Mark is the founder, chief editor & chief content creator at TheFiveBy5.com... also an avid Jazz fan
It's no surprise who's sitting at #1 overall... but what about the rest of the board?
2019 NBA Draft - Big Board 2.0
To clarify the new "level of concern" designations: it can be for health concerns and/or character and/or personality concerns. Red means I'd advise a team to pass on the player all together. Yellow means I'd advise the team to be cautious and consider other similarly ranked options that are similarly talented, but less risky (in terms of concern level). And of course, the info I've used to designate these levels of concerns is admittedly incomplete as I don't have full access to NBA caliber health and intel reports. But I've done my best to gather and interpret relevant information to the best of my abilities. And with that, I want to be clear that these concern rankings are based on my opinion and my own info gathering and interpretation, and that I'm not speaking with any sort of authority (other than that of my own opinion) on the matters of a players health, etc.
Level of Concern Key:
Red Text: High Concern (pass)
Yellow Text: Medium Concern (caution)
Normal Text: No Concerns of Note (all clear)
*Concern level is in relation to health, personality and/or character concerns
Notes About The Tiers:
The tiers are labeled as applicable NBA talent level outcomes. Players in a given tier are ranked as such because that's what's been deemed as their most likely outcome. That being said, players nearer the top of a tier are often seen as being more likely to jump into the tier above them sometime during their careers (ex: Ja Morant is seen as being more likely to become an all-star than Jaxson Hayes in the "starter" tier). However, this is not a completely accurate depiction of all the players rankings throughout all the tiers as some players may be ranked higher or lower in a tier based on their risk/reward ("boom or bust") profile composition. Example: some players may have a relatively higher chance of jumping up a tier, but they may also be more likely to bust out or drop down a tier relative to other players in their given tier (and vice versa). This dynamic of varying risk/reward profiles can and does, at times, play into how players are ranked within tiers (ex: Nazreon Reid is ranked lower in the "rotational player" tier due to his higher bust potential despite having a high talent level that gives him a likelier chance to become a starter than say a Carsen Edwards, who's ranked just head of him and has a lower risk profile than Nazreon Reid). So while the general rule is that players that are ranked higher in a tier are seen as being more likely to jump into the tier above them at some point in their career, it's not an exact representation of all player rankings within a given tier and some unique discrepancies to that general rule exist throughout the big board.
Notes About Relative Positional Value & How it Affects Rankings:
Similarly to how players are ranked within tiers, the general rule is that all players in a tier are valued and evaluated equally, regardless of position. However, this is not always the case and some relative positional value is considered at times, especially in the case of tie-breakers in a given tier. And when I say relative positional value, I'm talking about the fact that wings are more valuable in the league than centers are, etc. So inherently, if relative positional value was always taken into consideration, all the tiers would break down into wings being ranked the highest, than guards, than stretch/playmaking 4's and then centers last. But as we can see, this is not the case. So again, while it is considered at times, it's not a fundamental consideration in the rankings of players. Players are ranked, in it's most pure form, by talent. More talented players are ranked higher, it's that simple (at least, that simple at face value).
Notes About Player Specific Concern Levels:
Questions about his personality; i.e. - Can he lead a team? Does he love the game enough? Will he be vocal enough? Can he/will he perform on the big stage in big moments? Etc.
Health concerns (broken foot this past season + frail frame for his size) and personality/character concerns.
Kevin Porter Jr:
Questions about his maturity and approach to the game. Questions about how he handled his time at USC.
Tore his ACL twice. Major concerns about how he re-tore his ACL during rehab from the first surgery. Questions about his maturity level.
Tore his ACL this past season. No indications of long-term complications, but it's something to be aware of.
Health concerns, as he wore double knee braces this past season + has poor knee mechanics when jumping and running (knocked kneed, especially when loading to jump). Also weighs 250+ pounds which puts him at increased risk for injury. Although, he was apparently medically cleared by NBA draft combine doctors.
Some questions about his approach to the game when it comes to conditioning, etc. Will he get and stay in shape? Will he work hard enough to be successful in the NBA?
Tore his ACL during pre-draft work-outs. No indications of long lasting issues, but he'll likely miss most, if not all of next season.
Questions about his maturity level and how realistically he views himself as a pro ready prospect.
Questions about his maturity level and past interactions with teammates.