NBL players to play in NBA next season
Thoughts on which NBL players might have a good chance of making the leap to the NBA next year?
More than likely:
O Dieng — promising glimpses so far, and his development off the court will play an impact in how high he goes in the draft.
J Jessup — solid first preseason game, looks like he means business. I suspect he'll take the path Didi took except will go further. He’s at a great spot at the Hawks to be impactful on a contender.
Names in the hat:
M King — will be favoured by Giddey’s path, so a really solid season could see him a late second rounder or an undrafted signing. Preseason so far suggests CJ will give him run.
H Besson — not sure how NZ will use him, but hard to see what his ceiling can be at this stage. A beneficiary because scouts will be watching Dieng anyway.
L Travers — NBL and Travers are bullish on him, but he’d need a Giddey-like season and some extra sauce, to be considered on the draft boards. I don’t think anybody knows about him.
M Delly — if he has a Bogut-esque impact at United, can see a NBA contender bring him in for the tail end of this season. Big if.
T Digbeu — a somewhat unknown. Athletic 3 & D’s are super valuable in the NBA so he has the physical tools, but unsure how he’ll be used at Brisbane. Could see a Brian Bowen like path, but can also see him being surprise and getting drafted late.
Omitted some popular/big names of course, but that’s my take!