What the experts say
NBA Fit and Comparisions
There will be a plethora of hype surrounding the 19-year-old Ayton when he enters the league. NBA scouts have raved about Ayton's ability to be a star two-way player and one even labeled him a "can't fail prospect".
Pro comparisons have ranged from historical big men in Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon to modern day bigs in Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns. A solid company to be grouped into.
Despite defensive concerns, Ayton should be able to make an immediate impact in the NBA. His ability to run the floor, make shots from all three levels of the court and an improvement in perimeter defense will allow Ayton to play in almost every lineup combination.
Ayton is a once-in-a-generation type player who has the ability to be one of the best, if not the best center in the NBA. He will almost certainly be the No. 1 overall pick.
DRAFT Projections and Fit
- NBADraft.net: 2nd round, 42nd overall to Detroit Pistons
- The Ringer: 2nd round, 36th overall to New York Knicks
- Net Scouts Basketball: 2nd round, 48th overall to Minnesota Timberwolves
- Sports Illustrated: 2nd round, 37th overall to Sacramento Kings
If Alkins develops more as a perimeter shooter and a more all-around defender, he should project as a capable two-way player at the next level. His strong body frame and athleticism make him a moldable and appealing prospect for NBA teams.
DRAFT Projections and fit
- BasketballInsiders.com: 2nd round, 52nd overall to Utah Jazz
- Sports Illustrated: Undrafted
- ESPN: Undrafted
- The Ringer: Undrafted
- NBADraft.net: Undrafted
The bottom line is that Trier is on the cusp of being drafted and if he is chosen, it will be because a team is impressed with his offensive ability and thinks he can develop defensively.