*Note: These rankings are all subjective, based on the player's stats in college, relative positions in past drafts, my own views on the player and the player's NBA potential.
I have done these as well in past drafts:
2006 NBA Draft
In 2006, I had Jose Juan Barea as my #1 2006 draft snub. He's currently with the Mavs. Also, Louis Amundson (#4) bounced around with Philly and Sacramento, Justin Williams (#7) has really shown great rebounding and shotblocking potential with Sacramento, Allan Ray (#23) has stuck with Boston, and huge sleeper Tarence Kinsey (#29) really exploded offensively with Memphis.
Let's check out 2007 now:
1) Zabian Dowdell
—Think a 6’2” version of John Salmons. An all-around 6’2” guard with some level of athleticism, finishing ability, shooting, passing, defensive and rebounding skills, but none really being spectacular. NBA-ready and mature, although he may lack potential. Projected to be a mid-2nd rounder because of his strong Portsmouth/Orlando play.
2) Ali Traore
—One of the better international players not drafted; after strong Orlando play, was supposedly a mid to late 2nd rounder after being a draft bubble candidate. Has great physical tools, with enormous wingspan, for a big man, coupled with solid mobility. However, motivation level, touch around the basket, perimeter game and feel for the game all are lacking. Really raw and potential at this point, but someone should have taken a flyer on him. In training camp with the Pistons.
3) Russell Carter
—Another polished prospect who really stepped it up senior year to become a pretty solid draft prospect; should have been drafted in the late 2nd rounder, although I seriously thought he was a sleeper for the early to mid-2nd rounds as well. Think Eddie Jones, except a couple inches shorter (which coupled along with his lack of great exposure may have been his undoing). Above average shooter from distance (may be streaky) and has the athleticism and strength to finish around the basket. Tough, gritty defender. However, may be a tweener candidate because he really does lack height and PG skills. In training camp with the Cavaliers.
4) Ron Lewis
—With Oden and Conley being drafted, one would think that Lewis would also get drafted…but no. Early on in the year was considered a mid 1st rounder, but stock kept dropping especially as his offensive numbers stagnated when Oden came back. Still a very good shooter, but questionable height (6’4” or 6’5”) makes him a possible tweener candidate coupled with the fact that he’s quite one-dimensional, despite having solid athleticism for the NBA. Needs to diversify his game but definitely was a good draft candidate on a winning team, and could be a good SPL player.
5) Bobby Brown
—Has been on the draft radar for the past couple of years or so, but his stock hasn’t changed much from last year when he entered. Hasn’t regressed, but always seems to a gunning shooter on a poor team. Between the lines, definitely is an above average shooter, and couples that with an above 40 inch vertical, but needs to show a better feel for running a team, and poor competition and gunning mentality do raise some concerns for NBA teams. Perhaps should’ve been a late 2nd round pick at the very least.
6) Zoran Erceg
—Really a late bloomer who made some noise nearing the draft with his offensive play especially with regards for a big man. Moves well in the post and has a solid perimeter jumper. However, really has an irregular, questionable big man body, being 6’11” yet perhaps being under 200 lbs. Will definitely be pushed around with that frame, and his poor rebounding and defensive ability (soft) magnify that weakness. Should have gotten consideration as a stashing prospect in the late 2nd round.
7) JR Reynolds
—A tweener type who could shoot the basketball well and has solid athleticism to get to the basket. However, clearly an undersized shooting guard, and doesn’t have the excellent athleticism to differentiate himself from the other tweener prospects of the past. Was once a mid-2nd round pick but it went downhill from there for him. Good college prospect, but it’s questionable whether he can develop more PG skills and diversify his game to cut it for the NBA, although his talents gave him the potential to be drafted.
8) Kyle Visser
—A surprise player who wasn’t drafted, as he did improve vastly during his senior year but the NBA attributes and depth of this year’s draft probably dropped his stock. Has now developed a burly, strong body that can play somewhat in the paint, although his lack of footspeed, athleticism and perimeter game don’t make him the NBA prototype. Really was a good college prospect though and had a chance at the late 2nd despite being a mid-2nd for some time, but should be a good SPL candidate.
