Draft Time: Instant Analysis

By Nick Prevenas

First Round

1. Zion Williamson | 6-6 | 280 | PF | Duke | 19

And now the fun begins. Even though he hasn't even unfolded a Summer League jersey, it feels as if we've had Zion Williamson in our lives for years. At this point, everyone knows what Zion brings to the table - awe-inspiring athleticism, hammer-of-Thor dunks, uncanny playmaking ability, a dancer's grace in the body of a bull. He is now expected to carry the hopes of a franchise that has already blown it with the previous once-per-generation talent in Anthony Davis. With The Brow finally heading to Los Angeles in return for an historic bounty of youth and picks, Zion will have every opportunity to develop into a franchise cornerstone, while being surrounded by talent and assets few top overall picks have experienced. He's Kia-leaping Blake Griffin crossed with Round-Mound-era Charles Barkley, with Draymond Green's vision and Kevin Garnett's passion. In short, Zion should be pretty good. If this doesn't convince the city of New Orleans to fall in love with professional basketball, nothing will.
Zion Williamson

2. Ja Morant | 6-3 | 175 | PG | Murray St. | 19

The youth movement is in full swing in Memphis. With Marc Gasol hoisting the Larry O'Brien in Toronto and Mike Conley heading to Utah, the much-beloved Grit-N-Grind era is transitioning into, I don't know, The Flying J's (Jaren Jackson Jr., Ja...I admit the nickname needs work). Morant brings top-level explosion and excitement to the league's deepest position and gives the Grizzlies a puncher's chance against the NBA's other freak-athlete lead guards. Yet it's his passing instincts and leadership abilities that separate him among his draft class. He might set an NBA record for turnovers in his rookie season, but the Grizzlies will live with it - he'll likely play a ton of minutes right away and he's not the type of player who backs down from a challenge. Pencil him into your 2025 All-Star ballots now.
Ja Morant

3. RJ Barrett | 6-7 | 210 | SG | Duke | 19

He was the presumptive No. 1 pick in the draft at this time last year, but some of the luster has faded from Barrett's game. Part of that has to do with his proximity to Zion's rapid ascent, but a more significant factor may be his sub-optimal shooting percentages - particularly his 30.8% mark from the college 3 and his abysmal 66.5% mark at the free-throw line. That's a disaster for a player who is otherwise ideal for the James Harden-style 3s/FTs offensive output. Should Barrett get his shot in order, he has the potential to be a devastating lefty scorer/playmaker and the kind of offensive-unto-himself weapon that improves his teammates' efficiency thanks to his vision/unselfishness. The Knicks had grand aspirations this offseason and are likely unsatisfied with this outcome, but they would have been doing backflips a year ago had they known they could get a player with Barrett's talent/upside on their roster on the rookie payscale.
RJ Barrett

4. DeAndre Hunter | 6-7 | 225 | SF/PF | Virginia | 21

Every team wishes they had a DeAndre Hunter. In fact, they probably want two or three of them. This is why the Atlanta Hawks sent the New Orleans Pelicans a motherlode of picks to move into the No. 4 spot. Hunter is a 6-7 forward with 3-point range and All-Defensive-Team potential with a national title under his belt and an endless list of rave reviews from his coaches and teammates. While Hunter might have an extremely high floor compared to his draft peers, his ceiling is a bit limited. Unlike other surefire lottery prospects, Hunter doesn't project as a lead (or even a secondary) offensive option, given his average playmaking ability and one-on-one scoring chops. Hunter isn't a fill-the-box-score fantasy god, either - he's more of a "wow, did you see how he cut off that entry pass?" type of player. Sure, every sports car needs a fun, fancy engine, but it also needs spark plugs and seat belts. Hunter is the not-so-glamourous parts of a car that enable it to, you know, actually drive.
DeAndre Hunter

5. Darius Garland | 6-2 | 175 | PG | Vanderbilt | 19

He barely played, but in a roundabout way, that lack of exposure seemed to significantly help Garland's draft stock. Without months of game tape to pick apart, scouts and draftniks had nothing but the good parts of Garland's game to reflect on these past few weeks - his otherworldly quickness, his gifts as a ball handler and passer, his next-level shot creation (for himself and for others). The Kyrie Irving comparisons will get thrown around often (especially if he stays in Cleveland), but that's a tall order for anyone to live up to - let alone someone who hasn't played a competitive basketball game since Thanksgiving 2018. Yet his upside and his team's need for an on-ball creator negate any concerns at this stage of the draft. A Garland/Collin Sexton backcourt would be lightning quick and tremendously exciting, but perhaps the worst defensive tandem in the NBA.
Darius Garland

