With the NBA draft only a few days away, thousands of scenarios and possibilities remain, starting at No. 2 with the Sacramento Kings. To help get through the smokescreen and the excess of rumors, The Crossover's main office contacted 10 of our most trusted scouts around the league, polling our network with the same 10 compelling questions about the big event. Thursday night. The following are your collective responses to each topic, presented anonymously to ensure confidentiality.
Can Trae Young get ahead? What lottery election could fall on the night of the draft? And what should the Cavs do in No. 8? Our anonymous explorers weigh.
(The following has been edited and condensed for clarity).
1. How does Luka Doncic's career develop?
I think his rank is from 2 to 7, but I doubt he gets that far … There are some questions there because the teams have not had their hands on him from the medical point of view and interview point of view as we usually do … It's funny, our international boys are 100% behind him, and based on his age, everything else, what he's doing in Europe has never been done before … our American boys question his athleticism and what position he is … I think everyone is a bit divided, but those who like him really like it, and those who do not are very warm. There are very varied opinions. I think there are potentially three great characters that change franchises in the top of the draft, and if you pbad one of them for Doncic and he does not come out, you're fired.
I do not think you have enough scoring the ego to be among the leaders in the league in scoring, but you could definitely be one of the most prolific players in the statistics sheet, probably at best, the second best in a really good team. Obviously, super achieved at the highest European level at an early age, therefore, I think he will have a good career in the NBA. He has excelled at the highest level out there, and I see no real reason why that does not continue … Twice All-Star, I do not feel confident about that, but once or twice All-Star … Incoming High level for a very good team, I do not think it's a piece that alters the franchise, but could be the second or third best player in a championship team … I do not see Sacramento making the selection there. I could see him fall in Memphis at 4, I do not think the Clippers change to get there. I think it's a good third or fourth option in a good team … I do not see it go over 3. He's too talented, too skillful, too game-like and so cerebral that I'd be surprised. Someone will be very lucky if he slips.
2. Who is the best player in this draft in 10 years?
Deandre Ayton. He has not even come close to reaching his potential and what he can do and how talented he is, the boy should be a border superstar … Ayton, and there's not much more than that … I think Jaren Jackson, just the one The NBA could see him play five small balls at the end of the games, also playing all four with his skills, and he is one of the youngest boys in the draft. For me, it all depends on where the boys go. No offense to Sacramento, regardless of who they choose, I do not think I have the best race in a decade … I still trust Luka, the historical things he's doing there combined with being a wing that competes every night, we do not. I know where the league will be in 10 years but with Ayton and the big men, right now it's still a wing league … Wendell Carter, I think it's really good. Jaren Jackson is also interesting, but I think Wendell, his skill level is really very high, and he's a guy who can play with almost anyone else and be shocking … If he's healthy, Michael Porter Jr. has a chance .
3. What do they do if they are the Cavaliers, writing in number 8?
Do you anticipate that LeBron will be gone? You have a good choice where you can get a good player. I think you have to consider calculating the badets that you can move to get more selections and younger badets. With an aging list, that does not sound very good … Take the best available, you have no idea what the LeBron plan is, so I think you have to choose the best guy … You approach the selection looking for the type that can be the best player, the uncertainty of the situation is too much to really say that we need this guy or that guy to play around LeBron as far as you type yourself … whether he stays or not, you have to Make a lot of mixes and combinations with the list, then the best guy is who you take, then maybe move other pieces to free him minutes if LeBron leaves, or you can use that guy as they did with Andrew Wiggins and move him. Take the man who has the most value in the whole league
LeBron is such a versatile player, I do not know if in the n. ° 8 you will select someone who will immediately start, so the best available player you have chosen to guess. Are you going to find a replacement? Probably not. If there is a feeling that it will go away or that it will be difficult to get it back, I do not think there is a natural badumption of who the selection should be … If Michael Porter Jr. is there, I will Take it. The best available talent, really. I think if I was healthy and played this year and everything was good, I would be competing with Ayton for the No. 1 team … I do not know if LeBron would affect my team … I do not think it changes radically. LeBron is so versatile anyway that I do not think he has to write taking into account his specific position. I do not think that affects your decision, honestly … There are too many variables to focus on a specific positional need, or to make LeBron happy, which will make LeBron happy to have the best team around him if he stays. LeBron can play where you need to play, so I do not think it really matters … that's where it starts to be interesting with Trae Young … I take the most skillful guy that still remains on the board. And for me, Trae Young, right now, is the most skilled player in the draft.
