Quick hitters, snap judgments and skimming the surface on 200 prospects? At one time? That can't happen, can it?
We're certainly going to try. I'm a big believer in accountability through the draft process. I like to be open with my thoughts and use this as a benchmark to go back and compare later as to how I was viewing guys ahead of their season. When done right, looking back and analyzing your takes can be incredibly powerful in sifting through the noise in future years.
So we're going to dive into a massive project here on 200 players, giving thoughts on how they grade out in our minds and where they project going into the season. While I advocate for accountability and transparency, I also don't believe in a firm rankings system, especially one this deep. In wrestling with the best way to provide depth of content without arbitrarily ranking every prospect, we decided to break our project up into sections based on each prospect's ideal position or role.
You'll see guards who are more scorers, off-ball threats, defenders or classic point guards. You'll see prospects we are really high on, those who are mentioned in many places but we aren't high on and some who we have our eye on but likely aren't ready just yet for the pros.
Believe it or not, we're only a few weeks away from international competition getting started in European leagues. What will that mean for NBA scouting heads? The chance for some prospects to jumpstart their candidacy for the 2022 NBA Draft and get off on the right foot.
There are five names who stand out most heading into this season based on their prior bodies of work. A few are veterans, guys who tested the waters last year and are familiar to many within the scouting community. Others are finally eligible for the draft and put impressive careers together prior to turning 19. We'll sort through them all to figure out who will be the international prospects with lottery or first round upside.