6. Jarrett Culver | 6-6 | 195 | SG | Texas Tech | 20

The do-everything guard from Texas Tech comes equipped with a maturity and a hoops IQ that is very attractive for a Minnesota team in need of "culture guys." He isn't the sort of raw athlete who racks up views on House of Highlights, but Culver seems to make the right play nearly every time, despite carrying an unbelievable offensive burden for the Red Raiders. Unlike other high-usage college stars, however, Culver won't gripe about shots/touches at the next level. He is ready and willing to contribute to a winning effort right away. The biggest question mark? His shot. He hit only 30.4% of his 3s and 70.7% of his free throws. Can Culver knock down enough open spot-up opportunities if he is playing alongside another dominant on-ball player? He makes a great deal of sense for a Minnesota squad desperate for some on-ball creativity alongside Karl Anthony-Towns.
Jarrett Culver

7. Coby White | 6-5 | 190 | PG/SG | North Carolina | 19

This lanky combo guard plays with a swagger and veteran savvy that tricks people into believing he has to be older than 19. White can score in bunches from all levels and can get in those sorts of NBA Jam "...he's heating up!" grooves that simply overwhelm an opponent. On the other hand, his passing/playmaking skills lag a bit behind his scoring ability and it might take a couple of seasons for him to develop into the kind of lead ball handler who can effectively run an NBA offense. He doesn't play much defense yet, but he has the physical dimensions that profile as an effective/switchable perimeter defender. Think of White as a fast-twitch Jamal Murray. White isn't an ideal fit alongside Zach LaVine, but nobody should be basing draft strategies with "fit alongside Zach LaVine" in mind. The Bulls are in desperate need of backcourt playmakers, and White is the best available at this point in the draft.
Coby White

8. Jaxson Hayes | 6-11 | 220 | PF/C | Texas | 19

The Texas big man is here to do two things: block your shots and dunk in your face. He achieved both goals quite often in limited minutes as a Longhorn. Hayes was a wideout in high school before a growth spurt took him to nearly 7 feet. You can tell by the way he runs the floor with those long sprinter's strides. He has no jump shot to speak of and his shotblocking enthusiasm can often put him out of position and/or in foul trouble, but much like his Texas predecessor, Mo Bamba, Hayes oozes potential for a team with the patience to bring him along slowly. Hayes/Zion immediately becomes the most athletic, dunk-happy front court in the NBA - a hyper-charged version of Lob City-era Blake/DeAndre.
Jaxson Hayes

9. Rui Hachimura | 6-8 | 235 | SF/PF | Gonzaga | 21

After one of the most unorthodox and inspiring paths toward a green room invitation, Hachimura officially becomes the first Japanese-born player to get selected in the NBA draft. Gonzaga brought him along slowly as he acclimated to life in the U.S. That decision paid off in a big way, as Hachimura exploded into one of the nation's most efficient and creative scorers as a junior. His FG/3PT percentages went up in each of his three seasons, and although he isn't a high-volume perimeter shooter yet, the stroke looks solid and should translate to the next level. He doesn't wow anybody with highlight-reel athleticism, but he's a very good athlete who plays with a high motor and intensity. He also never seems to get tired, often beating everyone down the floor late in games. He'll step in and contribute for a depleted Wizards squad from day one. Solid pick for a team in desperate need of a talent infusion.
Rui Hachimura

10. Cameron Reddish | 6-8 | 210 | SG/SF | Duke | 19

Which Reddish are you getting? Is it going to be the consensus top-10 recruit who reminded scouts of prime Carmelo Anthony? Or is it going to be the sleepwalking single-digit scorer who played half of his college games as if he just woke up from a nap? The upside/talent/skill/size are all there. He was put on earth to play forward in the NBA. Everything else? There is no way of knowing. Jeff Green, Rudy Gay, Rodney Hood, Tim Thomas - all of these players made a ton of money, but all of them switched teams multiple times. If you ever wondered why NBA coaches/GMs seem to age quickly, look no further than Reddish. If Reddish plays hard, you're a genius. If Reddish drifts, you lose your job. He steps into an exciting, young Hawks roster that surged toward the end of the season and has a big-time need for a scoring forward. It's an ideal opportunity for Reddish. We'll soon see if he takes advantage of it.
Cameron Reddish

11. Cameron Johnson | 6-8 | 205 | SF | North Carolina | 23

It's not often we see a player at Johnson's size (a shade under 6-9) who can navigate curls and pindowns en route to quick-release 3s, but Johnson buries those attempts 45.7% of the time. He's also an effective ball-mover who makes quick decisions and never bogs down a team's offense. He underwent a significant procedure on his hip in 2018 and he wasn't the most explosive athlete to begin with, so perimeter defense will always be a challenge. This is a major reach at this point in the draft, given his health and athleticism limitations, but he can really shoot it. The Suns are rolling the dice that their training staff can keep Johnson healthy and productive.
Cameron Johnson

12. PJ Washington | 6-8 | 230 | PF | Kentucky | 20

Washington is a tank with slick passing ability and an emerging jumper - a scary image. At 6-8 with a 7-2.5 wingspan, Washington can slide between both forward spots and even play a little stretch center in small lineups. His versatility is aided by a surprising 42.3% mark from 3 as a sophomore (after making only 5-21 as a freshman). He showed terrific improvement across the board as a sophomore at Kentucky, but it's unclear whether he can rebound at the level he needs to in order to unlock those intriguing small-ball lineups. Julius Randle, for better and worse, is Washington's likely NBA path.
PJ Washington

