Roughly one month ago I dropped my first NBA big board and since then the stocks of players and teams have varied sporadically. I’ve also added names who were absent from my last big board. Over half of my board has changed, and I’m sure March will account for more fluctuation in my rankings. So who’s up and who’s down ? (Players who have not changed in position, will most likely not have descriptions )

  1. Markelle Fultz (PG/SG, Washington)- It’s his draft and there’s little chance he’s dethroned as the No.1 prospect
  2. Josh Jackson (SF, Kansas)- Still showing signs of potential NBA greatness on both sides of the ball
  3. Lonzo Ball (PG, UCLA) (+2) – The productivity has remained positive for Ball, being the catalyst behind the best offense in the NCAA. As previously stated, I’m not drooling over Lonzo, but the skill set and production is hard to ignore.
  4. Jonathan Issac ( PF/SF, Florida State)- Still projects as a rock-solid two-way threat, but hasn’t done anything extraordinary to climb past my fourth spot.
  5. Dennis Smith Jr. (PG, NC State) (-2) -Ball and Smith Jr. swap spots because of Smith Jr.’s inconsistency. The upside has remained the same, but Smith Jr. has had trouble stringing together multiple quality games in a row.
  6. Jason Tatum (SF, Duke)
  7. Malik Monk (SG, Kentucky)
  8. Frank Ntilikina (PG, France)
  9. Lauri Markkanen (PF, Arizona)
  10. Harry Giles (PF, Duke)
  11. De’Aaron Fox (PG, Kentucky) (+1)– Fox moves up a spot after sparking a UK seven game win-streak (only appeared in six of them due to an injury). Fox is a one-man fast break, but he still needs a jump shot to have a long, productive NBA career
  12. Miles Bridges (SF/PF, Michigan State) (+1)– Bridges is quietly putting up 16 and 8 per game on a Sparty team that is starting to gain some traction as Izzo’s favorite month begins. He’s also shooting nearly 50% from the field. The more Bridges plays, the more he’s starting to look like a small-ball four.
  13. Justin Patton (C, Creighton) (+4)– One of two players on this list I’ve seen play, and he has the potential to be the best big-man in this class. Patton has the size and speed to defend centers and power forwards in the NBA. And he has a fantastic offensive skill set for a seven-footer. Patton can shoot it from deep, post-up, face-up, finish lobs, if you name it he either does it or has the potential to do it. Patton is one of my draft crushes for the 2017 class.
  14. Robert Williams (PF, Texas A&M) (+5) -Williams’ production is still stellar and he’s now averaging 7.9 rebounds per contest (up from 6). Did I forget he’s blocking 2.5 shots per game too ?
  15. Isiah Hartenstein ( PF, Germany) (+1)  
  16. Ivan Rabb (PF, Cal) (-2)– Rabb slight drop has less to due with his production than the rise of others near his projected draft area.
  17. Jonathan Allen (C, Texas) (+1) – I mean he killed somebody, so he has to move up.
  18. OG Anunoby (SF, Indiana) (-7)– Can’t justify keeping a guy not playing at his original position.
  19. Bam Adebayo (C, Kentucky) – Bam’s is still performing at UK, but he does not have the rounded skill set like the bigs in-front of him (post moves, passing, etc.)
  20. Ike Anigbogu (C, UCLA)
  21. Terrene Ferguson (SF, Adelaide 36ers)
  22. Jaron Blossomgame (SF, Clemson)
  23. John Collins (PF, Wake Forest) (NEW)– Collins was relatively unknown coming into the year, but he’s lighting up the ACC, which a conference full of lethal big men. Since January 11th he’s dropped 20 points in every game he’s played.
  24. Zach Collins (PF, Gonzaga) (-1) 
  25. Josh Hart (SG, Villanova) (-1)
  26. TJ Leaf (PF, UCLA)  (NEW)– TJ Leaf is one of several stretch-fours in this years draft, but his IQ and passing ability separates him from the pack.
  27. Jonathan Motley (PF, Baylor) (NEW)– Rock-solid rebounder, very polished offensive skillset for a 6’10 big, fantastic defensive upside, and is always above the rim.
  28. Luke Kennard (SG, Duke) (NEW)– One of my favorite players to watch in the country. Silky smooth shooter with a really nice passing touch. He’s instant offense, even though he’ll struggle defensively at the next level.
  29. Donovan Mitchell (SG, Louisville) (NEW) – Undersized at 6’3 and doesn’t have a reliable jumper, but Mitchell is a stingy defender and an explosive athlete. Mitchell could have a lengthy NBA career as a defensive specialist. Poor man’s Marcus Smart ?
  30. Caleb Swanigan (PF, Purdue) (NEW)- Want to talk production ? How’s 18 and 12 per game, while playing in the B1G Ten sound ? Swanigan has a stout frame at 6’9 250 lbs., and could find himself a really nice niche in the league as a small-ball center. He can score away from the basket, is constantly active along the boards, and is mobile enough to keep up with floor-spacing bigs.

 

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