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NBA Draft 2013: Top 60 or so Prospects as of 12/31

At this point I like the 2013 draft. There are a lot of promising players, which is a welcome development following two very dry drafts. That makes this year much more fun for us draft geeks. The problem is there isn’t any one player who looks like a sure fire star. While the drafts of 2010 and 2011 were historically weak, at least there was Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. No such star has emerged as the class of the 2013 crop. There are enough good prospects out there, that I suspect a few will emerge and this won’t be a problem in April. It should be fun watching this group develop.

The 2013 class features what looks like a deep freshmen class, several promising sophs and some juniors and seniors off to good starts. It’s the freshmen and sophomores who are the players to watch though. Such players are the core of any good draft in this millennium. For that reason I’m placing those prospects at the top of the list for now, based on their upside. It is still early in the process and for that reason rather than doing an official numbered in order by prospectworthiness top 60, I’m starting by placing prospects in groups.

As I like to stress every year, most stats are inflated at this point in the season. With that in mind feel free to insert terms like: “so far”, “at this point in the season” and “until the rigorous conference schedule kills his numbers” at the end of every blurb. Because of this, these ratings are extremely fluid and will certainly change a lot when I do them again in a month.

Draft 2013: Early look at the top PGs

The 2013 PG class looks a little thin right now. There is no returning player who looks like a sure thing as a prospect and the incoming freshman class, which isn’t included here, looks weak. The class was hurt more when TJ McConnell, who may have been the top returning PG prospect, transferred from Duquense to Arizona and will sit out the year because of it. He’s one to keep in mind as a bust out star for 2014 though.

Back to the present, there are three that rate above the crowd going into 2013, Michael Carter-Williams, Nate Wolters and Aaron Craft. There are also a few still-young phenoms who had weak starts, but are certainly capable of improvement. After that there are several juniors and seniors who would be called the usual suspects. Players who have flashed some nice skills, but need to develop more before they’re serious prospects.

It is worth noting that the top PG drafted in 2012, Damian Lillard, was barely a blip on most draft geek radars, including mine, at this time last year. That illustrates how quickly things can turn during one college season. With that in mind, let’s not take these rankings too seriously until the games start and statistics start to pile up in a few months.