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Lonnie Walker, Donte DiVincenzo, or Zhaire Smith

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Lonnie Walker, Donte DiVincenzo, or Zhaire Smith

Not sure if this was asked before, but searching is to difficult here.

Who would you select if you were playing GM... Lonnie Walker, Donte DiVincenzo, or Zhaire Smith? Who will have the best career out of them?

I think I'd take Donte, and feel like that's effin' crazy considering how long he's even been considered a prospect.


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Donte

scares me I see the potential but I saw that same potential with nik staukas one of my former favorite prospects coming out, could shoot had handles was athletic but it didn’t translate but again gays where player development comes in at because he was take tenth by the kings so it all depends where he goes from day one and their vision for him!

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for me

Im taking Lonnie Walker, I like the tools the fuidness and type of athletism. He needs coaching but his ceiling is kinda crazy (if it ALL'pans' out). Not as big on Donte as others he looks like a good 6th man on a good/contending team or an decent starter on a middle of pack or lower team- Bob Sura with defense-

Have seen enough of Smith. I know hes athletic but short for the 2 and not a pg but I havent seen enough

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Divincenzo and walker are

Divincenzo and walker are very similar prospects, while donte more ready and lonnie younger, I have them going neck to neck on draft night in the range of 14-22... Smith is the most interesting case in the draft, having the wildest range where he could go from lottery to late first round, just weird prospect, very intrigued but with question mark, high potential but a project...

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None of them

If your coach is Thibs, none of these guys will work. He'll play his starters 40 minutes a game, play 3 subs, and the rest of his players on the bench will rot away.

But I myself would take Zhaire Smith. I think he has a little more upside than the othere two. I'm a little worried about a guy having a good final four run and looking great. And then being below normal when the games start for real.

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Walker, DiVincenzo,Smith

You could argue that different teams would have different preferences. DiVincenzo screams Dion Waiters to me, for better or worse. He seems ideally suited as a 6th man who provides extra juice to second units. I have confidence Walker can shoot, but I'm not sure he will do anything else, though he may have still been recovering from an injury this year. He seems well suited to playing with a team that has a wing primary creator where he can guard 1s and 2s and spot up off the ball.

Smith is my pick as the likely best of the bunch. He is far and away the best rebounder, defender, and athlete. He is the youngest of the 3, and his FT% was in the same neighborhood, leading me to think he should at least be a league average spot up shooter. I think he maxes out as an Andre Iguodala type with less court vision, defending the other team's best wing, blocking shots from the weak side, excelling on the fast break, and spotting up and attacking closeouts on offense.

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Give me Zhaire all day out of

Give me Zhaire all day out of the 3. Not only is he the youngest of the bunch, he was also the most productive and has the best physical tools. The combo of those 3, youth, college production and gifted body makes him a very good prospect.

I know i may be coming off as a hommer here, but the draft process has really made me a fan of smith's. Its at the point that i believe in a shallower draft, he would be getting hype in the top half of the lottery, and at worst simillar hype to what mikal bridges is getting now. If im the sixers, he is the guy i would want to take with my pick. He may not have the shot of the other 2, but that is something id bet on my developmental staff when i can get a prospect of this caliber.

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Lonnie Walker

Watching Walker play reminded me of watching Donovan Mitchell at Louisville, fluid AND explosive athlete, good frame, high energy and plays with flair...

At worst he's a Rodney Stuckey-type 6th man, but he could be Oladipo-lite if he improves his jumper

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Tough Call

Great question, tough call. I really like all three but would ultimately side with Lonnie Walker. All of them are incredible athletes but Walker has the size, length, and has more potential on both offense and defense compared to Smith and DiVincenzo. Smith is probably a better defense prospect but will struggle at times because of his lack of size. How could you not love DiVincenzo after his last game on the biggest stage? He is oozing with confidence and could be a special 6th man/role player. I would like to see him go to the Bucks and could be paired nicely with either two solid defenders in Bledsoe or Brogdon, while spacing the floor for Giannis. Please don't let Boston get him at 27!

Ranking all three I would go Walker, Smith, DiVincenzo, but would also say that DiVincenzo might have an easier time carving out a role and finding his niche in the league because his one skill (shooting/scoring) is so special.

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Hands down Lonnie Walker all

Hands down Lonnie Walker all day. I like all 3 as prospects but I don't know if their is a guard in this class with a higher ceiling than Walker. He may not be a key contributor for another couple years but with his work ethic and skill set I would bet he will be a player many GMs regret passing on.

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3 guys one after one

3 guys one after one

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