Top NBA Draft Prospects and Pro Comparisons
MSFT will look at the Top 4 NBA Draft Prospects and dish out pro comparisons for the young fellas in their prime.
Oklahoma Sooner’s Buddy Hield is one of the most dangerous and prolific scorers in college basketball. And has done so by elevating his game each year, as the 22-year old senior is averaging 25.4 PPG on 50% shooting, and nearly 50% from deep for the No. 3 squad in the country. Hield recently went off for 29 points, on 9-of-21 shooting, and draining 5 of his 11 threes against No. 10 West Virginia. Hield has developed NBA range, and should have no problem adjusting his shot and is currently flirting with a 50-50-90, and can prove to be a 15-18 PPG scorer in his prime.
Pro Comparison: Better J.J. Reddick
Ben Simmons is widely known as the top prospect ahead of the 2016 NBA Draft and has even been compared to LeBron James.
Simmons is averaging 19.4 PPG, 12.0 RPG and 5.0 APG for the Tigers. This stat line demonstrate the reason why Simmons is the most highly touted prospect, showing his versatility. Simmons has tremendous ball skills for a guy his size (6’9″), and has a good nose for the ball, as he’s the leading rebounder among freshman. But like many young prospects, Simmons has his flaws. The two biggest flaws being his turnovers and his streaky shooting. Simmons has the tendency to turn the ball over as he’s coughed the ball up 3.1 times per game. He’s also struggled to score outside of the paint, as Simmons relies heavily on his athleticism and physicality to get buckets. But just 19 years old, Simmons still has time to tighten up these flaws and reach his ceiling high potential.
Pro Comparison: Poor Man’s LeBron James
For as good as Simmons has been, and almost certainly a lock as the No. 1 pick in this year’s Draft. Ingram is doing everything possible to make a case for himself to go first overall. In Ingram’s freshman campaign, he’s averaging 17 PPG, to go along with 6.8 RPG 1.1 SPG and 1.5 BPG. Ingram can score from all over the court, whether it’s from driving to the basket, mid-range pull ups, or long-range threes. Ingram is a versatile scorer who can hurt you in several ways and with his long arms (7’3″ wingspan), he can get his shot off over the defense. Ingram also has good ball handling skills, and a quick first step to get around defenders. Ingram is long and athletic and reminds me a lot of Kevin Durant. But like Durant, Ingram is skinny, just 190 pounds and will need to gain strength against bigger defenders in the NBA. Just 18 years old, Ingram has time to gain muscle and to develop on the defensive end. Ingram may not surpass Simmons as the top prospect, but he’s doing a lot to make us think twice about Simmons at No.1. And that’s more any other prospect can say on this list.
Pro Comparison: Poor Man’s Kevin Durant
Marquette’s Ellenson has been a consistent plug for the team all year, averaging 16.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 1.7 APG. Ellenson has good ball skills, to go along with a good touch, shooting 74.3% from the Free Throw line and a good nose for the ball showed by his 10 rebounds per game. Ellenson was widely regarded as a big man, with shooting range touch. But he’s struggling from beyond the arc, shooting just 29.3%. Ellenson also struggles on the defensive end, as he’s doesn’t project to be a rim protector and lacks the quickness to make up for it. Ellenson may need some time before becoming the projected knock down shooter, similar to Kevin Love. But a team willing to wait a couple of year, can have a future 15 and 10 guy.
Pro Comparison: Kevin Love