Draft Time: Instant Analysis

By Nick Prevenas

First Round

1. Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 23

Nobody knew which player was going to go No. 1 overall until Adam Silver actually said the words Andrew Wiggins. Joel Embiid was the consensus top prospect until he suffered a broken foot during workouts. The Cleveland Cavs debated between Wiggins and Jabari Parker until draft day, eventually opting for Wiggins and his superior length, athleticism, defensive ability, and upside. Wiggins' offensive game is still a work in progress (particularly his high handle and over-reliance on his right hand), but athletes of Wiggins' caliber simply dont come along very often. Wiggins projects as a destructive defensive force and above-average offensive player. If he takes care of his handle and develops a killer instinct, the sky is the limit. -Nick Prevenas'
Andrew Wiggins

2. Jabari Parker | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | Duke | 23

Not a big surprise here since it has been rumored all week that Parker intentionally blew his Cleveland workout because he wanted to go to Milwaukee. Parker is going to be able to come in and contribute on this team from day one. Offensively, he's the most NBA ready player in this draft. Some question why there aren't more concerns about what position he'll play at the next level but when you can effectively play multiple positions it is called being versatile, when you struggle to do so it is called being a tweener. Parker is the former. He fits well alongside last year's first round pick Giannis Antetokounmpo and the duo gives the Bucks a talented and versatile forward duo that will give teams fits. -Clayton Crowe
Jabari Parker

3. Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 24

The Philadelphia 76ers have operated with CIA-level secrecy leading up to this draft, trying to throw everyone off the trail. Sam Hinkie is all about asset accumulation, regardless of roster fit or health, so Joel Embiid makes a lot of sense here. If his foot heals properly and the rest of his medical chart checks out, this is the steal of the draft. Nobody possesses more natural ability. Two-way centers who can protect the rim and score with either hand are remarkably rare. He has excellent hands, top-notch footwork, and range on his jump shot. He glides in transition and plays with an edge. Much like current 76er Nerlens Noel, it is all about health with Embiid. He will either be the next Anthony Davis or the next Greg Oden. -Nick Prevenas
Joel Embiid

4. Aaron Gordon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 22

So the Blake Griffin comparisons were a bit premature but there's no doubt that Gordon has potential. He's a bit of a tweener at the next level but will at minimum be able to defend. He's a high energy guy with hops for days. He's arguably the best athlete in the draft. He'll be able to make his presence felt on the defensive end but he's extremely raw offensively and gets most of his points from put backs and alley oops. The Magic already have a tweener forward in Tobias Harris so this pick doesn't make a lot of sense from a position perspective but apparently GM Rob Hennigan sees a player that can grow into a better power forward than both Randle and Vonleh. 4 seems high. -Clayton Crowe
Aaron Gordon

5. Dante Exum | 6-6 | 196 | PG/SG | Australia | 22

The Utah Jazz swing for the fences at No. 5, drafting the player with the most potential on the board. Dante Exum has not played high-level basketball in nearly a year, but that mystery helped boost his draft stock among all NBA general managers. The Australian combo guard is the fastest player in this (or any other) draft, with straight-line speed comparable to Ty Lawson or John Wall. He is one of the youngest players in this draft, as well, with plenty of time to mature into a devastating, disruptive player. He can get to anywhere he wants on the floor, and possesses the confidence necessary to excel at this level. He might take time to adjust to the physicality, but Exum pairs nicely with Trey Burke and gives Utah its most exciting prospect since Deron Williams. -Nick Prevenas
Dante Exum

6. Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 24

With Rondo having been on the trading block ever since K.G. and Paul Pierce left town, this pick makes a ton of sense. The Celtics are in full scale rebuilding mode and are thought to be trying to move both Rondo and Jeff Green at some point in the near future. Smart was widely considered a top three picking coming into the season but some attitude issues and the shove heard 'round the world have caused teams to think twice about him and thus the slide. He's got great instincts for a point guard and can get to the rim at will. He's strong and is a capable defender and can play off the ball if necessary. He isn't the best pick and roll player due to his jump shot, or lack thereof, but he's going to be a play maker at the next level. If the Celtics keep this pick, it signals the end of an era. -Clayton Crowe
Marcus Smart

7. Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 23

The Lakers hardly find themselves in the lottery, so they need to make this pick count. Julius Randle is one of the most skilled, NBA-ready power forwards in this draft and impressed Laker scouts with a stellar workout. There are still lingering concerns about a foot injury that may not have healed properly, but Randle and his diverse skill-set is worth the gamble. He was forced to play close to the hoop for an undersized Kentucky team, but Randle has a reliable jump shot out to 18 feet and projects as an excellent pick-and-pop big. He can face up, handle, score in the post, and rebound like crazy. He struggles to score against length and may be a little undersized versus the Serge Ibaka-type power forwards, but Randle is crafty enough to get his points. Hope he gets along with Kobe Bryant. -Nick Prevenas
Julius Randle

8. Nik Stauskas | 6-6 | 207 | SG | Michigan | 24

The Kings are a team with a ton of talent but are quite possibly the most dysfunctional group in the NBA. With guys like Noah Vonleh still on the board, this pick is a head scratcher. Stauskas had a great combine and really showed scouts and GMs that he's more than just a jump shooter. He's a better athlete that most thought and is a better all-around offensive player than most give him credit for. The issue here is that the team just drafted Ben McLemore a season ago and not to mention they owe Rudy Gay roughly $20 million next season. They have more glaring needs at the PF spot so this pick might be on the move with other teams in the late lottery showing interest in the forward from Michigan. -Clayton Crowe
Nik Stauskas

9. Noah Vonleh | 6-9 | 247 | PF | Indiana | 22

Noah Vonleh's slide ends at No. 9, as the Indiana power forward heads to Charlotte. He didn't see as many minutes as you'd expect on that disastrous Hoosier squad, but Vonleh's per-minute averages compared favorably to Randle. He possesses elite measurables, with gargantuan hands, an explosive vertical leap, and a jaw-dropping 7-foot-4 wingspan. He is a terror on the glass, an above-average spot-up shooter, and a top-shelf athlete for his position. His potential is through the roof, but his basketball IQ and instincts are not where you would want them to be for a lottery pick. He is a classic boom-or-bust prospect. Charlotte is a nice landing spot for him, as this up-and-coming squad employs one of the best traditional on-the-block post scorers in Al Jefferson. -Nick Prevenas
Noah Vonleh

10. Elfrid Payton | 6-4 | 185 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 24

The fast-rising Elfrid Payton is a long, athletic point guard who struggles to shoot, but he's a sensational defender. He gets to the rim, finishes through contact and he's a year young for his grade. He turns the ball over more than you'd want at this level, but some of that can be chalked up to being his team's best player and having to make seemingly every play for his team to win. He is a born leader and should team up with Victor Oladipo to form one of the most aggressive young backcourts in the NBA. Giving up a future 1st and 2nd to move up 2 spots will prove well worth it. Payton can be special. - Clayton Crowe
Elfrid Payton

11. Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Creighton | 26

Doug McDermott is one of the top shooters in this (or any other) draft. During his four years at Creighton, McDermott simply knocked down shots against all levels of competition. He is one of the draft's older prospects and he doesn't have much upside left, but he is a legitimate NBA wing that tested well athletically. He is more well-rounded than other shooting specialists. McDermott heads to the Bulls in exchange for picks No. 16 and 19, giving Chicago an excellent offensive player on an offensively-challenged squad. -Nick Prevenas
Doug McDermott

12. Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 24

Saric had been rumored to be going to the Hawks at #15 but the Sixers had other plans. Saric recently signed a deal to play in Turkey for Efes for the next two seasons so he won't be able to contribute for a while, which apparently is all part of the 7-year rebuilding plan for Phildelphia. Saric is a skilled stretch four that has drawn comparisons to Boris Diaw with his ability to pass the rock and see over defenses. He's not a great athlete and he's not the quickest of players but he's got tremendous heart and should ultimately bring the team toughness. He's got great vision, an improving jump shot and is a capable rebounder -Clayton Crowe
Dario Saric

