Draft Time: Instant Analysis

By Nick Prevenas

First Round

1. Karl-Anthony Towns | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kentucky | 23

Karl-Anthony Towns - A no-brainer. The Minnesota Timberwolves immediately become one of the most intriguing young teams in the NBA with the addition of the 7-foot Kentucky product. Towns is an ideal complement to franchise cornerstone Andrew Wiggins, as he shows the potential to be a unique floor-spacing big man, both with his shooting ability and soft hands around the rim. Towns also projects as a plus-level defender who can protect the rim and move his feet in the pick-and-roll. He is still adjusting to the physicality of post play and will likely struggle against NBA-level brute strength, but at just 19 years of age, Towns has plenty of time to develop into one of the NBA's premier two-way big men. His numbers, both offensively and defensively, were stellar on a per-minute basis. He's not Anthony Davis, but that is an unfair comparison. Towns is his own player. Minnesota is lucky to get him.
Karl-Anthony Towns

2. D'Angelo Russell | 6-4 | 195 | PG/SG | Ohio State | 23

The 6-5 combo guard plays with a smoothness and maturity beyond his years. The NBA game is shifting toward Russell's skillset, with the increased focus on pick-and-roll offense, 3-point shooting range, and creative passing ability. He carried the Ohio State Buckeyes during his freshman season and posted stellar all-around numbers. He isn't the jaw-dropping athlete some of the other league's top point guards are, but he is so skilled and crafty that he often plays a half-step ahead than his competition. Think of him the way you'd think of Brandon Roy with healthy knees. He needs to improve his body strength and his defensive focus, but Russell has the total package offensively. He will provide the perfect bridge from the Kobe Bryant era to the Lakers' future.
D'Angelo Russell

3. Jahlil Okafor | 6-11 | 270 | C | Duke | 23

"Operation Asset Acquisition" is still intact for Sam Hinkie. Even though the 76ers have spent valuable lottery picks on a number of big men, they elect to spend their third pick on the best pure post-up prospect in years. Okafor has been honing his back-to-the-basket game since he was crushing fools in eighth grade, and he comes into this draft as the most NBA-ready scorer. Even though the NBA has moved away from the traditional post-ups that dominated the 1980s-90s, there is still value in a player who can execute a proper drop step and score near the hoop over both shoulders. He has won at every level, and his hands are frighteningly large. However, questions exist about his dedication to the game (particularly defensively), and his horrendous free-throw shooting is a major concern. What team wants to develop Okafor as a No. 1 offensive option, only to abandon him anytime the game gets close or an opponent goes into a hacking strategy? Okafor's success will depend in large part on his situation, his coaching staff, and his commitment to improving his defense and foul shooting. Does this mean the 76ers are deeply worried about Joel Embiid's foot ever healing properly?
Jahlil Okafor

4. Kristaps Porzingis | 7-1 | 230 | PF | Latvia | 24

Few players have a wider gap between ceiling and floor than Porzingis. In the right situation with the right amount of time/patience, Porzingis potentially projects as an Andrei Kirilenko-level menace on both ends, but at 7-1 and with 25-foot range on his jumper (I almost passed out just thinking about it). If he goes to an unstable, unrealistic team, he could end up like Knicks-era Andrea Bargnani-a power forward who can't rebound or hit the perimeter shots that were supposed to be his calling card. The upside is just too much to ignore at this point in the draft. However, the Knicks' track record at developing players like this is, well, let's just call it "shaky." Will Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher force Porzingis into the triangle offense, or will they look to accentuate his talents in a more pick-and-roll oriented attack? Will Porzingis be able to withstand the pressure of playing in New York? Will the Knicks trade Porzingis to the highest bidder? Will James Dolan force Porzingis to listen to his terrible blues band as a way to acclimate to American culture? It's a gutsy pick. If it works out, this might be the best player in the draft. If it doesn't, it will be yet another punch to the gut for these long-suffering Knicks fans.
Kristaps Porzingis

