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Draft Time: Instant Analysis

By Nick Prevenas

First Round

1. Deandre Ayton | 7-0 | 260 | C | Arizona | 20

The worst-kept draft secret is finally out of the bag. From his rise to the top of many recruiting lists as a prep player in Phoenix to his dominant freshman campaign with the Arizona Wildcats, Ayton won't have to do much acclimating to his professional home. He is the most physically imposing player in this draft, with a diverse set of skills that could one day make him the NBA's best offensive big man. But unlike many other top overall picks, Ayton's future as a franchise cornerstone is hotly debated among scouts and fans alike. His defensive impact at the college level was nowhere near where it should be, and offense-first centers who can't provide an equitable defensive impact often pile up impressive counting stats on perennial lottery-bound squads. If Ayton's defense catches up to his offense, he has MVP potential. But if he struggles to protect the rim and can't navigate switches against elite offenses, he will fail to live up to his immense potential. The Suns - and Puma, and Jay-Z - are counting on Ayton. No pressure.
Deandre Ayton

2. Marvin Bagley | 6-11 | 235 | PF | Duke | 19

Motor plus rebounding instincts plus touch plus supreme athleticism is typically a formula that leads to NBA success. Bagley's rebounding ability alone merits his place in the top five. Should he develop into a consistent outside shooter (much in the way Chris Bosh did as a member of the Miami Heat), Bagley could earn multiple All-Star nods. The big knock on Bagley is his lack of defensive instincts. It's odd, given his incredible rebounding sense, but Bagley has a difficult time tracking players through screens and fighting for position on the block. If Bagley finds a defensive guru to coach him up, he could become a devastating two-way player. He will face a lot of competition for minutes, given the Kings' recent string of draft picks, and there won't be much floor spacing, but Bagley provides a major talent injection for a franchise in dire need of a star.
Marvin Bagley

3. Luka Doncic | 6-8 | 225 | SG/SF | Slovenia | 19

Fortune tends to favor the bold, and the Dallas Mavericks have made a commendably bold move. Doncic is this draft's best playmaker, by far. He sees the game similar to gifted point guards, except he stands 6-foot-8. He can also knock down step-back 3s and dunk in traffic. He plays with a mean streak. He routinely dominates games against grown men with NBA experience, except Doncic just turned 19 at the end of February. At worst, Doncic steps into the NBA as the 2009 Orlando Magic version of Hedo Turkoglu. At best, Doncic is a hybrid of Manu Ginobili and Ricky Rubio with a jumper. Critics knock his athleticism, especially compared to the physical marvels at the top of this year's draft. But a year or two with NBA-level strength/conditioning coaches, along with his incredible hoops IQ, will erase those concerns. Remember how James Harden wasn't athletic enough coming out of Arizona State? Doncic doesn't simply fit an offensive system. Doncic is the system. He is the ideal bridge into the Mavericks' post-Nowitzki phase.
Luka Doncic

4. Jaren Jackson Jr. | 6-11 | 235 | PF/C | Michigan St. | 19

There is a possibility that triple-J ends up being this draft's best big man. His transition to the modern NBA is seamless. He possesses all the tools teams want in their bigs - range, athleticism, length, intelligent. He blocks shots, shoots 3s, punishes switches, and runs the floor. He didn't carry a very heavy workload at Michigan State, so there is the possibility that his tantalizing skillset will take time to fully mature with the rigors of NBA life. But his upside far outweighs any nitpicky concerns. The Grizzlies will pair him with Marc Gasol - an ideal mentor for this stage of Jackson's development.
Jaren Jackson Jr.

5. Trae Young | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Oklahoma | 20

Young is this draft's Rorschach test. Everyone seems to see what they want to see when evaluating him. Young's devotees see the next Steph Curry - a fearless scorer with unlimited range who can transform the geometry of the floor. Young's detractors see the next Trey Burke - a college star who had free reign on offense, but struggled mightily with increased defensive pressure. The Hawks obviously believe they're getting the next Curry, as they passed on the opportunity to add Doncic to their roster. Young was indisputably college basketball's most thrilling individual performer, but it's unlikely a team is going to trust him with a Westbrookian usage rate. Young will either start All-Star games alongside the Currys and the Lillards of the NBA world, or find a role as a Jamal Crawford-esque sparkplug. Either way, it will be so much fun watching Young pull up from 32 feet.
Trae Young

