Let’s take a look at the players that are likely to crack the TOP TEN in the NBA Draft. Many times the teams that are ready to draft don’t always get the position filled that fits their needs and take the best player available.
- Deandre Ayton, C, Arizona– There is only a slight doubt that he won’t be the first pick in the draft and go to the Phoenix Suns. He is a great rim protector at 7 foot tall and has great shooting ability. There is controversy surrounding the college signing but that is no concern with the NBA.
- Marvin Bagley III, PF, Duke– He dominated the Atlantic Coast Conference in his freshman season. He is an uncanny rebounder and a very good shooter from the outside. He will need to beef up at the next level. He goes to the Sacramento Kings.
- Luke Doncic, PG, Slovenia– Some think he may be the best player in the draft and has a connection to the new coach in Phoenix. He is a smart player with precision passing abilities along with very good shooting ability. Drafted by Atlanta Hawks
- Jaren Jackson Jr., PF, Michigan State– He has a 7-4 wingspan that can make the opponents spread the floor. He will grow and is only 18 years old on draft day. He will be taken by the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Mohammed Bamba, C, Texas– Another wingspan freak as it was 8 foot at the NBA Combine which makes him a marvelous rim protector. Some say he is much quicker than they thought. He could move up in the draft but for now, he is taken by the Dallas Mavericks.
- Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma– It is about who has this pick and Orlando need Young. He can dish out assists and was the best shooter in college last year. HE will need to put on some bulk. He is taken by the Orlando Magic.
- Wendall Carter Jr., C, Duke– He can muscle up and defend with the best. He has offensive moves in the post along with being able to step out and hit that shot. Carter is an all-around player. This one goes to the Chicago Bulls.
- Michael Porter Jr., PF, Missouri– The Cavs need players and without knowing what Lebron is doing, they take Porter who can mimic many parts of a Kevin Durant game. He has been a bit banged up. The Cleveland Cavaliers take him.
- Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova– Some believe he is too small but he can defend with those long arms and can shoot from various spots on the floor. He plays smart and mature and comes from a winning program at Villanova. The New York Knicks draft him.
- Hamidou Diallo, SG, Kentucky– He is a blue blood player from a top program at Kentucky. He is a fantastic leaper and coming back last year help his draft position. He has skills that translate into the NBA very easily. He is drafted by the Philadelphia 76’ers and fits into that program very well.
Here are a few other names that might creep into the bottom of this Top Ten list and at least they are likely to be drafted between 11-20.
Kevin Knox, Miles Bridges, Robert Williams, Collin Sexton, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, Zhaire Smith, Anfernee Simons, Jontay Porter, Aaron Holiday, Lonnie Walker
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