They’re coming soon, NBA fans, sooner than you think.
With March Madness just days away, the debate will kick into overdrive about the best in the NCAA and where they might be headed come June 23 at the Barclays in Brooklyn on June 23.
The top teams in the NBA, naturally, aren’t burdening themselves with thoughts of blue-chippers (though their scouts are working hard). The bottom tier, however, will crunch the numbers incessantly, in hopes of filling a gaping hole in the future.
Last year’s top 4 are already paying dividends, to varying degrees, so that hope isn’t without merit. No. 1 Karl-Anthony Towns of Minnesota is leading all freshman in scoring with 17.7 points, while no. 3 Jahlil Okafor (76ers) is right behind at 17.5 PPG. Dynamic no. 4 pick Kristaps Porzingis is lighting it up for the Knicks at 13.9 and no. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell (Lakers) is fifth with 13.3.
Depending on who you listen to, the top 10 shifts subtley between a slew of players.
Here are 12 (two ties) NCAA hot shots who may go top 10 and their prospective landing sites (remember these can and will change), so the players and not the destinations are the most important thing.
Ellenson and Labissiere are both freshmen, both 6’11’ power forwards and both will garner plenty of attention on draft day. Currently, the Bulls employ Taj Gibson (8.2 PPG), Doug McDermott (9.1 PPG) and Nikola Mirotic (10.6) among a few other swing men (i.e. Pau Gasol) in the forward role. The need, then, in Chicago is for dynamic players like either Labissiere or Ellenson to eventually occupy the power forward slot. Marquette’s Ellenson has good ball handling skills, knocks down big shots and distributes the ball very well. Labissiere is a better defender and could slot in as either a PF or center.