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2014 NBA Draft Profiles (Prospects 16-20)

Our prospect rankings continue with more outstanding talents: Cauley-Stein, McDermott, Christon, Clarkson, and Ennis.

Our NBA Draft prospect profiles target the top players on our Big BoardWe examine each player's strengths and weaknesses, offer an NBA comparison, and dish out their "star" rating (five is the maximum). Look out for prospects 21-25, including Louisville's Montrezl Harrell and Michigan State's sweet shooting big man, Adreian Payne.

16. Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky) 4 stars

Center; Sophomore; 7'0, 235 lbs; Age: 20


-Ridiculous athleticism, combined with a decent motor creates consistent activity on both ends of the floor; dives for loose balls, always in the mix for offensive rebounds

-Very good leaper; excellent timing on blocks (sends back shots with authority)

-Tough, hard-nosed player; does not force the issue much


-Offensive ability; almost nonexistent post game & mid-range shooting

-Very foul prone; has a hard time staying on the floor at times

-Poor free throw shooter

NBA Comparison: DeAndre Jordan

17. Doug McDermott (Creighton) 4 stars

Small Forward; Senior; 6'7, 225 lbs; Age: 22


-Exceptional shooter; great from beyond the arc, mid-range, free throw line, etc.; excellent size (6'7) and quick release allows him to easily get his shot off; could excel as a specialty shooter in the league

-Great basketball IQ; projects very well as a "system" player in the NBA; very cerebral (does not try to force plays that are not there)

-Rebounds well for his position despite physical limitations


-Has difficulty finishing around the basket in traffic

-Will struggle defending quicker, more athletic forwards in the NBA

-Average ball-handler; not adept at creating his own offense off the dribble

NBA Comparison: Kyle Korver

18. Semaj Christon (Xavier) 4 stars

Point Guard; Sophomore; 6'3, 190 lbs; Age: 21


-Lightning-quick guard with impressive athleticism; a blur in transition

-Very skilled ball-handler, can create for others off the bounce

-Explosive, aggressive player who thrives attacking the basket and creating contact


-Has struggled shooting with consistency 

-Turnover prone; sometimes tries to make the spectacular pass instead of executing basic plays

-Needs to add more strength to withstand physicality on the next level

NBA Comparison: John Wall

19. Jordan Clarkson (Missouri) 4 stars

Point Guard/Shooting Guard; Junior; 6'5, 195; Age: 21


-Good court vision with an improving overall floor game

-Nice potential as a combination guard; solid shooter, good passer; good change of pace player; nice lateral quickness defensively

-Ability to score and create offense is the main key to his game; good athlete


-Not a traditional point guard; could project better as an NBA shooting guard

-Three point range needs improvement

-As a shooting guard, slightly undersized for the position; needs to get stronger

NBA Comparison: Michael Carter-Williams

20. Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) 4 stars

Point Guard; Freshman; 6'2, 180; Age: 19


-Impressive poise, leadership ability (particularly as a freshman guard); makes his teammates better

-Mentally tough with an advanced feel for the game; executes the pick and roll very well on offense, has shown the ability to rotate well on defense

-Scores in a number of different ways; nice catch and shoot player (accurate from the outside); converts off the dribble and finishes around the bucket


-Not a great athlete; does not usually hold the advantage over an opponent in terms of sheer speed and leaping ability

-As with most prospects his age, more seasoning defensively will assist him in the NBA; Syracuse's zone defense often masks the potential of one-on-one perimeter defenders

-Could further refine point guard skills with another season in school

NBA Comparison: Doc Rivers