I regret that, because of my work within the NBA, I'm unable to bring you a full preview of tonight's NBA Draft as I did last season. To give some idea of what the numbers have to say about this year's college prospects, what I can offer is the most similar player at the same age from my college database (going back to 2000) for each, as well as the level of similarity (with perfect being 100) and some brief commentary. For more on the method, see last year's draft preview.
Players are ranked by their current spot in DraftExpress' mock draft.
1 John Wall Derrick Rose (97.5)
We start off with an excellent comparison. I went more in-depth to explore how Wall's numbers from his lone season at Kentucky compared to his John Calipari predecessors Rose and Tyreke Evans earlier this season.
2 Evan Turner Brandon Roy (91.7)
Another natural comparison. Roy was one of the players I compared Turner to in an Every Play Counts breakdown prior to the NCAA Tournament.
3 Wesley Johnson J.R. Giddens (97.2)
A considerably less favorable comp. Johnson's age (he'll be 23 by the time summer-league play tips off) is a red flag.
4 Derrick Favors Chris Bosh (97.3)
A lot of these at the top worked out very nicely in terms of natural comparisons. Favors is, like Bosh, an immensely talented one-and-done power forward from Georgia Tech who may be more ready for the NBA than conventionally believed.
5 DeMarcus Cousins Michael Beasley (95.1)
The enormous talent with question marks ... yeah, that fits.
6 Greg Monroe J.J. Hickson (95.8)
Personally, I prefer Monroe's second comp, Andrew Bogut. Hickson is a bit of a head-scratcher.
7 Ed Davis Cedric Simmons (96.1)
8 Al-Farouq Aminu Luol Deng (96.7)
Funny in that the Clippers are widely rumored to be taking Aminu, but Chris Broussard reported L.A. might instead swap picks with Chicago to land Deng.
9 Luke Babbitt Troy Murphy (97.4)
10 Ekpe Udoh Loren Woods (96.6)
11 Xavier Henry Thaddeus Young (98.7)
Would you believe that this is the single strongest comparison between two players in the entire draft? Henry and Young are even both left-handed, though the former is a far superior shooter and much more of a perimeter player.
12 Paul George Joe Johnson (94.9)
13 Patrick Patterson D.J. White (95.1)
14 Cole Aldrich Emeka Okafor (96.7)
15 Gordon Hayward Marcus A. Williams (97.8)
16 Damion James David West (97.3)
17 Larry Sanders Jason Thompson (96.3)
18 Avery Bradley Dajuan Wagner (95.1)
19 Eric Bledsoe Jordan Farmar (93.6)
20 Solomon Alabi Jason Thompson (95.8)
21 Daniel Orton Robin Lopez (91.0)
23 Hassan Whiteside Brendan Haywood (89.4)
It's difficult to find good comps for Whiteside because his block percentage, even adjusted for strength of schedule, was so far off the charts. He's expected to send back 8.4 percent of opponents' two-point tries next year. That would have led the NBA in 2009-10, when JaVale McGee was the only player north of 8.0 percent.
24 Dominique Jones Chris Douglas-Roberts (96.9)
25 Elliot Williams Maurice Williams (98.0)
27 Jordan Crawford Ben Gordon (97.2)
28 Greivis Vasquez Keith Bogans (94.6)
29 Quincy Pondexter Desmond Mason (97.7)
This one actually makes a lot of sense, though I can't say it entirely warms my purple and gold heart.
30 James Anderson Chris Douglas-Roberts (96.4)
31 Stanley Robinson Ronald Dupree (96.6)
32 Terrico White Bill Walker (92.3)
33 Darington Hobson Luke Walton (95.7)
34 Trevor Booker David West (98.5)
35 Craig Brackins Chris Jefferies (96.6)
36 Armon Johnson Ramon Sessions (96.7)
37 Willie Warren Ramon Sessions (96.0)
38 Devin Ebanks Marcus A. Williams (96.7)
39 Gani Lawal Jamaal Magloire (97.5)
40 Mikhail Torrance Ramon Sessions (96.8)
Oddly, no current NBA player appears more often on this list than Sessions, to whom we can compare almost any point guard who goes in the upper half of the second round.
41 Lance Stephenson Joe Johnson (95.3)
42 Jarvis Varnado Emeka Okafor (95.0)
Look, you can land an All-Star and the former No. 2 overall pick in the second round!
43 Brian Zoubek Chris Richard (89.2)
47 Samardo Samuels Troy Murphy (97.2)
48 Tiny Gallon J.J. Hickson (91.8)
51 Hamady Ndiaye Loren Woods (89.0)
52 Derrick Caracter David Lee (96.3)
54 Sherron Collins Lionel Chalmers (97.8)
55 Artsiom Parakhouski Lonny Baxter (96.3)
56 Jerome Jordan Dan Gadzuric (97.2)
57 Lazar Hayward Al Thornton (93.5)
58 Dexter Pittman David Harrison (97.0)
59 Jerome Randle Lionel Chalmers (97.2)
60 Luke Harangody Brian Cook (96.8)
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