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ESPN Insider/Jay Bilas Ratings

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Saw this on Insider and figured I would share.  It's the thoughts of Bilas on potential draftees and targets the board has been talking about, from where he thinks their potential is to mini scouting reports.  Won't include Noel since he won't be at 4, but he has him ranked 2nd without an All-Star projection.


1. Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas


Success Piece: Elite shooter and transition athlete.

Fail Piece: Assertiveness, overall toughness and maturity, ability to defend in isolation.

Projected Fit: Starter to All-Star

Overview: McLemore is the player in this draft who is most likely to mature into an All-Star. His talents are considerable. The only question is whether he has the temperament and assertiveness to be a star performer on the NBA level. If selected by a team with an established star, McLemore can have the room to mature into one himself.


3. Trey Burke, PG, Michigan


Success Piece: Good leader and point guard prospect with excellent vision, passing ability and scoring ability. Burke has a high basketball IQ and is an excellent competitor.

Fail Piece: Size, and lacks elite athleticism and explosive speed.

Projected Fit: Starter

Overview: Burke is a scoring point guard who is excellent in transition and very good at using ball screens. He is a very good catch-and-shoot guard, and gets into the lane with his strength, change of pace and direction. Burke lacks size, but is no smaller than Chris Paul; the issue for him is that he lacks the overall speed and quickness of the truly elite, athletic point guards in the NBA.


5. Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana


Success Piece: NBA body, maturity and athleticism. Oladipo is outstanding in transition and at attacking the rim, and as an individual defender.

Fail Piece: Not a primary scorer

Projected Fit: Starter

Overview: Oladipo was as improved as any player in college basketball last season, and one of the most efficient. He is a worker who improved his shot consistency and accepted the challenge of guarding the opponent's best offensive player. Oladipo can hit open shots and has improved his range, yet attacks the rim with power and athleticism. He will excel in the open floor in the NBA.


6. Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV


Success Piece: Very skilled power forward who can stretch a defense to 3-point territory, play with his back to the basket, rebound at a high rate, and bust out after a defensive rebound and take it coast to coast.

Fail Piece: An undersized power forward who may struggle to defend on the perimeter.

Projected Fit: Starter

Overview: Bennett is recovering from shoulder surgery. An outstanding offensive player who is multiskilled, Bennett can run, shoot from deep and is very productive in a variety of categories.


7. Alex Len, C, Maryland


Success Piece: A true NBA center at 7-foot-1 with a good shooting touch and the ability to block shots and rebound.

Fail Piece: Limited defending one-on-one in the post, physical toughness has been questioned.

Projected Fit: Rotation to starter

Overview: Len is a very talented big man who is mobile, can run the floor and has a good feel for the game. He needs to get physically tougher and seek out contact rather than shy away from it, but he has the tools to be the best overall big man in this draft.



11. Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA


Success Piece: Aggressive, long-armed driver, transition scorer and lefty "catch-and-shoot" wing.

Fail Piece: Lacks elite athleticism and is not a focused defender.

Projected Fit: Rotation to starter

Overview: Muhammad is in better condition now than he was during his injury-riddled freshman season at UCLA. He is a long-armed, scoring wing who is assertive and expects to have the ball and to be a focal point. He is not yet a great passer or individual defender.

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14. Mason Plumlee, C, Duke


Success Piece: Outstanding athlete with an NBA body. Good, efficient low-post scorer and finisher at the rim, and an elite rebounder.

Fail Piece: Lacks a face-up shot, midrange jump shot, and ability to hit a good percentage of his free throws

Projected Fit: Rotation to starter

Overview: Plumlee is an excellent interior athlete who can run the floor, rebound at a high rate and finish plays above the rim. Plumlee is not an elite shot-blocker or rebounder.


23. Lorenzo Brown, PG, NC State


Success Piece: Point guard with size, athleticism and passing ability.

Fail Piece: A good but not explosive athlete, Brown is not a consistent jump-shooter or focused defender.

Projected Fit: Rotation to Starter

Overview: Brown is an excellent transition scorer who has the ability to pass and create opportunities for his teammates.



30. Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina


Success Piece: Very good shooter and excellent individual defender.

Fail Piece: Limited handler.

Projected Fit: Rotation

Overview: Bullock has excellent range on his shot, and is a very good open shooter. He is a good athlete with good size and athleticism. Bullock has shown the ability to defend the opponent's best wing scorer, and works hard at both ends. He needs to improve his handling and passing.









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What about McCollum or Zeller?


8. Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana


Success Piece: Size, overall quickness and athleticism, and the ability to run the floor.

Fail Piece: Finishing ability over size and rebounding productivity.

Projected Fit: Starter

Overview: As an NBA big man, Zeller has elite athleticism and the ability to change ends. He is an excellent pick-and-roll defender, and is a good offensive rebounder who gets to the free throw line often. Zeller needs to establish that he can score effectively over size around the rim and hit open, face-up jump shots. Despite questions about his toughness and ability to get and hold position inside, Zeller is an outstanding prospect.


9. C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh


Success Piece: Elite shooter and scorer with NBA range.

Fail Piece: Untested as a point guard, lacks elite athleticism to guard NBA point guards, and suffered a season-ending foot injury at Lehigh.

Projected Fit: Rotation to starter

Overview: McCollum is a versatile combo guard who is excellent in the open floor and has the ability to create his own shot. He is a good rebounder for a guard and is active getting steals and deflections on the defensive end.

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