12. Donatas Motiejunas: Forward-Center, Houston Rockets
Preseason Stats: 9.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG
Last 3: 12 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast vs. ORL; 8 pts, 5 ast, 1 blk vs. DAL; 16 pts, 8 reb vs. SAS
I almost forgot to include Motiejunas in this list because he was picked up in last year's draft. I had him pegged as a sort of Dirk Nowitzki 2.0, but he'll have to develop his jumper a lot more before earning that honor.
Motiejunas does many things well. He'll have to bulk up to avoid getting shoved around down low, but his offensive game is so well-rounded, it more than compensates for his frame. Still, at seven feet and only 22-years old, the Lithuanian big man has a chance to become one of the better shooting bigs in the NBA.
11. Terrence Jones: Power Forward, Houston Rockets
Preseason Stats: 10.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.2 BLKPG
Last 3: 4 pts, 2 blk vs. ORL; 15 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk vs. NOH; 9 pts, 5 reb, 2 blk vs. MEM
Terrence Jones has been a great blue-collar type of player who's getting his minutes by doing all the grunt work down low. I'd like to see him get a few more looks in the low post, though.
10. Jae Crowder: Forward, Dallas Mavericks
Preseason Stats: 11.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.875 STLPG, 1.6 APG
Last 3: 11 pts, 5 reb, 3 ast, 2 blk vs. CHA; 21 pts, 9 reb, 3 ast, 2 stl vs. OKC; 12 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk vs. NOH
Crowder made a name for himself as a do-it-all kind of guy in the Summer League, and has kept his reputation in tact. He's rebounding better than some of the bigs drafted next to him and has been a better scorer than many of the bigger named guards picked up in the first round.
Talk about a steal for Dallas.
9. Thomas Robinson: Power Forward, Sacramento Kings
Preseason Stats: 7.8 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.2 STLPG
Last 3: 17 pts, 8 reb,1 stl vs. PHX; 6 pts, 4 reb vs. LAL; 8 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl vs. LAL
That is all.
8. Jonas Valanciunas: Center, Toronto Raptors
Preseason Stats: 8.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 BLKPG
Last 3: 15 pts, 7 reb, 1 stl 1 blk vs. MEM; 10 pts, 8 reb, 4 blk, 1 stl vs. MIL; 4 pts, 10 reb, 1 blk vs. NYK
How many of you guys forgot that Toronto picked up Valanciunas in last year's draft? He's been a monster on the boards, and had a sick highlight where he had a monster dunk against the Wizards.
He'll be a great piece to build around with Terrence Ross, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
7. Harrison Barnes: Small Forward, Golden State Warriors
Preseason Stats: 10.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG
Last 3: 16 pts, 7 reb, 1 stl vs. PHX; 9 pts, 3 reb vs. LAC; 6 pts, 1 ast vs. POR
Once Harrison Barnes learns to create for himself, he'll be the best player in this draft. Barnes shoots well, can defend and gets out on breaks, but if there's a defender in his face (like Nicolas Batum was for Portland), the ball is coming right out of his hands.
6. Jared Sullinger: Forward, Boston Celtics
Preseason Stats: 10.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG,
Last 3: 11 pts,6 reb vs. PHI; 10 pts, 8 reb, 1 stl vs. NYK; 12 pts, 6 reb vs. BKN
I was a HUGE Sully fan back when he was at Ohio State, and seeing him destroy all the teams that passed up on him brings nothing but endless joy to my life.
Sullinger's showed every facet of his game: He's shot the ball well, posted up and crashed the boards. He's not an athlete or a shot blocker, but Boston doesn't need him to be. He's filling the role of a stretch four very well.