9) Quinton Hosley
—A very good athlete with the prototypical swingman frame who definitely has the tools to cut it for the NBA. Had a really good junior season to boot in which he put up excellent rebounding and defensive numbers, but tapered off his senior year as teammate Dominic McGuire shined. His jumpshot is in need of work for the NBA level, although he may make his living as a defensive/hustle player a la Matt Barnes. Was definitely a late 2nd round candidate despite being in the early-mid 2nd early in the draft.
10) Ivan Radenovic
—A very solid prototypical European big man with a great feel for the game. Does a little bit of everything in the stat lines, and has a nice passing game for a big who plays within the system. Has solid range in his jumpshot. However, clearly a role player type who may lack the numbers, footspeed, athleticism, defense, rebounding, and aggressiveness to justify his place in the NBA, although his basketball IQ gave him a chance at the late 2nd round.
11) Joao Gomes
—A latecomer to the draft; has a prototypical swingman frame with above average athleticism and now, developed shooting ability. However, clearly a gunner who does little of anything else, with poor passing ability, despite having defensive potential. Was a great late 2nd round pick to stash in Europe, but the fact that he was relatively unknown may have knocked him into this spot.
12) Mirza Begic—
Another irregular European big man with a gigantic frame, at 7’3”, but only at 220 lbs. Extremely raw prospect who is all potential because of his height, but may lack the athleticism and footspeed to stick at the NBA level. Was once a mid to late 2nd round candidate.
13) Caleb Green
—Undersized post player who, despite playing for a small school, put up good numbers both offensively and in terms of rebounding. Gets the job done from both the field and the line. Extremely turnover prone. Can be a solid SPL player, but there are so many undersized PFs in the league it may be hard to see him cutting it in the league despite those numbers. Had a great Orlando/ Portsmouth though.
14) DaShaun Wood
—The star of Portsmouth. Despite being undersized, his play there made scouts consider him a potential late 2nd round candidate, as he can really run a team well and make his open shots, playing with craftiness and savvy. Not spectacular, but gets the job done. Height may really have backfired on him.
15) Trey Johnson
—An extreme scorer (led college) in the college level who can score in a multitude of ways, from the post to the three point line, but whose main preference is the mid-range shot. Really bulky for the wing positions, which raises concerns about his athleticism and explosiveness for the NBA level. Doesn’t do anything else well besides score, and defense is a huge concern.
16) Darryl Watkins
—A raw big man, despite being a senior, whose natural physical tools (height/length) nearly automatically make him an NBA draft prospect. Has solid rebounding and shotblocking skills and instincts, despite being a poor offensive player in every stretch of the word, lacking the movements and the touch. Undisciplined. Was once a late 2nd round candidate, but hasn’t improved much at all to justify his spot at the NBA.
17) Ryvon Covile
—Another big man from a small school who impressed in workouts and predraft camps, although once again he may be a little undersized. Okay offensive post player but his calling card may have his rebounding ability in the league, if he even makes it. Mobility is definitely in question, but has impressed.
18) Avis Wyatt
—A big man from an extremely small school whose potential lands him in this spot; has natural physical tools including wingspan and athleticism and couples it with a solid shooting stroke and range. However, poor competition, rather frail frame and his disinclination to play in the painted area at times do raise concerns. Poor man’s Tim Thomas type, can be a good SPL player.
19) Marko Tomas
—Came into the international scene three or four years ago as a relatively tall wingman with some level of scoring tools. Was once a late 1st round candidate, even. However, has done little to improve himself, and his inability to score off the dribble, poor wingspan, and possibly average athleticism for the NBA level do raise concerns. Perhaps needs to diversify parts of his game, but could’ve been a possible late 2nd rounder.
