NBA draft deep dive: Our experts' perfect picks

1 • Minnesota Timberwolves

LaMelo Ball

G • Illawarra • Age 19.2

The draft’s best playmaker at 6-foot-7, Ball is the most talented prospect in this class and a true entertainer on the floor with remarkable vision, handle and touch. Despite defensive concerns alongside D’Angelo Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns, Ball would electrify the Minnesota fan base and give the Timberwolves one of the league’s most skilled 25-and-under trios. – Schmitz

Player Ratings

Derived from Kevin Pelton’s draft projections with scouting input, our ratings show players’ expected abilities as rookies and at their peak. Physical comps are based on players’ measurements at similar ages. Full methodology

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Physical Comps

LaMelo Ball

  • Caris LeVert
  • Shaun Livingston
  • Zach LaVine Caris LeVert

    Shaun Livingston

    Zach LaVine 19.1 AGE 21.7 18.8 19.1 6-7¼ HT 6-7 6-7½ 6-5¾ 185 LBS WT 191 LBS 186 LBS 181 LBS N/A WINGSPAN 6-10 6-11 6-8¼



    Ball’s court vision is his superpower. This transition spin pass perfectly exemplifies his ability to communicate with teammates nonverbally

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