A comprehensive preview of the 2018 NBA draft.

Pick 1: Phoenix SunsDeAndre Ayton / Arizona / Freshman / C

It’s all but a consensus: the center out of Arizona will be the first pick of the 2018 NBA. The Suns view Devin Booker and Josh Jackson as building blocks on the wing, and with Ayton at center these guys could develop into a formidable and fearsome trio. Ayton is a specimen physically and athletically, with advanced offensive tools on the block plus flashes of a good 3-point stroke. If he can prove himself on the boards and defensively, Ayton has All-NBA upside.

Pick 2: Sacramento KingsMarvin Bagley III / Duke / Freshman / PF

If Ayton goes #1, putting Luka Doncic, the guy most analysts picked as the best player in the draft, at #2 seems like a safe bet. And yet rumors have percolated that the Kings are less high on Doncic than most observers (and Doncic isn’t as high on them, either). Bagley might be the King’s guy here instead, and would seem like a good fit on paper for a King’s roster that has failed on bigs since Boogie Cousins. Bagley is an athletic, playmaking big in the mold of Amare Stoudemire, with added floor-spacing potential. Bagley’s advanced skill set would be an immediate and significant improvement at PF over Skal Labissiere, and he should fit well next to a guy like De’Aaron Fox and the sharpshooting of Bogdan Bogdonavic and Buddy Hield well. 

Pick 3: Atlanta HawksLuka Doncic / Real Madrid, Spain / SG

The Hawks are looking to overhaul and rebuild with their three first round draft picks this year. They’ve got options. In the first of those picks, they might still have a chance at the guy most analysts have listed as the #1 player in the draft in Luka Doncic. At just 19, Doncic is basically a seasoned vet, having led Real Madrid to a EuroLeague championship, taking home the EuroLeague MVP, and leading his home country of Slovenia to a EuroBasket championship. He is an elite passer and shot creator with an exceptional basketball IQ for a 19 year-old. Simply put, Doncic has the potential to become a generational playmaker. He uses pace, body control, and elite footwork to score at every level on offense. The only concern with Doncic is his ability to guard guys at his position consistently. Small Forwards are typically some of the best athletes on the floor and keeping those guys in front of him with his average lateral quickness will be a challenge.

Pick 4: Memphis GrizzliesJaren Jackson Jr. / Michigan St. / Freshman / PF

After finishing with the second-worst record in basketball, the Grizzlies received disappointing news on lottery night after drawing only the 4th pick. Fortunately for them, they will have the chance to solidify their frontcourt by taking the safest big in the draft in Jaren Jackson Jr. If all goes as planned, Jackson Jr. will become one of the best two-way PF/C’s in the game. He is long, athletic, has good instincts defensively, and can shoot. Sounds like a high floor and high ceiling guy to me.

Pick 5: Dallas MavericksMohamed Bamba / Texas / Freshman / C

Standing 7’0.75” with a pterodactyl-like wingspan of 7’10” and standing reach of 9’7.5”, Mo Bamba possesses the most insane measurements the NBA combine has seen. It’s hard not to compare him to Rudy Gobert because of his length and shot-blocking potential, but Bamba has potential to be so much more if he can continue developing his jumper. He only managed 28% accuracy from 3 as a freshman at Texas, but teams like the improvements to his shot they’s seen in workouts. If his perimeter game can translate from the pre-draft workouts to the NBA hardcourt, we are looking at an all-star.

Pick 6: Orlando MagicTrae Young / Oklahoma / Freshman / PG

The Magic experimented with Oladipo at point guard…didn’t work. They traded for Elfrid Payton at pick 10…didn’t work. The Magic are desperate for a point guard and may not be able to pass on the thought of Trae Young as Steph Curry 2.0. Young obviously has incredible shooting ability and range well beyond the NBA three-point line, but he is also an excellent passer, having managed to lead the NCAA in assists despite his Oklahoma team lacking talent at virtually every other position. Surrounding Young with NBA talent should relieve the pressure of double- and triple-teams that he saw in college, and he should see the space and opportunity for his passing ability to flourish. However, until we see Young on the NBA floor there will be serious concerns about his ability to defend in the NBA given his sieve-like college defense. He could also struggle to find space to get off quality shots against NBA defenders given his underwhelming size. These concerns lead to bust potential for a Magic team that can hardly afford it after failing to develop and retain guys like Victor Oladipo, Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Jonathan Isaac, and Domantas Sabonis. Aaron Gordon is the one bright-ish spot for the Magic, but he could be out the door next season. Tough look for the team who once drafted Andrew Nicholson. Yes, Andrew Nicholson was once drafted by the Magic. Good luck Orlando.  

Pick 7: Chicago BullsMichael Porter Jr. / Missouri / Freshman / F

Michael Porter is the biggest question mark in the lottery. Coming out of high school he was projecting as a future top 5 pick, but injuries sidelined him for most of his freshman season and teams have been left holding onto the hype of his high school play. The offensive talent seems there. A guy his size with ball-handling skills, perimeter shooting ability, and shot creation potential is rare, but there are still concerns about his average strength, athleticism, and in particular, his durability. Having cancelled workouts with hip spasms a week before the draft, could those durability concerns see Porter drop to the latter half of the lottery?

Pick 8: Cleveland CavaliersWendell Carter JR / Duke / Freshman / C

Cleveland is in a dubious spot with LeBron James’ offseason plans up in the air heading into the draft, so they should plan on taking the best player available. Wendell Carter Jr. looks like an NBA-ready player physically and has drawn a lot of comparisons to Al Horford. He is not an elite athlete, but he makes up for it with his court awareness, positioning, and overall basketball IQ. Offensively, Carter can score from three levels (41.3% 3pt). He can make reads out of the pick ‘n’ roll and pass at a high level. Carter also showed he could rebound at a high level (9.1RB). If Carter can improve his agility and ability to score off the dribble you could be looking at the next version of Al Horford.

Pick 9: New York KnicksMikal Bridges / Villanova / Junior / SF

If a team is looking for defensive versatility and three-point shooting (who isn’t), this is their guy. Bridges, the only upperclassmen projected to go in the lottery, is a plug ‘n’ play guy who could make an immediate impact for any team in the league. He is an unselfish player who got better every year in college. I don’t see Bridges ever being a team’s number one option offensively, but he could be a strong role player on a championship team, a la Andre Iguodala for the Warriors. His game is similar to Robert Covington, but Bridges projects as an even better shooter and a less volatile presence. He will need to improve his ball-handling and shot creation, but he is a high floor guy who New York will be happy to place next to Porzingis as a much-needed steadying presence.

Pick 10: Philadelphia 76ersKevin Knox / Kentucky / Freshman / F

In Knox, the Sixers will be adding to their list of big-bodied playmakers alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. At 18, this kid’s potential is almost unlimited. Knox is a raw athlete with scoring upside and has shown pick ‘n’ roll ball-handling, good off-ball movement, and flashes of an outside shot. Knox would also give Philly versatility on defense with his athleticism, length, and lateral quickness. Philly liked going small last year with Saric and Ilyasova sharing floor time, and Knox could maintain that lineup flexibility with an obvious upgrade in athleticism over Saric or Ilyasova.

Pick 11: Charlotte HornetsLonnie Walker IV / Miami / Freshman / SG

Lonnie Walker IV is one of the more underrated prospects projected to go near the end of the lottery. He is an explosive athlete that stands at 6’4.5” with a wingspan of 6’10.25”. I draw a comparison to Victor Oladipo because of his raw potential on offense. Walker has the athletic tools to become a good defender, but has yet to display the mindset and intensity necessary to become one. He is a combo guard that could fit nicely next to Kemba Walker or run the point while Kemba is resting.

Pick 12: LA ClippersCollin Sexton / Alabama / Freshman / PG

The Clippers’ need for a point guard is obvious with Chris Paul now long gone. Sexton is a point guard with an edge and grittiness that can be contagious, and alongside Patrick Beverly could form a hard-nosed backcourt on this Clippers team that lacks one. He is strong, quick, and most importantly, a fierce competitor. Sexton excels at penetration and using his strong body to draw fouls. The only reason I have him falling to 12 is because his limitations are a little worrisome. He is undersized at 6’1.5”, and his jump shot is streaky. As a score-first point guard, when his shot isn’t falling he will need to get to the rim which will be more difficult to do at the NBA level.

