Building An NBA Starting 5 With Draft Prospects

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The NBA season officially kicked off on Tuesday, showcasing a highly anticipated Los Angeles match-up that lived up to the hype.

Given this, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the top prospects in this upcoming draft and try and make a basketball starting 5 from the impressive class.

The results of my experiment are below:

Joe Burrow QB LSU - Point Guard (6’3”, 215 lbs.)

Simply put, a star point guard is essential to a contending team. In many ways, they're quarterbacks - facilitating to playmakers and handling the ball in crucial situations. A quality point guard is one who can shine when the lights are brightest, letting no pressure or expectations phase them.

“Broadway Jeaux” has that much-needed clutch gene, having displayed nerves of steel in tight contests against both Texas and Florida this season. Playing like a Top 10 pick, Burrow and his strong passing ability makes him the perfect option to guide this team. Throw in his basketball experience at the high school level (averaged 19 points a game) and he's a slam-dunk (pun intended) choice.

Henry Ruggs III WR Alabama - Shooting Guard (6'0", 190 lbs.)

A shooting guard should be the type of electrifying player who uses his strong shooting and athleticism to strike fear into opponents. Ruggs may not necessarily check that first box, but he certainly checks the second. Stupid fast, the Alabama WR has legit 4.2 speed, and his explosion and quickness are too much for any player on a football field - or court - to handle.

Already with experience posterizing kids in his teenage years, Ruggs can provide energy with his highlight dunks while providing Joe Burrow with the perfect backcourt partner.

Zack Baun EDGE Wisconsin - Small Forward (6’3”, 235 lbs.)

Baun may not be a widely recognized prospect, but it turns out that both his basketball and football skills make him more than worthy of a spot in this line-up.

A skilled high school player, Baun was an insane multi-sport athlete back in his early days, playing QB for the football team, starting on the basketball team, and even dominating in track and high-jumping.

His versatility is exactly what this team needs on the wing, and his breakout 2019 campaign (6.5 sacks in 7 games) makes this decision an easy one.

K’Lavon Chaisson EDGE LSU - Power Forward (6’5”, 240 lbs.)

Standing at 6’5”, Chaisson might be a bit undersized to play the 4, but his basketball background and insane athleticism make him too intriguing to not put on this roster.

Originally quitting football in high school to focus on hoops, Chaisson’s natural explosion and burst make him a poor man’s Zion Williamson on this squad, and the thought of him catching lobs from fellow LSU teammate Joe Burrow is mouth-watering.

Colby Parkinson TE Stanford - Center (6’7”, 235 lbs.)

Rounding out this All-NBA squad is Stanford tight end Cody Parkinson, who despite what you may think, isn’t just listed for his height.

Parkinson may be a little stiff out on the football field, but his lanky frame makes boxing out defensive backs - or opposing centers - a breeze. Averaging 5 points and 6 rebounds per game on his varsity high school hoops team, Parkinson’s impressive straight-line speed is also a big plus, and his ability to run in the transition game will be key on a Joe Burrow-led team that likes to operate at a fast pace.

Written By:

Carter Donnick

Publications Intern

Publications Intern at The Draft Network. Very Canadian.