As we inch closer and closer to the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26th, several players stock have begun to drop over medical reports, bad interviews, or team needs.
This doesn’t mean that these prospects won’t eventually be good NBA players, just that they have drawn “red flags” by teams heading towards draft day.
Some players over the past few years that have slipped and been selected a bit lower than originally projected were Jared Sullinger in Boston, Perry Jones with OKC, and DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento.
Who will be sitting in the Green Room this year waiting to hear their names called, only to be passed over by less talented players in 2 weeks?
Check out 8 Players Who Are Rumored To Slide on Draft Day….
Once a Top 5 HS prospect, McAdoo passed up millions following his freshman season when he could have been a surefire Lottery pick. He returned 2 more seasons to UNC but has been exposed as not having a true position and a tad undersized for the PF position at the next level. In most Mocks, McAdoo is now a late 2nd Round selection.
After a stellar freshman campaign with the Orange, Ennis was initially in the mix as one of the top floor generals in the 2014 Class and projected as high as a Top 10 selection late in the regular season. But due to stellar showings from fellow Pg prospects like Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, and Efrid Payton, Ennis’ stock has slipped a bit to now probably going late 1st Round to a contending team.
Often overshadowed by the higher profile Jabari Parker all season, the multi-talented Hood has the potential to be a good NBA player as well. He was regarded as a potential Top 10 selection but following an early exit in the NCAA Tourney, followed by a lukewarm Combine showing, Hood will probably slide to late 1st Round.
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
Exum is this season’s International man of mystery as he has played his HS ball in Australia. Some teams are either real high or real low on the wing prospect, but most are now certain he is a rung below the top tier of prospects Wiggins, Parker, and Embiid. With that being said, Exum is still a lock to go somewhere in the Lottery.
After 2 seasons with the Spartans where he has been considered one of the top shooting guards in the nation, Harris was originally a lock for the Lottery. But after concerns about continual nagging injuries at State and measuring a bit small at the Combine, Harris is now rumored to be sliding a bit to late 1st Round in favor of other SG prospects Nik Stauskas and James Young.
Similar to McAdoo, Austin was considered a Top 5 HS prospect that could challenge for a #1 Draft pick at the conclusion of his college career. The 7’2 shot-blocker has failed to add much bulk to his rather slight frame, hasn’t improved much since his freshman season, and has a medical condition that permanently affects his peripheral vision. One can’t teach size, something that Austin has in spades, so look for Austin to get drafted somewhere during the mid 2nd Round.
Despite unfairly being touted as the 2nd coming of Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, some are still on the fence about taking Embiid #1 overall based on his lower back fracture that forced him to miss the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament. There have been conflicting reports as to whether Cleveland has “red flagged” the dominating big man, meaning it’s still up in the air if he goes #1 or slides a bit to the middle of the Lottery.
Other than Embiid, Randle has been the most talked about prospect heading towards the draft for all the wrong reasons. It was reported last week that Randle will need surgery to remove a screw in his ankle from a badly broken foot sustained in HS. Randle has dismissed these claims but negative publicity is never good 2 weeks before the draft meaning he will probably slide a tad and go behind other top PF prospects like Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh.