NBA Draft Results: 5 Players Who Were Drafted to Play Different Position in NBA
Often times, a team sees a different position for a player they are scouting than what their college coach sees.
Typically, this is due to either a lack of depth at a position of need, or the fact that that player fits better at a different position in a different system.
In this year's draft, there were a handful of players who will likely see their position in the pros be different from the one they played in college.
Here are five of those players.
In college, Jones played primarily as a power forward.
His combination of size, strength and athleticism allowed him to dominate on some nights.
However, at the next level he probably will project to more of a small forward.
At 6'9", he would be a handful on the wings. And while he has the ability to play with his back to the hoop, he has great range and the ability to get to the hoop at will.
Defensively, Jones can play a number of positions, but his length and wingspan make him a nightmare for most small forwards.
The position usually used to describe White is point forward.
Point forwards tend to be small forwards, and that is where White projects as a professional.
However, in college, White was strictly a 4, and he used his athleticism and quickness to his advantage.
The one problem I have with White as a small forward is his bulk and lack of consistent three-point range.
Sure, he could always improve and become a very good shooter, but as of right now, he seems to be more of a Corliss Williamson type with a better handle.
Tony Wroten Jr.
Great size, excellent athleticism, terrible jump shot and sometimes plays out of control.
Those are descriptions that one might have for the Kings' Tyreke Evans.
Evans began his NBA career as a point guard, but last year, he was relegated to small forward. This happened because Sacramento had a better option at the point and wanted to keep Evans on the court.
Wroten Jr., steps into a similar situation.
He is a great passer who should develop into a very good player in time.
But if he wants to get consistent minutes on this team, he will either have to back up Mike Conley at the point or shift his game to the 2 and become a potential starter.
The Wroten/Conley prospect in the backcourt should remind some of the Pistons Stuckey/Knight pairing.
Stuckey is a combo guard who lacks a deep jumper, but when paired with Knight, his true ability comes out. He can defend both guard spots and loves to get to the rack.
Wroten might not become as good as Evans, but he has a shot at becoming the next Stuckey.
Perry Jones has been considered to be a power forward for the bulk of his college career.
He has the size and athleticism for the position, and his leaping ability and length alone make him a potentially imposing big man.
The problem is that Jones refuses to play like a power forward.
Instead, he tries to show off his dribbling ability and his perimeter jumper.
While most teams would try to change him, OKC has the luxury of letting him run with it.
By developing him as Kevin Durant-lite, they can let me stay the same and develop a scary bench player.
Denmon was a scoring guard in college, but he will never find a home in the NBA playing like Ben Gordon, as he just isn't that good.
He is, however, an explosive guard who could eventually develop into a decent backup point guard.
The smart money is that Denmon becomes Tony Parker's shadow and learns how to run an offense.
Otherwise, he might be out of the league before long.
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