6. Mohamed Bamba | 7-0 | 225 | C | Texas | 20

Bamba didn't need to walk onto the stage to shake Adam Silver's hand. He could have reached his hand from the green room. Bamba's wingspan and shotblocking ability have drawn more than a few comparisons to perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert, and Bamba's recent workout tear has some wondering whether he could conceivably knock down 3s on a regular basis. Of course, draft historians can instantly recall how many notable bust stories began with "[fill in big man's name] had an incredible run of workouts prior to the draft." Bamba's game tape at Texas didn't quite match the dominance one would expect given his physical dimensions, but the potential for transformational defensive talent is there. Orlando isn't in the position to draft by need, and Bamba has the highest upside at this point in the draft. But the Magic have to make multiple moves to achieve some roster balance.
Mohamed Bamba

7. Wendell Carter | 6-10 | 250 | C | Duke | 19

Traditional centers such as Carter were viewed as premium commodities in previous generations, but Carter finds himself caught between eras, as the low-post big man has given way to the pace-and-space era and the next iteration of NBA basketball has yet to take hold. Fortunatley for Carter, he is skilled and smart enough to adapt to either style. Carter is a wonderful back-to-the-basket scorer, but his star-level value lies in his adept high-post passing and rebounding ability. If he can improve his lateral quickness to become an Al Horford-esque defensive disruptor, Carter could become a terrific second star alongside an elite perimeter creator. He makes for an intriguing front-court pairing with the floor-spacing Lauri Markkanen in Chicago.
Wendell Carter

8. Collin Sexton | 6-2 | 185 | PG | Alabama | 19

Much like De'Aaron Fox in last year's draft, Sexton's appeal lies primarily in his relentless, almost maniacal effort. Even though Sexton has his deficiencies compared with other lottery-level guards (subpar 3-point shooter, bad assist/turnover ratio), his upside as a perennial All-Defensive Team selection is what sets him apart. He was forced to carry an unsustainable workload at Alabama, so perhaps his shooting/efficiency numbers improve as he finds his NBA niche. He provides a much-needed injection of youth, athleticism, and defensive intensity to the Cavs. I hear the Cavs may have one other pending roster decision that may prove to be significant.
Collin Sexton

9. Kevin Knox | 6-9 | 215 | SF/PF | Kentucky | 19

Knox doesn't turn 19 until Aug. 11. Patience will be required, but that patience could be rewarded in a big way. His upside is virtually limitless, given the fact that the 6-foot-9 Knox can already knock down shots off the dribble and finish with either hand in the paint. It's easy to get Paul George flashes when watching Knox work against ill-equipped defenders. But his motor doesn't always run at maximum capacity. He tends to drift if his first few shots down fall. How much of that can be attributed to youth, and how much of that will end up following him throughout his career? It's the difference between becoming the next George or Jeff Green. Will the famously tortured Knicks fans be patient with Knox as he learns the NBA ropes? I think we know the answer to that.
Kevin Knox

10. Mikal Bridges | 6-7 | 210 | SG/SF | Villanova | 22

Bridges is among the draft's most mature and NBA-ready players - something the Suns need in a major way. At age 21 and with two NCAA titles under his belt, Bridges comes to the league as an adult who knows how to fill a role in a winning atmosphere. He has the physical dimensions and skills of a prototypical 3-and-D wing, with a bit more off-the-bounce creativity than the typical fifth starter. Some scouts wonder whether Bridges has much upside remaining, especially compared to the draft's younger wing prospects. But there is next to no scenario (health permitting) where Bridges ends up being a bust. Look for his career path to land somewhere between Trevor Ariza (basement) and Kawhi Leonard (ceiling). On paper, Bridges and Josh Jackson could form a devastating defensive combination on the wing.
Mikal Bridges

11. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander | 6-6 | 180 | PG | Kentucky | 20

The draft's man of mystery has worked out for next to nobody and has given nearly no interviews yet has skyrocketed up most mock drafts. Mystery is perhaps more valuable to a player's draft stock than actual performance. Gilgeous-Alexander's game tape, however, reads as solid, as he solidified a strangely disappointing Kentucky squad after taking over lead ball-handler duties. Gilgeous-Alexander wasn't one of John Calipari's most heralded recruits, but the 6-foot-6 lead guard showed excellent athleticism and poise down the stretch. He's awfully skinny and struggles with turnovers, but his upside as a flexible, switchy secondary ball-handler/defensive menace justifies his selection here.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12. Miles Bridges | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Michigan St. | 20

Unlike Kevin Knox or Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, there is next to no mystery or intrigue surrounding Bridges. Everyone who even casually followed college basketball over the last two years knows all about his game. He is a powerful, athletic combo forward who can do a little bit of everything. Other than his top-0.0001 percent athleticism and in-air body control, however, Bridges isn't elite at any one thing. He's a good shooter, good passer, good (maybe one day great) defender. In prior years, NBA front-offices prized specialization. However, today's most successful teams employ wings such as Bridges who can hang with any matchup and play mistake-free basketball. It's hard to imagine a scenario in which he isn't contributing major minutes for the Hornets on day one.
Miles Bridges

