With scouting reports from Tyler Metcalf (@tmetcalf11)

Meet the top 60 prospects of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson

6'6 | 272lbs | PF | Duke

NBA Comparison

Blake Griffin, Bigger Russell Westbrook

Zion Williamson is a generational athlete. Coming into the season I had my concerns that he was just another freak athlete who couldn't actually play; consider those concerns extinguished. Williamson obviously is one of the most explosive athletes we've ever seen. He is able to sky for rebounds, dunk on anyone from anywhere, and be a really good rim protector. On top of this, his footwork and agility are elite. These allow him to drive creatively and keep opponents in front of him defensively. The game just comes naturally to him as he sees the floor well and is rarely out of position.

His ball handling will create a lot of issues for opponents as they will struggle to figure out who should guard him. He is able to create off the dribble which is rare for someone his size. Right now, his outside shooting is a concern. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to make him a good shooter, but it is good enough where opponents will have to contest. I still have some lingering concerns regarding his weight, but those are slowly fading as it doesn't seem to affect him as the season progresses. Williamson is the clear number one pick in this draft. His basketball IQ, athleticism, versatility, and star power make it a no brainer that this guy will be the face of a franchise for years to come. Williamson is an athletic freak with a basketball mind. If he doesn't go number one, someone made a drastic mistake.

Strengths

Athleticism, rebounding, finishing at the rim, feel for the game

Weaknesses

Shooting, weight, recklessness

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Ja Morant

Ja Morant

6'3 | 170lbs | PG | Murray State

NBA Comparison

Uber-athletic Jeff Teague, Skinny John Wall

Ja Morant's offensive instincts will immediately transfer to the NBA and he is definitely one of the best athletes in this draft. He uses this to his advantage on both ends of the floor. He is at his best on offense when he has the ball in his hands and is attacking the rim. With an explosive first step, impeccable footwork, and great body control, Morant rarely has trouble getting to the rim. Once he gets to the rim, he is able to use his soft touch and creativity to either pull up for a floater, spin the ball in off the glass, or explode for a ferocious dunk. He also opens up the floor for his teammates when he is in attack mode. His vision when defenses collapse is at a very high level for someone his age. He has no issues dropping it off to a big man for an easy dunk, kicking it out for an open three, or throwing an accurate lob.

The only concern with Morant's offensive game is his decision making. He has a tendency to get out of control and force passes. His impressive passing ability and vision give him immense confidence that leads to unnecessary turnovers where he is trying to make the highlight play instead of the smart play. He is required to carry a lot of responsibility for his team but if he is able to control himself on drives and limit his jump passes, his turnovers will drop. The true issues with Morant's game come on the defensive end. Simply put, Morant is a bad defender. He frequently loses his man off-ball, rarely plays with his hands up, and looks generally disinterested. With that said, he makes up for a lot of his errors with pure athleticism. His leaping ability leads to him being a good shot blocker but if he put the work into being in a better position, his game would take a jump to another level.

Strengths

Athleticism, scoring, passing vision and accuracy

Weaknesses

Defense, decision making

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Coby White

Coby White

6'5 | 185lbs | PG | UNC

NBA Comparison

Jamal Murray, Terry Rozier

Coby White isn't the most athletic point guard, but that doesn't affect his ability to score and impact the game on both ends of the floor. White's feel for the game reflects that of a much more experienced player. On offense, he can explode for big scoring nights while still actively getting his teammates involved. He is a good passer but if he can improve his vision and creativity, it will take his offensive game to a new level. Despite his low release point, White is a really good shooter off the dribble where he displays NBA level moves to create space on the perimeter and open lanes to the rim. He has no issue knocking down threes with a hand in his face and he doesn't get intimidated by defenders at the rim. 

White isn't an explosive athlete but he is very quick and displays great footwork which clearly makes him effective on both ends of the floor. The lack of pure athleticism doesn't affect his game though because his IQ, footwork, and lateral quickness are very high. His on-ball defense frustrates opponents while his off-ball defense limits them from ever getting the ball. White is consistently a pesky defender and if he can improve upon his offensive consistency he will have a long, successful career.

Strengths

Great feel for the game, good shooter, nice touch around the rim, good defender, quickness

Weaknesses

low release point on jumper, explosiveness, consistent ball handling

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Darius Garland

Darius Garland

6'3 | 173lbs | PG | Vanderbilt

NBA Comparison

Damian Lillard, Jeff Teague, Kemba Walker

Darius Garland's offensive game fits perfectly with today's NBA. He is a score-first point guard with surplus confidence. Garland has the ball on a string when he dribbles. His creativity and change of pace confound defenders. This high-level ball handling leads to Garland getting whatever shot he wants. Growing up as a spot up shooter has helped develop his shot to a level that we don't often see in point guards this age. He can spot up off-ball or use hang dribbles and step backs to neutralize defenders. His shot creation ability isn't just for himself either. His ability to carve through defenses opens up numerous opportunities for his teammates. He is more than willing to show off his vision and creativity when passing. 

While this can lead to stunning highlights, it also leads to too many turnovers. Garland's decision making will need to improve at the next level as he gets caught up in making the flashy play instead of the smart play. Garland is also limited by his lack of size and athleticism. We've seen plenty of guards succeed in spite of this, but Garland is still too affected by length and physicality to finish at the rim consistently. His lack of size and explosiveness also hurt him on defense. He gets blown by frequently because he gets caught flat-footed and doesn't get down in a defensive stance. In an NBA that commonly switches, Garland will be taken advantage of.

Strengths

Creating his own shot, ball handling, playmaking, shooting

Weaknesses

Decision making, finishing at the rim, defensive potential

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RJ Barrett

RJ Barrett

6'7 | 208lbs | SG | Duke

NBA Comparison

Stronger Andrew Wiggins, DeMar DeRozan

Coming into this season I had RJ Barrett number one but his play has produced more concerns than excitement. He has all the tools to be a team's franchise player but there are still plenty of concerns. Barrett is one of the best scorers in the country. He has an uncanny ability to get to the rim and can either finish through or around contact. He already has an NBA ready body which is ideally paired with his very high basketball IQ. He sees the floor nicely and has no issues taking over a game. Even though he is an elite scorer with his ability to get to the rim or pull up in the mid-range, his outside shooting is inconsistent and ineffective. My biggest concern with Barrett is his shot selection and decision making. Far too often we see him forcing shots.

His high level of confidence results in far too many pull threes that are either heavily contested or take the offense out of its rhythm. His great driving ability also leads him into silly charges or forcing shots because he just tries to power his way through the defense instead of making a smarter, easier play. Right now, despite his impressive scoring numbers, he is a very inefficient player. Barrett's development will be heavily dependent on what franchise he goes to. Things could get ugly if he ends up with a team that lets him do whatever he wants, but if he has structure and a coach that can connect with him, he could develop into a multi-time All-Star.

Strengths

Scoring instincts, physical tools, IQ

Weaknesses

Shot selection, outside shooting, defensive consistency

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Jarrett Culver

Jarrett Culver

6'5 | 190lbs | SG | Texas Tech

NBA Comparison

Khris Middleton, Robert Covington, Andre Iguodala

Jarrett Culver is an ideal 3-and-D prototype. He is a good athlete that utilizes his length on both ends of the floor. As a defender, Culver is very smart. He disrupts passing lanes, suffocates ball handlers, and has great instincts. The only concern with his defensive ability is how much he tends to overhelp on defense. This often results in his man being left open on the wing but this is a bad habit that should be easily corrected through coaching. Offensively, Culver shows immense potential. He frequently initiates the offense and rarely has any issues getting to the rim.

More impressive though is his ability and willingness to pass out of the drive. He does a great job of dumping it off to a teammate when multiple defenders commit and he has no issues delivering perfect passes to cutters. The biggest concern with Culver is his scoring consistency. He does a great job of getting to the rim but he needs to improve his touch around the rim to be a more effective scorer. Culver has also shown streaks of being a dangerous shooter from outside. He has a solid set shot but in order to truly turn into a consistent offensive weapon, he will need to do a lot of work on his jumper. Currently, he takes far too long to get into his shot and he has a slow release. This is fine on catch-and-shoot opportunities when he is wide open but makes it very difficult for him to shoot off the dribble. If Culver can improve his shooting form, he will greatly increase the potential of player he can turn into.

