The NBA draft has become a baseball draft.
Because of the relative youth of recent drafts, very few players per year can step into an NBA lineup and contribute immediately. Similar to MLB, more and more selections are based on long-term (three-to-five year) projections.
Which brings me to Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns. The 7-foot, 250-pound freshman with a 7-foot-3 wingspan will be one of the top three players selected on June 25. And although the 19-year-old is not as advanced as fellow Wildcat Anthony Davis was at the same stage, he is the basketball equivalent of a five-tool guy, with a nice combination of skill, size, athleticism, youth and a "give a damn" meter than runs high.