13. Jerome Robinson | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Boston College | 21

The Boston College sharpshooter made a major move up the draft boards after a terrific junior year that saw him average 20.7 points per game on 41-percent shooting from 3 on a high volume of attempts. Robinson is tall and lanky with a high, clean release point and should find enough space to get his shot at the next level. He doesn't have an explosive first step or top-notch physical strength, but he seems to have a sixth sense on how to navigate screens and loves to attack close-outs with a variety of mid-range floaters/leaners. It's easy to see him developing into a poor man's Klay Thompson or a rich man's Kevin Martin. This pick has Jerry West written all over it, as it was West who advised against the Warriors trading Thompson for Kevin Love.
Jerome Robinson

14. Michael Porter | 6-11 | 210 | SF | Missouri | 20

Porter represents the draft's biggest swing between boom or bust. Given his slide down the draft board, his medicals must be terrifying, but the Denver Nuggets have decided that the potential reward far outweighs the risk. After topping nearly every recruiting list at every stage of his prep development, Porter battled serious back and hip issues through a disappointing freshman campaign at Missouri. Porter - who calls himself a mix between Tracy McGrady, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo - doesn't lack confidence. A healthy Porter could be this draft's best pure scorer, with shot creation abilities similar to Jayson Tatum. But the health is a serious question mark, as some NBA personnel folks expect Porter to miss most (if not all) of his rookie season. A healthy Porter (particularly one with a massive chip on his shoulder after this precipitous fall down the draft) is a franchise-altering talent, and the Nuggets should be commended for taking a home-run swing to try to dig themselves out of that No. 9-seed purgatory they seem perpetually trapped in.
Michael Porter

15. Troy Brown | 6-7 | 210 | SG | Oregon | 19

Brown is a jack-of-all-trades wing with ideal measurables and underrated playmaking ability. He plays with an extremely high IQ and adjusts his game depending on matchups/situation. Brown is the type of player who can grab 10 rebounds or dish eight assists, depending on what his team needs that night. He struggles as a perimeter shooter (29 percent from the college 3-point line) and finishing through contact at the rim, but his team-first mentality and high motor should help him develop into a high-level "glue guy" on the wing.
Troy Brown

16. Zhaire Smith | 6-4 | 200 | SG | Texas Tech | 19

What an oddly fascinating and potentially thrilling prospect. How does one even try to classify Smith's game? Power guard? A big who plays six inches above his height? Smith took the concept of "positionless basketball" to new heights at Texas Tech, often holding his own at both frontcourt spots as a 6-foot-4 wing. He blocks shots better than almost any guard - and many power forwards. He doesn't project as much of a floor spacer, but that might be due to lack of opportunity more than anything else. However, Smith's potential as a switch-everything defensive beast and a devastating off-ball cutter/screener make him an intriguing addition to the 76ers. Look for Smith to possibly win next year's dunk contest, as well.
Zhaire Smith

17. Donte DiVincenzo | 6-5 | 200 | SG | Villanova | 21

Now here is a kid with a sense of the moment. DiVencenzo had the game of his life on the biggest possible stage, dropping 31 on Michigan in the national title game. He arrived at Villanova as a mediocre prospect, but he built himself into a playmaking sharpshooter who knocked down 40 percent of his 3s as a junior He's more than a classic spot-up shooter, though. DiVencenzo gets after it on both ends and competes his heart out. Of course, it's hard to pick a player in the first round who couldn't crack the starting lineup for much of his collegiate career, and at age 21, it's fair to wonder how much upside is left. But the Bucks need shooters and high IQ players to surround Giannis Antetokounmpo, and DiVencenzo fits the bill.
Donte DiVincenzo

18. Lonnie Walker | 6-5 | 195 | SG | Miami | 19

If you catch Walker on the right night, you'd think you're looking at a 10-time All-Star. The lanky Miami guard has the athleticism, length, speed, and pull-up shooting ability to thrive in today's NBA. He can go on 5-minute runs where he seems completely unstoppable. But then there will be entire games where he simply vanishes on defense. He'll stop going to the rim (only 65 foul shots the entire season). But in San Antonio, Walker could become a high-level starting shooting guard. There truly isn't a better place for Walker to maximize his potential. If Gregg Popovich can't get through to him, nobody can. Walker and Dejounte Murray is a fascinating and thrilling backcourt pairing.
Lonnie Walker

