Jimmer Fredette and 59 other young basketball players are a little more than a month away from finding out which NBA teams they'll be starting their careers with. Some will become household names, while the less fortunate will never quite get a chance to shine. Time will only tell.
Will Jimmer's success translate to the NBA level?
His critics compare him to Adam Morrison, who also competed in a small conference and never really faced enough formidable opponents to convince us that he had truly been tested. Morrison beat up on West Coast Conference teams, but his game never adapted to the physically demanding NBA.
The difference is that Morrison wasn't as athletic as Jimmer is. His stats at BYU may have been a bit inflated because there weren't many respectable teams on the schedule, but he has proven that he is a superior athlete who can score from anywhere on the court.
So where will Jimmer end up on June 23rd?
The lottery already delivered one surprise, as the favorite for first pick (Timberwolves) fell to second, giving the Cavs the first and fourth overall picks.
Let's take a look at how the draft could play out for your favorite teams and players.
1. Cavs - Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona
With the luxury of having two of the top-four picks, the Cavs have an opportunity to go a couple of different routes. Kyrie Irving could go here, but there isn't much of a drop off between him and Brandon Knight if they wanted to grab their point guard at pick No. 4.
2. Timberwolves - Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke
It looks more and more likely that Ricky Rubio will sign with the Timberwolves for the 2011-2012 season, leading some to believe that Minnesota would be willing to trade down. Either way, Kyrie Irving will be the second player taken if the Cavs go with Williams.
3. Jazz- Enes Kanter, PF/C, Kentucky
The Jazz are the only other team that can address two important needs with multiple lottery picks. Enes Kanter has risen on the radar of many teams, including the Jazz, and the 6'11" Turkish stud would bulk up Utah's frontcourt, leaving them with plenty of quality guard options with the No. 12 pick.
4. Cavs - Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky
The Cavs will complete the guard-forward combination of Williams/Knight, giving them two potential stars to build around for years.
5. Raptors - Jonas Valanciunas, C, Lithuania
The Raptors have little existence of a post presence. Ranked by most as the top international player, Valancuinas would fill the void nicely.
6. Wizards - Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State
The Wizards got their point guard last year, now they can get their small forward of the future in Kawhi Leonard. His stock continues to rise and Washington looks like an adequate landing spot.
7. Kings- Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut
The Kings could be a team that tries to trade up to get Irving, but if they stay put, Walker provides them the boost they are looking for in the backcourt.
8. Pistons- Jan Vesely, SF/PF, Czech Republic
Vesely can shoot over almost anyone trying to guard him, and he's not afraid to challenge defenders at the rim. He'd be a refreshing addition to a team that seems to have hit rock bottom.
9. Bobcats - Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas
Marcus has shown that he can be a dominant threat as a jump shooter and with his back to the basket. The Bobcats are only a Morris twin away from getting back into the playoffs.
10. Bucks- Alec Burks, SG, Colorado
Burks is able to create separation with defenders and score at will. He would provide a huge boost for a Bucks team that was last in the NBA in scoring.
11. Warriors- Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas
Thompson is an explosive and scrappy ball-hawk who would get some great opportunities early with a team like the Warriors, who lack consistency from their big men.
12. Jazz - Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU
Jimmer stays in Utah as the Jazz find their point guard of the future, making it easy to forget about Deron Williams.
13. Suns- Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania
At 7-feet tall, Motiejunas is a very valuable offensive asset who can score backing down, facing up, inside or outside for a Suns team that has lost some explosiveness.
14. Rockets- Markieff Morris, PF, Kansas
Like his brother Marcus, Markieff Morris is already built like and player and has an impressive arsenal on offense, which the Rockets need at the forward position.
15. Pacers- Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas
The Pacers are knocking on the door of being a force in the Eastern Conference, and adding Jordan Hamilton's NBA-ready skill set keeps them headed in the right direction.
16. 76ers- Bismack Biyombo, C, Congo
Biyombo is a highly coordinated behemoth with an absurd wingspan. He can help add some length for a 76ers team headed in the right direction.
17. Knicks - Klay Thompson, SG, Washington State
Klay Thompson is a mature, unselfish methodical player who possesses desirable leadership skills. The versatile guard would make a solid role player on a team with big egos.
18. Wizards - Chris Singleton, SF/PF, Florida State
Singleton can help right away as one of the best defensive players in the draft for one of the worst defensive teams in the league.
19. Bobcats - Reggie Jackson, PG, Boston College
Jackson is a tall and athletic point guard, a strong ball-handler and very poised. He can compete with D.J. Augustin for a starting job and give a little extra push to a borderline playoff team.
20. Timberwolves - Josh Selby, SG, Kansas
Selby is a high-risk, high-reward player this early in the draft because he is such a raw talent, but shows so much potential. Selby fits in perfectly with a team full of young prospects and rising stars.
21. Blazers - Nikola Mirotic, PF, Montenegro
Mirotic is mobile and incredibly efficient as a tough matchup for most other guys his size. The Blazers have no depth at forward, so Mirotic would fit in nicely.
22. Nuggets - Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia
Denver could lose a lot of size in free agency, so they should try to grab a weapon in the post in case they can't bring back Nene and Martin. Thompkins brings a lot to the painted area.
23. Rockets - Tobias Harris, PF, Tennessee
This smooth teenager might not be able to make an impact right away, but he has the skills necessary to take a team to another level if he develops correctly. He might be a project at first, but it will be worth the wait.
24. Thunder - Malcolm Lee, SG, UCLA
Lee is a great athlete who plays on both ends. He can evolve into a nice third option for the Thunder and compliment to Durant and Westbrook.
25. Celtics- Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State
The Celtics are an aging team who need to start looking for players to mold down the road. Faried is a scrappy player who can make a difference clogging driving lanes and being a monster on the glass.
26. Mavericks- Darius Morris, PG, Michigan
Jason Kidd can see the light at the end of the tunnel in what has been a Hall of Fame career, and a guy like Morris would be an excellent guy for the Mavs to stick in their back pocket here.
27. Nets- Davis Bertans, SF, Latvia
Bertans could be a factor right away for the Nets who don't have much of a presence at forward. The Nets were near the bottom of the league in scoring and Bertans could help remedy that quickly.
28. Bulls- Nolan Smith, SG, Duke
The Bulls need somebody for Derrick Rose to look to at shooting guard other than Keith Bogans. Nolan Smith could develop into a good option to take attention away from Rose.
29. Spurs- Jordan Williams, PF/C, Maryland
The Spurs are getting old at forward and need to start thinking about the future. Williams would be the best available at this point in the draft.
30. Bulls - Kyle Singler, SF, Duke
The Bulls will likely stick with their winning recipe, as they have made a habit of drafting players from outstanding college basketball teams. Singler is no exception and gives the Bulls more depth and scoring ability.
We'll have to wait to see exactly how it will play out, as the draft often gets shaken up early with trades and surprise picks.
Even though this isn't a very top-heavy field of players, it is an extremely deep group of talented young men and should be exciting nonetheless.
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