13. Tyler Herro | 6-6 | 195 | SG | Kentucky | 19

Herro has yet to meet a shot he didn't like. He can let it fly from anywhere on the floor, regardless of how many defenders are in his line of sight and how many times he needs to dribble to get the shot off. While off-the-bounce shooting is his calling card, his skills as a passer and an off-ball cutter make him a fascinating prospect, as he clearly knows how to leverage his shooting ability into easier buckets. His stock fell after a slow start at Kentucky, but he rebounded nicely to show everyone why scouts salivated over his jumper as a high schooler. He'll struggle defensively, as he is another negative wingspan player (6-6 height, 6-4 wingspan), but few can match his no-fear shotmaking ability at his age (doesn't turn 20 until Jan. 20).
Tyler Herro

14. Romeo Langford | 6-6 | 210 | SG | Indiana | 19

Langford could've developed into a multiple-time All-Star if the 3-point line was never invented. The 3-point line, however, does exist, and Langford does not shoot well from behind it - 27% from a lead guard who handles the ball as often as he does simply doesn't cut it. Langford was one of the best scorers in his high school class, but an inconsistent freshman campaign with the Hoosiers hurt his stock. He displayed terrific toughness gutting it out through a serious right-hand injury, but he is often a tunnel-vision type of player who forgets he's playing with four other teammates. He's an electrifying one-on-one scorer and an intense/versatile defender, but his inefficiency is a serious concern. He is an odd fit in Brad Stevens' offensive system, but the Celtics are in the midst of a serious transition. Perhaps Langford can step in and contribute some much-needed scoring punch.
Romeo Langford

15. Sekou Doumbouya | 6-9 | 230 | SF/PF | France | 18

Doumbouya is extremely raw, but he possesses as much upside as anyone outside of the top-three picks in this draft. He didn't start playing basketball until he was nearly a teenager, yet he showed an encouraging developmental curve playing for Limoges in France. Doumbouya doesn't turn 19 until December, making him the youngest player in the draft. He possesses all the raw tools that simply can't be taught. At 6-9, he runs like a cheetah and closes for weakside shotblocks with Giannis-like ferocity. He can grab a defensive rebound and lead his own one-man fast break with alarming speed. He is still at least a couple of years away from being able to contribute to an NBA team, but with the right coaching/infrastructure, Doumbouya could be a total game-changer. Are the Pistons in a position to provide that kind of infrastructure?
Sekou Doumbouya

16. Chuma Okeke | 6-8 | 235 | SF/PF | Auburn | 20

There isn't a lot of flash to Okeke's game, but he's effective. It's a real shame that he suffered a torn ACL just as his game was rounding into form (forcing him to miss all the offseason workouts), but scouts will remember his encouraging sophomore campaign at Auburn where he displayed excellent shooting/defensive versatility. He's a high-floor/low-ceiling player in the mold of Portland forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Mo Harkless. The long-distance shooting ability is intriguing (nearly 40% from 3) for an Orlando squad that perennially struggles to knock down 3s. The Magic always seem to have a glut of non-shooters at the 4-5 spots, so Okeke brings a different dimension to Orlando's forward rotation.
Chuma Okeke

17. Nickeil Alexander-Walker | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Virginia Tech | 20

The tough, versatile guard out of Virginia Tech saw nearly every facet of his game improve as a sophomore, as he took on greater scoring, playmaking, and defensive duties, while transforming his body into a slimmer, sleeker, more athletic version of the player we saw in 2017-18. Alexander-Walker can do a little bit of everything, but it's his shiftiness and his hoops IQ that set him apart. In previous versions of the NBA, Alexander-Walker would be called a "tweener," but in today's game, that works in his favor, much like it does for Spender Dinwiddie or Caris LeVert. He brings a much-needed playmaking dimension to the youth movement in New Orleans.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker

18. Goga Bitadze | 6-11 | 250 | C | Rep. of Georgia | 20

The burly center from the Republic of Georgia is perhaps the most skilled offensive big man in this year's draft. He can finish near the rim with either hand and step back with a soft jumper. It's easy to see flashes of Jusuf Nurkic, Nikola Vucevic, or Enes Kanter when watching Bitadze go to work on the block. Defensively is where he'll need to put in some work. Unless he improves his lateral quickness, opponents will force him into a variety of pick-and-roll coverages until he's played off the floor. However, he does show surprising shotblocking skills and he's nearly impossible to move when he has rebounding position. What does this mean for Myles Turner and/or Domantas Sabonis?
Goga Bitadze

