Draft Time: Instant Analysis

By Nick Prevenas

First Round

1. Anthony Bennett | 6-7 | 240 | SF/PF | UNLV | 25

One thing is for sure, Cavaliers GM Chris Grant marches to the beat of his own drum. No one had Bennett pegged as the #1 pick. He has the talent to go first but issues surrounding what position he will play at the next level and the rumor that he had gained weight during the off-season seemed to drop him a few spots on everyone’s big board. He says he is a small forward at the next level but doesn’t shoot it well enough currently and will have a tough time guarding other 3’s in the league. What he does have is a massive wing span and a versatile offensive game. Chris Grant isn’t afraid to go with his gut no matter how big the risk and/or reach and this pick proves it. – Clayton Crowe
Anthony Bennett

2. Victor Oladipo | 6-4 | 213 | SG/SF | Indiana | 26

After fielding calls for trade offers all day long, the Orlando Magic elected to hang onto this pick and snag Oladipo. He is this draft's premier perimeter defender and has the potential to develop into a Tony Allen-level, first-team All-NBA defender. His offensive skills are a work in progress (particularly his ball handling and catch-and-shoot skills), but he made tremendous strides in both areas during his sophomore season in Indiana (60-percent FG%, 44.1-percent 3pt%). Oladipo is blessed with rare athletic ability, as well as an unparalleled work ethic scouts and NBA execs raved about during interviews. He is this draft's safest prospect and will maximize his skills. -Nick Prevenas
Victor Oladipo

3. Otto Porter | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Georgetown | 25

The Wizards go across town to pick up the Georgetown product (no, I will not make a saving money on moving expenses joke). While Porter lacks the upside of some of other potential picks at this slot (say, Noel or McLemore), his jump shooting ability and defensive prowess should allow him to immediately slide into the Wizards starting lineup. Playing alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal should partially alleviate concerns about his passivity, as he won’t be asked to carry the scoring load. It’s the ideal situation for Porter. –Seth Sommerfeld
Otto Porter

4. Cody Zeller | 7-0 | 230 | PF/C | Indiana | 25

The Draft Lottery hasn’t been kind to the Bobcats over the last two years. Even so, the team still had a shot at taking one of the top talents in this draft with either Noel or McLemore. There were rumors that the team really liked Oladipo but that Zeller was a close second. After Victor went to the Magic at #2, Zeller was the choice. Zeller’s stock dropped considerably after a less that spectacular NCAA Tournament but apparently not enough to knock him too far down on the Bobcats board. Zeller has got loads of talent but struggles when he is asked to bang down low in the post. Ben McLemore was the better fit considering how badly the team needs scoring but in the end, Zeller’s high basketball IQ and upside at the four spot was too much to pass on. - Clayton Crowe
Cody Zeller

5. Alex Len | 7-1 | 255 | C | Maryland | 25

New Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough has a massive rebuilding project ahead of him. He starts in the middle, taking Maryland center Alex Len. Despite not making any of the three All-ACC teams his sophomore year, Len possesses an intriguing combination of size (7-foot-1), length (7-foot-3.5) and athleticism (grew up as a gymnast in his native Ukraine). Len is surprisingly agile for his size, with the ability to cover a lot of territory without expending much energy. However, he would disappear for large stretches of ballgames last year (to be fair, you would too if you played with his guards) and he has a high center of gravity, which can allow stronger players to push him off his spot. It will be up to the phenomenal Phoenix Suns' training staff to help him overcome the stress fracture he suffered in his foot – a scary injury for any big man. -Nick Prevenas
Alex Len

6. Nerlens Noel | 6-11 | 206 | PF/C | Kentucky | 24

Nerlens Noel’s slide ends before it becomes catastrophic. He probably would’ve gone to the Suns, but as we reported before the draft, their team doctors red flagged him (and considering their training staff’s rep, that could be a long term problem). While Hornets Pelicans fans might have had dreams about teaming Noel up with fellow former Wildcat Anthony Davis, but New Orleans dealt him and their 2014 first rounder for Jrue Holiday. –Seth Sommerfeld
Nerlens Noel

