This year, the talent in the West Region nearly matches that of the Midwest. Four players are considered potential lottery picks, and five others look like potential first-rounders.
Insider's NBA draft team has talked to multiple NBA scouts and GMs over the course of the season. Based on their feedback and information, here's a look at the top NBA prospects for each of the teams in the West Region, listed by potential lottery picks, first-rounders, second-rounders and "wait until next year" players. (Teams listed by seed.) On Monday, we identified the NBA prospects in the Midwest Region.
It's not every year that Wisconsin has three potential NBA players on the roster at the same time. Kaminsky, along with Duke's Jahlil Okafor, has been one of the best players in the country this season. He's a unique 5 who is comfortable playing both on the perimeter and in the paint. He has legitimate 3-point range on his jumper, and he is talented putting the ball on the floor from the high post and attacking the rim. He's a solid rebounder and shot-blocker as well. While he's mobile, his lack of explosive athleticism and strength put his ceiling quite a bit lower than Okafor's. Nevertheless, scouts continue to warm to him, and he now looks to be in the No. 10 to 15 range on most draft boards.