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How deep is this NBA Draft class?

It seems as if every year teams who are gunning for the postseason, and willing to make any deal needed to reach the ever-coveted NBA Playoffs, always say the same thing, which trickles down to the media and fan base. “This isn’t a deep class anyways, next year’s class!” It’s funny that it is always next year’s class, isn’t it? However, prior to the season, you had some speculating this could be the deepest class in years. Now all of a sudden, as we approach the deadline, it is a super weak class?

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I think that rumor should be dispelled right now, and I encourage each of you to take a look at some of these prospects down the stretch of the college basketball season. There are a ton of prospects outside of the top five, top ten guys, who can make a true impact at the NBA level.

In terms of future NBA starters, I see nine for sure in this year’s class. That is not even factoring in the surprise prospects that somehow fall through the cracks and yet always find their way into the starting lineup of the Toronto Raptors!

In terms of NBA role players, I see 15 players as a lock to earn minutes off an NBA bench. If you add in the fringe NBA prospects I would say this is a pretty deep class all things considered. That is before we even get to the NBA combined and see some of these combine standouts that shoot their way up NBA Draft boards.

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Do not get fooled, this NBA Draft class is anything but weak. As we start deep-diving into the class, I get more and more excited for the mid-June extravaganza.