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Potential slide: Mid-20s.
Why pass on him? Lack of positional need.
Through no real fault of his own, Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis may tumble down the board on draft night.
Ennis is doing all the right things in predraft drills and scrimmages, but he may hear his name called fairly late because no team desperately needs him. Ennis is viewed as a rock-solid backup or a spot starter, and there's simply no shortage of those among the teams picking 10th through 24th.
As SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks explains via The Pattern of Basketball blog, "Ennis is a guy who could fall on draft night, not because of his game but because of the way the draft board shakes out."
Chicago may be the most likely to snag him as an insurance policy with one of their picks (No. 16 or 19), but if they trade or go in a different direction, he could fall as far as Houston at No. 25.
The rest of the teams in between have better things to do than add to their depth chart at point guard.
As a Syracuse native, I appreciate Ennis' poise, smooth ball-handling skills and quarterback instincts. But the reality is that he may never be more than a productive reserve, and it's tough to imagine a reserve landing in the lottery.
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