5. Mario Hezonja | 6-8 | 215 | SG/SF | Croatia | 24

If prospects were rated on confidence alone, Hezonja would be the No. 1 pick in this (or any other) draft. Hezonja honestly believes he is the best player in the world right now. He plays with something that exceeds swagger. The 6-8 Hezonja is a truly gifted offensive player, with tremendous ball-handling and shooting ability. He has a reputation of being a difficult and demanding player, but much of those attitude concerns have mellowed as he moved into more competitive leagues. He has a long way to go defensively, and he must buy into a team concept and improve his shot selection if he is to be more than a JR Smith-style gunner. The first two years of his career will be key, and he is in a terrific situation in Orlando with hard-nosed grinders like Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, and Aaron Gordon to show him the ropes. Hezonja brings a dimension Orlando doesn't currently have, and should fit in nicely with the kind of team the Magic are building.
Mario Hezonja

6. Willie Cauley-Stein | 7-0 | 242 | C | Kentucky | 26

He is the best defensive player in this draft, but the organization he's heading to? It's in complete disarray. As a junior, Cauley-Stein showed the unique-to-him ability to switch onto any position (even point guard) and defend it at a top level. With NBA teams moving toward more switch-heavy schemes, Cauley-Stein's defensive versatility is at a premium. He is not a polished offensive player, but he isn't a complete trainwreck-as long as a team doesn't ask him to create post-up looks. He should develop into a nice Deandre Jordan-esque dive man on the pick and roll, but it's the other end of the floor where he'll make his money. He has serious ankle concerns, and he was up and down in his first two years under John Calipari, but his defensive upside is too high to ignore. Will he join his UK buddy Demarcus Cousins in Sacramento, or will Boogie be shipped out of town? Will George Karl be his coach? Who knows.
Willie Cauley-Stein

7. Emmanuel Mudiay | 6-5 | 200 | PG | Congo | 23

Had Mudiay put in 35 games at SMU under Larry Brown and avoided that unfortunate ankle injury, there is no doubt he'd be at least on D'Angelo Russell's level on everyone's big board. Mudiay is the same sort of high-basketball-IQ playmaker as Russell or any other top-shelf point guard prospect, but he adds that Wall/Westbrook freak-level athleticism along with it. He is a better outside shooter than his critics believe, but he still has work to do on that front if he is to fulfill his immense potential. He is a mature, strong-willed player who will make an immediate impact if he can adjust to this major jump in competition, while showing flashes of what could be yet another thrilling addition to the Golden Age of Point Guards. He is exactly the type of franchise cornerstone the Nuggets have been searching for since Carmelo Anthony forced his way to New York.
Emmanuel Mudiay

8. Stanley Johnson | 6-6 | 242 | SF | Arizona | 23

Much like Justise Winslow, Johnson is a tremendously strong wing who should develop into a stellar two-way threat. Even though he is one of the draft's youngest players (turned 19 on May 29), he is one of the most physically mature prospects available at 245 pounds. His strength is truly elite for his position. He also shows nice touch on his perimeter jumper and solid playmaking ability. However, he measured a little shorter than he would've liked at the combine (6-6.5 in shoes, 8-6 standing reach), which limits his ability to play as a stretch 4. His best-case scenario is a Draymond Green-esque swiss army knife with the strength to hold his own against post brutes. But Johnson will need to work on his all-around skill level and finishing in traffic (an odd weakness during his one year at Arizona) to achieve that upside. He's an ideal fit for the team Stan Van Gundy is building in Detroit.
Stanley Johnson

9. Frank Kaminsky | 7-1 | 230 | C | Wisconsin | 26

The Naismith Player of the Year was a lethal offensive threat as a senior at Wisconsin, consistently dominating opponents from inside and out. Few 7-footers possess Kaminsky's soft perimeter shooting touch, or his oddly effective dribble-drive game. Kaminsky is a highly skilled passer and he sets a mean screen. He is limited defensively, though, and his offensive numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt, as the 22-year-old was often beating up on much younger players. Kaminsky is a reach here, and his subpar athleticism increases his bust potential, but he likely profiles as a Mehmet Okur-esque "stretch 5" who can open up offenses for creative coaches. This pick was rumored to be traded to roughly half the teams in the league, as Charlotte recently traded for Spencer Hawes, whose game is awfully similar to Kaminsky's.
Frank Kaminsky

