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Ranking the NBA draft's best players

Gottlieb breaks out his Big Board and offers tips to anyone selecting in this year's draft

Originally Published: May 14, 2010
By Doug Gottlieb | ESPN.com

The deadline for college players to withdraw their names from the NBA draft and preserve their college eligibility was moved up to May 8 this year, meaning we already know which players are taking their chances to be among the 60 names selected on June 24. Here is what the top 30 of my Big Board would look like …

1. John Wall, Kentucky

The real deal. Incredibly fast with the ball and agile in transition. As difficult to keep out of the paint as Rajon Rondo, yet bigger and a better shooter. Only his defense and shooting behind the pick-and-roll are suspect. Best of all, Wall is a winner who isn't afraid to have the ball in his hands in key situations.

[+] EnlargeDerrick Favors
Paul Abell/US PresswireDerrick Favors has all the tools to be a big-time NBA player. With a little experience and polish, the sky's the limit.

2. Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

Long, freak athlete who played with below-average guards on an erratic team. Destroyed DeMarcus Cousins in high school and started to elevate his game late in the college season. Has every tool needed to be a star in the pros, just needs reps and polish.


Top 2 and no Turner? What? Ahhh! Where's he? Monroe? Aldrich? More KU guys? More UK guys? For Gottlieb's full list, ya gotta be an ESPN Insider.