NBA Draft 2011: Enes Kanter and 10 Players with the Biggest Question Marks
Every draft big time prospects come in with plenty of question marks. Whether they have health issues, character concerns or readiness worries, NBA scouts do the best they can to pick them apart.
This year's draft has tons of high risk/high reward players. Prospects like Enes Kanter, Perry Jones and Jimmer Fredette will be the main guys who will be questioned.
Without further adieu, here are the top 10 players with the most question marks heading into this year's draft.
10. Jeremy Tyler
Tyler comes into the season as an under-the-radar prospect. The 19-year-old player has been overseas for the last two years.
Tyler made big news by foregoing his senior year in high school to play professionally overseas. His first stint in Israel was wildly unsuccessful, leaving the team after just 10 games.
This year, Tyler played in Japan. He hasn’t got tons of playing time, but is averaging around 10 points and seven boards a game.
Tyler had big time potential in high school. If he’s able to show scouts how far he has come in a few years, the youngster could see himself picked in the first round.
9. Marcus Morris
The transition from the post to the wing can be very difficult, but Marcus has the ability to do it. He is fluid, smooth and an extremely hard worker.
Over the past season, Marcus has shown glimpses of how he is on the wing. He has improved his dribbling, defending and shooting skills.
Marcus dribbled the ball up the court and drained threes when he needed to. The fact that Marcus has already turned the corner is an encouraging sign for scouts.
8. Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas is one of the biggest foreign prospects in this year’s draft. He plays to a mold of Andrea Bargnani.
The 7'0" big man is smooth, agile, quick and can drain shots. He comes in pretty polished overall, meaning his learning time could be quick.
The main concern with Donatas is his effort level and passion. Lack of defensive effort has scouts worried. Donatas tries to defend with his length, rather than his feet or brains.
Donatas also needs to gain weight. At 7'0", 225 pounds, Motiejuans will get thrown around down low. Motiejunas needs to come into the workouts at least 235 pounds
7. Terrence Jones
Jones comes in with the label of “tweener,” able to play and defend multiple positions.
Although Jones’ versatility can be seen as advantage, it can also be a disadvantage. Jones doesn’t have a clear cut position at this point.
He will likely come into the league as a small forward, but could also play point guard. Jones has a Lamar Odom-like style to his game.
Jones also has a funky form to his shot. His awkward hitch will have scouts concerned. Expect coaches to somewhat tweak Jones' shot, considering how unorthodox it is.
Whether or not Jones can find a true spot in the NBA is something we will have to wait and find out.
6. Derrick Williams
Most likely the biggest prospect in the draft, Williams has to make a position change.
At 6’8” Williams is a tad undersized to play power forward. Even though he is big enough to play power forward, he will be most effective at small forward.
Williams will have to make a Michael Beasley-like transition to the wing in the NBA. Williams doesn’t possess the finesse that Beasley does, which causes concern for scouts.
The possible No. 1 pick in the draft will have to make the biggest transition of anyone at the next level. Whether or not the team selecting wants to assume the risk is up to them.
5. Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker quickly became “America’s Player” this season. With his scoring ability, leadership role and huge smile, it’s hard to not like him.
However, scouts see holes in his game. Kemba isn’t a “true” point guard, choosing to score rather than pass.
Even when handling the ball, Walker lacks decision-making skills. He turns the ball over too much and tends to make bad choices with the ball. Kemba can get caught in the paint forcing layups as well.
Scouts are also skeptical about Kemba’s height. Walker is listed at 6’0”, which seems to be generous. Even though Kemba can score as good as anyone, this guy has plenty to prove in his pre-draft workouts.
4. Jan Vesely
Vesely has some big workouts coming up ahead of him. Being only 20-years-old, Vesely is young for his size and ability.
At 6’11”, Vesely has the size of centers in the NBA. However, Vesely is the weight of a small forward at 240 pounds. Vesely will need to find an identity at a position in the NBA. Unfortunately for the team drafting him, Vesely will likely be in the "tweener" role for quite a few years.
Vesely can’t really shoot and doesn’t have major skills other than his effort. Like most foreigners, Vesely will be under a microscope at the combine.
With his potential, he could go anywhere from first to 12th.
3. Jimmer Fredette
Scouts are as skeptical of Jimmer Fredette as they are of any player in the draft. Everyone knows he can shoot from anywhere, making him an attractive option. Not only can he shoot, but he is strong and smart for his size.
At 6’2”, Jimmer isn’t viewed as a true point guard. He isn’t very athletic and doesn’t have the foot speed to guard athletic point guards in the NBA. However, Jimmer just switched to point guard this year. You have to believe Jimmer still needs some time to fully learn the point guard role.
His dribbling skills are suspect as well. Jimmer needs to find a team that likes to run two combo guards. A team like Golden State would be perfect, where he could play alongside Monta Ellis or Stephen Curry.
2. Perry Jones
Perry Jones probably has the most potential in this draft. At 6’11”, the guy dribbles like he is 6’1”.
Jones is in the Kevin Durant/Tracy McGrady mold, able to bring everything to the table. He will without a doubt play small forward in the NBA, which will create matchup problems.
However, Jones reminds scouts way too much of Anthony Randolph. Randolph was just like Jones in college, oozing in potential.
They are both seen as “point-forwards,” who can dribble very well for their size. Whoever drafts Jones is taking a huge risk. Expect Jones to be the next Kevin Durant mold or the next big time bust in Anthony Randolph.
1. Enes Kanter
Nobody enters this draft with more question marks than Enes Kanter. Unlike everyone in this draft, Kanter hasn’t played a game this whole year.
Kanter was ruled ineligible by the NCAA before the year. The NCAA ruled that Kanter accepted "significant" money from a team in Turkey, ending his chances of playing at Kentucky.
Kanter also has durability concerns. He has had chronic knee problems his whole life. After seeing Greg Oden’s knee issues, scouts have become very aware of what can happen.
Also, if Kanter is drafted in the top 10, scouts will need to see some potential out of him. He isn’t viewed as a very athletic player either. Kanter is extremely polished, but his NBA potential isn’t extremely high.