10. Justise Winslow | 6-6 | 222 | SG/SF | Duke | 23

What an incredible stroke of luck for Pat Riley and the Miami heat. Much like D'Angelo Russell, the NBA is shifting in a way that suits Winslow's game nicely. He is a physically imposing wing player who projects as a potential All-NBA-level defensive stopper. In his one year at Duke, Winslow often bullied his way to the rim and took over games on strength of will alone. He is raw offensively-particularly his off-the-dribble game-but he shows nice mechanics on his jumper and a willingness to learn, work, and improve. Every team needs players with Winslow's athleticism, intensity, attitude, and leadership skills. He has Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler to thank for highlighting his best attributes and showing NBA front offices just how important it is to have players like this. He will contribute immediately to a team that wants to return to the playoffs as soon as possible.
Justise Winslow

11. Myles Turner | 6-11 | 240 | C | Texas | 23

Can he run correctly? This will decide the kind of career Turner will have. Few prospects possess his size, length, athleticism, and shooting touch. Like fellow Longhorn LaMarcus Aldridge, Turner has a high release point on his jumper and can knock down 18-footers with ease. He can also protect the rim and hold his own defensively. However, his running gait is a cause for concern, as it will hinder his ability to get out in transition and may result in injury concerns down the road. He is worth the gamble at this point in the draft, especially for a Pacers team that is likely losing David West to free agency.
Myles Turner

12. Trey Lyles | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Kentucky | 23

Though he was often the "odd man out" in Kentucky's tremendously talented rotation, Lyles projects as an intriguing combo forward with a unique set of skills. He often played out of position at small forward, but that time proved to be valuable, as he had to quickly improve his defensive footwork and versatility. He was a surprisingly poor catch-and-shoot performer last year, but that may have been a result of Kentucky's strange spacing with Towns and Cauley-Stein dominating the paint. Lyles has a nice stroke and a big frame with excellent length. He will likely develop into a versatile, modern power forward who does everything well, but perhaps isn't an A+ in any one area. He will add a much-needed dimension among Utah's front-court rotation alongside Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert.
Trey Lyles

13. Devin Booker | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Kentucky | 22

A prototypical NBA 2-guard, Booker possesses an excellent feel for the position and excellent range on his jumper. With so many NBA scouts watching every Kentucky game, Booker often took advantage of that extra attention, displaying a strong all-around game. He is not strong enough to hang with NBA wings yet (many one-and-done shooting guards aren't), but a patient organization will understand how to bring him along. He would also be smart to add a better off-the-dribble game and figure out how to get himself to the foul line, as he often settles for jumpers. Phoenix will bring him along slowly as they sort out their perennially crowded backcourt situation.
Devin Booker

14. Cameron Payne | 6-2 | 185 | PG | Murray St. | 25

Just below Russell and Mudiay on most teams' big boards, Payne is still a top-shelf point guard prospect. He is a heady, creative player with quick-twitch moves and the ability to finish at the rim. His jumper should extend beyond the NBA 3-point line and he takes good care of the basketball (low-turnover player for such a high usage rate). He is thin and will need to work on his body to withstand the physicality of the NBA's strongest point guards, but his basketball IQ will allow him to contribute from day one. Look for him to be able to run the show in those rare minutes Russell Westbrook sits, or to even play alongside Westbrook in small-ball lineups. Oklahoma City needed a play-now prospect to help with their title chase, and Payne is as NBA-ready as it gets at the 14th pick.
Cameron Payne

15. Kelly Oubre | 6-7 | 205 | SF | Kansas | 23

Is he Klay Thompson, or is he Jeremy Lamb? Oubre possesses all the physical traits one would want in a wing (6-7 with an incredible 7-2 wingspan), but he struggled to put it all together in his one year with Bill Self at Kansas. To be fair, many young players struggle to earn Self's trust right away, but Oubre had one of the more disappointing seasons from any highly recruited freshman. But he is the type of athlete who simply stands out on a basketball floor. Things appear to come very easy to Oubre, as he glides across the floor in transition. He has an excellent shooting stroke and projects as a plus defender at either wing spot. In order for him to reach his incredibly high upside, Oubre will need the right combination of coaching and work ethic. Does he want it?
Kelly Oubre

