As I did with my 2019 NFL Draft big board, I rank players based on how much I think they should be paid per year. This is based on the traits and abilities the player has – for instance, a player who can shoot but also defend multiple positions has more value than a player with just one of those traits.

My explanation of what makes me value a player is listed below, and the numbers next to their name indicate what positions I think they can defend. This helps in understanding how the player might fit on teams when doing mock drafts.

I will continue to scout players until the draft, which is why this is version 1.0.

$18 mil

  • Neemias Queta 3-5 – Bill Russell type intensity, runs rim to rim, can move his feet, can shoot, can pass, can score with either hand.

$17 mil

  • Nassir Little 1-5 – one of the best athletes to enter the draft in years from an agility and size standpoint. Has a ridiculous wingspan to harass ball handlers and defend at the rim. Has a nice stroke with some handles to attack closeouts, has nice touch and lift on fadeaways.

$14 mil

  • Sekou Doumbaya 2-5 – a mini-Giannis because of his handles at his size. Can shoot pretty well too.

$12 mil

  • Darius Bazley 2-4 – point forward type in mold of Lamar Odom. Good finisher around the rim, shot form isn’t great but can knock down open shots. Great vision with the ball, has length and agility to defend 2-4. Has length to defend at rim somewhat and rebound.
  • Charles Bassey 4-5 – old school center with flashes of DeMarcus Cousins. Has great size to bully guys in the post and on the glass. Has some foot speed and length to guard 4-5. Over 70% shooting on free throws indicates promise as jump shooter.
  • Nazreon Reid 4-5 – a bit of Nikola Jokic in his game. Has tricks of the trade with pump fakes, hooks, and good IQ to pass the ball. Has size and speed to guard 4-5.

$11 mil

  • Matt Haarms 4-5 – might not declare as he’s only a sophomore, but he came onto my radar when he led that Purdue team to a little run in the NCAA tournament. A 7’3” with good fundamentals, good positioning on both ends. A lefty, so a bit unusual to defend. Can sink hips and defend guards at times. Plays hard, boxes out.

$10 mil

  • Jarrey Foster 1-3 – super athlete. Can guard 1-3. 3 and D guy. Lob target.
  • Luka Saminic 3-4 – a shorter version of Kristaps, blended with Dario Saric. Great shot, plays hard enough to get boards and defend.
  • Cameron Reddish 2-4 – a great shooter with a little bit of Jayson Tatum to his game with some nifty footwork inside the arc. Long arms and agility make him a good and versatile defender.

$9 mil

  • Jack White – an outstanding rebounder for his size with solid athleticism. Can shoot ok (despite his terrible cold streak from three throughout last season) based on his form and free throw percentage. Good off-ball mover and screen setter. A bit like fellow Dukie Shane Battier.
  • Bol Bol – huge presence inside but can stretch the floor. Has good mobility for a person of his size, can even attack off the dribble.
  • Romeo Langford – great playmaker with the ball in his hands. Has athleticism to finish at the rim and handles to get inside the arc and has play smarts to make the right play. Needs to improve jump shot.
  • Omer Yurtseven – a big body who can stretch the floor a la Frank Kaminsky, with more bulk. Can get buckets in the post also.
  • Mac McClung – a relentless attacker who can finish inside and hit jump shots off the bounce and the catch.
  • Kerwin Roach – an amazing athlete who has a similar style to Terry Rozier with length and agility. Can handle the ball pretty well and can knock down open jumpers.
  • Darius Garland – a true point guard who can attack a pick and roll and make the right pass. Agile enough to guard well on perimeter.
  • Rui Hachimura – big body who can move around a bit, with good form on jumper and a couple of dribble moves. Can play in post a bit also. 
  • Brandon Clarke 3-4 – good finisher around the rim, although he needs to learn to use his left hand. Good timing and length to block shots. Shows good foot speed to keep up with guys on perimeter. Good at quick leaping to get boards. Good shot when needed. Nice moves in post to spin to right hand and finish.
  • Tyler Cook 3-5 – an old-school power forward whose bread and butter is rebounding, shot blocking and hitting mid range shots.

