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Anthony Edwards SG, UGA

Height: 6-3, Weight: 235

This is not a surprising pick. Edwards is a tremendous talent with a great pedigree. But I'm not enthusiastic, but I realize that any pick at the top of this flawed draft was not going to be perfect. He was not a great college player, and he drew some criticism for expressing a lack of passion for the game recently. Still, he has the potential to be a top-flight scorer. This is not what I would have done, but it is what a lot of franchises would have done. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Explosive athlete and leaper
  • One of youngest prospects in this class, and got into basketball late
  • Incredible shot-creation ability off the dribble
  • Good frame and strength given his youth
  • Long-term potential to grow into reliable offensive initiator with scoring upside

WEAKNESSES

  • Questionable shot selection; often settled for shots at Georgia
  • Touch-and-go defensive motor
  • Volume scoring didn't significantly impact winning in college for mediocre UGA team

PRO COMPARISON: Zach LaVine

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33

19.1

5.2

2.8

.402

1

2

James Wiseman C, MEMP

Height: 7-1, Weight: 240

It would have sounded a lot better this morning before the Klay Thompson news, but if you take a physical specimen like Wiseman and put him next to Stephen Curry, Klay and Draymond Green, and you can compete for another championship. But still, with the second pick, you get the player most physically prepared to make a big impact right away. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great size and length, with reported 7-foot-6 wingspan
  • Good lob finisher, can effectively run pick-and-roll as screen man at high level
  • Uses length and awareness to protect rim at high level

WEAKNESSES

  • Shooting efficiency outside the paint a real question mark; only a floor-spacer in theory and needs to extend range and shoot outside consistently to meet ceiling
  • Touch-and-go motor dating back to high school days; only played three college games before leaving to train for NBA draft
  • Moves fluidly and can run the court, but struggles moving laterally and may struggle defending in space

PRO COMPARISON: Chris Bosh

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

23

19.7

10.7

0.3

.769

1

3

LaMelo Ball PG, USA

Height: 6-6, Weight: 180

Ball was my No. 1 prospect in this draft class. This was a no-brainer. Charlotte has good guards, but Ball has the potential to be a star. There are lots of things to be improved -- defense first on the list -- but if he becomes the best version of himself, he will be the best player in this draft class. He is a 6-6/6-7 point guard who can play off the ball, but you want to keep the ball in his hands because of his creativity.

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Gifted playmaker with great court vision
  • Ambidextrous passer and finisher with good touch around the rim
  • High IQ and feel for the game -- knows where teammates are, anticipates where they are going, and can make high-level reads in pick-and-roll situations
  • Tight handle allows him to thrive in leading transition, running offense
  • Good positional size and frame

WEAKNESSES

  • Inconsistent and sometimes puzzling shot selection and decision-making
  • Sometimes tries to make the highlight-reel play, as opposed to smart play
  • Low set point on jump shot, and troubling results overseas as deep shooter; mechanically the shot may need tweaked to get shot off consistently at NBA level
  • Shaky defender but potential to turn into a net neutral with expanded physical maturation

PRO COMPARISON: Bigger Trae Young

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

4

Patrick Williams SF, FSU

Height: 6-8, Weight: 225

I understand the intrigue, but this is way higher than I would have taken Patrick Williams. He's 6-8, 225. He is big and strong with wide shoulders. He projects to be a 3-and-D guy, but he's not a great shooter yet. And he wasn't even the best 3-and-D player at Florida State this past season -- though he probably has more upside than Devin Vassell. Williams helped himself in the pre-draft process more than anyone else, though, and that wowed people. (Gary Parrish)

C-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Long, rangy wing with a huge 6-foot-8 frame and wingspan pushing 7-feet
  • Talented playmaker on both ends of the court with high IQ on offense and good instincts on defense in team concepts
  • Role-playing upside: makes smart reads, plays well off the ball and knows how to impact the game without needing touches

WEAKNESSES

  • Talented-but-raw as an offensive weapon; shot 32.8% from 3 at FSU and struggled rated in the 32nd percentile as a spot-up shooter, an area he needs to improve significantly in
  • Has intriguing playmaking chops, but with the ball in his hands in college, he often struggled: he averaged 1.7 turnovers to 1.0 assists per game due to his loose handle and poor decision-making skills

