2016 NBA Mock Draft: Jonathan Wasserman's Final 2-Round Predictions
Unsurprisingly, the 2016 NBA draft conversation changes by the hour.
We're constantly hearing new rumors and buzz on risers, fallers and promises. As one scout put it, "Mock drafts are about to go up in flames."
There could be players graded as lottery prospects on one board and second-rounders on another.
What we do know is LSU's Ben Simmons and Duke's Brandon Ingram should go No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, Thursday night. But after that, it's the Boston Celtics who have the first interesting decision that could create major waves down the rest of the board.
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1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (LSU, PF, Freshman)
Ben Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers looks like a done deal. According to Cleveland.com's Chris Haynes, the team has already informed Simmons it will select him with the first pick on Thursday night.
Simmons' strong physical tools and unique versatility fuel unmatchable upside and certainty.
It seems likely that management will eventually find a taker for Jahlil Okafor and/or Nerlens Noel, who'll both be used as bait to acquire a guard or wing, per Philly.com's Keith Pompey.
In an ideal world, Simmons' playmaking and transition attack complement Joel Embiid's shooting touch, post game and defense.
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram (Duke, SF, Freshman)
The Lakers will do their homework on any and every option, but realistically, they aren't passing on Ingram, whose upside and fit in L.A. are convincing selling points.
Still 18 years old with nearly unmatchable size (6'9") and length (7'3") at the position, he backs up his measurements with a smooth scoring attack.
For a roster that loses Kobe Bryant after finishing last in NBA three-point shooting, Ingram—who hit 80 triples, shot 41 percent from deep and averaged 20 points per 40 minutes—makes too much sense.
3. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Kris Dunn (Providence, PG, Junior)
I'm slotting Kris Dunn at No. 3 to the Boston Celtics, though there is a decent chance they make the pick for someone else. It will all come down to whether the Celtics can strike a deal for an established talent.
That said, Dunn could still be the pick at No. 3 even if Boston holds on to it.
If we learned anything from last year, it's that general manager Danny Ainge doesn't consider team needs in the draft. He'll take the best available player on his board, and Dunn's shown enough to justify a No. 3 ranking. Taking him may mean trading Isaiah Thomas or Marcus Smart, but that's something Ainge would worry about later.
4. Phoenix Suns: Marquese Chriss (Washington, PF, Freshman)
The Phoenix Suns just need talent, though their frontcourt is noticeably weak. With the team nowhere close to competing in the West, Phoenix has the time to develop Marquese Chriss, a project oozing upside.
He's a high-risk, potentially high-reward draft option in the top five. Loaded with bounce, his mix of elite athleticism, shooting and shot-making skills mean enticing versatility.
Having averaged just 8.6 rebounds and a whopping 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes, Chriss lacks physicality and feel for the game. As high as his ceiling is, his floor is low for a top-five pick.
But the Suns should be willing to chase the upside; Chriss doesn't turn 19 years old until July.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jamal Murray (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield makes plenty of sense, but recent history suggests the younger player traditionally has an edge.
Just as Hield would, Jamal Murray immediately helps with shooting, having made 113 threes and 40.8 percent of his attempts. He shows tremendous confidence, range and versatility to hit jumpers off spot-ups, screens and pull-ups.
He's going to get beat defensively early on, but he'll also likely score right away as a rookie. Murray and Zach LaVine have the chance to form a potent platoon at the 2-guard position.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Buddy Hield (Oklahoma, SG, Senior)
The New Orleans Pelicans grab Buddy Hield at No. 6 as an immediate replacement for impending free agent Eric Gordon.
One of the few prospects capable of contributing as a rookie, he gives the team a dangerous shot-maker to pair with Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis.
Croatia's Dragan Bender represents the bigger home run swing, but don't expect the Pelicans to push their luck. They'll take the safe bet in a draft with so much uncertainty. If Hield turns out anything like J.J. Redick, New Orleans gets solid value at No. 6.
