Now you, too, can scout like an NBA general manager.
Most of them no longer scout year-round, catching a local game or a conference tournament before the process spills into the spotlight in the NCAA Tournament that everyone watches and, consequently, gets excited about.
That might or might not be a good thing. The best players stand out in the biggest games. On the other hand, draft lore is replete with hypes in which everyone decides some Adam Morrison is the next coming of Larry Bird.
For better or worse, you can scout along with your local team, making this an exciting time even if your NCAA pool was DOA, like mine.
For those who are as into this stuff as I am, I’d suggest DraftExpress.com, once recommended to me by a GM, which includes Mike Schmitz’s stellar video breakdowns of strengths and weaknesses.
The future isn’t yet, but this is what it looks like from here:
1. Markelle Fultz, 6-4, 195, Fr., Washington – Consensus top pick but you’ll have to tune into the NIT after the Huskies lost their last 13 games.
Fultz isn’t blamed for it. My GM sees no holes in his game. Averaged 23 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, shot 50 percent, 41 percent from 3-point range. With comparisons to Kyrie Irving and John Wall, this is the next great prospect in the Era of the Point Guard.
2. Lonzo Ball, 6-7, 190, Fr. UCLA – He’s 1A or 2A to Fultz’s No. 1 with more issues but huge upside.
One of Magic Johnson’s first stops as Lakers boss was Westwood, where you’d have to think he saw something of himself in this dazzling young playmaker.
While Magic better not hold his breath waiting for the next Magic, Ball was nothing short of a one-man cultural revolution on a Bruins team that revolved around him from the moment he arrived and wound up averaging 90 points and shooting 52 percent.
On the other hand, you see few quirkier shooting strokes with Ball firing from the left side of his head, which is hard to do with your right hand. Happily,…