Latest NBA Mock Draft: Post-NBA Finals Edition

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 14, 2017

Latest NBA Mock Draft: Post-NBA Finals Edition

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    The end of the NBA playoffs signifies the final stretch of preparation for the draft on June 22.

    The early-entry deadline for international players has also passed, meaning the the 2017 field is officially set. 

    This year's class took a few hits when Latvia's Rodions Kurucs, Germany's Kostja Mushidi and Lithuania's Arnoldas Kulboka all withdrew. But the most disappointing development of the week was the news that rising Frenchman Jonathan Jeanne's career could be over because of a Marfan syndrome diagnosis.  

    Prospects continue to travel from city to city and rumors keep swirling about the Los Angeles Lakers' pick at No. 2. Expect more smoke to come, particularly during draft week.

1. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Markelle Fultz (Washington, PG, Freshman)

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    The Boston Celtics will likely be tight-lipped until draft night, but Markelle Fultz has remained the favorite to be the No. 1 pick all year, and nothing so far indicates general manager Danny Ainge thinks otherwise.

    Boston has been the only team Fultz has met and worked out with. From his scoring, shooting and passing to his tools and athleticism, he's the most complete player in the draft, versatile enough to play alongside another high-usage guard like Isaiah Thomas.'s Jeff Goodman reported Kansas' Josh Jackson has canceled a workout with Boston, making it seem unlikely the Celtics realistically consider him. 

    Unless Ainge has always had a secret admiration for Lonzo Ball, expect the Celtics to keep the pick, take Fultz and try to create one of the most dangerous backcourts in the league.

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Josh Jackson (Kansas, SF, Freshman)

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    We moved Josh Jackson to the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the month, and signs continue to point to them legitimately considering passing on Lonzo Ball.

    They brought Jackson in for a workout on Tuesday, making it the second time they've met with the Kansas star after visiting him in Sacramento last week. 

    Assuming the Lakers have both prospects ranked neck and neck, superior athleticism and defensive potential could give Jackson the edge. L.A. finished last in the league in defensive efficiency last year. And a Ball-D'Angelo Russell-Brandon Ingram-Julius Randle core would lack both defensive toughness and explosion.

    It's possible the Lakers are just doing their due diligence with Jackson and De'Aaron Fox and are already determined to take Ball. But there are enough reasons to think Jackson winds up being the pick.

3. Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings): Lonzo Ball (UCLA, PG, Freshman)

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    If Lonzo Ball fell to No. 3, the Philadelphia 76ers would seem likely to catch him. 

    Arguably the top player on the board, he'd also fit with this current roster that needs guards and shooters. 

    We also just saw him lift a UCLA program from lousy back to powerhouse level. The 76ers finished last in the league in offensive efficiency, and Ball, with his basketball IQ and passing, is a one-man offense enhancer. 

    With Ben Simmons and Ball, the 76ers should suddenly start seeing a lot more open looks. 

    If the Lakers do take Ball, Josh Jackson would seem like the most likely option for the Sixers, assuming no quality trade opportunities surface.

4. Phoenix Suns: Jonathan Isaac (Florida State, SF/PF, Freshman)

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    The Phoenix Suns worked out and met with Jonathan Isaac and could value his defensive versatility and offensive upside at No. 4. 

    He should wind up being interchangeable between the 3 and 4 spots. The Suns should be able to get away with an Isaac-Marquese Chriss-Dragan Bender 3-4-5.

    Taller and longer than Duke's Jayson Tatum, it's easy to see why a team could view Isaac as the higher-upside player, even if he wasn't as productive. 

    Isaac was more efficient, however, having shot 59.3 percent inside the arc. He also averaged more rebounds despite playing 7.1 fewer minutes per game. 

5. Sacramento Kings (via 76ers): De'Aaron Fox (Kentucky, PG, Freshman)

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    De'Aaron Fox could be a target for the Sacramento Kings heading into the draft, given their giant hole at point guard. 

    They could get lucky if the Phoenix Suns grab a forward. Fox would give the Kings an explosive playmaker to build with, and one who'd fit nicely with Buddy Hield, who'd complement Fox's attacking with perimeter shooting. 

    Fox has a case as the best player available at No. 5, and the Kings can't risk leaving the draft without a franchise point guard. And it's possible both Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntilikina will be gone when they're on the clock again at No. 10.  