7. Denver Nuggets (from Knicks): Dragan Bender (Croatia, PF, 1997)
Chances are Denver Nuggets management won't be entering the draft expecting to land Dragan Bender, who was once a projected top-three pick.
At 7'1", he's flashed three-point range, ball-handling skills and passing instincts as well as the ability to guard both big-man positions. The Nuggets won't worry about fit with Bender, a project a few years away, when they have so many roster spots currently locked-up anyway.
8. Sacramento Kings: Jaylen Brown (California, SF, Freshman)
With Marquese Chriss moving into the top five, someone has to slip. That could be Jaylen Brown, who struggled to create and shoot.
Still, you can't coach or teach Brown's physical tools and superhero explosiveness. He averaged 14.6 points per game as a freshman, and that was without a reliable jumper or tight handle.
These are correctable skills over time, which he has plenty of, considering he's still 19 years old. It's all about potential with Brown, who possesses textbook defensive tools and offensive upside.
9. Toronto Raptors (via Nuggets): Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga, PF/C, Sophomore)
Assuming the best player available at No. 9 isn't a point guard, the Raptors must look for the top talent. Without any obvious answer on the board, team fit/needs also comes into play.
Sabonis is in the next tier of talent and fills a glaring hole at power forward. Arguably the top rebounding prospect in the draft (11.8 per game), he's also developed into an efficient scorer and capable jump-shooter.
Despite lacking great length or athleticism, a tremendous motor and competitive edge help eliminate perceived risk. It doesn't hurt that he'd have fellow Lithuanian Jonas Valanciunas there to mentor him early on.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Deyonta Davis (Michigan State, PF/C, Freshman)
With the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly shopping Greg Monroe, per Sheridan Hoops' Michael Scotto, management will add Deyonta Davis, a defensive-minded big man. He gives the team a shot-blocker who can switch as well as a high-percentage finishing target around the basket.
I wouldn't bank on Davis ever emerging as a go-to post scorer, but he's flashed enough touch to suggest there's a mid-range jumper somewhere up his sleeve.
Having played just 18.6 minutes per game at Michigan State, Davis should see plenty of time in the Development League as a rookie. He's a project with a high floor.
11. Orlando Magic: Jakob Poeltl (Utah, C, Sophomore)
The Orlando Magic will be in wait-and-see mode at No. 11. There is always one player who slips out of the top 10.
This year, it could be Poeltl, considering the Nuggets, Kings, Raptors and Bucks are each already invested in centers. The Magic are too, but at some point, you have to grab the top talent available.
Poeltl gives Orlando a more versatile defender and, at the least, much-needed frontcourt depth. With 7'1" size, excellent hands, fluid mobility and a post game, there isn't much risk here.
12. Atlanta Hawks (via Jazz): Malik Beasley (Florida State, SG, Freshman)
The Atlanta Hawks will select at No. 12, after acquiring the pick from the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Malik Beasley makes sense as a target for the Hawks, considering he won't be there at No. 21, which will now be the team's second first-round pick. He will be available at No. 12, and Atlanta desperately needs help on the wing, with Kent Bazemore entering free agency and Kyle Korver entering the final year of his deal.
Having put together a productive, efficient season at Florida State, Beasley has been one of the more convincing freshmen in the class. He's just 6'4 ½" and doesn't create, but Beasley has a sweet-looking jumper, loads of athleticism, a developing scoring attack and a live defensive motor.
He looks like a tough, Wesley Matthews-type of 2-guard.
13. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards): Dejounte Murray (Washington, PG/SG, Freshman)
Dejounte Murray would be an interesting get for the Phoenix Suns, who have a ton of guards, but need talent any way they can get it.
A combo guard who can push the ball, create shots and put pressure on the rim, Murray is electric, particularly in the open floor. In the half court, he's flashed a nifty handle, setup ability and an advanced runner and floater game.
He put up 16.1 points and 4.4 assists per game as a freshman, though it's worth noting that Washington played at the second-fastest pace in the country, per KenPom.com. Still, if that jumper improves, we could be talking about a one-man tornado of scoring and playmaking.
