From the FanPosts, Dalt99's highly recommended annual Draft Rankings - Aykis
Well...whew. Here we go with another NBA draft for our SACRAMENTO KINGS!
Let's see where the players rank.
Sorry again for the lateness of the posting. I wasn't able to watch as much college basketball this year during the season, so I had to watch some video as well as research more after the season. Anyhow...
Here Are the Results:
|3||Royce White-So||Iowa State||PF||89.5|
|5||Kendall Marshall-So||North Carolina||PG||89|
|7||Tyler Zeller-Sr||North Carolina||F/C||88.5|
|8||John Henson-J||North Carolina||F/C||87.5|
|9||Draymond Green-Sr||Michigan State||F||87.5|
|12||Jared Sullinger-So||Ohio State||F/C||86|
|13||Harrison Barnes-So||North Carolina||SF||85.5|
|14||Damian Lillard-J||Weber State||G||85.5|
|24||Moe Harkless-F||St. John's||F||83|
|36||Jared Cunningham-J||Oregon State||G||80.5|
|38||Bernard James-Sr||Florida State||F/C||80.5|
|43||Khris Middleton-(J)||Texas A&M||SF||78.5|
|48||Andrew Nicholson-Sr||St. Bonaventure||PF||77.5|
|49||LaRon Dendy-Sr||Mid. Tennessee||PF||76.5|
|50||Kevin Jones-Sr||West Virginia||PF||76.5|
|52||Jordan Theodore-Sr||Seton Hall||PG||76.5|
|53||Arnett Moultrie-J||Mississippi State||F/C||76|
|55||Kyle O'Quinn-Sr||Norfolk State||F/C||75|
|58||William Buford-(Sr)||Ohio State||G||72.5|
|60||Orlando Johnson-(Sr)||UC S. Barbara||G||71.5|
|61||Herb Pope-Sr||Seton Hall||PF||71.5|
|62||Garret Stutz-Sr||Wichita State||C||69.5|
|64||Delvon Roe-(J)||Michigan State||PF||68.5|
|68||Kent Bazemore-Sr||Old Dominion||SG/F||68|
|69||Drew Gordon-Sr||New Mexico||F/C||67.5|
|75||Dee Bost-Sr||Mississippi State||PG||61.5|
|78||Kevin Murphy-Sr||Tennessee Tech||SG/F||60.5|
|85||Justin Greene-(Sr)||Kent State||PF||54|
Here is a quick refresher. These are the definitions of what the different score levels represent. The player score represents the POTENTIAL of each player based on their college stats and some other factors:
OK, I want to quickly comment on a couple of players. (click on their names for a highlight video that does a great job of breaking down each player’s strengths and weaknesses.)
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there are any DeMarcus Cousins’ or Tyreke Evans’ looking to fall to #5 this year. I was hoping that Andre Drummond (83.5) would score higher but he is not even in the 6th man/Solid Starter rank. I know he is young and could blossom in time. I think that a couple players of worth may be available at #5. Namely,
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (89) Freshman
One of the better defenders in the NCAA at small forward. 6’7" with a 7’ wingspan. Very athletic and has a VERY high motor and is said to be a hard worker in practices. Solid one-on-one defender. On offense, he likes to slash to the basket and go one-on-one. Not a great shooter (25% from three, 49% overall) but knows how to play on offense and fit in. Petrie will like that he can handle the ball fairly well and is a pretty good rebounder (9.5/40 min) for a small forward. He’s an 18 year old freshman with potential. If the Kings pick him, he won’t be coming in ready to be a starter in the NBA.
Royce White (89.5) Sophomore
He may not have NBA athleticism or NBA height as a 6’8" power forward, but he has BIG TIME strength and great ball-handling ability and passing for his position. He is good in the pick and roll. Of all the prospects coming into the draft this year, he ranks 3rd in assists per 40 minutes with 6.3. That’s the highest rank for a power forward in a decade. He runs the floor very well for his size. Can even grab a rebound and run the fast break, putting on a crossover and dishing to the open man. Major weakness is that he is VERY turnover prone at 4.9 per 40. In the NBA that should be cut down a bit, since he won’t be handling the ball every possession, which in turn, takes away from his strengths as a passer. He also is not a great defender and has some issues with work ethic. Also is a below average outside shooter but does have the ability to shoot the three. I think that even though he scores well on my system, he is going to have a difficult time reaching his potential. He will work best on a team that uses their bigs in pick and rolls and on the high-post. Utah could be a good fit. I don’t see him being drafted by the Kings even though Petrie LOVES big guys who can dribble, pass and rebound. Problem is, he can’t also shoot. Damn.
Harrison Barnes (85.5) Sophomore
Like Drummond, I really wanted his score to be higher. I was a bit surprised he could only muster an 85.5. Main reason, is that he is really just a shooter. He is a GOOD shooter but not a great shooter. He shot 36% from 3-pt range, but what’s worse is he only shot 44% from the field which is not great for a 6’8" small forward. Compare that with 6’7" Reggie Miller who shot 55% in his sophomore year at UCLA and Glen Rice, who shot 56.2%. Not a guy who can get to the basket. He is better as a spot-up shooter, has almost no ability to set up teammates and is an average rebounder.
Bradley Beal (88.5) Freshman
I think he may be the best NBA prospect as a shooter this year even though he only shot 44% FG and 33.7% 3-pt for the season. Even though he only received an 88.5 score, I think that he has a great chance to be a solid starter (90.5-93). In his last five games, he shot 58.5% FG and 46.2% 3-pt. He has a quick release and is very athletic. Has NBA range out to 25 feet. He could be a good pick for the Kings as a back-up shooting guard behind Marcus Thornton. If Tyreke can master the small forward position then Beal would give the Kings a solid 1-2 punch at the 1, 2 and 3 positions with Thomas/Fredette, Thornton/Beal and Evans/Williams respectively.
Thanks for reading. All questions or comments are appreciated.
For anyone who is interested, here are the links to the previous years system results (some of the player scores have changed since then, since my system is ever-evolving and I make minor tweaks each year. Each year the tweaks are fewer. In fact, this year there were none!):