I’ll have a few thoughts at the bottom, but this post is mostly about just getting my big board up. For extended thoughts on my rankings/specific players you should read the positional breakdowns I’ve released over the past week.
The traditional center is a fascinating player in today’s NBA. The ability to switch pick-and-roll on the defensive end and space the floor on offense has become so coveted that interior focused big guys who can’t really move on the perimeter have become marginalized. Rim protectors still have a lot of value, as we saw with the drop-off Golden State experienced from Andrew Bogut to Festus Ezeli/Anderson Varejao, but guys who can’t guard on the perimeter have become matchup dependent role players, not 30+ minute a game guys.
Depending on how a given “traditional” 5 guards on the perimeter and just how much value they bring on offense they might be able to carve out a truer starting role, but all are fighting an uphill battle. I’m going to analyze the players in order of their DraftExpress rankings before re-ordering them into my own rankings.
There is almost no such thing as a “true” power forward these days. Any player who fits the classical description of a power forward is going to be tested as a 5 in the modern NBA, even if they predominantly play the 4. Some guys in this position grouping might mostly play center in the NBA, but there are enough “true” centers that I figured I would save a separate post for them. I’m going to analyze the players in order of their DraftExpress rankings before re-ordering them into my own rankings.
Compared to the SG/SF wings, I diverge far less from consensus when it comes to the bigger wings/small ball 4’s. I already wrote about Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram in detail here, so I won’t be focusing on them in this piece. Again, I’m going to analyze the players in order of their DraftExpress rankings before re-ordering them into my own rankings.
This year’s draft is typically being framed as a two-player draft with a wide open third slot. I see things pretty differently, there is a clear #1 prospect, a very close debate between the #2 and #3 guys, and a wide open #4 ranking. I’m going to briefly give my thoughts on each individual player before comparing them. Continue reading
I’ve been a bit lazy with my writing this spring, so I’m going to try and crank out big positional breakdowns for 2/3 wings, 3/4 wings, 4/5 bigs, and true centers in the next few days before the draft. Hopefully, I will get through all of those and still have time to post my big board before draft night. As I did with point guards, I’m going to first examine these players in order of their DraftExpress rankings, then, I will rank them in my own order. Continue reading
Instead of dividing up my thoughts on the point guards in this year’s class into segmented posts on different guys I figured I’d just combine into one overly-long piece of writing. Every player should be evaluated independently on what their NBA future could be, but when it comes to decision making on draft day it is all about comparing that projection to the other players around him. Therefore, I will try and give both individual and comparative analysis for all the point guards I see as draft relevant. I’m going to go player by player by DraftExpress’s rankings to do my analysis before re-ordering into my rankings at the end. Continue reading