NBA Draft 2013: The Top 50 Big Board and Where Every Player Could Land
With the NCAA's best prepping for the NBA draft, who are the best players on the board?
Though NBA play carries on into the highly tense postseason, nearly half of the league's teams are already looking towards the coming summer—and thus, towards the future.
This draft class is an intriguing one, which is also to say it's an ambiguous one. There are no sure things in this group of players, but there are a ton of players who have a ceiling they may or may not reach or skills that may or may not translate to the next level.
Draft picks represent leaps of faith by definition; all an organization can do is gamble on the guys that are most likely to pay off.
That's partly a matter of the right players going to the right teams. Therein lies the difficulty of drafting—who's best, who a team wants and who's best for a team are all different things.
1. Nerlens Noel
Where He Could Land: Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers
Torn ACL and all, Nerlens Noel still leads the class of 2013.
Guys with the physical ability to grow into elite big men go at the top of the draft; that's just how it works. At full strength, he can leap out of the gym and has a little bit of polish to supplement his athleticism. With some more skill and bulk, he can be great.
Even with his health a big question mark, an optimistic prognosis for his recovery should be enough to make him the top prospect.
2. Ben McLemore
Where He Could Land: Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns
The NBA is light on great shooting guards at the moment, but Ben McLemore could join the ranks.
McLemore has shown a full arsenal of abilities at both ends of the floor. He can shoot, he can defend and he can jump and run with anyone on the floor.
However, he isn't the most consistent player, and he has trouble creating his own shot. He would struggle to carry the load as a rookie, but he could very well do it in a year or two.
3. Anthony Bennett
Where He Could Land: Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers
In the NBA's small-ball revolution, a player with a power forward's body and a small forward's skill set is invaluable.
Enter Anthony Bennett, who has the power to bang inside and the range to knock down threes. At 6'8", he's a bit short to be a traditional interior player in the pros, but he has the athleticism to run and spread the floor if he's allowed to.
Bennett's talent is raw, but it is immense. If given some time to learn the tricks of the pro game, he could be a franchise cornerstone.
4. Victor Oladipo
Where He Could Land: Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans
Victor Oladipo is what happens when you combine heart, work ethic and explosiveness.
There isn't a better perimeter defender than Oladipo in this draft class. While his offensive game is still something of a work in progress when it comes to his NBA prospects, it's rare to find a college player so physically gifted who is eager to use those gifts on the defensive grind.
He may never develop the off-the-bounce game necessary to become a star, but Oladipo's style of play will keep him in the league for a long time.
5. Trey Burke
Where He Could Land: New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons
Trey Burke is going to be the first point guard off the board in a draft deep at that position.
Not afraid of contact, Burke is going to make opposing defenders miserable if they try to slack on that end of the floor. He can score both spotting up and off the bounce, and he is adept at finding the open man from the top of the key as well as on drives through the lane.
He'll have a tough time defending in the pros, but that's par for the rookie course. As long as he keeps seeking contact and keeps driving, he'll be just fine.
6. Cody Zeller
Where He Could Land: Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards
Big men with Cody Zeller's mobility don't come around often, but he still has to develop more physically.
Zeller is a skilled scorer inside, and he doesn't have to post up to get there. He is a surprisingly capable dribble-driver who runs the floor well and has the smarts to get where he needs to be to produce.
That said, stronger college forwards were able to bully Zeller off the block without issue. Unless he bulks up and toughens up, he won't be able to play inside with the pros, but he has the offensive range to get by well enough as a rookie.
7. Otto Porter
Where He Could Land: New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards
Otto Porter can do a little bit of everything on the floor.
He can shoot off the dribble and is developing his long-range game, but he doesn't have the strength to be a threat on the drive yet. On the defensive end, he is a mature player in terms of his technique and focus, but he'll get pushed around some until he bulks up.
Porter is smart enough and unselfish enough to make up for his wiry frame, but he has the ability to get stronger. This jack-of-all-trades will make his real impact once he does.
8. Shabazz Muhammad
Where He Could Land: Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves, Philadelphia 76ers
No one is questioning Shabazz Muhammad's effort, but he needs polish in some areas.
