Top 5 NBA Draft Prospects: Who has the biggest bust potential?

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#1: Buyer beware – Amen Thompson

Amen Thompson is a very weird and intriguing prospect, be he is a huge roll of the dice. Another oversized guard (6’7”), Thompson does almost everything well. This season with Overtime Elite, Thompson has posted 15 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. 

Thompson is perhaps the most athletic draft prospect of all time. He is incredibly quick and can blow past anyone on the perimeter. Once he gets to the paint, he can try and put the center on a poster or kick it out to a shooter, as he plays a remarkably selfish game. With two elite wings in Johnson and Vassell, the trio could work quite well in San Antonio. 

My main concern with Amen is his shooting, both from deep and the charity stripe. If he can never improve that, he will not take the step to become an elite NBA talent, which is what you expect from the consensus third-overall pick. 

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Another issue is his pace. Pace is a good thing in the open court or on one-on-one isolation plays, but as he gathers the ball in a crowded lane or faces a double team, I do worry that he could eventually lead the league in turnovers. Jalen Green presented the same problem, and he is by no means an All-Star, despite having the potential to drop 30 points any given night. If none of the players on this list improve at all in the NBA, Thompson will be the worst player, which is why he gets this top spot.