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LB Community Big Board: Turner Takes 11th Spot

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After a close vote gave Kelly Oubre a slight advantage over Myles Turner for the 10th slot on our community Big Board, Turner returned with a vengeance and easily dispatched the rest of the field in placing 11th on our Board.

The Texas big man is an intriguing prospect, whose two most notable strengths, shooting and shot blocking, are highly valued in the modern NBA. His awkward gait and poor statistics against top competition combined to hurt his stock with many front offices, but he's a player with Top 10 talent who could have a significant impact in the league. He's a bit of an awkward fit with either of Embiid or Noel, which likely prevented him from resonating with much of our fan base. Still, at 11th, he would likely be a value too good to pass up.

Frank Kaminsky came in second with 18% of the vote on his first day on the board. Devin Booker's shooting ability earned him third, at 15%, and the two freshman power forwards, Trey Lyles and Kevon Looney, wound up virtually tied with an almost identical 48 and 47 votes, respectively.

Joining the four of them today are Murray State point guard Cameron Payne and Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis. Payne played under the radar for most of the season, given the Racers' mid-major status, but he led his team to an undefeated conference season and 29-6 record overall. Payne averaged 25 points, 7 assists, and 2.5 steals per 40 minutes, while shouldering much of the scoring load. He's a sharpshooter with the ability to shoot off the dribble or in spot up situations.

Portis, meanwhile, garnered the SEC Player of the Year, outpacing all of Kentucky's vaunted prospects for the honor. He has great size at a legit 6'10, 245 with a 7'2 wingspan. Portis is a well rounded player who has shown promise as a shooter, especially in the pick and pop, and he plays hard all game. While he doesn't seem to have any true weaknesses, he also lacks a single stand out ability, which may hold him back at the next level.

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