19. Kevin Huerter | 6-7 | 195 | SG | Maryland | 20

Many expected Huerter to return to Maryland for his junior season, but the lanky swingman's stock steadily rose throughout a terrific sophomore season. Huerter is a do-everything wing who can shoot well beyond the NBA 3-point line, as well as set up teammates with excellent passing vision and better-than-expected ball handling skills. New Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk clearly prioritizes shooting above all else, and his first two draft picks prove that beyond any shadow of a doubt. Huerter will need to add muscle mass/tone to hang with the league's more physical wings, and his mediocre lateral quickness will be a liability on defense.
Kevin Huerter

20. Josh Okogie | 6-4 | 210 | SG/SF | Georgia Tech | 20

Okogie is a highlight waiting to happen at all times, with elite-level length and athleticism for the wing. He thrives in the open court and seeks to dunk it on everyone in his path. He rebounds the heck out of the ball for a guard and loves to create chaos on both ends. His feel for the game needs to improve, as does his decision-making process. He tallied more turnovers than assists at Georgia Tech, but he mitigated some of that with his propensity for steals. At only 19, he has a great deal of upside remaining for a Timberwolves squad that can use exactly what Okogie brings to the table.
Josh Okogie

21. Grayson Allen | 6-4 | 200 | SG | Duke | 23

Everyone has an opinion on Grayson Allen - even people who don't care that much about basketball. Is he an explosive, high-volume 3-point shooter who can take over games, or is he a supervillain willing to trip anything and everything in his path? Is he a little of both? Allen's defenders will applaud his competitiveness, while his many detractors fear for the safety of others when Allen is on the floor. Allen's stock has vacillated wildly over the last four years - from surefire lottery pick after his spectacular sophomore year to second-rounder-at-best. Allen's future success will depend on whether his 3-point shooting translates to the next level and if he can maintain control of his emotions. Utah and Quin Snyder are the perfect franchise/coach combination for what Allen brings to the table.
Grayson Allen

22. Chandler Hutchison | 6-7 | 195 | SG/SF | Boise State | 22

Hutchison was Mr. Everything for Boise State as a senior, posting terrific numbers across the board and knocking down enough 3-pointers to sell NBA teams on his potential as a 3-and-D type. The 6-foot-7 Hutchison is a crafty scorer on the interior and a surprisingly adept rebounder for someone as thin as he is. He can also find nifty passing angles and has a knack for jumping passing lanes. Skeptics might look at his increased production as a senior and wonder whether the 22-year-old Hutchison has much upside left and/or can replicate that production against better/older players, but his incredibly high floor means he could step in and earn minutes right away for a Bulls squad that reportedly promised to pick him here weeks ago.
Chandler Hutchison

23. Aaron Holiday | 6-1 | 185 | PG | UCLA | 22

Jrue's younger brother doesn't quite have the same size and strength as the elder Holiday, but Aaron might be a little quicker off the bounce. Holiday is one of the best pure ball handlers in this draft and can seemingly get to anywhere he wants to go on the court. In addition to terrific straight-line speed, Holiday has a little jitter and wiggle in his game, utilizing a variety of start-and-stop moves to get by defenders. He is an excellent shooter (43-percent shooter on 6-plus 3-point attempts, 20.3 ppg) and heady playmaker (5.8 apg). Despite being slightly undersized, Holiday makes up for it with an excellent wingspan and solid instincts. At worst, Holiday should earn minutes as a change-of-pace point guard who can run a steady pick and roll and knock down an open jumper for an emerging Pacers squad. His game is a solid fit alongside Victor Oladipo's.
Aaron Holiday

24. Anfernee Simons | 6-3 | 185 | PG/SG | Undecided | 19

Simons took a unique path to draft night, electing to forego college/overseas basketball entirely and instead spent his post-high-school purgatory year at IMG Academy, getting ready for workouts, combines, and professional life. Simons is a high-character kid with tremendous leaping ability and length for either guard spot. His instinct is to hunt for his own shot ahead of setting up teammates, and his skinny frame will likely take a beating on drives to the hoop, but the potential is there for him to develop into an electrifying combo guard for the Blazers.
Anfernee Simons

25. Moritz Wagner | 6-11 | 240 | PF/C | Michigan | 21

The 6-foot-11 German-born stretch-5 developed into a fan favorite at the University of Michigan by his junior year. He projects as a deadly pick-and-pop partner at the next level, as he fires 3s with no hesitation at his high release point. He sets mean picks and knows how to incorporate himself into the flow of any offense. On the downside, he's only an average rebounder and he offers next to no rim protection for his size. Can he find a way to become more than a one-dimensional floor spacer at the next level? His mediocre foul shooting numbers makes some scouts wonder whether his perimeter shooting will even translate to the NBA 3-point line.
Moritz Wagner

