2022 NBA Draft Big Board (Top 50)
1. Chet Holmgren (PF/C, Gonzaga, Freshman)
Chet Holmgren is one of the most polarizing top prospects in NBA history. We’ve never seen a seven footer weigh under 200 pounds dominate the NBA. I’m a believer. It’s a league of skill, IQ, and length, he thrives in those aspects. He is the best defender in the draft and one of the best rim protecting talents we’ve seen. He used excellent timing and verticality as much as his length to protect the rim, making him as polished of a shot blocker you’ll see. Offensively, the upside is higher than people think. He is super comfortable making decisions off the ball, especially in the fast break. He is an excellent finisher and good shooter with a smooth stroke. He also has much more in the bag as a shot maker off the bounce, which I believe will show with more opportunity. Best of all, he is tough as nails. One of the most intense top prospects we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s hard to bet against players of his talent level with that mental toughness.
Comparison: Modern Kevin Garnett
2. Paolo Banchero (PF, Duke, Freshman)
Despite easily having the best March Madness showing of any top prospect, it feels like Paolo Banchero is left out of the #1 talks, which makes no sense. How often do you get a powerful 6’10” forward with a legit 250 pound NBA body who can score from all three levels and make point guard-level passing reads? It’s rare. Sure, he wasn’t the most engaged defender or general player at times. But he has enough size, strength, and quickness to develop into a passable defender. Also, he showed up when the lights are brightest. His shooting concerns are overblown too. His shooting progressed as the year went on and he is very comfortable shooting off the bounce. If his base mechanics become more disciplined, he will be a good shooter at the next level. Paolo Banchero is the best bet to become a franchise-level offensive player in the draft.
Comparison: Peak Julius Randle
3. Jabari Smith Jr. (PF, Auburn, Freshman)
According to many athletes, including Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, many people around the league expect Jabari Smith Jr. to go #1 to Orlando. It is hard to not be intrigued by a 6’10” combo forward who is arguably the best shooter in the class with elite mechanics for anyone regardless of class. He has incredible footwork and a high-release when getting to his shot, which he can get to one pull-up jumpers, fadeaways from the high post, and spot up. He shot 42.5% from threes and many of those threes were heavily contest. Not to mention, he has impressive lateral quickness for someone his size and projects to be an excellent perimeter defender. What makes him not top two for me is I have real concerns with his ability to create separation when concentrated on, as well as his passing instincts and finishing. His skillset screams star, but can he be more than a complimentary star? That’s where my doubts rise. If he can improve his on ball creation and finishing, we are talking about a future superstar, though.
Comparison: Rashad Lewis
4. Keegan Murray (PF, Iowa, Sophomore)
It’s the draft of power forwards! The 4-10 range for me is incredibly closed. Keegan Murray gets the edge at four due to his incredible floor that becomes becomes evident because of his versatility and polish. He is a very smart player who can score from all three levels both as an iso scorer and especially off-ball. He doesn’t project as a high-usage playmaker, that’s not his game, but he is arguably the best scorer within the flow of an offense in this draft. He averaged 24 PPG in college and most plays weren’t drawn for him. While not an insane athlete, he has a strong body and above average quickness that becomes assets athletically when playing against bigs, it also helps him defensively as he is a methodical and engaged defender on top of that. Murray is a very mature player with all of the right make up, it’s hard to see him not have a 14+ year NBA career.
Comparison: Danny Granger/Grant Williams
5. Shaedon Sharpe (SG, Kentucky, Freshman)
The mystery man. Shaedon Sharpe is even more polarizing than Chet Holmgren. On one hand. Sharpe was the #1 recruit in the country as a 6’5″ wing with a seven foot wing span, possessing incredible strength and explosion as well as three-level shot making. On the other hand, we have not seen him play basketball in over 18 months and there are questions about truly why he did not play at Kentucky. He also isn’t polished as a playmaker or defender and has an underwhelming first step. Nonetheless, the talent is still mesmerizing and if all clicks, he could be the best player in this draft, which is why he deserves consideration in the top four.