7. Ben McLemore | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Kansas | 25

Congratulations Sacramento, you might have just gotten the best value pick in the draft. Let’s just be honest, the Kings aren’t very good. They need help at every position aside from center. With the addition of Ben McLemore, the team gets one of the top talents in the draft in a spot where they never thought he would be. McLemore is a player that can and will come in and contribute right away for this team. He has tremendous range on his jump shot and is one of the better scorers in this draft. This pick signifies a changing of the guard if you will for the Kings as he will be the player this team builds around along with Cousins moving forward. This pick also signals the end of the line for Tyreke Evans, who has had a somewhat tumultuous first few years in the league. – Clayton Crowe
Ben McLemore

8. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Georgia | 25

Perhaps Brandon Knight isn't moving to the 2-guard, after all? Joe Dumars has built a solid nucleus through the draft, landing Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond for his frontcourt. He addresses his backcourt by selecting the high-scoring Georgia product. Despite playing with the worst supporting cast of any lottery pick, Caldwell-Pope made tremendous strides during his sophomore year, boosting his averages to 18.5 points and a terrific 7.1 rebounds. He stands 6-foot-5.5 in shoes and might be this draft's premier shooter off the dribble (1.118 points per shot as a pull-up shooter). He's also a devastating finisher in transition and a very good man-to-man defender. If he can improve his finishing skills at the rim in the halfcourt, he projects as a top-shelf shooting guard — a position that has gone through a bit of a fallow period in recent drafts. -Nick Prevenas
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

9. Trey Burke | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Michigan | 25

Sure, point guard is Minnesota’s most loaded position, but the T’Wolves already have a (questionable) history of overloading at that position. However, that isn’t going to be the case this time. Burke isn’t going to be in the backcourt with Ricky Rubio. The national player of the year will be traded shortly to the Jazz. He'll immediately fill the Jazz's backcourt needs. His size is an issue, but if he can overcome that he's got the tools to be a successful starter in the league. –Seth Sommerfeld
Trey Burke

10. CJ McCollum | 6-3 | 197 | PG/SG | Lehigh | 26

With KCP off the board at #8, the Trailblazers hope they can catch lightening in a bottle twice with mid-major stars. Last season’s 1st Round pick Damian Lillard was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year at the point guard spot. McCollum is your classic combo guard who is used to playing with the ball in his hands but has also show the ability to play off the ball. He suffered an injury during his senior season that some thought would cost him in the draft. It didn’t and now the Blazers could feature a small, yet explosive scoring backcourt for years to come. – Clayton Crowe
CJ McCollum

11. Michael Carter-Williams | 6-6 | 185 | PG | Syracuse | 26

Fresh on the heels of the major Jrue-Holiday-for-Nerlens-Noel-and-picks trade, the 76ers were faced with a big hole at point guard. Enter Michael Carter-Williams. Much like Holiday, Carter-Williams is a big, athletic point guard who can see over the top of defenses and possesses the physical attributes to be a lockdown NBA defender. But unlike Holiday, Carter-Williams isn't much of a shooter right now and he struggles when longer defenders sag off of him and dare him to knock down perimeter jumpers. Save for Carmelo Anthony, many Syracuse products have a tough time transitioning to the next level, thanks in large part to the learning curve between Jim Boeheim's zone strategies and the NBA's man-to-man principles. If Carter-Williams can make that transition and start knocking down shots, he could turn into what we hoped Shaun Livingston would be prior to that devastating knee injury. If he can't, then he might join Wesley Johnson, Jonny Flynn, Donte Green, and other Orange prospects who never quite translated to the NBA. -Nick Prevenas
Michael Carter-Williams

12. Steven Adams | 7-0 | 255 | C | Pittsburgh | 24

The final piece of the James Harden trade falls into place as the Thunder pick up the Kiwi Steven Adams. While Adams is clearly a project, he made great strides over the course of the past season at Pittsburgh. He’s got the ideal blend of size, athleticism, and energy to be an impact player, but needs more seasoning. Since he’s relatively new to playing basketball, expect the Thunder to stash him in the D-League to start the year in order for him to get minutes needed to improve. -Seth Sommerfeld
Steven Adams

