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NBA Draft Big Board: Post-early entry shake-up

Chris Stone and I are back with another update to our list of the top 60 prospects available in June’s NBA Draft. We’re three weeks away from the NBA Draft lottery, when we will start to see the top end of the draft start to take shape. Plenty will happen in that time, though, as a record 182 players have declared for the draft as part of the NBA’s new early entry rules. The Draft Combine, which runs May 9th-14th, is likely to weed many of these players out, and we should have a better picture of the draft board by the time the top three picks are decided.

The major event of the last few weeks was the early entry deadline, with a wide variety of players testing draft waters. The extension of the deadline to withdraw allows more players than ever before to get feedback prior to making their decision, which is beneficial to underclassmen on the fringe, like Texas’s Andrew Jones, or injured players looking to feel out how their injury affects their stock, like Xavier’s Edmond Sumner and Indiana’s O.G. Anunoby.

The early entry deadline also shrunk the field some, as several players decided to skip the draft process right away to return to school. Many of these players were projected 2nd-round picks, like USC’s De’Anthony Melton. However, the class of returnees was headlined by Texas A&M’s Robert Williams, Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, and Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, three of our projected lottery picks who are all going back to the NCAA.

This creates a bit of a talent chasm between the top 10 players and the players beneath them, and significantly shrinks the already thin wing class outside of the top players. Teams looking for the NBA’s top commodity – productive rotation wings – will be in a bit of a bind in this draft. Can some of the wings lower on our board (Like Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell) close the gap with strong workouts? That is the major question. Until that’s answered, here’s how we see the top 60 players available right now.

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1

Markelle Fultz

PG, Washington

Fultz may have solidified himself as the sure-fire number one pick despite missing the tournament. It’s hard to find a hole in his offensive game, and any NBA team can likely find a role for him. For more on Fultz, check out his full scouting report.
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2

Josh Jackson

SF, Kansas

The 6-foot-8 freshman wasn’t tasked with being the go-to guy at Kansas, but his playmaking and excellent defense make him a unique talent at the wing. For more on Jackson, check out his full scouting report.
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3

Lonzo Ball

PG, UCLA

There’s no better passer in the draft and if his outside shot if for real, he looks like a brilliant point guard. However, his shooting form and lack of separation ability is enough to doubt. For more on Ball, check out his full scouting report.
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4

Jayson Tatum

SF, Duke

A 6-foot-8 silky scoring wing, Tatum has an old-school offensive game, but his outside shooting could limit him. Can he fit in the modern NBA? For more on Tatum, check out his full scouting report.
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5

Dennis Smith Jr.

PG, North Carolina St.

NC State collapsed, and it painted Smith in a bad light. But the bottom line is he’s a fantastic scorer at every level, and he’s athletic enough that he may not always be this bad on defense. For more on Smith, check out his full scouting report
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6

Jonathan Isaac

SF/PF, Florida St.

A future super-role player at the three and four at the NBA level. May have the ball-creation skills to be something more, but needs development to get there. For more on Isaac, check out his full scouting report.
7

Malik Monk

SG, Kentucky

Monk is the best pure shooter in the draft. He’s small for a two-guard, and doesn’t do much outside of scoring, but he has outstanding athleticism and intangibles.
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8

De'Aaron Fox

PG, Kentucky

Fox is an athletic defender, and should be a capable playmaker. But with no history of a successful outside shot, how good can he be? For more on Fox, check out his full scouting report.
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9

Lauri Markkanen

PF, Arizona

The 7-foot Finn was an outlier shooter for Arizona, shooting 49/42/84 and showing potential to score off the dribble. For more on Markkanen, check out his full scouting report.
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10

Frank Ntilikina

PG, Strasbourg

A well-rounded French point guard who is developing as a shooter and defender, and can run a high-tempo offense. For more on Ntilikina, check out his full scouting report.
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11

Zach Collins

PF, Gonzaga

Collins played just 17.2 minutes per game, but posted great per-40 numbers.He looks like the best two-way center in the class. For more on Collins, click here.
12

OG Anunoby

SF, Indiana

Anunoby’s knee injury makes him a total mystery for the upcoming draft. He may withdraw from the draft because of it. If he stays, he still will go high due to his potential as a perimeter defender. For more on Anunoby’s injury, check out his full scouting report.
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13

Jarrett Allen

C, Texas

Allen has potential as a defender and a face-up big man. He’s shown major limitations on both sides of the ball, but his ceiling is the highest of the bigs in this class. For more on Allen, check out his full scouting report
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14

Justin Jackson

SF, North Carolina

Many have fallen in love with Jackson’s offensive game in the NCAA Tournament. But is he strong enough to find a fit defensively? For more on Jackson, check out his full scouting report.
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15

