NBA Draft Picks that can help from Day 1.

 

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1) Trey Burke: Michigan (PG)- Trey Burke is the 1st point guard likely go off the board in tonight’s NBA Draft. He’s a true point guard that doesn’t shy away from the big moment. He can get to basket, finish in the lane and has a flare for the dramatic.Just ask Kansas when hit the game tying 3 to send the game into Overtime. He won the Big 10 Freshman of the Yr in 2011-2012. In his Sophomore yr he led Michigan to the National Championship Game and was a consensus All-American. He took home National Player of the Yr Honors as well. He averaged 18.6 points per game, dished out 6.6 assists per game and shot over 80% from the foul line.

Projection: Top 10

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2) Otto Porter: Georgetown (SF)- Otto Porter is one of my favorite players in this draft because he’s a two way player which means he can defend and score. He excels on defense by getting into the passing lanes and causing turnovers against the man he guarding. He will scrap and dive for the loose balls on the floor. He’s a hustle player with a high motor. He was one of the most improved players in the country last season. He can make the mid-range jumper at a high percentage and take smaller players in the post and shoot over them. He’s a good rebounder his size at 6’8. Porter won the Big East Player of the Yr. This season he averaged 16.2 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, hit 42% from 3 point range and shot 50% from the floor.

Projection: Top 5

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3) Ben Mclemore: Kansas (SG)- Mclemore is an exciting player that throw a dunk on you at moment of a game. He runs the floor well in transition but his biggest asset is his shooting prowess. He shot 55% from the floor and hit 42% from beyond the arc. He’s also a willing passer but he isn’t without flaw. He will need to be more consistent on the defensive end and create better offense from himself. Mcelmore was an All-Big 12 Team and 2nd team All-American. He averaged 15.9 points in his lone season at Kansas.

Projection: Top 10

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4) Alex Len: Maryland (Center)- Alex Len is one of the this yr’s most intriguing prospects because of his potential and high upside. Even though he’s raw offensively, he does a very good job with pivot moves, he can step outside and hit a 15ft jumper along with being a solid finisher around the basket. He can also come in Day 1 and improve your team defensively. He stands at 7’1, Len rebounds and block shots well. He’s a good passer and runs the floor nicely. Len is coming a Stress Fracture Injury so that’s a question mark on him. He must get stronger and command the ball more on a regular basis. Len averaged 11.9 points per game, snared 7.8 rebounds per game and had 2.1 blocks per game.

Projection: Top 3

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5) Kelly Olynyk: Gonzaga (Center)- The first word that pops into my mind about Olynyk is versatile. He can score with either hand and can handle the ball very well for a guy who stands at 7’0. He has a really nice back to the basket game along with an smooth Pick and Roll game. He can step out further and knock down 3 point baskets at 36%. He’s extremely agile and runs the floor well. Olynyk also has a plethora of post moves on which he can go to at any time during a game. Olynyk isn’t much of a rim protector or shot blocker. He’ll also have to a better job rebounding the ball and not be so turnover prone as he was in college. Olynyk was 1st team All-American and won West Coast Player of the Yr. He averaged 18.6 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, Fg% 66.3, 3fg% 35.7 and FT% 82.4

Projection: Top 20

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6) Victor Oladipo: Indiana (SG)- Oladipo was one of my favorite players to watch last yr during the college basketball season for many reasons. He’s an explosive player that loves to play in transition and he attacks the basket with big time ferocity. He’s offensely efficient with a fg% of 65.5 and a 3pt% of 52.9. He’s a relentless defender that will be in your hip pocket all day long. He’s a leader and will compete on every possession. He’s also an excellent rebounder for a guard. He will however have to work on better getting his own shot and his ball handling skills. Oladipo took home 1st team All-American Honors as well being named Big 10 Defensive Player of the Yr. He averaged 14 points per game and 6 rebounds per game.

Projection: Top 10

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7) Anthony Bennett:UNLV (PF/SF)- Bennett is a strong, physical athlete that did it all for UNLV. He can score and rebound with the best of them. He can put the ball in hole in a variety of ways. Bennett excels off Pick and Roll, Face Ups and Post Ups. He’s a bit a of tweener which is a concern for some teams and will need to pick it up defensively if he wants to have a long career in the NBA. Bennett was All-Mountain West 1st team and won Mountain West Freshman of the Yr. He averaged 18.5 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game.

Projection: Top 10

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8) Shane Larkin: Miami (PG)- Who didn’t enjoy watching Shane Larkin and the Miami Hurricanes burst onto the National scene last season. Larkin can flat out orchestrate and distribute. He loves to get others involved for easy shots or open 3pt shots. He can kill you off Pick and Roll and he can create his own shot. Larkin is a high volume shooter, posting a 53.8 fg% and a 40.6% from 3pt range. He’s a very quick guard who creates problems in transition. He’s a high character guy that will bring a winning attitude to your team. He’s a small guard though at 5’10 and must a better job in staying in front of his man defensively. Larkin was 1st team all ACC and was 2nd team All-American

Projection: Top 20.

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9) CJ McCollum: Lehigh (PG/SG): McCollum is best known for bedeviling Duke and upsetting them in the 1st rd of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. He also helped put Lehigh on the map with his tough and gritty play. McCollum can score and he’ll be a help from day one whoever picks him. He’s a 2x Patriot player of yr in 2010 and 2012. He’s a 3x 1st Team All-Patriot League in 2010,2011 and 2012. He can score in a number of ways, rebounds well for his position and does a very good job of moving without the basketball. Is McCollum a point guard or shooting guard? How will he fare and can he adjust quickly to the NBA game come of a Broken foot? Can he finish at the basket at a consistent level? McCollum averaged 23.9 points per game while having a 45.9 fg% and pulling down 5 rebounds per game.

Projection: Top 10

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10) Shabazz Muhammad: UCLA (SF)- Muhammad had an up and down season in his only year for the UCLA Bruins but it didn’t stop him from making an impact. He can score in frequent ways whether it be a pull jumper, a medium range jumper, a 3pt field goal or just driving right past you for two points.He’s a go to scorer and is a clutch late game scorer. Shabazz moves well without the basketball, he also plays well in transition and does a solid job of rebounding. He’s going to have to improve his on ball defense and getting others involved. Muhammad led UCLA in scoring with 17.5 points per game, pulling down 5.2 rebounds per game and shot 46.3% from the field.He was the Co-Pac-12 Freshman of the Yr and was 1st team All-Pac-12.

Projection: Top 20

Honorable Mentions:

1) Nerlens Noel: Kentucky (C) Projection:Top 10

 2) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: Georgia (SG) Projection: Top 15

 3) Jamaal Franklin: San Diego State (SF) Projection: Early-late 20’s

 4) Michael Carter-Williams: Syracuse (PG) Projection: Late teen’s

 5) Cody Zeller: Indiana (C) Projection: Top 15.

 

 

 

 

 

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