20) Rashad Jones-Jennings
—One of the leaders in rebounding at the college level, although at 6’8” 230, his frame resembles more of a SF than a PF, so clearly an undersized type. Not a defensive stalwart, and he may have the offensive game to justify his place at the NBA level. Impressed somewhat in predraft camps. Reggie Evans?
21) Mario Boggan
—A clearly undersized big man who had some motivation concerns early in his college career but really stepped it up senior year with his solid offensive ability/post moves. However, his type are tripe in the NBA, as he’s only a solid rebounder and doesn’t have the footspeed, athleticism or defensive instincts to perhaps cut it for the NBA.
22) Mustafa Shakur
—Was once an extremely heralded draft prospect especially during his freshman year, as he was a McDonald’s All-American who should’ve been destined to be a lottery pick. Still retains the physical attributes necessary to fulfill his potential, with wingspan, height and athleticism, but his actual game is really a work in progress because he has a tendency to get out of control, cause turnovers and his hideous shooting mechanics have really hindered his offensive game. Has became more productive in his senior year, but still carries over his bad habits and his past lapses have really been his undoing. Can be a good prospect for SPL, but needs the light bulb to turn on.
23) James Hughes
—A relatively unknown big man with the physical tools, especially athleticism, motor and ability to run the floor and block/redirect shots. Offensive game is extremely raw, but could be a nice SPL prospect. Somewhat tripe with players of his mold like Lonnie Jones, Dan Gadzuric, Solomon Jones, Justin Williams and Samuel Dalembert.
24) Coby Karl
—Has participated in the Lakers draft camp. Plays for a small school, but has an all-around game, with some point guard/combo guard potential, with legitimate long distance shooting ability; puts up good percentages from the field. Son of Denver coach George Karl, so he is a coach’s son and definitely has the basketball acumen and IQ. However, lack of physical tools, defense and athleticism may be a problem, although he should fit in the Lakers’ triangle.
25) Yannick Bokolo
—Should never be this high but in terms of the NBA, definitely fits the breed because of his excellent physical tools for the league. Top level speed and athleticism and length give him all sorts of potential to become a harassing defensive player in the NBA, but his relative lack of improvement, passing ability and shooting ability are all in dire need of work, both musts for the PG position. Can definitely slash, but seems rather positionless at the moment, all potential.
26) Brandon Heath
—Another prototypical tweener type gunner coming from a small school, although he has some height (6’3”), athleticism and length to perhaps be something more. Has above average shooting touch, although his percentages won’t reflect that since he forces the issue a lot. Point guard skills and leadership definitely need refinement, although he has the potential to become a nice defensive player. Attitude is in question at times. Once a late 2nd round draft candidate.
27) Mike Jones
—Another prospect who may be all potential at this point, but he actually has a nice skill set coupled with his excellent athleticism. A very good shooter (may even be considered pure) from distance, although he has a tendency to abuse his shot. Basketball IQ is definitely below average, as he hasn’t diversified his game much and is increasingly one-dimensional, wasting away his athleticism. Undersized. Was once a very heralded draft prospect, but his lack of motivation really made him undrafted, even with all his NBA level talents.
28) Warren Carter
—Late bloomer who plays a scrappy offensive game with solid hustle/defensive abilities, but lacks range and refinement for the NBA level. Tweener type between forward positions? Tripe in the NBA.
29) Mirza Teletovic
—Showed some Linas Kleiza potential early on with solid inside-outside game, with range on his jumpshot and some post abilities. However, lack of footspeed and the fact that he lost favors with his coach with playing time late in the season doomed his draft day chances.
30) Jamaal Tatum
—Played extremely well in the draft camps he participated in, although perhaps may have been a bit overrated by scouts at that time. Shows solid jumpshooting ability, but lacks great athleticism and particularly the point guard ability/passing skills to play at the NBA level. Plays very nice defense though. Can score, but not particularly explosive in scoring either, so he lacks great assets for the NBA level.
