Blakely's NBA Six Pack Power Rankings
BOSTON — As college basketball fans (OK, me) bemoan all those cross-outs-to-be of teams picked to win (but will probably get smoked) in your NCAA Tournament pool, NBA execs are swimming in information that they hope will lead them to an informed, well-thought selection for a player they hope will be the next building block for their franchise.
And this year's draft seems to have a little bit of everything for everyone near the top draft board.
You need a center that's going to be an established rim protector for years?
Kansas' Joel Embiid is your guy.
How about a scorer with some strength in the frontcourt?
Duke's Jabari Parker, anyone?
Or maybe you want a smooth wing who is starting to show his growth into an elite player at the next level?
Kansas' Andrew Wiggins fits the role.
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart and Australia's Dante Exum are solid choices as well.
There are others, obviously, that can fill a number of needs that exist on just about every roster.
So for now, NBA scouts and executives will watch, wait and evaluate the talent that's out there.
As for their respective NBA teams, those near the bottom of the standings like Boston will have a chance to draft one of the top players in June's NBA draft so they are trying to simply finish out this season.
Meanwhile, more established playoff-bound teams are just trying to crack a sweat and stay healthy for the postseason.
And with that, here's this week's NBA power rankings.