19. Luka Samanic | 6-11 | 230 | PF | Croatia | 19

The lanky Croat can shoot and handle much better than most players at 6-11, which immediately makes him borderline first-round talent. Samanic is exceptionally agile and flashes an array of guard-like dribble moves that allow him to blow by aggressive closeouts. He needs to significantly increase his physical strength, as his scrawny frame will not allow him to endure the pounding of an NBA schedule. He is an ideal candidate to stash in Europe for a year or two while he physically matures. It's hard to imagine a better situation for him to develop than with the Spurs.
Luka Samanic

20. Matisse Thybulle | 6-6 | 200 | SG/SF | Washington | 22

I can't lie - this is my favorite non-Zion, non-Ja player in the entire draft. Thybulle is what might happen if Ronnie Lott had chosen to play basketball over football after he self-amputated part of his pinkie finger. Thybulle has the potential to win Defensive Player of the Year in a season where he takes less than six shots per game. He has no interest in serving as an offensive star, but he can make just enough 3s to keep a defense honest. But anytime a player at 6-foot-5 can post 3.5 steals and 2.3 blocks for an entire season, you have no choice but to take him seriously. Go ahead and take a flyer on the untapped offensive potential of someone who barely cares about basketball. Give me the guy who will obliterate your whole world on defense. The 76ers traded up to get Thybulle, and he immediately fills the Robert Covington vacancy on what could be the best defensive team in the league next season. Great job by the Sixers.
Matisse Thybulle

21. Brandon Clarke | 6-8 | 210 | PF/C | Gonzaga | 22

Clarke is a strange basketball player - and I mean that as a compliment. There was nobody in college basketball quite like him. A 6-8 pogo stick of pure energy who dunked on everyone in his path and seemed allergic to any shot outside of 10 feet, Clarke was among the nation's most efficient offensive weapons (primarily because he rarely attempted a shot that he had a chance of missing). Defensively, he was among the nation's premier shotblockers, despite standing 4-5 inches shorter than his competition in that stat column. My favorite stat of the season: Clarke's number of missed shots equaled his number of blocked shots (117). Of course, many scouts question whether any of this will translate against NBA competition, particularly given Clarke's age (23 on Sept. 19) and the square-peg quality of his game in the round-hole pace-and-space era. As a fan, I hope there is room for Clarke's game in the NBA - there's nobody quite like him. Between JJJ, Ja, and Clarke, jaw-dropping athleticism is the new wave in Memphis.
Brandon Clarke

22. Grant Williams | 6-7 | 240 | PF | Tennessee | 20

Williams is fascinating. He was a tremendous college basketball player, but the things that made him special at the "amateur" level (passing/playmaking out of the post, overpowering smaller defenders) might be tricky to transition into the NBA. He's a good-not-great perimeter shooter, but his offensive upside lies in his ability to make things happen as a secondary playmaker. Williams would do his best work at the elbow in a system that generates a lot of backdoor cuts from the high post. Without Al Horford, the Celtics are in desperate need for a frontcourt playmaker. Williams has some unfathomably large shoes to fill, but he'll have every opportunity to do so from opening day.
Grant Williams

23. Darius Bazley | 6-9 | 210 | SF/PF | USA | 19

This year's Mitchell Robinson Memorial "man of mystery," Bazley opted to skip out on Syracuse (and the G-League) and focus on training himself and interning at New Balance. He was a 5-star high school recruit, but not a sure bet to enter the NBA draft right away. He possesses the right measurables (6-9, 7-foot wingspan, age 19, etc.), but his game is awfully raw and it has been a while since anyone has seen him kick butt in high-level competition. He is an intriguing long-term play who could pay major dividends before the end of his rookie contract, but patience will be key - even though "patience" might not be a word Russell Westbrook or Paul George want to hear.
Darius Bazley

24. Ty Jerome | 6-5 | 195 | PG | Virginia | 22

Much like his fellow national champion teammate DeAndre Hunter, Jerome is a total Elmer (it's a new thing I'm trying to start to describe "glue guys" - any good?). He is an excellent shooter and playmaker who never tries to do anything that exceeds his abilities. Unfortunately, he is one of the only players in the draft with a negative wingspan (6-5 height, 6-4 wingspan) and he might be the slowest guard out of anyone in the top-40. He makes up for those deficiencies with an incredible basketball mind and top-level toughness. If TJ McConnell can carve out a niche in the league, so can Jerome. The Suns hope Jerome can take a bit of playmaking pressure off of Devin Booker so Booker can spend more time in a more natural off-ball scoring role.
Ty Jerome

25. Nassir Little | 6-6 | 225 | SF | North Carolina | 19

Little is a bit of an enigma. He was one of the most highly touted recruits in his high school class, but he failed to show much in the way of playmaking (24 total assists in 36 games) or shooting (14-52 from 3) in his lone season as a Tar Heel. He only saw 18 minutes per game coming off the bench, but his raw tools are more than enough to earn a look at this point in the draft. Little plays much bigger than his 6-6 height, thanks in large part to a 7-1 wingspan and impressive run-and-jump athleticism. At this stage of his development, he doesn't possess the hoops IQ of an Andre Iguodala (to be fair, hardly anyone does), so his best bet is to earn a reputation as a hellacious defensive stopper while his offensive game catches up. Little represents tremendous value at this point in the draft, and the Blazers have to be thrilled to see him available here. Little brings much-needed toughness and defensive intensity to Portland's wing rotation.
Nassir Little