16. Terry Rozier | 6-2 | 190 | PG | Louisville | 25

Some might see this as a reach, but Rozier has lottery pick talent. He is a tough, hard-nosed player who can get into the lane seemingly at will. He doesn't always display the wisest shot selection, but some of that can be attributed to Louisville's system. He's a natural born leader and really gets after it defensively, as his explosion is not reserved for just the offensive end. He will be a terror for any opposing backcourt alongside either Avery Bradley or Marcus Smart. Tremendous pick by Boston here.
Terry Rozier

17. Rashad Vaughn | 6-5 | 200 | SG | UNLV | 23

Vaughn is a high-upside shooting guard with stellar skills for his age. He poured in nearly 18 points per game and fell this far in large part to a knee injury that prematurely ended his season. Few players can create their own offense as easily as Vaughn, but that can often lead to off-balance jumpers or forced drives into traffic. Milwaukee is desperate for anyone who can create offense and knock down shots, and Vaughn should develop into a nice piece for this squad. He doesn't quite fit Jason Kidd's defense-first team-building template, but there will be enough strong defenders surrounding Vaughn to compensate for these gaps.
Rashad Vaughn

18. Sam Dekker | 6-9 | 220 | SF | Wisconsin | 25

NBA fans that only watch college basketball during the tournament might think Dekker is the second coming of Kevin Durant. After raining down 3s against Arizona, the 6-9 Dekker saw his draft stock shoot through the roof. However, in his two years at Wisconsin, he made only 33 percent of his 3s from the college line. He is an excellent off-ball cutter and a great teammate, but he will struggle to hold his position if a team asks him to play stretch 4 and he'll have a hard time staying in front of NBA small forwards. But his basketball IQ and transition ability may lead to a Chandler Parsons type of career if he can consistently knock down perimeter jumpers.
Sam Dekker

19. Jerian Grant | 6-4 | 200 | PG | Notre Dame | 26

The only thing working against Grant is his age (turns 23 Oct. 9). He has reached most of his upside, but he will come into the NBA more ready to play than many of the younger prospects drafted ahead of him. He has incredible size for either guard spot with spectacular athleticism (particularly his leaping ability). His passing and defensive instincts are already at an NBA level and spent the last four years at Notre Dame showing scouts he is ready to run a pro offense. His 3-point shot seems to come and go, and rebuilding teams will likely shy away from an older prospect, but with Grant on the move to New York for Tim Hardaway, look for Grant to bring some much-needed leadership and scoring to the Knicks' backcourt
Jerian Grant

20. Delon Wright | 6-5 | 180 | PG/SG | Utah | 27

Wright is one of those players who always seems to make those around him better. He is a tremendous passer for his 6-5 size and always plays composed and under control. If he had a more consistent outside jumper, Wright might have been taken in the lottery. He is a good-not-great athlete who gets to the rim with his herky-jerky dribble-drive moves more than his first step. Wright will likely contribute right away to the Raptors, as Greivis Vasquez heads to Milwaukee.
Delon Wright

21. Justin Anderson | 6-6 | 230 | SG/SF | Virginia | 25

Can a player be a sleeper if everyone is calling him a sleeper? AT 6-6 and 230 pounds, Anderson is a physical specimen on the Winslow/Johnson ability, but he's two years older and doesn't possess either player's upside. Some wonder if his 45-percent performance from 3-point range this past season is fool's gold, as he shot only 29 percent as a sophomore. If he can truly knock down NBA 3s, he will be a prototypical 3-and-D wing for a contender. He is a spectacular leaper with a quick first step who should be an exciting addition to the Mavericks.
Justin Anderson

22. Bobby Portis | 6-11 | 245 | PF | Arkansas | 24

This is one of the draft's sleepers. Not too many casual basketball fans watched many Arkansas games, but Portis flashed an excellent combination size (6-11) and shooting ability, with enough range on his jumper to potentially stretch it to the corner 3. He is also a plus defender who rebounds well and blocks shots, while picking up more steals/deflections than most players his size. The only knock on Portis is his average athleticism. He isn't a bad athlete by any means, but he is not nearly as explosive as some of the NBA's bouncier 4s. Some scouts think his upside is limited, but his floor is much higher than most big men in this draft. It's hard to envision a scenario where Portis isn't at least a solid NBA power forward. Nice pick-up for the Bulls.
Bobby Portis

23. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson | 6-7 | 210 | SF | Arizona | 24

