Tuesday, June 22, 2010

NBA Draft: Player Rankings and Tiers

The top 40 draft prospects can be put into 6 different tiers. I named them: The Studs, The Bigs. Solid Slashers/Shooters, Young Project Bigs, Point/Combo Guards NOT named John Wall, and Good Experienced Forwards. Here are my rankings by tier. I have the players overall ranking next to their name.

The Studs (3):

1. John Wall-PG-Kentucky-Fr.-19 years old
6-4 (height)/196 (weight)/8-6 (standing reach)
NBA Comparison: Russell Westbrook/Jason Kidd in 1994
Career Role: Star point guard with superstar potential

2. Evan Turner-G/F-Ohio St.-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Brandon Roy/Grant Hill
Career Role: Star wing/perennial all-star

3. Wes Johnson-SF-Syracuse-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Josh Howard in prime
Career Role: Starting SF, great #2 option

The Bigs (7):

4. DeMarcus Cousins-C-Kentucky-Fr.
NBA Comparison: A better Erick Dampier
Career Role: Starting center, boom/bust prospect

5. Derrick Favors-PF-Georgia Tech-Fr.
NBA Comparison: Antonio McDyess
Career Role: Starting PF with star potential

6. Greg Monroe-F/C-Georgetown-So.
NBA Comparison: David West/Al Horford
Career Role: Starting PF/C

8. Patrick Patterson-PF-Kentucky-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Udonis Haslem
Career Role: Good role playing starter at PF

9. Cole Aldrich-C/F-Kansas-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Raef LaFentz/Joel Pryzbilla
Career Role: Solid starting center, would have best success playing alongside a star PF.

10. Ekpe Udoh-PF-Baylor-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Jason Thompson
Career Role: Role playing starting PF

16. Ed Davis-PF-UNC-So.
NBA Comparison: Bigger Brendan Wright/poor man's Lamar Odom
Career Role: Starting PF or backup combo forward

Solid Slashers/Shooters (8):

7. Al-Farouq Aminu-SF-Wake Forest-So.
NBA Comparison: Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Career Role: Starting SF, good #3 option

11. Luke Babbit-SF-Nevada-So.
NBA Comparison: Toni Kukoc/Chris Mullin
Career Role: Starting SF/6th Man

12. Xavier Henry-G/F-Kansas-Fr.
NBA Comparison: Brandon Rush
Career Role: Starting wing, good #3 option

13. Paul George-SF-Fresno St.-So.
NBA Comparison: Trevor Ariza
Career Role: Starting SF/6th Man

14. Gordon Hayward-SF-Butler-So.
NBA Comparison: Mike Miller
Career Role: Starting SF/6th Man

15. James Anderson-SG-Oklahoma St.-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Antoine Wright/Michael Redd
Career Role: Starting SG, good 3/4 option

18. Damion James-SF-Texas-Sr.
NBA Comparison: Shawn Marion
Career Role: Great backup/lock down defender with ability to guard the 2-4.

19. Dominique Jones-SG-USF-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Eric Gordon
Career Role: good backup to come off the bench and get 12-15ppg

Young Project Bigs (5):

17. Larry Sanders-C/F-VCU-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Chris Anderson/Marcus Camby
Career Role: Role playing defensive center

21. Daniel Orton-C-Kentucky-Fr.
NBA Comparison: Jason Collins
Career Role: Role playing center

22. Hassan Whiteside-C-Marshall-Fr.
NBA Comparison: Tyson Chandler
Career Role: Role playing defensive center

23. Soloman Alabi-C-FSU-So.

NBA Comparison: Samuel Dalembert
Career Role: Backup defensive center

25. Kevin Seraphin-F/C-France-Int.

NBA Comparison: Serge Ibaka/Jordan Hill
Career Role: Role playing big, will need 2-4 years to develop

Point/Combo Guards NOT named John Wall (9):

20. Avery Bradley-G-Texas-Fr.
NBA Comparison: Jason Terry
Career Role: Backup combo guard with star potential

26. Armon Johnson-PG-Nevada-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Jerryd Bayless
Career Role: Solid backup guard