Comparison: Andrew Wiggins/Jaylen Brown
6. Jaden Ivey (SG/PG, Purdue, Sophomore)
Jaden Ivey appears to be the consensus #4 guy in this draft in basketball media, similar to Jalen Suggs. Like Jalen Suggs last year, Ivey is not the fourth best prospect for me, though, as of now. Dude is such a special athlete with elite explosion who can change speeds better than anybody in the draft. He is a natural-born-scorer who can be unstoppable when you give him a lane to in the open court with that athleticism and body control mid-air. His shooting off the catch also made real strides this year, bumping his 3P% to nearly 36%. There are a couple holes in his game that make me question his floor, though. He does not like to go to his left hand, and because he is not a natural playmaker and shooter off the dribble, there is a possibility his game will become very predictable. If he can improve that left hand and shooting off the dribble, no doubt he can become one of the best young guards in the league.
7. AJ Griffin (SF, Duke, Freshman)
Comparison: De’Aaron Fox with Ja Morant’s scoring style
AJ Griffin proved why he was considered a top-10-prospect coming into the season. He has not quite gotten his explosion back following his lower body injuries in high school, but he was able to contribute as an elite shooting off-ball wing who shot 44.7% from beyond. That elite shooting gives him a good floor in the NBA, if healthy. He also displayed some of those shot making chops people raved about in high school when he was asked to create those opportunities. He loves the pull-up, floater, and step back. His 220 pound frame and seven foot wingspan also gives him all the tools to be an above average defender, if he puts his mind to it. At the NBA level, AJ Griffin needs to regain some of that explosion and lateral quickness again, improve as an off-ball defender, and tighten that handle if he wants to fulfill the star potential many envisioned in high school. Griffin can be a confusing prospect at times, but the talent is off the charts.
Comparison: Harrison Barnes/Jimmy Butler
8. Malaki Branham (SG, Ohio State, Freshman)
Malaki Branham needs to be talked about much more than he has been. In his last 22 games, he averaged over 17 on 50/40 splits, as a freshman! He is a super smooth scorer who loves to get inside to open up his excellent perimeter shooting. He is not explosive, but he is very crafty and efficient with every move he makes. He is also a solid defender who has excellent length. Branham doesn’t have the athleticism or playmaking to reach the heights a Jaden Ivey or Shaedon Sharpe can, but his floor is higher than both, and his skillset is incredible when he plays to high gravity playmaker.
Comparison: Norman Powell/Khris Middleton
9. Ousmane Dieng (SF/PG, New Zealand Breakers, 19 years old)
Ousmane Dieng is the best international prospect in this class with one of the highest ceiling in the draft. He is 6’10” with an advanced handle and feel for the game. He can really make reads in the pick and roll, finish inside, and has shown glimpses of high-level scoring. Also, despite being thin, he is a very smart and versatile defender who should be able to switch on the perimeter seamlessly with his agility. His stats may not be impressive in totality, but the improvement he showed throughout the season as an 18-year-old (at the time) showed what he can become in the NBA if he can put it all together physicality and skillfully. The sky is the limit if he ends up at the right spot.
Comparison: Jaden McDaniels/Young Scottie Pippen
10. Johnny Davis (SG, Wisconsin, Sophomore)
Johnny Davis has experienced a greater rise in his stock relative to anyone in this class. At the end it did take a dip as he started to struggle toward the end, likely from the major load on both ends he had to take last year. Nonetheless, he is a fearless, intense two-way player who is a tough shot maker in the perimeter and can get inside with his quickness and strength. Defensively, he is a very talented point of attack who is very tough to get around physically. He will need to prove he can hit the three at a more efficient clip and create space more consistently to maximize his efficiency, but the journey he has taken to get to this point and his Big 10 toughness makes him a person worth betting on.
Comparison: Josh Hart/Devin Booker-lite
11. Dyson Daniels (SG/PG, G-League Ignite, 19 years old)
After an awesome combined, especially with his shooting performance, Dyson Daniels has moved himself into the top five conversation. I am not surprised by this trend, hence why I had him floating around top 10 on my board all year. His game translates to winning in the NBA. He is not a high-usage engine, but an excellent complimentary piece due to his low usage style, passing, off-ball movement, and cutting. He also has one of the best floaters I have seen coming into the league and that floater touch gives me a lot of excitement what he could become as a shooter considering his natural mechanics as well. If a team asks Dyson Daniels to be a true playmaking engine, he will struggle early, but he can blend into an NBA roster right now.
