Summer League First Impressions Part 2

During Saturday's Summer League games it continued to become clear just how talented this rookie class is. We got our first look at a few more first round picks, as this class continued to impress. Yes, it's just Summer League but the talent that has been on display can't be denied. The bottom line is that this rookie class is special.

Kevin freakin' Knox! When the Knicks drafted Knox he was welcomed by a chorus of boos from the Barclay's Center crowd. After one Summer League game all of those doubters have been silenced, as Knox put on a display of athleticism, talent and natural ability that is normally found in top 5 draft picks. He threw down some nasty power dunks while showing elite mobility for size and showing a high comfort level as a face-up 4. We graded this pick an A+ on draft night and we stand by that grade.


Wendell Carter Jr. also saw his first action of the summer and did not disappoint. It's clear that the Bulls have a rock solid center prospect who fits today's league well and should also be a perfect fit next to Lauri. WCJ showed off his versatility, blocking shots on one end, draining 3's on the other end and looking the part of a modern NBA center who can switch on D and space the floor on O. He plays a mature game, makes good decisions and really impacts the game when he's on the floor. Look for WCJ to be a many-time All Star in the League.

Zhaire Smith played with a level of confidence and aggression that we didn't see in his first game. His athleticism is truly special and his basketball instincts and feel for the game are elite. He's far more advanced on the offensive end than he gets credit for and in the game vs. the Lakers he showed off his passing ability and also an ability to get his own shot. Coach Pop and the Spurs organization is surely watching and might demand that Zhaire be included in any Kawhi deal.

But on the flip side for the Sixers, draft and stash fan favorite Jonah Bolden has looked shaky. His uninspired play has been marked by poor shot selection, defensive lapses and overall lack of court awareness. He could be a long shot to make the roster.



Mitchell Robinson has big time potential. If he can keep his focus and improve his work ethic the sky's the limit for this kid. You just don't find 7-1 players who can move the way he does. He needs to bulk up, refine his skills and continue to learn the game but he's got good instincts and elite physical tools. Great pick by the Knicks.

Isaac Bonga looked lost at times and made a lot of unforced errors but it's clear he's got an NBA future. His passing instincts and ability at 6-9 are unique and he's got a bright future for the Lakers...it just might take him a few years to get there.

Hamidou Diallo might just be better suited for the NBA game than most people thought. He's got a long way to go with his skill level and BBIQ but the pace and space of the NBA game fits his style of play well and his elite athleticism stands out, even on a court full of NBA athletes. Nice high-upside pick for the Thunder.

First Impressions from Summer League 2018

Here are a few first impressions of players who impressed so far in Summer League 2018:

Elie Okobo can play in this league. He's got all the physical tools, an NBA skill set and showed that he won't back down from anybody. The Suns got a second round steal.

The Spurs drafted well (what else is new?). If you follow this site you know we've been really high on Lonnie Walker IV and so far he hasn't disappointed. He's far from a finished product but he's already showing flashes of big time ability. The sky is the limit. Second round pick Chimezie Metu has done some nice things and looks the part of an NBA player. He might not have an impact in year one but look for him to develop and eventually become a rotation player for the Spurs, which is a solid value for a late second rounder.

Josh Okogie seems like a perfect fit for the Wolves. He fits coach Thibs mold of a defensive-minded, team-first player. Look for him to get minutes early in his NBA career, potentially at Andrew Wiggins expense.

DeAndre Ayton is going to be a monster.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is the real deal. The foot-speed he shows defending guards and switching on the
perimeter is really impressive. Oh, and draining 8 three pointers in his first pro game is kind of cool too.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is a steal for the Clippers and very well could be the best guard in this draft class. He plays with unbelievable control and poise for a young player and he physically out-matches most guards he goes against. He should have been a top ten pick.

Jerome Robinson really knows how to play and is an NBA level marksman. The Clippers backcourt is in good hands for the future.

Trae Young is going to be really fun to watch but (as we've been saying for months) he's going to struggle to score with consistency at the NBA level and his defense will leave a lot to be desired.