$8 mil

  • Bruno Fernando 4-5 – big body with nimble feet and nice touch around the rim a la Nikola Pekovic (before his body crumbled).
  • Mfiondu Kabangele 3-5 – can be a small ball center or wreak havoc defensively on perimeter. Offensive game is limited to put back, lobs and screens at the moment.
  • Keldon Johnson SF – ideal size and athleticism for a wing, has a solid jump shot and can attack closeouts.
  • Deandre Hunter SF – was a key cog in the championship winning Virginia team, he blocks out the sun with his wingspan and has hops to boot. He’s shown flashes of a nice mid range game, and has the form to hit open threes.
  • Kyle Guy SG – Hunter’s less heralded Virginia teammate, Guy is a lethal shooter in the mold of JJ Redick, Rip Hamilton and Klay Thompson with his ability to come off screens and nail jumpers. He has requisite athleticism to get to the hoop and finish, as well as defend multiple positions.
  • Quentin Grimes SG – good playmaker on the wing with nice athleticism.
  • Kris Wilkes PF – a great athlete who is great in transition and has an improving jump shot.
  • Trae Jefferson PG – not sure where this guy is at right now, but he is a dynamite scorer at 5’7″ with a similar skillset to Ty Lawson.
  • Jaylen Hoard SF – great blend of size and athleticism with a great wingspan to boot. Great lob target.
  • Jah Morant 1-2 – a top 3 guy in the draft in many scouts eyes, I’m not as high on Morant as others due to his spotty jumper, lack of bulk to finish against contact, and lack of bball IQ when he’s away from the ball both on offense and defence. But he is a top 5 athlete in this draft who has solid handles and can find the open man.
  • Myles Powell 1-2 – a bit like Brad Beal. Great athlete, good shooter, good IQ when passing.
  • Deividas Survydis 1-3 – sweet lefty stroke, although he could get a bit more lift on that hump shot. Has no right hand at all to finish inside. Extremely good off-the-ball mover to get open threes or cut inside for buckets. Plays hard – scrambles well on defence and is nimble enough to guard outside with size to defend forwards. Willing to do dirty work by setting picks for other players. Projects as a three and D player in the NBA.

$7 mil

  • Zion Williamson – yup, Lord Zion isn’t even in my top 25 prospect rankings. You cannot doubt his ridiculous hops and bulk, but he cannot finish with his right hand at all, will struggle to get his shot off consistently at the next level, and has an inconsistent motor.
  • Daniel Gafford – springy center who compares to Javale McGee with his measurables, however he has a nice feel and touch around the rim with both hands.
  • Jordan Hunter 3-5 – a fellow Aussie, Hunter can run rim to rim with ease, and could compare to Andrei Kirilenko with his ability to block shots from all over the court.
  • Matt Coleman – at 6’2″ with a 6’4″ wingspan and great agility, I think he can defend 1-2. Outstanding shooter, can handle the ball as well and can get out in transition.
  • Jordan Bone 1-2 – has the body of Damian Lillard minus the lethal jumpshot, he can attack the rim and get shots off inside and can find the open guy.
  • Tremont Waters 1-2 – one of the funnest players to watch in this draft class in terms of outstanding vision to pass guys open. Has a jumper to keep defences honest.
  • RJ Barrett – another Dukie that I’m not as high on as other people. He can undoubtedly shoot and defend multiple positions with his size, but I have doubts about the polish on his handles and his strength or ambidexterity to finish at the rim.
  • Lagerald Vick – could develop into a Trevor Ariza type with his long arms and nice form on his jumper.
  • Goga Bitazde – a big bodied Euro who can bully you on the boards.
  • Luke Maiye – the former walk on_is in my top 35 prospect list. He is automatic from mid range, can pass very well and can grab boards based on his bulk.
  • Tako Fall – a 7’6″ dude who can move, and shows good bball IQ to seal off defenders for his lobs and dunks inside? Sign me up! He can be deployed like Boban Marjanovic – just don’t ever switch him onto smaller guys.
  • Udoka Azubuike 5 – compares to prime Roy Hibbert due to being able to anchor interior defensively and provides a nice dump-off option for dunks or floaters.