Strengths

Drive and finish ability, rebounding, on-ball defender, primary ball handler potential

Weaknesses

Consistent shooting, can overhelp on defense

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Brandon Clarke

Brandon Clarke

6'8 | 210lbs | PF | Gonzaga

NBA Comparison

Josh Smith, Shawn Marion, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Brandon Clarke may never be a star but he will contribute at a very high level for a long time, starting from day one. Clarke isn't the most skilled player, but his versatility on both ends of the floor is the most intriguing part about his game. He is a very explosive athlete and one of the best rim protectors in the country. Despite not being an exceptionally tall forward, Clarke uses his awareness, timing, and leaping ability to routinely turn away shot attempts at the rim. His defensive ability expands out to the perimeter as well. His quick feet make it difficult for opponents to get by and he is comfortable switching onto any position. His leaping ability also makes him a good rebounder and rim runner. He is at his best when he is around the rim on offense. 

His post game is pretty basic but he is able to elevate over defenders or catch lobs to score. On top of this, he has shown the flashes of being able to stretch the floor. His outside shooting is still his biggest limitation, but if he can show any consistency from outside, he will be deadly. Clarke has shown flashes of being able to attack off the dribble but when he goes against NBA level defenders, his loose ball handling will give him issues. Clarke's two-way versatility will make a positive impact for any team on day one.

Strengths

Athleticism, offensive efficiency, defense, rebounding

Weaknesses

Playmaking, shooting


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De'Andre Hunter

6'8 | 222lbs | SF | Virginia

NBA Comparison

Luol Deng, Al-Farouq Aminu

De'Andre Hunter is an elite defender who has massively improved his offensive game. He is one of the best overall defenders in the country and has been able to guard any position on the floor at a high level. His positioning, anticipation, and instincts make it extremely difficult for opponents to score on him. His quick hands force turnovers and his footwork rarely betrays him. He isn't an elite athlete so his defense can be deceiving. Instead of making the flashy, highlight plays, he ensures he doesn't have to through great positioning, keeping his opponent in front of him, and denying passing lanes.

The biggest improvement over the last year has been his jump in offensive production. He is a threat from behind the arc, especially off of catch-and-shoot opportunities. His ability to score off the dribble and off of cuts has been his biggest improvement. He does a great job of utilizing his body and his strength to get to the rim and finish with ease. While Hunter has improved his offensive versatility, he still plays too slow. He is often late at recognizing passes and can be a ball stopper. Getting to the rim or pulling up for a jumper, Hunter has developed into one of the best 3-and-D prospects in the country.

Strengths

Elite defender, two-way versatility, physical tools, improved ability to score off the dribble

Weaknesses

Creating for teammates, athleticism, slow decision making

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Goga Bitadze

Goga Bitadze

6'11 | 250lbs | C | Mega Bemax

NBA Comparison

Zach Collins, Dwight Powell, Gorgui Dieng

Goga Bitadze is the most offensively versatile center in this draft with his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor. Offensively, Bitadze is is most intriguing when he is acting as the screener. He consistently sets solid screens but also has the unique ability to roll or pop after the screen. When he rolls to the rim, he is able to finish with strength or use his footwork to dance around rotating defenders. What sets Bitadze apart from the rest of this class's centers is his ability to pick-and-pop. With his fluid shooting form, Bitadze can easily step behind the arc or pull up from his drives for a smooth mid-range jumper. Bitadze also is comfortable with the ball in his hands. He is a surprisingly effective driver and has shown flashes of creating for teammates. Defensively, Bitadze is an elite rim protector. The issues come when he is dragged away from the paint. His lateral mobility is far from average. He will likely be targeted routinely by opponents trying to force the switch. Teams that regularly switch on defense will quickly get frustrated, but he should be able to make a positive impact with his rim protection and drop coverage.

Strengths

Shooting, Rim protection, Offensive versatility

Weaknesses

Perimeter defense, defensive discipline


Cam Reddish

Cam Reddish

6'9 | 205lbs | SF | Duke

NBA Comparison

Rashard Lewis, Rodney Hood

Cam Reddish is one of the least talked about Duke freshmen but could end up having one of the best careers. Reddish has ideal NBA length and one of the prettiest jump shots in the country. He is always a threat from behind the arc and his shooting form is nearly impossible to block. An unheralded part of his offensive game is his driving ability. He uses his shooting to draw defenders into overly aggressive closeouts that he just drives past. His long arms and agility let him avoid contact. While he doesn't typically have an issue getting to the rim, he has struggled with his finishing once he gets there. 

If he is able to develop a better touch at the rim, his offensive game could take a huge leap. His length also comes into play on the defensive end by disrupting passing lanes and altering opponent's shots. His off-ball defense can be a liability though as he frequently gets caught ball watching. The reason that he isn't talked about as much as his fellow Duke freshmen is because he will often go through droughts where you forget he's on the floor. He struggles to stay consistently involved. Some of this may be attributed to who his teammates are but it is something he will really need to work on to make a real impact.

Strengths

Shooting, create off the dribble, length

Weaknesses

Consistent involvement, effort wanes, can get caught ball watching on D

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Jaxson Hayes

Jaxson Hayes

6'11 | 220lbs | C | Texas

NBA Comparison

Nerlens Noel, Jarrett Allen

Jaxson Hayes is very raw but very exciting as an ideal rim-running prospect at the center position. His explosiveness makes him an intimidating shot blocker and finisher at the rim which is how he will make his impact from day one. The concern is that he won't develop much past this. His offensive game besides dunking is unrefined. He has a very limited post game but thrives when he is setting screens and rolling for a lob. As the year has progressed his touch on post finishes has improved as has his footwork. This has allowed him to set up lesser defenders on some basic post moves but he will rarely post up in the NBA, at least for a couple of years. On the defensive end, he is a really good shot blocker who patiently times his block attempts and doesn't fall for pump fakes. When he is dragged out to defend the pick-and-roll, his footwork is good enough that he is able to aggressively hedge and then recover to his own man. Despite the defensive potential, he can miss rotations because of hesitant decision making or is late at recognizing the development of the play.

Strengths

Athleticism, rim runner, defense (footwork, quick hands, and rim protection), disrupts the pick and roll well

Weaknesses

Offense away from the rim, late reactions on defensive rotations, clumsy with the ball, needs to turn his head quicker when he rolls, strength


Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

6'6 | 200lbs | SG | Virginia Tech

NBA Comparison

Malcolm Brogdon, Gary Harris, Caris LeVert

Nickeil Alexander-Walker is a versatile scoring guard. His smooth shooting form makes him a consistent threat from outside. When teams close out too hard on him, he is able to use his length and creativity to get to - and finish at - the rim. One of the most important facets of his offensive game is his passing ability. He sees the floor really well and is able to deliver accurate passes to cutters. Also, he recognizes when defenses are collapsing on him and is very accurate when passing out of a drive. NBA teams need multiple players who can initiate the offense and Alexander-Walker will have no issues doing so. Defensively, he can guard positions 1-3 by using his length and footwork to keep opponents in front of him. The real issues come with his off-ball defense. He is frequently over helping, sagging too far off his guy, or making poorly timed switches. Good shooters and cutters will take full advantage of this at the next level. His lack of explosiveness will also hinder his rebounding and ability to finish at the rim against NBA shot blockers.

Strengths

Good on-ball defender, good passer, finishing at the rim, smooth shooting form

Weaknesses

Shooting off the dribble, bad off-ball defender, explosiveness


Nassir Little

Nassir Little

6'6 | 215lbs | SF | UNC

NBA Comparison

Jabari Parker, Jeff Green, Harrison Barnes

Despite coming off the bench for UNC, Nassir Little has all the tools of a lottery pick. He has ideal NBA size and athleticism which makes him a really interesting two-way prospect. His offensive game is frustrating as he struggles to keep a consistent shooting form but as the season has progressed, he has done a great job of showing how he has improved his scoring versatility. He will go through games where he is lights out from three but then will follow it up without making a three for a few games. His elbow often flares out and he doesn't always have a fluid shooting motion. Despite his shooting struggles, he is a very reliable driver. He uses his body well to create space and is a strong finisher around the rim. He also shows a lot of promise on the defensive end. He stays engaged as an on-ball defender and is a solid rim protector when helping from the weak side. He needs to work on his lateral quickness or else he will get blown by in the NBA. Little has a great foundation for a lottery pick and if the offensive improvement he's shown throughout this season continues, he will have a nice career.

Strengths

Ideal NBA body, versatile defender, rebounding, driving ability

Weaknesses

Shooting consistency, feel for the game, staying involved


Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson

6'6 | 210lbs | SF | Kentucky

NBA Comparison

TJ Warren, Michael Redd

Keldon Johnson has immense potential to turn into a really good NBA scorer. His physical tools set him apart from a lot of the other prospects in this draft. His size, quickness, and athleticism allow him to guard multiple positions at a high level. He stays engaged when guarding the ball but can fall asleep at times off ball. He will be a competent defender from day one but his scoring versatility is the most exciting part about his game. He creates space for himself when driving and isn't afraid to finish through contact. He has also shown a solid shooting form that should transition to the NBA nicely. He is most effective on offense when he is operating away from the ball though. He excels when he is spotting up for catch-and-shoot opportunities or running off screens. While his off-ball movement has led to most of his success, he can still become far too passive on offense when he is away from the ball. He needs to work on putting in a consistent effort with his off-ball movement in order to reach his scoring potential. If he can improve his sloppy ball handling and off-ball movement, he could be a dangerous offensive weapon.