Is it any surprise that Grayson Allen is already ruffling feathers? Love him or hate him, Allen is showing the skill level and the trademark intensity to be an impact player early in his career.

Mo Wagner can ball. He's going to have a long successful career and could even develop into an All Star level player in his prime. 

Zhaire Smith has everything you look for in a glue-guy/wing defender and should be a perfect fit on the Sixers. Speaking of the Sixers, Furkan Korkmaz will make fans quickly forget about Marco Belinelli. Furkan can really stroke it.

And finally, Mikal Bridges could end up as one of the better three point marksmen in the League. That picture perfect jumper should make Suns fans very excited about his future.

2018 NBA Draft Sleepers

L.J. Takes a look at a few recent draftees who were picked too low and who promise to look like steals of the draft in the near future:

Lonnie Walker – I predicted it would happen and it did, Walker became a sleeper in this draft.
Lonnie Walker was chosen with the 18th pick in the draft after being projected as a top 10 talent. He was the #16 recruit in the nation for the class of 2017 by 247 sports but to me he was a top 5 talent in that class. He will be an All-Star player for the Spurs and the new face of that franchise.

Michael Porter Jr. – It’s just crazy to call Porter Jr. a sleeper but the fact he slipped to #14 makes him a sleeper. We are talking about the #1 player in this draft before his injury and Denver got very very lucky and got him at 14. The face of the nuggets franchise was just drafted and a lot of teams will be kicking them self in the face repeatedly. This is almost as bad as Charlotte trading Kobe Bryant.

Anfernee Simons
– Simons is a lottery talent period point blank. He has elite athleticism and scoring ability. He is not a point guard nor is he a shooting guard; he is a “killer”. Simons is a dangerous talent to add with McCollum and Lillard. I feel in the future he will force his way into the starting line-up and it’s only a matter of time before there is a backcourt change in Portland.

Jalen Brunson – The biggest sleeper in this draft. The most successful and productive player in this draft Brunson slipped all the way to the #33 pick to a team with Doncic and Smith Jr. Brunson was not only a two-time national champion, he won one of those titles as a freshman and capped off his college career with winning the Player of the year honors. Brunson will not only be productive in Dallas he will one day be a starting NBA point guard and be productive in the NBA for a long time.

Mitchell Robinson – Undeniable talent, Robinson has the potential to be a very dominant center. He can run the floor like a guard and his athleticism allows him to have an advantage over other centers. The Knicks capped off a very good draft by drafting a top 10 talent in Robinson who could be the center of the future for the Knicks.

Gary Trent Jr. – The smoothest shooter in the draft and one of the best scorers. For him to fall this far is absolutely surprising. He goes to Portland who also drafted Anfernee Simons a four guard rotation that has McCollum, Trent Jr, and Lillard, talk about bombs over Baghdad.

Jarred Vanderbilt – Injuries were the only thing that kept Vanderbilt from the lottery and it’s the
reason that 2017-18 Kentucky squad never reached their full potential. Vanderbilt can do it all playing with the nuggets and all the young talent around that franchise. If he overcomes his injuries Vanderbilt could be an all-star caliber player.

Bruce Brown – Brown would have no doubt been a first round pick if it wasn’t for the injuries. He was a triple double threat that was just touching the surface of his potential. The Pistons have a dangerous talent off the bench in Brown.

Hamidou Diallo
– Diallo is an elite talent and going to Kentucky with so many 5 star players really stunted his growth. Diallo is a scorer you can depend on to deliver and his elite athleticism could see him in the slam dunk contest.

Trevon Duval – He showed enough during the college season to be drafted and it was a complete crime not to see him drafted. The Rockets picked him up as a rookie free agent and could have picked up the successor to Chris Paul.