26. Dylan Windler | 6-7 | 195 | SG/SF | Belmont | 22

Windler is the player in this draft class most likely to participate in a future 3-point contest. The sweet-shooting senior from Belmont drilled 43% from 3-point range on 7 attempts per contest. His release wastes no time and Windler is confident shooting it. He isn't just a one-dimensional shooter, either. Windler is an excellent rebounder for his size and a heady playmaker who can make things happen against defenses that get a bit too aggressive closing out on him. Questions about remaining upside and lateral quickness remain, but it doesn't take an active imagination to see Windler turn himself into a Bojan Bogdanovic-level contributor for the Cavaliers.
Dylan Windler

27. Mfiondu Kabengele | 6-10 | 255 | PF/C | Florida St. | 21

After a surprisingly stellar campaign as a sixth man for Florida State, Kabengele rocketed up draft boards after an impressive showing at the NBA draft combine. The 6-10 big man arrived on campus as a shot-blocking rim runner, but has developed an intriguing face-up game to go along with his top-level measurables. Many would expect Dikembe Mutombo's nephew to block shots, which he did (1.5 per game in only 21.6 minutes of action), but his soft hands and shooting touch often come as a bit of a surprise. After sitting out a redshirt year, he is a bit older than most sophomores (turns 22 on Aug. 14), but there is still plenty of upside remaining. Smart pick up by the Clippers.
Mfiondu Kabengele

28. Jordan Poole | 6-5 | 190 | PG/SG | Michigan | 20

The Michigan swingman shows promise as a catch-and-shoot threat, but he is a huge reach for the Warriors at this point in the draft. Many scouts and NBA insiders were surprised to find out Poole was staying in the draft, but it's hard to argue against the decision, as he now has a fully guaranteed first-round-pick contract. He needs to work on his strength, conditioning, and ball-handling, but Poole can fill it up from beyond the arc. Look for Poole to spend some time in the G-League before stepping on the court with Steph and Klay. He's not so much a Splash Brother yet - maybe more of a Splash Step-Cousin.
Jordan Poole

29. Keldon Johnson | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Kentucky | 19

Many expected Johnson to step in as John Calipari's latest freshman phenom, but he didn't score as consistently as many assumed he would. Still, he projects as a high-level 3-and-D prospect due to his elite athleticism and strong motor. He never seems to let a subpar shooting night affect his defensive mindset. He is a terrific spot-up shooter, but his dribble-drive/playmaking skills need work. He might never become a team's top scoring option, but it's easy to envision him as a quality starter/rotation player on a championship contender, thanks to his defensive versatility and high effort level. The Spurs will make the most of Johnson's natural ability - great fit for both sides.
Keldon Johnson

30. Kevin Porter | 6-5 | 215 | SG/SF | USC | 19

Porter is one of the true "eye of the beholder" prospects in this year's draft. Some see a natural scorer with style to spare and physical gifts to spare. Others see a one-dimensional shoot-first/shoot-second guard with maturity issues (both on and off the court) that contributed to an awfully strange/disappointing season at USC. In the right situation, Porter could maximize his formidable talent and become an Evan Fournier-esque scoring spark. In the wrong spot, Porter could alienate teammates with his one-on-five hero ball at a time when he hasn't earned that kind of ball dominance. The Cavs are in pure talent acquisition mode, and John Beilein should be a positive influence on his long-term development.
Kevin Porter

Second Round

31. Nicolas Claxton | 6-11 | 215 | PF | Georgia | 20

Claxton possesses impressive length/athleticism combo and undeniable defensive potential (even if it didn't translate into many stops in his college career). At a hair under 7 feet with a 7-3 wingspan, Claxton patrolled the paint and served as a lone bright spot for a disappointing Georgia squad. Even though he racked up solid blocks/rebounding numbers, the Bulldogs lost 16 of their 20 contests in 2019 and ranked near the bottom in the SEC in points allowed. However, his athleticism/switchability project well for the NBA, as does his emerging offensive game. Claxton is the type of player much more suited for the NBA than college.
Nicolas Claxton

32. KZ Okpala | 6-8 | 210 | SG/SF | Stanford | 20

Okpala had to carry an enormous load for a mediocre Stanford squad, but the 6-9 wing should transition seamlessly into a high-level NBA role player. He is a high-IQ player with a well-rounded offensive skillset and intriguing defensive upside. He flashes surprisingly solid ball-handling/playmaking skills, as he primarily played guard until a late growth spurt took him into forward territory. He is an emerging perimeter shooting threat and possesses more upside than most college sophomores. Added strength/muscle should help him finish through contact against bigger NBA forwards.
KZ Okpala