PRO COMPARISON: OG Anunoby

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

22.5

9.2

4

1

.459

1

5

Isaac Okoro SF, AUBURN

Height: 6-6, Weight: 225

This is not what I would have done with this pick, but I understand it. He's a tremendous prospect, especially what he can do on the defensive end. He also has great maturity and instincts. If he develops a reliable jump shot -- a big if right now -- he's going to be great. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Dynamic athlete with incredible leaping ability; can impact the game playing above the rim (led college basketball in dunks last season)
  • Efficient shooter from inside the perimeter and effective from outside, too. He shot 41.7% from 3 during his time at Dayton.
  • Underrated passer and playmaker from his position who is quickly able to read defenses and make accurate passes when necessary

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited mobility moving laterally will hinder his ability to defend on the perimeter and switch onto more mobile wings and forwards
  • Explosive leaper, but physically he will have challenges matching up against bigger forwards in the post in the NBA
  • Average rebounder, especially for a player his size and at his position

PRO COMPARISON: Blake Griffin

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.5

12.8

4.4

2

.510

1

6

Onyeka Okongwu C, USC

Height: 6-9, Weight: 245

Okongwu is a player I had in the top 10 of my own big board, but this is a strange fit. In terms of front-court players, Obi Toppin is still on the board, and I preferred him. In terms of fit, I liked Tyrese Haliburton here. The Hawks have Clint Capela already as a defense-first center to protect the rim. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Quick, nimble feet with the ability to defend from the post to the perimeter
  • Good scoring and finishing ability, particularly around the rim; advanced post moves with a knack for carving out just enough space to thrive, even against bigger defenders
  • Has good touch as a passer and soft hands, allowing him to succeed in tight spaces and excel in pick-and-roll situations
  • Incredible shot-blocker with good timing; knows how to leverage his body to affect shots

WEAKNESSES

  • 3-point shooting is not in his arsenal, though free throw percentages and shooting touch could portend well for that area of his game to develop
  • Fouled out thrice in 28 games as a freshman; sometimes over-eager to use his shot-blocking ability, leading to too many fouls, biting on up-fakes and being undisciplined
  • Slightly undersized for a modern-day big at 6-foot-9 especially given he will likely be a true post and pigeon-holed into one position in the NBA, though his reported 7-foot-1 wingspan helps. Adding weight to his frame and physically maturing (and his long, wiry arms) will help him overcome that physical disadvantage

PRO COMPARISON: Bam Adebayo

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

30.6

16.2

8.6

1.1

.616

1

7

Killian Hayes PG, France

Height: 6-5, Weight: 192

Much like with Okongwu, I think Hayes is a good player but had others as better fits and prospects. Hayes is a trustworthy, creative, run-your-team type of guard, but he needs to develop a jump shot. If you believe he can develop that jumper, this pick makes a lot of sense. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Possesses great court vision and has passing skills to match it
  • Crafty with the ball in his hands and able to create off the dribble, both for himself and for teammates
  • Developing tool in his arsenal: a James Harden-like stepback move that's near-impossible to defend
  • Smooth, fluid left-handed release with great touch from deep and in the lane, at the free throw line and on floaters
  • Good positional size
  • Can read the game at a high level in an instant, making him a threat to thrive in the modern, pick-and-roll heavy NBA

WEAKNESSES

  • Average athlete with no real burst to blow by defenders
  • Below average 3-point shooter; improved in EuroCup play, but larger sample suggests it could be a swing skill
  • Ambidexterity remains a work in progress; largely lefty dominant s a dribbler, passer and finisher

PRO COMPARISON: Goran Dragic

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

8

Obi Toppin PF, DAYTON

Height: 6-9, Weight: 220

The Knicks obviously need a lot, but that fan base will love this guy. They desperately want something to be excited about. Toppin can be that. I would not have taken him first overall, but he should not have dropped this far and should be the favorite for rookie of the year. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Dynamic athlete with incredible leaping ability; can impact the game playing above the rim (led college basketball in dunks last season)
  • Efficient shooter from inside the perimeter and effective from outside, too. He shot 41.7% from 3 during his time at Dayton.
  • Underrated passer and playmaker from his position who is quickly able to read defenses and make accurate passes when necessary

