7. JARED SULLINGER
Stalley – “Lincoln Way Nights (Shop Remix)” (feat. Rick Ross)
There’s a huge divide amongst GMs about how they project Jared Sullinger. Likewise, this collaboration between an Ohioan in Stalley and South Beach’s Teflon don Rick Ross was just weird. These two cats are virtual polar opposites. And for Stalley to even consider doing a track on Miami is similar to the confusion NBA front offices have on whether Sullinger has the make-up of a safe and promising pick. He can easily be a marginal player like Stalley is a rapper, or evolve into an impact player like Ricky Rozay.
8. DION WAITERS
Meek Mill – “Big Dreams”
“I think Philly is a different breed from every other city…just the toughness,” Dion Waiters described his hometown in his draft diary. He also revealed that he’s listening to Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape. The uniqueness these Philly cats share is what differentiates them from their peers. It is why people downloaded that mixtape more than two million times when it dropped. It is why there’s been talk of an early lottery promise for Waiters. It is why the intro to “Big Dreams” resonates to what’s unfolding: “You ever watch a dream manifest? It’s nothing like it.”