31) Torrell Martin
—A nice shooter in the NBA level who has some defensive potential with his smooth athleticism and nice wingspan, but hasn’t particularly improved his stock from his peak junior year, and plays for a small school. Not a particularly good passer, and an amazingly poor free throw shooter. Doesn’t even dominate at his school which raises some concerns about his success at the NBA level.
32) Coleman Collins
—A big man who showed flashes of NBA potential in his junior year especially when he dominated against Shelden Williams and Duke, but it really all tapered off from there. Still a promising big man with nice athleticism, but injuries made him regress senior year where he’s not even mustering 8 pts per game. Once a mid-2nd round draft prospect, but clearly not anymore.
33) Loren Stokes
—A gunner type guard in a small school who has potential defensively at the NBA level, with his height and athleticism, but clearly lacks the polish, ballhandling and passing skills to succeed as a PG. Good rebounder, but poor free throw shooter who plays for a small school, so that may arouse some concern. Tripe.
34) Gary Neal
—Another very good scorer for a small school at the college level. Smooth, strong but undersized. Very good mid-range shooter who gets into rhythm quite easily. However, lacks other NBA assets, and doesn’t have standout athleticism, and competition arouses concern.
35) Jarrius Jackson
—Undersized gunner in the mold of Bobby Knight’s Texas Tech guards. Definitely has above average shooting touch, but really tripe as he’s an undersized shooting guard who doesn’t have the all-around ability, defense, or athleticism to make up for it.
36) Craig Bradshaw
—A New Zealand big man who really tapered off and disappointed in draft camps. A big man with solid mobility, frame and athleticism, but his motor is on and off and he isn’t very productive. Has some range, however, and solid offensive game, but he’s an average rebounder who should definitely impact more defensively.
37) Cartier Martin
—A promising player early in his college career, and even had 1st round potential back then. However, injuries have decimated his career, and the fact that he has converted from wingman to PF has really nullified his jumpshooting ability (which should’ve been his calling card) in the NBA. Has solid post skills and athleticism, but clearly he has become a tweener.
38) Ekene Ibekwe
—A slithery big man who is unorthodox, but does the dirty work, getting rebounds and playing solid defense with his wingspan. Rather undisciplined and raw particularly on the offensive end, who, despite being a senior, lacks touch and range. Not particularly strong, although he is athletic. Hasn’t made a name for himself in senior year which leaves him in an undrafted position.
39) Mohamed Abukar
—A potential big man with range on his jumpshot, and coupled with solid athleticism that should’ve been his calling card. However, he refuses to play in the post, has some concentration problems, and has been a disappointment in college relative to the tools that he has. Not overly productive in the college level and despite having his moments in junior year, hasn’t really verified that during his senior year. In camp with the Clippers.
40) Blake Schilb
—A prospect that scouts were fairly high on in junior year (mid-2nd round back then), with his big frame for the PG position, coupled with solid shooting ability. However, his lack of footspeed and athleticism were huge concerns, and the fact that he tapered off and didn’t really stand out during his senior year, along with poor competition, put him in undrafted territory.
41) Curtis Sumpter
—Was once a bubble 2nd round prospect with solid offensive game and rebounding tools, but injuries have decimated his draft chances and he may be a shadow of his old self. Athleticism is not the same anymore and he’s undersized for his position.
42) Ibrahim Jaaber
—In training camp with the Pistons. Not very well known, but has a propensity really to rack up the steals with solid wingspan and athleticism. Poor long distance shooter, seemingly average passing ability and poor competition arouse concerns. Another Derrick Zimmerman?
43) DeAngelo Alexander
—A strong wingman who may be a tweener between both wing positions, with merely okay jumpshot, above average slashing ability, strong body and solid athleticism. Hasn’t stood out much senior year, showing more of the same, but has a resemblance to Devin Brown in terms of game. Doesn’t have much passing ability and defense though.