26. Landry Shamet | 6-5 | 190 | PG/SG | Wichita State | 21

Shamet gets it done with smarts, guile, determination, and craft. He is a terrific shooter (44 percent on a high volume of 3-point attempts) with excellent size and passing instincts. It's hard to envision any basketball game where he can't make positive contributions. However, his average first-step and underwhelming raw physical tools might make life difficult over an 82-game season against the world's very best. He appears to be a contribute-right-away rookie for a 76ers squad that has a deep playoff run in mind.
Landry Shamet

27. Robert Williams | 6-9 | 240 | PF/C | Texas A&M | 21

Williams projects as the prototypical ultra-athletic/long dive man in the Clint Capela mold, but questions surrounding the health of his knees caused a semi-surprising drop down the draft board. Williams was thought to be a lottery pick entering the season and even in the days leading up to the draft, however there are concerns about how much he really loves the game and what kind of daily encouragement he will require. That's not to say Williams didn't make his presence felt at Texas A&M. He was one of the nation's truly elite rebounders and has the length, timing, and athleticism to develop into a game-changing shot blocker. Unlike other lottery-bound big men, Williams offers next to no shooting (non-existent 3-point stroke, 47-percent foul shooter as a sophomore), and his effort isn't always there. But at this point in the draft, his defensive/rebounding potential is hard to pass up for the Celtics in need of a rim-running shot blocker to pair with Al Horford. For a player with a high "situational dependence", Williams couldn't have landed in a better spot.
Robert Williams

28. Jacob Evans | 6-5 | 200 | SG/SF | Cincinnati | 21

Evans is a bruising wing who will look to replicate PJ Tucker's path to NBA success. His calling cards at the next level will be physicality and defensive versatility. The best version of Evans is a 12-year NBA starter who is good at everything (if not necessarily great at any individual aspect). However, inconsistency plagued his three-year college career. There will be games where leads all players in scoring and others where he completely vanishes. He needs to bring his best effort every night to hang with the championship-or-bust Warriors.
Jacob Evans

29. Dzanan Musa | 6-9 | 195 | SF | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 19

Musa is a hard-nosed wing with a scorer's mentality. He has been on scouts' radar for years now, as his scoring ability has developed much faster than his body. At 6-foot-9, Musa can get his shot off against almost any defender at any spot on the floor, but he occasionally lets his emotions get the best of him. An NBA-supervised weight training program will be necessary for Musa to be able to handle the league's physicality, but he plays with a nasty edge and never backs down from a challenge.
Dzanan Musa

30. Omari Spellman | 6-9 | 255 | PF/C | Villanova | 21

Villanova's bruising center was a key cog in the squad's national title run. Spellman is equally adept as a rebounder and a floor spacer (43-percent shooter from 3). Although he is only 6-foot-9, Spellman loves to challenge drivers at the rim and shows terrific potential as a stretch big with legitimate defensive skills. He isn't the most explosive athlete, and he will be at a disadvantage against the NBA's longer/springier big men, but Spellman is a team-first player with intriguing skills that fit into most team's center rotations. If you can shoot it, the Hawks will draft you, regardless of position.
Omari Spellman

Second Round

31. Elie Okobo | 6-2 | 180 | PG | France | 21

Outside of Doncic, Okobo is the most intriguing foreign-born prospect in an otherwise shallow overseas talent pool in this year's draft. The 6-foot-3 Okobo possesses a tremendous 6-foot-8 wingspan, along with explosive athleticism and aggressiveness that could turn him into an absolute menace on defense. That aggression, however, can bleed into recklessness on the offensive end, as he is currently a high-turnover player still learning the nuances of the point guard position. He is a steal at this point in the draft. Many expected Okobo to go in the middle of round one.
Elie Okobo

32. Jevon Carter | 6-1 | 195 | PG | West Virginia | 23

Carter is a rock-solid point guard with phenomenal feel for the nuances of perimeter defense. He's a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for good reason. Carter is the kind of player opposing point guards hate to see. He spends the game wearing two jerseys - his own, and the player he's guarding. He simply does not give his opponent any room to breathe. He is slightly undersized and struggles to finish against length at the rim, but every coach wants a roster full of players with Carter's toughness and fearlessness.
Jevon Carter