Strengths

Physical tools, competitive defender, versatile scorer

Weaknesses

Ball watching, playmaking, staying consistently involved



15. PJ Washington

6'8 | 223lbs | PF | Kentucky

NBA Comparison

PJ Tucker, DJ Wilson

Strength and versatility are the first two words that come to mind for PJ Washington. He has improved tremendously over the past year and became a vital piece for Kentucky. His versatility on both ends of the floor is the most exciting part of his game. Offensively, he can abuse smaller defenders in the post with physical post moves. If he is matched up on a less athletic opponent he is able to stretch the floor and take bigger defenders off the dribble. His strong frame, consistent footwork, and scoring versatility also make him a really good screener. The concerns come with his overall ball security. He is a clumsy dribbler and has the ball stripped too often. If Washington is relied upon to create his own shot, the results won't be outstanding. Defensively, he is strong enough to guard in the post and quick enough to switch on the perimeter. His aggressiveness leads to him committing unnecessary fouls but it also forces opponents into committing turnovers and forcing bad shots. He hasn't shown consistent rim protection capabilities but has been able to help from the weak side. With Washington's overall versatility and tenacity, he will fit in great with an NBA locker room.

Strengths

Offensive versatility, Rebounding, defensive versatility

Weaknesses

Ball handling, ability to create his own shot, shot selection


16. Romeo Langford

6'6 | 202lbs | SF | Indiana

NBA Comparison

Evan Turner

Romeo Langford has all the tools to be a top-three player on a contender if he can change his mindset. The combination of his size, ball handling, and scoring instincts lead to consistent opportunities. Whether it is at the rim or shooting off the dribble, Langford excels when he has the ball. When he attacks the rim, his athleticism and size make it easy for him to finish through contact while his soft touch and high IQ allow for creative finishes. His shooting form suggests that he will develop into a good shooter and has improved on catch-and-shoot opportunities, but right now he is still too inconsistent to rely on it. His biggest offensive downfall is his inability to stay involved on offense. There are stretches he goes through where you forget that he's on the floor because he just stands in the corner. To be an offensive threat in the NBA, Langford will need to work on being consistently involved and creating opportunities for his teammates. The advantages that Langford's physical tools provide on offense are also relevant on the defensive end. When he is guarding the ball he locks in and opponents struggle to beat him off the dribble. Similar to the offensive end, his struggles come with his intensity. Langford often looks disinterested when he is on the floor. When he is away from the ball - on either end - he is often flat footed and ball watching. He needs to increase his effort and awareness on both ends if he wants to develop into anything more than a rotation player.

Strengths

Scoring instincts, defensive potential, physical build

Weaknesses

Mindset, off-ball defense, consistent involvement


17. Sekou Doumbouya

6'9 | 210lbs | PF | Limoges CSP

NBA Comparison

Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones

Sekou Doumbouya is a great athlete who has all the tools for an ideal 3-and-D wing. Doumboya is at his best when he is able to show off his athleticism when he runs in transition. He can explode off the floor to finish with authority at the rim or use his agile footwork from his days playing soccer to finish around opponents. At 6'9 230 pounds, Doumboya isn't intimidated around the rim. He can finish through contact and can be a match-up nightmare. Smaller opponents get abused in the post while bigger opponents get blown by. His size, length, and athleticism give him a huge edge on the defensive end; he is too strong to bully in the post and his feet are quick enough to keep up with guards. While Doumboya has all the tools to be a great defender, his lack of consistent effort makes him ineffective. On the offensive end, Doumboya is effective finishing at the rim, but the farther out he moves, the uglier the results become. His ball handling is sloppy and he struggles to create any space on his shots. The lack of shot creation isn't helped by how inconsistent Doumboya's shooting form is. He has shown competency from behind the arc in open catch-and-shoot scenarios, but once he has to shoot off the dribble or is contested, his form falls apart. Doumboya has a ton of potential to develop into a good 3-and-D wing, but unless he improves his effort and his shooting form, he will be just another athlete.

Strengths

Athleticism, running in transition, defensive potential

Weaknesses

Shooting consistency, consistent effort, ball handling


18. Rui Hachimura

6'9 | 234lbs | PF | Gonzaga

NBA Comparison

Paul Millsap, Taj Gibson

Rui Hachimura is one of the most versatile big men in this draft. He is a solid athlete who is very fluid with his movement. He has a surprisingly diverse offensive game where he can surgically operate in the post or face up and knock down jumpers. His size and athleticism also make him a dependable rebounder on both ends and a consistent rim protector. What sets him apart from other big men is his ability to grab a defensive rebound and run in transition. He is comfortable with the ball and has no issues going coast to coast. Hachimura began playing basketball only a few years ago so he doesn't have a great feel for the game yet. His passing vision is solid when running in transition but he can struggle to find open teammates in the half court offense. This lack of awareness also spills over onto the defensive end as he doesn't always recognize the correct rotations. I don't expect this to be a longterm issue and he should improve after being exposed to NBA level coaching and experience.

Strengths

Offensive versatility, rebounding, rim protection

Weaknesses

Creating for teammates, feel for the game


19. Bol Bol

7'2 | 222lbs | C | Oregon

NBA Comparison

Brook Lopez

Bol Bol is an attractive prospect based on his potential versatility, but he has a lot of red flags. Bol's extraordinary reach makes him a really good rim protector. When he uses his mobility as well, he can really deter opponents from going anywhere even close to the paint. His length also gives him one of the biggest rebounding windows in the country. While he projects currently as a shot blocker, his offensive game shows a lot of promise as well. His long arms and soft hands make him an ideal lob target with a huge catch radius. Despite his unorthodox push shot, he still has a soft touch and good arc on his outside shooting which could add a nice floor spacing option to his game. The biggest concern with Bol is his inconsistent motor and unease for physicality. He struggles to show up for every game (quite literally in some cases in high school) and compete at a high level. He doesn't fight for rebounds unless they come to him and opponents can easily establish position in the post. His lackluster screening ability will drive coaches crazy along with his questionable decision making. His passing ability and shot selection are myopic and routinely end up in lost possessions. Bol has the tools to be an NBA rim protector but if he can't improve his mindset, he could flame out quickly.

Strengths

Shot blocking, rebounding, fluidity, offensive potential

Weaknesses

Decision making, consistent motor, ability to handle physical play


20. Grant Williams

6'7 | 241lbs | PF | Tennessee

NBA Comparison

PJ Tucker, Marcus Morris

Grant Williams is built like a bull, and he plays like one too. As the back-to-back SEC player of the year, Williams has proven that he is a first-round talent. His strength is his biggest asset and he takes full advantage of it on both ends. On offense, he has no issue establishing position in the post. He is able to seal off opponents and then utilize his soft touch, agile feet, and creativity to score. He also has the ability to knock down jumpers. He doesn't venture to the perimeter often, but when he does, he is an accurate shooter. The downfalls come when he is forced to set up his teammates. He doesn't see the floor well and lacks the creativity that accompanies the great passing big men. On defense, Williams uses his strength and IQ to his full advantage. He is one of the best rebounders in the country and a really good team defender. His impressive footwork allows him to switch when needed and his strength makes him a wall in the post. His lack of size and athleticism put a pretty clear ceiling on his rim protection ability, but he makes up for it with a high IQ.

Strengths

Rebounding, IQ, scoring ability, physical tools

Weaknesses

Rim protection, explosiveness, playmaking


21. Tyler Herro

6'5 | 195lbs | SG | Kentucky

NBA Comparison

Danny Green, Richard Hamilton with less defensive ability

Tyler Herro is one of the most confident players in this class. He believes that every shot is going in and he isn't far off. He has a consistent form with a quick release that makes him a deadly shooter from outside. He also does a great job of running off screens the entire game which creates shooting space and exhausts his defender. Herro isn't just an outside shooter though. He utilizes change-of-pace dribbling to create lanes to the rim on a consistent basis. He also does a great job of leveraging the threat of his outside shot to create better opportunities. His ability to be a primary ball handler is limited. His ball handling and passing ability is adequate but isn't at the level that can create opportunities for teammates regularly. His high level of confidence carries over to the defensive end as well. He isn't a great defender, mostly due to limited athleticism, but he works really hard on that end. He doesn't get intimidated and has improved his positioning as the year has gone on. Herro will likely be viewed as just a shooter in the NBA, but he will bring a lot more to the table once the games start.