The only players in this draft who will be selected based on their defensive potential alone? Cauley-Stein and Hollis-Jefferson. In his two years in Tucson, RHJ was a fan favorite, thanks to his undeniable work ethic and relentless energy. He can defend all perimeter positions, and defend them exceptionally well. At 6-7 with a 7-2 wingspan, he fits perfectly with where NBA defenses are heading. So why did he drop so low? He can't shoot outside of 15 feet. Anytime he loads up on a jumper, it's a slow, painstaking process that often ends in a hard carom off the rim. If he ever fixes his jumper, he will be a tremendous value pick at this point in the draft. Otherwise, he will likely develop into a Bruce Bowen-esque perimeter stopper, but with much better passing vision and a strong off-the-dribble game.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

24. Tyus Jones | 6-1 | 185 | PG | Duke | 23

Every analytics model loves the Duke point guard, as he was often the unsung hero in the Blue Devils' title run. Jones is a steady floor general with leadership skills that go well beyond his age. With a terrific assist-to-turnover ratio and top-shelf passing ability, Jones has the mental make-up to be an excellent NBA point guard. It's his size and athleticism that come into question. He seems to play smaller than his 6-1 frame, and he doesn't have that blow-by first step or supreme athleticism. He will struggle with the day-to-day grind against the world's best athletes, but should be crafty and tough enough to carve out a role as a steady back-up point guard. Cleveland ships Jones to Minnesota for picks 31 and 36. Those teams sure enjoy trading with one another.
Tyus Jones

25. Jarell Martin | 6-9 | 240 | PF | LSU | 25

As reported by NBADraft.net, the Grizzlies promised Martin at 25 if he was available. Few players made as much improvement from their freshman to sophomore seasons as Martin. The 6-9 power forward out of LSU is a top-level athlete for the 4-spot and a stellar rebounder on both ends of the floor. He is a bouncy, energetic player who is hard to keep off the glass. He struggles to knock down shots from the perimeter and struggles with foul trouble, but NBA teams always need high-energy big men who get after it on the glass. He should take notes of every Tristan Thompson game from this year's playoffs and try to play exactly like that.
Jarell Martin

26. Nikola Milutinov | 7-0 | 225 | PF/C | Serbia | 24

The Serbian Man of Mystery has been rocketing up draft boards these last few weeks, as the 7-footer has shown surprising footwork/mobility for his size. He shows nice ability to move at his size. Milutinov is a strong passer from the post and may one day be able to facilitate offensive sets from the elbow. He doesn't rebound as well as he should for his size and he definitely needs to get stronger, but there is still some upside here for the 20-year-old Milutinov. Look for the Spurs to stash him overseas until he's ready to contribute.
Nikola Milutinov

27. Larry Nance Jr. | 6-9 | 230 | PF | Wyoming | 26

The lanky son of former NBA great Larry Nance has been one of college basketball's most electrifying dunkers in his four years at Wyoming. He is between positions a little bit and his jumper is a little awkward, but he can defend exceptionally well due to his length (7-foot wingspan) and top-shelf athleticism. He is a high-energy player reminiscent of Kenneth Faried, but this is a bit of a reach at 27.
Larry Nance Jr.

28. RJ Hunter | 6-6 | 185 | SG | Georgia St. | 25

Think Kevin Martin. Hunter is a very skilled, refined offensive player who carried an unbelievable burden at Georgia State. His shooting percentage took a major dip this past season, but his shooting stroke projects nicely for the next level. He will also pick up a number of layups on back cuts and heady off-ball movement. He needs major work defensively, as he often conserved energy on that end in Georgia State's zone scheme, but his offensive upside and basketball IQ is definitely worth this pick that the Celtics picked up in the Doc Rivers deal.
RJ Hunter

29. Chris McCullough | 6-9 | 200 | PF | Syracuse | 24

A high-upside prospect out of Syracuse, McCullough has all of the physical tools one would want in an NBA prospect. He is rail thin, but his 6-10 frame appears ready to add weight. He missed a significant part of his freshman season with an ACL injury, but he is expected to make a full recovery. He is a stellar athlete with a nice off-the-bounce game, but his focus can drift from time to time. He might take some time to reach his upside, but if he reaches it, he could be one of the draft's biggest steals. The Nets need him to reach that upside, as they're still in horrible shape after some truly disastrous roster management.
Chris McCullough

