The NBA Draft is a tantalizing prospect: as a relatively low-cost means of adding talent, for many teams it can be vehicle to move from irrelevance to the elite (see the Oklahoma City Thunder, whose top four scorers, along with the primary piece they dealt to acquire Kendrick Perkins were team draft picks), and failure can leave teams spinning their wheels in perpetuity (Wizards, Clippers, Bobcats come to mind). After last year’s draft class, universally viewed as substantially sub-par produced possibly a single future perennial All-Star, the teams on the bottom are even more desperate for this years returns. Who to pick? Who not? We help to separate the wheat from the chaff. Don’t Draft This Guy: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina It’s not that Barnes is bad, but the top 3-5 draft slot predicted by both the primary mock sites. Barnes’ upside, generally speaking, is Rip Hamilton. That’s not a bad thing, but it is a limited player, and one who excels in only a narrow range of activities, in certain contexts. Most elite wing players in the NBA, in addition to their scoring, bring an assortment of other skills, notably passing, given their ability to draw a defense. Barnes is a somewhat reluctant passer

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