This is not a strong draft, and at this point David Baumann of ESPN Sports Talk Orlando agreed with me that this draft simply cannot be predicted. That makes trading down almost a no-brainer, unless Rob Hennigan is in love with Nerlens Noel, as we are hoping here at Presto.
But Noel isn’t the topic of this one. LeHigh’s C.J. McCollum had a chance to display what mid-major prospects can do when his mid-major squad upset the No. 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils in the 2011 NCAA tournament.
McCollum is….Deron Williams? That’s what I saw, and the assumption McCollum’s potential is high relies not just on his success at LeHigh, but his abilities to use his athleticism (and it isn’t a ton) in the same way as Williams. Deron can shake people much quicker, and McCollum is much the same.
Damien Lillard showed the league not to sleep on mid-major prospects, but will NBA GMs listen? How far will McCollum fall?
At this point, he’s likely the unheralded best 1-man in the draft class, and the Magic can snag him with the leverage of the No. 2 pick. If it isn’t stacking the frontcourt with Noel, McCollum fills the position of greatest need, quickly. If he’s a bust, hopefully Hennigan gains enough other value in the draft, because at this point the second pick only has value in name. There are no clear cut choices, but McCollum could still end up being the best.