$6 mil

  • Marques Bolden C – very limited range on jump shot but knows how to box out or seal defenders, and can shift feet on perimeter and block shots inside.
  • Jontay Porter SF – listed as center but I don’t think he has the wingspan to guard them. Does display ok agility with a solid jump shot and can out rebound smaller players.
  • Jordan Nwora 2-4
  • Austin Wiley C
  • Killian Tillie  – a bit like Bojan Bogdanovic of the Pacers, can certainly shoot but not overly athletic. 
  • Lamar Peters PG
  • Ashton Hagans PG
  • Tyus Battle PG
  • Sogaba Konate 4-5
  • PJ Washington 3-4 – reminds me a bit of Robert Horry, solid shooting from, good size and bulk.
  • Chris Lykes 1-2 .
  • Tyrese Haliburton 2-3
  • Paul Eboua 3-4
  • Isaiah Roby 3-4
  • Fletcher Magee 1 – lights out shooter. Solid off-ball movement.
  • Aric Holman – 3-4 good shooter with good athleticism and wingspan to finish inside and block shots.
  • Kenny Wooten 3-4

$5 mil

  • Eric Paschall 3-4 – hitch on shot but good stroke. Good bounce for rebounding.
  • Kevin Porter Jr 2-3
  • Herb Jones Alabama 2-3 – long, bit athletic, solid form on shot although could extend a bit more, can attack close outs with dribble and willing passer.
  • KZ Okpala 4
  • Luguentz Dort 1-2
  • Jalen McDaniels 3-4
  • Coby White 1-2
  • Talen Horton-Tucker 2-3 – good athleticism and wingspan, strong build. Solid shot.
  • Admiral Schofield 3-4 – good shooter, bulk and length. Good athleticism for rebounding.
  • Grant Williams 4 – solid shooter, good bulk and athleticism, needs to add agility to defend on perimeter. Good post game.
  • Bennie Boatwright 4-5 – good size and bulk to defend interior and rebound. Good shot. Needs to use left hand more, look to pass.
  • Max Strus 3-4 – good shooter but doesn’t effect play outside of that.
  • Jalen Lecque 1-2
  • Terrance Mann 1-2
  • Aubrey Dawkins 2
  • Ebuka Izundu 3-4
  • Josh Sharma 4-5
  • Dean Wade 4
  • Harry Froling 5

$4 mil

  • Ignas Brazkeikis 2
  • Moses Brown 5
  • Theo Maledon 1-2
  • Devin Cannady 1-2
  • Carsen Edwards 1-2
  • Zylan Cheatham 2-3 – good handler and passer not sure about shot or defensive agility.
  • Miye Oni 1-2
  • Tyler Herro 2
  • Brian Bowen 2-3
  • Jaylen Nowell 2
  • Robert Franks 3
  • Ethan Happ 4
  • Alen Smailagic 4
  • Tadas Sedekerskis 2

$3 mil

  • Chuma Okeke 2-3
  • Cameron Johnson 1-2
  • Jaxson Hayes 4-5
  • Shamorie Ponds 1
  • Ky Bowman 1
  • Charles Mathews 2-3 – great hops, ok shot.
  • Ty Jerome 1 – great shooter, but needs to add athleticism.
  • Chris Silva 3-4
  • Tre Jones 1
  • Jalen Pickett 1
  • Juwan Morgan 2

$2 mil

  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker 1-2
  • Jalen Smith Maryland 4
  • Grant Williams Tennessee 3
  • Deivedia Syedivas 3
  • Matthias Thybulle 1-2
  • Nic Claxton 4
  • Devon Dotson 1
  • Louis King 2
  • Zach Norvell 2
  • Chris Clemons 1
  • Filipe dos Anjos – 5
  • Markus Howard 1
  • Jordan Poole 2
  • Josh Reaves 2
  • Anfarnee Mclemore 4
  • Vic Law 2

$1 mil

  • Quinndarry Weatherspoon 1
  • Dylan Windler 3
  • Makai Mason 1
  • Marial Shayok 2
  • Amir Hinton 3
  • Matur Maker 5
  • Reid Travis 4
  • John Konchar 2
  • Silvio de Sousa 4
  • Payton Pritchard 1

No value

  • Simi Shittu
  • Dedric Lawson
  • Reggie Perry
  • Josua Obiesie
  • Ja’vonte Smart
  • Donta Hall
  • Caleb Martin
  • Kostja Mushidi
  • Dewan Hernandez
  • CJ Massinburg
  • Jeremiah Martin
  • O’Shae Brissett
  • Mike Daum
  • Lindell Wiggington
  • Yoeli Childs
  • Bryce Brown
  • Yovel Yoosman
  • Cody Martin
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