Here’s what NBA draft experts think about Seattle’s star trio, who are expected to go into the first round

Among the endless NBA Draft possibilities, there is a scenario in which three Seattle-area prospects are taken by the same team in the Thursday night first round.

Draft gurus are almost unanimous in presenting the Orlando Magic to Auburn wing Jabari Smith with the No. 1 overall pick and Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren being picked No. 2 by the Oklahoma City Thunder in most fake draft predictions.

Next, Duke freshman Paolo Banchero, the former O’D High standout, is expected to be voted No. 3 overall by the Houston Rockets.

What happens to the rest of the 29 first-round picks is anyone’s guess, but ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givoni envisions the Rockets using their No. Nathan Hale, with No. 26, pick former Garfield High star Tari Eason before catching up on Garfield and Rainier Beach playmaker Marjon Beauchamp.

Given the city’s iconic hoops pedigree and history of churning out NBA players, it wouldn’t be a shock if three Seattle-area prospects were taken in the first round.

It happened in 2020, when the Washington Huskies played alongside Isaiah Stewart (No. 16) and Jaden McDaniels (No. 28) as well as San Diego State standout Malachi Flynn (No. 29), spending two years in Washington State and in Tacoma. Play. Bellarmine Prep, was taken in the first round of the draft.

That year, WSU standout CJ Alleby was also selected in the second round.

And in 2007, UW freshman Spencer Howes, former Kentwood High star Rodney Stuckey and former Franklin High star Aaron Brooks were drafted in the first round.

“Seattle is one of the hottest beds in the country,” said college basketball analyst Eldridge Ricksner. “If all these guys make it to the first round… it’s just a continuation. I think the first person to go pro from Seattle was Doug Christie. You think of him, Jamal (Crawford), Nate ( Robinson) and Brandon Roy. The list is simply endless.

“I owe a lot of the success of these kids to Jamal Crawford and what it takes to mentor those kids and let them follow along. It makes a huge difference. … These guys are continuing a legacy. I know Paolo and Marjon played in their Pro-Am.

Reckasner said: “It seems like every few years, Seattle has some of the best players in the country and this is one of those years.”

To prepare you for the NBA draft, we talked to basketball analyst Francis Williams, Reckoner, and an Eastern Conference front office executive, about the Seattle area’s prospects.

Here’s what he said.

Paolo Banchero, F, O’Dia High
Duke | Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 | New
ESPN: 3 (Houston)
CBS: 3 (Houston)
nbadraftnet: 3 (Houston)

Take of the recanner: “I’m not surprised he can go anywhere from 1 to 3. I’d be shocked if he dropped down to 3. I was just in Houston and John ran into Lucas and the Rockets were working him… . Just a great story. “He is going to be a top-3 pick in the draft.”

Williams’ Take: “He has everything the NBA is looking for, except that supreme athleticism. He’s a good athlete … but he’s not a high-flyer compared to some of the other guys. But he’s a big size.” He has a great skill set. He has a passion for the game. He has a passion for the game, which is very important. I don’t think he will shy away from work.”

NBA Scout Rating: “He must be the NBA All-Star of the future. So talented and so fundamentally sound. He has the ability to shoot, pass, and dribble. He’s on the offensive and going downhill when he’s on happens at his best. … He can be really special with his abstraction.”

Tari Eason, F, Garfield High
LSU | Height: 6′ 8″ Weight: 215 | Age: 21 | Second
ESPN: 17 (Houston)
CBS: 23 (Philadelphia)
nbadraftnet: 15 (Charlotte)

Take of the recanner: “A big surprise. I remember him at Garfield. In Tari Eason’s senior year, he beat O’Dia (High) and Paolo. I know he went to Cincinnati when it came out to Garfield. He was LSU I thought he was the sixth man of the year so it’s a huge surprise to see his name as number 12 in the lottery. I loved his game in high school. I thought he was really versatile . At 6-7 he could handle the rock. He could post. He is athletic and can guard many positions. But if you would have told me about his senior year at Garfield he would have been in the lottery two years later. going to take it, then I must have said that you are crazy.

Take Williams: “His athleticism and his toughness really put him on the radar when he was in Cincinnati. People picked up on it. When people really took a look at his ability and the fact that he was coming off the bench, a lot of people Noticed he wasn’t complaining. He was accepting that role. … He’s got some toughness. You need a guy who’s gritty and gets under people’s skin.”

NBA Scout Rating: “Tari was all about energy, defensive versatility. He’s someone who could potentially defend 1-5, not to mention was able to shoot at a pretty decent clip at 35%. Showed some ability to handle the ball with a dribble. Someone who can become a two-way player down the road. ,

Marjon Beauchamp, SG/SF, Rainier Beach High

G League Ignite | Height: 6-7 Weight: 195 | Age: 21 | Second
ESPN: 26 (Houston)
CBS: 27 (Miami)
nbadraftnet: 32 (Orlando)

Take of the recanner: “He’ll probably have the best story out of the three if he gets drafted in the first round because here’s a kid who just got lost. I was worried about him because I don’t think he even knew where he was.” going to play. … I know his father Big Beauchamp who was a helluva player at the time. I’m not surprised that his son is good. … He’s in great shape. He’s 6-7. He Can handle the rock. … He can shoot the ball. He will strike the rim and sink people.”

Take Williams: “Will their passage become more common? the answer is yes. You look at Jalen Green and her success. He went number 2 (in last year’s draft). He had a good rookie year. You can see Jonathan Cumminga who is projected to become a superstar with Golden State. As far as Marjon is concerned, I must admit that I haven’t followed him as closely. He kind of dropped off the radar. It seemed for a while that he was somewhere in the basketball purge. I didn’t know where he was. But to his credit, he has put himself in the position that people are paying attention to his talent. ,

NBA Scout Rating: “His situation is really unique, but to be fair, his story helps to portray how resilient he is and his work ethic. I don’t know if we’ll ever see Marjon Beauchamp again. In basketball where people get over-hyped and lose their temper and how they are and what basketball means to them… it’s people like Marjon with that background that you really appreciate because they have to be at this stage. I have struggled to reach there. I give him a lot of credit.”

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