Every year, NBA teams and their fans have a chance to play prognosticator when it comes to the draft and which players to select or pass on. To be perfectly fair, most drafted players don’t pan out in the end. Occasionally you get it right, but for the most part, draftees have their short run in the pros and move on to the next phase of life. Here are a few to look out for. (Just to be clear, I wish all of them well and hope they have a long successful career. Good luck, gents!)
Robert Upshaw, Washington
Not lacking talent, but there are some character issues that raise some concerns. The 7-foot shock-blocking machine was dismissed from the Huskies due to violations of team rules. Washington was Upshaw’s second team in his college career after being dismissed from Fresno State as a freshman.
Justin Anderson, Virginia
A solid player but has streaks of inconsistency. That may fly in the ACC but not in the NBA. He will need to put in work to improve his game if he has aspirations of filling a NBA team roster spot.
Dakari Johnson, Kentucky
Johnson is a true center, which seems to be hard to come by these days. If you are a team that lacks a true 5 (center) Johnson may be your guy … just do not expect him to play any other role.
Tyus Jones, Duke
After an amazing freshman season and playing hero in the title game against Wisconsin, Jones will be one of the top point guards in the draft. Lack of size and speed could be a problem for him at the next level.
Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas
Another one and done, 6-foot-7 Oubre Jr. has a ton of upside. He is a raw talent with loads of athleticism … but how much polishing will be required?