33. Carsen Edwards | 6-0 | 200 | PG | Purdue | 21

Edwards isn't big, but he sure plays like it. At just a hair over 6-feet, Edwards plays with the confidence and intensity of someone who's heard he's "too short" all his life. He was among the nation's top scorers as a junior, pouring in 24 points per game - including an heroic 42-point effort in the tournament against the eventual national champs from Virginia. His 6-6 wingspan helps his small stature, but he will still get targeted defensively. He will need to drastically improve his finishing at the rim in order for his long-range game to flourish.
Carsen Edwards

34. Bruno Fernando | 6-10 | 240 | C | Maryland | 20

The Angolan-by-way-of-Maryland big man posted an excellent sophomore campaign, where Fernando established himself as an NBA-level rebounder and dive man on the pick and roll. Fernando is long, bouncy, strong and fast - and, best of all, he knows his role, as Clint Capela has mapped out a way for players such as Fernando to earn $20M+ per year. He isn't the sort of player who is going to command double teams in the post or serve as a Nikola Jokic-style passing hub, but he should develop into a starting-level center once he learns the intricacies of interior defense.
Bruno Fernando

35. Marcos Louzada Silva | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Brazil | 20

The tough Brazilian wing put himself on the NBA radar by working his butt off and out-hustling competition in the pre-draft process. He shows solid shooting fundamentals and upside as a 3-and-D candidate. He won't create much offense on his own and his playmaking capabilities are limited at this stage, but look for Silva to develop into a high-level, high-energy irritant in a year or two.
Marcos Louzada Silva

36. Cody Martin | 6-6 | 190 | SG | Nevada | 23

It's rare to see a player with Martin's physical dimensions (6-6, 6-10 wingspan) essentially run point, but that's what he did for extended stretches at Nevada. He knows how to handle himself on either side of a pick and roll, and he plays with an excellent basketball IQ - a real "coach on the floor" type. He isn't the most explosive run-and-jump athlete and he's closer to 24 than most draft prospects, but a team can easily talk itself into Martin as a Malcom Brogdon-style contributor.
Cody Martin

37. Deividas Sirvydis | 6-8 | 195 | SF | Lithuania | 19

The playmaking Lithuanian hasn't faced a lot of top-tier competition yet, but his shooting stroke is undeniably impressive for a 6-8 wing. His mechanics tend to fall apart if he's rushed or otherwise pressured, but those concerns should iron themselves out with added experience. At only 19, his upside is considerable, and his playmaking/ballhandling skills add an interesting wrinkle to Sirvydis's overall projection.
Deividas Sirvydis

38. Daniel Gafford | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Arkansas | 20

Gafford was nowhere near the NBA radar coming out of high school, but he exploded on the scene as a freshman at Arkansas, putting up terrific stats in limited minutes. His draft stock leveled out a little as a sophomore. Although he posted improved scoring and rebounding numbers, the massive leap some scouts expected didn't really happen. His upside as a rim-running shotblocker remains, however, as few in this draft class can navigate the dive on the pick and roll with Gafford's explosion and grace. He might be the draft's best screener, as he has a preternatural sense of when/how to set a proper pick. He likely won't develop into much of a shooting threat and he needs to cut down on his fouls in order to stay on the floor.
Daniel Gafford

39. Alen Smailagic | 6-10 | 215 | PF/C | Serbia | 18

The Golden State Warriors saw something they liked in Smailagic's game when they snagged the Serbian in a trade to play for their G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz. It should surprise no one that they traded into pick No. 39 to secure Smailagic's rights. At only 18 (turns 19 on Aug. 18), Smailagic held his own against older G-League competition. He still needs to work on his body - strength and stamina are an issue - but his face-up skills at 6-10 are pretty rare. It will take time, but Smailagic's pure talent and offensive upside are unquestioned.
Alen Smailagic

40. Justin James | 6-7 | 180 | SG/SF | Wyoming | 22

The Mountain West Conference's leading scorer was a true iron man for the Cowboys, playing 38 minutes per night with half of those games coming at Laramie's 7,200-foot altitude. James' toughness is unrivaled, but his 3-point shooting fell off a cliff the last two seasons at roughly 30%. James is a long, lanky wing who plays with maximum intensity at all times, but the four-year senior has limited upside.
Justin James

41. Eric Paschall | 6-7 | 255 | PF | Villanova | 22

The burly Villanova forward is a brick building with long arms and a quicker-than-expected first step. Paschall is a bit older than a lot of the other forwards in his draft class (turns 23 on Nov. 4), but he knows how to play and possesses a number of tricks to get the ball in the bucket. His most intriguing skill is his ability to make plays on the short roll, a la Draymond Green. He doesn't rebound as well as one would expect and he offers little in the way of rim protection, so it will take time for him to find his fit on the defensive end.
Eric Paschall

42. Admiral Schofield | 6-5 | 240 | SF | Tennessee | 22

Schofield is perhaps the most menacing, physically imposing player in this draft not named Zion. At 6-5, 240, Schofield looks more like a linebacker than he does a small forward. He uses his physique to create separation near the rim and bully his way into rebounding position. He's a much-improved shooter who canned roughly 40% of his 3s over his last three college seasons - proving that his 41.8% mark as a senior isn't the result of some fluky statistical variance. He plays hard and should settle nicely into a complementary NBA role, which would suit him much better than the starring part he had to play at Tennessee.
Admiral Schofield