30. Kevon Looney | 6-9 | 222 | PF | UCLA | 23

Some people are simply born with bodies that belong in the NBA. At 6-9 with a 7-4 wingspan, Looney appears as if he's been assembled in a Jay Bilas-sponsored length/wingspan factory. He is a strong rebounder (particulary on the offensive glass) and has shown the ability to knock down perimeter jumpers with a very high release point. The knock on Looney might be his "tweener" status. He is not quick enough to play the 3 full-time, and he isn't strong enough yet to bang with stronger 4s, but he should develop into a lanky jack-of-all-trades dirty-work type of player. If he can hit NBA 3s, a Paul Millsap ceiling isn't out of the question. But if he struggles to find an identity, there are some Anthony Bennett parallels in play. There isn't a better situation for Looney to land, though, as no team is better equipped to develop Looney than the defending champs.
Kevon Looney

Second Round

31. Cedi Osman | 6-8 | 215 | SF | Turkey | 24

The Turkish swingman reportedly wants to join the Cavs right away, but he will likely spend a year or two overseas before coming over. When he does join the NBA, he should be a heck of a player. He is like a poor man's Mario Hezonja without the jaw-dropping athleticism. He's a solid all-around player with a great transition game, but he needs to add strength to handle the NBA pounding.
Cedi Osman

32. Montrezl Harrell | 6-8 | 255 | PF | Louisville | 25

This is a fully grown man. Harrell has been one of college basketball's true tough guys these past couple years, allowing Louisville to play that furious press defense without getting killed on the glass. Harrell is a phenomenal rebounder who plays much bigger than his 6-7.5 frame (thanks in large part to his jaw-dropping 7-4 wingspan). At 255 pounds, he's almost impossible to dislodge from the block. Offensively? He is raw to say the least. He flashed a nice jumper from time to time, but he will not stick in the league with his offense alone. He needs to carve out a niche as a rebounder/energy/defense guy who can knock some heads when called upon. The Rockets tend to get great value from their second-round picks, and Harrell will likely keep that streak alive.
Montrezl Harrell

33. Jordan Mickey | 6-8 | 240 | PF | LSU | 25

Much like LSU teammate Jarell Martin, Mickey is a high-energy big man with NBA-level athleticism. He is a phenomenal shot blocker at 6-8. His long arms and nonstop motor, combined with his unique knack for timing his jump, will help him translate that shotblocking prowess to the NBA. He lacks ideal height, but his productivity and athleticism are impossible to ignore. Solid pick.
Jordan Mickey

34. Anthony Brown | 6-7 | 210 | SG/SF | Stanford | 26

A prototypical 3-and-D prospect, Brown has excellent length for the SF position and possesses a very high release point on his jumper. The lanky forward isn't the speediest player and he turns 23 in October, but if he can knock down 38-40 percent of his 3s, he will have a long, productive NBA career.
Anthony Brown

35. Guillermo Hernangomez | 6-11 | 250 | PF/C | Spain | 25

The Spanish big man and Porzingis teammate is a bulldozerâ€"plays much like traditional center bullies like Nikola Pekovic or Vucevic. He will wait a year or two before coming over, but if he can improve his all-around athleticism, he might find a role in the NBA, thanks to his work ethic and high IQ.
Guillermo Hernangomez

36. Rakeem Christmas | 6-9 | 245 | PF/C | Syracuse | 27

It seems as if Christmas has been on the draft radar for almost a decade now. He came into Syracuse as a top recruit, but stayed all four years in a tumultuous, up-and-down run. He has one of the longest wingspans in the draft at 7-5, and uses it effectively to clean the glass. He is extremely mobile for his size, but he'll often camp out in the paint without making decisive decisions with the ball. He's already 23 years old, so he's close to a finished product, but he should be able to contribute to Cleveland's big-man rotation as they chase a title.
Rakeem Christmas

37. Richaun Holmes | 6-9 | 245 | PF | Bowling Green | 25

The 6-9 big man is one of college basketball's best defensive players and should find a way to contribute immediately as a shotblocker. He is undersized for the center spot, but he should find success as a weakside defender from the PF spot. The vast majority of his offense comes near the hoop, as he offers little floor spacing, but he plays with a high motor.
Richaun Holmes

