4. Amen Thompson, Guard, Overtime Elite
As one-half of the two-headed dragon that has taken Atlanta’s Overtime Elite by storm, Amen Thompson has put on an impressive display alongside his twin brother Ausar Thompson this year. Amen has a very well-rounded game, averaging 16.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game on an otherworldy 56.8% shooting from the field.
Unlike the other players on this list, it’s hard to accurately gauge Amen’s talent relative to his peers due to the fact he plays in an inferior league talent-wise. Still, our eyes do not deceive us, Thompson is clearly a very talented player with still much room left to grow. Just like Shaedon Sharpe from last year’s draft class, sometimes it’s not necessary to see a player up against collegiate competition if their talent is undeniable.
Amen Thompson offers superstar upside for a team in desperate need of a lead guard like the Chicago Bulls.
Standing at 6-foot-7, both Thompson twins look built to be bonafide NBA players. But as Ausar projects to be a wing in the league, his size won’t give him the inherent mismatch advantage that Amen could have in the backcourt.
Amen’s biggest weakness is certainly his shooting, as he’s making only 23.3% of his attempts from deep and a dubious 64.6% from the charity stripe. There’s hope that working with actual NBA shooting coaches could fix his stroke, but what’s most interesting to me is that Thompson is still maintaining a highly efficient 60.8% true shooting percentage simply because he is so dominant inside the three-point line.
Considering the Bulls have arguably the best mid-range player in the NBA with DeMar DeRozan, they won’t scoff at the chance to draft Thompson just because his outside shots aren’t falling. Ausar will also likely receive consideration in the top half of the draft lottery, but Amen should be considered the bigger prize for Chicago right now if they keep their pick.