13. Zach LaVine | 6-6 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 23

Upside! Zach LaVine is one of the best raw athletes in this draft. Few guard prospects possess LaVine's leaping ability or start-and-stop quickness. He seems to hit top speed in an instant, and is crafty enough to find cracks in the defense. His overall skill level isn't there yet, and he desperately needs to add strength to his lanky frame, but LaVine may develop into one of the league's top combo guards (or he might be out of the league after his rookie contract expires). Maybe LaVine can convince Kevin Love to stick around Minnesota at a UCLA alum fundraiser? Eh, maybe not. -Nick Prevenas
Zach LaVine

14. TJ Warren | 6-8 | 220 | SF | NC State | 24

The man known as "TJ Buckets" can flat out score the basketball. He was thrust into the spotlight after CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown left the Wolfpack early for the NBA a season ago. Warren has an uncanny ability to put the ball in the hole and always seems to be in the right spot to make a play. He's got a great mid-range game and is an improving shooter from deep. He's a perfect fit for the Suns who really don't have much on the wing. He'll be able to come in and contribute immediately on the offensive end. He's not the best athlete and his quickness could cause problems at the next level as he will be guarding the likes of Paul George and Lebron James but he's a better athlete than most people give him credit for. -Clayton Crowe
TJ Warren

15. Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Michigan St. | 27

Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer values shooting more than just about any other coach, which is why the Hawks took Adreian Payne. He is one of the only true stretch 4s in this draft, as he possesses legitimate NBA 3-point range. He's tall, long, and very athletic, as well. He plays his tail off and will not need much time to adjust to the pro game. Payne, however, is 23 years old. He should've dominated as a senior at Michigan State, as he was often 3-4 (sometimes five) years older than his opponent. He is lean in the lower body, too, which might lead to some struggles trying to box out bigger players. He will provide depth behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford, as the Hawks attempt to return to the playoffs next year. -Nick Prevenas
Adreian Payne

16. Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 23

With this pick being sent to the Nuggets by way of the Bulls, the Nuggets continue a trend where they take foreign born players and hope they develop. Nurkic has a sumo's physique but the footwork of a ballerina, well almost. He'll likely stay in Europe for another season or two as he continues to work on his overall game and in particular, his defense. He's a big guy that likes to bang in the paint. He just needs to become more mature and limit the outbursts. -Clayton Crowe
Jusuf Nurkic

17. James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 22

Young is one of the draft's best quick-release, knock-down shooters. He can get his shot off in a variety of ways -- off the bounce, spotting up, curling off screens, of pulling up in transition. His jumper is very smooth, and he gets excellent elevation. With great length and above-average athleticism, Young should be a solid two-way player who can credibly defend his position. He needs to tighten up his handle and add strength, as he is a bit of a one-dimensional player at this stage. He projects as a starting-caliber wing if his skills develop, but his shooting ability alone should keep him in an NBA rotation. -Nick Prevenas
James Young

18. Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 23

With uncertainty surrounding incumbent point guard Eric Bledsoe, the Ennis pick makes sense. The team will need another guard to backup Goran Dragic if Bledsoe leaves town. He showed great skill and patience during his freshman season at Syracuse. He doesn't turn the ball over much which is a great attribute for a lead guard at the next level. He's not the greatest athlete and there are questions about how effective he will be able to defend quicker point guards at the next level but his positives outweigh his negatives, especially at #18. -Clayton Crowe
Tyler Ennis

19. Gary Harris | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Michigan St. | 23

Gary Harris is a lottery-level prospect who somehow slipped to No. 19. The Nuggets (desperate for 3-point shooting) were considering taking Harris at No. 11, so to land him eight spots later is a major win for GM Tim Connelly. He is a tad bit undersized for the 2-guard spot, but Harris is a high-level athlete and top-notch character kid. He reminds some of a happier, friendlier Eric Gordon. He is mentally/physically tough, and he won't let this draft slide get to him. He will play with a huge chip on his shoulder and should develop into one of the league's better two-way shooting guards. Great pick. -Nick Prevenas
Gary Harris