He can get to the basket and finish effectively and relentlessly, while he is a capable shooter as long as he has time to set himself. Unless he can improve his jumper off the bounce, he won't be able to maximize either of those skills.
Though he's not as athletic as other top prospects, Muhammad has the motor to make up for it. That limit on his ceiling does exist, though.
9. Alex Len
Where He Could Land: Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers
If Alex Len would only apply himself, he could be a very good player.
Standing 7'1" with some athleticism and a deep arsenal of offensive skills, Len has the ability to excel in the NBA. He can score both at the hoop and with his midrange game, and he is a savvy and willing passer.
What he needs to do is get in the weight room; otherwise he is going to get pushed around at both ends of the floor. Once he bulks up, he can get to work, but he's going to be passive until then.
10. Michael Carter-Williams
Where He Could Land: New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Dallas Mavericks
Whenever a tall and talented point guard comes around, he draws Shaun Livingston comparisons. Michael Carter-Williams is no different.
Using both his size and his handle to work the floor, Carter-Williams sees the court excellently. On top of that, he is an explosive driver with great range on his jumper. Add in his thievery on the defensive end, and he becomes a nicely versatile player.
He needs to add a lot of strength—otherwise even smaller guards will push him around. That will also help him avoid his habit of getting bullied into turnovers, allowing his considerable skill to shine.
11. CJ McCollum
Where He Could Land: Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks
CJ McCollum has more the size of a point guard, but he can certainly play a shooting guard's game.
The name of the game is efficiency for McCollum, who relies on a fast first step to beat his defender and get to the basket. He is a solid shooter who picks his spots to pull up, and he is opportunistic in picking up rebounds and steals when he can.
McCollum is nothing special technically as a defender, and more athletic guards could give him trouble on offense. His skills should allow him to contribute nonetheless.
12. Gorgui Dieng
Where He Could Land: Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors
Gorgui Dieng essentially will not score in the NBA, but he does more than enough to make up for it.
Dieng's interior defense is incredibly disruptive. He possesses the strength to man up and shut down an opposing big man and the athleticism and instincts to range over for weakside help. Not only that, he makes up for his unpolished offensive game with impressive passing, creating opportunities for others.
At age 23, don't expect Dieng to get much better, but he has what it takes to be a solid contributor right now.
13. Kelly Olynyk
Where He Could Land: Philadelphia 76ers, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz
Kelly Olynyk is a one-dimensional player, but his scoring ability is very attractive.
It's hard to find true seven-footers with shooting range out to the three-point arc. Combine that with some nice post-up moves and the intelligence to find the right shot, and you have an efficient offensive threat.
He can't defend a lick, and he is susceptible to turnovers, but if Olynyk's scoring translates to the next level, he will be useful in spurts.
14. Mason Plumlee
Where He Could Land: Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks
There's always a place in the pros for a big man with a motor.
That much Mason Plumlee has. He seems destined for a role as an energy player who can provide some defensive pressure with his intensity and leaping ability. With a decent midrange jumper, he can't be completely ignored at the other end, either.
However, that's about as much as Plumlee can do. He could use some more size and only has fragments of a post game; his ceiling is low without those things.
15. Jamaal Franklin
Where He Could Land: Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks
Jamaal Franklin's not the best shooting guard, but he is a very good basketball player.
Playing essentially without a position at San Diego State, Franklin used his athleticism to work inside on both ends and battle bigger players, displaying both admirable drive and a nice knack for rebounding.
He's not your traditional wing and probably will never make sense as an NBA starter, but his versatility would be a boon off the bench.
16. Rudy Gobert
Where He Will Land: Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers
Rudy Gobert is the most tantalizing project of the foreign entries in this draft.
Standing 7'1" with a ridiculous 7'9" wingspan, Gobert's natural athleticism has turned him into a proficient rebounder, but he still needs to learn the rest of the game. With some more size and post skills, though, he could be truly terrifying.
Gobert won't be an NBA contributor anytime soon, but his upside is just through the roof.