4. What lottery team other than the Cavs is in the most difficult position?
Memphis, because their jobs are at stake. The Phoenix jobs are also at stake, but you are choosing the number 1, at least you get Ayton. Memphis, he's a little less sure than the guy they get in n. ° 4 is great, especially because they have high expectations … Sacramento can not miss this opportunity … the election n. ° 2 does not seem like a difficult situation, but I do not know if the answer is totally clear about who it should be and where they specifically fit into the Kings team … Atlanta, I do not know which way they go on their list. John Collins could be his best player outside Dennis Schröder, they could take a series of directions that could influence the whole draft. I feel that they probably will not get the best player, but they will have to choose the one that remains … I do not think it's necessarily a difficult position, but I think the Clippers have many keys with 12 and 13, if they change to get someone. .. The Clippers. Who the hell knows where they're going? Are they rebuilding or are they trying to compete? "
Orlando, they already have a group of big and big ones will be there at 6 o'clock or they may have to talk themselves into a guard, either Trae Young or Collin Sexton … The magic does not have a legitimate kind, and I'm including Aaron Gordon, where you say he's a high-level player in a championship team, Jonathan Isaac, they switched over the fences and it's too early to pbad judgment, but they just do not have any real recourse as a rebuilding team. under pressure to win because they are clearly in the middle of this process, but they have not made it to the playoffs in six or seven years, and there is no clear path for them back to the playoffs, I look at their core and think they could really be I think there is a lot of pressure with these high level teams to do it well … The Knicks, I feel they need to find out what they are doing. "They wrote Frank [Ntilikina] and then they changed to Emmanuel [Mudiay] You think, man, they can not go to the shipowner. But here we are … Charlotte, they do not have a selection where you can expect to get a super high level talent. They have problems with their salary cup. They are sitting in the middle at this time.
5. Do the rewards outweigh the risks for Trae Young?
It depends on where you are picking up. I think that to choose him between the first 5, against the top 10, there is a big difference … He really had a really good year, he showed a lot of what he can do with his ability to pbad and score … the fact that he stayed in his hometown, I'm sure there were many things around that, I think he showed many positive qualities … It's easy to beat a child, it's hard to predict with certainty, and the things you have against him, the physical, the lack of a dazzling first step, but I think there's a significant reward … it's so prolific in two areas, it's hard to imagine that one of the two will not translate … I think your offensive skill set is so advanced , he can shoot, so he can play the ball with bigger guards, and he has a ridiculous vision … the defense, yes, it's going to be a fight, but at the end of the day there are a lot of good offensive players in the league that they do not defend at a high level, and guys like James Harden and Damian Lillard who has not even tried. If he tries more than he did in Oklahoma, I think he's smart enough to be close enough to the average, but he has the tools to be elite offensively … the only thing that worries me is his frame, because he's going to get hit in the paint … guys who can dribble-pbad-shoot, he's probably the best in all three categories in the draft, and that's how the league goes.
For me, he has a very high ceiling, the Steph Curry comparison, but the floor where he has attacked in defense, not fast enough to take his shots, I still think he will be fine in the NBA, but if you take him among the first seven you're looking for more than someone where the comparison could end up being Seth Curry … I'm not a fan. For me he's an aspiring Steph, and there's only one Steph … He feels more like an Eddie House where he could have great games, but the turnovers, the lack of size, the lack of defense … is much more risky on any night. He could be really good, but he could also see him as a substitute shipowner. I would not touch it. He would be the general manager and if he becomes a superstar, he's fine [to pbad] … You have to ask the legitimate question if he can play defense in the playoffs … he's currently the most skilled player in this draft, but You have to seriously ask yourself if you can remain on the floor defensively in the postseason. He's so small … I think he's very skilled, but I think he's the kind of player who has to be in a perfect situation to excel. The right configuration, the right people around you and the right teammates. If everyone aligns, you're going to hit a home run, but your chances of line-up are very slim.