14. Chicago Bulls: Wade Baldwin IV (Vanderbilt, PG, Sophomore)
Trading Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, per Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, means the Chicago Bulls desperately need a ball-handler.
Wade Baldwin IV has to be in the conversation, given his physical tools, upside and defense. He measured 6'4" with a 6'11 ¼" wingspan, which is unheard of for a point guard. His game is better suited for the pros than Vanderbilt, where he was practically asked to operate wearing a straitjacket.
Baldwin is a fluid athlete in the open floor who elevates above the rim, and he's sunk at least 40 percent of his three-pointers in back-to-back seasons. He's also made strides as a passer and facilitator. He struggles to finish, score in the mid-range and handle the ball on a string. But at No. 14, the Bulls buy into his exceptional strength, credible jumper and chances of improving his floor game.
15. Denver Nuggets (via Rockets): Timothe Luwawu (France, SG/SF, 1995)
He aces the eye test with 6'7" size, showtime athleticism and a streaky three ball, but he has a lot to work on in between. Luwawu shot just 40.2 percent and totaled more turnovers (94) than assists (91).
16. Boston Celtics (via Mavericks): Ivica Zubac (Croatia, C, 1997)
Assuming a deal for Okafor or Noel doesn't get done, the Boston Celtics draft a big with their second first-round pick.
Ivica Zubac made a strong case for himself down the stretch with big performances during the Serbian playoffs. He just went for 21 points in a win before finishing with 12 points, nine boards and four blocks on June 12.
Since then, he's worked out for four teams, with the Boston Celtics being one of them, per Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com. At 7'1", 265 pounds, Zubac's size and production have made him easy to identify overseas. He blends a massive frame with nimble feet and soft hands that translate to easy low-block and post buckets.
He'd struggle defensively if he came over right away, but long term, at the least, Zubac should settle in as a rotational center.
17. Memphis Grizzlies: Malachi Richardson (Syracuse, SG, Freshman)
Malachi Richardson's rise will stop at No. 17, when the Memphis Grizzlies will attempt to bolster their backcourt and add a shooter.
He's a project, given his 37.0 percent field-goal clip at Syracuse. But Richardson, who possesses textbook size (6'6 ¼") and length (7'0"), has a smooth, confident jumper and a developing scoring attack.
Richardon's mid-range game and shot selection are weak. The Grizzlies will have to ease him in as a spot-up threat and let the rest of his game slowly progress.
18. Detroit Pistons: Skal Labissiere (Kentucky, PF/C, Freshman)
After an underwhelming freshman year, the Detroit Pistons stop Skal Labissiere's slide at No. 18.
He'll look better in workouts than he did during last season, when he got pushed around and averaged just 15.8 minutes per game at Kentucky. Labissiere, who has enough size and mobility to play both power forward and center, shoots with touch out to the arc and shakes and bakes with his back to the basket.
Detroit will be hoping the toughness comes once his body gets stronger. In a worst-case scenario, the Pistons should at least acquire a Channing Frye-type stretch big man.
19. Denver Nuggets (via Blazers): Brice Johnson (North Carolina, PF, Senior)
Brice Johnson projects as an energizer and easy-bucket machine off transition, guard penetration and putbacks.
Taking him at No. 19 could lead the way to a Kenneth Faried trade for the Denver Nuggets. He'd be a cheaper replacement, and assuming he'd be place in a role that allows him to play to his strengths, Johnson is candidate to contribute right away.
He becomes a steal if he start knocking down mid-range jumpers on the regular.
20. Brooklyn Nets (via Pacers): Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall, PG, Sophomore)
The Brooklyn Nets move up to No. 20 after trading Thaddeus Young to the Indiana Pacers, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
And the Nets will take Brooklyn Native Isaiah Whitehead, who opened eyes during Seton Hall's Big East tournament championship run. A power guard (6'4 ½, 210 pounds) who can set the table or take over stretches as a scorer, he offers playmaking and firepower at the point.