6. Orlando Magic: Dennis Smith Jr. (NC State, PG, Freshman)

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    Dennis Smith Jr. visited the Orlando Magic earlier in the process and then reportedly met with new management last week, per SNY's Adam Zagoria

    For the Magic, Smith could be argued as both the the best player available and an out from having to commit long term to Elfrid Payton, who, despite a strong second half of last season, still doesn't pack much offensive punch.

    Smith does, both with his explosiveness and scoring. He'd give the No. 29-ranked team in offensive efficiency much-needed firepower.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jayson Tatum (Duke, SF, Freshman)

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    Jayson Tatum may not be a specific target for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but if he falls to No. 7, it becomes too difficult to pass on him.  

    Josh Jackson's explosiveness and Jonathan Isaac's tools—plus point guard-needy teams in the top six—could lead to mini-slide for Tatum.

    For the Wolves, there appears to be a gap between Tatum and the next-best-available prospect. They could use him similarly to the way Duke did as a quicker mismatch small-ball 4. 

    One of the most polished, skilled prospects in the draft, he could quickly give Minnesota an additional scoring weapon in 2017-18.

8. New York Knicks: Frank Ntilikina (France, PG/SG, 1998)

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    We've had Frank Ntilikina going to the New York Knicks for months, and with the draft just over a week away, the match still seems likely. 

    He's still building his case overseas, too, with Strasbourg IG now in the finals of the LNB Pro A playoffs. At 18 years old, Ntilikina has been starting and contributing, having just gone for 10 points, three assists and two steals to help his team advance. 

    On the downside for the Knicks, it seems unlikely he'll be available to come over for a workout. But New York has thoroughly scouted Ntilikina, particularly over the past month.

    Between his versatility for the triangle and monster defensive upside, he comes off as an obvious fit for the guard-needy Knicks.

9. Dallas Mavericks: Malik Monk (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)

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    Malik Monk slips to No. 9 if the New York Knicks opt for defense and versatility with Frank Ntilikina. 

    The Mavericks take him here as the best player available and maybe even think about experimenting with a Monk-Seth Curry backcourt. 

    One of the top athletes and shooters in the draft, Monk has the transition game and perimeter scoring to potentially give Dallas' offense an immediate spark. 

    Limited size, strength and one-on-one skills suggest his ceiling will be capped, but his shot-making ability is undoubtedly the real deal.

10. Sacramento Kings (via Pelicans): Zach Collins (Gonzaga, F/C, Freshman)

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    After taking a guard at No. 5, the Sacramento Kings could grab Zach Collins to upgrade their center position. 

    With post moves and shooting touch, he's more of a skill player than Willie Cauley-Stein. But Collins also averaged 13.6 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per 40 minutes. 

    Arizona's Lauri Markkanen will be enticing, mostly because of his shooting, but Collins could bring more to the table at both ends of the floor. He worked out in Sacramento on Sunday and should be in play for the Kings with their second lottery pick.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Luke Kennard (Duke, SG, Sophomore)

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    Luke Kennard seems poised to rise during workouts where he can sell teams with one of the top shooting strokes in the draft. 

    Marco Belinelli and Jeremy Lamb haven't proved to be reliable, playoff-caliber backups, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still won't offer much perimeter scoring. 

    At the least, Kennard would give Charlotte a shot-making specialist, but given his 6'6" size, crafty ways and high skill level, there is a chance he winds up offering more as a scorer and passer. 

12. Detroit Pistons: Donovan Mitchell (Louisville, G, Sophomore)

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    If there is a sleeper capable of rising higher into the top 10, it's Donovan Mitchell, who continues to strengthen his image after a breakout second half of the season. 

    Per's Ian Begley, he's already set to work out with the New York Knicks, who pick No. 8. While the Detroit Pistons could take him at No. 12, this is also a spot on the board that could see another team trade up to, with's Marc Stein reporting the Pistons could be looking to move the pick for a veteran. 

    After Mitchell, there aren't many exciting guards worth targeting in the first round, and it seems unlikely he'd be available after the Chicago Bulls pick at No. 16. One of the top athletes in the draft with microwave scoring ability and pesky defensive potential, Mitchell suddenly appears locked into the the lottery.

13. Denver Nuggets: Jarrett Allen (Texas, C, Freshman)

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    Jarrett Allen separates himself with 7'6" length and mobility, which should eventually translate to easy baskets and ideally some degree of rim protection. 

    He's a huge target around and above the cylinder, and he shows terrific body control on his transition finishes off end-to-end rim runs. 

    It's still his improved skill level that puts him in the lottery mix. Allen averaged 16.2 points during conference play, coming alive with post moves, mid-range jumpers and the occasional short face-up drive. He'd bring a different dimension of two-way activity compared to Nikola Jokic.

