The NBA Draft is tomorrow night. Instead of giving you a mock draft that you can find on hundreds of sites we are giving you something different. We will take a closer look at the prospects that interest us the most.
This has to start with the likely number one pick. Jahlil Okafor was thought as the top prospect for the whole year but everyone has become so impressed with Towns’ potential. Towns is an athletic seven footer who can shoot and went to Kentucky. The Anthony Davis comparisons are obvious but Towns was not close to the player Davis was. I don’t think Towns could ever be as good as Davis. Is his potential enough to pass on the surer prospect, Okafor?
Mudiay is from the Congo but moved to the United States when he was young. Rather than go to college, Mudiay played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. We never got to see him play against the other top players his age. He’s a complete question mark at this point.
The young Latvian big man has shot up the draft boards recently. Teams are impressed with his ability to shoot the ball for a seven footer. Is he the next Dirk or the next Andrea Bargnani? No one knows. Is he worth a top five pick?
If you can spot the trend, it’s big men with a variety of skills. Turner is supposed to be able to shoot, pass, block shots, and defend. He did not show that during his one year at Texas but there’s still a lot of talent.
Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker
The Wisconsin teammates have to be mentioned. Both are projected to be taken in the 11-20 range of the draft. It remains to be seen if either player can contribute in the NBA. They were productive together in college but was that a product of being older and well coached or was it their talent?
Oubre can be a great defender in the NBA. Will he be able to develop a strong offensive game like Kawhi Leonard or will he be a worse version of Corey Brewer? There’s a wide gap between those and it would not be that surprising for Oubre to become either one of those extremes.
Pat Connaughton is a white guy from Notre Dame that shoots threes. You think you know the type, right? He lacks the athleticism needed to play in the NBA. Well, actually Connaughton posted the highest vertical of any prospect in the combine. Will his elite athleticism translate into NBA results though?