When trying to determine how players unexpectedly get taken several picks higher than their projection in the NBA Draft, the best explanation is that it only takes one.
It only takes one team to fall in love with a player’s enormous upside, or feel that this player would fit perfectly in a certain system. When a player falls, it’s because several teams choose to pass on that player. When a player rises, it’s because one team decides that player is worth more than most people’s perceived value.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some players who might go higher than expected on Thursday night.