We are less than three weeks away from the NBA draft and the rankings at the top are starting to take shape. The top four players – Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paulo Banchero and Jaden Ivey – have remained consistent throughout the season, but the options at No. 4-8 have caught on a bit as G League guard Ignite Dyson Daniels enters the lead – five considerations and an NBA draft combine outstanding Galen Williams who cemented himself as a draft of the expected first round.
Yahoo Sports takes a look at the top five picks, plus recent moves in the first round and predicted picks for all 30 slots.
HT/Wt: 6-10, 220 pounds | Season: female student | Auburn: 16.9 ppg, 7.4 rpm
Smith is still the safest choice in the number one spot and he’s been incredibly interviewing for the teams at the top. He’s not the overall consensus’s best pick in the draft, but his upside is amazing with his 3-point shot (averaging 42% from depth) and his movement in the paint.
HT/Wt: 7-0, 196 pounds | Season: female student | Gonzaga: 14.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.7 bpg
Oklahoma City and general manager Sam Prieste have three first-round draft picks and can still play next year for the prospect of pursuing either Victor Wimpanyama or Scott Henderson. Holmgren is the best runner-up and has the potential to change the way the game is played in the center at the NBA level.
HT/Wt: 6-10, 250 pounds | Season: female student | duke: 17.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg
Banchero feels like a lock in third place with his incredible instincts as a primary ball coach and his size. It wouldn’t be wise for Houston to ditch Banchero with the young talent the Rockets grew up in the organization.
HT/Wt: 6-4, 195 pounds | Season: high school | Bordeaux: 17.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.1 apg
Kings can trade in this choice and they are a big target for teams that need a versatile and goal-scorer ball player. Sacramento has drafted two top-ranked guards in the last two drafts, and the Kings either need to draft the best player available in Ivy (which is likely Ja Morant 2.0), or give up a team that needs a guard and then target either Galen Doreen or Mark Williams for some volume.
HT/Wt: 6-5 pounds 215 pounds | Season: female student | Kentucky: You haven’t played this season
The pistons might be Sharpe’s best case scenario. The troubled guard left Kentucky on empty promises and never played a college game. If the team is going to venture into Sharpe’s potential, it has to be a team in the process of rebuilding. Cade Cunningham is the perfect point guard built for Sharpe, and there won’t be an enormous pressure on Sharpe to produce right away.
HT/Wt: 6-8, 215 pounds | Season: high school | Yes: 23.5 ppg, 8.7 rpm
HT/Wt: 6-6, 200 pounds | Australia | G League Ignite: 11.3 ppg, 4.4 apg
Daniels put on a great show in combination with his professional day and interviewed really well with the teams. After a slow start in the G League, Daniels rushed to close out the season, creating for others and showcasing his size and height against much stronger opponents. Its uptrend is off the charts and there has been some talk of the possibility of slipping into the top five after a solid group workout.
HT/Wt: 6-6, 210 pounds | Season: high school | Arizona: 17.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg
HT/Wt: 6-9, 230 pounds | Season: female student | Baylor: 9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Sushan had one of his best pro days combining the draft and displaying his speed and consistency in the 3-point jump—something he struggled with at Baylor. The NBA spacing and pickup option caters to Suchan, and he would undoubtedly be a much better professional than his year in college might indicate.
HT/Wt: 6-5, 180 pounds | Season: female student | Ohio State: 13.7ppg, 3.6rpm
HT/Wt: 6-6, 222 pounds | Season: female student | duke: 10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
HT/Wt: 6-5, 194 pounds | Season: high school | Wisconsin: 19.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg
HT/Wt: 6-11, 250 pounds | Season: female student | Memphis: 12 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg
HT/Wt: 6-8 pounds | Season: high school | LSU: 16.9ppg, 6.6rpm
After the lottery
HT/Wt: 6-5, 185 pounds | Season: female student | Notre Dame: 14.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg
HT/Wt: 6-9, 185 pounds | France | NZ Cutters (NBL): 8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpm
HT/Wt: 6-3, 197 pounds | Season: female student | Kentucky: 12.5 ppg, 3.9 apg
HT/Wt: 7-0, 242 pounds | Season: high school | duke: 10.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3 bpg
HT/Wt: 6-10 pounds | Serbia | Mega Basket: 10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpm
This is the most Tim Connelly pick ever. Connelly actually managed to draft another Nicola back in 2014, and the secret is out. New Nikola showed up on his professional day in Chicago with a Luka Doncic-like smile throughout the practice and hit 10 consecutive triple kicks in a 30-minute period that wowed the scouts. Jovic is legitimate but his personality is contagious
HT/Wt: 6-0, 171 pounds | Season: female student | Tennessee: 13.3 ppg, 4.9 apg
HT/Wt: 6-7, 175 pounds | G League Ignite: 15.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 apg
HT/Wt: 6-5, 215 pounds | Season: Senior | KS: 18.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg
HT/Wt: 6-5 pounds | Season: newbie | Santa Clara: 18 ppg, 4.2 apg
Williams was the best player on the field on both days of the draft combined scrimmage. He got into the basket with ease, hit the ball well and had some of the best finishing touches in the transition. Defensively, he battled through screens to keep his man ahead and was effective in defending by assist, closing the gap for steals and tips. Last year, Josh Primo (12th, Tottenham) and Bones Hyland (number 26, Nuggets) were the biggest surprises of the first round, and this year Williams could be that youngster.
HT/Wt: 6-7, 240 pounds | Season: newbie | Ohio State: 19.4 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.5 apg
HT/Wt: 6-4, 198 pounds | G League Ignite: 17.7 ppg, 3.2 apg
HT/Wt: 6-8 pounds | Season: female student | Baylor: 9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg
HT/Wt: 6-5, 213 pounds | Season: newbie | duke: 13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.4 apg
HT/Wt: 7-1, 245 pounds | Season: high school | Auburn: 11.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.6 bpg
HT/Wt: 6-7, 195 pounds | Season: high school | Arizona: 8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.9 apg
Terry chose to remain in the draft after not participating in the gathering, outside of his agency’s media day. The Grizzlies have a steady back area with Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks and can afford to take on a player like Terry, who they could form in the next couple of years as a secondary option in the talented young squad.
HT/Wt: 6-6, 218 pounds | Season: newbie | KS: 14.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg