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When will LaVine make an NBA impact?

5/19/2014

If anyone truly knew how long it'll take Zach LaVine to make an impact in the NBA, he would likely be either one of the top picks or a late first-rounder. The potential is there, and everyone can see it. LaVine has good size at 6-foot-6, 181 pounds, he's one of the best athletes in the draft, and he's still young.

The former UCLA Bruin comes in at No. 12 on Chad Ford's latest Big Board update, a few slots higher than before due to an impressive showing at last week's NBA draft combine in Chicago. But, as Ford and fellow ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman will tell you, there is still a wide spectrum of opinions on what his future holds in the NBA and how soon he may have an impact.

Here's Ford and Goodman with more on that.

Chad Ford

LaVine has superstar potential

"Among guards, LaVine might have helped himself more than anyone. He was the highest ranked player to participate in the drills and looked great with the point guards. He shot the ball well in drills and stood out to be a step ahead of every other guard in both size and athletic ability. He ended up measuring nearly 6-foot-6 in shoes with a 6-foot-8 wingspan. He also tested as possibly the best athlete in the draft with a 41 1/2-inch maximum vertical and terrific scores in both the sprint, shuttle and lane agility drills. He cracked the top 5 in every category. He's raw, but more and more scouts think he's the one guy outside the top 10 who has the chance to be a superstar down the road."

Jeff Goodman

It could take years before LaVine makes an impact

"Zach LaVine was put in a group with the point guards on the first day. The athletic former UCLA freshman -- in my opinion, one echoed by most NBA executives -- is a wing who is light years from being able to run the point at the next level. He fared well shooting the ball in Chicago, but he did it while enjoying a significant height advantage over the majority of the point guards in the camp. LaVine is talented and could be taken late in the lottery, but I'd be shocked if he made any sort of impact in the NBA for another couple of years."