Strengths

Shooting, off-ball movement, confidence, effort

Weaknesses

Primary ball handler, athleticism, playmaking


22. Matisse Thybulle

6'5 | 200lbs | SF | Washington

NBA Comparison

Tony Allen, Danny Green

Matisse Thybulle is an elite wing defender but still has a lot of holes in his offensive game. He does a great job of turning his high-level defense into instant offense where he uses his athleticism to finish in transition. His great defensive instincts always make him a threat when he is away from the ball. He routinely picks off lazy passes and is one of the best shot blockers in this draft. His length, athleticism, and instincts should lead to a seamless transition for his defense to the NBA but he still has some bad habits that will need to be fixed. He won't be able to roam and play the Free Safety role as much in the NBA. If he does, he will get beat with cuts and ball movement. The biggest issues with Thybulle's game come on the offensive end. Thybulle has shown flashes of competency from beyond the arc but needs to improve on his consistency. Besides that, his offensive impact is sparse. He isn't a good playmaker, he is ineffective away from the ball, and he struggles to get to the rim against stronger opponents. Thybulle should be a good defender from day one but he really needs to work on his offensive feel and impact if he wants to be anything more than just a defensive specialist.

Strengths

Defense, 3-and-D potential, forcing turnovers

Weaknesses

Scoring, playmaking, bad habits from playing zone


23. Kevin Porter Jr

6'6 | 217lbs | SG | USC

NBA Comparison

Bigger Reggie Jackson, OJ Mayo

Kevin Porter is a great athlete who is a lot for opponents to handle. When he is able to run the floor and attack the hoop he can really take over a game. He uses his size and athleticism to create driving lanes and loves taking guys one on one. He has shown flashes of being able to create for teammates off the dribble but usually gets sucked into creating for himself. On the defensive end, Porter is a liability. All of his physical tools suggest that he could be a good defender eventually but right now he is just bad. He gets caught ball watching, doesn't get in a defensive stance, and shows no interest in working hard at that end of the floor. Porter is full of potential at both ends, but he will need some serious coaching to work out the numerous bad habits he's developed.

Strengths

Ball handling, creating off the dribble, size, athleticism

Weaknesses

Shooting, defensive positioning and discipline, attitude


24. Nicolas Claxton

6'11 | 215lbs | C | Georgia

NBA Comparison

Willie Cauley-Stein

Nicolas Claxton is a high energy big man that has the potential to stretch the floor. Claxton doesn't have much of a post game due to his lack of strength but he makes up for it with consistent off-ball movement and flashes of being able to stretch the floor. He is very mobile and has great footwork. He does a great job of cutting and is also an above average ball handler for his size. This allows him to take opponents off the dribble and easily pass out to open teammates. Claxton has shown flashes of stretching the floor but he needs to work on a more consistent shooting form in order for his jumper to be a legitimate weapon. Claxton's energy, footwork, and mobility are also a huge advantage for him on the defensive end. While it isn't ideal, he can switch onto smaller guards because his long strides and consistent footwork allow him to cut off drives. His lack of strength hurts him in the post because bigger opponents can easily move him. Despite this lack of strength, Claxton is a good rim protector because of his length, timing, and energy.

Strengths

Rim protection, playmaking, stretch potential

Weaknesses

Inconsistent shooting, decision making, strength


25. Talen Horton-Tucker

6'4 | 239lbs | SF | Iowa State

NBA Comparison

Patrick Patterson, Anthony Tolliver, Boris Diaw

Talen Horton-Tucker is an offensive minded wing who is at his best with the ball in his hands. His high-level ball-handling allows him to initiate the offense. He has an uncanny knack for getting to the rim where he uses his body to create space. His high, quick release lets him shoot off the dribble and he is always a threat from behind the arc. Even though he can run the offense, he is a below average passer. If he is able to improve on passing out of his drives, his offensive game could take a jump. We are seeing more NBA offenses run by wings so if Horton-Tucker can improve his vision he could be a secondary playmaker on a team's second line. His lack of athleticism limits his potential for growth. He is a below average defender who gets taken advantage of by quicker opponents. Even though he struggles to switch onto guards, his bigger body allows him to effectively guard power forwards and at least be a nuisance for some centers. He struggles on both ends of the floor when he is away from the ball as his off-ball movement is nonexistent on offense. He is used to having the ball in his hands so he frequently reverts to just standing on the wing. He is an effective finisher around the rim so if he can improve his cutting ability, it would add a nice dynamic to his offensive game. Defensively, he gets caught ball watching. Getting beat on back door cuts is a common occurrence and his lack of athleticism doesn't allow him to recover. Even though he isn't a great defender, he will need to tighten up his off-ball defense in order to not be a complete liability.

Strengths

Shooting off the dribble, driving ability, outside shooting

Weaknesses

Below average defender, athleticism, off-ball movement


26. Cameron Johnson

6'9 | 210lbs | PF | UNC

NBA Comparison

JJ Redick, Davis Bertans

Cameron Johnson has one of the prettiest shots in the country. He is often classified as just a shooter but he has shown that he is capable of doing much more. Johnson's reputation as a shooter is well earned. His ability to run off screens and relocate on the perimeter gives him enough space to use his high, quick release to continuously knock down threes. While he finds most of his points from beyond the arc, he has also displayed the ability to score off the drive. He patiently picks his way to the rim and uses his long arms to finish around traffic. Going forward, it would be encouraging to see him improve his ability to pull up off the dribble for jumpers and improve his passing ability. Johnson also isn't a great athlete but that doesn't stop him from being a solid defender. He uses his length to cut passing lanes and deny his opponent from ever getting the ball. His lateral quickness and post defense aren't great so switching onto multiple opponents won't be ideal. Johnson will be able to help a team off the bench from day one with his great shooting ability and intelligent defense.

Strengths

Great shooter, off-ball movement, length

Weaknesses

not a great athlete, average defender, playmaking


27. Ty Jerome

6'5 | 200lbs | PG | Virginia

NBA Comparison

Jose Calderon, Cory Joseph

Ty Jerome is a mature, fundamentally sound point guard. Like most Virginia players in recent years, he won't blow you away with his box score but he will make winning plays the entire game. Jerome is a big point guard and even though he isn't a great athlete, he doesn't struggle to score or get to the rim. While a lot of players rely on their athleticism to score, Jerome focuses on deceptively changing pace to create space. His soft touch makes him effective at the rim, on floaters, or pulling up. He also has no issues setting up his teammates whether it is off of drive-and-kick opportunities or finding them on a well-timed cut. In order to play at Virginia, you have to be a strong defender. Jerome's consistent footwork makes him a persistent defender. He does a great job of not crossing his feet when his opponent is on the move and clearly communicates and identifies switches and rotations. Jerome's lack of athleticism does rear its ugly head though on the defensive end. He may struggle to stay with NBA athletes but could make up for this with his high basketball IQ. Jerome isn't going to force you into a state of awe, but he will make positive contributions the entire time he is on the floor.

Strengths

Playmaking, IQ, on ball defender

Weaknesses

Athleticism, shooting consistency


28. Bruno Fernando

6'10 | 233lbs | C | Maryland

NBA Comparison

Derrick Favors

Bruno Fernando is an old school center and is an incredibly strong rebounder at both ends of the floor. Most of Fernando's scoring opportunities come off of offensive rebounds that he puts back with authority. His post game has improved throughout the season, but it is still limited in its ability to create quality looks. He telegraphs his moves and is able to power his way through instead of using high-level footwork and post moves to create an open look. Shooting away from the rim has shown flashes of success but is something he will need to work on to be an effective modern-day center. The biggest improvement in Fernando's game compared to last year has been his defensive ability. He is able to disrupt pick-and-rolls and is a strong on-ball defender in the post. He has also emerged as one of the best shot blockers in the country this year. His weak side awareness and timing leads to him routinely sending layups the other way. If Fernando continues to work hard and develop his game, he could turn into a well-rounded center that can make a consistent impact at the NBA level.

