Roughly a month and a half separates us from the start of the 2016–17 NBA season, which means we’re roughly a month and a half out from being eight months away from the 2017 NBA draft, the most important sports event of the year. Look, it’s never too early to start thinking about the NBA prospects that will be infiltrating our dreams come June. We had our resident draftniks and basketball futurists weigh in on three of the most notable prospects in what promises to be a draft class worth tanking for.

Markelle Fultz

Kevin O’Connor: One month before USA Basketball won gold at the Rio Olympics, Markelle Fultz led the U.S. Under-18 team to a championship of its own at the FIBA Americas tournament in Chile. Fultz, Washington’s incoming freshman point guard, was named tournament MVP, averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 assists with a 60.4 effective field goal percentage. Fultz is a top prospect in the 2017 NBA draft, which seemed unthinkable just a few years ago when he couldn’t even make DeMatha Catholic High School’s varsity team as a sophomore. The coaches knew he was good, but it wasn’t until Fultz’s three-inch growth spurt (to roughly 6-foot-4 in shoes) that his game blossomed.

Fultz chose Washington, he says, because of a desire to “blaze my own path.” But with the Huskies, he’ll join a long list of future NBA playmakers coached by Lorenzo Romar: Brandon Roy, Isaiah Thomas, Nate Robinson, Tony Wroten, and Dejounte Murray. You’re going to hear a lot of Fultz-Roy comparisons this year. Roy was a big guard with excellent feel, a smooth style, and sneaky athleticism, which happens to describe Fultz’s game well, too. Fultz has developed into a lead guard who can shape-shift into whatever his team needs: a commander, a scorer, or a floor spacer. He’s fast off the dribble and an explosive leaper, yet his movements are equally graceful. Playing at your own tempo can be better than being the fastest player on the floor, and that’s an axiom Fultz fully embodies. He can appear to be moving slowly, but he’s always in control. As a distributor, he has the creative handle to slide through tight cracks of the defense and the vision to make complex passes that turn into assists.