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With scouts gaining confidence in Young’s success carrying over, the next question—from an evaluation and projection standpoint—is deciding out how he stacks up with everyone else. Though scouts still sound reluctant to move him atop their boards—firmly ahead of surefire top picks such as Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr.—it seems like Trae Young is knocking on the door. “To me, he’s a top-10 pick, and I think when you get to the No. 7-10 range, he’s one of the only guys who has star potential,” a third scouted added.
I asked a dozen personnel people how concerned they were with Porter, Jr.’s surgery and if it will impact where he’s picked. The responses were mixed. “If it’s a standard microdiscectomy, it shouldn’t be much of an issue (lots of those procedures on NBA players),” one general manager said Sunday via text. “If it’s more than that, the result could be of greater impact. If he can do a few draft workouts, he should be just fine. It may play out like the (Joel) Embiid draft where Joel was affected by a couple picks (because of the foot), but not much beyond that.”