13. Kelly Olynyk | 7-0 | 234 | C | Gonzaga | 27

The Mavs are in full scale Dwight Howard mode. Clearing cap space so that they can sign him to a max deal is their number one priority. With the proposed trade of this pick to the Boston Celtics for two second rounders, the Mavs accomplish the goal of not adding another guaranteed salary to their roster. The team still needs to make a trade or two to be able to offer Dwight the contract he will command but getting rid of this pick is a step in the right direction. For the Celtics, who are in trade talks with the Nets for K.G. and Paul Pierce, this signals a full scale rebuilding mode. Olynyk is the most polished offensive big man in this draft and will be a solid building block during their rebuilding process. – Clayton Crowe
Kelly Olynyk

14. Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 25

Before we start talking red flags, let's discuss why the Minnesota Timberwolves made this pick. Muhammad is a legitimate lottery-level talent who plays with an edge. He is a crafty, nimble scorer who can put the ball in the bucket in a variety of ways. Of course, no discussion about Muhammad can take place without mentioning the age controversy, or the occasionally poor body language, or the lack of top-shelf athleticism that could make him a dreaded tweener (not explosive enough to be a 2-guard, not big enough to be a small forward), or the defensive lapses, or any number of reasons why this top-rated high school prospect fell to No. 14. But playing alongside Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio should put Muhammad in a tremendous position to succeed. He might not live up to the hype he generated at age 17 (or, um, 18-19), but at this point in the draft, he's worth the risk. -Nick Prevenas
Shabazz Muhammad

15. Giannis Adetokoubo | 6-10 | 205 | SF | Greece | 23

Giannis Antetokounmpo (aka Greek Scrabble) has been rising up draft boards despite being one of the hardest players to gauge. While highlight reels make the 18-year-old look the part, he’s only played against extremely weak talent. He’s got an intriguing body (Kevin Durant comps have been wildly thrown about) and handle for the size. The Bucks should probably stash him in the D-League for a year or two, it’s unclear if they’ll be patient enough to do so. –Seth Sommerfeld
Giannis Adetokoubo

16. Lucas Nogueira | 7-0 | 220 | PF/C | Brazil | 25

The reported trade for Kelly Olynyk means that Boston is making this pick for someone else. Whether that team is actually the Mavericks remains to be seen. Lucas Nogueira is a guy that really blew up in recent weeks. He is still a very raw international prospect that likely won’t make an impact on an NBA roster for at least another two years or so but he is long and athletic which are two things that teams really love at this point in the draft. The pick is reportedly being sent to Atlanta via Dallas via Boston so this could be the first of three straight picks by the Atlanta Hawks who are likely out of the Dwight Howard and Chris Paul sweepstakes. – Clayton Crowe
Lucas Nogueira

17. Dennis Schroder | 6-2 | 168 | PG | Germany | 24

The German speedster exploded onto the scene at this year's Nike Hoops Summit, as he more than held his own against the top U.S. prospects. The 6-foot-2 Schroeder is a pure point guard who excels in the pick and roll, thanks to his uncanny knack for finding creative passing angles and his ability to knock down perimeter jumpers. He possesses a jaw-dropping 6-foot-7.5-inch wingspan and can defend his position. He excelled against top-level German competition and projects as the midway point between Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo. Perhaps this signals Jeff Teague's exit? He is a restricted free agent and may have played well enough to price himself out of Danny Ferry's rebuilding project. Schroeder is Atlanta's playmaker of the future. -Nick Prevenas
Dennis Schroder

18. Shane Larkin | 5-11 | 171 | PG | Miami | 25

For a second there it looked like the Hawks went all David Kahn on us! Instead, Larkin looks to be headed to Dallas. The Mavs definitely need an upgrade at the point guard, and Larkin should be able to get minutes early. While he doesn’t have ideal size, he’s got burner speed and solid shooting. Darren Collison better be packing his bags. –Seth Sommerfeld
Shane Larkin

19. Sergey Karasev | 6-7 | 197 | SG/SF | Russia | 24

After shocking the world and taking Bennett with the #1 overall pick, the Cavs decided to go with an International talent in Karasev. He was projected a lot higher than this with rumored promises to the Mavericks and Hawks but in the end he falls to the Cavs at #19. He isn’t likely to come over to the NBA this season but he has a lot of value at this point in the draft. He is an above average shooter but struggles with his overall consistency. He is just 19 years old and one of the youngest players in the draft so there is plenty of time for him to grow and develop the consistency on both ends of the floor that he needs to play at the next level. – Clayton Crowe
Sergey Karasev

