Early NBA Draft Player Rankings
Legion Report NBA Draft Player Rankings
1. Shabaaz Muhammad 18.8 points/5 rebounds/.9 assists – UCLA – The UCLA product is a replica of James Harden. His 6’6’’ inch frame can get to the rack at will and score from the perimeter. I have him #1 just because of his scoring ability and he has already shown promise with little to develop.
2. Cody Zeller 16.4/8.1/1.3 – Indiana - Zeller is a great scorer for his size from the inside and outside. He can dribble well, also. He must improve his strength to compete with the physicallness of the NBA. He will be an excellent pick, though.
3. Nerlens Noel 10.7/9.1/1.9 – Kentucky - Noel will probably be drafted next to #1 in the draft, but the thing that is holding them back is his offensive ability. His 7’5’’ wing span will grab the attention of every NBA scout. He reminds me of a little better Hasheem Thabeet, lets just hope his NBA career doesn’t turn out the same.
4. Alex Len 14.4/8.8/.5 – Maryland – Len is a 7’1’’ center from Maryland. He has been getting a lot of draft buzz ever since his breakout game against Kentucky. He dominated Nerlens Noel by scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.
5. Archie Goodwin 16/5.5/4.2 – Kentucky – Goodwin will drive to the basket every time he gets the ball. The key part to this is that he finishes. Teams will love his athleticism. Dwayne Wade would be a comparison with a stretch.
6. Alex Poythess 14.5/6.5/.5 – Kentucky - Another one and done player from Kentucky, Poythess possesses a 7’1’’ wingspan. The combo forward can stretch the D with his 3 point range and also finish at the rim.
7. Ben McLemore 16.5/5.7/2.3 – Kansas – A prototype for the NBA. He already plays at an elite level with extraoradinary athleticism. He has the ability to create his shot and can knock it down anywhere on the court.
8. Marcus Smart 12.5/ 6.4/5.1 – Oklahoma State – A creative Point Guard with great vision and great passing ability. His textbook jumper is very consistent as well as his lock down defensive ability. He has been compared to play a similar game as James Harden.
9. Michael Carter-Williams 12.4/4.9/10.3 – Syracuse – The 6’5’’ combo guard is leading the nation in assists with 10.3. Any team he gets drafted by will be an immediate upgrade. He can also stretch the defense.
10. C.J. McCollum 24.9/5.4/3.1 – Lehigh – I watched McCollum in high school at Glen Oak when he played with Koufos, and he is a spitting image of Jamal Crawford. The combo guard can score from anywhere on the court. His feel good story from taking down Duke in the NCAA tournament will bode well with the NBA scouts along with leading the nation in scoring. Seeing success from both Lin and Curry, both smaller school players, should work in his favor.
- Jeff Withey 14.1/8.3/.7 – Kansas – Withey is a 7 footer that has a good offensive game and can block shots. He has put on muscle over the offseason which will allow him to defend in the low post.
- Tony Mitchell 14.3/8.7/.6 – North Texas - The 6’8 Sophmore with a 7’3 wingspan is a relentless rebounder and seems nearly impossible to score on. Last week Lehigh played North Texas and between Mitchell and McCollum there were a total of 57 NBA scouts there to watch.
- Deshaun Thomas 20.0/6.8/1.5 – Ohio State – With the departure of Jared Sullinger, Thomas has assumed the role of an offensive leader. The lefty has a silky smooth stroke. Most likely, he will be taken out of the lottery. Thomas is my steal of the draft.