Anzejs Pasecniks

C, Gran Canaria

A Latvian center with NBA size (7-foot-2, 220) playing in Spain. A mobile pick-and-roll finisher and smart defender worth a draft-and-stash pick. For more on Pasecniks, check out his full scouting report.
16

Donovan Mitchell

SG, Louisville

A high-energy guard with a strong motor, Mitchell is 6-foot-3, but plays much bigger than his size. An Avery Bradley-type 3-and-D prospect.
17

Rodions Kurucs

SF, Barcelona B

A high-flying slasher who is battling back from a meniscus injury on Barcelona’s lower team. He has owned youth tournaments over the last two years, and recently got a call-up to the Barca senior team for Euroleague games.
18

Luke Kennard

SG, Duke

He surprised as the most effective player on a Duke team loaded with NBA prospects. He’s not a great athlete, but his scoring efficiency and playmaking ability are promising.
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19

Justin Patton

C, Creighton

The redshirt freshman’s offensive efficiency and rim protection has made him an intriguing prospect. But he’s still incredibly raw at this point. For more on Patton, check out his full scouting report
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20

Isaiah Hartenstein

PF, Zalgiris

A 6-foot-11 German who projects as a decent rim protector and stretch big. Awareness is an issue, but he’s making strides at the domestic level. For more on Hartenstein, check out his full scouting report.
21

Hamidou Diallo

SG, Kentucky

Diallo was a surprise entrant to the 2017 Draft class, an older high school senior forgoing college. He’s an incredible athlete who has great defensive potential, but his offensive game is completely raw.
22

Jawun Evans

PG, Oklahoma St.

A solid pick-and-roll scorer whose size will limit his offensive ceiling. But with his creation ability and competitive nature, there’s a role for him as a backup guard.
23

Josh Hart

SG, Villanova

Hart has the potential to be an excellent role player in the NBA thanks to his defensive acumen and abilities as a pick-and-roll scorer. But his performance in the NCAA Tournament showcased his limited upside.
24

Terrance Ferguson

SG/SF, Adelaide

Ferguson is currently playing overseas in Australia. He has potential as a 3-and-D wing who can get hot from the outside, but has struggled to make an impact in a weak professional league.
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25

Harry Giles

PF, Duke

Recovery from an ACL injury clearly limited Giles this year. Will he ever rebound to his high school form? For more on Giles, check out his full scouting report.
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26

John Collins

PF, Wake Forest

Collins’s production took a big leap this year, as he averaged 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He is a bit of a black hole, but his efficiency is too strong to ignore. For more on Collins, check out his full scouting report.
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27

Kostja Mushidi

SG, Mega Leks

Mushidi was excellent during the Nike Hoops Summit. A German international who is a positionally diverse defender with an evolving offensive game. For more on Mushidi, click here.
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28

Tyler Lydon

SF/PF, Syracuse

A quality floor spacer (39.2 percent from 3) who looks like a bench marksman that can play the three or four at the next level. For more on Lydon, check out his full scouting report.
29

Bam Adebayo

PF/C, Kentucky

Adebayo is a potential energy big. The Kentucky product has all the physical tools you want from a power forward, but few polished skills.
30

Johnathan Motley

PF, Baylor

The 6-foot-10 big man is a versatile scorer who can rebound well. How he’ll translate defensively is the big question after spending much of his time on the court in a zone at Baylor.
31

Sindarius Thornwell

SG, South Carolina

Thornwell carried South Carolina to the Final Four with his one-on-one scoring and strong defense. If his efficiency translates, he could be an intriguing two-way wing.
32

Wesley Iwundu

SF, ”Kansas

A late bloomer, Iwundu looks like a versatile defender and can create some off the dribble as a wing. Worth a developmental flier as a 3-and-D forward.
33

Semi Ojeleye

PF, SMU

Ojeyele is another combo forward who has offensive versatility at the 3 or 4. The Duke transfer seems like a good candidate to benefit from the G-League.
34

Ike Anigbogu

C, UCLA

Anigbogu can protect the rim, which will get him drafted. To stick in the NBA, he’ll have to show prowess at something else, which hasn’t happened yet.
35

Caleb Swanigan

PF, Purdue

One of college basketball’s most improved players, Swanigan is a strong, powerful forward who may have a role as a small-ball center in the NBA.
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36

T.J. Leaf

PF, UCLA

One of college basketball’s most productive players, Leaf is the ultimate intangibles guy. The hope for NBA teams is that his work ethic helps overcome questions regarding his defensive ability and shooting mechanics. For more on Leaf, check out his full scouting report.
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37

Ivan Rabb

PF/C, California

Rabb regressed late in the season, and struggled to take on a larger role at Cal. A strong rebounder, but will his thin frame limit his ability at the NBA level? For more on Rabb, check out his full scouting report.
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38

Alec Peters

SF/PF, Valparaiso

Peters is one of the best shooters in college basketball. That’s valuable for someone who projects as a combo forward, but will his defense keep him off the floor? For more on Peters, check out his full scouting report.
39

Alpha Kaba

C, Mega Leks

A center prospect from France with promising physical tools and a developing jump shot. He could be a project worth taking a risk on. For more on Kaba, click here.
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40

Monte Morris

PG, Iowa St.

