15) Portland Trail Blazers - OG Anunoby, SF/PF, So., Indiana Hoosiers
6'8", 215 lbs. - 11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 spg
Anunoby is the kind of athletic, versatile prospect NBA teams love - and is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. He is already a dynamite defender and a very good rebounder, and while he's still a work in progress offensively, he has the potential to be a very good small ball four. His stock dropped after season-ending ACL injury, but assuming he is able to fully recover, Portland would get an elite wing defender they really need in the Western Conference.
16) Chicago Bulls - Jarrett Allen, Fr., C, Texas Longhorns
6'11", 235 lbs. - 13.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Allen is the kind of skilled, high-upside big man that Chicago is looking for. Even though he's a true back-to-the-basket post player, he's athletic enough to make a real impact in today's NBA. He changes the game on both sides of the ball, which is something Chicago really needs from a big man. His athleticism also makes him a great fit in the up-tempo system the Bulls want to run.
17) Milwaukee Bucks - Terrance Ferguson, SG, Adelaide (Australia)
6'7", 186 lbs. - 4.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.6 apg
Ferguson opted to play in Australia instead of going to Arizona, and carved out a niche role as a three-point shooter. Milwaukee is placing a huge emphasis on shooting this year, making this a perfect fit.
18) Indiana Pacers - John Collins, PF, So., Wake Forest Demon Deacons
6'10", 235 lbs - 19.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.6 bpg
Collins is a true post threat at the power forward position. Even though that type of player is being phased out of today's NBA, Indiana can take him because of Myles Turner's versatility at center. Collins will be able to contribute immediately off the bench and would give the Pacers another scoring option.
19) Atlanta Hawks - Ike Anigbogu, C, Fr., UCLA Bruins
6'10", 230 lbs. - 4.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.2 bpg
Atlanta is trying to move on from Dwight Howard, so why not draft his replacement? Anigbogu is a pure upside pick, but with Howard still under contract for a few years, the Hawks can be patient with the 18-year-old. He's a very good, very fluid athlete and an excellent rebounder, though teams see the most potential for him as an elite shot-blocker and post defender at the NBA level.
Patton skyrocketed up draft boards with his outstanding play during his freshman season, showcasing incredible fluidity, athleticism and skill as a seven-footer. He changes the game on both sides of the ball, with is something Portland really needs from a big man. His athleticism also makes him a great fit in the Blazers' up-tempo system.
21) Oklahoma City Thunder - Luke Kennard, SG, So., Duke Blue Devils
6'6", 202 lbs. - 19.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.5 apg
The Thunder need bench scoring. Kennard would provide that in bunches. He's incredibly polished on that end of the floor, and despite his defensive limitations, Oklahoma City shouldn't overthink this.
Diallo is this year's version of Thon Maker. After graduating from high school in spring 2016, he went prep school and left to enroll early at Kentucky in January. He never played for the Wildcats, but was still eligible to declare for the draft (one year after high school graduation).
He was expected to return to school, but his freakish athleticism (44.5 inch vertical) and high upside (was a top 10 prospect in the 2017 recruiting class) has NBA teams intrigued. The Nets are rumored to have given him a first-round guarantee. They may like for him to be available with the No. 27 pick, but he probably won't last that long.
Hartenstein has excellent physical tools and athleticism, allowing him to play power forward instead of center, but he still struggles to put it all together at times. He can play with his back to the basket, shoot from the perimeter, create his own offense and attack the basket off the bounce - yet is very inconsistent, often makes bad decisions and is a bit of a ball hog. The potential is there, but he needs a lot of polishing.
24) Utah Jazz - Rodions Kurucs, SF, Barcelona (Spain)
6'8", 190 lbs. - 9.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg
He needs to fill out, like most 19-year-olds, but Kurucs has good ball-handling ability and is a knockdown shooter that can create shots for himself. Utah can afford to wait for him to develop, and Quin Snyder loves to space the floor with shooters on offense.
Rabb needs to bulk up, but he's the prototype stretch four at the NBA level. However, Rabb's biggest problem is his tendency to fade out of games offensively from time to time because of his passiveness. Still, this is great value for the Magic late in the first round - Rabb was a projected lottery pick early in the season.
Leaf has surprising cemented himself as a first-round talent at UCLA this season. He will never develop into a go-to guy, but Leaf is a very smart complementary player who will be able to make an immediate impact as a stretch four.
Brooklyn needs to gamble on high-upside projects, so they'll take a shot on Jeanne if he's available. Jeanne needs to add strength more than anyone else in this draft and may be a draft-and-stash prospect because of it, but his potential is immense. Picture him as a Rudy Gobert who can handle the ball and has a three-point jumper. He's still learning the game, particularly defensively, but the potential is obvious.
Ojeleye's skill set translates perfectly to the NBA. His strength and athleticism makes him a perfect stretch four, and he's excellent at scoring around the basket. However, he's also quick enough to defend small forwards on the perimeter. His potential is high enough that the Lakers should take a flyer on him.
29) San Antonio Spurs - Jawun Evans, PG, So., Oklahoma State Cowboys
6'1", 185 lbs. - 19.2 ppg, 6.4 apg, 1.8 spg
Tony Parker's career may be over after suffering a hamstring injury in the playoffs, which would leave the Spurs with just Patty Mills and rookie Dejounte Murray at the point guard position. Because of that, there's a good chance they take Evans, who provides tremendous value at the end of the first round. He's small, but is a great playmaker and excellent in the pick and roll. He has the potential to develop into a starter rather quickly.
Simply put, Adebayo is an athletic beast. He's an extremely strong player who loves getting physical on the block on both ends of the court. Adebayo is still incredibly raw offensively, and his athleticism is his main calling card right now. Utah may snag him for his defensive upside.Back to the Top News Newsfeed