43. Jaylen Nowell | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Washington | 20

While his teammate, Matisse Thybulle, captained the defense, it was Nowell who took charge of the offensive end for the 27-win Pac-12 champs from Washington. Nowell knocked home 44% of his 3s and improved his ball handling and playmaking from a spotty freshman campaign. He still gets a bit loose with his handle (nearly 1-1 assist/turnover ratio) and he isn't a traditional floor general, but he checks a lot of boxes for a team in need of additional backcourt versatility. He plays hard, defends, and makes open shots. It's not a stretch to see Nowell carving out a decade-long NBA career as a reliable backcourt rotation piece.
Jaylen Nowell

44. Bol Bol | 7-2 | 210 | C | Oregon | 19

The son of Manute is perhaps the biggest swing pick in this year's draft. A serious foot injury limited his lone college season at Oregon to only nine games, but those nine games were more than enough to put him on the NBA radar. Like his father, Bol is an incredible shotblocker, thanks to a jaw-dropping 9-8 standing reach. Bol, however, is also an assassin from the 3-point line, canning 52% of his 3s on nearly three attempts per game. The injury is a major red flag, however, as the track record of 7+-footers with foot problems is pretty bleak. He is also extremely thin, barely cracking 200 pounds. Questions surround his ability to play starter's minutes against NBA athletes. His upside is unparalleled, but so his is downside. The Nuggets snagging him at No. 44 could be the steal of the draft. He won't have to carry a heavy burden with Nikola Jokic entrenched as the franchise cornerstone, but he can develop at his own pace and maximize his prodigious talent.
Bol Bol

45. Isaiah Roby | 6-8 | 215 | SF/PF | Nebraska | 21

Roby looks the part of a prototypical 3-and-D wing, thanks to an excellent wingspan and solid athleticism. Unfortunately, Roby didn't bring it 100% of the time at Nebraska. He tends to drift through possessions if his shots aren't falling. He isn't the most assertive or physical player, and some wonder whether confidence is an issue. He rarely played in the proper position at Nebraska, as his squad often asked him to play center, but if he can find the right coaching staff, he should find a path toward a much more suitable 3-D role.
Isaiah Roby

46. Talen Horton-Tucker | 6-4 | 235 | SG/SF | Iowa St. | 18

What a strange, fascinating basketball player. Horton-Tucker one of the draft's youngest prospects (doesn't turn 19 until November), but he already has a classic "old man" game. He has the height of a guard (6-4) but the wingspan of a center (7-1). He can't shoot (30.8% from 3, 62.5% FT), but he knows how to score. He weighs nearly 240 pounds, but he's not slow. I'm not entirely certain what his NBA niche will be, but it's clear that he has more than enough raw talent and upside to potentially develop into something special.
Talen Horton-Tucker

47. Ignas Brazdeikis | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Michigan | 20

Few players generate harder opinions on either extreme than Brazdeikis. Fans love him when he plays for their team and hate him with a passion when he's on the opposition. He flashed excellent shooting ability and a knack for when to cut and crash the offensive glass. Major concerns surround his so-so athleticism and ability to defend stronger/faster wings, but he won't ever be accused of lacking effort.
Ignas Brazdeikis

48. Terance Mann | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Florida St. | 22

Mann may have limited upside, but no coach would ever have to worry about his basketball IQ or toughness. Florida State asked the 6-6 wing to run a lot of offense, and he did so while keeping his turnovers in check. He's an older prospect (turns 23 in October), and he struggled shooting the 3-ball until his percentage jumped to nearly 40% as a senior, so it's unclear what role he fills at the next level if he reverts back to a shaky long-distance shooter
Terance Mann

49. Quinndary Weatherspoon | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Mississippi St. | 22

The Mississippi State product has no glaring holes in his game, but nothing jumps out, either. At 6-4, he is a rangy, heady defender and a solid all-around offensive contributor. He shows solid catch-and-shoot ability as an off-ball floor spacer and can even attack a closeout with a couple of hard dribbles. His upside is limited and he isn't the most eye-popping athlete, but Weatherspoon knows how to handle himself on a basketball court.
Quinndary Weatherspoon

50. Jarrell Brantley | 6-7 | 255 | PF | Charleston | 23

The College of Charleston's leading scorer brings a strong frame (6-7, 250 pounds), a well-rounded skillset, and an eagerness to dunk as hard as possible. His lateral quickness is an issue, and it's unclear where he fits on an NBA defense, but if he can prove to be a reliable perimeter threat, there is an opportunity for Brantley to carve out a role in the NBA.
Jarrell Brantley