6. Which player has the widest rank in the lottery?
Brings Young or Michael Porter. Michael, you do not know the situation of the injury and the intelligence is questionable and the adjustment is also very important. I could go as high as 2, I could go down to 8, 9, 10. I would think it does not go over 10. And with Trae, who's going to put their money where their mouth is? Everything depends on what Atlanta does … Porter is in the conversation. It could be an early lottery, an intermediate lottery or a late lottery … With a good medical report it could reach 2 … Miles Bridges could be in the mix starting at 8 and 9, and you could see it falling out of the lottery … Two weeks ago I would have said Donte DiVincenzo but I feel it is Donovan Mitchell this year and it will go very high. Mitchell Robinson I could see someone take the high talent, or pbad it until it's late in the first or the upper part of the second to mitigate the risk … Maybe a guy like Gary Trent. Trent can finish between 22 and 45 … our badytics love it, but some rankings have it as 50º, some explorers like him and others do not, and he catches my attention as someone to whom I have to keep looking because there is such a wide range … I think the mysterious types, Anfernee Simons and Mitchell Robinson, obviously there is much less evidence that they are activated in terms of film and numbers with those types. I think that with them will be reduced to a particular team that they like for particular reasons … Mitchell Robinson has not played high level basketball in his life against legitimate competition, and I think that since it is not working for anyone, you need a general manager who is confident in his job to be willing to roll the dice in a big bet … I think a guy like Dzanan Musa could be a real X factor in the draft, he could see him going anywhere from 17- 33. Jevon Carter could be a factor X man, Mo Wagner, between 17 and 32.
7. How far could Michael Porter Jr. fall?
I do not think he's out of the top 8 … Someone's going to swing at a certain point. The talent is tempting enough to say the least … There is no chance of it getting out of the lottery, but it can definitely get into adolescence … It could be between 4, 5 and 12, 13 … Or else the Knicks or the Clippers, because now I'm starting to think they're smoking to take him to one of those bigger markets … If medical things go wrong, I still do not see him falling out of the lottery. If you look at the Clippers with two selections at 12 and 13, cut your risk by taking it to one of those points … There are many concerns about how to fit, be a good teammate, be loved and contribute to being successful.
8. Is this a profound project?
Not necessarily. It's difficult because the last thing you have in mind is last year, which I think is shaping up to be one of the best in a moment. I think it has something to do with that, that this is not so deep … There are good players in each draw and there will be players later in this that go well. but, in general, I do not know … It's not as deep as last year, I feel there are more questionable guys, fail with all of them up, so from the perspective of the star potential, I mean last year, Donovan to the 13 years, Lauri Markkanen, even Kyle Kuzma … in the 40 you can get a kind of solid rotation this year, maybe … You'll get depth in terms of role players and rotation, but I can not tell you what it is a draft loaded with stars … My idea of depth is that you are likely to get a good player at 35, at 25, maybe at 45, at 35, so you get to a point where there may be 18 players in this draft. that could be a great starter in the future, and after that you're still choosing pretty good players that maybe someone could have taken, say, 25 if they liked … I think you have many chances, as good as any other year , if not better, to get the same kind of talent in the last 30 years where I could be going in the 20s. I think that's the sweet spot. There will be some really interesting players going in the 20s. Portland could be in a worse position at the moment, sitting at 24. If you have a handful of players rotating in the second round … You can probably get to 30 and You feel relatively sure who you will get to. After the 35, 40 players there are not many types of those who would be super ecstatic in the second round where you are like the man, you have a real chance … many of those prospects that you are, meh. When entering the second round, there is not much emotion. There are not many game changers. And it is a weak international group. I think there are many people at high risk / high reward. Hamidou Diallo could be something. Billy Preston could be something? Trevon Duval. They could move the needle, or they would prefer to make a safer bet. With this group there are many potential failures … There is an obvious eight or nine and six or seven more in the mix for the lottery. This is all you need to know.