Strengths

Strength, rebounding, roll man, defensive potential

Weaknesses

Inconsistent effort, offensive consistency, ball security


29. Jalen McDaniels

6'10 | 195lbs | PF | San Diego St

NBA Comparison

Jonathan Isaac

Jalen McDaniels will be a project but could develop into a nice player if he gets put into the right situation. The first thing you notice about McDaniels is his length. His arms seem to go for miles and he uses this to his advantage. As an on-ball defender, McDaniels is able to swallow up opponents. He uses his length to cover ground quickly, disrupt passing lanes and alter shots. His length also comes into play on the offensive end as he easily rises over opponents for jumpers. His high release point makes his shot nearly unblockable. The concern with this is that instead of working for a better shot or using his skill to create a more open shot, he often settles for contested pull-ups. While McDaniels is blessed with length, he is hindered by a lack of strength. He struggles to establish post position, create space, and rebound because of this. McDaniels will also need to improve his awareness. On defense, he is often late to recognize his rotation or reign in a rebound. Offensively, he misses easy cuts or areas that he should relocate to on the perimeter. McDaniels oozes with potential but if a team tries to rush his progression the results will be disappointing.

Strengths

On ball defense, length, scoring potential

Weaknesses

Strength, playmaking, instincts, shot selection


30. Dylan Windler

6'7 | 195lbs | SF | Belmont

NBA Comparison

Bojan Bogdanovic

Dylan Windler is a very creative shot creator despite his lack of athleticism and high-level ball handling. Windler has no issue scoring in bunches. He uses a crafty change of pace tactics when he is moving off-ball to create back door cutting opportunities. He recognizes open spaces and parts of the floor that he can exploit. While there are many players in this draft that use pure speed to run off screens, Windler relies on his change of pace and hesitations to off-balance his opponent and create space. Windler's ball handling isn't as in control or creative as you'd like from a scoring wing. He struggles to create driving lanes and can be sloppy with the ball. His best move by far though is his step-back jumper. He frequently pairs this with his quick, effortless shot release to create space on the perimeter. His smooth, consistent shooting release will have no issues translating to the NBA. Windler's lack of athleticism hurts him on the defensive end as he is a below average defender. Getting beat off the dribble is not a rare occurrence and he can lose his guy off-ball after over helping. Even though he isn't a great athlete, he is a great rebounder. His instincts and timing lead to him out working the opponents on the boards. I believe that Windler will have no issues scoring at the next level but he will need to improve his defensive impact in order to make a consistent contribution.

Strengths

Rebounding, scoring, team defense

Weaknesses

Playmaking, on ball defender


31. Luguentz Dort

6'5 | 224lbs | SG | Arizona State

NBA Comparison

Andre Iguodala, Marcus Smart

Luguentz Dort is a defensive minded wing with an NBA body. His combination of strength and quickness allow him to guard multiple positions at a high level. He is able to hold his own in the post against bigger opponents while keeping up with guards on the perimeter. These physical tools also make him effective around the rim. Rebounding won't be an issue for him and his driving ability is easily his best offensive attribute. He uses his strength to finish through contact and his floor awareness to pass out of drives. The issue with Dort is that he becomes ineffective once he gets away from the ball. His outside shooting leaves a lot to be desired as his form needs a lot of work. He will frequently have inconsistent release points with far too much arc under his shot. The likelihood of Dort's shot greatly improving is unlikely but if he can improve the consistency of his off-ball movement, he will be able to make a bigger offensive impact. Opponents will likely sag way off of Dort, so if he is unable to figure out how to exploit that, he will be confined as a defensive specialist.

Strengths

Good on-ball defender, physical build, playmaking, guard multiple positions

Weaknesses

Shooting, consistent offensive involvement, consistent off-ball defense


32. DaQuan Jeffries

6'5 | 225lbs | SG | Tulsa

NBA Comparison

Terrance Ferguson, Bruce Brown, David Nwaba

DaQuan Jeffries is a strong defender who works really hard on both ends of the floor. Jeffries is a very intelligent player who is a great communicator. On defense, he is constantly calling out rotations and communicating. His positioning and instincts put him in the right position, make him great at closeouts, and is always a threat to jump passing lanes. His strength and work rate let him guard multiple positions as well. The issues with Jeffries defense is that he struggles to keep up with quicker opponents. He doesn't have great agility and he struggles to quickly turn his hips to keep up with drives. On offense, Jeffries really struggles with the ball in his hands. His ball handling is basic and lacks any ingenuity or creativity. He is just an average shooter but is at his best when he is off-ball. He is a solid spot-up shooter and is a great cutter where he uses his elite leaping ability to finish at the rim.

Strengths

Shot creation, agility, average shooter

Weaknesses

Off ball scoring, IQ, defense


33. Carsen Edwards

6'0 | 196lbs | PG | Purdue

NBA Comparison

2018-19 Derrick Rose, Patty Mills

Carsen Edwards is an offensive spark-plug. Within minutes he can fill up the stat sheet and he is not burdened with a lack of confidence. Edwards is an undersized combo guard that could be a nice energy scorer off the bench. Despite his lack of height, he scores from all areas of the floor. He exhausts opponents with his constant off-ball movement. Even when opponents are able to keep up with him, Edwards is unaffected by hands in his face. His smooth shooting stroke makes him a threat from outside. His ability to create space on step-backs and creative drives makes him dangerous from any level of the floor. The high energy that Edwards plays with on offense also translates to the defensive end. He works hard and keeps up with opponents but in all is an ineffective defender. His lack of size limits his upside and his footwork and instincts tend to betray him when he's guarding the ball handler. Even though his on-ball instincts wane, he does a good job of reading the floor and jumping passing lanes when he is away from the ball. Edwards will be limited on both ends of the floor by his size but he will be able to put up points in a hurry as an energy guy off the bench.

Strengths

Scoring in traffic, energy, shooting range

Weaknesses

Size, defense, scoring consistency, playmaking


34. Darius Bazley

6'9 | 196lbs | SF | USA

NBA Comparison

Jerami Grant

Darius Bazley projects as a high energy, versatile defender who has the potential to develop a more well rounded offensive game. Bazely is a really good athlete and he showcases this with his rebounding numbers and activity. He crashes the glass on offense and keeps opponents away from loose balls on defense. The high energy he plays with is evident with his shot blocking capabilities. His athleticism allows him to guard numerous positions but he will need to improve his defensive discipline in order to be a consistent NBA defender. He is too eager to force turnovers or block shots which leads to him getting into foul trouble. Bazely's offensive game still needs work but he has the foundation is there to develop into a positive contributor. He has shown flashes of scoring off the dribble and being a decent shooter but he will need to continue to develop these skills in order to use them in the NBA.

Strengths

Rebounding, defense, energy

Weaknesses

Consistent shooting, defensive discipline


35. Chuma Okeke

6'7 | 233lbs | PF | Auburn

NBA Comparison

Marvin Williams, Jonas Jerebko

Chuma Okeke projects as a pick-and-pop stretch 4. His outside shooting will translate nicely to the NBA and be a weapon for him. His fluid shooting form produces consistent results. He is at his best on offense when he is setting a screen and then using his quality footwork to pop out for a catch-and-shoot three. His playmaking is subpar and his lack of a postgame hurts his offensive versatility but he is able to take advantage of smaller opponents. Defensively, Okeke does a good job of putting himself in the right position. His work rate and awareness allow him to disrupt opponents and be an effective rebounder. The biggest hindrance on Okeke's game is his lack of athleticism. He struggles to keep up with quicker opponents and can't elevate well enough to be a consistent rim protector. This also limits what he can do offensively as his drives are only effective when he attacks sloppy closeouts. In the NBA Okeke will likely be a low usage, specialty player off the bench. His pick-and-pop potential paired with his work rate may lead to him developing a more prominent role but his lack of athleticism will be a big obstacle for him to overcome.

Strengths

Outside shooting, rebounding, work rate

Weaknesses

Limited offensive impact, athleticism, playmaking


36. Isaiah Roby

6'8 | 226lbs | PF | Nebraska

NBA Comparison

James Johnson

Isaiah Roby has the potential to be a rotation stretch four in the NBA but teams will need to be patient with him. The biggest concern with Roby is his lack of lateral quickness. This limits his ability to create shots, switch on defense, and more a more impactful player. He compensates for this with his basketball IQ. Even though he provides limited rim protection in terms of shot blocking, his timely rotations and proper positioning tend to disrupt scoring opportunities. On the offensive end, he sees the floor well and if he can improve upon his inconsistent passing, he could turn into a rotation's secondary playmaker. Roby has shown some scoring versatility but is far too inconsistent. Despite his lack of lateral quickness, he has displayed good footwork which he uses in post-up situations. He has a quick spin move and can knock down step-back jumpers. He struggles to get a consistent lift on his jumpers but has shown that he can knock down spot-up threes when he is decisive. Despite his floor vision, he often hesitates on what he wants to do with the ball. This eliminates driving lanes, open shots, and open teammates. Roby will need to improve on his decisiveness to make an impact in a team's rotation.