20. Tony Snell | 6-7 | 198 | SG/SF | New Mexico | 26

The Chicago Bulls grab another athletic, versatile wing in Snell to go along with Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng (who has seen his name show up in a bunch of trade rumors lately). Snell is a long, lanky wing with terrific measurables for the small forward position and a terrific perimeter shooting stroke. Snell connected on 39 percent of his threes last season on 4.7 attempts per game, which should translate as an effective corner-three floor-spacing threat. However, Snell often drifts during games and was often criticized for his lack of assertiveness at New Mexico. He rarely takes the ball to the rim and he doesn't rebound as well as he should, given his size/athleticism. If Tom Thibodeau can coax some aggression out of Snell, he could prove to be a useful rotation piece for the Bulls. -Nick Prevenas
Tony Snell

21. Gorgui Dieng | 6-11 | 230 | C | Louisville | 28

There are question marks about Gorgui Dieng’s offensive potential, but his shot blocking and rebounding skills could be enough for him to stick in the league (ideally as a backup). During Louisville’s national title run, the Cardinals didn’t shy away from letting him set up the offense with catches at the free throw line extended. He’s more comfortable there than with his back to the basket. He could fill a need if the T’Wolves aren’t able to resign Nikola Pekovic. –Seth Sommerfeld
Gorgui Dieng

22. Mason Plumlee | 6-11 | 238 | PF | Duke | 28

The Nets, who are in serious talks with the Celtics to acquire Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, are in a win-now mode and Mason Plumlee is a four year player from Duke that can come in right away and be a key role player off the Nets bench. New Head Coach Jason Kidd is seemingly being handed over a roster that could arguably be better than any team in the league from Day 1 with the acquisitions of Pierce and Garnett. Plumlee really came into his own last season as he developed a consistent low post game, improved his free throw shooting and was one of the leading candidates for Player of the Year for much of the season. He is extremely athletic and still has room to improve. This is a solid pickup for the Nets in the early 20’s. – Clayton Crowe
Mason Plumlee

23. Solomon Hill | 6-7 | 226 | SF | Arizona | 27

The Pacers make a major reach for Hill, who most scouts had listed as a second rounder, but this pick could end up working out for a team desperate for bench help. Hill, a four-year starter for the Arizona Wildcats, is the type of wing who doesn't have a single elite-level skill or top-notch athleticism, but he's good-to-very-good at everything. He can handle, pass, shoot, and defend at a passable level, and if he can extend his shooting range beyond the NBA 3-point line, he could end up having a Jared Dudley-esque career for a team that needs a lot of help behind Paul George and Lance Stephenson. -Nick Prevenas
Solomon Hill

24. Tim Hardaway Jr | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Michigan | 26

If the Knicks are planning to cut the cord on J.R. Smith, this Tim Hardaway Jr. pick makes a lot of sense. While Hardaway doesn’t have any truly elite skills, he also doesn’t have many holes in his game. His game is balanced on both ends of the floor and he’ll be ready see minutes off the bench starting day one. Hardaway has the potential to be a role player for many years to come. –Seth Sommerfeld
Tim Hardaway Jr

25. Reggie Bullock | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | North Carolina | 27

I love Reggie Bullock. He’s a guy I got to watch quite a bit covering the ACC last season. Bullock is an underrated defender who can rebound and shoot the lights out. He didn’t get the kind of recognition he deserved because the Tar Heels struggled out of the gate last season. His stock really started to rise after the NBA Draft combine where he wowed scouts with his size, strength and ability to shoot the ball. The Clippers have a need on the wing with Caron Butler getting long in the tooth, Grant Hill’s retirement and Matt Barnes’ impending free agency. – Clayton Crowe
Reggie Bullock

26. Andre Roberson | 6-7 | 206 | SF/PF | Colorado | 26

The Oklahoma City Thunder don't have anyone quite like Roberson on their roster, so his defense/rebounding/athleticism game should fit in nicely alongside their high-scoring All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Roberson wasn't projected as a first-round pick by most scouts, given his limitations offensively, but he projects as a solid tweener/energy guy in the frontcourt. He's a bit slight for the 4-spot (only 6-7, 206) and he can't shoot it well enough to play small forward for long stretches, but he'll do most of his damage on tip-ins, backcuts, and hustle. The OKC coaching staff will need to continue refining his game, but Roberson's rebounding abilities should translate to the NBA immediately. -Nick Prevenas
Andre Roberson