The game needs to slow down; Whitehead's decision-making can be reckless. But Brooklyn could use some flash in the backcourt, and the upside tied to Whitehead figuring things out is worth the gamble this late.
21. Atlanta Hawks: Furkan Korkmaz (Turkey, SG/SF, 1997)
The Atlanta Hawks may trade this pick after already acquiring one in the lottery. But if they can't get rid of it, a draft-and-stash play with Furkan Korkmaz makes sense.
He's arguably a top-14 player in the draft, though we won't know it for another few seasons. At 18 years old, he only plays 11.6 minutes per game overseas. A bouncy athlete in transition with a lethal shooting stroke and scoring instincts, Korkmaz is both dangerous and efficient.
The Hawks would presumably rather keep him overseas, but Korkmaz may have other intentions. "I want to come here right away,” he told the Denver Post's Christopher Dempsey.
22. Charlotte Hornets: Denzel Valentine (Michigan State, SG, Senior)
Younger, less accomplished prospects with higher ceilings could leapfrog Denzel Valentine on draft boards. That would likely please the Charlotte Hornets, who could be looking for immediate backcourt depth in the wake of a potential free-agency exodus.
He turns 23 in November, lacks blow-by explosiveness and isn't a strong defender. But together, his ball-handling, passing and three-point shooting should hold enough weight.
With a high floor and low ceiling, Valentine has role player written all over him.
23. Boston Celtics: Henry Ellenson (Marquette, PF, Freshman)
If the Boston Celtics still have this pick, Henry Ellenson gives them a stretch 4 and a possible long-term upgrade at power forward.
He could be viewed as the best available player, given his 6'11 ½" size, ball skills, shooting stroke and rebounding presence. Below-average athleticism knocks him out of the lottery.
He doesn't project as a defensive asset, but at No. 23, the Celtics aren't nitpicking. His offensive versatility is tailor-made for today's 4 position.
24. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat): DeAndre Bembry (Saint Joseph's, SG/SF, Jr.)
Though the Philadelphia 76ers may not be making this pick if they're able to package it with No. 26 and move up, DeAndre Bembry should be on Philadelphia's radar, given where he went to school and the team's need for wings and playmakers.
He strengthened his NBA draft case during the postseason and now finds himself in play for teams picking in the 20s.
A high-flyer, explosive leaper, threatening post scorer and excellent passer, versatility sets Bembry apart.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Cheick Diallo (Kansas, PF/C, Freshman)
Cheick Diallo was fantastic during five-on-fives at the combine, where his 7'4 ½" wingspan, athleticism and motor led to easy buckets and blocks.
He made an impact without using a dribble, which is what Diallo's game is all about.
The Los Angeles Clippers frontcourt lacks serious depth, making the Kansas big man a potential target at No. 25. While it's his energy NBA teams will covet, something tells me Diallo's jumper will surprise during workouts.
26. Philadelphia 76ers (via Thunder): Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame, PG, Junior)
Early lottery projections for Demetrius Jackson now seem premature. Even his college coach expects him to fall somewhere between No. 15 and No. 28. “Kris Dunn and Wade Baldwin are big guards,” Mike Brey told Scout.com's Tim Prister. “They’re sexier than him and [Tyler] Ulis right now.”
The Sixers will pounce on Jackson at No. 26 (if they haven't already at No. 24). He gives them a ball-handler with decent upside for a late first-round pick.
Jackson is an explosive leaper with a good-looking jumper, but he isn't the craftiest playmaker. He's a better bet to emerge as an athletic scorer off the bench, but given the Sixers' current situation, they'll take that.
27. Toronto Raptors: Michael Gbinije (Syracuse, SG/SF, Senior)
Michael Gbinije to Toronto would be one of the bigger surprises of the night, but I'm hearing the Syracuse senior continues to impress following a strong showing at the combine and that the Raptors could bite with their second first-round pick.
He recently worked out with the team, and though already 24 years old, general manager Masai Ujiri has overlooked age before, having taken a 23-year-old Delon Wright at No. 20 last June.
