By Michael RussoThe top pick in the NBA draft is a very different story than what it was a few years ago, when teams had to pick up players with a player option for the future.
In the modern era, the best teams are able to take advantage of the opportunity to build up a depth chart and draft players who are long-term pieces to their teams.
In the past, teams had a much more limited pool of prospects to choose from, with only a few players from the first round available to them.
This year, the draft has a lot more to offer than that.
Teams are able now to have a broader pool of picks and players available for consideration as the draft nears, allowing teams to better prepare for the league’s first major showcase.
As teams get closer to the draft, it’s important to keep in mind that there are no guarantees in the draft.
The best teams will often pick well above their talent level.
As such, it can be difficult to get an accurate sense of what teams might have to offer at the draft in terms of picks.
However, if a team is looking to build depth, they should be looking to take players who have played well enough to earn a first-round pick.
As a result, the following five prospects will likely be available to teams this year:The best teams in the world are able not only to draft well, but also to build a deep and talented roster with players who can contribute at the next level.
The best team in the future has the potential to draft players that have a lot of upside.
The league is moving toward a more balanced draft, and teams are seeing that the draft is increasingly more like a team’s “play-in” year.
This year’s draft has an opportunity to be even more competitive, as teams are now able to have more players on their rosters than they did a few seasons ago.
The five players listed above are some of the best prospects in the upcoming draft.
If they do end up getting selected, they will have the potential for a lot to prove as they compete for a spot on a team that has a chance to make the playoffs in 2017.
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