By Elijah Silas-Tafelsky
11. Charlotte Hornets: Jarret Allen: PF/C, Texas (19 years Old)
Allen is an athletic big man who can run the floor and dominate on the defensive end of the floor. At 6ft 11 and an incredible 7ft 6 wingspan, Allen has the look of a premier center in the NBA with his combination of length, athleticism and motor. His length allows him to be crafty around the rim on offense and while his jump shot could use some work it can be serviceable to begin his career. Allen runs the floor well for a big man and can be a point guard’s best friend on pick n’ rolls as he is a deadly finisher around the rim. Allen will need to fill out his body more to become a better post defender but he is quick enough to close out guys on the perimeter on pick n’ rolls. The Hornets have Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller down low but could use a young big man who can be effective on both ends of the floor. Allen who only recently turned 19 could be the perfect player they are looking for.
12. Detroit Pistons: Donovan Mitchell: PG/SG Louisville (20 years old)
Donovan Mitchell was not on many NBA team’s radars heading into the college basketball season but Mitchell stepped up to become one of the big surprises of college basketball. Inconsistent at times but the talent was undeniable during the year. At 6ft 3 Mitchell has an incredible wingspan of 6ft 10. He uses that to be a pest on defense and even though he is considered a shooting guard Mitchell defend point guards as well. On Offense Mitchell is great with the ball in his hands. He is a shot creator but can dish out as well. A compact player who takes contact well and is listed at 210 pounds, Mitchell can be a spark plug on offense. Reminds me a lot of Lou Williams with more athleticism. Mitchell needs some work on dribbling with his left hand as it appears he is not that confident going to his left. Detroit has Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as their starting guards but both have been way too inconsistent so far in their careers. There are not any other guards who can make plays off the Pistons bench and Mitchell will give Detroit a first guard off the bench player who can do a little of everything.
13. Denver Nuggets: O.G. Anunoby: SF/PF, Indiana (19 Years Old)
O.G. Anunoby missed most of his Sophomore season after a right knee injury ended his season in January. It’s a testament to how good Anunoby was at Indiana that most mock drafts still have him listed as a lottery pick. What stands out the most is Anunoby is his athleticism, which he shows on both the offensive and defensive end of the floor. He attacks the rim with authority but at times is one dimensional on offense because his jump shot is still a work in progress. The main reason why Anunoby is considered a potential lottery pick his defense which he can guard 3 to 4 positions. Great hands and he picks his spots on defense which allows him to use his speed to his advantage. The Nuggets just missed out on the playoffs last season but have a pretty good roster and depth at multiple positions. Anunoby is going to redshirt at least the first part of the season which the Nuggets can afford. When Healthy and more work offensively Anunoby can be a dynamic player in the future for the Nuggets.
14. Miami Heat: John Collins: PF, Wake Forest (19 Years Old)
Collins burst onto NBA teams radar during his freshman season at Wake Forest but it wasn’t until his sophomore season when Collins started to dominate opposing teams. At 6ft 10, Collins is extremely quick and was the most efficient Pick n’ Roll player in college basketball. Collins does most of his work on posts ups or as mentioned in the pick n’ roll. He averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during his sophomore season. One area Collins will need to work on is his court vision. At times Collins seemed to only think about scoring and not looking to get other teammates involved. He will also need to be better positioned on defense as well. In college, he could dominate defensively purely off his skill and talent but in the NBA, he will get burned if his positioning does not get better. The Heat have a need at the Power Forward spot and with Hassan Whiteside locked in playing center, Collins looks like an ideal option next to him.
15. Portland Trailblazers: Zach Collins: PF/C, Gonzaga (19 Years Old)
Not many teams saw Zach Collins emerging as lottery pick during the college basketball season. Collins played one season at Gonzaga before having a breakout late in the season including a 14 point, 13 rebound, 6 block performance in the NCAA tournament semi-final vs. South Carolina. At only 19 years of age, Collins struggled to stay out of foul trouble especially in the NCAA tournament. He reminds me of Marquese Chriss a player who got drafted as a lottery pick last season based off potential but still had a lot to learn as far as becoming a complete basketball player. Collins has some nice post moves and can be great rebounder when he gets in position. His touch around the rim and even from the outside is nice but there is improvement needed. Defensively, Collins has great rim protection and played at times next to another 7-footer at Gonzaga so he has the potential to play power forward at the next level. The Blazers are looking for some insurance behind Jusuf Nurkic and Collins would be a great pick up to address that need.
16. Chicago Bulls: Justin Patton: C, Creighton
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Ike Anigbou: C, UCLA
18. Indiana Pacers: Luke Kennard: SG/SF, Duke
19. Atlanta Hawks: Justin Jackson: SF, North Carolina
20. Portland Trail Blazers: Isaiah Hartenstien: PF/C, Germany
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Derrick White: PG/SG, Colorado
22. Brooklyn Nets: T.J. Leaf: PF, UCLA
23. Toronto Raptors: D.J. Wilson: PF, Michigan
24. Utah Jazz: Ivan Rabb: PF/C, California
25. Orlando Magic: Jawun Evans PG, Oklahoma State
26. Portland Trail Blazers: Edmond Sumner: PG, Xavier
27. Brooklyn Nets: Terrance Ferguson: SG/SF Australia
28. Los Angeles Lakers: Harry Giles: PF/C, Duke
29. San Antonio Spurs: Jonathan Jeanne: C, France
30. Utah Jazz: Wesley Iwundu: SG/SF, Kansas State