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2018 NBA Draft Grades

NEW: 2018 Big Board Top 30
# Team Player Pos. Updated 6/22/18 Comp. Gr
1
Suns
DeAndre Ayton C HT: 7-1 - WT: 260 - WING: 7-5 - FROM: Arizona
The smart pick. A position of need, a superstar talent who has an Arizona connection. The minor attitude concerns and defensive lapses shouldn't keep him from reaching greatness as a player and, along with Booker and Jackson, leading the Suns back to contention.
Boogie

A
2
Kings
Marvin Bagley III PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 235 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Duke
Bagley is a legit top 2 talent who could potentially blow up and be a generational player, but he's not likely to move the needle for the hapless Kings in the next few seasons. Without their first round pick next year the franchise could have used some more draft ammunition and worked out a trade for more assets. Nevertheless, they got a player who should be a many-time All Star and a great character guy.
Kevin Garnett, Beasley
A-
3
Mavs
Luka Doncic SG HT: 6-8 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Slovenia
The Mavs trade up and get their guy, giving up a future first rounder to the Hawks. Doncic brings a new Euro superstar to Dallas, replacing the aging Dirk, while also bringing a ton of media attention, which Cuban loves. The DSJ, Doncic combo is intriguing and could give the team a shot at making some noise in the Western conference. As we've said all along, there are some downside scenarios with Luka, who could be a very good but not great NBA player.
Rubio, Mike Miller
B+
4 Grizzlies Jaren Jackson Jr. PF HT: 6-11 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-5 1/4 - FROM: Michigan St.
Jaren Jackson Jr. completes his run up draft boards over the past year, rising from a top 15 high school guy to #4 overall to Memphis. One of the youngest players in the draft with tantalizing upside, JJJ could blossom into a two-way problem at the next level. He goes to a very good situation where he can learn from vets and play in meaningful games.
Mourning, Myles Turner

A-
5
Hawks
Trae Young PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 177 - WING: 6-3 - FROM: Oklahoma
Nice move by the Hawks to trade down and still get their guy at no.5 (although we had a number of other prospects ranked higher at this point). Young will bring a ton of much needed excitement to ATL and has a chance to put up big numbers early in his career. This is a boom/bust type of pick with some star potential but also a real chance that NBA defenses will be well-prepared for his style of play and also take advantage of his sub-par defense.
Tyus Jones +, Steve Nash

B-
6
Magic
Mohamed Bamba C HT: 7-1 - WT: 220 - WING: 7-10 - FROM: Texas
To get a player like Mo Bamba at no.6 is outstanding value for the Magic. Bamba is a fluid athlete with ridiculous wingspan who fits the build of this Orlando Magic squad. The fit next to Isaac and Gordon is very intriguing. If he reaches his potential Mo could be one of the better no.6 overall picks in recent history.
a more mobile Rudy Gobert
A+
7
Bulls
Wendell Carter Jr. PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 260 - WING: 7-4 1/2 FROM: Duke
A great value in the mid lottery, WCJ is as solid of a prospect as you can get, with legit NBA skills and a proven effective game. He brings great attitude, team-first play and good all around skills to the Bulls roster, and is a nice fit next to Lauri on the frontline. He's not likely to break out and become a star but he's a near certain commodity who'll have a very long NBA career.
Greg Monroe, Al Horford
A-
8
Cavs (from Nets)
Collin Sexton PG HT: 6-3 - WT: 185 - WING: 6-6 - FROM: Alabama
An aggressive guard who plays a downhill style, Sexton will bring great energy to the Cleveland team, with or without LeBron. He's more of a score-first player but also carries and inspires his teammates. As potentially the new face of Cavs basketball he has the type of personality to carry the franchise through a rebuilding process.
better Beverley, Chauncey Billups
B
9
Knicks
Kevin Knox SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Kentucky
Knox is yet another solid pick in a draft full of future NBA impact players. His upside is really through the roof, as he's got great length, a ton of natural talent and good feel for the game, while being one of the youngest players in the draft. The Knicks are building a long and athletic roster that is well poised for the future.
Paul George
A+
10
Suns (from 76eres)
HT: 6-8 - WT: 210 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Villanova
The Suns trade up and add another wing in Mikal Bridges. It's a good move to surround Ayton with one of the best floor spacers in the draft (not to mention Devin Booker) and Mikal also brings it on the defensive end. The Suns are building something special.
Otto Porter