27. Eric Bledsoe-PG-Kentucky-Fr.
NBA Comparison: Mo Williams
Career Role: Backup PG with star potential

31. Jordan Crawford-G-Xavier-So.
NBA Comparison: Bigger Charlie Bell
Career Role: Backup combo guard

32. Terrico White-G-Ole Miss-So.
NBA Comparison: Shannon Brown
Career Role: Backup combo guard, NBA Dunk Contest Participant

35. Greivis Vasquez-G-Maryland-Sr.
NBA Comparison: Sasha Vujacic
Career Role: Solid deep bench combo guard with versatility

36. Mikhail Torrance-G-Alabama-Sr.
NBA Comparison: Shaun Livingston
Career Role: Big backup point guard, would compliment an undersized SG very well

37. Elliot Williams-G-Memphis-So.
NBA Comparison: Delonte West
Career Role: Backup combo guard with ability to be a scorer off the bench

38. Willie Warren-G-Oklahoma-So.
NBA Comparison: Rodney Stuckey
Career Role: Backup combo guard, NBA Dunk Contest Participant

Good Experienced Forwards (8):

24. Craig Brackins-PF-Iowa St.-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Channing Frye/Robert Horry
Career Role: Role playing PF that can shoot from outside

28. Devin Ebanks-SF-West Virginia-So.
NBA Comparison: Marvin Williams
Career Role: Role Playing Starting SF, good 4-5 option, not a go to guy

29. Gani Lawal-PF-Georgia Tech-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Ronnie Turiaf
Career Role: Garbage man who does all the little things in the post

30. Quincy Pondexter-SF-Washington-Sr.
NBA Comparison: Joey Graham
Career Role: Quality backup

33. Stanley Robinson-F-UConn
NBA Comparison: Jamario Moon
Career Role: Backup combo forward with great length

34. Darrington Hobson-SF-New Mexico-Jr.
NBA Comparison: Chris Douglas-Roberts
Career Role: Quality backup

39. Trevor Booker-PF-Clemson-Sr.
NBA Comparison: Brandon Bass
Career Role: Garbage man, athletic backup forward

40. Jarvis Varnado-F/C-Mississippi St.-Sr.
NBA Comparison: poor man's Joakim Noah
Career Role: Shot blocking specialist

Best of the Rest (35):

41. Lance Stephenson-SG-Cincinnati-Fr.
42. Jerome Jordan-C-Tulsa-Sr.
43. Lazar Hayward-SF-Marquette-Sr.
44. Jerome Randle-PG-California-Sr.
45. Dwayne Collins-PF-Miami-Sr.
46. Tiny Gallon-PF-Oklahoma-Sr.
47. Derrick Caracter-PF-UTEP
48. Dexter Pittman-C-Texas-Sr.
49. Tibor Pliess-C-Germany-Int.
50. Brian Zoubek-C-Duke-Sr.
51. Art Parakhouski-C-Radford-Sr.
52. Matt Bouldin-G-Gonzaga-Sr.
53. Sherron Collins-PG-Kansas-Sr.
54. Luke Harangody-PF-Notre Dame-Sr.
55. Andy Rautins-SG-Syracuse-Sr.
56. Sylven Landesberg-SG-Virginia-So.
57. Charles Garcia-PF-Seattle-Jr.
58. Aubrey Coleman-G-Houston-Sr.
59. Mac Koshwal-PF-DePaul-Jr.
60. Da'Sean Butler-SF-West Virginia-Sr.
61. Ryan Richards-PF-England-Int.
62. Latavious Williams-F-Tulsa 66ers (D-league)
63. Tyren Johnson-PF-Lou-Lafayette-Sr.
64. Samardo Samuels-PF-Loisville-So.
65. Manny Harris-SG-Michigan-Jr.
66. Alexey Shved-G-Russia-Int.
67. Namanja Bjelica-SF-Serbia-Int.
68. Vladimir Dasic-SF-Montenegro-Int.
69. John Scheyer-G-Duke-Sr.
70. Tyler Smith-SF-USA/played in Turkey last year-Int.
71. Miroslav Raduljica-C-Serbia-Int.
72. Paulo Prestes-C-Brazil-Int.
73. A.J. Ogilvy-C-Vandy-Jr.
74. Denis Clemente-PG-Kansas St.-Sr.
75. Scottie Reynolds-PG-Villanova-Sr.

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