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The lottery is not a certainty for any senior in this draft class, but that does not mean these experienced players aren't valuable.
Draymond Green probably had the best college career of any player in this draft. He scored inside and out, played tough on the boards and showed an eye for passing as he filled the stat sheet through his grit and tenacity. That could work at Michigan State, but the NBA has no place for an unathletic, undersized power forward who has no plus skills at either end of the floor.
While Green looks to be a late first round pick, Tyler Zeller has a chance to sneak into the top ten. He has mostly been praised for how well he runs the floor, but the UNC center also played well in the halfcourt, hitting effectively from midrange and displaying a sneakily good post game.
Zeller is probably the senior best-equipped to play now, yet his low ceiling could hurt his draft stock. He projects as a serviceable NBA center, good for no more than 20-25 minutes per game. Andrew Nicholson, on the other hand, could amount to something more.
In his conversation with Ford, Simmons dubbed Nicholson "Hopefully David West With Deeper Range," but the St. Bonaventure product's game goes beyond just his skill set. What gives Nicholson the greatest potential of any other senior is his efficiency.
Not only did Nicholson average 18.1 points per game, but he did so on 57.1% shooting. He was able to keep that number up because when he stepped out to take threes, he hit 43.4% from long range. Even though he would play away from the basket, he still pulled in 8.4 rebound per game, including 2.6 on the offensive glass.
After four years of college play, these seniors have shown the scouts everything they had at the college level. As they move up to the pros, Nicholson has the greatest potential to keep improving.