20. Bruno Caboclo | 6-9 | 205 | SF/PF | Brazil | 22

Masai Ujiri goes completely off the board with pick No. 20, taking Brazilian man of mystery Bruno Caboclo. He is one of the draft's youngest prospects, and he oozes upside. He is a remarkable athlete at the small forward position, but he is going to need a very long time before he is ready to play at an NBA level. This pick is a big surprise, because the Raptors are in the playoff mix in the dreadful Eastern Conference and could have used one of the draft's more polished prospects. However, if Caboclo fulfills his promise, we might look back on this pick as one of Ujiri's most brilliant moves. Question Ujiri at your peril; the man knows what he is doing. -Nick Prevenas
Bruno Caboclo

21. Mitch McGary | 6-10 | 266 | C | Michigan | 26

Mitch McGary would have been a lottery pick last year, thanks to his spectacular 2013 tournament run at Michigan, but back problems kept him out for much of the year. McGary is a high-energy frontcourt player who might be the best screener in this year's draft. He plays his butt off and he will do all the dirty work that Nick Collison currently does for them. He isn't the most polished prospect, but he still has room to grow and improve his skills. He is a little bit of a reach at 21, but McGary is an NBA-ready big who won't back down from a challenge. -Nick Prevenas
Mitch McGary

22. Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 209 | SG | UCLA | 23

Adams, like TJ Warren, has a knack for scoring the basketball. He is surprisingly similar to Warren in that he isn't a great athlete and he uses his high basketball IQ and movement without the ball to get into perfect position to score. He has a great mid-range game and an improving three point stroke. He had a great NCAAT run with the Bruins and really improved his draft stock. The Grizzlies need offensive help on the wing and Adams fits the bill. He has a ways to go to be a consistent contributor at the next level but there is always room for scorers at the next level and "Grizzly Adams" can do just that. - Clayton Crowe
Jordan Adams

23. Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 208 | SF | Duke | 25

Rodney Hood could have conceivably gone in the late lottery, given the lefty's unique combination of height, length, versatility, and athleticism. Utah gets him at 23. When scouts primarily focused on Jabari Parker during Duke games, they often came away impressed with Hood. He's a bit lean, older (turns 22 on Oct. 20), and he needs to dial up his defensive intensity, but Hood is a big-time prospect who, along with Dante Exum, brings a much-needed jolt of athleticism and excitement to a Utah squad who may lose Gordon Hayward in restricted free agency. -Nick Prevenas
Rodney Hood

24. Shabazz Napier | 6-0 | 175 | PG | UConn | 26

Lebron James and the Miami Heat have been enamored with Shabazz for months now, and Miami just made a push for LeBron to return. Anything else Sir? Napier really improved his draft stock with his team's NCAAT run and eventual Championship. Napier is first and foremost a leader and floor general. He's tough and has great confidence in himself and in his game. The Heat (rumored trade) can really use a guy like Napier who can create his own shot and control the flow of the game. This could signal the end of the Norris Cole era in Miami. -Clayton Crowe
Shabazz Napier

25. Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF/C | Switzerland | 24

Clint Capela is as athletic as any player his size. Standing a hair under 7-feet, Capela runs the floor like a gazelle and explodes at the rim. He projects as an ideal dive man on screen and rolls, as well as a top-notch shot blocker. His instincts and basketball IQ come into question, and his intensity/focus drifts at times. But every advanced analytic metric loves him, and the Rockets have been known to dabble in the analytics field. He probably won't come over right away, but he might be a Samuel Dalembert-esque player in a couple years if he adds aggressiveness. -Nick Prevenas
Clint Capela

26. PJ Hairston | 6-5 | 228 | SG | USA | 25

Well we all know that Michael Jordan has a history of drafting ex-Tar Heels and Hairston continues that trend. Hairston has been in the D-League for a season after he left the Tar Heels a season ago due to off the court issues. He averaged over 20 points per game for the Texas Legends and could turn into a good value at #26. The Hornets have been rumored to be shopping Gerald Henderson and Hairston gives them some insurance if they do. He's got a great jump shot and should have a chip on his shoulder along with a drive to prove people wrong. The Hornets will hope he has put his checkered past behind him. -Clayton Crowe
PJ Hairston

27. Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 25

Bogdan Bogdanovic has spent the last few couple years playing top-level Serbian basketball,and is one of the top shooting guards in his age group. He is a very heady, clever, crafty player with excellent court vision. He knows how to play the angles and cut off the ball. He struggles athletically and might have a hard time staying in front of opposing ball handlers, but he makes up for his lack of explosiveness with tenacity and excellent anticipation. If he develops a floater and a change-of-pace dribble to keep shot-blockers off balance, he could have a long, productive NBA career. -Nick Prevenas
Bogdan Bogdanovic

28. CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 201 | SG | Washington | 27

Wilcox is a four year player from Washington that is a shooting specialist and is an odd pick from the Clippers here. With Jared Dudley, JJ Reddick, Jamaal Crawford and Reggie Bullock already in the mix at the two guard, Wilcox doesn't fit any sort of need here which leads me to believe that this pick will be moved at some point. Wilcox has good athleticism and has improved in each of his four years playing for the Huskies. He's a fairly one dimensional scorer that lacks the handles and quickness to create for himself but shooting is a premium in this league and knock down shooters can always find a roster spot. -Clayton Crowe
CJ Wilcox

29. Josh Huestis | 6-8 | 215 | SF/PF | Stanford | 26

Josh Huestis is one of the drafts best perimeter defenders. Unless you watched Pac-12 basketball all season, you might not be aware of just how much of a disruptive defender Huestis was in man-to-man situations. He isn't much of an offensive player, but he can hit jumpers if you leave him alone. However, he definitely would've been available in the second round and he is an almost identical pick to Andre Roberson last year (another reach for OKC). -Nick Prevenas
Josh Huestis

30. Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 24

And the rich get richer. In Anderson, the Spurs get arguably the best value in this draft. Anderson is a do-it-all type of player that does so many things well. He's a point-forward type of guy who does so many things well. His versatility and length make him a match up nightmare because of the speed in which he plays the game. He has cut down on his turnovers tremendously from his freshman to sophomore campaigns. His skillset resembles that of another player currently on the Spurs roster in Boris Diaw. The Spurs hit a home run with this pick and get a player late in the first round that will be able to come into his own instead of being thrust into a role in which he isn't ready. -Clayton Crowe
Kyle Anderson

Second Round

31. Damien Inglis | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | France | 23

Damien Inglis is a remarkably athletic combo forward. He possesses a unique combination of skills in a massive frame (6-ft-9, 240, 7-ft-3 wingspan). Few prospects his age (19) are as muscularly developed as Inglis. He can handle the ball and set up teammates like few forwards, but he tends to get a bit ahead of himself and force plays that aren't there. His biggest weakness right now is his jumper. He takes forever to load up his shot and his form is inconsistent. He has struggled with bouts of immaturity and tends to lose focus during games. A high-risk, high-reward player at the top of round two. -Nick Prevenas
Damien Inglis

32. KJ McDaniels | 6-6 | 196 | SF | Clemson | 25

KJ McDaniels was one of the top defenders in college basketball and should carve out a nice, long career as a Tony Allen-esque menace. He is an A-plus athlete and one of the best transition players in the nation. He is not much of a shooter or ball handler, but he can make shots if he's left alone. If he is willing to commit to the defensive-specialist role, he will succeed. -Nick Prevenas
KJ McDaniels

33. Joe Harris | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Virginia | 26

Joe Harris is a top-shelf catch-and-shoot player who is crafty enough to make plays when defenses close out on him. As a four-year player at Virginia, he developed into his squad's unquestioned leader and was the focal point of one of the nation's top teams last season. His lack of lateral quickness will hurt him (especially defensively), but he knows how to use a screen and his quick release could help him carve out a role in the NBA. -Nick Prevenas
Joe Harris

