Rothstein’s NBA Draft lottery big board

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 19: UCLA Bruins (2) Lonzo Ball (G) during the second half of the UCLA Bruins game versus the Cincinnati Bearcats in their NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship second round game on March 19, 2017, at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire)
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1. Lonzo Ball, UCLA

The Skinny: Transcendent talent who makes others around him better, more than any other player in the 2017 NBA Draft.

2. Markelle Fultz, Washington

The Skinny: Explosive guard who scores like most breathe, but why didn’t his college team win more?

3. De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

The Skinny: The fastest player in the 2017 NBA Draft.

4. Jayson Tatum, Duke

The Skinny: Think a blend of Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce — seriously.

5. Josh Jackson, Kansas

The Skinny: An ideal small-ball four-man who had 13 games last season with 10 or more rebounds.

6. Dennis Smith, N.C. State

The Skinny: The second coming of Steve Francis? Sounds about right.

7. Jonathan Isaac, Florida State

The Skinny: Exceptional defender with great length who boasts a strong IQ and capable jump shot.

8. Zach Collins, Gonzaga

The Skinny: Shot 60 percent or better from the floor in 28 of his team’s 39 games last season.

9. Lauri Markkanen, Arizona

The Skinny: Lethal outside shooter whose game is tailor-made for today’s NBA as a stretch four.

10. Malik Monk, Kentucky

The Skinny: Had 14 games last season with four or more made 3-point shots.

11. Donovan Mitchell, Louisville

The Skinny: Freak athlete that can already play and guard multiple positions at the professional level.

12. Frank Ntilikina, France

The Skinny: Will eventually be an NBA starter at point guard, but likely not next season.

13. Justin Jackson, North Carolina

The Skinny: Made 70 more 3-point shots (105) as a junior than he did as a sophomore (35).

14. Justin Patton, Creighton

The Skinny: Went from obscurity a year ago to likely being a multi-millionaire by the end of the week.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.


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