27. Rudy Gobert | 7-2 | 238 | C | France | 25

French center Rudy Gobert has crazy size (including an unreal 7’9” wingspan) and isn’t a stiff out on the floor. He’s got the skills to run the floor and contribute on the defensive end, but he needs get stronger to compete at the NBA level. It’ll take years to get a proper read on Gobert and the Nuggets could easily stash him overseas while he develops. -Seth Sommerfeld
Rudy Gobert

28. Livio Jean-Charles | 6-9 | 217 | SF/PF | France | 24

Fresh off of their Finals loss to the Miami Heat, the Spurs are in a great position to be contenders again next season. Livio Jean-Charles continues a long list of International prospects selected by this franchise. Jean-Charles is another guy taken in this first round that probably won’t don an NBA jersey this season. For the Spurs, they need guys who can come in and contribute right away as they try and keep the Championship window for the original “Big 3” open for at least one more season. Jean-Charles is a versatile forward that blew up at the Hoop Summit with 27 pts and 13 boards and will be a solid player in a few years but he, like most of the other International prospects in this draft, is still very young and very raw. – Clayton Crowe
Livio Jean-Charles

29. Archie Goodwin | 6-5 | 189 | SG | Kentucky | 23

The Suns' major rebuilding project continues with perhaps the rawest prospect available in Goodwin. He struggled mightily at times during his freshman season at Kentucky, but he possesses excellent size, speed, and athleticism for either guard spot. He is also one of the youngest prospects in this class (turns 19 on Aug. 17 – youngest American in this draft). His jumper needs serious work and he gets a bit tunnel-visioned in the half court, but the talent is there. If the Suns can be patient in his development, they might end up with one of the top players from this draft in 3-5 years. But if his game doesn't develop, Goodwin might not make it past his rookie contract. -Nick Prevenas
Archie Goodwin

30. Nemanja Nedovic | 6-3 | 190 | PG/SG | Serbia | 27

The Warriors close out the first round with Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic. He’s a slashing combo guard with elite athleticism for a European player. He’s an effective scorer despite not having a polished jump shot. He’s undersized for a 2 guard and lacks the skills to be a point guard, so it’s no sure thing that he sees the league anytime soon. –Seth Sommerfeld
Nemanja Nedovic

Second Round

31. Allen Crabbe | 6-6 | 197 | SG | California | 26

Crabbe is a prototypical NBA 2-guard with a great shooting stroke and an outrageous 6-foot-11.25 wingspan. He tested out as a better athlete than expected in the combine, and hit 44 percent of his jumpers in catch-and-shoot opportunities (including 53.8 percent when he was left wide open). He also projects as a terrific shooter coming off pindown screens, and will likely defend his position well enough to allow him to play significant minutes. Look for Crabbe and CJ McCollum to form potent three-guard lineups with Damian Lillard running the show. -Nick Prevenas
Allen Crabbe

32. Alex Abrines | 6-6 | 190 | SG | Spain | 24

Abrines is another Euro player that the Thunder can stash overseas until they think he is ready to come over. Abrines makes his living with his ability to shoot the basketball. He has a lot of value here in the second round, especially for a team with an established roster like the Thunder. – Clayton Crowe
Alex Abrines

33. Carrick Felix | 6-6 | 203 | SG/SF | Arizona St. | 27

This is a solid under-the-radar shooting guard. Much like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the lack of talent surrounding Felix hurt his draft stock, as many folks didn't see much Sun Devil basketball this season. He struggled (both on and off the court) early in his college career, but came on strong this last season (14.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 37.4 3pt%). He is a tremendous transition player and grades out as a potentially elite defender at the next level. He's already 22, so not much upside left, but he could fit in as a nice role player in Cleveland's quickly developing core. -Nick Prevenas.
Carrick Felix

34. Isaiah Canaan | 6-0 | 190 | PG | Murray St. | 27

Canaan has a legitimate shot at making the Rockets roster next season because he will carry with him a minimum salary as a second rounder. Canaan can flat out score the basketball. He was a 2,000+ point scorer at Murray State. He has unlimited range on his jump shot and above average athleticism. The one glaring knock on Canaan is his turnover rate and his tendency to look for his own shot as opposed to setting up his teammates. – Clayton Crowe
Isaiah Canaan

35. Glen Rice Jr. | 6-6 | 211 | SG | USA | 27

After lighting it up in the NBA Developmental League last season, the 22-year-old Rice Jr. went a long way to eliminate the bad taste he left in scouts mouths after his tumultuous run at Georgia Tech. Much like his dad, he's an excellent shooter and NBA-level athlete at both wing spots. The 76ers snagged a first-round talent at pick No. 35 and he should work his way into their rotation next season. -Nick Prevenas
Glen Rice Jr.