33. Jalen Brunson | 6-2 | 200 | PG | Villanova | 22

College basketball's National Player of the Year is looking to follow Malcolm Brogdon's lead as the upperclassman who knows how to play, but instead got passed over by every team seeking something more exciting. It's hard to imagine Brunson flaming out, due to his incredibly high hoops IQ and excellent perimeter shooting ability. He is a strong, steady floor general who uses angles and footwork better than most guards 10 years his senior. If he can find a way to hang in defensively against much quicker point guards (a tall task for him), Brunson will enjoy a long, prosperous career.
Jalen Brunson

34. Devonte Graham | 6-1 | 185 | PG | Kansas | 23

We appear to be at the "draft winning upperclassmen" portion of tonight's draft. Graham knows how to play. It doesn't get much more complicated than that. He was the clear mental and emotional leader of the Jayhawks this past season, dishing more than 7 assists per game and knocking down 40.6 percent of his 3s on more than 6 attempts. He doesn't wow anyone with phenomenal measurables or off-the-charts athleticism, but he more than makes up for it with IQ and leadership. His former teammate, Frank Mason, was selected No. 34 last year.
Devonte Graham

35. Melvin Frazier | 6-6 | 200 | SG/SF | Tulane | 22

The athletic marvel out of Tulane is in a class of his own when it comes to leaping ability. Have you ever seen someone who stands 6-foot-6 touch the top of the backboard? It's incredible. He showed tremendous improvement in each of his three college seasons, adding a semi-reliable 3-point stroke and a little playmaking flair before declaring for the draft. His overall feel for the game is lacking - a serious concern when combined with his age (22). His athleticism and work ethic, however, make him a more-than-worthy pick at this point in round two.
Melvin Frazier

36. Mitchell Robinson | 7-1 | 225 | C | USA | 20

It's been quite a while since anyone has seen Mitchell Robinson play one competitive minute of basketball. After a standout prep career where he more than held his own against the draft's other elite big men, Robinson lasted roughly two weeks at Western Kentucky before he was suspended indefinitely. He spent the year preparing for the draft on his own and is in the process of selling himself as a stretch-5 with 3-point range to go along with his 7-foot-4 wingspan. He is a swing-for-the-fences selection at this point in the draft, with the size/athleticism/potential of comparable top-10 selections, but with the red flags of an undrafted free agent.
Mitchell Robinson

37. Gary Trent Jr. | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Duke | 19

Out of all the defensive-minded guards in this draft, Thomas is perhaps the most skilled and intuitive of the bunch. At age 22, Thomas projects as one of the most NBA-ready players at this stage of the draft, and his advanced-beyond-his-age defensive instincts and knock-down 3-point shooting ability (41 percent from 3) will likely earn him minutes right away. He doesn't have the feel of a traditional point guard and will benefit by playing alongside a true lead ball handler, as it will allow him to expend more energy on the defensive end. His ideal scenario is to play the way Jrue Holiday did after Rajon Rondo joined the New Orleans Pelicans.
Gary Trent Jr.

38. Khyri Thomas | 6-4 | 200 | SG | Creighton | 22

Out of all the defensive-minded guards in this draft, Thomas is perhaps the most skilled and intuitive of the bunch. At age 22, Thomas projects as one of the most NBA-ready players at this stage of the draft, and his advanced-beyond-his-age defensive instincts and knock-down 3-point shooting ability (41 percent from 3) will likely earn him minutes right away. He doesn't have the feel of a traditional point guard and will benefit by playing alongside a true lead ball handler, as it will allow him to expend more energy on the defensive end. His ideal scenario is to play the way Jrue Holiday did after Rajon Rondo joined the New Orleans Pelicans.
Khyri Thomas

39. Isaac Bonga | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Germany | 19

This long, lanky wing found on a streetball court can do a little bit of everything - shoot, pass, rebound, defend. If he can fill out his ultra-thin frame, Bonga could have shades of Boris Diaw's game. He thrives in transition due to his stride length and stamina, but he commits a lot of turnovers and can struggle with his confidence if he misses his first few shots. He also hasn't quite figured out his proper pace - sometimes he plays out of control, other times he seems to be moving in slow motion.
Isaac Bonga

40. Rodions Kurucs | 6-9 | 220 | SF | Latvia | 20

Versatility is Kurucs' calling card. At 6-foot-9, he can play any wing position and knock down shots from any spot on the floor. He has a terrific in-between game, allowing him to attack closeouts on 3-pointers. Kurucs is also a tremendous run-and-jump athlete in trasition. He is too thin right now, and his multiple hand injuries are cause for concern, but his all-around game and upside makes him a solid pick here.
Rodions Kurucs

