Small Forward Otto Porter Jr. 6-8 (Georgetown):
Strengths: Very good at a variety of aspects. Overall very intelligent offensively. Good decision maker both passing and shooting. Can create his own shot and move well without the ball.
Weaknesses: Not very athletic compared to other players in the draft. Also did not get a good sense of a pick-n-roll’s and high-screens in college (something that is done all the time in the pro’s). Not the quickest player. Needs to bulk up.
Shooting Guard Ben McLemore 6-5 (Kansas):
Strengths: Considered the most athletic player in draft. Very solid 3-point shot, has an “NBA” body.
Weaknesses: Not the best ball handler, not aggressive with the ball, sometimes lacks confidence (ex: down the stretch in sweet 16 matchup against Michigan).
Center Nerlins Noel 6-10 (Kentucky):
Strengths: Huge wingspan (7-4). Terrific work ethic on defense. Doesn’t take plays off. Runs the floor well, also a good rebounder.
Weaknesses: Everything about his offensive game. Post-game is still undeveloped, has no jump-shot, doesn’t have a lot of muscle for a Center.
Center Alex Len 7-1 (Maryland):
Strengths: Aggressive player with and without the ball. Has a knack for blocking shots , and also a good rebounder. Scores a lot around the basket and also runs the floor well.
Weaknesses: Not very agile. Lacks shooting range as a big man. Not a consistent offensive option at the college level (shot 54% FG).
Shooting Guard Victor Oladipo 6-5 (Indiana):
Strengths: Very athletic, plays both ends of the floor. A lockdown defender.
Weaknesses: Offensive game needs to improve, undersized for a two-guard (6-5). Has a questionable shot-release, not a good ball handler. Tends to shy away from playing with the ball.
Power Forward Anthony Bennett 6-8 (UNLV):
Strengths: Very strong, good leaping ability, and quick. Can shoot from deep two-point range. Good ball handler for 6-8 height.
Weaknesses: Undersized for a power forward in the NBA. Can't post-up well. Tends to shoot from deeper then coaches want him to. Is lost sometimes on defense.
Point Guard Trey Burke 6-0 (Michigan):
Strengths: Great offensive mind. Reliable ball handler and decision maker. Has a great 3-point shot. Doesn’t shy away from big moments (made 3-point shot to force overtime in sweet 16 matchup with Kansas). Carried Wolverines offensively for much of their run to the National Championship.
Weaknesses: Not the most athletic player, average defender, undersized for a point guard in the NBA.
Center Rudy Gobert 7-0 (France):
Strengths: Long body, good hands and good footwork. Plays well when the ball is in the air. Offensively will stay in the paint.
Weaknesses: Scouts have seen him “pushed around” on the court both offensively and defensively, not dependable defensively.
Point Guard Michael Carter-Williams 6-6 (Syracuse):
Strengths: Very tall for a point guard (but still has the mindset of one). Good defender. Long arms allows for deceiving 6’8 wingspan. Solid passing ability, has good floor vision.
Weaknesses: Not the best shooter, takes a lot “questionable” shots. Inconsistent scorer, and sometimes his aggressiveness leads to foul trouble. Can be a turnover machine.
Center Cody Zeller 7-0 (Indiana):
Strengths: Runs the floor effectively, gets out into transition easily. Solid post-game and a good rebounder. Pretty good mid-range jump shot. Awesome footwork and knows where to be offensively.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have a “go-to move” on offense. Not a good shot-blocker.
Shooting Guard Shabazz Muhammad 6-6 (UCLA):
Strengths: Has a knack for slashing to the paint quickly, Good rebounder, solid in transition, and has a solid post-game.
Weaknesses: Often labeled a “ball-hog”, not very explosive. Tends to only drive to the basket on his left (can be predictable to defend). Not a good defender. Has questionable attitude.
Center Steven Adams 7-0 (Pittsburgh):
Strengths: Good rebounder. Has good endurance. Good footwork allows him to finish well around the basket.
Weaknesses: Mid-range game needs work. Is pretty much average offensively and defensively.
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Center Zeke Marshall 7-0 (Akron):
Strengths: Center size (7’0), 7’5 wingspan, excellent interior defender. Has a knack for blocking shots.
Weaknesses: Needs to work on mid-range game.
Power Forward DeShaun Thomas 6-7 (Ohio State):
Strengths: A pure offensive weapon. Can score in a variety of ways. Solid 3-point shooter (34%) making him a stretch forward, solid rebounder, effective around the basket, good free-throw shooter (83%).
Weaknesses: Not the best defender, not very quick and doesn’t have good foot speed. Not very athletic.
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