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NBA Draft Pre-Combine Big Board

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.

  1. Jayson Tatum Freshman SF Duke
  2. De’Aaron Fox Freshman PG Kentucky
  3. Markelle Fultz Freshman PG Washington
  4. Josh Jackson Freshman SF Kansas
  5. Lonzo Ball Freshman PG UCLA
  6. Dennis Smith Jr. Freshman G NC State
  7. Malik Monk Freshman SG Kentucky
  8. Jonathan Isaac Freshman SF Florida State
  9. Zach Collins Freshman PF Gonzaga
  10. Lauri Markkanen Freshman C Arizona
  11. Frank Ntilikina International G France
  12. Jarrett Allen Freshman C Texas
  13. Ivan Rabb Sophomore PF California
  14. Donovan Mitchell Sophomore SG Louisville
  15. Justin Patton Freshman C Creighton
  16. Justin Jackson Junior SF North Carolina
  17. OG Anunoby Sophomore SG Indiana
  18. Bam Adebayo Freshman PF/C Kentucky
  19. TJ Leaf Freshman PF UCLA
  20. Luke Kennard Sophomore SG Duke
  21. Tyler Lydon Sophomore PF Syracuse
  22. Isaiah Hartstein International PF Germany
  23. Terrance Ferguson International G/SF Australia
  24. Jawuan Evans Sophomore PG Oklahoma State
  25. Jonathan Motley Junior PF Baylor
  26. Caleb Swanigan Sophomore PF Purdue
  27. John Collins Junior PF Wake Forest
  28. Thomas Bryant Sophomore PF Indiana
  29. Hamidou Diallo SG High School/Kentucky
  30. Harry Giles Freshman PF Duke
  31. Ike Anigbogu Freshman PF UCLA
  32. Semi Ojeleye Junior SF SMU
  33. Rodinos Kurcus International F Spain
  34. Sindarius Thornwell Senior G/F South Carolina
  35. DJ Wilson Sophomore G/F Michigan
  36. Dillon Brooks Sophomore G/F Oregon
  37. Tony Bradley Freshman PF/C North Carolina
  38. Anzejas Pasecniks International C Latvia
  39. Josh Hart Junior SF Villanova
  40. Alec Peters Senior PF Valpo
  41. Jarron Blossomgame Senior SF Clemson
  42. Monte Morris Senior PG Iowa State
  43. Jordan Bell Senior PF Oregon
  44. Frank Mason Senior PG Kansas
  45. PJ Dozier Sophomore G/F South Carolina
  46. Dwayne Bacon Sophomore G/F Florida State
  47. Cameron Oliver Sophomore G Nevada
  48. Omer Yurtseven Freshman PF NC State
  49. Tyler Dorsey Sophomore PG Oregon
  50. Andrew Jones Freshman PG Texas

    Notes:
    – 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.

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