A
11
Clippers (from Hornets)
Shai Gilgeous- Alexander PG HT: 6-6 - WT: 180 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Kentucky
Shai is a great pick for the Clippers, giving them not only a stud young talent to develop but also a ton of flexibility at the position, as they transition into a new era for the team. Shai has been showing a great rate of improvement and has a lot more upside to grow into. He plays both ends of the floor and is a winner and a gamer.
Tyreke Evans
A+
12 Hornets (from Clippers) Miles Bridges SF HT: 6-7 - WT: 225 - WING: 6-9 1/2 - FROM: Michigan St.
Miles is a rock solid pick for the Hornets but probably doesn't move the needle much for the franchise. Expect him to have a very long career and maybe reach All Star level at some point in his career. A solid if unspectacular value at no.12, especially considering they get 2 future second rounders for moving down one spot.
Justise Winslow
B
13
Clippers
Jerome Robinson SG HT: 6-5 - WT: 191 - WING: 6-7 1/4 - FROM: Boston College
A good pick here but with Lonnie Walker still on the board, that could come back to bite the Clippers. The new-look backcourt of Shai and Jerome is going to be fun to watch but might take some time to start winning games in LA. And the MPJ slide continues.
Spencer Dinwiddie
B-
14
Nuggets
Michael Porter Jr. SF HT: 6-11 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Missouri
The slide is over. At some point the gamble on his health is worth it and the Denver Nuggets come in and swing for the fences, with a chance to be adding a special talent in MPJ. Expect the team to bring him along slowly and not rush his development as he returns to full health.
stronger Brandon Ingram

A
15 Wizards Troy Brown Jr. SG HT: 6-6 - WT: 215 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Oregon
A big guard with an all around game but doesn't seem to add a lot to the current Wizards roster. Can he beat out Oubre Jr. Porter and Beal for playing time? Fans might have to wait a while until he produces.
Morris Peterson
C
16
76ers (from Suns)
Zhaire Smith SF HT: 6-4 - WT: 198 - WING: 6-9 3/4 - FROM: Texas Tech
The Sixers trade back (giving up Mikal Bridges) and get their guy at 16. Zhaire is a perfect fit on the wing in Philly, giving them a defensive-minded athlete who will fill the lanes, crash the boards and bring all-out hustle to this feisty team. The Sixers get an unprotected 2021 first round pick from the Heat, via the Suns, for moving back 6 spots. "A" for that. This could be the first Brett Brown step-over trade.
John Starks
A
17
Bucks
Donte DiVincenzo SG HT: 6-5 - WT: 205 - WING: 6-3 - FROM: Villanova
The Bucks bring in a microwave of a shooter who is also a big time athlete. He'll be a great offensive spark for the team, giving them another floor-spacer and slasher to compliment Giannis, Kris and Parker.
Courtney Lee
B+
18 Spurs HT: 6-4 - WT: 200 - WING: 6-10 - FROM: Miami
Walker is the steal of the draft. He has a chance to develop into a many-time All Star and has the upside to be a Hall Of Famer. Many teams will regret passing on him.
Brandon Roy
A+
19
Hawks (from T-Wolves)
Kevin Huerter SG
HT: 6-7 - WT: 190 - WING: 6-7 1/2- FROM: Maryland
The Hawks are putting together a team of shooters with Young, Huerter and Prince but that might not be enough to bring them back into playoff contention. This could be a long rebuilding process with sights set on the future. Huerter has a well rounded game, a sweet shooting stroke and just enough athleticism to have a long career. Solid pick.
Klay-lite, Stauskas
B
20
T-Wolves (from Thunder)
HT: 6-4 1/2- WT: 213 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Georgia Tech
A defensive minded athlete who fits the Coach Thibs mold. Is young and has a chance to develop but might not have a huge impact until he develops his shooting touch. It'll be interesting to see if he can push the faltering Wiggins for playing time.
Dion Glover
B
21
Jazz
HT: 6-4 - WT: 190 - WING: 6-6 - FROM: Duke
Another SG to Utah and another feisty competitor. This pick is a bit redundant with Mitchell but surely the Jazz have a plan for playing them together. Love him or hate him, Grayson brings a lot of excitement and energy to the floor.
Bob Sura
B-
22 Bulls (from Pelicans) Chandler Hutchison SF HT: 6-7 - WT: 195 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Boise State
A very solid wing to be getting at this late in the first round, the Bulls have a potential steal at no.22. Hutchison is a long and fluid player who excels in the open court and is a late bloomer who's coming on strong.
Devean George
A
23 Pacers Aaron Holiday PG HT: 6-1 - WT: 190 - WING: 6-7 1/2 - FROM: UCLA
A feisty, score-first guard who needs to learn to harness his talents but has a good edge to his game. A downhill player who can also really shoot the 3 point shot.
Tyronn Lue
B-
24 Blazers Anfernee Simons SG HT: 6-3 1/4 - WT: 183 - WING: 6-9 1/4 - FM: Altamonte Sp., FL
A high upside, swing for the fences pick who has shown at lower levels that he can score the ball at will. This gets an A+ because the upside at this point in the draft is fully worth the risk of missing out on this pick. Simons can stroke the ball and he fits today's League well.
D'Angelo

