The jump from the amateur ranks to the big leagues of the NBA is a life-changing event.
If a student has the chops to play in the NBA, there’s no telling the riches and accolades that can be bestowed upon him.
But that’s a big "if."
Just as the dream of getting drafted has driven mere mortals to super-human feats, the dream has also broken hearts and ruined promising careers.
Far too often, players who are not ready for the NBA buy into the illusion, hire agents, and throw away whatever chance they have had of developing the skills necessary to compete with the big boys.
If a player isn’t drafted in the first round, there’s no guaranteed money and no guaranteed dream come true.
Even when a student has realized his full potential and dominated the college ranks, it doesn’t mean he is a sure fire NBA success story.
The truth is no one knows how good any of these guys will be until they actually get on the court and play against professional competition.
If they did, the NBA wouldn’t look like such a graveyard of talent each year (I’m looking at you, New Jersey Nets).
The other side of that coin, however, is that it is generally a lot easier to tell who isn’t going to be NBA worthy. The NBA isn’t exactly full of walk-ons.
And players who go undrafted generally have to prove themselves in Europe or in the NBDL, but the success stories are not abundant.
One thing is certain. There will be more players who declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft than there are spots available.
Even with teams filtering out the have-nots, some players will slip through the cracks and get drafted; some with some pretty high picks.
This is my list of some players who will get drafted, but won’t quite make the cut. With a few, I hope I’m wrong—but it’s not likely.
This is of course according to my eye test, so please, no wagering.