17. Dario Saric
Where He Could Land: Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers
Even though he just turned 19, Dario Saric's greatest skill is his intelligence.
The 6'10" small forward sees the court extremely well, can put the ball on the floor and use his size to his advantage inside. He knows exactly how to play to his strengths, though his jump shot and his athleticism are considerable weaknesses right now.
If he can't figure out how to score at the pro level, Saric may never come stateside. He could be a great facilitator to a contender if he does, though.
18. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Where He Will Land: Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has more than just an outstanding name; he is also the perfect second-unit wing in today's game.
With the emphasis on team defense and floor spacing in the NBA right now, players who can both lock down on defense and rain from beyond the arc are ideal. That's Caldwell-Pope, a great spot-up shooter and defender who can't do much else.
He has the athleticism to potentially expand his game, but he doesn't have to. Caldwell-Pope could be a valuable contributor just with the skills he has now.
19. Steven Adams
Where He Will Land: Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers
Steven Adams is yet another guy with an NBA body and mentality searching for some game.
A seven-footer with strength and a high motor, Adams is willing and able to bang on the boards for rebounds and body up on the defensive end. Even so, he needs more polish in his defensive position and footwork, and he's just clueless on offense.
The risk and reward are both considerable for Adams. He could turn himself into a fine NBA player with some tutelage, but he also may never play a meaningful minute.
20. Jeff Withey
Where He Will Land: Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz
Jeff Withey will give you some nice defense off the bench, but that's about it.
The big selling point for Withey is that he's mobile. Though he could use a few more pounds to play in the pros, he can range out away from the basket on defense. With the omnipresence of the pick-and-roll in the NBA, that is key.
After that, Withey will give you some garbage points, but he won't be able to score meaningfully. The defense is all you'll get.
21. Isaiah Austin
Where He Could Land: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets
Isaiah Austin is the worrisome sort of talent in the NBA draft—the kind that doesn't always produce the way you'd expect.
Too skinny even for the college game, Austin made up for it with high-quality defense and really impressive perimeter play for a seven-footer. Even so, the lack of an interior game hurts his stock; when his shots aren't falling, he's not that useful.
Austin has all the individual tools necessary to succeed. Whether he puts them all together is the "if," though.
22. Sergey Karasev
Where He Could Land: Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks
Sergey Karasev is another guy with pro smarts but skills in development.
He knows where to find open men on the floor and is a good enough passer to get the ball there, allowing the offense to run through him rather than through the point guard.
That said, he's not a great athlete and is just a pretty good slasher; he has no other plus offensive abilities to speak of.
Add a jump shot to his game to keep defenses honest and Karasev could be a nice get for a team willing to use him as a facilitator. Fortunately, he'll have some more time abroad to work on it.
23. Allen Crabbe
Where He Could Land: Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks
Allen Crabbe has a great makeup for a bench scorer: Confident in his trade, with willingness to contribute in other areas.
He's not going to explode to the basket, but Crabbe can knock down shots with the best of them. With effectiveness in the midrange and ability beyond the arc, he can put up points in bunches; his effort on the boards and on defense are just bonus.
If Crabbe can find a way to get to the basket, he could potentially become a starter at the next level. That said, he should be content as long as his shots are falling.
24. Shane Larkin
Where He Could Land: Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets
If Shane Larkin does indeed declare for the draft now, the expectations for his future will be lukewarm.
He's a lightning bug of a point guard and a scrappy defender, and his aggression and shooting ability are both assets for a player his size. But at 5'11", that size is an issue, especially considering he has enough trouble finishing at the rim in college.
Unless Larkin can effectively drive and get to the line, the best he can hope for is the back of an NBA rotation. With a little more creativity going to the hoop, he could become a worthwhile contributor.
25. Archie Goodwin
Where He Could Land: Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves
Archie Goodwin is that conundrum of a player who hurts his game with his irrational confidence.
It's not because of a flaw in his offensive game; Goodwin is a great penetrator and leaper who complements his driving with some nice shooting. He's also willing to get his teammates involved and plays hard whenever he is on the floor.