38. Darrun Hilliard | 6-7 | 220 | SG | Villanova | 26

The sweet shooting wing has an excellent basketball IQ. Hilliard's speciality is knocking down open jumpers. He doesn't create much offense on his own, but if Hilliard can commit himself defensively, there is always a spot in the NBA for effective 3-and-D wings.
Darrun Hilliard

39. Juan Vaulet | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | Argentina | 23

The young Argentinian wing is already hearing "next Manu Ginobili" whispers from people who freak out about these kinds of things, but he has a long, long way to go before he gets there. He is one of the draft's lesser-known prospects, but he is a strong, sturdy wing with an excellent athletic profile. Keep an eye out for Vaulet in a few years.
Juan Vaulet

40. Josh Richardson | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Tennessee | 26

He has the body and the athletic ability of an NBA wing, but he might not have the passing vision or consistency on his jumper. Richardson can handle the ball and plays with great pace, but he doesn't defend well enough to crack an NBA rotation yet.
Josh Richardson

41. Pat Connaughton | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Notre Dame | 26

Connaughton is one of the draft's elite athletes. With his eye-opening 44-inch vertical at the NBA combine (which may or may not be a legit number), many people expected Connaughton to hear his name called in the first round, but he is a nice sleeper at this point in the draft. He can really shoot the rock and he plays with great intensity, but he will struggle to defend other shooting guards. Say this for Connaughton - nobody else in the draft can throw a 95 mph fastball.
Pat Connaughton

42. Olivier Hanlan | 6-4 | 185 | PG/SG | Boston College | 26

He played more off-guard at Boston College, but Hanlan will need to quickly learn some lead guard skills if he wants to stick in the NBA. He is a tremendous scorer, but will often spend too much time dribbling looking for his shot. If he can speed up his decision-making process and hone his passing skills, he has an excellent shot to stick in the league, as teams always need savvy playmaking guards.
Olivier Hanlan

43. Joseph Young | 6-2 | 185 | PG/SG | Oregon | 27

Oregon's emotional leader and Pac-12 Player of the Year is a tremendous scorer, both at the rim and from 3-point range, but he might be the dreaded "shooting guard in a point guard's body." He can get to the rim with the best of them and is one of the draft's top free-throw generators, but his destiny might be more of a sparkplug off the bench, a la Aaron Brooks.
Joseph Young

44. Andrew Harrison | 6-6 | 215 | PG/SG | Kentucky | 24

The Suns love drafting twin brothers. Let's see if they can figure out a way to bring in Aaron, too. He's a clutch player with incredible athleticism and size for the point guard spot, but he joins a crowded Phoenix backcourt and will struggle to get minutes early on.
Andrew Harrison

45. Marcus Thornton WM | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | William & Mary | 26

The senior out of William and Mary recorded a 43-inch max vert and posted one of the highest usage rates in college basketball. He did a bit of everything for W&M, but it will be an uphill climb for Thornton to stick in the NBA.
Marcus Thornton WM

46. Norman Powell | 6-4 | 215 | SG | UCLA | 26

Powell is an excellent pick at this range in the draft. The First Team All-Pac-12 performer is an NBA-level athlete who can guard his position and effectively get to the rim. His 3-point shot is shaky at best, but he can really run the floor and create havoc in Toronto (traded from Milwaukee).
Norman Powell

47. Arturas Gudaitis | 6-10 | 255 | C | Lithuania | 26

Don't take a drink every time you hear the word "asset" mentioned near the name "Sam Hinkie" because you will not survive it. Gudaitis is a solid 6-10, with strong explosiveness for his size, but odds are we won't see him in the NBA for quite some time, if ever.
Arturas Gudaitis

48. Dakari Johnson | 7-0 | 260 | C | Kentucky | 23

The sixth UK Wildcat off the board, Johnson is a hard-working big man who knows how to use his size effectively. He will never be an explosive athlete or a polished post player, but he hustles his butt off and gets after it on the glass.
Dakari Johnson

