NBA Draft Prospect Profiles

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 13: Jared Sullinger #0 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates with head coach Thad Matta after he was taken out of the game late in the second half against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the championship game of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ohio State won 71-60. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Since you all are like me and interested the NBA Draft prospects, I figured I'd point you in the direction of the NBA Draft Prospects storystream we have going on at SBNation.com.  Tom Ziller and myself have been breaking down some of the top prospects in this year's NCAA Tournament, and we'll continue to be updating that as those players actually play.  

Here's who we got so far.

  • Ziller breaks down Arizona forward Derrick Williams and compares him to "Danny Granger on rollerblades."  He also loves Williams.
  • take a look at Jared Sullinger, who I think has pretty clear strengths and weaknesses.  If I had a gun pointed to my head, he's the guy I'd probably put atop my draft board for this team right now (Kyrie Irving would be 1, but we don't need him), with the obvious caveat being that I haven't studied Enes Kanter much.  
  • My write-up on Kemba Walker of Connecticut, in which I express concern about how his game will translate to the pros.  My issue with Kemba is this: he uses so many possessions, and ultimately, he's only average efficiency-wise with them.  Now, to be average efficiency-wise while using so many possessions is a very good thing, and I love his demeanor and his shot-making ability.  But it raises an interesting question: is he doing that because his team is built for him to do that, or is his team built for him to do that because of the nature of his game?  The reason that question matters is that no NBA team is going to structure their roster like Connecticut did this season, so you have to ask whether Walker can alter his game a bit.
  • Ziller's thing on Terrence Jones of Kentucky, which doesn't really make me feel that good about him.
  • My thoughts on Harrison Barnes, who I essentially see as the anti-Kemba. 
  • Ziller on John Henson

Still to come: profiles of Chris Singleton, Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Brandon Knight, Kahwi Leonard, Marcus Morris, Tristain Thompson and probably Irving.

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