5 Most underrated prospects in NBA Draft 2019
The NBA Draft is one of the most important aspects of the off-season, giving the teams a chance to draft and incorporate fresh talent into their rosters. While some basketball players get a tremendous amount of attention from their college years itself, such as Zion Williamson, an athlete that blew up social media and is widely speculated to be the number 1 pick in the draft, there are a lot of extremely talented players that get no attention from the media at all.
Most of the talk regarding the draft revolves around the lottery picks, but building a successful, deep team goes beyond the first few picks. Many late picks in the draft have also gone on to become huge stars. Just ask Pascal Siakam (27th overall), or Draymond Green (35th overall). Here are the 5 most underrated prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft that teams should definitely consider picking:
#1 Carsen Edwards (24.3 PPG, 3.9 APG)
Carsen Edwards, a guard out of Purdue, is projected to go somewhere late in the first round of the draft. His numbers, though, are really fantastic. He averaged over 24 points a game, and 1.3 steals a game, on pretty decent shooting.
One of the reasons he's underrated is his size - he's just over 6 feet tall, making him extremely small compared to some of the guards out there. However, he's a player that can create his own shot off the dribble with ease, as well as catch and shoot really well. Edwards has really good handles alongside his shooting, making him an excellent point guard.
During his college career, he hasn't really focused on creating shots for others, as seen in his assist numbers, however, under NBA level coaching and after being placed in a solid structure, he could definitely be an excellent backup for any team. With his numbers and the type of game he plays, one could easily see him being a Kemba Walker type player at his best, especially due to his elite shot creating ability.