While there may be no clear No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, there are players up and down the board who are capable of making an impact at the next level.
Here are five that I believe will excel at the next level:
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
In a draft where nobody really stands above the rest, why not go for consistency? Otto Porter Jr. has all the confidence in the world and game to back it up.
Before the 2012-13 season, Porter said that his team would make the Final 4. Well, they didn’t make the Final 4 but he did back up his talk in the form of on-court play.
Porter averaged 16.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game en route to the Big East Player of the Year award. He won it as a sophomore.
He shot 48 percent from the floor, 78 percent from the free throw line and 42 percent from long range. At 6’8” Porter can do it all on the floor which makes him a legitimate threat of being the best player in this draft class.
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
One of the most improved players throughout his collegiate career has to be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. An improved jump shot mixed with his extreme athleticism makes Oladipo a great option early in the first round.
Athleticism like Oladipo’s doesn’t grow on trees, and his defensive ability makes him one of the most watched players in the draft.
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Can Shabazz Muhammad be motivated enough to be an all-star in the NBA? That’s one of the main concerns facing his direction.
Muhammad literally has all the talent of becoming a GREAT NBA player but he’s not in the best of shape and his defense is questionable.
However, the league is all about scoring and that’s something Muhammad can do well. He averaged 17.9 points last season as a freshman. His 6’6” frame also provides him the size to rebound well; he averaged 5.2 rebounds per contest.
Ben McLemore, Kansas
Possibly the No. 1 pick in the draft, Kansas’ Ben McLemore has all the tools of becoming an all-star for years to come.
He has solid size for a shooting guard at 6’5”, can score using his athleticism or outside shot and he rebounds well for his position.
He averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman.
All the tools are on the table for McLemore and, in a down class, he may reap the benefits as the No. 1 pick in the draft.
Allen Crabbe, California
Let’s go out on a ledge. It’s ok to take a little risk on somebody and that player I want to take a risk on is Allen Crabbe from California.
Not the biggest name of the draft, but a guy with all the talent and size to become a great NBA player.
Crabbe is 6’6” 210 pounds with nearly a 7’0” wingspan. With that size and length, Crabbe can be a great defender at the next level. Also, with his terrific range and spot-up ability, playing alongside a dynamic point guard will crucial for his early success in the league.
If he can land on the right team, expect Crabbe to shine on the big stage.