Daniel Garrett’s NBA Draft Big Board

With the NBA Draft happening tonight, Daniel Garrett gives us his NBA Draft Big Board Top 50.

Courtesy of: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Just 20 players will typically contribute in the NBA from a draft class. There are a few more interesting players who could carve out roles as well. The rest of the class will either end up overseas, in the G-League, out of basketball entirely or, if they are lucky, on the end of the bench of some team.

1. Cade Cunningham, Guard, Oklahoma State

A tall guard, lacking elite athleticism, Cunningham has great size for his position to go along with a good shooting and playmaking profile. He needs to tighten his handle, decrease turnovers, and improve defensively.

2. Evan Mobley, Forward/Center, USC

Mobley will most likely play center with some versatility to play the four. He is very consistent but needs to improve his shooting.

3. Jalen Suggs, Guard, Gonzaga

Suggs is very good at creating for others and has a very high motor. His defense has a chance to be elite.

4. Jalen Green, Guard/Wing, G-League Ignite

Green is a good athlete who profiles as a potential 25+ point a game scorer. His shot creation is his best trait. He needs to improve as a playmaker as well as defensively.

5. Scottie Barnes, Forward, Florida State

Barnes is the opposite of Green in many aspects. He has the potential to guard five positions and also is a very good playmaker, especially if considered a forward. He played point guard for Florida State.

6. Jonathan Kuminga, Forward, G-League Ignite

A high-risk, high-reward player, Kuminga has perhaps the higher upside in this draft and is also one of the lowest floors of the lottery prospects.

7. Alperen Sengun, Center, Besiktas (Turkey)

Turkish League MVP as a teenager, Sengun’s history shows a lot of NBA promise. However, it will take time for his game to adjust, as he is more of a back-to-the-basket player at this point. He did show more down the stretch of this past season in terms of translatable offense.

8. Moses Moody, Wing, Arkansas

Can be a prototypical 3-and-D wing. Lacks a high ceiling.

9. Josh Giddey, Guard/Wing, Adelaide 36ers (Australia)

A top-notch playmaker, he needs to either learn to shoot or defend to be successful in the NBA.

10. Franz Wagner, Forward, Michigan

Wagner is an analytics darling who has high steal and block rates and will be a serviceable player offensively.

11. Usman Garuba, Center, Real Madrid (Spain)

A very reliable player, a bit undersized. Needs to improve his shot if he wants to be a starter.

12. James Bouknight, Guard, UConn

Bouknight projects best as a Jordan Clarkson-esque score first sixth-man.

13. Keon Johnson, Guard/Wing, Tennessee

Johnson broke combine records and showed potential to be a high-end defender.

14. Davion Mitchell, Guard, Baylor

Mitchell developed his shot this past year. He is undersized and lacks elite athleticism, so his shooting will have to be elite.

15. Trey Murphy III, Wing, Virginia

Good shooter who projects as a possible 3-and-D wing.

16. Chris Duarte, Guard, Oregon

A 24-year-old prospect, he can come in and contribute immediately. However, he lacks high-end upside.

17. Kai Jones, Center, Texas

Jones is an athletic freak at center but has a lot of work to do.

18. Ziaire Williams, Forward, Stanford

A very raw player who needs time to develop and was in a very weird situation this past year at Stanford.

19. Jared Butler, Guard, Baylor

Butler was the guard with Mitchell on the Baylor national championship team. A medical red flag could cause him to drop.

20. Corey Kispert, Wing, Gonzaga

Kispert is a good shooter who will need to improve other aspects of his game to carve out a role in the NBA.

21. Miles McBride, Guard, West Virginia

22. Jalen Johnson, Forward, Duke

23. Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland, Guard, VCU

24. Day’Ron Sharpe, Center, North Carolina

25. Jaden Springer, Guard, Tennessee

26. Tre Mann, Guard, Florida

27. Joe Wieskamp, Guard, Iowa

28. Isaiah Jackson, Center, Kentucky

29. Sharife Cooper, Guard, Auburn

30. Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Forward, Villanova

31. Quentin Grimes, Guard, Houston

32. Cam Thomas, Guard, LSU

33. Greg Brown, Forward, Texas

34. Herbert Jones, Wing, Alabama

35. Joshua Primo, Guard/Wing, Alabama

36. Isaiah Todd, Forward, G-League Ignite

37. Ayo Dosunmu, Guard, Illinois

38. Jericho Sims, Center, Texas

39. Kessler Edwards, Wing/Forward, Pepperdine

40. Josh Christopher, Guard/Wing, Arizona State

41. Santi Aldama, Forward/Center, Loyola (Maryland)

42. JT Thor, Forward, Auburn

43. Chris Smith, Guard/Wing, UCLA

44. B.J. Boston, Wing, Kentucky

45. Rokas Jokubaitis, Guard, Zalgiris (Lithuania) (Soon to be FC Barcelona)

46. Isaiah Livers, Wing/Forward, Michigan

47. Raiquan Gray, Forward, Florida State

48. Neemias Queta, Center, Utah State

49. Daishen Nix, Guard, G-League Ignite

50. Justin Champagnie, Forward, Pittsburgh

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