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited mobility moving laterally will hinder his ability to defend on the perimeter and switch onto more mobile wings and forwards
  • Explosive leaper, but physically he will have challenges matching up against bigger forwards in the post in the NBA
  • Average rebounder, especially for a player his size and at his position

PRO COMPARISON: Blake Griffin

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.7

20

7.5

2.2

.633

1

9

Deni Avdija SF, Israel

Height: 6-9, Weight: 215

Most people I spoke with thought that Avdija was the best international prospect in this draft. I had Toppin ahead of Avdija, and many people in the NBA told me I was wrong for that. But here he was for the Wizards to grab him. There are some mixed reviews on Avdija coming from European scouts, but this makes sense because they probably weren't expecting him to be available. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Strong playmaking ability for his position with good passing and initiating upside
  • Capable ball-handler who reads the court well and makes smart, precise passes; an asset especially when leading the break in transition opportunities
  • Crafty finisher around the basket with ability to finish with either hand and soft touch on floaters, reverses and point-blank looks

WEAKNESSES

  • Average athlete with no real burst, but able to overcome limitations with smarts
  • More a floor-spacer in theory than in practice: Shot just 33.6% from 3 last year, and troublesome 52% from free throw line -- an indicator that improvement as a distance shooter may be difficult
  • Not a major threat to create havoc defensively either as a shot blocker or stealer, but overall a plus defender despite lateral limitations

PRO COMPARISON: Danilo Gallinari

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

10

Jalen Smith C, MD

Height: 6-10, Weight: 225

It's a surprise on every level. I don't understand it. I thought I liked Jalen Smith more than most, but I had him in the late-teens. But not in the top 10, and not on a team that already has DeAndre Ayton. He's more of a stretch five than a stretch four, and that's simply not a position of need or a great value. But Phoenix does have a history of doing things that don't make a lot of sense. (Gary Parrish)

D-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGHTS

  • Plus-shooter with deep range, especially for his size and position
  • Can make 3s at a consistent rate and has shown an ability to knock down above-the-break 3s
  • Consistent rebounder who crashes the glass with intensity
  • Very good shot blocker with good body control; high IQ gives him an edge to time his rotations

WEAKNESSES

  • Can be a defensive liability and target; when he's not affecting play at or around the rim, he struggles to move laterally and defend on the perimeter
  • Bad decision-maker as a passer; committed nearly twice as many turnovers (94) as assists (54) in two collegiate seasons

PRO COMPARISON: Thomas Bryant

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31.3

15.5

10.5

0.8

.538

1

11

Devin Vassell SF, FSU

Height: 6-7, Weight: 194

I like it. He is a classic 3-and-D guy who shot above 40 percent from 3-point range in two different seasons. He was one of the best -- probably the best -- players on the best team in the ACC. And given San Antonio's history of developing high-energy, defensive-minded wing players (think Kawhi Leonard, for one), this is a great fit. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Long, rangy defender with great instincts and anticipation
  • Solid spot-up shooter with range; career 41.7% 3-point shooter in two seasons at Florida State
  • Energy player who impacts the game on both ends with defense, rebounding and hustle

WEAKNESSES

  • Still needs to improve as a shot creator and maker, particularly off the dribble
  • Needs to improve his handles; average dribbler but can be predictably right-hand dominant, making his bland offensive moves easy to defend
  • Needs to add muscle and size to his frame; didn't get to the line consistently at FSU and didn't have the size to challenge bigs as a driver and slasher

PRO COMPARISON: Robert Covington

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

28.7

12.7

5.1

1.6

.490

1

12

Tyrese Haliburton PG, IOWAST

Height: 6-5, Weight: 175

The best prospect available on the board. I love him here for the same reasons I loved him at No. 6 to Atlanta. He can play behind De'Aaron Fox or right next to him. He's 6-5, can play off the ball or as a true point guard. He fills two needs and is the best player on the board. Can't do better than this. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • One of the most efficient guards as a scorer and facilitator
  • Deep shooting range that should translate to NBA 3-point line seamlessly
  • Savvy player on both ends of the court with high IQ/feel; very good passer who makes smart decisions and doesn't beat himself

