The Top 30 Prospects In The Loaded NBA Draft

Thursday’s 2014 NBA Draft is expected to be the best draft in 11 years.

ESPN’s Chad Ford told Bill Simmons on a podcast that there are nine potential All-Stars in the class.

Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid (if healthy), and Jabari Parker are the top-tier players, but there are a whole bunch of other guys who have the potential to turn into stars.

Using the big boards from seven of the best NBA Draft experts, came up with an expert consensus ranking of the the top 30 prospects.

The rankings we used: ESPN’s Chad Ford, ESPN’s Jay Bilas, Draft Express’s Jonathan Givony, CBS Sports’s Gary Parrish, SB Nation’s Tyler Lashbrook, Sports Illustrated’s NBA editors, and NBADraft.net’s Aran Smith.

30. Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

Average ranking: 24.8*

Position and height: Forward, 6'8'

Top 30's: 4 of 7

Thing to know: He missed a bunch of team workouts in early June after a scary car crash in Florida.

*Outside the top-30 in three rankings.

29. Jordan Clarkson, Missouri

Average ranking: 24.7*

Position and height: Guard, 6'5'

Top 30's: 4 of 7

Thing to know: His biggest weakness is shooting. He shot just 28% from 3-point range last year.

*Outside the top-30 in three rankings.

28. Jordan Adams, UCLA

Average ranking: 27.6*

Position and height: Guard, 6'5'

Top 25's: 5 of 7

Thing to know: He initially announced he was going to stay in school before changing his mind at the last minute. He's now the 3rd-ranked prospect on his own team.

*Outside the top-30 in two rankings.

27. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Average ranking: 23.2*

Position and height: Forward, 6'7'

Top 30's: 5 of 7

Thing to know: A massive performance against Kentucky in the tournament vaulted him up the draft boards.

*Outside the top-30 in two rankings.

26. Jerami Grant, Syracuse

Average ranking: 24.5*

Position and height: Forward, 6'8'

Top 30's: 6 of 7

Thing to know: He could be the prototypical stretch-four in a modern NBA offence.

*Outside the top-30 in one ranking.

25. Shabazz Napier, UConn

Average ranking: 23.5*

Position and height: Point guard, 6'1'

Top 25's: 3 of 7

Thing to know: LeBron is in love with his game, for whatever that's worth.

*Outside the top-30 in one ranking.

24. KJ McDaniels, Clemson

Average ranking: 23.5*

Position and height: Forward, 6'6'

Top 25's: 4 of 7

Thing to know: He wasn't on anyone's map at this time last year.

*Outside the top-30 in one ranking.

23. Clint Capela, Switzerland

Average ranking: 20.8*

Position and height: Forward, 6'11'

Top 25's: 5 of 7

Thing to know: He could be the second-ever Swiss player after Thabo Sefolosha.

*Outside the top-30 in one ranking.

22. PJ Hairston, UNC

Average ranking: 20.3*

Position and height: Guard, 6'6'

Top 25's: 6 of 7

Thing to know: He dominated the D-League after getting suspended by North Carolina.

*Outside the top-30 in one ranking.

21. Zach LaVine, UCLA

Average ranking: 14.2*

Position and height: Guard, 6'6'

Top 25's: 6 of 7

Thing to know: He was the biggest winner from the NBA Combine, where he blew scouts away with his athleticism.

*Outside the top-30 in one ranking.

20. Kyle Anderson, UCLA

Average ranking: 20.6

Position and height: Guard, 6'8'

Top 20's: 3 of 7

Thing to know: He's the most awkward player in the draft -- a big, slow point guard who can get into the lane at will and make incredible passes.

19. TJ Warren, NC State

Average ranking: 20.0

Position and height: Forward, 6'8'

Top 20's: 4 of 7

Thing to know: He was the ACC's best scorer, breaking into the top-20 out of nowhere.

18. Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Average ranking: 18.1

Position and height: Forward, 6'10'

Top 20's: 6 of 7

Thing to know: He's one of the oldest prospects in the draft at age 23.

17. Rodney Hood, Duke

Average ranking: 18.0

Position and height: Forward, 6'8'

Top 20's: 4 of 7

Thing to know: He scored 16 points a game at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State.

16. James Young, Kentucky

Average ranking: 17.7

Position and height: Guard, 6'7'

Top 20's: 5 of 7

Thing to know: He was Kentucky's best offensive player in the NCAA Tournament.

15. Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Average ranking: 17.0

Position and height: Point guard, 6'2'

Top 15's: 3 of 7

Thing to know: The lone hole in this draft is pure point guards, which should help his stock.

14. Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette

Average ranking: 15.3

Position and height: Point guard, 6'4'

Top 15's: 5 of 7

Thing to know: He's probably the biggest riser in the draft. He's now considered the best point guard behind Exum and Smart.

13. Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia

Average ranking: 15.1

Position and height: Center, 6'11'

Top 15's: 3 of 7

Thing to know: He dominated the Adriatic League for Cedevita.

12. Dario Saric, Croatia

Average ranking: 12.7

Position and height: Forward, 6'10'

Top 15's: 4 of 7

Thing to know: He will reportedly spend two more years in Europe, which could scare off teams

11. Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Average ranking: 11.7

Position and height: Guard, 6'6'

Top 15's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: He's probably the best shooter in the draft.

10. Gary Harris, Michigan State

Average ranking: 11.6

Position and height: Guard, 6'4'

Top 10's: 1 of 7

Thing to know: There are worries that he's too small after measuring shorter than expected at the NBA combine.

9. Doug McDermott, Creighton

Average ranking: 9.7

Position and height: Forward, 6'8'

Top 10's: 5 of 7

Thing to know: He led the country in scoring in college. After being in the middle of the draft a few months ago, he has risen quickly into the top-10.

8. Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Average ranking: 9.1

Position and height: Forward, 6'9'

Top 10's: 6 of 7

Thing to know: He's a potential steal in the middle of the lottery. He can't shoot but he can do everything else.

7. Julius Randle, Kentucky

Average ranking: 6.4

Position and height: Forward, 6'9'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: Injury concerns have seen his stock slip in recent weeks.

6. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Average ranking: 6.1

Position and height: Guard, 6'4'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: More than any of the other top prospects, Smart has a full body of work for scouts to assess at Oklahoma State.

5. Noah Vonleh, Indiana

Average ranking: 5.8

Position and height: Forward, 6'10'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: He has the body type that NBA scouts love, but he might be the most raw player in the top 10.

4. Dante Exum, Australia

Average ranking: 4.6

Position and height: Guard, 6'6'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: He's the biggest mystery in the draft after bursting onto the scene last summer.

3. Joel Embiid, Kansas

Average ranking: 2.4

Position and height: Center, 7'0'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: A devastating foot injury hurt his stock. He'll probably go between NO. 3 and No. 8 now.

2. Jabari Parker, Duke

Average ranking: 2.1

Position and height: Guard, 6'8'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: There are rumours that he 'tanked' his workout with the Cavaliers so they wouldn't pick him.

1. Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

Average ranking: 1.7

Position and height: Forward, 6'8'

Top 10's: 7 of 7

Thing to know: Wiggins was the No. 1 prospect in the draft last fall, and he's still on top of the consensus big board now. He may not get picked first, but experts agree that he's the best player out there.

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