Pick 13: Los Angeles ClippersRobert Williams / Texas A&M / Freshman / PF

The Clippers may be looking to replace DeAndre Jordan in the near future. Insert Robert Williams. Williams is an athletic big with rim-running, lob-receiving, and serious shot-blocking ability. He does offer some defensive versatility as well because of his quickness. Williams will be available at the 13th pick due to his lack of a jump shot, but with enough shooters spacing the floor he should be effective.

Pick 14: Denver NuggetsMiles Bridges / Michigan St. / Sophomore / F

Generating buckets isn’t necessarily a problem for the Nuggets with their core of Murray, Harris, Jokic, and Millsap, all of whom are offensive-minded players, but adding a guy like Bridges could make them lethal. Bridges offers an NBA-ready body that provides positional versatility — he played the 3 in college but might be better suited as a 4 in the NBA, and could slide to 5 in small ball lineups a la PJ Tucker. Bridges can penetrate and finish with contact, shoot with range, and plays with energy that is consistent. His motor will offer rebounding, good off-ball movement, and screening, as well as defense now that he won’t be relied upon so much on the offensive side.

Pick 15: Zhaire SmithZhaire Smith / Texas Tech / Freshman / SF

The Wizards could use a defensive-minded wing who is versatile in today’s position-less NBA, and Smith offers that with his elite athleticism. Listed as a SF, his combine height measurement of 6’4” was a bit disappointing, but his wingspan of 6’9.75” alleviates some of that concern. The athleticism should help make up for that, as well. Defense, rebounding, and cutting will earn him floor time, but if he wants significant rotational minutes he needs to improve offensively in most areas.

Pick 16: Phoenix SunsShai Gilgeous-Alexander / Kentucky / Freshman / PG

The Suns are stuck in a long and fruitless search for a point guard, having recently acquired Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, and Elfrid Payton via trades and drafting Tyler Ulis. In comes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a lanky defensive prospect who has flashed solid playmaking skills. His length at the position should have an impact but he will need to bulk up his thin frame. His lack of outside shooting confidence could limit his upside and possibly result in another failed attempt by the Suns to find a long-term solution at point guard.

Pick 17: Milwaukee BucksAaron Holiday / UCLA / Junior / PG

The Bucks are in need of a ball-handler and someone who can shoot, especially with Brogdon as more of an off-ball guard and Eric Bledsoe going into the final year of his contract. Both Brogdon and Holiday have experience playing the point as well as off-ball (Holiday played off the ball with Lonzo Ball at UCLA before becoming the primary ball-handler this past season) and could relieve pressure for one another. Holiday’s average size (6’0.75”, 6’7.5 wingspan) and athleticism will limit his upside, but his basketball IQ, pick ‘n’ roll ability, and NBA range with quick trigger could make up for it. Even with size limitations, he has proven to play hard defensively with quick, active hands and hustle.

Pick 18: San Antonio SpursTroy Brown Jr. / Oregon / Freshman / SG

It’s looking the like the Spurs will need to replace Kawhi Leonard this offseason, and Brown offers potential at the wing. Brown is a solid athlete with good positional size at 6’6.75” and a wingspan of 6’10”. The potential for defensive versatility is there, but Brown can bring offensive playmaking and a high basketball IQ as well. He needs to improve his jump shooting and lateral quickness, but the kid is only 18 years old and Popavich can mold him.   

Pick 19: Atlanta HawksElie Okobo / Pau-Orthez, France / PG

Rumblings out of Atlanta indicate Dennis Schroder is discontent, which further confirms the team’s need for a point guard. Okobo has been one of the least talked about prospects thus far, but Okobo looks like a dynamic playmaker who could end up as the best point guard to come from this draft. He can shoot off the dribble, spot up, or run off screens; he can create shots using step-backs, pull-ups, spins, hesitations, and has experience operating out of the pick ‘n’ roll. He brings athleticism and size to the position at 6’3” and a wingspan of 6’8”. He has flashed defensive potential but looks disengaged at times. If Okobo continues to improve his ball-handling and defensive focus, this 20 year-old could be the future at the point guard position in Atlanta.