An athletic, playmaking wing with a shooting stroke, Gbinije's versatility is clearly attractive in today's NBA. If the Raptors think he can offer something right away, they'll deem him worth taking late in the first.
It's also worth noting potential Nigerian ties between Gbinije and Ujiri.
28. Phoenix Suns (via Cavaliers): Ante Zizic (Croatia, C, 1997)
The Phoenix Suns will look to move this pick or draft-and-stash, given the likelihood they aren't interested in adding three first-round rookies.
The latter route could lead to Ante Zizic, a high-motor, hustle-and-energy big with a limited offensive game. Between his physical tools and production, it's easy to buy him as a role-playing NBA reserve.
Zizic was one of the most productive young players overseas, and though his ceiling isn't noticeably high, his floor is.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Juan Hernangomez (Spain, SF/PF, 1995)
Recently named the best young player in the Spanish ACB, Juan Hernangomez, a 6'9", 220-pound combo forward, has steadily risen in the draft conversation.
Given his overseas production, you get the impression he's a prospect who could come right over and compete: He averaged 1.0 three-pointer per game and 9.6 boards per 40 minutes.
A hustler with shooting range, Hernangomez's energy and offensive versatility fuels promising role-player potential.
30. Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones (Vanderbilt, C, Junior)
Damian Jones likely looks enticing in workouts, where his jumper is bound to appear smoother and more consistent than it did at Vanderbilt. But scouts could have a tough time ignoring his on-and-off impact through three years of college.
With 6'11 ½" size, a 7'3 ¾" wingspan, 243.6-pound frame, hops and touch, Jones' potential remains intact. The question is whether he'll be capable of coming close to it.
Though a first-round talent, Jones could be vulnerable to a draft-night slide.
31. Boston Celtics (via Philadelphia): Taurean Prince (Baylor, SF, Senior)
The Boston Celtics add to their wing by grabbing Taurean Prince, a three-and-D forward who's generated excitement but never put together a complete sales pitch.
Still, the Celtics won't complain—Prince is physical and athletic with a three-ball and versatility to play small-ball 4.
His value in the pros will come down to shooting consistency and how often he can hit the 40 percent mark from three, something he couldn't do in four years at Baylor.
32. Los Angeles Lakers: Ben Bentil (Providence, PF, Sophomore)
Poor rebounding, defense, feel for the game and bounce push Ben Bentil into Round 2, where he offers terrific value, thanks to his prolific scoring.
He averaged 21.1 points and made 1.5 threes per game, having shown scouts the ability to step out and shoot with range.
Bentil turned heads during five-on-fives at the combine. He's flawed, but with a big, mobile body and pretty jumper, the depth-deficient Lakers take him for his versatility and shot-making.
33. Los Angeles Clippers (via Nets): Pascal Siakam (New Mexico State, PF/C, Soph
Pascal Siakam had a monster year and standout NBA combine performance. His projected role in the NBA will be clear: run the floor, finish around the rim, crash the glass and block shots.
He averaged 20.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on 53.8 percent shooting—and that's without much overall polish.
Siakam will look to carve out a role as a high-activity energizer in the paint.
34. Phoenix Suns: Guerschon Yabusele (France, PF, 1995)
Though undersized at 6'8", Guerschon Yabusele compensates with a diesel frame (listed between 260 and 275 pounds), athleticism, length and smooth jump-shooting touch (42.6 percent on threes).
Despite moving from France's second division to its first (LNB Pro A), his numbers and production improved.
The Suns worked out Yabusele earlier in June, per AZCentral Sports' Paul Coro, and could use an extra body up front. He'll be looking to come right over and play in the NBA next season, per DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony.
35. Boston Celtics (via Timberwolves): Georgios Papagiannis (Greece, C, 1997)
A 7'2", 18-year-old big man, Georgios Papagiannis recently held a workout for NBA teams in Philadelphia, per The Undefeated's Marc Spears.