36. Ray McCallum | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Detroit | 27

The Kings continue with their roster turnover by selecting McCallum here at #36. With McLemore and McCallum the Kings have a dynamic guard combo going forward. He averaged close to 19 points and 5 rebounds per game last season and was one of the better mid-major prospects in college basketball. The Kings have a plethora of guards on their roster so I’m not necessarily sure where McCallum fits but if the rumors of Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton being on their way out are true then McCallum could find himself playing meaningful minutes next season. – Clayton Crowe
Ray McCallum

37. Tony Mitchell | 6-9 | 236 | SF/PF | North Texas | 26

He was projected as a possible top-10 pick before the season due to his otherworldly athleticism, but he endured a subpar season with North Texas last year. His effort wasn't always there, but there's no questioning his size/athletic make-up to become a legit NBA power forward. He turns it over too often right now and his perimeter jumper isn't always reliable, but the Pistons might be able to develop him into a high-energy rotation big man behind Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. -Nick Prevenas
Tony Mitchell

38. Nate Wolters | 6-5 | 196 | PG | South Dakota St. | 27

With Jrue Holiday on his way out of town, the 76ers make a trade with the Wizards here and take another point guard with size. Wolters is a four year player out of South Dakota State that certain scouts love and had on their big board with a first round grade. Michael Carter-Williams will have his work cut out for him to win the starting point guard spot. What Wolters lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with experience and grit. – Clayton Crowe
Nate Wolters

39. Jeff Withey | 7-0 | 222 | C | Kansas | 28

He came on strong his senior season at Kansas, establishing himself as a legitimate rim protector and defensive presence. He'll struggle in the NBA to hold his position and will likely be on the receiving end of more than a few YouTube-worthy dunks, but if he doesn't let that bother him, he could be a decent backup center, thanks in large part to his shotblocking instincts and his high effort. -Nick Prevenas
Jeff Withey

40. Grant Jerrett | 6-10 | 232 | PF | Arizona | 24

Grant Jerrett is a guy who most people were surprised to see leave Arizona after one year. He is deadly in the pick and roll as he can step out and hit the mid-range but also roll to the basket and finish at a high rate. He could have benefitted greatly from another season out in the desert and could have potentially been a mid-first round pick a year from now but with a crowded frontcourt on the roster for next season, he decided to make the jump and Portland will reap the benefits. – Clayton Crowe
Grant Jerrett

41. Jamaal Franklin | 6-5 | 191 | SG/SF | San Diego St. | 26

He did a little bit of everything for San Diego State last season, leading his squad in just about every statistical quality. He struggles shooting from outside (27.9 percent from the college 3 on 4.6 attempts), which fits right in with the other bricklayers Memphis employs on its perimeter, but he'll have an excellent professor with Tony Allen showing him how to make his way in the league as a lockdown defender. Even if Franklin develops into the defender he's capable of being, it's hard for anyone his height to crack a rotation without being able to knock down more jumpers. -Nick Prevenas
Jamaal Franklin

42. Pierre Jackson | 5-10 | 176 | PG | Baylor | 26

Pierre Jackson is easily the quickest player in the draft with a ball in his hands. His lack of size really hurt him from an NBA standpoint. If he were two inches taller he would have been mentioned in the mid to late first round. He is unbelievably strong and fearless when he attacks the basket. He has NBA level athleticism, a quick trigger and a solid jump shot. He isn’t the greatest defender mostly because of his lack of size but he can stay in front of quicker guards and could be a real change of pace type of guard for a team. Kind of a questionable pick after the team already took Carter-Williams and Wolters with their 3rd and 4th picks. – Clayton Crowe
Pierre Jackson

