Knowing how few prospects can actually help right away, teams put a ton of stock in long-term potential when evaluating for the NBA draft.
For the most part, potential is fueled by a combination of athleticism, physical tools and skills.
These rankings don't reflect where I believe each player should be drafted. Instead, the following 10 prospects are ranked based on the height of their ceilings.
I'd argue prospect No. 7 may be the better option than prospect No. 5 when taking risk versus reward into account. But if all of the prospects maximize their potential, this is how I feel they'd stack up 10 years down the road.