Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Harrison Barnes and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist. These 4 are in the conversation of being top 3.
I found where I read it, although not a very thorough citation:
http://www.raptorshq.com/2012/3/27/2...t-still-on-topThe knock on Beal is that at 6-3 he's undersized for the 2 spot but I'm not too concerned. First of all, he's got great length and an NBA frame despite his diminutive stature and second, he told SB Nation's Seth Pollack on the weekend that he had grown and was closer to 6-5 now.
"I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder
I would imagine DraftExpress lifted his measurements off the Nike Hoops Summit from last year (where he was MVP by the way, I did not know that until now). For him to grow another inch or so from 17 to 18 years of age is not unheard of. He won't be 19 until June 28th.
I think we will won't really know where the top 5-6 players might be ranked until the combine and work outs. The reason is that GMs are likely to fall in love with Drummond all over again, and probably blame his lack of productivity to his very young age and a guard-heavy system. Remember that Biyombo shot up the draft charts last year based almost solely on his physical attributes and workouts. Drummond is going to look better than Biyombo in workouts, I think. He has more polish and a bigger frame. Also, I think that Barnes might show more size and athleticism than he seems to have in game action. His athleticism might not be as bad as everyone is saying now. Also, I think he has better handles than he has shown in college, where the UNC system tended to clog the interior with big bodies (Zeller, Henson) and teams play a lot of zone. I think he might be a bit undervalued now.
The combines are definitely going to impact whether a guy moves up or down. Last year guys like Walker and Knight dropped, but a guy like Thompson rose. I do think that Drummond is going to be moving up that draft ladder. His 'potential' is going to really impress a lot of GM's. I wouldn't be surprised if he knocked Robinson out of the top 4.
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