Comparison: Bigger Lonzo Ball
12. Jalen Duren (C, Memphis, Freshman)
Jalen Duren is the most physically impressive big in the draft. At 18 years old, he is built like an absolute monster at 6’10” 250 pounds of pure muscle with a 7’5″ wingspan. He is incredible strong, quick, and explosive, which helps him be one of the most versatile defenders in the draft with limitless potential on that end. Offensively, he isn’t a creator or shooter, which will lower his value to some, but he is a very good roller who can pass very well on the high-roll. If you put Duren on a team with playmakers and floor spacers… similar to Robert Williams in Boston, he can become a championship-level starter.
Comparison: Robert Williams
13. Jeremy Sochan (PF, Baylor, Freshman)
Jeremy Sochan is one of the most intriguing “star in his role” type prospects in the draft. Nobody will or should ask him to be a consistent creator offensively, that is not his game. But he is an incredibly defender, one of the best in the class, who has the smarts, quickness, and strength to guard up to five positions, situationally, and be a calculated terror on that end. Offensively, he is not a shooter, that will need time to develop, but he is a high IQ player who can really pass and operate with the ball. He also can get to the rim when his matchup doesn’t require him to rely on his first step to blow by the defender. Sochan is one of those players that become so valuable in playoff-type environments.
Comparison: Nicolas Batum/Draymond Green
14. Tari Eason (PF, LSU, Sophomore)
Tari Eason is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the draft. He has a toned frame, broad shoulders, gloves as hands, and has elite bounce. His frame has a lot of similarities to Kawhi Leonard. He also is very comfortable creating his own offensive in the fast break, scoring from the second level, and can hit spot up threes. He is also a very good defender who can irritate a variety of archetypes with those physical tools. Eason’s half court scoring and ability to dribble with the left hand still needs a lot of work, but he has the upside that many players ahead of him likely can’t reach.
Comparison: Rookie Kawhi Leonard
15. Bennedict Mathurin (SG, Arizona, Sophomore)
Bennedict Mathurin has very intriguing upside as a wing. He is a big time athlete with broad shoulders and excellent burst. He is a dynamic scorer who really utilizes his physical gifts in transition, even as a lob threat. While he is not much of a space creator right now, he was very comfortable hitting jumpers off the dribble and finishing through contact. Mathurin isn’t a bad defender, but his awareness off-ball and his overall consistency lacks at times; there is much more he can give on that end. One concern in his offensive game is he shot below 30% from three off of the catch, despite shooting 36.9% from three. Until he develops a more polished handle, being able to hit threes created for him will be incredibly crucial. When he misses, he tends to float and his landing spot is inconsistent. Mathurin has a lot of talent he can grow into, but may be a little further away from contributing than people think if he can’t thrive as a shooter off of the catch or defender early.
Comparison: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
16. Mark Williams (C, Duke, Junior)
Mark Williams broke the NBA Draft Combine. He tested with a 9’9″ standing reach and an absurd 5.4% body fat. He is a freak and mammoth of an athlete. His skillset is very straight forward: He is a mobile rim protector who can really run in the open court sand finish around the basket. On top of that, he shot north of 73% from the line and displayed a respectable stroke at the combine. While he really didn’t shoot any threes in college, for those reasons, there is hope he can develop that. He may not have much to offer as a creator, but every good team needs big bodies who can protect the rim and finish. Mark Williams does those things.
Comparison: Javale McGee
17. Ty Ty Washington Jr. (PG/SG, Kentucky, Freshman)
Ty Ty Washington had a very up and down freshman season that was impacted by injury. On top of his durability concerns, he struggled to get to the rim enough and fight through physicality. But on the other hand, he still showed his offensive versatility. He can be a playmaker on the ball and make players around him better, he can also play off of others and be an excellent shooter off of the catch, even though his three point shooting wasn’t as consistent as desired. He also has a 6’9″ wingspan and showed flashes of someone who can develop into a good team defender down the road. Through the highs, through the lows, Kentucky guards tend to figure it out and if NBA teams look past him, the feeling of regret might return once again for those teams.
Comparison: Less Flashy D’Angelo Russell
18. Jaden Hardy (SG, G-League Ignite, 19 years old)
Jaden Hardy came into the season as my second ranked prospect in the draft. While that isn’t the case, especially considering he shot below 40% and 30% from deep, there is still a lot of talent here. He is still an incredible scoring talent who can pull up from anywhere and drop 30 against professional-level competition. That talent also brought the worst for him as it led to poor decision making as a player maker and in terms of shot selection. If he does not continue to improve his feel of when to shoot, especially since he won’t be the man in the NBA, and improve his all-around he won’t have a very successful career. But I am a believer in betting on his upside, which is why I still believe he should go in the first round. After all, Jaden McDaniels and Ziaire Williams had similar stories at a lower level of basketball and that figured it out.