After an impressive European Championships over the summer, Papagiannis was relatively productive in his limited role with Panathinaikos in the Greek League. His strengths cover a ton of ground, from back-to-the-basket scoring and mid-range shooting to mobility and rim protection. But he's still a few years away from putting it all together.
Papagiannis will be in play for teams looking to draft-and-stash in the 25-50 range.
36. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pelicans): Paul Zipser (Germany, SF, 1994)
Paul Zipser likely helped himself with an MVP performance at Eurocamp 2016. Already 22 years old, he's been on the radar the past few seasons, having played in Euroleague, Eurocup and the German League. But showing up in Treviso and dominating was just what the doctor ordered.
Zipser doesn't project as a shot-creator, but his ability to hit jumpers and defend spells out three-and-D NBA role player. With 6'8" size, he's a three-point threat (41.7 percent) who can attack closeouts and guard multiple positions.
37. Houston Rockets (via Knicks): Zhou Qi (China, C, 1996)
With 7'2 ¼" size and a ridiculous 7'7 ¾" wingspan, it's obvious what makes Zhou Qi attractive. He's enormous, yet he can still move and even knock down jumpers.
But now there are questions concerning his actual age, per Ford, who reported scouts believe Zhou may actually be three to four years older.
It's a significant difference when trying to project his development. Either way, it's worth finding out if Zhou can emerge as a Rudy Gobert-like secret weapon.
38. Milwaukee Bucks: Stephen Zimmerman Jr. (UNLV, C, Freshman)
There are some questions tied to Stephen Zimmerman Jr., like whether he's physical enough down low or fluid enough outside. A midseason knee injury doesn't help his cause, either.
But at No. 38, Zimmerman's upside should be worth the chase. With 6'11 ¾" size, some bounce, touch and post footwork, he possesses a versatile skill set and intriguing athleticism for a near 7-footer.
Consider him a boom-or-bust option early in Round 2.
39. New Orleans Pelicans (via Kings): Rade Zagorac (Serbia, SF, 1995)
With Luwawu and Zubac receiving most of the NBA attention on Mega Leks, Rade Zagorac has quietly sneaked into this year's first-round discussion.
40. New Orleans Pelicans (via Nuggets): Diamond Stone (Maryland, C, Freshman)
This would be considered a major slide for Diamond Stone, but centers who don't stretch the floor or protect the rim aren't valued as highly as they used to be.
Physically, he's a beast, with 6'10 ¼", 254.4-pound size and 7'2 ¾" length. Stone ultimately projects as a low-post, back-to-the-basket option who can occasionally step out and hit the 12-footer.
Sharpening his footwork, scoring fluidity and defensive IQ will be priorities moving forward. Stone will need a year in the D-League to start.
41. Orlando Magic: Tyler Ulis (Kentucky, PG, Sophomore)
He's skilled, smart and tough enough for the NBA, though 5'10" size and no explosiveness make it hard to picture anything more than a backup.
Ulis is worth taking in the second round, particularly if you're the Magic, whose point guards are relatively weak.
42. Utah Jazz: Patrick McCaw (UNLV, SG, Sophomore)
Patrick McCaw's versatility is a big selling point, given his unique blend of three-point shooting, playmaking and defense. He averaged 2.1 threes, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals—exciting numbers for a 6'6 ¾" wing.
Just 180.8 pounds, McCaw is rail thin and doesn't project as a big scorer, but between his shot-making capability, passing and quick hands on defense, he has a lot going for him.
43. Houston Rockets: Thon Maker (Athlete Institute, PF, 1997)
Thon Maker looks like a much better gamble in the second round than the first. With skinny limbs, a thin waist and small hands, he could struggle playing around the basket.
And at this stage, he's not sharp enough to play stretch 4.
Still, with 7'0 ¾" size, bounce, some outside touch and a live motor, the upside is worth the risk for a team that has eight draft picks. Maker will have a shot to become an energizer off the bench.
44. Atlanta Hawks (via Wizards): Caris LeVert (Michigan, SG, Senior)
Caris LeVert still isn't participating in basketball activities, thanks to another foot injury that ended his season early once again.
