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Expert Notes

Adam Levitan

  • Markelle Fultz – Possibly still growing, could end up guarding three positions in Philly.
  • Lonzo Ball – Truly unique pass-first player with better spot-up range than often-comped Jason Kidd.
  • Josh Jackson – Above-the-rim athlete who only needs to find a consistent jumper.
  • Lauri Markkanen – Suns know the sharp-shooting Arizona product well, don’t have a fit for De’Aaron Fox.
  • De’Aaron Fox – John Wall kind of speed and penetrating ability.
  • Jayson Tatum – Polished player capable of playing power forward in today’s NBA.
  • Malik Monk – Arguably best shooter in the class. Does he have enough size to play the 2 in the NBA?
  • Dennis Smith – Deadly shooter off the dribble, Knicks desperate for a lead guard.
  • Jonathan Isaac – Intriguing length for a wing, has a lot of size to put on, though.
  • Frank Ntilikina – Best international prospect is a 6-foot-5 point guard.

Julian Edlow

  • On De’Aaron Fox going to the Kings – “The great thing about Fox is that Buddy Hield and whoever goes No. 10 won’t have any issues fitting in with this speedster. Fox’s ability in the open court immediately reminds you of a young John Wall, and it’s not just the Kentucky uniform.”
  • On Jayson Tatum going to the Celtics – “It’s time to add another go-to scorer to this team, though, and Tatum is just that. This kid reminds me a little bit of Jabari Parker coming out for a recent comparison, minus the knee injuries (hopefully). Tatum is more athletic but shares the skill to score all over the floor. Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce aren’t far-fetched comparisons.”

Chirag Hira

  • On Fultz going first overall – “Fultz will still get plenty of opportunities as the lead guard since we can expect Philadelphia to limit Simmons during his first season like they did with Joel Embiid.”
  • On Isaac going to the Magic – “Isaac does not have the ability to carry a team at this moment but expect them to go into full rebuild mode very soon, allowing for Isaac to develop over time.”

 


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