Dribble Handoff: Which four-year college player in the 2020 NBA Draft class will have the best pro career?

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The three biggest stars in the NBA Finals took three distinct paths to the NBA. LeBron James jumped straight to the professional ranks after high school, while Lakers teammate Anthony Davis played one season of college basketball at Kentucky. Both were No. 1 picks in their respective drafts after taking the quickest path available to the NBA (rules had changed to keep high school prospects from entering the draft by the time Davis came along).

But Miami Heat leader Jimmy Butler’s journey to the game’s highest level looked much different than the paths James and Davis took. He played at a junior college in Texas before transferring to Marquette, where he exhausted his collegiate eligibility before the Bulls selected him 30th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Several other NBA Finals contributors also exhausted their collegiate eligibility, including Jae Crowder, Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn of the Heat. Same for Danny Green and Alex Caruso of the Lakers. Of the group, Butler was the only one taken in the first round in the NBA Draft. 

But he and the other former four-year college players prove that you can still find your way to the NBA spotlight even without one-and-done hype. With that in mind, our writers responded to the following prompt for this week’s dribble handoff: Which four-year college player in the 2020 NBA Draft class will have the best pro career? If you think it’s an easy question, go look at the 2020 prospect rankings. There are some intriguing choices but no obvious answer.

Cassius Winston, Michigan State

My favorite thing about this Heat team is how it’s made up of such an unlikely cast of characters while the Lakers’ starting lineup features the No 1. pick of the 2003 NBA Draft (LeBron James), the No. 1 pick of


After first defensive snaps of his young career, Packers’ Ty Summers knows he must be better against Falcons | Pro football

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara eludes Packers linebacker Ty Summers on a 52-yard touchdown reception Sunday in New Orleans. 

GREEN BAY — Sidnee Jo Summers was, admittedly, biased.

Her observations came from her heart, not from a thorough viewing of the all-22 film on her NFL Game Pass subscription. And her takes were delivered kindly, not critically.

Nevertheless, as Ty Summers beat himself up over his uneven 44-snap performance at inside linebacker in the Green Bay Packers’ 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, his wife of not quite seven months did her best to soften his self-examination. And she successfully brought a smile to his face.

“I wish you could see some of the text messages I got from her after the game. It was pretty comical,” Summers said as the Packers (3-0) turned their attention to Monday night’s matchup with the Atlanta Falcons (0-3) at Lambeau Field. “Her being super excited after the game, telling me how well I did and of course, I was like, ‘Ah, I could have done better.’

“(And) she was like, ‘Hey, stop it. This is your first opportunity. You went out there, you made some great plays. Don’t focus on the bad stuff. You can’t change it now. Just go learn from it, move on.’”

That’s exactly what Summers will have to do, because with veteran starter Christian Kirksey not expected to play because of the shoulder injury he sustained against the Saints, Summers is the logical pick to start against the Falcons. And while he did register a team-high nine tackles against the Saints, he did miss several tackles, including one on running back Alvin Kamara’s 52-yard touchdown catch-and-run.

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