1. Bradley Beal, Florida
The Buzz: Beal is a silky smooth shooting guard with the right mix of physical tools, skills, and intangibles to be a standout NBA scorer. He has shot up draft boards since the end of the season and for good reason, he should pay immediate dividends for the team who drafts him. If there is one knock on Beal, it is that he is not an elite physical specimen, but his perimeter shot, ability to create his own shot, excellent rebounding ability, and defensive intensity more than compensate for that.
2. Damian Lillard, Weber State
The Buzz: Lillard is the best small-school prospect in this draft. He carried Weber State with his productivity and efficiency despite being the focal point of every opponent's defensive game plan. His shooting range, ability to make plays on the pick and roll, and aggressiveness should allow him to make an immediate impact as a playmaker and scorer. His work ethic is one of his biggest strengths, and should help him immensely as he makes the transition to the next level.
3. Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
The Buzz: Marshall was the best playmaker in college basketball last season. He isn't a great athlete, doesn't create his own shot exceptionally well, and isn't a knock-down shooter, but his passing ability is unparalleled in this class, and in college basketball in general over the past 10 years. His ability to make the players around him more effective should help him find a spot in a rotation early in his career.
4. Austin Rivers, Duke
The Buzz: Rivers has the pedigree and the confidence to be a star. His ball-handling ability is very good, and he always wants the ball in his hands with the game on the line, but perimeter shooting ability is streaky at best, and he is not an elite athlete. He could flourish in the right situation, but questions remain about his approach to the game and ability to score efficiently.
5. Dion Waiters, Syracuse
The Buzz: Waiters is a powerfully built guard with explosive scoring ability. He gets to the rim and finishes through contact, makes an impact in transition, and works the passing lanes defensively. He lacks great size or athleticism, but compensates with excellent strength and toughness. Waiters could have a big year if he lands in the right spot in the draft. No one has moved up the charts as quickly as he has the past few weeks, namely due to his agent's superior draft strategy which has completely befuddled lottery GMs.
6. Doron Lamb, Kentucky
The Buzz: Lamb is an excellent spot-up shooter with deep range who is among the best 3-point snipers in this draft. His physical tools leave something to be desired, but his jumper, ball-handling ability, and low-mistake style make him an ideal role-player.
7. Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut
The Buzz: Lamb was a breakout star after helping Connecticut to the NCAA Championship in 2011 as a freshman. He has tremendous length, and incredibly smooth offensive repertoire, and very good athleticism. His aggressiveness and consistency leave something to be desired, and he's been hampered by injuries during the draft process, but Lamb has the skill set to help a team lacking perimeter scoring early in his career.
8. Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
The Buzz: Taylor has excellent size and athleticism, and is the winningest player in this draft class, but has struggled with his decision-making and consistency his entire career. His jump shot is improving and he played at a very high level for long stretches last season. He could be a quality rotation player at the next level, but could emerge as something more if he can put the pieces together as he continues to mature and lands in the right situation.
9. Marquis Teague, Kentucky
The Buzz: Teague is an explosive athlete who can get into the paint and create off the dribble. His offensive game on the whole remains unpolished, as his decision-making and jump shot are particularly raw at this point. Teague has the potential to be a good point guard at the NBA level, but has plenty of development to do in the coming years and will need to land in the right situation.
10. Tony Wroten, Washington
The Buzz: Wroten is a strong, athletic lead-guard who can make an impact attacking the basket off the dribble. His jump shot is extremely poor, and he's prone to being too aggressive with the ball in his hands, but he can make highlight reel passes and shows superb (albeit very raw) basketball instincts. If he can shore up his shot selection and perimeter scoring ability, he has the potential to be a solid NBA player thanks to his physical tools and overall talent.
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