Dan Magers’ NBA Big Board

Markelle Fultz (1)
In this loaded draft class, Markelle still stands out as the number one player. He is very athletic, can shoot, can handle the ball, and has great playmaking ability. Fultz is arguably the most complete player in the draft.
Lonzo Ball (2)
Lonzo has the most potential out of anyone in this draft, but he is a little more of a risk than Markelle. His shot is a little funky and there are questions on the defensive side of the ball, but he makes everyone around him better and that will be hard to pass on for many teams.
Josh Jackson (3)
Jackson can do it all on a basketball court… except shoot. This man plays great defense, can drive the lane, and finish at the rim. If he can figure out a jump shot, Jackson could be the next big thing in the NBA.
De’aaron Fox (4)
Fox has been rising up draft boards of late. He is a very fast guard that is explosive at getting to the rim. The only question is if he can develop a jump shot.
Jayson Tatum (5)
Tatum is one of the most athletic players in the draft. He can generate offense and create spce very well. One problem I see with him is standing around when the ball isn’t in his hands. His upside though will give him many looks on draft day.
Malik Monk (6)
Kentucky had the best shooter in college basketball this past year. Monk is an athletic pure shooter. He could be a future all star, but his development could take a little more time because he played a different role at Kentucky than what a lot of teams want at the next level.
Frank Ntilikina (7)
Frank is an athletic player that can finish at the rim and plays outstanding defense. The thing that stands out though is his length. He is a 6’5 PG with an almost 7 foot wingspan.
Dennis Smith (8)
Smith is a very powerful point guard that can finish well at the rim. He is a typical athletic point guard. John Wall is a great comparison in my opinion.
Jonathan Isaac (9)
There are many great athletes in this draft, but Isaac is probably the most athletic of any. He plays great defense where he exceeds in his shot blocking. Isaac has a lot of the tools to be a great player in the future.
Lauri Markkanen (10)
The 7 footer from Arizona is a great shooter. And right now that might be it. He needs to improve in many parts of his game, but having the ability to shoot the ball standing at 7 feet tall could give him a great career in the NBA.
Luke Kennard (11)
Watching this man at Duke had me thinking why mock drafts didn’t have him in the lottery early on in the draft process. But all of these predraft workouts have changed the minds of many. Kennard is a great scorer and can handle the ball very well. He isn’t as athletic or powerful as the players in front of him. That is why he will not go top 10.
Donovan Mitchell (12)
Mitchell has been rising up draft boards a lot of late. His height doesn’t show the way he plays his game. His 6’10 wingspan along with great athletic ability will give a great chance to thrive at the next level.
Zach Collins (13)
Collins is one of the best two-way players in the draft. He can finish at the rim while also having a great defensive understanding on the other end. This Gonzaga big man will hear his name called pretty early on in the draft.
OG Anunoby (14)
Anunoby suffered a season ending injury last year at IU. Although that hasn’t stopped teams from considering him in the lottery. He is 6’8 with a 7’2 wingspan and can guard almost every position on the court. His potential will make teams think twice about passing on him.
Jarrett Allen (15)
Jarrett Allen is one of the biggest projects in the draft. He has a lot of issues with on court awareness and where to be at the right time. Although scouts are optimistic about his future in becoming a legitimate center.
Justin Patton (16)
Here is another player that will need a lot of time to develop. He is efficient on the offensive side of the ball. The questions are in his rebounding and all around game. Patton could be a future starting center in this league.
John Collins (17)
Collins finished 2nd in ACC Player of the Year voting, and that was with a lot of great company. His shooting was very productive this year along with great rebounding. Maybe his greatness in college will transfer well into the NBA.
Harry Giles (18)
Giles is the biggest risk in the draft. This is a man that was the projected number one overall pick after his senior year in high school. Although his knee would have a different plan for him. He injured his knee and was never the same in his freshman year at Duke. If he can somehow get back to his potential in high school, then we have something to really look forward to.
Ike Anigbogu (19)
Anigbogu doesn’t have much offensive firepower, but he can defend really well. He is one of the youngest players in the draft, so he will be a great project for a team. But if he can develop, then he might be a great rim protector in the future.
Justin Jackson (20)
Justin has one of the best jump shots in all of the draft and can score the basketball at will. He has a great offensive mind, but his weight could scare some teams as he is too thin to get through defenders. But if his jump shot sticks then some team could have a great offensive weapon.
TJ Leaf (21)
When Leaf gets drafted, teams will have to decide what position they want him to play. He goes back forth defending positions, but his offensive game reflects more of a wing where he can catch and shoot. So we will have to see what this team decides to do with him.
Terrance Ferguson (22)
Ferguson, at 185 lbs, could struggle at the next level with being so thin. But his shooting ability could make up for a lot. If he can develop a way to create his own shot, then we’ll have something cooking.
Bam Adebayo (23)
Teams will have to figure out the kind of role they want with Adebayo. He works hard at throughout a whole game especially rebounding, but there are many question about his defensive ability. There are different paths he could take as maybe a shooter or a rim protector, but teams will have to figure that out when they pick him.
DJ Wilson (24)
I really like DJ Wilson and I think a team will find a gem with him late in the draft. He is very athletic, has great size, and can defend very well. The only problems I could find are his streakiness and rebounding, but other then that he could be a great player at the next level.
Derrick White (25)
This is another player that has risen up draft boards of late. Many have him getting picked at 30 to Utah, but he could actually get picked up sooner. All of this has mainly come from his combine and predraft workouts. He can score really well and there are minor improvements to be made in his passing.
Anzejs Pasecniks (26)
Pasecniks is a great shooter and has some mobility at a height of 7’2. He has a lot to learn at the next level, but he has some great offensive and physical tools to get there.
Ivan Rabb (27)
Rabb made the wrong decision moneywise last year by coming back for his sophomore year at California. The 6’10 forward would’ve been a lottery pick last year. His physical tools look good along with his mid-range shooting and finishing ability. But he didn’t “wow” anybody with his play last year.
Isiah Hartenstein (28)
Hartenstein is probably the definition of a project. He’s can rebound and pass well, but his defense and inconsistent shot raise questions.
Tony Bradley (29)
Bradley has potential of being something great on defense. He is very mobile on the court and has a 7’5 wingspan. This could help him translate well to the NBA.

Caleb Swanigan (30)
Swanigan has two main problems. One is that he is 6’9; the other is that isn’t always in great shape. His 7’3 wingspan makes up for his height though and he has great talent with rebounding and scoring. Swanigan played great in college, but scouts do not see that game translating at all into the NBA.


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