The Iowa State senior is an excellent game manager who can run an NBA-style offense. But his physical tools are lacking. For more on Morris, check out his full scouting report.
41

Jaron Blossomgame

SF, Clemson

Blossomgame is a creative playmaker from the forward spot who has defensive potential. But he’s already 23, and his shooting limits his upside.
42

Cam Oliver

PF, Nevada

A 6-foot-8 forward who has been an above average 3-point shooter, rebounder and shot blocker over two seasons at Nevada.
43

Jonathan Jeanne

C, Le Mans

Another prospect who’s played at the junior level, Jeanne hasn’t yet broke through onto Le Mans’s senior team consistently. A physical freak reminiscent of Javale McGee with his 7-foot-7 wingspan.
44

Arnoldas Kulboka

PF, Baunach

A Lithuanian forward playing in the German B League, Kulboka has dominated lower competition. He’s a versatile scoring forward who can stretch the floor.
45

D.J. Wilson

PF, Michigan

A 6-10 stretch four who hit 37.3 percent from three and boosted his FT% this year. His breakout performance in the last third of the season has many excited about his offensive potential.
46

Edmond' Sumner

PG, Xavier

Sumner tore his ACL, but declared for the draft anyway. If he can return to full health, he’s an athletic two-way playmaker with great size at PG.
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47

Dwayne Bacon

SG/SF, Florida St.

Bacon is an older prospect who was overshadowed a bit last season by Malik Beasley, and this year by Jonathan Isaac. His versatile scoring from the wing could find a fit at the next level. For more on Bacon, click here.
48

Tony Bradley

C, North Carolina

Bradley fits the mold of a high-octane offensive big, with a fluid pick-and-roll game and great rebounding numbers. Further development is needed, but his efficiency is promising.
49

V.J. Beachem

SF, Notre Dame

Beachem has cooled off after a hot start, but he’s a decent off-ball scorer. He projects as a 3-and-D small forward in the NBA.
50

Andrew Jones

PG, Texas

An imposingly athletic guard putting up solid per-40 numbers. If he can improve as a playmaker, it’ll be hard to ignore him as a potential primary creator.
51

Dillon Brooks

SF, Oregon

A versatile wing who plays good defense and can facilitate offense. Continued development of his outside shot could push him higher.
52

Devin Robinson

SF, Florida

Another older 3-and-D prospect, Robinson’s length and shooting will keep him in the eyes of NBA teams.
53

Jordan Bell

PF, Oregon

Bell is undersized, but his technical skills on the defensive end are fantastic. He’ll have to show he can deal with NBA length, but his skills seem directly translatable to the NBA game.
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54

Aleksandar Vezenkov

SF/PF, Barcelona

The 6-foot-9 Bulgarian put on a show in major minutes at the Euroleague level. He’s an assassin from deep who’s developing the strength and defensive awareness to play small-ball four. For more on Vezenkov, check out his full scouting report.
55

Jonah Bolden

PF, FMP Beograd

Bolden left UCLA to play abroad this season, and it paid off, as he got to show off his rebounding ability and hit 41 percent from three. His role will be as a high-energy bench swingman.
56

Ilimane Diop

C, Baskonia

Diop has NBA length and has good pick-and-roll potential. He’s been a late bloomer and is a better fit for the NBA game than Europe.
57

P.J. Dozier

SG, South Carolina

19.4 points per 40 and a 3.3 percent steal rate are enough to have him on draft radars.
58

Marko Guduric

SF, Red Star

Best described as Europe’s answer to J.R. Smith. The Serbian is older at 21, but has an NBA body, unlimited range and a heat check mentality to boot.
59

Frank Mason

PG, Kansas

One of college basketball’s best players, Mason excels as a pick-and-roll scorer. But at 5-foot-11 with subpar athleticism, will he translate to the NBA?
60

Thomas Bryant

C, Indiana

An intriguing offensive big man who can handle the ball and step out to the three-point line. Disappointing, because he hasn’t stepped up in Anunoby’s absence.