14. Miami Heat: Lauri Markkanen (Arizona, PF, Freshman)

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    The Miami Heat could target Lauri Markkanen for depth at power forward, where they don't have any must-have keepers.

    There is some concern tied to his red-flag-low rebounding, shot-blocking and assist numbers, which, along with his average athleticism, suggest he could be more of a shot-making specialist than an all-around player.

    But there is no doubt Markkanen can shoot it, having sunk 42.3 percent of his threes and 83.5 percent of his free throws. Miami would likely celebrate if Markkanen fell to give them a sniper alongside Hassan Whiteside.

15. Portland Trail Blazers: John Collins (Wake Forest, PF, Sophomore)

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    One of the most athletic bigs in the draft, John Collins consistently dominated ACC front lines and should be proving to teams in workouts he's a better shooter than he showed at Wake Forest. 

    Scouts have praised his body, explosiveness and offense, though there is some debate as to how effective he'll be defensively.

    At the least, he still comes off as a role-playing energizer with exciting room to grow as a scorer. 

16. Chicago Bulls: Justin Jackson (North Carolina, SF, Junior)

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    The Chicago Bulls have recently favored productive, upperclassmen in the draft, and they could continue to do so with Justin Jackson in 2017.

    He can be viewed as insurance, just in case the Jimmy Butler relationship runs its course. Either way, Jackson developed into an impressive scorer and shooter at North Carolina. 

    It's too early for Chicago to draft a point guard, and the Bulls could add bigs in free agency. Without any reliable depth on the wing, Jackson makes sense as a mid-first-round target. The Bulls brought him in for a workout this week, per the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Justin Patton (Creighton, C, Freshman)

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    The Milwaukee Bucks could swing for the fences on Justin Patton, who appears to have one of the higher ceilings and lengthier NBA-ready timetables. 

    Physically, he aces the eye test with size, broad shoulders, length and mobility. But it's the flashes of skill that put him in the mid-first-round mix. In doses, we've seen pretty post moves, shooting range and passing. 

    There is clearly a ton of upside here if he puts it all together. But he's still a ways away skill-wise, and after struggling at times with contact and toughness, there also appears to be some bust potential. Patton stands out as an ultimate hit-or-miss prospect in this year's draft.

18. Indiana Pacers: TJ Leaf (UCLA, PF, Freshman)

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    The Indiana Pacers could view TJ Leaf as frontcourt depth or a possible offensive upgrade at the 4.

    He's more of a jack of all trades—Leaf has the ability to make open threes, drive through lanes, pass and bring energy around the basket.

    Defense will be Leaf's greatest challenge and one that should limit his ceiling to role player. But adding a glue guy this late in the draft should be considered a win for the Pacers, who aren't likely finding a star outside the lottery.

19. Atlanta Hawks: OG Anunoby (Indiana, SF, Sophomore)

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    Limited skills and a season-ending knee injury will make lottery teams think twice about OG Anunoby. The gamble becomes worth it this late for the Atlanta Hawks, who could buy into his elite tools and athleticism and potential to improve offensively in the NBA.

    Even if he doesn't, with his size, strength, length and quickness, he could look to follow in the path of an Andre Roberson, who's built up his value with lockdown defense and the ability to guard multiple positions. 

    Anunoby is expecting to return at full strength in November or December, per FanRag Sports' Jon Rothstein. Atlanta coaches should ultimately look to prioritize his shooting development over the next year.

20. Portland Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies): Harry Giles (Duke, PF, Freshman)

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    With three first-round picks, the Portland Trail Blazers are in position to gamble on Harry Giles, whose three knee procedures and 3.9 points per game at Duke will have many looking elsewhere.

    The fact that Portland could use more bigs should only make him more attractive. 

    Giles is going through workouts, and so far, there haven't been any worrisome reports on his medicals or bounce. Already equipped with A-plus tools, he could turn some heads if he can move like he used to and comfortably make open jumpers.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jawun Evans (Oklahoma State, PG, Sophomore)

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder could grab Jawun Evans for change-of-pace playmaking off the bench behind Russell Westbrook.

    Evans had an enormous season at Oklahoma State, both as a scorer and distributor, but questions over his size and explosiveness have cast doubt over his NBA potential. 

    This late, it's worth finding out if his breakdown quickness and razor-sharp ball skills can translate to pick-and-roll and dribble-drive offense.

22. Brooklyn Nets (via Wizards): Anzejs Pasecniks (Latvia, C, 1995)

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    Portland is the only team that has publicly confirmed that Anzejs Pasecniks has worked out for so far, though he did run drills for NBA scouts and executives at his pro day.