A+
25
Lakers (from Cavs)
Moritz Wagner PF HT: 6-11 1/2 - WT: 235 - WING: 7-0 - FROM: Michigan
A modern NBA big who can score inside and out and has a high skill level. Plays a passionate style and brings it every game. Could get rookie playing time in L.A.
Ersan Ilyasova
A
26 76ers Landry Shamet SG HT: 6-4 - WT: 188 - WING: 6-6 3/4 - FROM: Wichita State
A combo guard who can really shoot the ball and fits well with what the Sixers are doing. The selections of Zhaire Smith and now Shamet make you wonder what Markelle's future is with the team.
Doug Christie
B
27 Celtics
C
HT: 6-9 - WT: 240 - WING: 7-4 - FROM: Texas A&M
A raw athlete who can really protect the rim and rebound the ball. Has all the tools to excel but hasn't shown a great rate of improvement and is not a very talented offensive player. Goes to a good situation to develop in Boston.
Antonio Davis, Chris Wilcox
A-
28
Warriors
HT: 6-6 - WT: 210 - WING: 6-9 1/4 - FROM: Cincinnati
A strategic pick by the Warriors, who will need to have productive wings on rookie deals in a few years. Evans is a defensive minded player who brings it every game and doesn't need the ball in his hands. A good fit.
Eric Gordon

B
29 Nets (from Raptors) Dzanan Musa SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-8 - FROM: Bosnia
A good pick by the Nets, getting the guy who probably has the most upside of any player on the board. Musa might not be an instant impact player but his future is bright and the Nets could be looking good with this pick in a few years.
Gordon Hayward, Sam Dekker
A
30
Hawks (from Rockets)
Omari Spellman PF HT: 6-9 - WT: 250 - WING: 7-2 - FROM: Villanova
Another three point shooter to the Hawks. Spellman is a team first guy who plays hard and can space the floor. He's not an elite athlete but has a powerful body and a good feel for the game.
Kris Humphries
A
31
Suns
Elie Okobo PG HT: 6-3 - WT: 194 - WING: 6-8 - FROM: France
A first round talent who fell to no.31 in a very deep draft. Okobo can score in bunches, has good length for size and is a solid athlete. He might take a few years to adjust to the NBA game but has starter potential down the line.
Dennis Schroder
A+
32 Grizzlies Jevon Carter PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 205 - WING: 6-4 1/4 - FROM: West Virginia
Tough and physical guard who is the best perimeter defender in the draft. Fits the Memphis team like a glove.
-