WEAKNESSES

  • Skinny frame that needs real physical development
  • Odd (but effective) shooting release; incredibly efficient in catch and shoot but a non-factor for now shooting off the dribble or moving

PRO COMPARISON: Lonzo Ball

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

36.7

15.2

5.9

6.5

.504

1

13

Kira Lewis Jr. PG, BAMA

Height: 6-3, Weight: 165

My CBS Sports HQ colleague Avery Johnson recruited Lewis to Alabama, and he has spent the past months convincing me that Lewis was a lottery talent. And when you watch the film, it's easy to see why. He's a blur with the ball AND can shoot. He's a point guard with size and speed and skill. He could be the best point guard in this class. Put him next to Zion Williamson, and things get exciting. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Speedy guard who can pressure defenses with his attacking, downhill mentality
  • Because of his speed and elusiveness, can create shots for others and for himself, with an uncanny ability to create space
  • Streaky scorer and shooter at Alabama, but good overall shooting numbers and good shooting touch. Still managed to be pretty efficient despite a high usage rate.

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to add weight; good frame but tall and slender, and easily pushed around
  • Has just one gear with the ball in his hands: Top speed. At just 19 years old, he's still raw and learning how to switch gears, stop and go, and control pace.
  • Struggles at times defensively and may do so in the NBA because of his size.

PRO COMPARISON: John Wall

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

37.6

18.5

4.8

5.2

.459

1

14

Aaron Nesmith SF, VANDY

Height: 6-6, Weight: 213

I feel like I'm too easy of a professor, but these players the past few picks are coming off the board in the order I ranked them. That makes Nesmith again a really solid pick. Nesmith had an injury in college, but he can really knock down shots. He could be helping the Celtics because of that shooting right away. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Shooting, shooting, shooting; elite scorer from any distance and from any situation
  • Capable defender with the benefit of good positional size
  • 3-and-D -type player with ability to develop into a more dynamic offensive player

WEAKNESSES

  • Coming off foot injury that cut his season short at Vanderbilt
  • Needs to improve as a shot creator; has potential but creating separation is not his strength
  • Could be a defensive liability -- somewhat limited athletically and moves just OK laterally

PRO COMPARISON: Buddy Hield

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

35.7

23

4.9

0.9

.512

1

15

Cole Anthony PG, UNC

Height: 6-3, Weight: 190

I like it. He did not have a great year at North Carolina, between inefficiency and injury. But he wasn't surrounded by the kinds of players he needed to shine. I've seen enough of Cole Anthony since he was 15 to understand why people were talking about him as a potential No. 1 pick a year ago. This is a great way to prioritize the point guard position. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Score-first point guard who can play on or off the ball
  • Good defender who can move his feet and keep up with speedy guards with lateral quickness
  • Has an explosive first step, and can pressure defenses by attacking downhill

WEAKNESSES

  • Concerning shot selection; willing to take any shot
  • Just-OK passer; may need to play alongside another initiator as opposed to serving as lead guard
  • Rated poorly across the board in pick-and-roll situations at UNC, as a passer and scorer, but has untapped potential there

PRO COMPARISON: Austin Rivers

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

34.9

18.5

5.7

4

.380

1

16

Isaiah Stewart C, WASH

Height: 6-9, Weight: 250

Stewart has been an incredible prep prospect and was super-productive at Washington. But he's a traditional big men, a little bit undersized and does a lot of work in the post. This is a bit of a reach because his style simply is out of fashion in the NBA. He's a throwback, but he is a good one. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGHTS

  • Tough, physical and energetic big man who plays with an always-hot motor on both ends
  • Strong presence on the interior, especially as a rebounder and post scorer
  • Affects shots around the rim with his impeccable timing, smarts, and 7-foot-4 wingspan

WEAKNESSES

  • More traditional, old-school big in college despite flashes of shooting touch; took just 20 3s in college and made 25%
  • Committed nearly three times as many turnovers (71) as assists (27); shaky decision-maker and passer
  • Wasn't asked often to defend on the perimeter at Washington, but likely will be asked to do so in the NBA -- where he'll likely struggle

