Every draft has players that come out of nowhere and surprise people. The Utah Jazz are no strangers to that has two of the best players of all time were drafted 13th and 16th in the draft. Hall of Fame players at 13 and 16. Let that sink in. Then the Jazz have drafted guys like Paul Millsap at 47 who ended up making the all star team this year.
The point is just because a player is taken later doesn’t mean automatically they are a role player at best. Here are the top 5 sleepers in my opinion to make an all star team and potentially become stars at one point in their careers.
Cleanthony Early (Witchita St.) 6’7″ 210 lbs.
He is older (23) coming into the league which made him look better in college playing all 4 years. His ability to score in many different ways gives him a Kobe type feel and a player that can come in and help right away. If the Jazz draft him at 23 I will be ecstatic!
Adreian Payne (Michigan St.) 6’10″ 240 lbs.
He does it all. Shoots well, stretch 4, rebounds, blocks. If you can possibly envision a Reggie Evans that can shoot that is Payne.
Dario Saric (Croatia) 6’10″ 223 lbs.
Picture Magic Johnson from Craotia. That’s what I see. The problem is the NBA won’t see him for at least two years as he just signed with a team in Turkey.
Clint Capela (Switzerland) 6’11″ 222 lbs.
Go watch his highlights now if you haven’t. He is very raw but huge upside. A very under the radar player that could be a great value and his potential is as high as anyone in this draft. Very far behind in intangibles right now, but give him the right coach and he’ll be a steal in the late first round.
Elfrid Payton (LA Lafayette) 6’4″ 185 lbs.
Can’t shoot but does about everything else very well. Great defense and ball handling skills could make him the Glove 2.0