2013 NBA Draft: Who is the Most Underrated Prospect at Each Position Within This Year’s Field?
2013 NBA Draft: Who's The Most Underrated Prospect at Each Position?
We are under a month away from the start of the 2013 NBA Draft and as mock drafts stack up and trade rumors heat up, it's important to examine those who may be entering the month of June on the undervalued side of things.
We are talking potential NBA prospects who range from undrafted to second round selections and as the draft develops, the focus sometimes turns to project players or draft selections that are based simply off team needs, so it's important to know who these under-appreciated players are.
As in any year's draft, players emerge from under the radar, spoiling pre-draft hype and developing solid NBA careers. 2013 will be no different, but who will be among those who can branch away and earn a roster spot when training camp begins next fall?
Without further ado, let's jump into some of the more undervalued prospects out there, breaking them down by position.
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Center: Grant Jerrett, Arizona
Grant Jerrett made the wrong decision to enter the 2013 NBA Draft -- sadly enough, that's the bottom line. This 6-foot-10 center struggled amongst a loaded front court at Arizona and after a season in which he averaged only five points and three rebounds, he's not expected to be drafted. He's young however, and although he still needs plenty of work, he's not a name that you want to write off just yet.
Power Forward: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
At 6-foot-9, Deshaun Thomas is more than undervalued. A second round projection who has first round talent, Thomas has great size and length and his most valuable factor is his outside shooting. Thomas can shoot the three ball and create match-up problems at the power forward position. Thomas averaged over 19 points per game this past season at Ohio State.
Small Forward: James Ennis, Long Beach State
James Ennis became the guy at Long Beach State this past season, but the hype surrounding his play during the season went virtually uncovered. Ennis can play and he can score in a variety of ways at 6-foot-7. Ennis is looking like a second round pick and he could be an absolute steal for some NBA organization down the line.
Shooting Guard: Ricky Ledo, Providence
You might not even recognize the name Ricky Ledo and that's because he didn't even play last season at Providence. He was ruled as a partial qualifier by the NCAA and although Ledo could have opted to stay in school and play next season for the Friars, he made the decision to declare for the NBA Draft. Ledo is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard and he can score in bunches, but of course he hasn't played in two years and the last time he hit the court competitively was at the high school level.
Point Guard: Pierre Jackson, Baylor
The point guard position in this year's draft field is deep, but it's not top heavy. However, there are a number of teams who will be looking for a point guard and although Jackson is not your down-the-road starter, he's a viable option for teams that need back-up depth. Jackson could potentially break into the first round, but worst case scenario he should hear his name called within the second round. He could have an NBA career that resembles some Nate Robinson-esque flare.