49. Aaron White | 6-9 | 220 | SF/PF | Iowa | 27

The versatile, skilled power forward out of Iowa plays with a high motor to crash the boards and uses solid footwork to create openings. White isn't a spectacular athlete, but he might find a role in the league if he can add a 3-point shot.
Aaron White

50. Marcus Eriksson | 6-7 | 190 | SG | Sweden | 25

The Swedish shooting guard by way of Barcelona is a very skinny, but very skilled wing prospect, but with subpar athleticism and strength. He turns 22 in December, so it's hard to say whether he can add the strength and athleticism necessary to play in the NBA.
Marcus Eriksson

51. Tyler Harvey | 6-4 | 180 | SG | Eastern Washington | 26

The Eastern Washington 2-guard can really fill it up - 23 points per game with incredible range on his jumper. Few players in this draft can shoot it off the dribble as well as Harvey. He is undersized and will struggle to defend his spot, but he has a shot to stick in the league as a scoring sparkplug off the bench.
Tyler Harvey

52. Satnam Singh Bhamara | 7-2 | 290 | C | India | 23

The enormous 7-2 center from India is a long-term project, but Mark Cuban has never shied away from taking these raw, massive prospects. He showed nice touch on his jumper in that grainy video the ESPN crew showed during the pick, but it will be a long time, if ever, before he can contribute at an NBA level.
Satnam Singh Bhamara

53. Sir'Dominic Pointer | 6-6 | 190 | SF | St. Johns | 27

The enormous 7-2 center from India is a long-term project, but Mark Cuban has never shied away from taking these raw, massive prospects. He showed nice touch on his jumper in that grainy video the ESPN crew showed during the pick, but it will be a long time before he can contribute at an NBA level.
Sir'Dominic Pointer

54. Daniel Diez | 6-8 | 220 | SF/PF | Spain | 26

At 6-8, the 22-year-old Diez has been a big part of some very successful youth teams in Spain, thanks to his shooting and rebounding ability. But with a max vert of only 29 inches and a wingspan shorter than his height, the NBA might not be in the cards for him.
Daniel Diez

55. Cady Lalanne | 6-9 | 240 | C | Massachusetts | 27

The UMass prospect has a 7-5 wingspan and can really get after it on the defensive glass. He is an effective shotblocker, but is still very raw offensively. Since it's a Spurs pick, it will likely work out and we'll see Lalanne lead the league in blocked shots in four years, because that's what happens when you play for the Spurs.
Cady Lalanne

56. Branden Dawson | 6-7 | 230 | SF/PF | Michigan St. | 26

The hard-nosed Dawson is exactly the type of player you'd expect to come from a Tom Izzo team - tough, gritty, smart, versatile (especially defensively), and a relentless rebounder. He's limited by his 6-7 height, as he does not possess the quickness to play the 3. Like all players built this way, he needs to look to fellow Spartan alum Draymond Green for how to carve out a spot for himself in the NBA.
Branden Dawson

57. Nikola Radicevic | 6-5 | 200 | PG/SG | Serbia | 25

Radicevic has been on the international radar for the last handful of years, but his game hasn't developed as quickly as people had hoped when he jumped onto the scene as a precocious teenager. He is a solid playmaker and has a nice feel for the game, but he might never develop the NBA-level athleticism needed to keep up with today's point guards. He does have nice size for the position, however, at 6-5.
Nikola Radicevic

58. JP Tokoto | 6-6 | 195 | SG/SF | North Carolina | 26

Few second-round prospects had more friends and well-wishers in the crowd than JP Tokoto. He is an excellent athlete and potentially solid defender, but his three-year career at North Carolina was a bit underwhelming, as his offensive game never came around to match his phenomenal physical attributes.
JP Tokoto

59. Dimitrios Agravanis | 6-10 | 235 | PF | Greece | 24

The 6-10 power forward shows better-than-expected versatility for a solid Olympiakos squad, but Agravanis is not quite strong enough to handle the NBA beating quite yet. It's a decent draft-and-stash pick, particularly at this stage of the draft.
Dimitrios Agravanis

60. Luka Mitrovic | 6-8 | 200 | SF/PF | Serbia | 26

Will this be the player who finally helps Sam Hinkie's plan fall into place? He's a savvy cutter and shifty wing player who makes solid contributions to a high-level Serbian squad, but he can't shoot very well.
Luka Mitrovic