Initial Player Archetypes: 2017 Draft

*This is a  fluid list of the player archetypes comprised of those who I have watched most and feel comfortable projecting initially. I’ll provide updates and more in-depth breakdowns as the season progresses.

Lead Guards

Category 1: Generational Two-Way Scheme-Changers (Prototype: Chris Paul)

  • Markelle Fultz Ceiling

Category 2: Outlier Athleticism/Tools (Prototype: Russell Westbrook)

  • Dennis Smith

Category 3: Offensive Scheme-Changers (Prototype: Damian Lillard)

  • Lonzo Ball Ceiling
  • Markelle Fultz Floor

Category 4: Two-Way Skilled + Shooting Threats (Prototype: Kyle Lowry)

  • Frank Ntilikina Ceiling

Category 5: Defensive Tools + Non-Shooters (Prototype: Ricky Rubio)

  • De’Aaron Fox

Category 6: Dribble-Drivers (Prototype: Goran Dragic)

  • Jawun Evans

Category 7: 3&D Plus Initiation (Prototype: George Hill)

  • Frank Ntilikina Floor


Category 1: Two-Way Primary Initiators (Prototype: LeBron James)

  • Josh Jackson Ceiling (Very Small % Outcome)

Category 2: Primary Scorers/Self Creators (Prototype: Kevin Durant)

  • Josh Jackson Likely Ceiling
  • Jayson Tatum Ceiling
  • Jonathan Isaac Ceiling

Category 3: Two-Way Swiss Army Knife Playmakers (Prototype: Gordon Hayward)

  • Josh Jackson Floor

Category 4: 3&D Plus (Prototype: Klay Thompson)

Category 5: 3&D Versatile (Prototype: Jae Crowder)

  • OG Anunoby Ceiling

Category 6: 3&D Perimeter/Point of Attack (Prototype: Danny Green)

  • Terrance Ferguson Ceiling
  • Mikal Bridges Likely Ceiling

Category 7: Two-Way Secondary Handlers (Prototype: Avery Bradley)

  • Malik Monk Ceiling (Low % Outcome)
  • Mikal Bridges Ceiling (Low % Outcome)
  • Josh Hart Ceiling
  • Donovan Mitchell Ceiling

Category 8: Offensive/Scoring Secondary Handlers (Prototype: CJ McCollum)

  • Lonzo Ball Floor
  • Malik Monk (Median Outcome)

Category 9: Defensive Versatile (Prototype: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist)

  • OG Anunoby Floor
  • *Mikal Bridges Floor

Category 10: Offensive Skilled Combo-Forwards (Prototype: Danilo Gallinari)

  • Jonathan Isaac Floor
  • Jayson Tatum Floor
  • Miles Bridges Floor

Category 11: Wing Fours (Prototype: Harrison Barnes)

Category 12: 1 Position Defenders + 1 Skill Shooters (Prototype: JJ Redick)

  • Malik Monk Hypothetical Floor


Category 1: Two-Way Playmakers (Prototype: Draymond Green)

Category 2: Offensive Playmakers (Prototype: Kevin Love)

  • Miles Bridges Ceiling
  • Lauri Markkanen Ceiling (Small % Outcome)

Category 3: Skilled + Stretch (Prototype: Patrick Patterson)

  • Lauri Markkannen Floor/Likely Outcome
  • TJ Leaf Ceiling
  • Tyler Lydon Ceiling
  • Alec Peters Ceiling

Category 4: Face Up Handlers With Low Defense/Feel Floors (Prototype: Markieff Morris)

Category 5: Energy + Motor (Prototype: Kenneth Faried)

  • Ivan Rabb Floor/Likely Outcome


Category 1: Two-Way Playmakers (Prototype: Karl Towns) 

Category 2: Outlier Athleticism/Tools (Prototype: Anthony Davis)

  • *Harry Giles

Category 3: Unicorns (Prototype: Kristaps Porzingis)

  • Robert Williams Ceiling (Very Small % Outcome)
  • Justin Patton (Very Small % Outcome)

Category 4: Defense + Passing/Non-Scorers (Prototype: Joakim Noah)

Category 5: Defense + Energy/Lob Catchers (Prototype: Tristan Thompson)

  • Robert Williams Floor
  • Justin Patton Floor
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Ike Anibogu

Category 6: Traditional Offensive Bucket-Getters (Prototype: Brook Lopez)