With the NBA Draft combine starting tomorrow (May 11th) in Chicago. I put together my top 50 draft eligible players before the NBA combine gets underway. Many of the top 15-20 players will only be measuring and interviewing Thursday and Friday, not wanting to risk injury.
The combine will be huge for players who are testing the draft waters such as Tony Bradley from North Carolina and Michigan’s DJ Wilson. These players could return to school if they do not like the response they get from teams, or if they just do not test well these next two days.
Either way, here is my pre-combine top 50 for the NBA Draft.
- Jayson Tatum Freshman SF Duke
- De’Aaron Fox Freshman PG Kentucky
- Markelle Fultz Freshman PG Washington
- Josh Jackson Freshman SF Kansas
- Lonzo Ball Freshman PG UCLA
- Dennis Smith Jr. Freshman G NC State
- Malik Monk Freshman SG Kentucky
- Jonathan Isaac Freshman SF Florida State
- Zach Collins Freshman PF Gonzaga
- Lauri Markkanen Freshman C Arizona
- Frank Ntilikina International G France
- Jarrett Allen Freshman C Texas
- Ivan Rabb Sophomore PF California
- Donovan Mitchell Sophomore SG Louisville
- Justin Patton Freshman C Creighton
- Justin Jackson Junior SF North Carolina
- OG Anunoby Sophomore SG Indiana
- Bam Adebayo Freshman PF/C Kentucky
- TJ Leaf Freshman PF UCLA
- Luke Kennard Sophomore SG Duke
- Tyler Lydon Sophomore PF Syracuse
- Isaiah Hartstein International PF Germany
- Terrance Ferguson International G/SF Australia
- Jawuan Evans Sophomore PG Oklahoma State
- Jonathan Motley Junior PF Baylor
- Caleb Swanigan Sophomore PF Purdue
- John Collins Junior PF Wake Forest
- Thomas Bryant Sophomore PF Indiana
- Hamidou Diallo SG High School/Kentucky
- Harry Giles Freshman PF Duke
- Ike Anigbogu Freshman PF UCLA
- Semi Ojeleye Junior SF SMU
- Rodinos Kurcus International F Spain
- Sindarius Thornwell Senior G/F South Carolina
- DJ Wilson Sophomore G/F Michigan
- Dillon Brooks Sophomore G/F Oregon
- Tony Bradley Freshman PF/C North Carolina
- Anzejas Pasecniks International C Latvia
- Josh Hart Junior SF Villanova
- Alec Peters Senior PF Valpo
- Jarron Blossomgame Senior SF Clemson
- Monte Morris Senior PG Iowa State
- Jordan Bell Senior PF Oregon
- Frank Mason Senior PG Kansas
- PJ Dozier Sophomore G/F South Carolina
- Dwayne Bacon Sophomore G/F Florida State
- Cameron Oliver Sophomore G Nevada
- Omer Yurtseven Freshman PF NC State
- Tyler Dorsey Sophomore PG Oregon
- Andrew Jones Freshman PG Texas
– Yes, I know I do not have Markelle Fultz first overall. I just can’t get over the fact he was on a losing team and he does not play much defense.
– This draft is going to produce a bunch of good point guards this year. Ex. Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Jawuan Evans, Monte Morris, Markelle Fultz. Also this group includes my favorite player in this draft De’Aaron Fox. I love the way he plays 110 percent on both sides of the ball.
– In the end of the first round and early in the second there will be a run on power forwards (Ivan Rabb, TJ Leaf, Tyler Lydon, Thomas Bryant, Caleb Swanigan, John Collins, Jonathan Motley, Harry Giles, Isaiah Hartstein, and Ike Anigbogu.) Each brings a different skillset, which will draw interest from different teams.
– When is the first non-freshman drafted? Is it the French combo guard Frank Ntilikina? Or is it a college sophomore like Donovan Mitchell or OG Anunoby? Time will tell.
– Finally, I am interested to see who is going to ball out at the combine and make scouts go back and watch more tape. On the flip side, which prospects will have a bad few days in Chicago, and possibly cost themselves millions.
– Look for a Big Board 2.0 and a Mock Draft next week after the finish of the combine.