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NBA Prospect Ratings

Posted on: March 23, 2009 5:44 am
Edited on: March 23, 2009 2:57 pm

These are long-term ratings of NBA prospects currently eligible to enter the 2009 NBA draft. Keep in mind it's not strictly an assessment of how good a player is now but rather a mix of current performance, potential and positional value.

Point Guard

  1. Jrue Holiday
  2. Ricky Rubio
  3. Brandon Jennings
  4. Jeff Teague
  5. Ty Lawson
  6. Stephen Curry
  7. Malcolm Lee
  8. Patrick Mills
  9. AJ Price
  10. Nick Calathes
  11. Kemba Walker
  12. Elliot Williams
  13. Darren Collison
  14. Eric Maynor
  15. Daniel Hackett
  16. Jonny Flynn
  17. Jeremy Pargo
  18. Sherron Collins
  19. Nolan Smith
  20. Scottie Reynolds

Shooting Guard

  1. Demar DeRozan
  2. James Harden
  3. Willie Warren
  4. Tyreke Evans
  5. Chase Budinger
  6. Evan Turner
  7. Gerald Henderson
  8. Klay Thompson
  9. Scotty Hopson
  10. Terrence Williams
  11. Dwight Lewis
  12. James Anderson
  13. Jerel McNeal
  14. William Buford
  15. Jodie Meeks
  16. Iman Shumpert
  17. Wayne Ellington
  18. Robert Vaden
  19. Matt Thornton
  20. Manny Harris

Small Forward

  1. Al-Farouq Aminu
  2. Earl Clark
  3. James Johnson
  4. Devin Ebanks
  5. Kyle Singler
  6. Austin Daye
  7. DaJuan Summers
  8. Sam Young
  9. William Witherspoon
  10. Anthony Jones
  11. Damion James
  12. Chris Singleton
  13. Tyler Smith
  14. Derrick Brown
  15. Delvon Roe
  16. Luke Babbit
  17. Stanley Robinson
  18. Paul George
  19. Chris Wright
  20. Marcus Morris

Power Forward

  1. Blake Griffin
  2. Greg Monroe
  3. Jordan Hill
  4. Patrick Patterson
  5. Craig Brackins
  6. Gani Lawal
  7. Michael Dunigan
  8. Josh Heytvelt
  9. Samardo Samuels
  10. Dejuan Blair
  11. Ed Davis
  12. Drew Gordon
  13. Jarvis Varnado
  14. Chris Johnson
  15. Terrence Jennings
  16. Taj Gibson
  17. Jeff Pendergraph
  18. Tyler Hansbrough
  19. JaJuan Johnson
  20. Kenny Kadji


  1. Hasheem Thabeet
  2. Cole Aldrich
  3. BJ Mullens
  4. Tony Woods
  5. Jerome Jordan
  6. Donatas Motiejunas
  7. Dexter Pittman
  8. Ty Walker
  9. Andrew Ogilvy
  10. Ty Zeller
  11. Ralph Sampson III
  12. J'Mison Morgan
  13. Solomon Alabi
  14. Henry Sims
  15. Luke Nevil


  1. Blake Griffin
  2. Demar DeRozan
  3. Greg Monroe
  4. James Harden
  5. Jrue Holiday
  6. Ricky Rubio
  7. Jordan Hill
  8. Hasheem Thabeet
  9. Brandon Jennings
  10. Al-Farouq Aminu
  11. Earl Clark
  12. Willie Warren
  13. Jeff Teague
  14. James Johnson
  15. Tyreke Evans
  16. Devin Ebanks
  17. Cole Aldrich
  18. Patrick Patterson
  19. Ty Lawson
  20. Chase Budinger
  21. Stephen Curry
  22. Kyle Singler
  23. BJ Mullens
  24. Austin Daye
  25. DaJuan Summers
  26. Gani Lawal
  27. Michael Dunigan
  28. Tony Woods
  29. Evan Turner
  30. Gerald Henderson
  31. Malcolm Lee
  32. Patrick Mills
  33. Jerome Jordan
  34. Josh Heytvelt
  35. Samardo Samuels
  36. Dejuan Blair
  37. Donatas Motiejunas
  38. Sam Young
  39. Klay Thompson
  40. AJ Price
  41. William Witherspoon
  42. Anthony Jones
  43. Dexter Pittman
  44. Scotty Hopson
  45. Ty Walker
  46. Terrence Williams
  47. Nick Calathes
  48. Dwight Lewis
  49. Ed Davis
  50. Kemba Walker
  51. Elliot Williams
  52. Drew Gordon
  53. Jarvis Varnado
  54. Chris Johnson
  55. Darren Collison
  56. James Anderson
  57. Eric Maynor
  58. Daniel Hackett
  59. Andrew Ogilvy
  60. Damion James
  61. Jonny Flynn
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Tags: NBA, NBA Draft, NCAAB
Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 9:09 pm
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Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2009 8:33 pm

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And nobody ever comes back when they're wrong to say, "you're right."


At the beggining of the year when we had our squabble about Lopez, and it pains me to say this, you were right.  I thought he would perform better than this, but even on defense, what he is supposed to be good at, he has struggled.  So on that point you were right, and I need to give you props on Spieghts too, but hey, even the best (me WinkTongue out) get it wrong sometimes.

I still haven't heard people come apologize to me about the Rose/Beasley debate when they said I was an idiot for putting Rose numero uno from the beggining.  I have a feeling it's going to be the same this year with the Ricky/Blake debate.

and BTW, I also differ with you on Collins.  I think this kid has the ability to be a starter at the next level, but I do think he will stay around untill next year.  I'm surprised you didn't list Tony Douglas, or atleast I don't think you did.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2009 8:09 pm

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Lucas is a good call. I didn't consider him. Maybe I should. I'll keep him in mind when I revise the rankings later in the year.

Bucsfan, it's good that you disagree with me. I want to hear what other people think. It may even change my mind. But it never hurts after you come up with a list of nearly 100 players to have someone, just once, point out the things they think you got right. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, naturally looks for things they disagree with in a list like this. This is the third year in a row I've posted my ratings on this board and very few wanted to start a conversation about ratings they agreed on. And nobody ever comes back when they're wrong to say, "you're right." It's just the way it is, but again, try to understand that I'm a fan who does this stuff in his spare time. So cut me a little bit of slack.

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2009 6:26 pm

NBA Prospect Ratings


Not a big fan of this list

Harden will be garbage as a pro




How so? He's by far the most NBA Ready Guard in the country, and one of the most NBA Ready in the long run. The guy defends, and is good offensive player. At the very worst, he'll be a solid NBA Player. 

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 5:23 pm

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How is Kalin Lucas not on this list?

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: March 23, 2009 3:42 pm
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2009 3:41 pm

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I like the detail you provide. The only problem I have with doing a mock at this point is that the draft order and early-entry lists aren't set, so I just rate all players eligible to enter the draft instead. When it gets nearer to draft time I'll try do a mock, but that won't necessarily represent who I think has more long-term value over the other, but rather be a prediction of what each team will do.

I can see we don't see eye-to-eye on some players, namely Darren Collison, Stephen Curry, James Harden and some others, but you have a good mock. Keep up the good work and good luck with your busy schedule.



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2009 3:31 pm

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Wow, good job cats.  I don't know if you've seen it yet, but check out my mock draft on my blog.  I have a new version comming up in the next week or so, but the one up there right now is atleast half way decent.  I have a couple bones to pick about these rankings, but I'll get to that later.  Right now I'm busy writing an article for my school paper, making my new mock, and doing a recap of the rise and fall of Planet Orange.

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