Top 10 international draft prospects
In the 2003 draft, eight international draft prospects went in the first round and another 12 in the second round, marking a high point for the impact of international draft prospects. Since then, that impact has dwindled, in the draft and the league. Notably, the influence of Euros in the draft has slowly waned.
However, is this the year things start to turn around? This year's draft is generally regarded by most experts as weak overall, but one area in which it seems strong is international talent. Though just two international players look like they have a shot at the lottery, as many as seven could end up going in the first round.
After speaking to a number of international scouts and NBA executives, here's our take on the top 10 international players in the draft.
Top 10 international players
1. Dario Saric | F | Croatia
Saric is regarded by many NBA GMs as possessing the highest basketball IQ of any player in the draft. He sees the floor and plays the game like a 6-foot-10 point guard. He's had extensive experience and success in places like the Nike Hoop Summit and Under-18 championships and has been getting starter minutes for his team, Cibona, in Croatia.
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