NBA Draft: Marvin Bagley III has talent and potential to be top pick

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: NBA Draft Prospect, Marvin Bagley III poses for a portrait during the 2018 NBA Combine circuit on May 15, 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: NBA Draft Prospect, Marvin Bagley III poses for a portrait during the 2018 NBA Combine circuit on May 15, 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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NBA Draft, Marvin Bagley III
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 15: NBA Draft Prospect, Marvin Bagley poses for a portrait before the NBA Draft Lottery on May 15, 2018 at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Current rankings:

Note,  rankings are updated on day of writing, and are subject to change.

  • DraftExpress/ESPN: 3rd
  • NBA DraftNet: 2nd
  • CBS Sports: 2nd
  • Sports Illustrated: 4th
  • Bleacher Report: 4th
  • Basketball Insiders: 4th
  • The Ringer Kevin O’Connor: 4th

Honors and awards:

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Consensus first-team All-American (2018)

  • Pete Newell Big Man Award (2018)
  • ACC Player of the Year (2018)
  • First-team All-ACC (2018)
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2018)
  • First-team All-USA Today (2017)
  • Wooden Award – Finalists (2018)
  • USBWA Player of the Year Finalists (2018)
  • NCAA Tournament All-Region (2018)

    Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year (2018)

  • Naismith Award Finalists (2018)
  • Pro Comparison:

    The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor suggests comparison to  Amar’e Stoudemire, a slim Zach Randolph, or Michael Beasley.

    That’s a heck of a range and notably none of these players have perimeter range. I like the DraftNet comparison to Chris Bosh, particularly based on Bagley’s size and potential. If he develops consistent range and learns to utilize his right hand it will make him a much more dangerous player to guard.

    Fit:

    For those salivating over the prospect of having a player with Bagley’s potential and comparisons to Chris Bosh unfortunately it’s a moot point to consider the youngster. Bagley may be shuffling up and down the down the board, but he never falls beyond fourth.

    Barring a complete blow up of the squad, he won’t be available to Sam Presti. Nor should Presti want to go all in on Bagley.

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    For as much as he could end up being Chris Bosh 2.0 – like the former Raptors/Heat big man he’s best suited as a complimentary piece not the focus of a franchise.