43. Ricardo Ledo | 6-6 | 197 | SG | Providence | 25

This could end up being the steal of the draft. He was unable to suit up at Providence, due to whatever nonsense rules the NCAA makes up on the fly, but the Mavericks might've landed a lottery-level talent in the 40s here. Ledo can do a bit of everything, and his ball handling skills are just phenomenal. He has a bit of Jamal Crawford in his game. If he can adjust to the level of this competition, he'll have a spot in this league, no question. -Nick Prevenas
Ricardo Ledo

44. Mike Muscala | 6-11 | 230 | PF/C | Bucknell | 26

Because of a trade earlier in the first round, the Mavs make this pick for the Hawks. Muscala is an effective scorer in the post but he lacks the athleticism that will allow him to be successful in the NBA. He rebounds extremely well and has shown the ability to find the open man when teams double down on him in the post. The Hawks are looking for a guy who can come in and allow Al Horford to slide to his more natural four spot and Muscala might be able to do that for stretches but at this point in the draft, a team like the Hawks would be better suited going for a player with more upside. – Clayton Crowe
Mike Muscala

45. Marko Todorovic | 6-11 | 240 | PF/C | Montenegro | 26

The big Montenegrin is a skilled center who showed nice touch around the hoop in limited minutes the last couple years playing high-level Spanish-league ball. He's active and he plays hard, but he lacks explosiveness, which might make his transition to the NBA a tough one. Look for the Blazers to stash him and track his development. -Nick Prevenas
Marko Todorovic

46. Erick Green | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | Virginia Tech | 27

Green is an unbelievable scorer. He averaged over 25 points per game last season and even though he was on a team where he had to do everything, he can create his own shot and get to wherever he wants to go on the floor. He took a lot of shots to get his points but no one else on his team could create their own shot and the team relied on him to bail them out late in the shot clock. Green will make an impact wherever he lands. – Clayton Crowe
Erick Green

47. Raul Neto | 6-2 | 179 | PG | Brazil | 26

The Brazilian point guard is an ultra-quick, ultra-slippery playmaker who can usually get by his man off the dribble. However, his shooting needs work and he may not be strong enough to hang with NBA-level point guards. He's already 21, so some scouts are skeptical whether he can add the necessary strength. My wife thinks he's cute, so look for him to make 15 All-Star games, just to piss me off. -Nick Prevenas
Raul Neto

48. Ryan Kelly | 6-11 | 230 | PF | Duke | 27

For an aging team that needs some quickness and athleticism, this pick by the Lakers is questionable at best. Kelly is an underrated player but he lacks NBA athleticism and will struggle guarding power forwards in the NBA. He is a knock down shooter and can stretch the floor. If the Lakers can keep Dwight Howard, Kelly could fill that Ryan Anderson type of stretch four role. – Clayton Crowe
Ryan Kelly

49. Erik Murphy | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Florida | 27

The Florida big man checks out as a possible stretch 4, thanks to his jaw-dropping 45-percent mark from 3-point range (on 4.4 attempts) and 6-foot-10 frame. He worked hard in the offseason to add some much-needed muscle mass, and if he can maintain his stamina and contribute on defense, he should contribute off the bench as a Matt Bonner type with serious offensive skills. Yeah...oh yeahhhh! -Nick Prevenas
Erik Murphy

50. James Ennis | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | Long Beach State | 27

The Hawks are sending this pick to the Miami Heat. Ennis is an athletic wing player cut in the mold of Jimmy Butler who gave Lebron fits during the second round of the playoffs. He can finish at the rim, get out in transition and has an improving jump shot. His ball handling leaves a lot to be desired but it is something that he has been working on since his season ended. He has the potential to be a lock down defender at the next level and is a huge value pick here for the Heat. He will be a long shot to make the roster as the Heat don’t have any open roster spots but he could work on his weaknesses in the D-League for a season or two and really help this team in a few seasons. – Clayton Crowe
James Ennis

51. Romero Osby | 6-7 | 240 | SF/PF | Oklahoma | 28

The 23-year-old late-blooming forward from Oklahoma is a wide-shouldered banger who put up 16 points per game last season. He's a bit of a tweener at only 6-foot-7.5, but he can do a little bit of everything. Look for him to contribute as an energy guy and fringe rotation player. -Nick Prevenas
Romero Osby