Pick 20: Minnesota TimberwolvesKevin Huerter / Maryland / Sophomore / SG

Every team needs more shooting, but the T-wolves have a particular dearth behind Wiggins and Butler, neither of whom are exactly sharpshooters themselves. Kevin Huerter impressed teams with his 3-point range and ability to facilitate off the dribble during the combine, and could immediately carve out a roll with the Wolves. However, defense is a concern because of his lean frame and sub par athleticism.

Pick 21: Utah JazzKeita Bates-Diop / Ohio St. / Junior / SF

With Derrick Favors possibly walking out the door in free agency, the Jazz could be looking to fill out the 4 spot, and taking Bates-Diop would help. He is built like a wing but looks comfortable in the paint, and his 3-point shooting would help space the floor with a non-shooting big like Gobert on the floor. The question mark is his defense: he was a good defender in college but the Jazz will be hoping he can hang both with quicker wings and stronger forwards.

Pick 22: Chicago BullsChandler Hutchinson / Boise St. / Senior / SF

Hutchison skipped the NBA Combine and hasn’t done team workouts because of a promise reportedly made to him, likely by the Bulls. Hutchison is a smooth player that will probably slide in at the 3 position with his 6’7” frame. He was relied on as the primary playmaker at Boise State which helped him improve his ball-handling, decision-making, passing, and outside shooting. His athleticism seems average, but it’s hard to tell because he skipped on the combine and we don’t have data on him. Theoretically, Hutchison could offer defensive versatility but I have not seen enough to consider him a lockdown defender.

Pick 23: Indiana PacersDonte DiVincenzo / Villanova / Sophomore / SG

The Pacers offseason plans could change dramatically if Thaddeus Young declines his player option as he is reportedly considering, but their draft plans to grab a shooter and secondary playmaker should not change. DiVincenzo made a name for himself in the NCAA tournament and has continued to rise after an impressive combine where he showcased his shooting ability, overall scoring ability, elite athleticism (42.0” vertical), rebounding, and defensive energy. DiVincenzo would give Indiana combo guard skills with defensive versatility and lethal shooting next to Victor Oladipo.  

Pick 24: Portland Trail BlazersMelvin Frazier / Tulane / Junior / SF

This 3 and D prospect has untapped potential and will probably be the best wing defender to come out of this draft. Frazier, who stands 6’6” with a wingspan of 7’1.75”, is a defensive menace with quick hands and great instincts, is a good athlete (40.5” vertical), and has shown shooting potential (38.5% three point clip in 91 attempts this season). His shooting motion and offensive skill set need polished, but he is a promising player that could contribute and add much-needed depth at wing for the Blazers.

Pick 25: LA LakersJalen Brunson / Villanova / Junior / PG

Brunson comes with some legitimate concerns (too small, lacks athleticism, not quick enough to create space), but he is also one of the smartest and most experienced players in this draft. And he is a shot-maker. Brunson could end up playing in the league for 10+ years because of his leadership and feel for the game. He could also be a good fit spot-shooting next to Lonzo and running the second unit.

Pick 26: Philadelphia 76ersJerome Robinson / Boston College / Junior / SG

Philadelphia is forever in need of shooting as long as Simmons and Embiid are on the team. Jerome Robinson can provide it. He is a proven scorer having battled through a tough ACC while netting 20.7 ppg, shooting 48.5% from the field and 40.9% from 3. Robinson can create his own shot using a bevy of advanced moves, but had a tendency to force the issue in college, probably due to Boston College’s lack of secondary options. Luckily with the 76ers offensive firepower that won’t be a problem. Robinson could fit in nicely as a spot-up shooter or tertiary creator with his quick release.  

Pick 27: Boston CelticsKhryi Thomas / Creighton / Junior / SG

Another 3 and D prospect who could likely contribute right away in spot minutes off the bench. Thomas, with his 6’3.75” height and 6’10.5” wingspan, just won Big East DPOY in back to back years, and shot over 40% from 3-point range during his three years at Creighton. Boston would add another elite perimeter defender and a guard with offensive upside if he can improve his ball-handling and get more comfortable working out of pick ‘n’ roll’s, including shooting off the dribble.

