Zhaire Smith, Lonny Walker Jr., and Khyri Thomas will all be much better pros than college players. Smith and Thomas will be considered better than Trae Young.
Why? Because all three of the above players are elite athletically and show pretty good play-making and defensive skills. Meanwhile, Trae Young will be one of the most inefficient chuckers since Dejuan Wagner.
Troy Brown Jr. will be a top 10 player in this draft and might be an All-star one day.
Brown shows the potential to be a primary ball-handler and playmaker, but he is a legit 6'7''. He is a good shooter and passer with a very natural feel for the game. In the right situation, people will ask "how did he fall that far?"
Jontay Porter will be to Deandre Ayton what Al Horford is to Lemarcus Aldridge, and that should mean that Porter is a top 5 pick and arguably a better prospect than Ayton.
I think Ayton will be a solid offensive player like Aldridge, but will be only average defensively and a below average passer (ala Aldridge). On the other hand, I think Porter's elite feel for the game will enable him to make his teammates better while being a versatile and effective player.
Jaren Jackson's career will follow a path like Serge Ibaka's, with lingering questions like "Why isn't he better?" and "Why can't we play him in crunch time?"
There were nine games this year where Jackson pulled down 3 rebounds or less, and one game with no rebounds at all. He is raw offensively and I do not believe in his three point shot.
Marvin Bagley will be the best big man from this draft.
Bagley is versatile offensively and defensively. He is a crafty scorer and finisher inside with a high free throw rate, while also shooting 40% from 3. On defense, he may not be an elite shot-blocker, but I think he will be a good team defender with the ability to play post and perimeter defense.
I know I'm running against the grain with a lot of these predictions. I'm asking for civil conversation, more than just "You're wrong about this, this, and this." I'm not looking for hot takes and regurgitations of ESPN's "insights." I'm even willing to change my thoughts on some of these if good argumentations are made.