PRO COMPARISON: Julius Randle

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.2

17

8.8

0.8

.570

1

17

Aleksej Pokusevski C, Serbia

Height: 7-0, Weight: 205

At 7-foot, under 200 pounds, he obviously will need to add weight. But this is a smart move for a team that is undergoing a huge rebuild. He's only 18 and can play on the perimeter right now. He's probably a ways away from playing at an NBA level, but he has the potential to be a top 10 player in this draft with his massive upside. It's a solid big-swing pick. (Gary Parrish)

B-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Floor-spacing big man with range from the post to the perimeter
  • Stunningly agile for his height with the skills to match: can run the break, pass at a high level and create
  • Good length and can affect the defensive side of the floor with his defensive playmaking and size

WEAKNESSES

  • Skinny as a rail: only listed at a bit over 200 pounds, small for a 6-foot-9 big let alone a 7-footer
  • Not a good finisher in traffic and easily pushed off his spot with contact
  • Fluid athlete but not explosive; doesn't have great burst or leaping ability

PRO COMPARISON: Dragan Bender

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

18

Josh Green SG, ARIZ

Height: 6-6, Weight: 210

If you value athleticism, Green is one of the best in the draft. He's not very polished and didn't stand out at Arizona at all. But athleticism matters, and if you can get him do to the other stuff, maybe you tap into something special. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great positional size
  • Has potential to be able to attack closeouts, if handles improve can be an asset for him on offense
  • Very good, explosive athlete and leaper
  • Good defensive player with 3-and-D potential

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited offensive arsenal right now; needs to improve as a passer, playmaker and ball-handler
  • Knows how to play his role, but not a creator and may never be more than a role player who can shoot, slash and score playing mostly off the ball

PRO COMPARISON: Hamidou Diallo

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

30.9

12

4.6

2.6

.424

1

19

Saddiq Bey SF, NOVA

Height: 6-8, Weight: 216

Bey has been the best available on my board for a while, so if you can get him way down here, you have to feel good about it. Bey is one of the most NBA-ready players in this draft and could step in and be a good player right away. I like this pick more than the other two Pistons picks. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Dead-eye shooter especially in catch-and-shoot and spot-up situations, and with quick load and release
  • Deep range: made 41.8% of his 308 3-point attempts in two seasons at Villanova
  • Versatile defender who can capably guard 1-4

WEAKNESSES

  • Limited as a creator because of his loose handle
  • Moves well laterally and can defend at a high level, but not explosive; can he attack closeouts against NBA defenders? Can he switch 1-4 in the NBA?
  • Short and intermediate shooting needs work; shows great touch from deep but half court situations he struggled within 17 feet

PRO COMPARISON: Tobias Harris

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.9

16.1

4.7

2.4

.477

1

20

Precious Achiuwa PF, MEMP

Height: 6-9, Weight: 225

Achiuwa was one of the best and most productive players in the country. Point guard was a bigger need, but I like the fit because of the culture that the Heat have established and the idea of him playing next to Bam Adebayo. I got to see Achiuwa a lot in my hometown of Memphis, where he slid down to be a small-ball center. His big hole is shooting.

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGHTS

  • Strong presence around the rim as a shot-blocker and rim-runner; capable of finishing around the rim with soft touch and boundless athleticism as a lob-finisher
  • Versatile defender with high IQ; can defend multiple positions and has good mobility and effort, allowing him to guard in the paint all the way out to the perimeter
  • Good rebounder; ranked top five among AAC players in league play in both offensive rebounding and defensive rebounding rate

WEAKNESSES

  • Average shooter with concerns about how his offense will develop and translate in the NBA; shot just 60% from the free throw line and 32.5% from 3 at Memphis
  • One-dimensional offensive player because of his shooting, and he struggles with the ball in his hands as a dribbler and decision-maker (averaged 2.8 turnovers to 1.0 assists in college)

PRO COMPARISON: Daniel Gafford

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

30.4

15.8

10.8

1

.493

1

21

Tyrese Maxey SG, UK

Height: 6-3, Weight: 198

I'm not sure I love Philadelphia adding another non-shooter because Maxey was inefficient beyond the arc at Kentucky. But NBA scouts and people at Kentucky believe he can improve on that skill in time. But he can really play basketball and had some big games, and if he solves that shooting issue, he'll be a good player. And he was the second-best player on my big board. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Competitive guard who loves to get to the rim and can finish in myriad ways
  • Good shooting stroke and good touch around the basket, with a killer floater package
  • Elite on ball defender with great defensive instincts and long, wiry arms that disrupts the point of attack