41. Jarred Vanderbilt | 6-9 | 215 | SF | Kentucky | 19

Vanderbilt rebounds everything. That might sound like hyperbole, but it isn't. He averaged nearly eight rebounds in 17 minutes before foot injuries derailed his freshman season at Kentucky. If Vanderbilt can get his health in order, his rebounding ability definitely translates to the NBA. His offensive game, however, is a major work in progress.
Jarred Vanderbilt

42. Bruce Brown | 6-5 | 195 | SG | Miami | 22

Brown is a freakishly strong guard with smothering defensive potential. He is one of the draft's most physically fit prospects and will seek to carve out a niche as a punishing shooting guard. Injury concerns, age and the lack of a consistent perimeter shot kept him out of the first round, but Brown is a worthwhile gamble in round two.
Bruce Brown

43. Justin Jackson MD | 6-7 | 230 | SF/PF | Maryland | 21

Jackson has exactly the kind of physical measurables NBA scouts look for in a modern wing, with top-shelf length, athleticism, and some offensive intrigue. Repeated shoulder issues have robbed him of some of his shooting consistency and kept him from reaching his potential. If he can get his range of motion back to 100 percent, Jackson could be a steal at this point in the draft.
Justin Jackson MD

44. Issuf Sanon | 6-4 | 190 | PG/SG | Ukraine | 19

The breakout star of this year's Global Camp in Treviso. Sanon's motor never stops running. It's rare to find a player with Sanon's combination of athleticism, fearlessness, and competitive spirit. He plays at an odd rhythm, which also creates angles and opportunities that aren't available to other players, especially on the pick and roll. However, that all-out effort cuts both ways, as Sanon can occasionally veer into recklessness and sloppiness. If he can harness his aggressiveness, he could be a dynamic and versatile combo guard. At 19 years of age, could end up being one of the draft's steals.
Issuf Sanon

45. Hamidou Diallo | 6-5 | 195 | SG | Kentucky | 20

Diallo's physical characteristics more than measure up against other NBA 2-guards. He has all of the athletic gifts one could ask for. His basketball intuition and feel are lacking, however. His shot mechanics need a bit of work, and it's unclear whether he can make plays for others. But there is so much raw ability and talent here. If he gets the right kind of coaching, the sky is the limit for Diallo.
Hamidou Diallo

46. De'Anthony Melton | 6-3 | 195 | PG/SG | USC | 20

Melton is an athletic, exciting floor general who rebounds exceptionally well for his size/position. He's an intriguing defensive prospect, thanks to his 6-foot-8 wingspan and his nose for the ball (2 steals per game). On the downside, he struggled mightily to knock down shots from the college 3-point line (21-74). Defenses will sag off him and dare him to shoot, limiting his driving and passing lanes.
De'Anthony Melton

47. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk | 6-8 | 210 | SG | Kansas | 21

Mykhailiuk turned himself into a thrilling 3-point assassin after four years in Kansas. He has a quick release and a virtually unblockable release point at 6-foot-8. He's a terrific athlete and possesses exactly the kind of attitude and intensity coaches love. But in a strange physical quirk, his wingspan is nearly three inches shorter than his height, which will cause major struggles on the defensive end. He also doesn't rebound as well as you'd expect at his height.
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

48. Keita Bates-Diop | 6-8 | 225 | SF/PF | Ohio State | 22

There is a lot to like about Bates-Diop's game, especially on the defensive end. He's remarkably long and strong for a typical wing, with a standing reach just shy of 9 feet. It's easy to imagine a world in which Bates-Diop is routinely making All-Defense teams. He is a tremendous shotblocker and rebounder for his position, with top-notch basketball intuition. He is a better offensive player than most "defensive stoppers," so the potential of him being completely ignored in a playoff series is low. His ball handling is a bit rough around the edges, and he's a streaky outside shooter, but he offers enough creativity and cutting to keep defenses on their toes.
Keita Bates-Diop

49. Chimezie Metu | 6-10 | 220 | PF/C | USC | 21

Metu is a stellar face-up option for a 6-foot-11 player. He likes to put the ball on the floor and utilize his surprisingly quick first step to get to the rim. Metu likes to finish his drives with big dunks. He has shown an emerging 3-point shot, but not quite enough of one to call him a stretch-5. He can rebound and block shots when he's dialed in, but he isn't always dialed in. He will need to erase the concerns surrounding his focus and maturity to make it at this level.
Chimezie Metu

50. Alize Johnson | 6-8 | 215 | PF | Missouri State | 22

The late-blooming senior has not had the easiest road to this point, but Johnson has overcome a great deal of adversity on his path toward the NBA. Not very many players from Missouri State hear their names called on draft night, but Johnson isn't just any player. He grabs nearly every rebound in sight and defends his butt off. He isn't much of a perimeter shooter, but his rebounding/defensive upside gives him a shot to stick on an NBA roster.
Alize Johnson

