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NBA Draft: Top comparables for top picks

Even without the consensus top-3 prospects participating, the 2014 NBA Combine produced plenty of drama and record-breaking performances.

As the NBA Draft nears, ESPN Stats & Information looks at which current NBA players this year’s prospects most closely resemble based on their physical or athletic results at the NBA Combine.

Julius Randle: A lot of Love?

Julius Randle measured similarly to Kevin Love in many ways. In addition to measuring the exact same height, the other anthropometric numbers and athletic numbers compare favorably.

Julius Randle - Kevin Love Comparison

Randle and Love primarily used post-up plays in their respective college seasons, although Love was more efficient.

According to Synergy Sports, Love shot 53 percent on post-up plays in his only season at UCLA compared to Randle’s 39 percents.

The only glaring difference in their games is Randle’s lack of perimeter shooting. While Love shot 35 percent from behind the arc at UCLA, Randle shot 3-of-18 from deep at Kentucky.

Dante Exum: The next D-Wade?

Dante Exum was the highest-rated prospect to partake in the Combine, according to Chad Ford’s Big Board. Although he did not participate in drills, he showcased his athleticism.

Exum vs Wade

Athleticism Comparison

Dwyane Wade performed slightly better on speed and agility drills but Exum jumped just as high as Wade did. It is worth noting that Exum measured a full inch taller than the Miami Heat’s all-time scoring leader.

Exum averaged 18.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game at the 2013 FIBA U-19 championship, each of which led all Australian players in the tournament.

Two Creighton greats

Doug McDermott was one of the most prolific college players in history, becoming only the eighth player in NCAA Division I history to eclipse 3,000 career points.

McDermott vs. Korver

Physical Comparison

At the NBA Combine, McDermott measured like a carbon copy of another former Creighton great: Kyle Korver. However, McDermott outperformed Korver in every athletic testing.

McDermott was extremely efficient on offense. According to Synergy Sports, averaging 1.18 points per play. That ranked in the 98th percentile among all college players last season.

Last season, 53 percent of his plays ended up with at least one point. Only 14 percent of all college players scored on more than half of their possessions last season (minimum 200 plays).