The NBA Draft is still more than six months away, but with both the NBA and NCAA basketball seasons in full swing, it’s always a good time to compare the future of the NBA to its past and present. With the field in college having much more parity this season, there is not any single team who are running away with the no. 1 ranking, which is currently held by defending champion Villanova.
Many of the predicted top picks are playing for schools that are either among the best in the country or on the bubble of making the NCAA Tournament as things stand. This dynamic is similar to the top two picks in the 2016 Draft, where top pick Ben Simmons’ LSU did not make the Tournament, whereas second-overall pick Brandon Ingram’s Duke were knocked out in the Elite 8.
I will try to avoid the cliché comparison to Dirk Nowitzki as I find the best likeness to these young players, but here are the comparisons to the best NBA Draft prospects.