The NBA draft is all about potential, potential, potential.
There are a lot of very good players available, but there is no impact player like a LeBron James or Shaquille O'Neal. I believe a number of top picks will be very good in the league for a long time.
Let's face it, you can't expect much when last year's crop produced just four players averaging double figures. For the record, Damian Lillard of Portland averaged 19 points per game to lead the class. Dion Waiters of Cleveland (14.7 points per game), Brad Beal of Washington (13.9 points per game) and Anthony Davis of New Orleans (13.5 points per game) were the others. Harrison Barnes of Golden State averaged 9.2 points per game, while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Charlotte notched 9 points per game.
Here are some thoughts on key players in this year's draft:
He is going to be an outstanding NBA player, and he has the mindset needed to succeed at the next level. The Michigan guard has great skills, the ability to penetrate and also make perimeter shots. He will be a solid pro, and I don't buy any of the negative talk about his height.
Certainly his shot-blocking ability makes him a major factor. However, he is limited offensively, and that will be the area of concern. There is also the question of his physical stature. The bottom line is, can he put on some weight and get stronger? He is coming off a major knee injury, though word is there is major improvement. Will the Cleveland Cavaliers trade the No. 1 pick, where many project Noel to go? If I were Cleveland, I would trade to get instant veteran help to go along with Kyrie Irving and guard Dion Waiters.
He is so explosive and will be vital in the transition game at the next level. I love the way Oladipo plays defense, and he's so exciting to watch. He will fit in perfectly as an NBA player.
While watching the NBA Finals, I have seen the importance of Danny Green. Perhaps it will be deja vu with another North Carolina player in Bullock. He has great shooting range, and his stock could go up. There is no substitute for guys who can make a shot.
To me, the former Hoosier has terrific upside. He's young, talented and has several skills. What Zeller needs is to get stronger and work on his toughness. I firmly believe it will happen. Zeller has a great work ethic; he makes shots and has good touch. It will take a little time, but he will be a solid NBA player. You cannot teach size, work ethic and skills.