NBA draft: Top 10 prospects at each position – kgw.com

Lonzo Ball, left, and Markelle Fultz, right (photo: USA TODAY Sports)

USA TODAY Sports ranks the top 10 players at each position heading into this week’s NBA draft.

The Portland Trail Blazers have three picks in the first round of the draft, No. 15, No. 20 and No. 26.

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Top 10 point guards

1. Markelle Fultz, Washington

No player in this draft has a better mix of upside and polish. The comparisons to fellow recent No. 1 overall point guards Derrick Rose, John Wall and Kyrie Irving aren’t quite perfect, though. Fultz lacks the athleticism of the first two and the singular talent of Irving’s scoring, but he appears to be an even more well-rounded prospect with more size and defensive potential. The only real question appears to be mental: Is he a natural competitor?

2. Lonzo Ball, UCLA

Ignore his father, please. Ball is the best passer to enter the NBA Draft since Ricky Rubio — if he’s not better than Rubio. And he is a proven high-volume shooter with all sorts of range. Still, questions abound on the defensive side, where he lacks quickness and instincts. And the bigger underlying issue is whether his strange shooting form will prevent him from being able to hit pull-up jumpers against NBA defenses. Nonetheless, his basketball IQ is high enough to overcome some flaws.

3. De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky

Fox’s trajectory is up, up, up. He’s an outstanding athlete with a great court sense. More Rajon Rondo than John Wall, he fits the pick-and-roll heavy offenses of the NBA with one issue: his jump shot. That may prevent him from being a superstar, but he’s an elite defensive prospect and natural playmaker.

4. Dennis Smith, North

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