Comparison: Anferee Simmons/Dion Waiters
19. Ochai Agbaji (SG, Kansas, Senior)
Ochai Agbaji has been heavily scouted for years, people have been waiting for everything to come together so he can form into a legitimate NBA prospect, and it finally happed as he proved to be one of the best shooters and overall players in college basketball. That shooting will be his calling card at the next level, he is the second smoothest player in the top 20 of my big board behind Jabari Smith. The live of effortless he shoots the ball with when he gets a dose of balance resembles that of Buddy Hield when he was at Oklahoma. He is also an above average athlete who can catch lobs at times, despite not being a great finisher. He will need to be more creative with the ball if he wants to have responsibility as a creator in the NBA. There are also concerns with him defensively as he hasn’t quite figured out team defenses despite having a full college career.
Comparison: Malik Beasley
20. Ismael Kamagate (C, Paris, 21 years old)
Ismael Kamagate is my second ranked international prospect in the draft. He is an impressively agile athlete who can really move straight line and laterally. He is a very strong finisher at the rim who showed flashes of skill as a shooter from the mid range as well as a passer. Those are skills that are projectable at the next level.
Comparison: Chris Boucher
21. Jalen Williams (SG, Santa Clara, Junior)
Jalen Williams’ draft stock has skyrocketed since the NBA Draft Combine. Williams is a smooth, yet not flashy, three-level scorer who has really improved as a shooter. He is a smooth athlete with super long arms, he will have the longest wingspan out of any SG in the NBA. That wingspan certainly gives him room to grow defensively. He didn’t go to a major school, but like Bones Hyland last year, he’s proven he can hang with the best.
Comparison: Saddiq Bey
22. Wendell Moore Jr. (SF, Duke, Junior)
Wendell Moore is one of the most underrated prospects in this draft. He may be a junior, but he is only 20 with a great combination of floor and ceiling. He has an NBA frame with good length, he is an engaged defender who projects to be a real asset on that end. Offensively, he can finish inside, hit open threes (41.1% from three last year), and can really pass. With his defense and feel, it’s hard to see him fail, and if his improvement as a shooter is real, he’s an NBA starter.
Comparison: Will Barton/Avery Bradley
23. EJ Liddell (PF, Ohio State, Junior)
EJ Liddell is a winning basketball player. Simple. He may be only a 6’7” big, but his strength, length, and IQ more than makes up for it. He is a bruiser on both ends, but has light enough feel to switch in the perimeter at the next level. Despite averaging over 19 PPG in college, his reliance on bruising and lack of finesse as a shot creator puts a ceiling in that regard. But, he is efficient when he gets to his spots and projects to be a good shooter. Liddell may not have star potential, but every great teams need players with his skillset.
Comparison: Grant Williams/PJ Tucker
24. Blake Wesley (SG, Notre Dame, Freshman)
Blake Wesley is a very dynamic shot creator with a good frame and awesome athleticism. He has a tight handle when getting to the rim and can hit shots off the dribble when feeling it. He is clay right now, but if ends up in the right situation, he has two-way star potential.
Comparison: Victor Oladipo-lite/JR Smith
25. Trevor Keels (SG/SF, Duke, Freshman)
Trevor Keels is one of the youngest players in the draft, yet is built like an absolute tank at 6’5” 221 pounds. He is an immovable object defensively with good feet and motor. Offensively, he is a good playmaker in the pick and roll, strong finisher at the rim, and you can’t give him too much space from deep. He doesn’t project to be an elite slasher with his low gravity inside, and needs to continue developing as a shooter, but Trevor Keels has a lot of tools to be a defensive anchor with a pulse offensively.
Comparison: Marcus Smart
26. Jake LaRavia (PF/SF, Wake Forest, Junior)
Jake LaRavia is exactly what you describe as a connective piece. He is a stout 6’8” with a tremendous motor, which allows him to contribute defensively despite his neutral wingspan. He is a physical finisher with an underrated who is an incredibly instinctual and proactive passer for his position. On top of that, he is a much improved shooter who is money on spot ups. LaRavia can walk on an NBA floor right now and contribute.