51. Tony Carr | 6-4 | 200 | PG | Penn State | 21

Carr went from an interesting-yet-flawed prospect as a freshman to a Big Ten First Team performer as a sophomore, thanks in large part to his significant improvement from beyond the arc. Carr went from a streaky 3-point shooter to a 43-percent shooter on 5.5 attempts per game en route to nearly 20 points per game. Carr also filled out the stat sheet every night, pulling down 5 boards and dishing 5 assists per contest. At 6-foot-4, he possesses excellent size for either guard spot, but explosive is not a word anyone would use to describe either his first step or his leaping ability. His game will have to adjust slightly if he hopes to carve out an NBA niche.
Tony Carr

52. Vince Edwards | 6-8 | 225 | SF | Purdue | 22

Steadiness and consistency defined Edwards' career at Purdue. The 6-foot-8 senior did it all for the Boilermakers and flashed enough of a 3-point stroke to convince NBA scouts he could contribute as a floor-spacing wing defender. He is the type of prospect who is a solid B at everything, but isn't an A-plus at anything.
Vince Edwards

53. Devon Hall | 6-5 | 205 | PG/SG | Virginia | 23

Hall is an excellent perimeter shooter when he can get his feet set and an elite foul shooter. The senior, who received a combine invite, worked hard these past four years to become the shooter he is now. He plays within himself and contributed in major ways to Virginia's recent run of success under Tony Bennett. His game isn't flashy or exciting, but Hall plays with high intelligence and savvy.
Devon Hall

54. Shake Milton | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | SMU | 22

Milton's length, creativity, and killer crossover make him a fascinating combo guard prospect. He is huge for a point guard and knows how to wiggle his way into the lane and generate foul shot opportunities. However, his conversion rate near the rim is below average, due to his mediocre vertical leap and lack of top-end speed. If his jumper translates to the next level, he could find a spot in a deep guard rotation.
Shake Milton

55. Arnoldas Kulboka | 6-11 | 215 | SF | Lithuania | 20

Kulboka possesses terrific height and length for the wing, and shows a nice handle to go along with his terrific catch-and-shoot ability. He won't blow by anyone and struggles to shoot off the dribble, but it's easy to envision him developing into an extremely tall 3-point ace.
Arnoldas Kulboka

56. Raymond Spalding | 6-10 | 215 | PF | Louisville | 21

Spalding has the physical measurables and length of a lottery prospect, but his lack of offensive polish and occasionally sputtering motor caused him to fall to 56. If Spalding can find a way to put it together, he could be a major steal at this point in the draft. Given the fact that he still compiled 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game his junior year, he clearly possesses the defensive instincts to make a difference on this level.
Raymond Spalding

57. Kevin Hervey | 6-8 | 215 | SF/PF | Texas Arlington | 22

If not for a pair of major knee injuries, Hervey could have sniffed the end of round one, thanks in large part to his terrific rebounding ability and potential as a spot-up shooter to go along with his already-solid defensive technique. Hervey didn't face much elite competition at the University of Texas-Arlington, but he plays with a high motor and terrific attitude.
Kevin Hervey

58. Thomas Welsh | 7-1 | 255 | C | UCLA | 22

After three years of essentially no 3-point attempts, Welsh turned himself into a 40-percent shooter from beyond the arc as a senior. At 7-foot-1, Welsh shows excellent potential as a Kelly Olynyk-style stretch-5 and is almost automatic from the line. He's also a tremendous rebounder and terrific teammate. Concerns about his lack of footspeed and leaping ability will surround him his entire career, but players with Welsh's size and shooting ability don't come along often.
Thomas Welsh

59. George King | 6-6 | 220 | SF | Colorado | 24

King knows exactly who he is, and that can often go a long way toward determining a player's success. He won't wow anyone with any specific skill, but his well-rounded game and high efficiency will make him popular among most analytics models. If he can make himself into an elite defender like fellow Colorado alumnus Andre Roberson, King could hang onto an NBA roster spot for quite a long time.
George King

60. Kostas Antetokounmpo | 6-10 | 195 | SF/PF | Dayton | 20

The flashes are there, as is the bloodline. But it's unfair to Kostas to compare him to his brother, as Giannis is simply on another plane of existence. Kostas didn't play much at Dayton this past season, but there were moments when he would catch a pass on the break and show what he can do. He's still extremely skinny and needs a lot of work, but if he ends up even a fraction as good as his brother, he becomes a nice pick at No. 60.
Kostas Antetokounmpo