A
33
Mavs
Jalen Brunson PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-3 - FROM: Villanova
Brunson might not ever be a star in the NBA but he's sure to have a long career and seems like an ideal back up PG in the League. Getting that kind of value in the second round gets a high grade, especially when you account for Brunson's work ethic and the leadership he'll bring to his new team.
Andre Miller
A+
34 Hornets (from Hawks) Devonte' Graham PG HT: 6-2 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-6 1/4 - FROM: Kansas
A gamer who shoots the three ball well and is an aggressive driver. Doesn't have high end athleticism but plays with toughness and leadership qualities.
Norris Cole
C
35 Magic Melvin Frazier SF HT: 6-6 - WT: 200 - WING: 7-2 - FROM: Tulane
If you don't have a 7 foot wingspan the Magic don't draft you ;). Frazier is a big wing who has a lot of bounce and is just starting to come into his own and show his upside. Nice choice.
Ronnie Brewer
A
36
Knicks (from Bulls)
Mitchell Robinson C HT: 7-0 - WT: 225 - WING: 7-4 - FROM: USA
At this point in the draft the potential outweighs the risks with Mitchell Robinson. Athletically he's got a chance to be an impact player but there are questions about his motor and his love for the game. He could take a few years before he's ready to contribute.
Whiteside, Bynum
A-
37
Blazers (from Kings)
HT: 6-5 3/4 - WT: 215 - WING: 6-8 3/4 - FROM: Duke
The Blazers get another SG and Trent Jr. projects as a player who can contribute early in his career as a scorer off the bench. He's not a big time athlete but he can hold his own and he can really shoot the ball and knows how to play.
Wesley Mathews
A
38
Pistons (from Sixers)
Khyri Thomas SG HT: 6-3 3/4 - WT: 210 - WING: 6-10 1/2 - FROM: Creighton
A solid and safe pick, Thomas as a real chance to stick in the League thanks to his defense and team first play. There were some higher upside prospects still on the board but the Pistons went with a safe pick. Can't blame them for that.
Avery Bradley
B
39
Lakers (from 76ers)
Isaac Bonga SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 200 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Germany
Bonga is not ready to play in the NBA but has a good amount of upside and is a good value at no.39. In a few years this could be looking like a very smart pick.
taller John Salmons

A
40
Nets (from Lakers)
Rodions Kurucs SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 215 - WING: NA - FROM: Latvia
Another Euro player for the Nets, Kurucs has unique skills for his size but doesn't always put it together on the court. Could be a few years away from having an impact.
bigger Hezonja

C+
41 Nuggets (from Magic) Jarred Vanderbilt SF HT: 6-8 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-1 - FROM: Kentucky
A rugged, defensive-minded PF who is a high level rebounder and great glue guy but struggles to score the ball. The Nuggets are getting a warrior on the court who has a great feel for the game. If his scoring game develops this could be a major steal.
Thad Young

A+
42
Pistons
Bruce Brown SG HT: 6-5 - WT: 190 - WING: 6-9 - FROM: Miami
A dynamic scorer, Brown has great length for position and can rebound, defend and pass the rock as well. The Pistons add a big guard to compete for time.
Vonteego Cummings
A-
43 Magic (from Nuggets) Justin Jackson SF HT: 6-8 - WT: 225 - WING: 7-3 - FROM: Maryland
A well built athlete with really good length and an improved three point shot. After missing time with injury the Magic are hoping he gets back to full strength. He gives them even more length on the roster.
Finney-Smith
B
44
Wizards
Issuf Sanon SG HT: 6-4 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-8 - FROM: Ukraine
A combo guard with good strength, size, and an aggressive style of play.
-

B+
45
Hornets (from Nets)
Hamidou Diallo SG HT: 6-6 - WT: 200 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Kentucky
A swing for the fences type of pick, which makes a lot of sense at this point in the draft. Hami might take a few more years to develop but certainly has all the tools to make it in the League.
Ricky Davis
B+
46
Rockets
De'Anthony Melton SG HT: 6-3 - WT: 195 - WING: 6-8 - FROM: USC
A high level defender and good all around player who is being drafted to pester Steph Curry next May. Solid choice by the Rockets.
Royal Ivey

