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Draft selection: First round, 30th pick
Breakdown: Big man Festus Ezeli has been a pleasant surprise for the jump-shooting Golden State Warriors this season.
Ezeli’s numbers are not overwhelming, but his defensive impact in the paint has been noted. Although Ezeli is averaging right around one block per game, he routinely alters shots when he is in.
While his unrefined offensive game is still concerning, Ezeli is a high-energy player, capable of giving relief to center Andrew Bogut. With Bogut’s continuing ankle injury, Ezeli will have more opportunities to excel on the Dubs’ frontline.
Once the Vanderbilt product gets his timing right, he could be an imposing defender in this league for years to come.