Like the front page of a newspaper (remember those?), the NBA Draft packs the most important action at the top. Broadly speaking, the expected value and importance of a pick declines as the draft recedes into its later stage—if a player is chosen with the 24th pick, there’s a reason that 23 players were selected ahead of him.
Still, what makes this year’s edition so fascinating is its relative flatness. Sure, the likes of Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley are considered franchise-changing players, but there’s surprisingly little difference this year between the eighth and 38th picks. More than perhaps any other year, teams will have to navigate a minefield of hidden sleepers and busts, hoping that they can provide an environment where players can actualize their potential. Below, the best draft picks to keep an eye on—after the jump.