In the upcoming NBA Draft, everybody knows the stars, Lonzo, Fultz, Jackson, Fox, Tatum, and whoever else you think is primed for a good NBA career. However every draft needs a Marc Gasol, Malcom Brogdon, Isaiah Thomas, and for this draft there are a few to keep your eye on.
Honorable Mentions: Dillon Brooks and Nigel-Williams Goss. Both are great players but they’re mocked pretty much exactly where they should go. I like both of them and think they both could have pretty nice NBA careers, I just don’t think they’re being “slept on.”
Peter Jok, Iowa
This dude can flat out shoot the basketball and it’s those intangibles that make him one of my favorite sleepers in this class. Jok’s fundamentally sound shot helps him for the transition from the college three point arc to the NBA one. Jok averaged nearly 20 points per game this past season and for some reason he is flying under the radar. He is a good shooter off screens and creates his own shot. Any team who gets Jok may have just found themselves a steal of a future star.
I know that video was recorded by some guy with a phone camera but who gives a shit, you get the point.
TJ Leaf, UCLA
In a time in the NBA where everybody wants the next stretch big, TJ Leaf is there to answer the call. A guy that reminds me a lot of Ryan Anderson on the offensive end, Leaf has the tools to be a great role player on a successful NBA team. Sure, he is a weak defensive player, but a guy often overlooked by Lonzo Ball, may fall to a team and make quite the impact.
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Thornwell, a senior who showed just how good he could be in the NCAA tournament is flying under the radar. Some concerns are where he fits in positional wise on a NBA roster and his ball handling abilities. However, just cause I think he is a sleeper doesn’t mean I think he should go first round, but he could make an impact as a mid-to-late second round pick. He reminds me of Tony Allen without the killer mentality but I really like Thornwell as a lock down defender off the bench.
Semi Ojeleye, SMU
This dude has bounce! Any extremely explosive athlete is just a small portion of how gifted he is physically. He is strong, quick, and agile and he has great tools to makeup an NBA athlete. A hard-worker and a versatile offensive and defensive player. He can finish well around the rim and in the paint but also has a good jumpshot. Watch out for Ojeleye at the next level.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
A man among boys. Swanigan was a double-double machine in college and while Purdue was in the NCAA tournament and is a freakish athlete. A great pick for a team in need of rebounding but not in search of a one-dimensional player. His not ideal for the NBA today but he can shoot the 3 ball even though he averages only two attempts per game. Swanigan could be a great role player.