WEAKNESSES

  • Struggled to shoot consistently from 3-point range, 29.2% from 3 at Kentucky
  • Quick with the ball in his hands but struggles to carve space out; may need to play in a backcourt alongside an initiator as opposed to operating as a lead guard
  • Tabbed as a point guard but his lack of space-creation and average vision may pigeon-hole him into a two-guard role -- which he may struggle with if his shot doesn't improve

PRO COMPARISON: Collin Sexton

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

34.5

14

4.3

3.2

.427

1

22

Zeke Nnaji C, ARIZ

Height: 6-11, Weight: 240

This just seems like a reach. He's a borderline first-round pick -- I had him in the second -- and this is a bit too high. Nnaji is very athletic but not the highest upside player because he needs to work on his defense and skills. (Gary Parrish)

C-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Young, raw talent with great size and coordination
  • Shows signs of being able to develop into a quality shooter
  • Tenacious rebounder

WEAKNESSES

  • A mediocre shot blocker for a player of his size
  • Lacks the lateral quickness to guard most perimeter players
  • Was turnover prone as a freshman at Arizona

PRO COMPARISON: Cody Zeller

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

30.6

16.1

8.6

0.8

.570

1

23

Leandro Bolmaro SF, Argentina

Height: 6-7, Weight: 178

The Knicks had this pick but sent it to the Timberwolves upon making it. Bolmaro is committed to staying in Barcelona for next season, which was one reason he was valued as a first-rounder (with guaranteed money when he comes over). Bolmaro is versatile and should be polished when he does come over. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Talented playmaker, particularly for his position; can put the ball on the floor and drive to create offense for himself and knows how to deliver dimes off the dribble
  • Very good handles allows him to operate as a lead guard, and he knows how to create leverage and space to prop open passing windows and generate open looks
  • Good finisher around the rim as a shooter and distributor; has good touch on his shot, which portends well for his long-term development

WEAKNESSES

  • Shot just 29.3% from 3 last season, a lackluster outside-shooting mark that could stunt his success if it doesn't improve
  • Shows good touch on jumpers, but results aren't there: he made just 42.3% from the field all of last season and 71.1% from the free throw line
  • Not an overly impressive athlete but tends to overcome it with a high IQ, good handles and good feel for the game

PRO COMPARISON: Joe Ingles

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

24

R.J. Hampton SG, USA

Height: 6-5, Weight: 185

I had Hampton as the best prospect available for a while now. He's a combo guard who can run an offense. He has size and athleticism to be a dynamic scorer. If you can get somebody with that kind of upside, you have to. (Gary Parrish)

A-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Possesses ideal positional size and can switch between the 1 and the 2, with good handles and a nice burst to boot
  • Tons of untapped potential as a playmaker because of his dribbling ability and speed, which enables him to blow by defender
  • Gifted athlete with good leaping ability; the hope is that athleticism will translate to him improving in time on the defensive side of the ball

WEAKNESSES

  • Struggled as a defensive presence in Australian's NBL
  • Inefficient as a scorer last season, achieving just a 45.9% mark in effective field goal %
  • Shooting mechanics need tweaked in order to improve his shot

PRO COMPARISON: Dante Exum

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

1

25

Immanuel Quickley SG, UK

Height: 6-3, Weight: 188

He's the reigning SEC player of the year and shot 42 percent from 3-point range, but this is nearly 30 spots higher than I expected. His upside just does not match this place in the draft, but he could be a good shooter if nothing else. (Gary Parrish)

D+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Solid 3-point shooter
  • Rebounds well for size
  • Automatic free-throw shooter

WEAKNESSES

  • Unproven as a facilitator
  • Inefficient 2-point scorer
  • Size disadvantage guarding big wings

PRO COMPARISON: Langston Galloway

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

32.9

16.1

4.2

1.9

.416

1

26

Payton Pritchard PG, OREG

Height: 6-2, Weight: 190

There are so many other lead guards available, from Tre Jones, Malachi Flynn, Tyrell Terry, Cassius Winston. I have no doubt Pritchard can play in the NBA, and he was a proven winner. Just surprised to see him be the point guard in this spot.

