Anthony Bennett finished fifth in the latest round of the Liberty Ballers Community Big Board, collecting 48% of votes. I actually didn't vote for him - I like his upside, but I also think he has more bust potential than anyone in the top 5, and it's not close. I see the draft comparisons and think not of Carmelo Anthony or Zach Randolph but of Derrick Williams. I'm not sure Williams is a true bust yet, but his career resembles Evan Turner's to date.
I could easily be wrong. Bennett is very athletic and can shoot, and if those skills translate well from the Mountain West to the NBA, a team can have a potential all-star.
With Bennett off the board, we're moving to the second half of our top ten. Holdovers Trey Burke, Alex Len, CJ McCollum, and Shabazz Muhammad will be included in this vote. Since we have two more perimeter players than bigs remaining, I decided to add two bigs to the poll.
Rudy Gobert will probably be a terrible NBA player for a few years. He may never become even close to being good. It may even be likely. But there's a chance that he could be really, really great. And that potential for greatness is what teams are evaluating when they scout Rudy Gobert, who set records in both wingspan and standing reach at the NBA Combine. If anything, he would make a nice centerpiece for the Delaware 87ers for the next couple of seasons, as he'll need the development work. The Sixers want more than that at the 11th pick, though. (Related: this Vine is still the best)
Cody Zeller made 72% of his three point attempts at a workout on Wednesday. No, I don't know where that came from either. I've made it known that I'm not a fan of Zeller. But if he can shoot that well, maybe he doesn't have to be a center? I prefer that his workout to push one of the other guys down the board, but having an athletic 7 footer that can shoot is better than having an unathletic 7 footer that does the same thing...
Okay this post needs to end before I talk myself into Zeller. Vote below for #6!
1. Nerlens Noel (47%)
2. Ben McLemore (49%)
3. Otto Porter (42%)
4. Victor Oladipo (59%)
5. Anthony Bennett (48%)