10 prospects that scare NBA executives
A year ago, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III fell because of health concerns. DeMarcus Cousins slipped a couple of spots three years ago because of character concerns, and Lance Stephenson slid into the second round because of an abundance of red flags. The final verdict on all of those players as pros is yet to be written, but every year there are players who, for one reason or another, create consternation among some teams, and cause others to simply pass.
Having spoken with some decision-makers as we approach the NBA draft, here are 10 players who have raised concerns for NBA executives -- for a variety of reasons -- with anonymous quotes from pro guys on what has them worried.
1. Ben McLemore
It's a dilemma that just about everyone in the top half of the lottery will face. Is McLemore a potential superstar or a likely bust? His laid-back personality and recent off-court issues, in dealing with questionable people, have NBA folks concerned, and it has caused a lot of internal debate about whether to select the former Kansas star among teams drafting early. McLemore has the physical tools -- the athleticism and perimeter shooting stand out -- but it's the lack of a killer instinct and the off-court questions that could force him to drop.
Quotable: "He's talented, but doesn't know how to play. He can't string good games together. Plus, he's got the wrong people around him."
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