34. Cleanthony Early | 6-7 | 210 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 27

The New York Knicks snuck back into the draft as a result of the Tyson Chandler/Jose Calderon deal earlier today and ended up with one of the steals in the draft. Cleanthony Early should have gone in round 1. He is an unquestionably better basketball player than some of the wings that went ahead of him. Early can do it all and, unlike other mid-major prospects, comes into the league as a top-level athlete with strong all-around skills. He is older than some of the other top prospects (23), but Early will produce right away. Excellent pick. -Nick Prevenas
Cleanthony Early

35. Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 24

Jarnell Stokes is a remarkable rebounder. Every year, an elite rebounder slides in the draft because he is "undersized" (Stokes, at 6-ft-8, is shorter than most 4s, but makes up for it with a 7-1 wingspan), but he is an absolute load on the low block. He has terrific touch around the hoop and can step out and knock down a jumper on the screen and roll, as well. He isn't the most laterally quick player, but he will find a spot as a rebounding specialist and post defender. Think Glen Davis, Jared Sullinger, or DeJuan Blair. -Nick Prevenas
Jarnell Stokes

36. Johnny O'Bryant | 6-8 | 257 | PF/C | LSU | 25

Johnny O'Bryant III is a strong, skilled power forward with a versatile offensive game. He can do a little bit of everything, but he struggles defensively and commits way too many turnovers for a big man. His ability to play both power forward and center will help him secure a roster spot as a third big man for a contender. -Nick Prevenas
Johnny O'Bryant

37. DeAndre Daniels | 6-8 | 195 | SF | UConn | 26

DeAndre Daniels is a lanky, athletic wing with an odd, herky-jerky game. He was a big contributor to the University of Connecticut's title push, but can drift in and out of games. If he can add strength and develop a bit of a killer instinct, he could be a real diamond in the rough at this point in the draft. -Nick Prevenas
DeAndre Daniels

38. Spencer Dinwiddie | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | Colorado | 25

Spencer Dinwiddie is an absolute steal in the second round. He would have been a sure-fire first-round pick last season, but his heartbreaking ACL tear derailed his draft stock. Dinwiddie is a high-IQ, versatile wing who can do a bit of everything. He is too skilled to end up as a bust. If his knee heals right, Dinwiddie will have a long NBA career. -Nick Prevenas
Spencer Dinwiddie

39. Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 214 | SF | Syracuse | 24

Jerami Grant is a terrific athlete and has the versatility to play both forward spots. Much like Thaddeus Young, Grant may appear skinny, but he is wiry/crafty enough to handle himself in the paint. He doesn't have the perimeter skills you'd like to see in a small forward, but he is an intriguing prospect with a wide array of talents. -Nick Prevenas
Jerami Grant

40. Glenn Robinson III | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Michigan | 24

Glenn Robinson III should have gone in the first round. Part of the reason why scouts were so down on him may have been because they expected him to be a star for Michigan, but not all players are stars. Some have to be role players, and Robinson's diverse skill set will allow him to be a perfect glue guy for an NBA team. He isn't an A-plus in any area, but he is a solid B-plus to A-minus in every area. -Nick Prevenas
Glenn Robinson III

41. Nikola Jokic | 6-11 | 255 | PF/C | Serbia | 23

Nikola Jokic is a strong, massive Serbian center with an excellent work ethic; something you love to see in such a young big-man prospect. He lacks speed and isn't an explosive leaper, but coaches and teammates love him. Look for Jokic to develop into a Nikola Vucevic-esque center who truly understands how to play his position. -Nick Prevenas
Nikola Jokic

42. Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 198 | SG | Arizona | 25

Nick Johnson is a steal at this point in the draft. He is a tremendously athletic combo guard who was the heart and soul for an excellent Arizona squad last season. He doesn't have a true position and he isn't the playmaker to play point guard full time, but he should turn into a lock-down defensive player with the ability to hit shots and make plays in transition. Think of him like Avery Bradley, only if Bradley was a better shooter. Great pick. -Nick Prevenas
Nick Johnson

43. Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 26

Walter Tavares has a wingspan. That might be an understatement. Tavares' arms seem to never end. The Spanish center is a bit older (age 22) than you'd like to see in such a raw player, but when you stand 7-ft-3 and your wingspan stretches 7-ft-9, someone is going to draft you. He plays hard and has a surprisingly soft touch, but he is not very explosive or muscular. He's a large Project. -Nick Prevenas
Walter Tavares

44. Markel Brown | 6-4 | 185 | SG | Oklahoma State | 26

Markel Brown was one of college basketball's most explosive guards last season. Few guards can match Brown's athleticism and quickness. He can score in a variety of ways and plays with a swagger. His 6-ft-9 wingspan helps cover for his lack of ideal height (6-ft-4 at the shooting guard spot), but he struggles as a ball handler and may have a tough time settling into an NBA position. However, his athleticism, streak scoring ability, and defensive potential should keep him in the NBA for the next 8-10 years. -Nick Prevenas
Markel Brown

45. Dwight Powell | 6-11 | 235 | PF | Stanford | 26

Dwight Powell is a long, lean power forward with surprising playmaking ability. He can do a bit of everything as a face-up big man, but he often doesn't play to his talent level. Given his high skill level, he didn't produce at the level one would expect. He plays a bit timid at times, and he's way too thin to bang with the NBA interior bruisers. -Nick Prevenas
Dwight Powell

46. Jordan Clarkson | 6-4 | 186 | PG/SG | Missouri | 26

Jordan Clarkson is a smart, savvy, remarkably tall and athletic point guard prospect, who we projected much higher. He can do a little bit of everything, including create his own shot, but he struggles to knock down perimeter jumpers. He is right-hand dominant and struggles when a physical defender gets in his grill. He struggled through some personal issues during the season, and appears to have untapped potential. -Nick Prevenas
Jordan Clarkson

47. Russ Smith | 6-1 | 160 | PG/SG | Louisville | 27

Russ Smith is an absolute bulldog. College basketball fans have seen Smith kick butt and take names for Louisville for quite a while now, but there are doubts whether Russdiculous will translate to the pros. He is undersized, and he prefers to create his own offense. He isn't a traditional point guard, but Smith is so tough and so determined that it's hard to see a scenario where he doesn't make a dent in the NBA. The Pelicans gave up last year's second rounder Pierre Jackson to get Russ. -Nick Prevenas
Russ Smith

48. Lamar Patterson | 6-5 | 225 | SG/SF | Pittsburgh | 26

Lamar Patterson is an odd player. He's stout for a shooting guard (6-5, 225) and plays with an edge. However, his limited athleticism might prove to be too big of an obstacle for him to overcome. If he can develop an odd change-of-pace game, he might present specific matchup problems as a bench scorer/creator, as long as he's playing for a creative coach. -Nick Prevenas
Lamar Patterson

49. Cameron Bairstow | 6-10 | 252 | PF | New Mexico | 27

Cameron Bairstow turns 24 on Dec. 7, so what you see is what you get. He can knock down shots and get his points in a variety of ways. He is, however, a decidedly below-the-rim player who often loses track of his teammates when he's set his sights on scoring. He's big and tough, but it will be an uphill battle for him to make a roster. -Nick Prevenas
Cameron Bairstow

50. Alec Brown | 7-1 | 231 | PF/C | Wisconsin Green Bay | 25

Alec Brown is a fascinating player. Not only is he 7-ft-1, but he is also an incredible perimeter shooter. Brown knocked down 42 percent of his 3s last season, giving him potential as a Channing Frye-esque floor spacer from the center spot. It's the other end of the floor that presents problems, however, as Brown is not physical enough to credibly defend his position. If he can add strength and tenacity, his shooting ability could be a valuable asset for a team in need of floor spacing. -Nick Prevenas
Alec Brown

51. Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-6 | 205 | SF | Greece | 25

Greek Freak, Part Two! Thanasis Antetokounmpo is not as tall and long as his brother, Giannis, but who is? He's still plenty long for the wing position and is every bit the ridiculous athlete we've come to expect from this family. He projects more as a lock-down defender, as he already emerged as a top-shelf stopper in the D-league. If his offensive skills catch up to his defensive ability, he could be a legit starter in this league. -Nick Prevenas
Thanasis Antetokounmpo

