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The year-old will come to the NBA with an argument as the top European prospect in history. In Memphis, Doncic can bridge eras. Read more about Luka Doncic here. The Mavericks won a coin flip against the Hawks for the third spot on Friday. The year-old averaged 5.
He has legitimate unicorn potential. Turning him into a long-term ball screen partner with Dennis Smith Jr. Read more about Jaren Jackson Jr.
Bagley has the potential to be the best player in the class if his skill level catches up with his athleticism and motor. The year-old averaged More enticing, though, is his potential short roll play-making. Need and fit intersect here at No.
Orlando shipped out point guard Elfrid Payton at the trade deadline, so the front office will need a long-term replacement. Read more about Trae Young here. But the upside of Bamba is too much to pass up. Bamba projects as a shot-erasing rim protector. He has a wingspan and averaged 4. Read more about Mohamed Bamba here. The year-old remains an intriguing, high-upside play for a franchise seemingly lacking in future star power.
Porter has the potential to be a go-to scoring option on the wing. His size allows him to get his shot off over smaller opponents, and his quickness is too much for bigger defenders to handle.
Porter would also give Sacramento a more modern look on frontline. Read more about Michael Porter Jr. Assuming LeBron James sticks around, there may not be a better marriage in the draft than Bridges with Cleveland. He also possesses an excellent understanding of team defensive concepts.
His improvement shooting off movement makes him a more versatile threat. If James leaves in free agency, Bridges will remain a valuable part of a rebuild. Every team needs viable wing prospects, and he still may possess some untapped potential as an offensive creator. Read more about Mikal Bridges here. The year-old is a competitive force, and his presence alongside Ntilikina would give the Knicks an interesting defensive backcourt in time.
However, he still needs to develop into an above average 3-point shooter to be a more well-rounded offensive player. Read more about Collin Sexton here. A Philadelphia-based reunion with Mikal Bridges was cut short a few picks ago, so a replacement Bridges will have to do. He would also give Ben Simmons another perimeter outlet. Philadelphia is primarily concerned with rounding out its roster around Simmons and Joel Embiid.
Bridges fits the bill. Read more about Miles Bridges here. The year-old is an exciting playmaker on the offensive end where his ability to dribble, pass and shoot is impressive for a young center. On defense, there are more question marks. Read more about Wendell Carter Jr. Gilgeous-Alexander forced his way up draft boards with some impressive late-season performances. No freshman in college basketball was as crafty getting to the rim as the year-old Kentucky star.
Gilgeous-Alexander excelled as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and finisher at the rim. On the other end, his length offers up some interesting potential versatility should he put on strength. After shipping out Blake Griffin earlier this season, the Clippers are looking for an influx of talent with their two late lottery picks. Read more about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander here. Back-to-back Kentucky freshman to Los Angeles.
He projects as a versatile combo forward capable of sliding up and down the lineup. Although he shot just Although Smith is smaller than Anunoby, his combination of athleticism and positive statistical indicators suggest he could be a high-upside prospect. Whether on the offensive boards or jumping passing lanes, he shows a high-level feel for the game.
Improving as a ball-handler and jump shooter will be critical to developing him as a viable offensive player. Marcin Gortat is already 34 years old, so the Wizards will likely be moving into the center market at some point in the near future. Williams has tremendous instincts as a rim protector. That said, Sexton is a useful defender when he wants to be. There is some concern about the selfish nature of his game and whether he makes teammates better. The Clippers have a glut of ball-handlers to make decisions on, but at this point in the draft, Sexton would be the best piece available.
The Clippers could end up picking back—to—back here if they miss the playoffs. If he ends up in a good team environment Williams could provide a great return in this range. Gilgeous-Alexander helped himself in the eyes of the NBA as much as anyone in the month of March, leading Kentucky to an SEC tournament title and what was a disappointing exit in the Sweet His shooting is a work in progress but his potential as a defender and playmaker is substantial.
The Suns should have three first-round picks and just two contracts coming off the books and could choose to keep him overseas in this scenario. The Suns appear likely to get this pick from the Bucks it has to fall between 11 and 16 to convey , which would give them three of the first 20 selections.
Prospects with his perimeter skill set are in demand right now. A talented but inexperienced slasher, Walker has substantial upside, but a long way to go. The Wizards could groom him as a third guard to start.
Simons announced he will forgo college and enter the draft with an agent straight out of his prep year at IMG, and also withdrew from the Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic. He will make his case as a prospect while riding a degree of mystery, and his camp will presumably schedule his team workouts carefully. Simons has a lot of intriguing traits, with great explosiveness, speed and developing three-point range, but obviously lacks high-level experience.
The Hawks will likely have three first-rounders, and can focus on getting Simons the G League reps he needs. His draft range is wide, but his tools are first-round caliber. The Jazz could take a shot on upside, and have room to develop another big behind Rudy Gobert.
His experience and physical readiness make sense for a Minnesota group pushing to be competitive sooner than later. The Spurs would be able to get the most out of him. The Pacers could use a ball-handler, and Holiday separated himself from the pack somewhat with a strong senior year. His lack of size and issues getting downhill off the dribble likely cap his upside, but he defends well, can score and should receive an off-court bonus given his older brothers have both been successful pros.
Thomas was consistently a plus for Creighton and emerged as one of the better on-ball defenders in college basketball this season, while also hitting threes at a strong clip. He would make situational sense as a role player in this spot. Physical two-way rim-runners are in demand, and Fernando would give the Lakers some controllable depth on the inside as a potential backup. He regressed greatly as a shooter Still, his gritty defense and athleticism are strong points that lend themselves to an NBA role, and the Blazers could use a tough, hard-nosed player to add to their backcourt.
Amid a challenging year for Arizona, Alkins made the best of a tough situation after breaking his foot in the preseason. He never appeared to be at full strength, and should end up in better shape entering the pre-draft process.
Proving himself defensively and adding consistency to his jumper will help. He plays with a unique change of speeds off the bounce, and solidified himself as a legitimate prospect with a breakout year. Regardless of how dominant Villanova was in sealing the national title, Brunson should have already endeared himself to teams given his otherworldly feel and well-rounded offensive game. Brunson may be the best of the mid-draft point guard crop, and the late first round is within reach.
The Hawks will pick three times in the first round and have a great opportunity to replenish their talent base. Graham is viewed as a safe bet to be a useful ball-handler, though not a star. His production was consistent at Kansas, although he shot just Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password.
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