Pick 28: Golden State WarriorsJacob Evans / Cincinnati / Junior / SF

Jacob Evans is the prototypical 3 and D prospect. Evans stands 6’5.5” with a wingspan of 6’9.25” and while he is not the most explosive athlete, he has a high basketball IQ, is a good defender, and knocks down 3’s. He is a guy Golden State could bring off the bench and guard multiple positions, spot shoot, and have a positive impact with players like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant creating shots around him.

Pick 29: Brooklyn NetsGrayson Allen / Duke / Senior / SG

We all know about Grayson Allen’s volatile temper and his tripping scandals, but we also know he can shoot. Allen’s NBA Combine numbers proved he is an excellent athlete, yet questions still remain about his ability to defend. Allen has a strong motor and gives full effort, but his talents may have peaked since there hasn’t been much improvement in his game since his sophomore year.

Pick 30: Atlanta HawksDzanan Musa / KK Cedevita, Croatia / SF

The Forward from Bosnia and Herzegovina oozes confidence on the offensive side of the ball and could offer some shot-making and size at the wing. Musa has a quick trigger from distance that he isn’t afraid to use (often on contested jump shots). He drives well to his left, but to the point of predictability. His hunched back causes a low shooting release and could hinder him from strengthening his thin frame limit his defensive upside.

Pick 31: Phoenix SunsDe'Anthony Melton / USC / Sophomore / PG

Melton is another mysterious prospect because of his absence during his sophomore year at USC. He looks like an elite defensive prospect with limited upside offensively. He is a great on-ball defender who deflects a lot of passes and uses his instincts and anticipation to get steals and rebounds. Name an offensive skill and Melton probably needs to improve it. Ball-handling, shooting form and consistency, and passing can all be improved.

Pick 32: Memphis GrizzliesMitchell Robinson / NA / C

Robinson is another unknown in this draft. After skipping out on college and withdrawing from the NBA Combine, there is little footage or data to judge him on. Robinson is a raw big (6’11”, 7’4” wingspan) with upside in rim-running, rebounding, and potential defensive versatility because of his athleticism. It’s hard to know his basketball IQ or shooting-ability because nobody has really seen him play much, but do not be surprised to see the Grizzlies take a flyer on this big with potential.

Pick 33: Dallas MavericksJosh Okogie / Georgia Tech / Sophomore / SG

Okogie improved his draft stock considerably after the draft combine: he displayed his elite athleticism, defensive upside, and occasional shot-making during the scrimmage portion. His muscular frame and his wingspan combined with a refined jump shot could make him a solid 3-and-D wing contributor.

Pick 34: Atlanta HawksMoritz Wagner / Michigan / Sophomore / C

Wagner hopes to provide teams with a spread 4/5 option, and on paper he could be that. However, in today’s NBA teams will expose Wagner on defense by forcing him into tricky pick ‘n’ rolls and getting him switched onto smaller, quicker players who will take him off the dribble. Wagner already has a tough time guarding bigs, as seen in the NCAA tournament. Wagner has defensive liability written all over him.

Pick 35: Orlando MagicAnfernee Simons / NA / G

Simons is an exciting, athletic guard with length but needs time to develop his shooting and decision-making. For that reason, I see him dropping past the first round, but the Magic will take a chance on this young, high-upside guard.

Pick 36: New York KnicksJevon Carter / West Virginia / Senior / PG

Carter is guy players would love to have on their team, but hate to play against. There was even a rumor that players had cancelled their pre-draft workout to avoid working out alongside Carter. Playing an aggressive defensive style at West Virginia, Carter learned to play defense relentlessly and seemingly never gets tired doing it. He is an average ball-handler and passer, but good shooter from distance. A lot of teams like Carter and think he could make an immediate impact off the bench.

Pick 37: Sacramento KingsHamidou Diallo / Kentucky / Sophomore / SG

Diallo will get drafted primarily because of his size and athleticism, but he can’t shoot, which is a bit of an issue for a SG. Diallo could have an impact defensively but he has to develop nearly every aspect of his offensive game if he wants to stay on the court.