Unfortunately, those skills total to Goodwin trying to do too much and playing out of control. Tack on some consistency issues, and a tantalizing talent takes on a good deal of bust potential.
26. Tony Mitchell
Where He Could Land: New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets
As a versatile bench defender, Tony Mitchell offers teams a lot of rotational leeway.
He's a small forward who can run like a guard and has college experience guarding players inside—though he'd need to bulk up to possibly handle big men in the pros. With his speed, motor and athleticism, he's a great asset in the transition game.
If Mitchell could extend his jumper and learn to knock down the corner three, he'd assure himself a job for years. In the meantime, he can still contribute on the defensive end.
27. Adreian Payne
Where Could He Land: Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat
Adreian Payne doesn't project to play a strong game in the pros.
Rather, he's more likely to use his above-average quickness and nice shooting range to become a perimeter threat at the next level. Without some more bulk, he's not going to be able to compete inside, though he does have the will and the defensive ability to do it.
With some more strength and some more consistency, Payne could become a nice inside-out player. Without either, he might not be a player at all.
28. Glen Rice Jr.
Where He Could Land: Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
A tough, hard-nosed defensive wing with a dangerous if inconsistent jumper, Glen Rice Jr. is only going to be questioned for his character.
Rice last played at Georgia Tech in 2011, when he was dismissed from the team for driving and discharging a firearm while under the influence of alcohol. He has spent the last year with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D League, putting up big numbers when his shot fell.
If a team decides it can trust Rice, he would be a steal so late in the first round. The question of whether he is trustworthy is that serious, though.
29. Giannis Adetokunbo
Where He Could Land: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat
Another point forward project, Giannis Adetokunbo's stock is difficult to evaluate.
He truly does have the skills of a point guard in a small forward's body. It does make sense that he'd see the floor well at 6'9", but considering he has only played in the Greek Second Division, it's hard to say how he'd pass against better defenders. At the same time, his inconsistent jumper is even more troubling.
Adetokunbo is just 18 and has time to develop more traditional forward skills. However, only a team willing to wait and gamble need apply.
30. Pierre Jackson
Where He Could Land: Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat
Pierre Jackson has the unique problem of being 5'10" but not necessarily being a true point guard.
He's turnover-prone and looks to score first, but boy is he good at scoring. Jackson can slash through anyone, is able to make attempts at the rim using his incredible vertical and keeps defenders honest by knocking down some threes.
It's tough to call him a point guard or a shooting guard, but Jackson will compete against any player with the skills he does have. For a flyer and a known quantity all at once, you could do worse.
31. Dennis Schroeder
Where He Could Land: Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic
Dennis Schroeder is shooting up draft boards because of what he could be, not what he is.
He's a 19-year-old point guard with shoot-first instincts and a lot to learn about the position. What's aiding him is a 6'2" frame, a 6'7" wingspan and the quickness to penetrate and finish at the basket. That combination gives him the groundwork to become a dangerous player.
Schroeder is a decent drive-and-kick guy, giving hope that the rest of his passing game will develop. That's the difference between being an NBA-caliber point guard and having no future stateside.
32. B.J. Young
Where He Could Land: Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers
B.J. Young is a combo guard in the sense that he's 6'3" and plays best with the ball in his hands.
He can get to the basket almost at will, employing a lightning first step with a strong handle and attacking mentality.
It helps that he has a nice floater he can fall back on when the defense closes in, but he's not a good enough decision-maker to choose right consistently.
The tools are there for Young to become a nice bench scorer. In order to do so, he needs some judgment and a better jumper to do so.
33. Reggie Bullock
Where He Could Land: Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns
Reggie Bullock has a nice set of skills, but there are holes holding him back.
He's capable of penetrating effectively and knocking down the three ball. However, he has trouble driving when he can't rely on his size, and he has no midrange game to fall back on; if he steps inside the arc, you know he's going for the hoop.
As long as he gives effort on D and scores when he can, Bullock can have a roster spot, but his game is too rudimentary to warrant more than second-unit duties.
34. Myck Kabongo
Where He Could Land: Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings
Myck Kabongo fits the mold of the reserve point guard.
