By Sam Agnitsch
- Denver Nuggets-Furkan Korkmaz G Turkey
A 6’7” sharpshooter with the ability to score points in bunches. One of the younger players in the draft, will still need to add muscle before making the transition. Very fluid offensive game.
- Boston Celtics-Deyonta Davis PF/C Michigan St.
Davis is a bruising athletic big that could wind up going much earlier. Doesn’t have much of an offensive repertoire but has good hands and a nice touch. An excellent shot blocker with prototypical size and length.
- Memphis Grizzlies-Timothe Luwawu G/F Serbia
Long and incredibly gifted athletically, Luwawu projects to be the best “3 and D” player in the draft. Has shown consistent progress developing his shot throughout his career and would be a good fit in the Memphis system.
- Detroit Pistons-DeJounte Murray G Washington
The athletic, long 6’5” combo guard can do a little bit of everything. Has good size for either guard spot and can slide over to play point in spells. Lacks a consistent jump shot and needs to work on perimeter defense but could turn into a valuable option off the bench.
- Denver Nuggets-Demetrius Jackson PG Notre Dame
Not the biggest at 6’1” but makes up for it with his explosiveness. Has a knack for getting into the paint and is tough enough to finish inside. Would be a nice backup option for Mudiay and eventual replacement for Augustine.
- Indiana Pacers-Denzel Valentine SG Michigan State
Coming off a senior season that saw him take away Player of the Year honors, Valentine gives the Pacers some depth at guard behind Paul George. Solid in almost every aspect of the game and not afraid to crash the boards, Valentine has scouts raving about his value as a role player. Very sub-par defender and potential knee issues here could see him slip further.
- Atlanta Hawks-Ivica Zubac C Croatia
A young center with enormous size (7’1” 265 lbs) that is surprisingly mobile. Good rebounder with strong putback skills around the basket. Not a rim protector despite his size and does have a history of injuries early in his professional career.
- Charlotte Hornets-Malik Beasley G Florida State
Perhaps one of the more underrated players in the draft, the Seminole freshman entered the season under the radar but quickly turned heads with his unique combination of 3 point shooting ability and rim attacking prowess. Despite his athleticism, Beasley has troubles creating his own shot and has had defensive lapses on that side of the ball.
- Boston Celtics-Thon Maker G/F/C? Sudan
The enigmatic 7 footer with a 7’3” wingspan is the biggest question mark in this draft. At 19 years old with virtually no games of meaning to draw from, scouts are split on how good this prospect can be. His cult-classic YouTube videos have shown flashes of a Kevin Garnett/Kevin Durant hybrid with Makers shot blocking skills, ball handling and long range game. Unfortunately, he’s showcasing against much less talented high school players and there are serious doubts if his game can translate to the world’s best. Future All-Star? Or will he just wind up being basketball’s version of Kimbo Slice?
- Philadelphia 76ers-Cheick Diallo PF/C Kansas
Diallo doesn’t have a high ceiling but has an established game and doesn’t try to play out of his skill set. He’s a long athletic player that makes a living off hustle and crashing the glass. Can protect the rim as well but gives you virtually nothing on offense besides dunking.
- Los Angeles Clippers-Taurean Prince F Baylor
Not particularly elite in any one area, Prince is a solid role player that can bring toughness and energy to a clipper bench in need of wing help. Potential “3 and D” find at this point in the draft.
- Philadelphia 76ers-Tyler Ulis PG Kentucky
Maybe the best word to describe Ulis is solid. Has a fantastic assist to turnover ratio and quarterbacks the offense as good as anyone in the draft. He is however severely undersized at his position (5’9”) and his small frame has scouts concerned about durability issues.
- Toronto Raptors-Ante Zizic C Croatia
With more experience than his countrymen Zubac, Zizic has been on the international radar for awhile. A very good competitor with a high motor his upside isn’t as high as Zubac but he brings more to the table athletically. Seasoned for a young international prospect.
- Phoenix Suns-Stephen Zimmerman PF/C UNLV
The freshman Rebel was a double-double machine and displayed a wide range of abilities for a 7-footer. Doesn’t have much explosiveness but is a great passer and bangs hard on the boards. Quality rotation player to add.
- San Antonio Spurs-Juan Hernangomez G Spain
Crafty long swing player from Spain, “Juancho” fits the bill for a team looking to replace Manu Ginobili in the near future. Not very athletic but handles the ball extremely well and is an excellent shooter. Good at getting to the line as well so don’t be surprised to see him go higher.
- Golden State Warriors-Damian Jones C Vanderbilt
With the uncertainty surrounding Festus Ezeli’s future with the team, the Warriors turn to another Vanderbilt center to fill the role. Jones has all the physical tools you look for with good shot blocking instincts. Limited offensively, he does most of his damage around the rim which is all you really need from the center position on a team with Klay Thompson and Steph Curry.