NBA Draft 2011: Projecting Prospect Impact in the League

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IIJune 23, 2011

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04:  Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a play against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Having researched, analyzed, and attempted to rate all of these prospects according to a new, unique system based on their respective skill sets, we categorized them into projected NBA roles.  It has its share of flaws and necessary revisions to undertake down the road, but think it should give you a fair idea of what we think the players future impact could be.  I may have been a little too generous at spots, notably around the backup/role player spots, but I wanted to accurately reflect the skills in favor of what the projected impact would be, and you can see those individually by clicking on the respective prospect links.

This isn’t immediate impact, but rather potential to be ‘as good as’ down the road in their careers at some point.  When evaluating, I tried to do it as fair and unbiased as possible regarding what I see from a guy without influencing their overall rating, so in a way does not reflect my true feeling of how everyone projects, but rather what the system was indicative of.  Its also only based on the Top 64 of the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery Big Board, so guys like Malcolm Thomas who may get drafted are not on there at this point, due to a lack of significant game film and availability of footage to evaluate, but will be eventually.

That said, presents “Projecting Prospect Impact In The League.”

Note: On every player, you can click their name or country to take you to a more detailed profile for an extensive scouting report and highlights on the respective prospect.


Hall of Fame (100-95)

  • None


All-NBA (95-89)

  • None


All-Star Potential (88-85)


Team Star (84-81)


Impact Starter (80-76)

Starter (75-71)


Sixth Man (70-68)


Backup (67-62)


Role Player (61-56)


Bench Warmer (55-50)

  • None


D-League (49-0)

  • None


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