EDITOR'S NOTE: This article originally appeared on June 9, but has been updated to reflect the final decisions made by several underclassmen.
Before ranking players on any Big Board, it's important to have a philosophy heading into the draft. Here are five things every NBA general manager should keep in mind:
" Everyone would like to wait till next year. So if you are not in love with what you see on your draft broad, go Chicago Cubs-style and "wait 'til next year" and its stellar draft class. While most NBA pundits talk glowingly about the free-agent Class of 2010, the college basketball world is smitten with the vast amount of returning talent in its game. Potential lottery picks Greg Monroe, Al-Farouq Aminu, Willie Warren, Cole Aldrich, Luke Babbitt, Jerome Jordan, Evan Turner, James Anderson, Kyle Singler, Craig Brackins, Ed Davis, Kalin Lucas and Jarvis Varnado will be joined by a much better freshman class (John Wall, Avery Bradley, Renardo Sidney, Derrick Favors just to name a few) in what surely will be a very deep draft. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla has called this year's draft class the worst in 25 years. Listen to those who know and get a pick from a potential lottery team for next year.