"Safe" becomes a relative term when it comes to projecting NBA talent. As in the NFL, young talent can be hard to come by, and often comes with great risk.
Certain skill sets do not transition as well from the college or international game to the NBA game. And certain players -- oftentimes, the one-and-done freshmen -- require more development than expected.
As a measuring stick, previous players I loved and correctly profiled during the draft process include: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Dennis Schroder, Giannis Antetokounmpo and C.J. McCollum. Previously profiled busts include: Anthony Bennett, Michael Carter-Williams, Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel.
With that in mind, here are the five safest picks of the 2016 draft.
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