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Good 3-point shooter with serious range
  • Quality passer
  • Uses ball-handling to create good looks inside the arc

WEAKNESSES

  • Average size and athleticism might make it tough for him to guard bigger wings
  • Could struggle to be productive when playing off the ball

PRO COMPARISON: Bryn Forbes

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

36.5

20.5

4.3

5.5

.468

1

27

Udoka Azubuike C, KANSAS

Height: 7-0, Weight: 274

If you're looking for somebody who was the best player on the best team in college, this is your guy. He dunks everything. He defends hard. However, his value is so focused on the paint area that he may struggle to be more than a backup for Rudy Gobert. (Gary Parrish)

C+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Elite, efficient scorer in the paint
  • Strong rim protector
  • Natural rebounder because of size and strength

WEAKNESSES

  • Lacks necessary quickness to fit rim runner model common among other non-shooting centers
  • Not reliable offensively outside of eight feet
  • Defensive liability in pick and roll situations

PRO COMPARISON: Tyson Chandler

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

27.7

13.7

10.5

0.9

.748

1

28

Jaden McDaniels PF, WASH

Height: 6-9, Weight: 200

This is a decent spot for him, but there are too many polished players still available for him to be the best pick. He looks the part. He has the size, athleticism and skill. He just did nothing in his one college season. Maybe you can get excited about his potential and his high school production, but he simply disappeared last year. (Gary Parrish)

C-

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGTHS

  • Great positional size with long wingspan approaching 7-foot
  • Intriguing shot-making and shot-creating ability for his position because of his advanced handle
  • Can be a plus defender in time as he grows because of his length, size and skill

WEAKNESSES

  • Needs to add strength; his physical immaturity made him a below-average finisher in college, and he easily got pushed off his spots
  • Was benched midseason at Washington. He struggled as a decision-maker and wasn't particularly effective as a shooter, - though he finished the season strong

PRO COMPARISON: KZ Okpala

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

31

13

5.8

2.1

.405

1

29

Malachi Flynn PG, SDSU

Height: 6-1, Weight: 185

This pick made a lot of sense when many thought Fred VanVleet would leave Toronto. I love Flynn. He's polished and smart and a proven winner, and he's particularly great in pick-and-roll offense. (Gary Parrish)

B+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGHTS

  • Talented scorer and overall offensive weapon; knows how to commandeer an offense with great passing and excelled in college running pick-and-roll schemes
  • Dynamic pull-up scorer whose game as an offensive player should translate; can release 3s with quickness and can get into his shot with ease off the dribble
  • Despite smaller frame, Flynn is a talented and engaged defender

WEAKNESSES

  • Struggles as a creator and true difference-maker as a lead guard; doesn't frequently get into the paint to make plays and struggles finishing around the rim
  • Has a small frame for NBA guard and lacks elite athletic pop, which could limit his upside to develop into a lead guard at the next level

PRO COMPARISON: Smaller Jalen Brunson

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

33.5

17.6

4.5

5.1

.441

1

30

Desmond Bane SF, TCU

Height: 6-6, Weight: 215

A lot of the best players on the board right now are point guards. The Grizzlies don't need a point guard. They need a shooter. Bane is a great shooter, and he defends, too. He could be an excellent wing player on an emergent Memphis team that traded into this spot. (Gary Parrish)

A+

Draft Prospect Outlook

STRENGHTS

  • Veteran, experienced wing who thrived in college in every possible situation from a role player to a No. 1 option
  • Elite caliber shooter who averaged 44.2% from 3 on 208 3-point attempts last season with TCU
  • Over-stretched as a playmaker at TCU, but his decision-making as a creator and facilitator should translate to positive playmaking on the wing in the NBA (finished second among Big 12 players last season during conference play in total assist rate, per KenPom)

WEAKNESSES

  • Good overall positional size but negative wingspan and limited athleticism could sap his upside to be a truly positionless defender, despite 6-foot-6 frame
  • Doesn't have the space-creating or dribbling ability to project as a No. 1 option; likely to be a 3-point specialist in the NBA who serves in 3-and-D role with limited star potential

PRO COMPARISON: Wesley Matthews

2019-20 College Stats

MPG

PPG

RPG

APG

FG%

36.1

16.6

6.4

3.9

.452