With the college season now well over and the deadline to declare only nine days away, basketball fans' attention is now focused solely on the NBA Draft (oh, and I guess the NBA playoffs are kind of intriguing too). I have chosen to tackle the task of naming a team of 2014 B1G NBA prospects. One way to do this would be to pick the five highest projected picks from our beloved conference and discuss their stock, or I could name the best B1G prospect by position and mention their potential impact. Instead, I thought it would be fun to try and figure out what combination of players would create the most successful NBA starting lineup.
I present to you the newest NBA team, the Rosemont(and NYC) Delanys
C Noah Vonleh - Vonleh is one of the most intriguing players in the draft. He isn't guaranteed All-Star, but he has the potential to be a team's cornerstone for a long time. He can play the 4, but I'm putting him at the 5 in a smaller, more athletic lineup.
PF Adreian Payne - Payne will be the leader of this squad of rookies. His outside game and tough defense make him a can't miss starter on this team. If you think there is a better option at the 4 on this team...you're wrong, end of discussion, sorry.
SF Nik Stauskas - Stauskas is not an NBA 3. However, with few options outside of an athletic, but inconsistent GRIII, I think out of position Nik is the best choice. This could really hurt this team on defense. The hope is that his offense will make the difference.
SG Gary Harris - There is no leaving Harris out of this lineup. He has the best all-around game on the team, and he is only 19. I think multiple options on offense will help Harris' shooting and open him up to be even better than he was this season.
PG Keith Appling - Point guard will definitely be a weak spot for this team in the NBA. I think Appling gives this team slightly better chemistry than Craft would and I trust his offensive skills more too. Hopefully the off-season will give him some time to regain confidence and polish his game after the wrist injury.
Glenn Robinson III - Much like in real life, I think he needs some time to develop coming off the bench in the NBA.
Aaron Craft - With the uncertainty at the 1, this team will need the best backup possible.
Mitch McGary - McGary might end up being better than Vonleh long term, but without seeing him play since last year I can't start him.
Roy Devyn Marble - His versatility earns him a spot on the bench.