Adreian Payne has one flaw: his age.
The 23-year-old just took a little too long to develop. But unfortunately, that's how the NBA draft works.
The draft is all about ceiling. Young guys have higher ones. Older guys have lower ones. So, when a senior leaves Michigan State as a polished power forward, he falls down the draft boards.
If Payne were 19 years old, he'd be a top-five or -six pick. But he's not, so he's going to slip.
Picking Payne 11th would be higher than most expect, but again, that's age. And that's because of his ceiling, but if we're talking about floors, Payne's is as high as almost anyone else's.
No, the former Spartan is not a wing, and would have some serious competition from other bigs on the roster considering Denver already has Faried, J.J. Hickson, Timofey Mozgov and JaVale McGee locked up for next year.
He is, however, someone who could fit nicely into Shaw's preferred style of defense, one that calls for more disciplined players who don't gamble all too often. And a Payne pick could add some roster flexibility if the Nugs did, in fact, want to move one of their bigs for a wing.
Payne already knows how to guard the pick-and-roll and defend in the post. His feet are quicker than you'd imagine, and his intuitive understanding of how to play on the defensive end is further along than most other prospects.
He shot 42.3 percent on 3.4 threes a game in his final year as a Spartan. He's a 6'10", 240-pound body who can legitimately stretch the floor, something you need if you're trying to move forward with court cloggers like Faried and McGee.
It's 2014. Power forwards need to know how to shoot for an offense to maximize success, and if someone can set hard screens and pop effectively, that changes an offense.
Payne can be that guy who can stretch a floor, and though his ceiling may not be as high as that of some other guys, it isn't too bold to say whoever gets Payne in June will end up quite happy.
All statistics current as of May 20 and from DraftExpress.com and Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.
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