Pick 38: Philadelphia 76ersBruce Brown / Miami / Sophomore / SG

Bruce Brown provides this year’s draft with another athlete with length at the SG position, but yet another SG that struggles to actually shoot. Brown could be versatile defensively but needs to become a consistent shooter to earn regular minutes. But who knows, maybe with his pick and roll ball-handling and defensive intensity he could become a Marcus Smart-type player.

Pick 39: Los Angeles LakersOmari Spellman / Villanova / Freshman / PF

Spellman decided to leave Villanova after his freshman season despite knowing he probably won’t go until the second round. He does offer a big body with athleticism and a good shooting touch. Spellman lost a lot of weight to improve his body, but that will need maintained throughout his career as well as continuing to improve his lateral quickness. He is still a raw player.

Pick 40: Brooklyn NetsRawle Alkins / Arizona / Sophomore / SG

Rawle Alkins has received many comparisons to former second-round pick Lance Stephenson and rightfully so. He has good size and strength for a SG, plays with a competitive edge, and has shown shooting potential. Teams will hope to find a versatile defender with potential on offense from Alkins sometime in the second round.

Pick 41: Orlando MagicGary Trent Jr. / Duke / Freshman / SG

If Trent Jr. was a better athlete and could keep other guards in front of him on defense, he would be going much higher in this draft. He is a great spot-up shooter from distance but will struggle to create shots or get to the rim at the next level because he lacks burst and has an average handle.

Pick 42: Detroit PistonsShake Milton / SMU / Junior / G

Milton’s measurements pop off the page for a combo PG and SG. However, Milton struggled mightily during the combine as he failed to create separation for jump shots due to his sub-par athleticism. He also decided to not participate in athletic testing, which signals he didn’t want to expose his physical limitations even further. His two positives are spot-up shooting and length defensively.

Pick 43: Denver NuggetsLandry Shamet / Wichita State / Junior / PG

Shamet is another player that will likely drop to the second round because of his athletic limitations. Those limitations were evident during the draft combine as he struggled to create separation from defenders or keep quicker guards in front of him. Shamet has also had two stress fracture surgeries, one on each foot, so his durability is a concern. Shamet would provide a high basketball IQ and is a lethal spot-up shooter.

Pick 44: Washington WizardsDevonte Graham / Kansas / Senior / PG

Devonte Graham is hoping to follow his former teammate Frank Mason’s footsteps as an immediate contributor after being drafted in the second-round. The Wizards turned to veteran Ty Lawson this year, who I did not realize was still in the league, during the playoffs to come off the bench. The Wizards could pick a shooting point guard and gritty defender to lead their second unit.

Pick 45: Charlotte HornetsRodions Kurucs / International / SF

This could be a draft and stash option for Charlotte. Kurucs offers size at the SF position with pick ‘n’ roll and shooting potential. A common theme among draft prospects in the second round is that they lack strength and lateral quickness to defend at an NBA level, and Kurucs is among this group.

Pick 46: Houston RocketsChimezie Metu / USC / Junior / C

Metu is an explosive athlete but raw in skilled areas. He is not great at one specific area of the game, but average to below average in a lot of areas including shooting, post-game, rebounding, and defending. His raw athleticism is worth a second round pick and maybe the Rockets will think he’s their next Clint Capela.

Pick 47: LA LakersMalik Newman / Kansas / Sophomore / SG

Newman made a name for himself late in the year with his scoring bursts, ultimately leading to him declaring for this year’s draft. Any team in need of a playmaker off the bench could use Newman. However, his small size for a SG limits his defensive ability and overall upside as a player.

Pick 48: Minnesota TimberwolvesJarred Vanderbilt / Kentucky / Freshman / SF

Vanderbilt has good size for a SF and plays with a lot of energy, especially on the defensive end. He has an NBA body, could be a versatile defender, and is a great rebounder for his position. Offense is a completely different story — it’s a borderline disaster. One 3-point attempt from a SF is not a good sign in today’s game, but he could carve out an Andre Roberson-type roll.

Pick 49: San Antonio SpursTony Carr / Penn State / Sophomore / PG

Carr possesses a good-sized frame with length and the ability to shoot open shots. The key word being “open” as he lacks the burst to create space. His 3-point percentage increased from 32% to 43.3% in one year but some still wonder how his shot will translate to the NBA 3-point line.

