COMPARING THE 2017 DRAFT PROSPECTS TO PROS OF THE PAST AND PRESENT(COMPLEX)
By MAX RAPPAPORT
Every year, NBA scouts and analysts pore over hundreds of hours of game film, breaking down hundreds of collegiate and international prospects with meticulous precision. For most amateur draftniks, this level of commitment is unrealistic, but through YouTube, draft websites, and some casual spectatorship during the season, the rest of us are able to get a decent sense of the top of the draft class.
No matter where you fall on the continuum of NBA Draft geekdom, you likely find yourself comparing incoming prospects to players currently in the league. It’s a useful heuristic to employ when summarizing the skills and playing styles of these young hopefuls, and it helps us project their potential roles and the impact they might have at the next level. These types of comparisons aren’t always perfect, especially with the league in a constant state of evolution, but they’re handy nonetheless.
We set out to take the top seven prospects entering the 2017 NBA Draft and compare them to their pro counterparts based on a number of criteria, including strengths and weaknesses, style, personality, background, and physical profile. Here’s what we came up with…