Player Rankings For The NBA Draft

NBA Draft Player Rankings

6/28/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Mar 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes (40) shoots as Ohio Bobcats forward Ivo Baltic (23) defends during the first half of the semifinals in the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE8. SF Harrison Barnes (North Carolina): Yup. I put him below Henson. Fight me. Here's my thing on Barnes: I think he's going to follow a career path similar to OJ Mayo. He'll come into the league and be one of the top scoring rookies and people will think "wow he's gonna be so great in a few years!" Then he just kind of hovers around that level of production or even drops off when the team puts other scorers out there with him. Remember, Mayo averaged 18.5 points per game his rookie season, and last year he was at 12.6. Barnes seems like a really good kid but I just never saw that fire in his eyes like you do in the elite NBA scorers. He seemed to disappear for stretches. I'd be watching UNC games and think "hmm, why isn't Barnes playing?... oh he is!" I think he'll have value to a team, just not be the 20 point per game guy that a lot of people are expecting.

9. PG Damian Lillard (Weber St.): A lot of people knock this guy for going to Weber State, but here's what you have to consider: opponents game-planned for him and only him. He was dealing with entire defenses with all eyes on him and he still managed 24.5 points per game. 4 assists per game is a little weak, but keep in mind that he doesn't get to kick it out to guys like Harrison Barnes the way Kendall Marshall does. Lillard is also far more athletic than Marshall and a better shooter/all-around scorer. Lillard can get up and dunk impressively. He can chuck up shots from way deep. He's good at running the floor and takes good angles to the basket. I think there's a decent chance Marshall ends up being better, but my money's on Lillard being the best point guard in the draft.

10. C Andre Drummond (Connecticut)*: One of the riskiest guys in the draft, Drummond has an elite package of size and athleticism. He's raw offensively but seems to have good touch on his shots for a guy his size. If he gets the ball under the rim it's game over for the defense. However, the rawness of his game is his skill in the post. He doesn't have any go-to moves. He almost always shoots with two hands on the ball, making it easier for defenders to block his shot, which likely won't fly in the NBA. He'll need to develop a hook shot to be effective offensively. He has all the tools, it's just a matter of him and his coaches working hard to develop his game. If he can develop a nice offensive repertoire he could be a great player.

That's all I can handle right now. Check back for my rankings of players 11-20 and eventually 21-30.

UPDATE: Rankings 11-20 available here.
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview