Ben Simmons “secretly” worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday morning before his Instagram photo permeated the entire internet. Jeff Teague and George Hill changed teams shortly after the NBA’s annual draft media day. About an hour later, the Chicago Bulls dealt their prodigal son Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, completely overshadowing any draft selection outside the lottery Thursday night. But don’t be fooled: The 2016 draft class is loaded with versatile, established collegiate players who can fill an NBA role seamlessly. Here are five players who should be able to make an impact at the next level, likely to be selected far below their actual value. Caris LeVert After two straight injury-riddled seasons, Caris LeVert’s medical red flag might as well be a scarlet letter. For a team to be comfortable selecting him in the first round, its medical staff will have to feel more than confident LeVert will be able to overcome a left foot that’s sustained two surgeries and a “lower left leg” injury that caused him miss 19 of Michigan’s last 20 games. Before he was bit by the injury bug, LeVert flashed lottery-level talent. At 6' 7", 190 pounds with a 6' 10" wingspan, LeVert has the ability to guard three positions while possessing the shooting stroke and playmaking ability to fit both backcourt spots in an NBA offense. Whichever team drafts him will add an extremely malleable 21-year-old to both ends of the floor. If he can stay on the court, LeVert will be considered the steal of this draft.
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NBA draft sleepers: Five underrated players ready to make an impact
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