44) Terrence Roberts
—Was once considered a nice prospect with his excellent athleticism at the big man positions, so he was once a mid-2nd round prospect. However, he’s extremely raw, being an extremely poor free throw shooter and has an extremely poor basketball IQ. Really regressed senior year, having no jumpshot and not even the touch to consistently finish inside. Despite having his athleticism, doesn’t particularly stand out defensively either. The light bulb needs to turn on, although injuries do play a factor.
45) Jahsha Bluntt
—A systems player who can shoot solidly, and has a strong body to boot. However, hasn’t stood out much with very mediocre numbers against poor competition, and is not particularly athletic enough for the NBA level.
46) Carl Elliot
—Entered his name last year, and put up very nice passing and stealing numbers for a 6’4” relatively athletic guard. However, his poor shooting ability and the fact that he’s quite turnover prone, coupled with the fact that he’s not a college star for a team that needs it, makes him undrafted. Still, rather intriguing with his defensive and passing potential for a tall guard, a combination not too many players can boast of having.
47) Lamont Hamilton
—A big man with solid offensive game and rebounding ability, but doesn’t play for a strong school and has concentration lapses. Clearly has solid athleticism and a big man frame, but he’s rather tripe in the NBA.
48) Antanas Kavialauskas
—A glue guy for a winning team last year in Texas A&M. Has hustle ability and solid range in a prototypical big man frame, but wasn’t a college star and athleticism questions do linger.
49) Lester Abram
—Once considered a draft prospect having a prototypical wingman frame with nice shooting ability, but injuries have decimated his draft stock. Smooth athleticism, but very one dimensional and sometimes disappears.
50) Luksa Andric
—A European big man who had a disappointing season this year. Pronounces his athleticism by being extremely active and by having a constant motor, although he’s extremely raw and constantly uses aggression in his play. Lacks viable offensive tools and plays foul prone defense.
51) Ayinde Ubaka
—A tall combo guard who has some point guard potential, and even has solid shooting ability to boot. However, rather average athleticism/speed for the NBA level and poor steals numbers, as well as the fact that he was never a star despite DeVon Hardin being injured, nullifies that. Never really a serious draft prospect despite having some intriguing tools.
52) Derek Raivio
—Doesn’t look like an NBA prospect, but very gritty and gutsy and can make a living as a good shooter at the NBA level. Never misses from the stripe. His assists numbers have regressed every year, and the fact that he’s an undersized SG now with poor athleticism doesn’t bode well for the NBA at all.
53) Jeremy Hunt
—A sixth man at Memphis. Solid shooter and does a little bit of everything, but not enough and he’s tripe at the NBA.
54) Lee Humphrey
—The good shooter at Florida. Undersized. Does nothing else, but a clear winner.
55) Saul Blanco
—An athletic, strong player who lacks skills to play at the NBA, although being an international player, he can be stashed in Europe.
56) Engin Atsur
—A tallish combo guard who does a little bit of everything, but not anything particularly well. Above average shooting ability but lack of speed and athleticism, coupled with the fact that he wasn’t a college star, hurts him at the NBA.
57) Shagari Alleyne
—A giant (7’3”) who first made his living at Kentucky, barely playing and then transferring to a small school where he didn’t even play at all. Combines his height with good mobility, but very raw and hasn’t shown much at all.
58) Jonas Maciulis
—A rather strong, unorthodox European who likes to slash and doesn’t have much of a jumpshot, but may lack the athleticism to succeed at this in the NBA level. Hasn’t made a name for himself this year.
59) Dwight Brewington
—Deaf junior who doesn’t do anything particularly well, although he has solid athleticism to block shots well for his size.
60) Luka Bogdanovic
—Once more heralded, this European is merely a tall one-dimensional shooter who suffers from a great lack of athleticism and footspeed.
61) Mike Nardi
—Not an NBA prospect with lack of athleticism, although he can shoot somewhat and was the 4th piece in Villanova’s four-guard offense (Lowry, Foye, Nardi, Ray) last year.
62) Regis Koundjia
—Huge disappointment in college. Has the height and physical tools for the swingman positions, but even struggled at college with shooting and was foul prone.