Strengths

Smart defender, good passer, stretch 4 potential

Weaknesses

low post strength, decision making, lateral quickness


37. KZ Okpala

6'9 | 215lbs | SF | Stanford

NBA Comparison

Tayshaun Prince, Terrance Ferguson

KZ Okpala projects as a solid 3-and-D wing but is far from it in practice. His best attribute right now is his size and length. Offensively, he is able to finish around the rim using his long arms to either score over smaller defenders or around bigger ones. He isn't flashy with the ball in his hands, but he is comfortable with it. Despite a level of comfort with the ball, he struggles to create his own shot. His lack of speed and dribbling creativity limit his ability to create driving lanes or space to pull up. The biggest red flag with Okpala though is his passivity on both ends of the floor. He is willing to drive once he gets the ball on offense but spends most of his time standing in the corner not looking for cuts or space to relocate to on the perimeter. His opponents often beat him on cuts because they catch him ball watching on defense. He is able to use his length to affect shots but his slow lateral speed and late rotations tend to make him an ineffective defender. Okpala has had moments of being a consistent scorer but he has a lot of work to do on both ends to be a consistent contributor.

Strengths

3-and-D potential, finishing around the rim, rebounding

Weaknesses

Consistent shooting, defensive awareness, offensive involvement


38. Mfiondu Kabengele

6'10 | 249lbs | C | Florida St

NBA Comparison

Poor man's Serge Ibaka

Mfiondu Kabengele was Florida State's leader and best player this season despite coming off the bench in every game. His role in the NBA will likely be similar to his role in college as a high energy bench player. Kabengele showed off his scoring versatility this year. He is an aggressive finisher at the rim, often opting for dunks, and can stretch the floor consistently. Even though his shooting form is shotputesque, he was a consistent threat from behind the arc, especially on catch-and-shoot opportunities. He will be most effective in the NBA as a screener. Besides setting strong screens, Kabengele is a strong finisher at the rim when he rolls and he can mix it up by popping out for three. His post game needs to be refined as it can be predictable and his touch on layups and hook shots need to improve. He also looks uncomfortable with the ball in his hands and provides little playmaking support. Kabengele is just as strong around the rim on defense as he is on offense. He is an effective rim protector with well-timed block attempts and strong shot contests. He does struggle to keep up with quicker opponents that he gets switched on to on the perimeter. Like most big men, Kabengele's defensive impact declines the farther away from the rim he goes, but overall he shouldn't hurt a team defensively.

Strengths

Scoring versatility, work rate, rim protection

Weaknesses

Perimeter defense, touch around the rim, playmaking


39. Jontay Porter

6'11 | 236lbs | C | Missouri

NBA Comparison

Poor man's Nikola Jokic

Jontay Porter isn't a great athlete but he makes up for it with a very high basketball IQ. His awareness on both ends of the floor is very high and puts him in the right spot. His defensive upside will be limited in the NBA because of his lack of athleticism. He will likely struggle to guard in space and will struggle as a rim protector due to his lack of explosiveness. Despite this, he can still make a positive impact on defense. His recognition and awareness put him a step ahead of opponents. He does a great job of rotating and disrupts shots with his disciplined use of verticality. His high IQ is evident on the offensive end as well. His floor vision is impressive, especially for a college center. On top of this, his passes make it easy for teammates to immediately get into their shot. Along with his high-level passing, Porter has shown the ability to consistently stretch the floor. His catch-and-shoot ability projects perfectly for a pick-and-pop center.

Strengths

Basketball IQ, shooting, playmaking

Weaknesses

Athleticism, defensive versatility, conditioning


40. Luka Samanic

6'11 | 210lbs | PF | Petrol Olimpija

NBA Comparison

Rodions Kurucs, Kyle Anderson

Luka Samanic is a skilled big man that has the potential to stretch the floor. Samanic's biggest impact comes on the offensive end of the floor. Samanic is a very mobile big man. He does a great job of running in transition and if he doesn't get the ball on the run, he establishes deep post position right away. This mobility is also evident in the half court offense. He identifies open spaces and is more than happy to fill them. Whether he is cutting off-ball or relocating on the perimeter, Samanic is always searching for the openings on the floor. When he does get the ball in the post, Samanic uses a well polished and creative post game to create scoring opportunities. Samanic has to rely on his skill and finesse because he still has a smaller frame and lacks the strength of NBA big men. This lack of strength affects his ability to play through physical defenders and results in him forcing bad shots. On defense, Samanic is a smart defender but is hindered by his lack of strength and lateral foot speed. Bigger opponents push him around in the post rather easily and quicker opponents easily blow past him. Samanic has the skills to develop into a competent big man but he will be a project and will need to decide what type of big man he wants to be.

Strengths

Mobility, post skill, playmaking potential

Weaknesses

Defensive versatility, motor, strength


41. Jaylen Hoard

6'8 | 215lbs | SF | Wake Forest

NBA Comparison

Moe Harkless

Jaylen Hoard has the potential to develop a well rounded offensive game. He is already a versatile scorer but he shines when he is acting as the screener. His solid screens clear space for his teammates but his ability to roll or pop creates numerous scoring opportunities. When he rolls to the rim he is actively looking for the ball and has the footwork to avoid rotating defenders. His ability to pop for an open three keeps defenses on their toes so they don't get beat by his effective jumper. Hoard's ability to create for his teammates isn't just with setting screens. He is an accurate passer and has impressive vision. He has no issues finding back door cuts or making the extra pass. The concerns with Hoard's future come on the defensive end though. Hoard is a solid off-ball defender as he does a good job of ball denial and making the appropriate rotations. His on-ball defense leaves a lot to be desired. He has the size to guard multiple positions but his foot speed and lateral quickness are far too slow. Opponents routinely blow past him which results in easy buckets or Hoard committing an unnecessary foul. If Hoard isn't able to improve his defensive ability, he will struggle to earn minutes at the next level.

Strengths

Scoring, screen and roll versatility, passing, off-ball defense

Weaknesses

Rim protection, lateral speed, staying involved


42. Louis King

6'7 | 188lbs | SF | Oregon

NBA Comparison

Terrance Ferguson, Josh Jackson

Louis King is a great example of a player with a lot of raw potential. His best trait may be that he has the potential to be molded into whatever type of player his coach wants him to become. King's length and fluidity make him a very versatile player. Defensively, he can guard almost any position on the floor with his long arms and quick feet. His high work rate and leaping ability also make him a strong rebounder. On the offensive end, King has shown the foundation of a good jumper both off the catch or off the dribble. He is still too inconsistent to be regularly relied upon but the foundation is there. He will need to improve his shot selection and his willingness to accept contact as he rarely gets to the free throw line. King's rawness and youth are evident with his decision making as well. He will go through stretches where he is careless with the ball on offense and committing unnecessary fouls on defense. There isn't one thing that King excels at right now but if given some time and coaching, King could turn into a nice two-way wing.

Strengths

Good shooting form, defensive versatility, moldability

Weaknesses

Defensive awareness, off-ball activity, shooting consistency


43. Terence Davis

6'4 | 201lbs | SG | Ole Miss

NBA Comparison

Terrence Ross, JR Smith

Terence Davis is a volume scorer with 3-and-D potential. Last season Davis showed how he can light it up from behind the arc but he needs to work on his consistency. He does a great job of creating his own shot or running off screens. He is deadly when he runs in transition and is able to finish with a strong dunk if he has a clear lane. Davis will be a two-guard despite his lack of size because he struggles with his playmaking ability. He will show flashes of making the right play out of the pick-and-roll but his decision making is shaky. On the defensive end, Davis has all the tools to be a good defender. His length and agility should make him a good defender but he needs to work on his discipline. He will get caught reaching in late and committing too many fouls. Staying engaged on defense and adapting to a secondary offensive role will be crucial to his development.

Strengths

Shooting, athleticism, running in transition

Weaknesses

Streaky shooter, defensive discipline, playmaking


44. Daniel Gafford

6'10 | 223lbs | C | Arkansas

NBA Comparison

Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan

Daniel Gafford is a mobile center that is still just mostly potential. Gafford does a really good job of running the floor. His mobility and jumping ability are great tools for a young center. This combined with his length, project him to be a good rim protector and finisher around the rim. The problem though, his motor constantly varies and he struggles to stay engaged. He has all of the tools to be a versatile defender and scorer but the reality is that he struggles away from the rim on either end. Once he leaves the paint on offense, his impact rapidly diminishes. He is a bad shooter and struggles to see passing lanes. The upside though is his screening ability. He does a great job of taking opponents out of the play and can finish with a strong roll to the rim. His offensive ineffectiveness outside of the paint is mirrored on defense. His clunky footwork and lack of agility make him a switching nightmare. He can still contest shots because of his good timing but too often ends up reaching in to bail himself out of getting blown by. The potential that Gafford has shown is exciting but if he is unable to put it into practice his NBA career could be short-lived.

