NBA Draft prospect rankings 4.0: March Madness provides final chance to impress scouts

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How much does the NCAA Tournament help a player’s draft stock? Well, that depends on who you ask.

FiveThirtyEight currently gives the Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, Jazz, Grizzlies and Thunder a 99 percent chance of making the playoffs. That means there’s one spot up for grabs. The Nuggets have the best odds of making the playoffs, but there’s less than a handful of games separating them from the Pelicans, Trail Blazers, Mavericks and Timberwolves. In fact, the only teams we can realistically eliminate from the race are the Lakers and Suns. Every other team has a legitimate chance of sneaking into the playoffs.

Washington Wizards Jersey Some teams would obviously be better off making the playoffs than others, which is what makes this final stretch so interesting. The Nuggets are one team that has have absolutely nothing to lose. They already have their franchise player in Nikola Jokic as well as plenty of young pieces surrounding him. Playoff experience is more valuable to them at this stage of their rebuild than another lottery pick.

The Mavericks, on the other hand, would benefit more from a top-five pick than a first-round loss to the Warriors. Dirk Nowitzki’s career is on its last legs, and it’s about time they shifted their focus to the future with Harrison Barnes and someone like Lonzo Ball or Dennis Smith. Otherwise they run the risk of being stuck in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. Now that the Pelicans 鈥?one of the teams in the running for the No. 8 seed 鈥?have acquired DeMarcus Cousins, the Mavericks should have more incentive to pack it in.

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