a second-unit scoring PG in the league. He’s shown a decent ability to guard PG’s man-to-man, and it’s encouraging that he cut down on his turnovers as he took on more of the offensive load last year. Concerns: particularly troublesome that he’s never had a good all-around game against a good opponent nor lead his team into the tourney out of the Big Sky (these are the biggest red flags everyone is missing before the draft), passing skills really aren’t that good and might force him to basically be an undersized SG in the NBA (6-feet-2)

40. William Buford (SG, Ohio State, senior)
Before his role expanded as a senior, Buford was one of the nation’s elite 3-pt bombers, a role he could reprise in the NBA if he plays alongside other shooters who spread the floor. His long arms and good fundamentals make him a decent defender. Concerns: average to below-average athlete – has trouble creating own offense and defending quick players, shooting %’s dropped significantly senior year when he was team’s primary 3-pt shooter (more attention), remained same player for 3 years with few new wrinkles

41. Quincy Acy (PF, Baylor, senior)
Acy has some strong moves around the hoop and takes shots he can make (62% career FG%), and he’s slowly developing a little bit of a jumper that will help a lot. His attack mentality, athleticism, and long arms make him a great finisher at the rim on weak-side cuts, putbacks, and alley-oops. He’s put on muscle to help bang in the paint. Concerns: short for position (6-7.5) so interior scoring at next level is big question, defense lacks consistency and fundamentals, unreliable effort level makes him an average rebounder despite appearances he could be much better

42. Henry Sims (C/PF, Georgetown, senior)
Sims is a huge prospect with long arms that he uses most effectively on defense (1.4 blocks in 28 mins/gm). He’s shown a few moves on the low blocks this past year, but his biggest offensive attribute by a mile is his phenomenal passing (3.5 apg), plus he’s known for his effort and hard work.Concerns: limited offensive player, very raw defensive player who has trouble away from the basket, not very effective against physical post players, terrible rebounder (6 rpg)

43. Kevin Murphy (SG/SF, Tennessee Tech, senior)
Murphy is a high-profile scorer who aggressively creates shots for himself from the perimeter, whether on jumpers or drives. For a small-school player, his size (6-feet-6) and overall physical abilities are very promising, and he puts in the effort and shows decent awareness on defense. Concerns: very underwhelming games against big-name opponents (terrible sign), low hoops IQ, overall poor shot selection, bad passer, usually pulls up for contested jumpers instead of taking it to the rim

44. Khris Middleton (SF/SG, Texas A&M, junior)
Middleton’s specialty is finding ways to score in the mid-range, particularly off the dribble, and he can seemingly get his shot off in the smallest of openings. He puts in effort on the defensive end and is a willing passer. Concerns: recent knee injury really slowed him down as a junior, inconsistent jumper was very poor as a junior, should have much more difficulty against NBA defenders since his shot often barely eluded being blocked, will have trouble guarding NBA wings

45. Kris Joseph (SF, Syracuse, senior)
Joseph can do a little of everything, including get to the rim and hit the spot-up jumper. He’s an intelligent defender. Concerns: not particularly good at anything, so-so athleticism will impact shot creation in NBA, his jumper isn’t exactly consistent, played zone D throughout college


Major Issues

Their basketball IQ doesn’t match their athleticism and/or perceived potential at all. Dumb plays, lazy defense, poor shot selection, etc. (or off-court and chemistry issues) define their time in the league. Their individual success—if it comes—won’t bring the team up with them.

Andre Drummond (C, UConn, freshman)
Drummond is a freak athlete with great size who has proved himself to be a very good shot blocker and at times good rebounder. Concerns: inconsistent as hell, lacks the drive to keep his head in the game and remain involved, will never (repeat: NEVER) reach his potential or anything even resembling it

Perry Jones (left) and Quincy Miller have far more athleticism than consistency or positive affect on team success.

Quincy Miller (SF, Baylor, freshman)
Miller is very tall and long for his position, and is extremely mobile. He has a lot of versatility as a scorer that he’s shown in flashes, particularly on crossovers into pull-up jumpers and when rising over shorter SF’s in the paint. Concerns: jumper got worse as the year went on – how good is it?, still lacks the elite explosiveness he had before tearing ACL 18 months ago, terribly weak rebounder, very poor defender, will have trouble in NBA finishing drives due to lack of strength and his aversion to contact, very inconsistent

Fab Melo (C, Syracuse, sophomore)
He’s a huge shot blocker with great size (7-feet-0, 255 lbs). Melo can make the few shots he takes (57% FG). Concerns: terrible rebounder, extremely raw non-factor on offensive sets, conditioning/legal/academic/attitude issues, very low hoops IQ, gets in foul trouble

Perry Jones (PF/SF, Baylor, sophomore)
Jones is a freak athlete who at times appears to have every skill in the world. Every once in a while he blows up and has a great game. Concerns: inconsistent and inefficient to a degree that should keep him in school, disappears for really long stretches, has proved for years that his teams will always underperform, was maybe Baylor’s 4th best player last year

JaMychal Green (PF, Alabama, senior)
Green is a great athlete who can finish with a flourish. He’s aggressive around the rim with the ball in his hands or going up for offensive rebounds, and he looks to be a capable spot-up shooter. Green is a decent all-around defender. Concerns: questionable desire to improve – has essentially been the exact same player in all 4 college seasons, limited offensive skill set, limited strength, was suspended multiple times at Bama, inconsistent jumper

Austin Rivers (SG, Duke, freshman)
Combines the quickness, aggression, first step, and ball-handling to drive into the paint seemingly at will (resulting in some highlight buckets), plus he can heat up from deep. Concerns: major attitude and body language issues that affect team chemistry and success, terrible decision making from both a shot selection and failing-to-pass-to-wide-open-teammates perspective, doesn’t concentrate or play smart on the defensive end

Tony Wroten (PG/SG, Washington, freshman)
He has elite size (6-6, 205 lbs), build, and athleticism for the PG position and will go full throttle off a crossover or killer first step to fly toward the hoop. Wroten is able to be a strong defensive force when his head is in it and he’s not taking chances. Concerns: horrendous decision maker, horrendous shooter (16% 3FG, 58% FT), turnover machine, sells out his teammates by taking too many chances on D

Tyshawn Taylor (PG, Kansas, senior)
Taylor’s size, speed, and quickness are all NBA-worthy. His shooting is particularly noteworthy, plus he shows flashes of being able to finish highlight plays at the rim or occasionally score in bunches. Taylor puts in the effort on the defensive end. Concerns: wildly inconsistent, very poor decision making, turnover machine, off-court issues

Marquis Teague (PG, Kentucky, freshman)
He has the elite quickness, speed, agility, etc. that you want in a PG. Teague is not afraid to be called upon to create his own shot or to slash into the paint for circus layups or floaters. Concerns: doesn’t understand the game of basketball or how to run a team’s offense, bad outside shot and shot selection, poor fundamentals and consistency on defense

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