The NBA is set to hold its annual draft lottery on Tuesday in Chicago, with each non-playoff team learning where they will pick during June’s NBA draft in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to the odds, Phoenix is projected to have the best chance at the No. 1 overall selection at 25 percent, followed by Memphis (19.9 percent) and Dallas (13.8 percent).
After Tuesday, the speculation will shift to each team as they ponder which player they will take off the board with their selection. A player that should go rather early is former Duke guard Marvin Bagley III. According to CBSSports.com analyst Gary Parrish, if the draft lottery mirrors the current odds, Bagley would go to the Mavericks.
However, Parrish stresses that it would be the case only if the Suns, Grizzlies and Mavericks pick first, second and third – and even then, he does have some reservations.
I know I’m in the minority. But let the record show that, if I were in charge of a franchise, I’d probably take Bagley first in this draft…I concede, he’s neither an ideal power forward nor center for the modern NBA.
Still, Parrish still feels that Bagley can be a contributor in the league.
[He] is still a consensus top-ranked high school player who averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds in one year of college for a great ACC team. Simply put, I think he’ll figure it out. And I personally project him as a future All-Star.
It remains to be seen, though, just who will reap the benefits of Bagley’s play.