This week, Nathan Grubel of DraftDeeper.com and I sat down to wrap up the Final Four and discuss the draft stock of some prospects who played in the NCAA Tournament, including Baylor’s outstanding trio of guards, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, Jaime Jaquez, Johnny Juzang, and Max Abmas.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament may turn out to be the craziest ever. According to the NCAA, the first two rounds featured a record number of upsets (12), based on the organization’s definition of being at least five seeds apart. In all, 16 lower seeds defeated higher seeds — 10 in the first round and six in the second, which equates to exactly one third of [ . . . ]
Taking a final look at the 2020 NBA Draft class, I examine the merit, value, fit, and the short-term and long-term outlook for the second-round selections and a couple of undrafted prospects who signed two-way contracts. These particular rookies face difficult odds. History tells us that the majority of players taken in the second round will not be in the league five years from now. [ . . . ]
In our continuing series on the 2020 NBA Draft Class, I examine the merit, value, fit, and the short-term and long-term outlook of the selections 16-30. Rookies face a steep climb this season. The draft took place less than a month ago, and first-year players will be immediately be thrown into the fire. This draft class will be asked to perform without the benefit of [ . . . ]
Pritchard may have been my favorite player to watch over the past two college seasons, but with all due respect, I must say that I was very surprised when the Celtics selected him in the first round. At this spot in the draft, Theo Maledon and Malachi Flynn were available, and both were ranked significantly higher on the HP Draft Board. Maledon offers better size [ . . . ]
The Thunder gave up a lot — Ricky Rubio and two 2020 first-round picks — to move up to the 17th spot in the draft and select Pokusevski, but it was a reasonable move given that he was the youngest prospect in the class and has so much upside. A very skinny 7-foot power forward, Pokusevski won’t turn 19 until the day after Christmas. In [ . . . ]