Klein: NBA Draft Best Available

Here is a look at the NBA Draft Best Available Index, which focuses on the best college players available to NBA teams this draft. Last week’s edition is here.

Victor Oladipo will hear his named called early on draft night.

1) Victor Oladipo, 6-4 G Indiana
Stock: Even

Impressive workouts have given Oladipo serious consideration for the overall No. 1 pick in the draft. He is the consensus pick to be most ready to contribute to a team.

2) Alex Len, 7-1 C Maryland
Stock: Up

Unable to work out and still facing several months on the shelf, Len’s stock seems to be rising. GMs like his metrics and feel he may offer a more polished option in the pivot than Nerlens Noel.

3) Otto Porter Jr., 6-8 F Georgetown
Stock: Down

Boldly, the Porter camp will only work out for the three teams picking at the top of the draft. He continues to be the safest pick in the draft, however this gamble could end up backfiring and cause some to sour on him, questioning his will to compete.

4) Nerlens Noel, 6-11 C Kentucky
Stock: Up

GMs received positive news on Noel’s recovery from Dr. James Andrews. There is no one in the draft offering more raw potential than the Wildcat center.

5) Anthony Bennett, 6-7 F UNLV
Stock: Up

Unable to work out, Anthony Bennett’s been able to impress NBA execs with the eye test. This is an impressive physical specimen who has an NBA body right now.

6) Ben McLemore, 6-5 G Kansas
Stock: Down

McLemore’s refusal to compete in NBA workouts with other players has caused some apprehension. He has shown flashes in one year of college of a potential NBA superstar and physically he scores off the charts. His will to compete is the one area GMs are concerned about and that generally is not a good sign heading into the final 15 days before Draft day.

7) Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6 G Syracuse
Stock: Up

MCW is coming on strong and making a run as the top point guard in this draft class. He has the best physical tools. Defensively he is a factor contributing nearly three steals per game. If he shoots well in his individual workouts, he could soar all the way up to No. 2 on the board. Hungry and humble, the opportunity is there.

8) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-6 Georgia
Stock: Up

NBA execs are learning what SEC coaches have been talking about for two years, that this kid oozes talent. Went into workouts with a chip trying to prove he is a better shooter than his college stats, 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc. So far..so good.

9) Trey Burke, 5-11 G Michigan
Stock: Down

Burke had a good workout with Sacramento and their new coach, former Five-Star Camper and staff member, Mike Malone. However, Burke is another player who has refused to participate in workouts with others and the fear is that he is losing momentum as the top point guard in the draft.

10) CJ McCollom, 6-3 G Lehigh
Stock: Even

CJ has shown that he has recovered well from his foot injury. He has the best college resume of all the guards in the draft.

Upside Plays

[b]1) Jamaal Franklin, 6-5 G San Diego State

He has missed a month but now is ready to show what he is capable of doing.

2) Tony Mitchell, 6-7 F North Texas

Promising forward with great athleticism, disappointed this season for the Green Wave. His percentages were down and his stock dropped from lottery levels to late first round/second round projections. He has NBA athleticism and could be a better pro than college player. Stay tuned.

3) Tony Snell, 6-6 G New Mexico

Perimeter defenders are at a premium and Snell will shake off strength and ball handling fears.

Leigh Klein was formerly on staff at Texas and Rhode Island and now owns Five-Star Basketball Camps, the nation’s top basketball camp. He contributes to 247Sports.com’s coverage of college basketball and he is a frequent guest on radio shows across the nation. Klein can be followed at @LeighAlanKlein

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