He is a sure floor leader who made few mistakes and played hard at both ends. While he can get into the teeth of the defense with his first step, he is not the greatest finisher and hasn't consistently knocked down his jumper to give defenses that extra scoring threat.
This is a selfless guard and a good locker-room guy. He'd need to fill out his frame and work on his jump shot to become anything more than that.
35. Lorenzo Brown
Where He Could Land: Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons
Lorenzo Brown can defend both guard positions and score from neither.
A 6'5" point guard, he has quickness and a sure handle that allow him to matriculate the court and make plays. At that size, he really should be a two-guard at the next level, but considering his jumper is iffy and he's a mediocre finisher at the rim, that's not an option.
With some more strength, perhaps Brown could absorb more contact and convert inside at a higher clip. Either way, his ceiling is second-unit combo guard.
36. Deshaun Thomas
Where He Could Land: Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets
To get an experienced player with Deshaun Thomas' athleticism in the second round is very desirable.
It would help if Thomas knew how to use it better and attacked the rim constantly. He's great at taking guys off the dribble and backing his way to the hoop when he has the chance, but too often he lobs up deep shots rather than working for more efficient looks.
Between his spotty shot selection, defensive apathy and questionable work ethic, Thomas falls all the way to here. He's too talented to pass up at this point, though.
37. Erick Green
Where He Could Land: Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers
The question of whether Erick Green is a true point guard has little bearing on his pro prospects.
We did not get to see Green distribute all that much at Virginia Tech because he was carrying so much of the scoring load. He can score both inside and out, and he's a terror for opposing defenses when he breaks out in transition.
Of those skills, however, only his transition game is really a plus at the next level. The rest is merely decent at best, enough to substantiate Green as a back-of-the-rotation player but not get him much meaningful run.
38. Tim Hardaway Jr.
Where He Could Land: Detroit Pistons, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks
Tim Hardaway Jr. is an unspectacular all-around player, but his diverse skill set is nice.
Though he isn't a great penetrator or a great shooter, he is decent to pretty good at both and can knock down shots off the bounce. His handle needs improvement (strange-but-true critique for the son of Tim Hardaway), but he is already a solid passer without it.
If his offense translates and he decides to play defense, Hardaway could carve out a backup wing spot in the NBA. He's just likely to spend some time in the D League before it does.
39. Ray McCallum
Where He Could Land: Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks
If you want mistake-free point guard play from the second unit, Ray McCallum is your guy.
The son of his Detroit coach, McCallum uses his speed and great handle to set up his teammates, not himself. He is a highly intelligent, highly motivated player who works for openings and rarely turns the ball over.
On the other hand, the knock on McCallum is that he's too unselfish; he doesn't look to score himself, and considering the mid-major conference he played in, that raises concerns he won't be able to score at all in the pros.
40. Doug McDermott
Where He Could Land: Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies
It doesn't matter how many ways Doug McDermott can score when he's an unathletic 6'7".
A smart, committed basketball player, McDermott put in the work to be so good around the basket and in the midrange game, and that work is why he's beginning to develop his three-pointer.
He'll be eminently guardable at the next level, though. Small forwards will be too fast and shooting guards too strong for him—and no, that is not a misprint. If the offense can make space for McDermott, he can produce, but that is the only scenario in which he succeeds at all.
41. Russ Smith
Where He Could Land: Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks
Just the task of being a guard on Louisville has prepared Russ Smith for the NBA grind.
Smith cut his teeth by playing full speed for nearly entire games, full-court pressing on one side of the ball and barreling his way to the basket on the other. Having that blend of athleticism, technique and dedication to play that style of basketball bodes well for any Louisville player's draft stock.
At 6'0" and with an inconsistent jump shot, Smith sometimes has to get by an effort alone. For a guy filling out your second unit, that's not a bad thing at all.
42. Tony Snell
Where He Could Land: Portland Trail Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz
Tony Snell is yet another guy who could earn himself a job with defense and threes.
He is not particularly strong or very good at handling the ball, but Snell excels as a catch-and-shoot guy, making him a serious corner-three threat that would infuriate opposing defenses.
