DraftExpress currently has Josh Hart, a 4-year shooting guard from Villanova, listed in their latest mock draft. David went into depth about him in a prospect preview posted back in May. Essentially, statistics love him for having one of the most productive campaigns during the 2016-17 season, as evidenced by an 8th ranking in Kevin Pelton’s WARP model. The downside is plenty of questions exist about how his skills and athletic ability will translate at the NBA level.
The Crossover at Sports Illustrated goes in the opposite different direction at SG as they predict the Pelicans will go for upside and select Welsey Iwundu out of Kansas St. Despite being a senior, he still oozes potential thanks to a ridiculously long wingspan and a re-tooled jumper. Bruce Weber, his head coach, believes he can model his game after Andre Iguodala, but a lack of polish and assertiveness at age 22 could pose issues going forward.
CBS Sports sticks with help at the two, but their pick for the Pelicans is Tyler Dorsey out of Oregon. His scoring and shooting ability sparkled in the NCAA tournament and at the NBA Combine, but the weaknesses are obvious: size, measurements, athleticism and speed, all rate average to well below.
At 16 Wins a Ring, Juwan Evans is the choice. The guard out of Oklahoma St. is on the short side — not even measuring six feet in height — but he makes up for it with strength and a game made for the NBA. He could honestly be the consistent spark plug that the Pelicans keep hoping to see out of Tim Frazier.
Over at the Ringer, Edmond Sumner is linked to the Pelicans. I’m close to finishing an in-depth prospect preview piece about him, but here’s the quick version: he’s got the length and athleticism to be a dynamic PG in the league yet is in need of plenty more seasoning and must develop a more dependable jumper.
As for the results at the 40th pick from various big boards, Chad Ford lists Jonah Bolden (forward, Serbia via Australia), the Sporting News has Frank Jackson (point guard, Duke, freshman) and Bleacher Report goes with Frank Mason (point guard, Kansas, senior).
See, absolutely no similarities exist anywhere! I’m curious, who do you all like at the fortieth pick in tomorrow’s draft?