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David Aldridge

Big Board: Closer look at all the positions


Posted May 24 2011 7:00AM - Updated Jun 23 2011 10:08AM


POINT GUARDS | SHOOTING GUARDS | SMALL FORWARDS | POWER FORWARDS | CENTERS

A note on the rankings:

This is not a predictor of when these players will be taken. These rankings, based on discussions with dozens of NBA and college coaches, and NBA college scouts and team executives, address the question of how ready players are to play the position which they are assigned: in other words, if there was a game tonight, who would play better at that position tonight, not in three years. Players are ranked based on the position that the coaches and scouts believe is their best NBA position, and even then, there is always disagreement between teams.

"Sleepers" are players almost certain to go in the second round but who may have first-round talent or otherwise have an impact on the teams that select them if they overcome perceived shortcomings.

Players listed as "Some Scouts Like" category are those who are not certain to declare, but are viewed as potentially draftable if they do -- with an emphasis on "potentially."

All measurements are taken from the official numbers at the Chicago pre-Draft combine in early June. The measurements of those who were not in Chicago are taken from the player's college or pro team website.

NOTE: Point guard rankings updated as of June 14, 2011

POINT GUARDS
Rank Name School/Team Class/Age Height Weight Wingspan
1 Kyrie Irving Duke Freshman 6-4 191 6-4
2 Kemba Walker Connecticut Junior 6-1 184 6-4
3 Brandon Knight Kentucky Freshmen 6-3 177 6-7
4 Jimmer Fredette BYU Senior 6-3 196 6-5
5 Nolan Smith Duke Senior 6-4 187 6-6
6 Darius Morris Michigan Sophomore 6-5 190 6-8
7 Iman Shumpert Georgia Tech Junior 6-6 221 6-10
8 Demetri McCamey Illinois Senior 6-3 204 6-6
9 Norris Cole Cleveland St. Senior 6-2 174 6-2
10 Isaiah Thomas Washington Junior 5-10 186 6-2
HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Goudelock, SR, 6-3, 198, College of Charleston; Reggie Jackson, JR, 6-3, 208, Boston College

For Aldridge's complete analysis on the point guards, click here.
SHOOTING GUARDS
Rank Name School/Team Class/Age Height Weight Wingspan
1 Alec Burks Colorado Sophomore 6-6 193 6-10
2 Klay Thompson Washington State Junior 6-7 206 6-9
3 Malcolm Lee UCLA Junior 6-6 198 6-10
4 Travis Leslie Georgia Junior 6-4 205 6-11
5 Josh Selby Kansas Freshman 6-3 195 6-5
6 MarShon Brooks Providence Senior 6-5 195 7-1
7 LaceDarius Dunn Baylor Senior 6-4 187 6-6
8 Jon Diebler Ohio State Senior 6-7 197 6-6
9 David Lighty Ohio State Senior 6-7 216 6-8
10 Charles Jenkins Hofstra Senior 6-3 216 6-8
HONORABLE MENTION: E'Twaun Moore, Senior, 6-4, 191, Purdue

For Aldridge's complete analysis on the shooting guards, click here.
SMALL FORWARDS
Rank Name School/Team Class/Age Height Weight Wingspan
1 Kawhi Leonard San Diego St. Sophomore 6-7 227 7-3
2 Chris Singleton Florida St. Junior 6-9 230 7-1
3 Jordan Hamilton Texas Junior 6-9 228 6-10
4 Tobias Harris Tennessee Freshman 6-8 223 6-11
5 Tyler Honeycutt UCLA Sophomore 6-8 187 6-9
6 Marcus Morris Kansas Junior 6-9 230 6-10
7 Kyle Singler Duke Senior 6-9 228 6-10
8 Jimmy Butler Marquette Senior 6-8 222 6-8
9 Bojan Bogdanovic Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) 22 6-8 218 TBA
10 Chandler Parsons Florida Senior 6-10 221 6-10
NOTE: Small forward rankings updated as of June 14, 2011

For Aldridge's complete analysis on the small forwards, click here.
POWER FORWARDS
Rank Name School/Team Class/Age Height Weight Wingspan
1 Derrick Williams Arizona Sophomore 6-9 248 7-2
2 Jan Vesely Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) 20 6-10 240 TBA
3 Tristan Thompson Texas Freshman 6-9 227 7-1
4 Bismack Biyombo Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain) 18 6-9 243 TBA
5 Donatas Motiejunas Benetton Treviso 20 6-11 222 TBA
6 Trey Thompkins Georgia Junior 6-10 239 7-1
7 Markieff Morris Kansas Junior 6-9 241 6-11
8 Kenneth Faried Morehead St. Senior 6-8 225 7-0
9 Malcolm Thomas San Diego St. Senior 6-9 223 7-1
10 JaJuan Johnson Purdue Senior 6-10 220 7-2
NOTE: Power forward rankings updated as of June 14, 2011
HONORABLE MENTION: Justin Harper, SR, 6-9, 228, Richmond; Jon Leuer, SR, 7-0, 223, Wisconsin; Jamie Skeen, SR, 6-8, 242, Virginia Commonwealth
SLEEPER: Lucas Riva Noguiera, 18, 7-0, 200, Asefa Estudiantes*
SOME SCOUTS LIKE: Terrence Jennings, JR, 6-10, 230, Louisville*

For Aldridge's complete analysis on the power forwards, click here.
CENTERS
Rank Name School/Team Class/Age Height Weight Wingspan
1 Jonas Valanciunas Lietuvos Rytas 19 6-11 240 TBA
2 Enes Kanter Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) 18 6-11 259 7-2
3 Nikola Vucevic USC Junior 7-0 260 7-5
4 Jordan Williams Maryland Sophomore 6-9 247 7-0
5 Jeremy Tyler Tokyo Apache 19 6-11 262 7-5
6 Keith Benson Oakland Senior 6-11 217 7-4
7 Rick Jackson Syracuse Junior 6-9 216 7-2
8 Josh Harrellson Kentucky Senior 6-10 275 TBA
9 Greg Smith Fresno State Sophomore 6-9 253 7-3
10 Michael Dunigan Kalev/Cramo Estonia 21 6-10 238 7-3
NOTE: Center rankings updated as of June 14, 2011
SLEEPER: Gary McGhee, 6-10, 250, Pittsburgh

For Aldridge's complete analysis on the centers, click here.
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