Ranking the Best NBA Draft Prospect by Class

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Ranking the Best NBA Draft Prospect by Class
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With a class of prospects dominated by one-and-dones, experience and ability no longer correlate at the NBA draft.

In Aran Smith's mock draft at nbadraft.net, 15 of the first 20 players picked are underclassmen, and only two are seniors. Compare that to last year's mock draft, when Smith projected eight upperclassmen and eight underclassmen to go in the top 20 (the remaining four picks were international players).

While this year's class has been touted for its depth, conventional wisdom says that the skew towards younger prospects would make it harder to judge. A draft headlined by freshmen and sophomores will not have the body of evidence in terms of both statistics and game film, making it harder to determine a prospect's true value.

Breaking the players down by class year, we can get a better sense of who is ready to play in the NBA and whose credentials foretell a tough transition to the pros.

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