51. Tremont Waters | 5-11 | 175 | PG | LSU | 21

Waters is a slick and smart floor general who knows how to slither between defenses and control all facets of his team's offense. He has already mastered riding the fine line between setting up his teammates and pulling up for his own shot. However, at only 5-11, he will get picked on relentlessly on defense and struggle mightily to finish in the paint among the NBA trees.
Tremont Waters

52. Jalen McDaniels | 6-9 | 190 | SF/PF | San Diego St. | 21

Give McDaniels 25 pounds of functional muscle and he would likely be a mid-first rounder. He has the ideal height/length dimensions for a Swiss Army Knife frontcourt starter. He combines excellent offensive touch with a hard-nosed defensive mentality. He struggled with consistency from beyond the arc, but his mechanics appear strong. His main roadblock will be physical strength for as long as he continues to weigh under 200 pounds.
Jalen McDaniels

53. Justin Wright-Foreman | 6-2 | 190 | PG/SG | Hofstra | 21

The Hofstra product was born to put the ball in the basket. He has one of the best handles in the draft and can get anywhere he wants on the court. He's a strong high-volume 3-point shooter and a willing and competitive defender. However, Wright-Foreman can play with a bit of a singular focus. He prefers to score, but will playmake if the defense forces him to. He is undersized at only 6-2 and it will take time in order to become a passable defensive player. His ideal NBA destiny is to become the next electrifying off-the-bench scorer in the tradition of Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford.
Justin Wright-Foreman

54. Marial Shayok | 6-6 | 195 | SG/SF | Iowa St. | 23

Shayok turns 24 in less than a week, so what you see is what you get here. But what you get is one of the draft's best spot-up shooters and a potential 3-and-D contributor. The Iowa State product saw his production drastically increase across the board as a senior, taking his 3PT/FT percentages up another level. He isn't as exciting or electrifying as other round-2 fliers, but he has a chance to make significant contributions right away.
Marial Shayok

55. Kyle Guy | 6-2 | 170 | PG/SG | Virginia | 21

Even though Guy might be the best pure shooter in the draft, he surprised many by declaring for the draft instead of returning to Virginia for his senior season to defend the title. Guy has unlimited range and confidence in his jumper, but he is undersized - to put it mildly. It might take a few dozen trips to In-N-Out to get him to tip the scales at 170. He is not a point guard, either. When Guy is in the game, he's shooting it - no ifs, ands, or maybes. If he can find a way to hang tough defensively, he can carve out a niche as a deadly floor spacer off the bench.
Kyle Guy

56. Jaylen Hands | 6-3 | 180 | PG | UCLA | 20

If you see Hands on the right night, you might think you're watching former UCLA stars Jrue Holiday or Darren Collison. He's a terrific athlete who can take over games when his jumper starts to fall. Other times, it's hard to imagine Hands on an NBA roster, as he can get a bit careless and forgetful on both ends of the floor. If he can tap into his strengths more consistently, Hands could turn into a real sleeper at this point in the draft.
Jaylen Hands

57. Jordan Bone | 6-3 | 180 | PG | Tennessee | 21

Bone isn't nearly as flashy as the other point guards in this draft, but he is perhaps the steadiest floor manager of the bunch. The 6-3 guard was a big reason behind Tennessee's Sweet 16 run last year, as he excels at getting his teammates the ball in the spots they like best. With an assist/turnover ratio at nearly 3-1 with a high usage/responsibility, an NBA team can trust that Bone won't do anything silly. He is more athletic than he gets credit for and will hold his own defensively. He could stand to be more aggressive looking for his own shot, as it would open up additional opportunities for passing angles.
Jordan Bone

58. Miye Oni | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Yale | 21

NBA scouts don't make it to Yale very often, but Oni gave them plenty of reasons to hang out in New Haven. The physical 6-6 wing is a smooth, heady offensive player with a polished, well-rounded set of tools. Oni can do a little bit of everything - a dash of playmaking, a sprinkling of 3-point shooting, a bit of ballhandling. He doesn't have one skill that jumps off the screen and his playing style can be a bit stiff/mechanical at times, but Oni's solid all-around game and extremely high floor make him an interesting complementary piece for a team's wing rotation.
Miye Oni

59. Dewan Hernandez | 6-10 | 235 | C | Miami | 22

Completely absurd eligibility issues kept Hernandez sidelined for the duration of his junior season, but the 6-11 big man out of Miami put himself back on the draft radar in a big way with strong performances at a variety of pre-draft workouts. He was up and down in college, but his length and athleticism remain intriguing - particularly at this range in the draft. Look for Hernandez to make himself into a useful NBA big, especially if his shooting stroke remains solid.
Dewan Hernandez

60. Vanja Marinkovic | 6-7 | 195 | SG/SF | Serbia | 22

The Serbian swing man has shown flashes of NBA ability, but his outside shot is streaky at best and at age 22, he doesn't possess the upside of many other draft-and-stash European prospects. His shiftiness and craftiness are intriguing, as is his playmaking ability, but his lack of top-level athleticism and quickness will make it hard for him to earn an NBA roster spot.
Vanja Marinkovic