Pick 50: Indiana PacersAlize Johnson / Missouri State / Senior / PF

Johnson is an upperclassmen PF who is decent in a lot of areas but does not stand out in any. His effort defensively is good, and he could offer versatility with his ability to move laterally. Johnson brings an average or below average mid-range and outside shot, but some tweaks with his elbow positioning could turn him into a consistent threat from outside.

Pick 51: New Orleans PelicansKevin Hervey / UT Arlington / Senior / PF

Hervey improved his stock at the draft combine after showing a promising outside shot to go along with his good size and defensive upside. Offensively at UT Arlington Hervey was asked to do a lot more than he will be asked in the NBA. Hervey should carve out a role on an NBA team, but there are concerns about his health since he has ACL surgeries on both knees on his record.

Pick 52: Utah JazzIsaac Bonga / International / SF

Bonga is another draft and stash option from Germany. He is only 18 with a tall, thin frame and plays like a PG. The potential playmaking and defensive versatility is worth a flyer at this point in the draft, but he will need time to develop his decision-making, jump-shooting, and body strength. Whether that time to develop is in Germany or the G-League remains to be determined.

Pick 53: Oklahoma City ThunderTrevon Duval / Duke / Freshman / PG

A point guard with Duval’s elite athleticism can do no better than to learn from a guy like Russell Westbrook. He possesses an advanced handle and is effective in the pick ‘n’ roll and open court, but struggles mightily to shoot the ball. If Duval wants to carve out a role somewhere his shot must improve.

Pick 54: Dallas MavericksJustin Jackson / Maryland / Sophomore / F

Jackson impressed during his freshman year at Maryland and regressed during his sophomore campaign, largely due to a labrum tear. His freshman season he shot 43.8% from 3, but was unable to sustain that clip in his shortened sophomore campaign, shooting a paltry 25.0% in 10 games. Team workouts should confirm/alleviate any concerns with his shooting ability. Jackson also has the prototypical size to become a multi-positional defender, and had flashes of lock-down potential while at Maryland. 

Pick 55: Charlotte HornetsDevon Hall / Virginia / Senior / SG

A team will jump on Hall’s 3-and-D potential late in the second round. With his size and length he should bring defensive versatility, but will likely be limited to spot-up shooting offensively due to his lack of burst and limited ability to create separation off the dribble.

Pick 56: Philadelphia 76ersSvi Mykhailiuk / Kansas / Senior / SF

Mykhailiuk is a sniper from 3 point range and he showed it off during scrimmages at the NBA Combine when he scored 20 points and shot 6-9 from distance to lead all scorers in one game. Mykhailiuk has good size for a SG but will lack the strength and lateral quickness to guard SG’s or SF’s, which is a serious concern. Teams in need of shooting may take a chance.

Pick 57: Oklahoma City ThunderKenrich Williams / TCU / Senior / PF

Teams looking for a small ball PF could find one late in the second round in Kenrich. He has a good basketball IQ, can shoot, pass, set screens, and rebound offensively but his below average athleticism limits his upside. He will also be 24 at the start of his rookie season, so there are questions about how much more he can develop.

Pick 58: Denver NuggetsRay Spalding / Louisville / Sophomore / PF

Spalding has good size for a PF and would be counted on for defensive purposes, primarily rim protection. He is a decent athlete and his offensive game would consist mostly of lob dunks out of pick ‘n’ rolls or in transition, because his limited skill set won’t offer much more than that.

Pick 59: Phoenix SunsGary Clark / Cincinnati / Senior / PF

The little things could get Clark drafted: High basketball IQ, good instincts, consistent effort, rebounding, screening, and defense. Clark also shot a solid 3 point percentage on limited attempts, so stretching the floor would be an added bonus.

Pick 60: Philadelphia 76ersBrandon McCoy / UNLV / Freshman / C

McCoy is an old-school center. He’s big and broad with a strong frame and lacks the level of athleticism many bigs of today possess. He rebounds well, has good footwork in the paint and can finish around the rim, but his limited athleticism and lack of a perimeter shot will limit his upside in the modern NBA.

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