The NBA Draft will begin Thursday, and we’ll know more about the prospects for the draft picks before it even starts.
But in the meantime, we’ve been covering the players who are likely to go first overall, the prospects who will likely go second, the players whose chances to become superstars are the most uncertain and the players that we have the least interest in.
So, here are the prospects we’re most interested in, the people who could have the biggest impact on the NBA for years to come.
Lonzo Ball, UCLA: The Lakers need to be in position to select a No. 1 overall pick.
They will need a big shot in the arm from the draft to get there, and Ball is a big man who has great size and athleticism.
He has a great combination of skills that will make him a great fit for a team like the Lakers.
He’s also a strong, physical, versatile and versatile player who can score from all over the court.
If the Lakers are able to grab a top-three pick, Ball will be the first of the top-five picks to go.
The Lakers have a chance to take the top pick because of the lack of elite point guards available in the draft.
But Ball could be the best pick available.
The 6-foot-10 forward has the physical tools to be a great scorer, but he also has the potential to be an elite defender.
He’ll have a great opportunity to prove that he belongs in the NBA.
Marcus Smart, Kansas: The Wildcats are in the midst of a rebuild, and Smart is one of the most exciting prospects in the class.
He is a high-energy scorer who is very versatile on the defensive end.
Smart is a great shooter who is a very efficient player.
Smart will be able to play a lot of different positions and the Wildcats will have a lot to learn about Smart before he becomes a franchise player.
Jayson Tatum, Duke: The Blue Devils will need to make a major splash if they want to get into the top five.
Tatum is a talented player who is the best rebounder in the Class of 2019.
He could also be a very effective defensive rebounder.
Tumors ability to finish over smaller players makes him a good fit for the Big East.
Lonnie Walker, Kentucky: The 6’7″ wing player has the skills to be the next big thing in the SEC.
He was an All-SEC player in his first season with the Wildcats and could go far this year.
He can defend multiple positions and is a terrific passer.
The Blue Demons have the ability to go in a number of directions with this pick.
Lonner Ball, Duke Blue Devils: The most highly touted recruit in the country is a 6-5 guard from the Big South.
Ball is an incredible athlete who could be a fantastic point guard.
He will have to overcome his inconsistency and inconsistency is one thing that has plagued him.
Ball’s shooting will also need to improve.
Ball should be able play multiple positions on offense and defense.
Dwayne Bacon, Villanova Wildcats: Bacon is a dynamic player who has the tools to become a very good scorer.
He shoots the ball extremely well and has the size to be great at defending.
Bacon will have an opportunity to play as a power forward, small forward or power forward.
Aaron Harrison, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Harrison has the athleticism to be one of college basketball’s most dominant defenders.
He plays the wing and is also a very strong scorer.
Harrison has shown a strong desire to improve on his jumper, but his offensive game could also improve.
Alex Len, UCLA Bruins: Len is a highly athletic 6-7 guard who has a strong shooting touch.
Len can also defend multiple spots on the floor.
Len has shown that he can defend point guards and could become a strong perimeter defender.
Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz: Lyles is a versatile player with the skillset to be even better than his 6-4 frame.
He brings the same versatility to the Jazz that he showed at Indiana.
He played a lot more of a point guard role at Indiana, but could become an even better shooter at the next level.
Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers: The Tigers are in need of an upgrade at point guard, but Simmons is the type of player who could fill that role.
He possesses the ability and the offensive instincts to be extremely productive in the paint.
Michael Porter Jr., Gonzaga Bulldogs: Porter is a long, athletic, athletic wingspan forward who could play either wing position.
Porter could be an ideal complement to the likes of DeAndre Jordan and Nerlens Noel.
Jalen Brunson, UCLA Bruins: Brunson is a skilled scorer who could excel as a shooter off the dribble.
Brunson could also create for himself offensively.