The NBA draft is an annual guessing game, with multi-million dollar gambles being stirred in a pot with the most consequential decision-making an organization can ever go through.
Nobody knows who will succeed and who will fail. "Sure things" don't exist in real life when we're talking about players in their late teens and early 20s.
They may have dominated overseas or absolutely smoked the collegiate ranks, but the NBA is the fastest, harshest basketball league in the world, and there's nothing to prepare prospects for its relentless pace until they're actively engaged in it.
Here are five players from this year's draft class (expected to be one of the poorest in recent memory) who have a relatively solid chance at proving their worth at the NBA level and making whichever team that selected them feel more clever than its competition.
Information used in this article can be found at DraftExpress.com.