At No. 44, he's worth rolling the dice on for an Atlanta Hawks team with barely any depth on the wing.
LeVert ultimately becomes a steal this late if the foot trouble disappears. His shooting (at least 40 percent from three in each of his last three seasons), passing (4.9 assists per game) and athleticism for a 6'7" wing creates versatility that fits any lineup.
45. Boston Celtics (via Grizzlies): Isaiah Cousins (Oklahoma, PG, Senior)
Between the Portsmouth Invitational and NBA combine, along with all of the workouts he's attending, Isaiah Cousins' stock is up since the Final Four.
I still wouldn't bank on it leading to a first-round bite.
One scout I spoke with said most of the buzz is just smoke. He's still worth a look late in Round 2—Cousins sunk at least 40 percent of his threes during each of the last three seasons. And at 6'4 ½", he's shown he can run the point, which he did in stretches for one of the top teams in the country.
46. Dallas Mavericks: Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia, SG, Senior)
Malcolm Brogdon's skill set and intangibles scream NBA role player. His athletic ability doesn't, though. It makes him one of the more polarizing prospects in this draft and one likely to go unclaimed after the first round of selections.
A veteran squad like the Dallas Mavericks would be wise to gamble on Brogdon in the 40s. He'll have a chance to succeed in a role that asks him to play to his strengths by making open shots and moving the ball.
In the meantime, Brogdon has the potential to give Dallas a versatile defender capable of guarding both backcourt positions.
47. Orlando Magic (via Bulls): Jake Layman (Maryland, SF, Senior)
Without big numbers or one obvious core strength, Jake Layman has slid below the radar. His ability to complement what's around him gets little attention.
Layman wound up shooting 61 percent inside the arc and 39.6 percent behind it. He isn't a shot-creator, but with 6'9 ¼" size for a wing, above-the-rim bounce, a dependable jumper and role-player mentality, there are enough reasons to think he's an NBA fit in the right lineup.
48. Chicago Bulls (via Blazers): A.J. Hammons (Purdue, C, Senior)
A.J. Hammons finally had the year scouts had likely been hoping to see since 2014. Per 40 minutes, he put up 24.3 points, 13.3 boards and 4.1 blocks. And he shot a career-high 59.2 percent.
At 7'0", 261 pounds, he's more of an anchor than a leaper, but his back-to-the-basket game is relatively advanced.
Inconsistency, motor problems and conditioning questions have hurt him his whole career. Those concerns will be the only things preventing Hammons from competing for backup center minutes.
49. Detroit Pistons: Robert Carter Jr. (Maryland, PF, Junior)
A terrific showing during five-on-fives at the combine should have solidified Robert Carter Jr. as a second-round pick. He isn't a great athlete, but an NBA body and polished offensive skills suggest his game could work in the pros.
He's a convincing mid-range shooter with back-to-the-basket footwork and over-the-shoulder touch. There is a chance the Pistons land a pick-and-pop offensive specialist for their bench.
50. Indiana Pacers: Yogi Ferrell (Indiana, PG, Senior)
Limited size and athleticism have kept the Yogi Ferrell (6'0", 178 lbs) draft buzz in check. He was snubbed from the NBA combine list, despite having averaged at least 16 points and shot at least 40 percent from three in each of his last three seasons.
That's because there are questions about whether he can defend and if he's actually a "true point guard," given that he's small for a scorer.
But Ferrell is beyond skilled, from his handle and shot creativity to his shot-making ability. He'll have a chance at sticking in a spark-plug role off the bench.
51. Boston Celtics (via Heat): Joel Bolomboy (Weber State, PF, Senior)
An explosive athlete, Joel Bolomboy finished third in the country in total rebounds per game and even flashed some stretch-4 potential at Weber State, where he made 20 threes his senior year.
He's a turnover machine and doesn't project as a post scorer, but if he can take his jumper to the next level, Bolomboy should offer enough to stick.
