NBA Draft Player Rankings (Part 2: 11-20)
* - this means that I think the player has a decent chance of passing several of the players ranked ahead of him, but not a good enough chance for me to rank him any higher.
11. C Tyler Zeller (North Carolina): Starting off with a bang. While many analysts think that Zeller will be a backup center in the NBA, I think he could be of starting caliber. He has great athleticism and skill in the post, which is rare to find in a true 7 footer. He has a nice variety of ways he can score, from his back down hook shot to his face up jumper. He is not strong and will need to hit the weights hard this offseason, but plenty of guys, such as Joakim Noah, came into the NBA weak and bulked up. His composure in the paint could use some work, as he is a bit turnover prone and sometimes forces shots. One of his knocks I actually believe is a strength. Some say he was only good last year because he was so much more experienced than everyone else. Well, I think his experience is a plus. He knows how to lead, and he knows how to win.
12. SG Dion Waiters (Syracuse): Waiters really gets at it on D. He's extremely active running around to pressure ball handlers, contest shots, and all the little things that many players don't do. He dribbles slowly but effectively into the paint, reminiscent of James Harden. He controls the ball well, averaging only 1.1 turnovers per game during his two years at Syracuse. I wasn't overly impressed with his offensive game, however. He doesn't frequently create good shots for himself or others. He'll be playing shooting guard in the NBA at 6'4'' and will often have to deal with bigger defenders. His stock has been rising lately, and my guess is that he's taken too high.
13. PG Kendall Marshall (North Carolina)*: Likely the best passer in the draft. Great vision of the floor and a smart kid with good leadership. He can play both an uptempo style of ball and in a slowed down half court set. Doesn't make the stupid mistakes a lot of college point guards make. He's got good size for a point guard at 6'4'' and nearly 200 pounds. He's a much better passer than 9th ranked Damian Lillard, but his scoring deficiencies are what put him in behind. He tends to not even try to create for himself and he can't shoot. He was under 70% from the free throw line last season. He'll likely put up numbers similar to what Ricky Rubio did last year (10.6 points, 8.2 assists), which is good to have out of your floor general.