Strengths

Runs the floor well, strong finisher around the rim, rim protector potential

Weaknesses

Struggles to make a consistent impact, aggressiveness, ball security, scoring outside the paint


45. Admiral Schofield

6'5 | 238lbs | SF | Tennessee

NBA Comparison

Jae Crowder

Admiral Schofield projects as a small-ball four. He has done a great job over the last year to transform his body and he is constantly working on improving his game. This work ethic carries over to the floor as he is always working hard on both ends. Due to his size and strength, he can guard multiple positions at a high level. He shouldn't have any issues guarding forwards and centers but his lateral quickness may hinder him just a bit when switching onto guards. His strength also makes him a really good rebounder. He has a knack for hunting loose balls and then has the ability to start the break on his own. Getting to the rim is rarely an issue for Schofield but he struggles to consistently finish at the rim due to a lack of soft touch. The lack of shooting consistency could really limit Schofield's impact. He goes through stretches of shooting lights out, but his inconsistent form produces unreliable results. He is oddly more effective on catch-and-shoot opportunities when he is guarded compared to when he is open. This may be due to the fact that he isn't overthinking his form which he's worked on a lot.

Strengths

Defensive versatility, rebounding, strength

Weaknesses

Consistent shooting, lateral quickness, shot selection


46. Tremont Waters

5'11 | 175lbs | PG | LSU

NBA Comparison

D.J. Augustin, Bryn Forbes

Tremont Waters will likely fall in the draft because of his size, but he is a very talented player. Waters shines when he has the ball in his hands with his flashy ball handling, crafty passes, and unique scoring ability. Even though Waters lacks size, he is able to create his own shot whenever he wants. His stepback jumper is smooth and his crossover freezes opponents so he can get to the rim. The fluidity of his ball handling makes it easy for him to get straight into his shot off the dribble. This also allows him to make an accurate pass to an open teammate at any time. Waters does a great job of dissecting the floor and making an accurate pass regardless of what he's doing with the ball. This ability to manipulate the ball does lead to Waters making poor decisions at times. He needs to work on his shot selection and not always trying to make the highlight pass. Waters' biggest hurdle though is his size. Even though he has quick hands and can jump passing lanes, defense will not be his forte as opponents will seek him out. He will need to do a better job of locking in and trying to just get in the way instead of gambling for a steal.

Strengths

Passing, shot creation, ball handling

Weaknesses

Decision making, size, defense


47. Eric Paschall

6'8 | 260lbs | PF | Villanova

NBA Comparison

Homeless Draymond Green

Eric Pascall doesn't have much room for growth, but he is a very well rounded stretch four. After four years at Villanova, Pascall has turned into a versatile forward with a high basketball IQ. He plays with a very high level of energy and both ends of the floor and usually makes the right decision. Pascall's defensive appeal is that he can guard any position on the floor. He is quick enough to switch onto guards and strong enough to guard in the post. NBA teams that frequently switch with their forwards would benefit greatly with him. Similar to being a versatile defender, Pascall has shown multiple tools on offense. He is a solid ball handler for his position and frequently initiated the offense at Villanova. He isn't a great three-point shooter but he is good enough where opponents need to guard against it. Dragging bigger opponents out to the arc allows Pascall to use his speed to drive past them to finish at the rim. Pascall likely won't develop much more in the NBA but he could easily be a second-round steal with a productive career.

Strengths

Work rate, Defensive versatility, stretch 4

Weaknesses

Undersized big man, consistent shooting


48. Shamorie Ponds

6'1 | 175lbs | PG | St Johns

NBA Comparison

Jamal Crawford, Isaiah Thomas

Shamorie Ponds is a wizard on offense. Whether Ponds is lighting it up from three or carving his way to the rim, he is always a threat to score. His speed and high-level dribbling allow him to get to the rim at will where he is adept at drawing fouls and creatively finishing below the rim. Ponds isn't an explosive athlete so relying on his dribbling to create space is vital. He frequently uses NBA level cross-overs, step-backs, and hesitations to create space to knock down jumpers. Despite being a score-first point guard, Ponds is also one of the most impressive passers in the country. He sees the floor in a sense that is foreign to most players and is able to find the most creative ways to set his teammates up to score. In the NBA, Ponds will need to utilize this passing ability more often as he tends to over dribble right now. Defensively, Ponds generates a lot of steals but these are the result of a lot of gambling and bad defense. Far too often we see him roaming aimlessly on defense, leaving his man wide open. This can be done at the college level but is a bad habit that will get abused in the NBA. If Ponds can tighten up his defensive discipline and work on not dominating the ball for every second of the shot clock, he could turn into a consistently productive NBA player.

Strengths

Passing, scoring ability, ball handling

Weaknesses

Defense, inefficient scorer, tendency to over-dribble


49. Naz Reid

6'10 | 252lbs | C | LSU

NBA Comparison

Jonah Bolden

Naz Reid is an athletic freak with a versatile offensive game. He has a smooth stroke from outside which makes him effective in the pick-and-pop game as well as a trailing shooter. He is at his best when he attacks the rim though. His explosiveness leads to devastating finishes and his agility lets him drive around opponents. The offensive struggles for Reid arise when he tries to post up. He has a simplistic post game and often relies on pure strength to create a shot which won't translate once he faces NBA defenders. To make up for this lack of a post game, Reid has shown moments of being an effective cutter and relocate to open space for an easy scoring opportunity. Reid takes full advantage of his athleticism on the defensive end as well. He can be a solid rim protector and isn't a disaster when he gets switched onto guards because of his agility. In order to be a positive defender though, Reid will really need to improve his overall awareness and discipline. He will frequently miss a rotation or get fooled by simple ball fakes.

Strengths

Shooting, athleticism, strong finisher at the rim

Weaknesses

Feel for the game, defensive awareness, defensive discipline


50. Ignas Brazdeikis

6'7 | 223lbs | SF | Michigan

NBA Comparison

Joe Ingles, Rodney Hood

Ignas Brazdeikis has shot up the boards after displaying his natural scoring instincts and winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year at Michigan last season. Offensively, Brazdeikis has a slow first step and average leaping ability which limits his ability to attack the rim against better athletes. Even though he sees the floor well and has good instincts on where to position himself, he is a below average playmaker. His ball handling also proved to be sloppy and failed him at times when he tried to create space for his shot. Despite this, Brazdeikis is a confident shot maker and finisher at the rim. He proved that he can score off the dribble, shoot from outside, and finish in traffic. His shooting performances were inconsistent but that should improve as he develops better shot selection. On the defensive end, Brazdeikis is limited by his lack of athleticism. He has the size, strength, and IQ to guard multiple positions but his slow first step and average lateral quickness proved to be troublesome against quicker opponents. Brazdeikis could become a really nice role player for teams with his strong feel for the game and natural scoring ability.

Strengths

Versatile scorer, feel for the game, work rate

Weaknesses

Ball handling, playmaking, average defender, athleticism


51. Zylan Cheatham

6'7 | 220lbs | PF | Arizona State

NBA Comparison

Alfonzo McKinnie, Aaron Gordon

Zylan Cheatham is an undersized big man that excels on the defensive end. He fights through screens, protects the rim, and can switch easily. He is also a relentless rebounder with the skill to initiate the fast break on his own or with an accurate outlet pass. On offense, he provides little threat as a shooter. Teams will sag way off of him as his mechanics need a lot of work. He does do a good job of maneuvering his way to the rim and putting back offensive rebounds. His playmaking ability is above average for his position but he is still too careless with the ball to be consistently relied upon.

Strengths

Defense, work rate, rebounding

Weaknesses

Shooting, ball security, undersized big man


52. Charles Bassey

6'11 | 234lbs | C | Western Kentucky

NBA Comparison

Thomas Bryant

Charles Bassey is a great athlete that thrives at the rim. When he gets the ball in the post the odds are high that he is going to score. He is a very good rim runner and can change games with his ability to crash the offensive glass. When his teammates drive, he does a great job of repositioning himself in the post to be available for either a drop off pass or an offensive rebound. Unfortunately, this is where Bassey's offensive impact ends. Despite being a good finisher at the rim, Bassey has a very rudimentary post game. He frequently relies on pure athleticism instead of skill and footwork. He also needs to improve his shooting ability away from the rim. Defensively, Bassey uses his athleticism to deter opponents at the rim. He could develop into a consistent rim protector if he can improve his defensive discipline. Too often he will fall for shot fakes and get into foul trouble. Bassey will need to work on developing his footwork and overall skill level and stop relying on just his athleticism.

