Breaking down the underrated draft hopefuls
Give any basketball operations guru a prospect with an NBA body -- just the right combination of height, wingspan, strength, speed, quickness, leaping ability -- and drooling will ensue. So what if the player shot 41 percent from the floor and never took a shot beyond eight feet from the basket? He's got upside. You can't teach size. You can't coach athleticism.
Though athletes are likely to get drafted, they're unlikely to go in the first round. Take the case of
Is there another Boozer in this year's draft? Of course. Here are 11 sleeper prospects.
(Note: "offensive rating" is a measure of how efficiently a player uses up the possessions for his team. Players with low shooting percentages or who commit a lot of turnovers don't score well by this measure. All of the players on the list used up at least 28 percent of his team's possessions last season. This "usage rate" is indicative of a player's ability to generate scoring opportunities, an essential quality if a player's performance is going to translate to the next level. The full accounting of offensive rating leaders can be found in the statistics section at