A
47
Lakers (from Nuggets)
Svi Mykhailiuk
HT: 6-8 - WT: 215 - WING: 6-7 - FROM: Kansas
A lights out shooter who fits the modern NBA but lacks length and athleticism. Projects as a three point specialist.
Casey Jacobson
B-
48 T-Wolves Keita Bates-Diop SF HT: 6-8 1/2 - WT: 223 - WING: 7-3 1/4 - FROM: Ohio State
A very good value at this point in the draft, KBD could have been a first rounder and projects as a rotation guy who could get minutes early in his career thanks to his versatility, defense, length and team-first play.
James Posey
A
49
Spurs
Chimezie Metu PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 225 - WING: 7-0 1/2 - FROM: USC
A great athlete for his size who can play above the rim and throw down some nasty dunks. Raw but with a lot of natural talent.
Damian Jones
A
50
Pacers
Alize Johnson PF HT: 6-9 - WT: 205 - WING: 6-8 3/4 - FROM: Missouri St.
A potential roll player/back up forward who plays the game the right way and brings good attitude and energy.
-
B-
51
Pelicans
Tony Carr
HT: 6-4 1/2 - WT: 200 - WING: 6-8 1/4 - FROM: Penn State
A lights out shooter who lacks athleticism but can carry his team offensively. Needs to improve his shot selection to hold down a spot in the NBA.
-
B
52
Rockets (from Jazz)
Vince Edwards SF HT: 6-8 - WT: 205 - WING: NA - FROM: Purdue
A steady senior forward who projects as a glue-guy and defender at the next level. Might struggle to make the roster but brings depth to the team.
-

C+
53 Thunder Devon Hall SG
HT: 6-5 - WT: 210 - WING: NA - FROM: Virginia
A typical Virginia player who plays a smart game, defends, passes the ball well and can hit the three point shot. Has a good build and natural strength. Has a chance to stick in the League.
-
B+
54 76ers Shake Milton PG HT: 6-5 1/2 - WT: 205 - WING: 7-0 1/2 - FROM: SMU
Another big guard for the 76ers, Milton can really stroke the ball and has NBA range. Could make a push for a roster spot.
Delon Wright

A-
55
Hornets (from Cavs)
Arnoldas Kulboka SF HT: 6-9 - WT: 205 - WING: 6-11 - FROM: Lithuania
A draft and stash player who is a good value in the late second round and could develop overseas and eventually make an impact in the NBA.
poor man's Mike Dunleavy

B
56 Mavs Ray Spaulding PF HT: 6-10 - WT: 215 - WING: 7-4 3/4 - FROM: Louisville
Has shown steady improvement and has NBA size/athleticism. Might develop into a solid roll player who can guard the rim.
Ken Johnson
B+
57 Thunder (from Celtics)
Kevin Hervey
HT: 6-8 - WT: 230 - WING: 7-3 - FROM: UT Arlington
A versatile forward with excellent athleticism, who can score inside and out. Has had some injury history but is a good value at this point in the draft and brings good depth to the OKC roster.
Aminu
A-
58
Nuggets (from Warriors)
Thomas Welsh SG HT: 7-1 - WT: 255 - WING: NA - FROM: UCLA
An interesting selection. Welsh is a solid and consistent player who doesn't really stand out in one area but can hit the mid range shot and can hold his own in the paint.
-
B-
59 Suns (from Raptors) George King SF HT: 6-6 - WT: 220 - WING: NA - FROM: Colorodo
A solid SF who will have to come in and battle for a roster spot on a Suns team that now has a lot of young talent on the wing.
-
B
60
Mavs
Kostas Antetokounmpo PF HT: 6-10 1/2 - WT: 195 - WING: 7-2 - FROM: Dayton
A great swing for the fences pick at this point in the draft, which makes a lot of sense. Will be interesting to see if Kostas can develop into an NBA player.
Darius Miles, Bruno Coboclo
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Trades
76ers get Lakers pick via Suns (MCW trade)
Cavs get Nets pick via Celtics, unprotected (Kyrie trade)
Clippers get Pistons pick, Blake Trade
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Suns get Heat pick (Dragic trade)
Nets get Raptors pick (Carroll trade)
Hawks get Timberwolves pick (Payne trade)
Hawks get Rockets pick