Comparison: Gordon Hayward-lite
27. Jabari Walker (PF, Colorado State, Sophomore)
Jabari Walker is one of the youngest sophomore in the class at only 19 years old. He didn’t quite shoot it like his freshman year, but his athleticism, scoring, defense, and rebounding continued to pop. If he builds on his scoring and physical profile, there is real steal potential.
Comparison: Young Jerami Grant
28. Kennedy Chandler (PG, Tennessee, Fresuman)
Kennedy Chandler is one of the smallest players in the draft, but has a lot of skills to overcome that height. He is a super quick and shifty playmaker who can finish inside, pass, and hit an open three. He is also a pesky defender, which allows him to find ways to contribute defensively. Kennedy doesn’t have the creation chops smaller guards like Trae Young or Chris Paul have, but it’s easy to see him in an NBA rotation with his skills and intangibles.
Comparison: Ish Smith/Rajon Rondo
29. Christian Braun (SG/SF, Kansas, Junior)
Christain Braun was just the second best player on a team that won a National Championship. He is a very athletic and bouncy wing who is an absolute pest defensively. He is a smart passer in transition and has improved his shooting when spotting up. Braun isn’t a creator, but he knows how to play alongside stars, and that should be intriguing late in the first round.
Comparison: Pat Connaughton
30. Nikola Jovic (SF, Mega Mozzart, 19 years old)
Nikola Jovic is a very polarizing prospect who is likely all over people’s draft board. At 6’11” he is a smooth playmaking wing who’s genuinely one of the best passers in the draft. He is also a very good spot up shooter. On the other hand, he isn’t explosive nor strong, his shooting off the dribble and finishing aren’t there yet, and his defense isn’t reliable. If Jovic bulks up and improves in those aspects, he could be a top 10 talent from this class, but he’s further away than people think.
Compairson: Deni Avdija-defense
31. Marjon Beauchamp (SG, G-League Ignite, 21 years old)
Marjon Beauchamp is an intriguing athlete with defensive chops who showed flashes offensively from inside and mid range. What really hurts his stock right now is he is a well below average shooter from deep, but there is upside there because of his natural release and mid range flashes. Marjon Beauchamp won’t carry a huge offensive load at the next level, especially since his handle isn’t the tightest, so it’ll be crucial to add that shooting. If he can do that- with his defense and athleticism- he could prove to be a lottery-level talent.
Comparison: Josh Richardson
32. Kendall Brown (SF, Baylor, Freshman)
Kendall Brown is a springy and thin athlete with an elite motor and defensive potential. Offensively, he’s raw as a shooter and creator, but is super dynamic in transition as a finisher.
Comparison: Thinner Isaac Okoro
33. Jean Montero (PG, Overtime-Elite, 18 years old)
Jean Montero is a difficult prospect to evaluate due to the level of competition he’s facing, but he’s a smooth playmaker with an awesome handle and floater. It’s to be determined how ready he is to play NBA-level competition, especially considering he isn’t a fantastic three point shooter at 6’3” 175 pounds.
Comparison: Darius Garland without the three
34 Christian Koloko (C, Arizona, Junior)
Christian Koloko is a very physically gifted big who has chops as a shot blocker, rim runner, and rebounder. On top of that, he shot 35% from the line as a freshman and shot 73% as a junior. Does that suggest shooting upside ? I frankly don’t know.
Comparison: Bismack Biyombo
35. Dalen Terry (SF/PG, Arizona, Sophomore)
Herbert Jones could potentially make Dalen Terry a lot of money. Terry is a 6’7” wing with incredible range, motor, and defensive instincts. The way he defends looks like Herbert Jones sometimes. Offensively, he is a play finisher and solid decision maker who shot over 50% from the field. Intriguing role player upside.
Comparison: Herbert Jones-lite
36. Gabrielle Procida (SG, Fortitudo Bologna, 20 years old)
Gabrielle Procida is one of the better prospects in a quiet international class. He has solid size at 6’7” with a positive wingspan, has an incredibly smooth and promising shot, and has the athleticism and toughness that contradicts some narratives about international prospects. He always wants to rip the rim off and it’s incredibly fun.
Comparison: Mario Hezonja+
37. Andrew Nemhard (PG, Gonzaga, Senior)
Andrew Nemhard is a very intelligent and efficient passer who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, hits shots, and competes on both ends. He screams solid backup point guard in the NBA.
Comparison: Tyus Jones-lite
38. Caleb Houstan (SF, Michigan, Freshman)
Caleb Houstan wasn’t quite as ready to contribute as many people as hoped coming in, but showed improvement throughout the season. He is not a good athlete or finisher, but high IQ wings who know the game and can contribute as a connective passer and shooter always have a chance to play a role in the NBA.