In the meantime, he'll try to catch on as a rebounding specialist.
52. Utah Jazz (via Celtics): Isaia Cordinier (France, SG, 1996)
Isaia Cordinier was a standout in France's second division, which earned him an invite to the Nike Hoop Summit. Unfortunately, he wasn't particularly impressive against the high school Americans.
He's an explosive combo guard at his best in attack mode, and he's capable of hitting the open three. But Cordinier will need a few years to develop his handle, shot creativity and playmaking skills.
The Jazz are one of those teams with a stacked depth chart and can afford to stash.
53. Denver Nuggets (via Hornets): Petr Cornelie (France, PF, 1995)
With 6'11" size, enough athleticism and a 40 percent three-point stroke, Petr Cornelie matches the description of your prototypical stretch 4.
He reportedly wasn't at his best last week at Eurocamp, according to DraftExpress, and if you've watched him all year, it's clear he lacks strength and physicality.
Cornelie will draw looks in the 30-45 range from teams hoping he'll develop into a three-and-D, versatile big man. He's yet another stash option for the Nuggets with the first of their two second-round picks.
54. Atlanta Hawks: Kay Felder (Oakland, PG, Junior)
Even at 5'9 ½", Kay Felder should hear his name called. Having led the country in assists and finishing in the top five in scoring, someone is bound to give him a shot.
Felder looked like he belonged at the combine and should be able to put up big numbers next year in the D-League. He's worth bringing into camp to see how well he competes against NBA-sized guards.
55. Brooklyn Nets (via Clippers): Wayne Selden (Kansas, SG, Junior)
Whether Wayne Selden sticks will come down to how consistent his jump shot becomes. At 6'6" and 232 pounds, he's big, physical and athletic enough for an NBA 2-guard, but doesn't offer much in terms of creating.
Selden improved his three-point percentage each year at Kansas. He'll pick up buckets off opportunistic slashes and drives, but if this season's 39.2 percent mark from deep carries over, the Nets find a role player late in Round 2.
56. Denver Nuggets (via Thunder): Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville, C, Sophomore)
Chinanu Onuaku was more productive with a bigger sophomore role. He likely improved his odds of getting drafted at the combine, where he fought for a handful of buckets just by tapping into his energy, strength and effort.
A team like the Nuggets will take him in the second round in hopes of landing a dirty-work cleanup man and disruptive defender.
57. Memphis Grizzlies (via Raptors): Sheldon McClellan (Miami, SG, Senior)
The Memphis Grizzlies grab Sheldon McClellan for his shot-making ability.
His 64.5 percent true shooting percentage was exceptional, according to Sports-Reference.com. Not only did he drill 40.6 percent of his threes, but McClellan also was an efficient scorer inside the arc (56.8 percent).
Given how tough it's been to find 2-guard talent, McClellan should be worth a second-round look.
58. Boston Celtics (via Cavaliers): Gary Payton II (Oregon State, PG/SG, Senior)
Already 23 years old, having shot below 32 percent from three and 70 percent from the line during both years at Oregon State, Gary Payton II's jumper may be a lost cause.
His athleticism, improved playmaking and defensive activity make him draftable late in the second round though.
Payton will have a chance as an energy specialist and role player capable of creating turnovers and putting pressure on the rim.
59. Sacramento Kings (via Spurs): Perry Ellis (Kansas, PF, Senior)
Below-average athleticism, quickness and size work against the 6'8", 218-pound Perry Ellis' pro chances. But he's shown a high skill level, versatility and knack for scoring since 2014.
The Sacramento Kings check in at No. 59 to see if Ellis' old-man's game can translate to NBA offense.
60. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): James Webb III (Boise State, PF, Junior)
James Webb would have gone higher had his three-point percentage not plummeted to 24.8 percent.
He found the radar last year when he shot 40.9 percent from deep, considering he's also a high-flyer and above-average rebounder at power forward. Now, teams will be asking themselves whether his 2014-15 campaign was a fluke.
There is still stretch-4 potential for NBA coaches to try to tap into.