2014 NBA Draft: Top Prospects with Boom-or-Bust Potential
A boom-or-bust prospect is a player who’s either going to reach his full potential or fail to live up to future expectations.
For example, look at Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Virtually unknown leading up to last year’s draft, the Bucks took a gamble on the Greek point forward, hoping he’d develop into a formidable player despite the lack of competition overseas.
Fast forward to now, and there’s no question Milwaukee got an absolute steal in Antetokounmpo, as he’s currently labeled as one of the top rookies from the 2013 draft class.
So who’s the next Antetokounmpo in this year’s draft? Here’s a few players who could prove to be either steals or disappointments for teams that choose them.
Jerami Grant, Syracuse, SF
Grant’s physical tools alone scream monster potential, standing at 6’8″ with an enormous 7’2″ wingspan.
However his skill-set is still a major work in progress, as he’s failed to extend his range from beyond the perimeter and proved to be a shaky ball-handler at best.
He’s still got time to refine his game, but without a consistent three point stroke, he may struggle to generate points consistently at the next level when he goes up against bigger small forwards.
Zach LaVine, UCLA, SG/PG
LaVine has everything a scout looks for in a prospect: Insane athleticism, lightning fast speed, a fluid three point stroke.
So what’s the risk?
He hasn’t had consistent playing time at the collegiate level and may be too raw to make an impact.
During his lone season he averaged a minuscule 24.4 minutes per
game off the bench for the Bruins. Any GM taking this guy has to believe it will take a year or two before he’s truly ready to succeed at the next level.
Kyle Anderson, UCLA, PG/SF
6’9″ sophomore Kyle Anderson is a point guard in a small forward’s body, using his immense stature to drive the lanes with ease and set up plays for his teammates.
It’s unclear how his unorthodox set of skills will translate to the next level, but one area of his game that could hold him back from succeeding is his turtle-like speed.
If he can figure out a way to use his slow-tempo style of play to his advantage, he could be an absolute steal for any team in need of a floor general.
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