52. Lorenzo Brown | 6-5 | 189 | PG/SG | NC State | 27

Brown is one of the more underrated players in this draft. He’s only played the point guard position for the last two seasons but has made incredible strides in his ability to run a team and keep his teammates happy while also getting his own numbers. He is a player that was an All-ACC Pre-Season selection last year but his stock dropped because of his team’s lack of success. The Timberwolves have plenty of point guards on the roster but will eventually be forced to find a spot for Brown on the roster. He is that talented of a player. – Clayton Crowe
Lorenzo Brown

53. Colton Iverson | 7-0 | 263 | PF/C | Colorado St. | 28

The Colorado State big man had a very nice senior season in Fort Collins, posting 14 points and 10 boards per night, but he averaged a shockingly low 0.7 blocks at 7-feet tall. He has excellent touch around the rim and can score with either hand, but he might not possess the athletic ability or defensive prowess to stick on an NBA roster. -Nick Prevenas
Colton Iverson

54. Arsalan Kazemi | 6-7 | 230 | PF | Oregon | 28

Kazemi’s stock really began to rise during Oregon’s late season run. He was a key in the team’s win against Oklahoma State in the first round of the tournament and looked good against the longer front line of Louisville in their third round game. The Wizards are reportedly sending this pick to the 76ers which would give Philly another versatile forward that rebounds extremely well. – Clayton Crowe
Arsalan Kazemi

55. Joffrey Lauvergne | 6-11 | 240 | PF/C | France | 26

The French stretch four shows nice touch around the hoop and excellent promise as a perimeter shooter at 6-foot-11, but I must object with how he has handled his time on the Iron Throne as the head of King's Landing. He is not fit to rule in Westeros and will be in for a rude awakening when Daenerys Targaryen makes her way to King's Landing with her dragons and army of freed slaves. -Nick Prevenas
Joffrey Lauvergne

56. Peyton Siva | 6-1 | 181 | PG | Louisville | 27

Neither Rodney Stuckey nor Brandon Knight seem like the long-term fix at point guard. Knight is more suited playing off the ball. Siva gives the Pistons an insurance policy heading into next season in case Stuckey continues to struggle and Knight regresses. Siva is a winner and a tremendous competitor. He is an excellent on ball defender and is a guy who knows how to play the point guard position. – Clayton Crowe
Peyton Siva

57. Alex Oriakhi | 6-9 | 255 | PF/C | Missouri | 27

The Missouri/UConn bruiser has potential to stick in the NBA as a Reggie Evans-esque rebounder/instigator. Oriakhi is as strong as a bull, and his 7-foot-3.75-inch wingspan and 9-foot standing reach gives him a major advantage in post defense. He is very raw offensively, and at age 23, that doesn't appear to be changing. But if he embraces his identity as a defensive menace, he could have a long NBA career. -Nick Prevenas
Alex Oriakhi

58. DeShaun Thomas | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Ohio State | 26

DeShaun Thomas reportedly wouldn’t give the Spurs his telephone number during the draft process. Well I guess he will have to give it to them now if he wants to know where and when to sign his contract. Thomas gives the Spurs another versatile player that can score the basketball. Thomas doesn’t have a position which is why he will be more suited for coming off the bench. He is going to a perfect situation where he can learn and grow under one of the best organizations and coaching staffs in NBA history. The Spurs knock this pick out of the park based on overall talent and position in the draft. Just business as usual for them. – Clayton Crowe
DeShaun Thomas

59. Bojan Dubljevic | 6-9 | 235 | PF/C | Montenegro | 26

There were a lot of project bigs who went above Dubljevic without his talent, skill level, length (7'1 wingspan) or production, but his lack of athleticism (27.5-inch vertical) and his age (21 years old) work against him. But this is an intriguing prospect this late in the draft, given his ability to play both frontcourt spots. -Nick Prevenas
Bojan Dubljevic

60. Janis Timma | 6-8 | 226 | SF | Latvia | 25

Mr. Irrelevant Janis Timma. Fran Frachilla said it best. “At the 60th pick, not much left.” Timma combines power with hustle and some decent skill. He was one of the standouts at the adidas Eurocamp and stands a chance to make it the league in a few seasons. -Clayton Crowe
Janis Timma