Comparison: Joe Ingles
39. Max Christie (SG, Michigan State, Freshman)
Like Caleb Houstan, Max Christie came into college basketball not quite as ready as some hoped he would be. Nonetheless, he still has intriguing scoring upside, frame, and youth that can be built upon. He will be an intriguing project for some team.
Comparison: Josh Primo
40. Bryce McGowens (SG, Nebraska, Freshman)
Bryce McGowens draws a lot of intrigue as a 6’7” shot maker who moves very fluidly and showed the ability to get to his spots whenever he was feeling it. I do have concerns about his low-gravity nature when slashing at the rim and his streaky shooting without the tightest mechanics, but he can become very solid if he can put it together.
Comparison: Jarrett Culver/Norman Powell
41. Justin Lewis (SF, Marquette, Sophomore)
Justin Lewis popped as a sophomore as he really improved as a go-to scorer at the college level, to add to his length and defensive upside. He doesn’t have the upside to be that type of scorer, so he needs to continue improving his shooting to get minutes in the NBA.
42. Patrick Baldwin Jr. (SF/PF, UWM, Freshman)
Patrick Baldwin Jr. came into the college season as my fourth ranked prospect, and really fell off. His durability questions carried over from high school. He also showed a lot of limitations as an athlete, finisher, creator, and defender. The shooting from PBJ is enticing, but it’s hard to view the upside being as high as once believed.
Comparison: Zhaire Williams-lite
43. Orlando Robinson (PF, C, Fresno State, Junior)
Orlando Robinson presents a lot of intrigue as a skillful and mobile big man with a high basketball IQ, shooting upside, and playmaking touch. He has limitations as an interior scorer and rim protector while not playing against elite competition, but another flyer in the second round with upside.
Comparison: Kelly Olynyk
44. Alondes Williams (PG, Wake Forest, Junior)
Alondes Williams wasn’t very productive in his first two college years, but broke out in his junior year in the biggest way. He is a big 6’5” guard who is a very good athlete with excellent finishing, rebounding, and proved to be able to drop dimes. His decision making and shooting are concerning but if he finds a way to improve in those aspects, his ceiling can be high.
Comparison: Young Dejounte Murray
45. Khalifa Diop (C, Gran Canaria, 20 years old)
Khalifa Diop is a physically gifted athlete with awesome strength and explosiveness. He can block shots and run full court incredibly efficiently, and has shown occasional flashes with his shooting, despite struggling from the line. His instincts are still very raw, but the upside is there.
Comparison: James Wiseman-very lite
46. David Roddy (PF, Colorado State, Junior)
David Roddy was a super productive and physical college basketball player (despite being only 6’5”) who was smooth as a ball handler and a force inside. There are questions on how his game will translate in the NBA as a 6’5” power forward who shot below 20% from three.
47. John Butler (PF, Florida State, Freshman)
John Butler is very intriguing. He is 7’1” with incredible agility and showed flashes as someone who can defend five positions and protect the rim. He is very raw offensively though, averaging under six PPG and shot below 45% from the line, even though he shot 39.3% from deep. His offense has a long way to go, but if he becomes passable, we are talking about a 7’1” three and D wing.
Comparison: Jonathan Isaac-lite
48. JD Davidson (PG, Alabama, Freshman)
JD Davison had to play behind a lot of guards at Alabama, yet still showed promise as an explosive slasher with playmaking. The issues with his game consists as a shooter and defender. Not having an out of the world type combine did hurt his stock for me as someone who is raw but supposed to have absurd traits.
Comparison: Dennis Smith Jr.
49. Hugo Besson (PG, New Zealand Breakers, 21 years old)
Hugo Besson is a skilled shot maker with ball handling who is nearly unstoppable when his threes start falling. His problems include he is a negative defender who didn’t measure well at the combine, he isn’t a good finisher, and his three point shooting is streaky.
Comparison: Evan Fournier-very lite
50. Julian Champagnie (SF, St. John’s, Junior)
Julian Champagnie is a smooth scoring wing with a quick release who was very productive in college. When his three pointer was falling, he was one of the best scorers in basketball. As a non-explosive athlete who isn’t the most dynamic flasher, that three point jumper will need to be consistent if he wants to make it in the NBA.
Comparison : N/A
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