52. Vasilje Micic | 6-6 | 202 | PG | Serbia | 24

At 6-ft-6, 202 pounds, Vasilje Micic is a huge point guard prospect. He is one of the best passers in Europe and can handle the physicality of NBA competition. His main weakness is his inability to his perimeter shots. In addition, he is below average athletically and his torn ACL is still a bit of a red flag. But he's young and could find a way into the league, thanks to his high IQ. -Nick Prevenas
Vasilje Micic

53. Alessandro Gentile | 6-7 | 230 | SG/SF | Italy | 25

Alessandro Gentile is a tough, hard-nosed wing prospect who does not shy away from contact. He loves to take the ball to the rim, and he does a great job absorbing contact and finishing in a variety of ways. He is a bit slow in releasing his jumper, and he isn't as explosive as the wing players he'd face in the NBA. -Nick Prevenas
Alessandro Gentile

54. Nemanja Dangubic | 6-8 | 195 | SG | Serbia | 25

Nemanja Dangubic is a long, lanky Serbian wing player with more length and athleticism than many of his European counterparts. He isn't much of a shooter (just 29.5 percent from 3-point range) and his all-around skill level isn't where it needs to be yet, but his size/athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect. He grew nearly three full inches in the last year, from 6-ft-5 to 6-ft-8. -Nick Prevenas
Nemanja Dangubic

55. Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 186 | PG | Xavier | 25

Semaj Christon was, at one time, a potential lottery prospect, thanks to his top-notch athleticism and size for the point guard position. His game never fully came around, but he possesses the physical tools to become a steady, defensive-minded backup point guard. He takes a while to load up his jumper (and he doesn't like shooting it very often), but there is a place for someone with his size and speed in the NBA. -Nick Prevenas
Semaj Christon

56. Roy Devyn Marble | 6-6 | 192 | SG | Iowa | 25

Roy Devyn Marble is a smooth, well-rounded shooting guard who can do a little bit of everything. He doesn't have the first step to get around an NBA defender, but he does enough other things well that might help him land a roster spot. -Nick Prevenas
Roy Devyn Marble

57. Louis Labeyrie | 6-10 | 220 | PF | France | 26

Louis Labeyrie is a rail-thin 6-ft-10 forward who will likely never play a minute in the NBA. He doesn't possess the athleticism or the skill level and he's already 22 years old. It's OK. There are only 450 NBA roster spots. He'll be able to tell his friends and family he was drafted No. 57. That's pretty good! -Nick Prevenas
Louis Labeyrie

58. Jordan McRae | 6-5 | 180 | SG | Tennessee | 27

Jordan McRae is a lean, awkward wing who scores in bunches. He is a very exciting player and doesn't back down from a challenge. He is a feisty defender, as well. His main shortcoming is his lack of strength. He's only 180 pounds at 6-ft-5, and at age 23, it's unlikely that he'll add much strength. Can he withstand the physicality of the NBA game? -Nick Prevenas
Jordan McRae

59. Xavier Thames | 6-3 | 187 | PG/SG | San Diego St. | 27

Xavier Thames is a potential steal this late in the draft. He doesn't have a defined position (not quite a point guard, not big enough for the 2-guard spot), but he can knock down shots from all over the floor and helped lead the resurgent San Diego State program back to national prominence. He's a sold athlete and effectively uses herky-jerky start-and-stop moves to create separation. Players of this caliber typically go higher than No. 59. -Nick Prevenas
Xavier Thames

60. Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Baylor | 27

Cory Jefferson is an NBA-level athlete. Nobody would dispute that. He looks every bit like someone who should be a 12-year power forward in this league. But for whatever reason, his game never totally gelled while at Baylor. (That last part might have something to do with it. These top Baylor prospects never seem to live up to their immense potential). He turns 24 on Dec. 26, so his upside is limited. But if he commits to becoming a dirty-work screen/rebound/defend big man, he might land a roster spot. -Nick Prevenas
Cory Jefferson