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5. Noah Vonleh, Indiana PF (6'10") - Stronger Chris Bosh
When you watch Noah Vonleh use his length on the inside and shooting stroke on the outside, you can see the similarities in playing style and size. Vonleh's a tick shorter, but his wingspan (7'4.25") is longer than Bosh's (7'3.5") and he's 10-plus pounds heavier.
In his best years, Bosh was a 20/10 player and a shoe-in All-Star. Vonleh has a long way to go before he attains that kind of impact, but it's certainly possible for him to flirt with those achievements.
4. Dante Exum, Australia PG (6'6") - M. Carter-Williams/Penny Hardaway hybrid
This has been my comparison from the beginning, and I'm sticking with it. Exum recently told Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy (h/t Sulia) that he sees himself as a blend of Manu Ginobili and Russell Westbrook, and he certainly owns aspects of their games.
“I can’t look at one player and say that’s who I play like, but I can see different traits that players have that I see: I look at Russell Westbook as that explosive point guard that can get to the rim, and also Manu Ginoboli when he gets into the paint and the way he can finish. It’s just looking at different players and what they can do, and how that can help my game.”
But when it comes down to length, deceptive quickness and playmaking ingenuity, there's more Penny and MCW than anyone else. And that's a really good thing, especially if he reaches Hardaway's status.
3. Jabari Parker, Duke F (6'8") - Carmelo Anthony/Paul Pierce hybrid
Much like 'Melo and Pierce, Duke superstar Jabari Parker has a thick build, elite footwork and craftiness. He also shares their knack for drilling outside shots and scoring in the paint during the same game. Lastly, Parker's mediocre defense reminds us of these two otherwise-brilliant players.
2. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas SF (6'8") - Paul George/Dominique Wilkins hybrid
Wiggins' NBA opportunities are seemingly limitless—provided he plays with a passion—so it's tough to peg exactly what he might look like in 4-6 years. That being said, the widespread comparisons to Paul George give a good idea of what he could do skill-wise, and a glance at Dominique Wilkins gives you an idea of how he will athletically dominate by getting off the floor in a hurry.
1. Joel Embiid, Kansas C (7'0") - Hakeem Olajuwon
There are no guarantees Joel Embiid ever reaches the prestigious stature of The Dream. But his lone season at Kansas gave us some exciting glimpses of Olajuwon's game on both ends of the floor.
A 7'5" wingspan and ample agility allows him to cover a ton of space defensively, and he has a chance to be an elite rim protector like Houston's storied shot-swatter. On offense, he's displayed the type of fluidity and footwork that could make him a nightmare matchup on the block.
Unless otherwise noted, all U.S. prospect measurables via NBA.com; all international prospect measurables via DraftExpress.
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