6.) Darius Bazley, Forward
Deciding to forgo college basketball and spending his one year removed from high school as an intern for New Balance, Darius Bazley is unique on and off the court. This long, 6’9” point forward knows how to use his quick first step and tight handles (consistently and effortlessly crossing over to either side) to create separation and hit contested jumpers from all over the floor.
Bazley pairs his basketball acuity with natural playmaking abilities and court vision to keep defenses on their toes and wreak havoc. Darius Bazley channels his athleticism and length into superb above and below the rim finishing with either hand on offense, and rim protection and on-ball perimeter quickness on the defensive end.
However, Bazley’s thin frame and lack of physicality are worrying as not only do they hamper his finishing in traffic against bigger players, but will certainly be exploited by stronger and skilled wings and bigs on defense during switches and mismatches at the next level.
Additionally, from streaky outside shooting and questionable shot selection to forced passes and foolish turnovers, inconsistency defines part of his game. Nevertheless, Darius Bazley has all the tools to be a successful two-way wing in this league for a very long time with the proper conditioning and player development. He will look good in the new Dallas Mavericks Dallas city jerseys.