9. What do you think of Mitchell Robinson?
Someone will definitely give you a hard look at the back of the first round … Abnormal athlete, ridiculous shot blocker, no offensive basics, bad footwork, does not know how to finish without trying to nail on someone, but the defense could be elite … You could throw anything on the edge and think there is a possibility that he will catch it, his shot is not broken … If I had played in college I think it would be one of the first five chosen this year. But since he did not do it and nobody knew where he was during the whole year, it is not the talent, but one wonders if he will leave without permission … It is a bit mysterious. It definitely has some impressive images in terms of what we can get our hands on. He was obviously dominant in the competition at the level at which he played. He showed a potential face up on the line. Definitely worth looking at once the 20s appear … If I have a very, very strong player development program, I'm a playoff team, I can burn the selection, I'll take it. Because, why not take the risk? But if we are a player away, if we need a building block or an important piece, that could end up being a disposable … It is a tempting talent, it will need some structure and discipline in your life, you will need a a good organization to show you how to become a professional, but it's a long athletic man who can roll and roll around the hoop, maybe he can shoot a little, the prototype is good but it's between the ears and in his chest, if he can clarify his life … Robinson could be a guy who produces very little his first years in the league, and then ends up being one of the main shooters of the NBA. He could go in many ways. He just has a lot to learn that he has to catch up … You're definitely shooting in the dark because apart from these high school star games, and it's debatable how useful they can be from an exploration perspective, not You do it I really have a lot to do … Obviously, there's a lot of risk, but you can see that he's a talented player … I have not been on the road exploring high school kids and some of this is second-hand, but What can he do? Compared to like, Ayton or Robert Williams, it seems that, from what I've seen in the movie, it has a similar advantage. You just have no idea what you're going to get when you were a kid, what kind of work ethic, if you love basketball, all those questions between your ears … could it be the next Hbadan Whiteside? It just feels as if the team that selected him is not the one that benefits from any success he has had in the future … I've tried to stay away from him. There is too much gold fools. A 1-on-0 training is where it would stand out. We have intentionally kept ourselves a little away so as not to be seduced.
10. Who is the most overrated player in the draft?
I feel that this draft has been quite valued compared to other years … there is not necessarily a single type in which it is totally different with its approximate projection angle versus where it should go … Marvin Bagley, he placed big numbers, I think it's going to put big numbers, but a part of me wonders if that will be empty calories, loser type statistics, I see where it is, is a man of four can not shoot or a man of five who can not defend , I really do not like that combination … Trae Young, the country's leader in scoring and badists is a big problem, but double-digit turnovers in certain games, his team not being very good, I do not know if the media were the ones they did it or simply that this nation loves the most outstanding guys. If you can boil someone's game in a 30-second clip, they get all the love. It just does not feel like a solid selection for me in the top 10 … It brings, I would not take it in the lottery … Three months ago it was Trae, but now it's probably Zhaire Smith, because you could say it's the first one -collection round and he mocks 20 more peaks … I do not know what else he does apart from being athletic. I think I could end up being a rotation player … I think there are a lot of questions with Zhaire, but there's a lot of variation there, he talks about the elite rebound and the spectacular athleticism, but he's so new to playing in the wing … Chandler Hutchison is an athletic wing, but he is not a wing to make plays, he is not a knocked down shooter, he is like a kind of wing, and I do not trust his shot. I would not have promised, I do not know with certainty who did it … Because of the way he is talking about it in n. ° 2, you could say it's Michael Porter Jr. There are still so many questions with him right now … .Mo Bamba, you look at him and there are questions about his love for the game and his physical and mental toughness. The body seems that it will be difficult to put a lot of weight on it. If you watch movies, you do not seem to enjoy any physical aspect. It's great that I can shoot, but do you really want a type 7 & # 39; 1 on the perimeter?