I think of value of a player in terms of how he fits with the team who drafted him, where he could have been drafted, his projected minutes and contributions to the team in the upcoming rookie year
In the 2nd round of the 2015 NBA Draft, a few players caught my eye as being undervalued:
1) Montrezl Harrell ( Pick 32 to Houston Rockets)
- NBA game resembles: Kenneth Farried and Ben Wallace
- Tireless motor, does not give up on a play, constantly hustling to the ball
- Defensive beast, excellent rebounder, good shot-blocker, lives in the paint
- Needs work on offense. Jump-shooting and free-throw shooting can improve
- Played 3 years under Rick Pitino. Well-coached in fundamentals of the game.
- Can play 3,4 and sometimes the 5 position. Bit undersized for the 5 position, but wingspan and his aggressive style of play more than compensates for lack of size.
- Will be instant energy off the bench and back up Josh Smith, Motiejunas and Dwight Howard
2) Richaun Holmes ( Pick 37 to Philadelphia 76ers)
- NBA game resembles: Joe Johnson and Tracy McGrady
- He is listed at 6′ 10″ and plays power forward, but has the game of a shooting guard.
- Very smooth player. Glides on offense. Makes good cuts to the baskets for open layups and dunks. Good rebounder
- Excellent midrange and 3 point shooter.
- Noel, Okafor, Holmes, Wroten and Isiah Canaan should be the starting 5 for the 76ers. This lineup can win them some games.
3) Josh Richardson ( Pick 40 to Miami Heat)
- NBA game resembles: Kentavious Caldwell Pope and OJ Mayo
- He is a prototypical shooting guard at 6’6″. Explosive athlete.
- Refined offensive game. Excellent shooter. Creates offense
- Wade’s health will create opportunities for Richardson to start. Richardson will have to wait his turn for a couple of years to get consistent minutes as a starter.
4) Joseph Young ( Pick 43 to Indiana Pacers)
- NBA game resembles: Chris Paul and Damian Lillard
- He is the ” Most undervalued” player in this draft. He should have been a lottery pick but slid to mid 2nd round. He has the “IT” factor.
- He has a complete offensive game. One of the best shooters in the draft, and can create offense off the dribble and setup his teammates for easy buckets.
- Pacers currently have a logjam at the guard position, but his talent will outshine the other players. He should be the starting PG of the Pacers heading into the playoffs this season.
- He can be in contention for “Rookie of the year” depending on minutes played.