Strengths

Finishing at the rim, athleticism, motor

Weaknesses

Playmaking, consistent shooting


53. Deividas Sirvydis

6'8 | 190lbs | SF | Lietuvos Rytas

NBA Comparison

Joe Harris, Reggie Bullock

Deividas Sirvydis is a skilled wing that can really score the ball. His outside shooting is his biggest selling point as he shot 46.3% from three in limited minutes this season. His smooth, consistent mechanics allow him to be successful whether he is shooting off the dribble or off a pass. His feel for the game is impressive for someone his age as he knows where to be and sees the floor well. He has displayed the ability to get to and finish at the rim but his slow first step and lack of athleticism will hinder this against NBA defenders. Sirvydis is also a smart team defender. When he is away from the ball he generally makes the right rotations. The issues come with his on-ball defense. His lack of athleticism hurts his ability to stay with opponents and he needs to improve his decision making when opponents put him in the pick-and-roll. Sirvydis's shooting should translate to the NBA from day one, but if he wants to make a consistent impact, he will need to improve his defensive consistency.

Strengths

Shooting, motor, feel for the game

Weaknesses

Athleticism, inconsistent defense


54. Jalen Lecque

6'4 | lbs | PG | Brewster Academy

NBA Comparison

Dennis Smith Jr, Zach LaVine with no jumper

Jalen Lecque is a freak athlete. He is a crafty ball handler and does a great job of navigating his way to the rim. He is one of the most explosive players in this draft and loves to use it at the rim. Lecque will gladly slam it on any defender and could end up drawing a lot of fouls at the rim. He's shown flashes of being a good passer but he needs to learn how to slow the game down. He often gets into a zone where he is only trying to attack the rim and ignores his teammates and offense. It will be an adjustment for him to slow down his game, improve his vision, and run a halfcourt offense. Lecque is also a very good off-ball defender. He is always a threat as a weak side shot blocker and does a good job of jumping passing lanes and running in transition. Lecque's outside shooting is also a big concern and may never develop into a useful tool. He lacks any touch on his shot and needs to rework his mechanics. Lecque may never develop into more than just a great athlete, but he is worth a late round flyer.

Strengths

Athleticism, getting to the rim, off ball defender

Weaknesses

Shooting, ability to operate a half-court offense


55. Miye Oni

6'6 | 210lbs | SG | Yale

NBA Comparison

Jeremy Lamb, Sterling Brown

Miye Oni is a very good athlete who showed a versatile offensive game this season. He has shown flashes of creating off the dribble, but he is at his best when he is put into motion and running off screens. He uses a change of pace and screens to create space and once he runs off the screen, he does a great job of attacking. When Oni isn't attacking the rim, he has shown flashes of being an above average shooter. In order for Oni to take a jump and be a consistent contributor, he will have to improve his shooting consistency and ball handling. His ball handling resulted in far too many turnovers this year and once he goes against NBA defenders it could be a real problem. On the defensive end, Oni is a smart team defender. He recognizes and makes the right rotations while rarely being caught ball watching. The issues come with his on-ball defense. Opponents didn't have much trouble beating Oni off the dribble. He is slow to turn his hips and really needs to work on his anticipation in order to disrupt opponents drives.

Strengths

Shooting potential, off-ball movement, good team defender

Weaknesses

Perimeter defense, inconsistent shooting form


56. Brian Bowen

6'7 | 190lbs | SF | Sydney Kings

NBA Comparison

Otto Porter Jr, Iman Shumpert

Brian Bowen is likely most well known for losing his college eligibility, but he should be known for being a really skilled wing. Offensively, Bowen showed some scoring versatility this season with the Sydney Kings. He doesn't have a great first step, but he still finds a way to get to the rim where he utilizes creative finishes to score. He has also shown stretches of being a really good shooter from outside. His shooting is at its best when he is in catch-and-shoot situations. He is able to get into his shot in rhythm and keep his form consistent. The issues arise when he shoots off the dribble. His mechanics are sloppy and he struggles to get his footwork right. On the defensive end, Bowen has all the tools to be a good defender with his size and length. He's shown flashes of being a good defender and a good shot blocker but he also has too many defensive lapses. He can struggle to stay engaged and miss rotations. Bowen has a lot of tools to turn into a consistent contributor. He will likely fall in the draft due to having to play in Australia, but he could be a steal in the second round.

Strengths

Shooting potential, off-ball movement, defensive potential

Weaknesses

Shooting consistency, explosiveness, defensive consistency


57. Charles Matthews

6'6 | 180lbs | SF | Michigan

NBA Comparison

Andre Roberson, Andre Iguodala

Charles Matthews is one of, if not the, best defensive wings in this draft. During his time at Michigan, he was the anchor for multiple top tier defensives but was never able to take his offensive game to the next level. He struggled with shooting consistency and showed very limited ability from the outside. He was successful on offense when he attacked the rim. He also displayed a mature postgame and the ability to pull up for midrange jumpers. In general, though, Matthews's offensive game is very limited. His ball handling is sloppy, he struggles to create space, and he is an average passer at best. Mathews's main selling point is his defense though. His athleticism and instincts allow him to guard multiple positions. He is strong enough to lock down bigger wings and quick enough to corral guards. He uses his quick hands to poke the ball loose, his instincts to jump passing lanes, and his athleticism to block shots. Matthews will be able to defend at a high level in the NBA but his lack of offensive production will hinder his NBA future.

Strengths

Defense, athleticism, IQ

Weaknesses

Shooting consistency, playmaking


58. Dedric Lawson

6'8 | 225lbs | PF | Kansas

NBA Comparison

Skinny Kevin Love

Dedric Lawson is one of the most versatile offensive big men in the country. He uses his great footwork to confuse defenders in the post and can stretch the floor with his fluid jump shot. This offensive versatility makes him a matchup nightmare for opponents. He has no issues dragging slower opponents out to the arc and he will abuse smaller opponents if they switch on to him. He is very active on both ends of the floor rebounding the ball, often leading to easy put backs. Lawson's defensive ability is where his impact starts to take a downturn. He lacks the strength required to hold his own against NBA bigs and lacks the lateral quickness and instincts to keep up with faster opponents. He isn't a very good rim protector and even though he is an active rebounder, he needs to be a much stronger rebounder as he often gives up rebounds he should be getting. Lawson could be very effective in the pick-and-roll but will likely be exposed on defense.

Strengths

Creative post game, versatile when setting the pick, good shooter, active rebounder

Weaknesses

Defense, rim protection, needs to be stronger when rebounding


59. Kyle Guy

6'3 | 174lbs | SG | Virginia

NBA Comparison

Marco Belinelli

Kyle Guy is a lights out shooter with no confidence issues. There are few players in the country that are as confident and prolific from behind the arc as Guy. His off-ball movement ties up defenders and few use a pick as well as he does. Since he is a smaller shooting guard he has to get his shot off quickly. Like many elite NBA shooters, Guy has greatly improved his ability to shoot off-balanced, often already in his shooting motion as he receives the ball. He finds his balance and squares up after he is already in the air making it very difficult for defenders to recover. He is also deadly when he isn't forced into running laps to create space. Guy's high-level footwork carries over onto the defensive end as well. He stays in front of defenders by sliding his feet, not crossing, and anticipating how the play is going to develop. The defensive end of the floor is where his lack of size and athleticism really come into play though. He will be limited in who he can guard at the NBA level and could easily be a target for teams to attack. Guy's off-ball movement and shooting ability make him an intriguing prospect, but if he can become a stronger defender and improve upon his playmaking, he could be a steal in the second round.

Strengths

Shooting, off-ball movement, intelligent defender

Weaknesses

Size, athleticism, finishing around the rim


60. Yovel Zoosman

6'6 | 200lbs | SF | Maccabi Tel Aviv

NBA Comparison

Omri Casspi, shades of Manu Ginobili

Yovel Zoosman has an intriguing skill set for a wing and relies a lot on his basketball IQ. He does a great job of moving off the ball and finding the open spaces whether it is cutting to the rim or rotating to the corner. He is also really effective at getting to the rim. He is a below average athlete but uses creative ball handling and change of pace to wiggle his way to the rim. Zoosman has also proven to be a competent shooter from outside. His form and mechanics are smooth and consistent which should lead to better results as his career progresses. Zoosman's lack of athleticism hinders him on offense (and will be a bigger hurdle going against NBA athletes), but it really hurts him on defense. Opponents are able to overpower him or beat him with pure athleticism. Zoosman makes up for this at points with quick hands to poke the ball loose but this isn't a reliable defensive strategy. If Zoosman can improve his lateral quickness, he could become a useful rotation wing.

Strengths

Off-ball movement, creating off the dribble, outside shooting

Weaknesses

Athleticism, consistent ball handling, defensive versatility