Know just why NBA teams are salivating over this year's top prospects!
We're on the cusp of the 2015 NBA Draft. We bet you're as excited as we are to find out what cities this year's top basketball prospects will call home.
Around 7 a.m. tomorrow, June 26, (Manila Time), Brooklyn's Barclays Center will transform into a basketball Wall Street as NBA general managers work their magic to find basketball sureshots.
This year's class is not as illustrated as the legendary 1984 Draft Class which gave us Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, and some guy named Michael Jordan. It's also not as star-studded as the 2003 NBA Draft, which showcased present NBA superstars LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. But don't get us wrong, there's talent here. Heck, some say there are potential franchise-changers in this draft.
Who are these young men? And why should you pray to the heavens that the Los Angeles Lakers your favorite team get them all? We introduce 'em future superstars below!
Collage: University Of Kentucky
Stats: 10.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.3 blks
Don't let those mediocre numbers fool you, because that's only his projected stats for every 20 minutes of play. Now, imagine if he's going to put in at least 30-40 minutes, then those digits could spike to 20-plus points, over 12 boards, and almost five blocks. Yes, Coach John Calipari's latest one-and-done wonder is this good. No wonder he's being largely considered as this year's number one pick.
So what makes Towns a one-of-a-kind talent? He's an agile seven-footer who has been blessed with superb skills on both ends.
D' ANGELO RUSSELL
Position: Point guard
College: Ohio State University
Stats: 19.3 ppg, 5 apg, 5.7 rpg
Projected NBA Player Comparison: Damian Lillard
With his swag and bold remarks, you'll sometimes see flashes of Swaggy P on him. His on-court play, however, is totally different. The former Buckeye floor general has exceptional basketball vision that he can instantly see a play even before it develops. This enables him to control the flow of the offense and make highlight-worthy plays to his teammates
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Or, using his superior handles, he can take it off-the-dribble via a series of killer crossovers and nasty stepback Js. His signature behind-the-back dribble stop and pop is sick!
His 6'5" and NBA-ready frame gives him an advantage over the league's other ones and twos. Russell is undoubtedly the best guard in his draft class by a mile. The problem? If the Lakers won't pick him, he'll end up as Sixer which is good since the 76ers need all the talent they can get. The bad? It's the Sixers. Even now, we don't have a clue on what Sam Hinkie and co. are thinking. There's a 50-50 chance that he'll get traded. Soon.
Position: Point guard
CBA Stats: 18 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.0 apg
Projected NBA Player Comparison: Brandon Jennings
Born in the troubled land of Zaire, Emmanuel's family escaped and took refuge in the United States on 2001. During his high school senior year in Texas, he was rated as a five-star baller and favored as the Class of 2015's best player, making him the consensus number one NBA draft pick during that time.
In 2014, despite his commitment to the Larry Brown-coached South Methodist University Mustangs, he chose to play overseas and entered the Chinese Basketball Association in which he dressed up for the Guangdong Tigers.
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Mudiay is at his best when he's attacking the rim. He can easily put his defenders on skates with his quick first step and athletic body. His jumper's still a little shaky but it's nothing that can't be improved.
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He's far from being called as an elite defender but with the proper program and right coach, Mudiay's upside won't be too hard to develop. He may have seen his stock drop a bit but, with today's guard-centric NBA era, there's no way Mudiay won't be included in the Top Five of the draft.
The fourth pick also belongs to the New York Knicks, a team who's in dire need of talented players in every position.
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