On the other side of the ball, Snell uses his length and athleticism to shut down wings—something NBA teams will always need to do.
That's the extent of Snell's ability, really, but the two things he does do are enough to get him a little bit of NBA run.
43. Lucas Nogueira
Where He Could Land: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers
Lucas Nogueira knows how to use his athleticism to his advantage, but there is still too much he can't do.
At 6'11" and with great leaping ability, Nogueira is great at swatting away shots and goes up to get rebounds. Adding a motor has helped him maximize on his physical gifts, but he is still too skinny and too lost offensively to really make the most of it.
Nogueira is destined for the D League when he gets to the U.S. If he does not bulk up and learn some post moves, he won't make it in this league.
44. Mike Muscala
Where He Could Land: Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Muscala is not very athletic, but he is as smart as any big-man prospect around.
The Bucknell product has a nice array of post moves to make up for his limited vertical, and though he can't drive to set up his midrange jumper, that ability still draws centers out of the paint to contest him, opening room for everyone else.
He can score efficiently and he can register blocks and boards without any elite physical prowess. How much those facets of his game can translate to the pros remains to be seen.
45. C.J. Leslie
Where He Could Land: Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz
C.J. Leslie isn't even a tweener; he's just a power forward stuck in a small forward's body.
The 6'8" Leslie is very quick and has great shot-blocking instincts; combined with his explosive leaping, that makes him a dangerous weakside defender. Offense is another matter, as Leslie can get above the rim but has no means of establishing position on the block.
Leslie needs to hope his midrange game comes around enough for him to get some run and prove himself on the defensive end. He'd basically be a small forward at that point, but that's semantics to a fringe NBA player.
46. Seth Curry
Where He Could Land: Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls
If Seth Curry hits his threes, he'll have a job. It's that simple.
This latest Curry lacks the quickness to create space for himself, which will limit him to a spot-up shooter and that's it. However, he's savvy enough to change speeds without the ball to create separation from the defender, opening himself up to shoot.
Having three-point specialists is necessary in the NBA. Having a smart one—even one who can't do anything else on the court—is a luxury.
47. Phil Pressey
Where He Could Land: Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks
Phil Pressey can give your team a consistent leader and distributor off the bench, but his shortcomings are unavoidable.
As a pass-first point guard with the quickness and determination to get his teammates open, it's no wonder why Pressey's confident play wears off on his teammates.
At the same time, Pressey is 5'10" with a faulty jumper, which is no way to generate any scoring from the point guard position.
He has the smarts to play the position, but not the size nor the skill. It's the back of the bench or the D League for him.
48. Vander Blue
Where He Could Land: Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves
Vander Blue has the athletic ability to cover both guard positions at the next level.
With very good technique and lateral quickness, Blue has the size and tools to stay with point guards, while his length should make up for his 6'4" height when going up against shooting guards.
Factor in his driving ability, and you have a bench defender who can score a little in the right spots. That's never bad for the heart of the second round.
49. Ricardo Ledo
Where He Could Land: Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Orlando Magic
At 6'6", Ricardo Ledo still excels with the ball in his hands.
The combo guard has a good sense of reading defenses and finding openings for his teammates, though he doesn't choose the best ones for himself. An adept dribble-driver, he too often settles for inefficient midrange jumpers rather than sticking to his strength.
With his size and ability, Ledo would be much higher if not for inconsistent effort. That red flag is hard to shake—you never know which guys simply lack the professionalism to play in the NBA.
50. D.J. Stephens
Where He Could Land: Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves
Though D.J. Stephens made his introduction to America with his thunderous dunks, it is actually his defensive play that will make or break his career.
On offense, Stephens can leap but is otherwise ordinary, with his athleticism really playing a part on the defensive end.
Standing at just 6'5", Stephens has the speed and the length to guard either wing position, using his energetic style of play to record more blocks and rebounds than you'd expect for a guy his size.
Yet before his highlight reels went national, no one knew anything about D.J. Stephens. If he continues to wow in workouts, he's going to get the chance to keep the show going in the NBA.
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