    He should impress during these workouts in open gyms where his lack of toughness and strength aren't as evident. Pasecniks is unbelievably nimble for a 7'2" center and hit enough outside shots during his breakout season in the Spanish ACB to suggest there is shooting potential for coaches to develop.

    There isn't any reason to play things safe for the Brooklyn Nets, who should be looking to take home run swings with their two picks in the 20s.

23. Toronto Raptors (via Clippers): Bam Adebayo (Kentucky, PF/C, Freshman)

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    The Toronto Raptors could call on Bam Adebayo for frontcourt athleticism.

    In the meantime, they'll hope for his strength and quickness to translate to defensive versatility as a power forward or center who can defend inside and out. 

    He may never develop into a legitimate scoring option, but his ability to pick up easy dunks off finishes and putbacks should hold value. And though he didn't take many jumpers at Kentucky, his shooting mechanics look promising. 

24. Utah Jazz: Terrance Ferguson (USA, SG/SF, 1998)

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    Even if Gordon Hayward winds up staying, the Utah Jazz could use Terrance Ferguson for shot-making and wing depth. 

    He's one of the wild cards in the draft after a big senior year in high school and a quiet one-and-done season in Australia's National Basketball League. 

    Physically and athletically, he looks the part, and despite weak shooting percentages overseas, he's previously built up enough credibility with his jumper to buy him wiggle room.

    Ferguson doesn't create; instead, he'll look to settle into a three-and-D supporting role.

25. Orlando Magic (via Raptors): Ike Anigbogu (UCLA, C, Freshman)

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    After drafting an offensive spark at No. 6, the Orlando Magic could be thinking defense at No. 25. 

    At 252 pounds with a 7'6" wingspan, Ike Anigbogu projects as a rim-protecting specialist. His offensive game is completely raw and almost nonexistent, but his tools and bounce still translate to easy finishes off dump downs, pick-and-rolls and putbacks. 

    He'll be banking on his tools and physical presence to ultimately drive his NBA value. De'Andre Jordan and Clint Capela are the type of enforcers Orlando will hope Anigbogu winds up mirroring. 

26. Portland Trail Blazers (via Cavaliers): Derrick White (Colorado, SG, Senior)

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    If the Portland Trail Blazers keep their picks at No. 15 and No. 20, don't count on them making their third first-round selection. This is a trade-out spot for another team looking to get a first or second pick in the draft. 

    Derrick White's popularity has risen dramatically over the past two months following the Portsmouth Invitational and NBA combine. He's working out for team after team, and scouts are now viewing him as a legitimate first-round option.

    With guards in demand and a surplus of bigs on the board, No. 26 could be a realistic spot for White, whether Portland is still picking here or not.

27. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics): Isaiah Hartenstein (Germany, PF, 1998)

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    Isaiah Hartenstein hasn't been able to work out for teams with his season still going in Lithuania. The fact that he isn't playing much doesn't help, especially while other prospects are getting face time with NBA teams.

    Still, Hartenstein has been on the radar long enough where teams know what he brings and what he doesn't. 

    At this stage, he's mostly physical tools and mobility with flashes of skill, which include shooting, passing and ball-handling. Having just turned 19 years old in May, Hartenstein could be a strong buy-low candidate this late for the Brooklyn Nets. 

28. Los Angeles Lakers (via Rockets): Jordan Bell (Oregon, PF/C, Junior)

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    Jordan Bell put himself in the first-round mix with a big NCAA tournament and eye-opening showing at the NBA combine, both during five-on-fives and athletic testing.

    His future role and identity are clear: Bell projects as an energizer and enforcer around the basket, where he finishes above the rim and protects it. 

    The ability to switch defensively and pass only increase his value, which would get another boost if his mid-range jumper becomes consistent. Bell worked out for the Lakers and should be firmly on their radar at No. 28.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Tony Bradley (North Carolina, PF/C, Freshman)

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    Tony Bradley could sneak into the first round after showing skills in workouts he didn't have the chance to show during the regular season. 

    He already stood out under the NBA's scouting lens with his size and length. He shot 57.3 percent and registered one of the highest offensive rebounding percentages in the country. 

    Over the last few years in the draft, the Spurs haven't put much of an emphasis on finding NBA-ready contributors. They'll value Bradley's youth (19 years old), unteachable tools, efficiency and room to improve offensively. 

30. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Mathias Lessort (France, PF/C, 1995)

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    One of the most productive young players overseas, Mathias Lessort has made it over to work out for NBA teams before the draft. 

    His future role is clear: Lessort will bring athleticism, energy and power into the paint. But it's his defensive versatility that could give his NBA value a significant boost.

    Lessort has the NBA frame in today's league to protect the rim, as well as the foot speed to hold his own against forwards in space. His tools and relentless motor alone hint at a high floor.

No. 31-40

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    31. Atlanta Hawks (via Nets): Kyle Kuzma (Utah, PF, Junior)

    Kuzma's combine performance opened eyes to many who'd been skeptical of his shooting. His stroke looks good, as does his overall versatility as a stretch 4 who can handle in space and pass.

    32. Phoenix Suns: Ivan Rabb (California, PF/C, Sophomore)

    Rabb will get late first-round looks, but he'll slip to the second without shooting range or defensive upside. The Suns can see him as a value pick. Rabb should have the chance to stick as a finishing target, post scorer and rebounder.

    33. Orlando Magic (via Lakers): D.J. Wilson (Michigan, SF/PF, Junior)

    Wilson could be one of those second-round prospects looking at a contract with a year or two guaranteed. He stayed in the draft at the last minute. Wilson wasn't mentioned often by scouts until the NCAA tournament, when his NBA friendly versatility became more evident. 

    34. Sacramento Kings (via 76ers): Johnathan Motley (Baylor, PF/C, Junior)

    Motley was one of the most consistent bigs in the country and brings an NBA body with him to the league. He could get looks in the 20s for his inside toughness, length and mid-range shooting.

    35. Orlando Magic: Frank Jackson (Duke, PG, Freshman)

    Foot surgery has made it difficult for Jackson to maximize his stock during the predraft process. Still, he just turned 19 years old and clearly has NBA tools, athleticism and shot-making skills. 

    36. Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks): Semi Ojeleye (SMU, PF, Junior)

    Ojeleye offers a unique mix of power and shooting. If he can guard backup forwards, his jumper should help him carve out an offensive specialist role.

    37. Boston Celtics (via Timberwolves): Jonah Bolden (Australia, PF, 1996)

    Bolden is ready for workouts after a surprise breakout year in Serbia. The former UCLA big just signed a two-year deal with Red Star Belgrade and should be a draft-and-stash option in the second round with his athleticism and shooting ability. 

    38. Chicago Bulls (via Kings): Caleb Swanigan (Purdue, PF/C, Sophomore)

    The Bulls could benefit from questions over Swanigan's athleticism and fit. He can't jump or slide, but his shooting and conditioning continue to improve, and his rebounding and low-post offense should translate.

    39. Philadelphia 76ers (via Mavericks): Tyler Lydon (Syracuse, PF, Sophomore)

    Lydon will look to stick with a shooting stroke that connected on at least 39 percent of his threes in back-to-back years. He's a stretch 4 who'll have to prove he can defend man-to-man after playing in zone defenses with Syracuse. 

    40. New Orleans Pelicans: Josh Hart (Villanova, SG, Senior)

    No speciality strength forces Hart to slide into Round 2, but not far. The Pelicans will hope he's the Malcolm Brogdon of 2017.

No. 41-50

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    41. Charlotte Hornets: Thomas Bryant (Indiana, PF/C, Sophomore)

    Bryant's tools have always drawn attention dating back to high school. Flashes of improved skill, particularly shooting, have started to make an eventual transition to the pros more believable. 

    42. Utah Jazz (via Pistons): Frank Mason (Kansas, PG, Senior)

    Age is the biggest factor working against Mason, one of the most productive players in the country during the 2016-17 season. He plays mostly below the rim, but the Jazz will bank on him compensating with a high skill level and toughness.

    43. Houston Rockets (via Nuggets): Dwayne Bacon (Florida State, SG/SF, Sophomore)

    Bacon could rise during workouts, where his athleticism and shot-making will show, while his decision-making and defense won't. He'll try to become a Tim Hardaway Jr.-like scoring specialist.

    44. New York Knicks (via Bulls): Luke Kornet (Vanderbilt, C, Senior)

    Kornet worked out for the Knicks and had dinner with executive Clarence Gaines, which is somewhat unusual for a second-rounder. There is clearly interest in Kornet's rare mix of shooting and shot-blocking. The question is, will the Knicks use their first second-rounder on him or wait until later?

    45. Houston Rockets (via Blazers): Alec Peters (Valparaiso, PF, Senior)

    Houston would be a suitable fit for Peters, who's likely to thrive with pace and space. He's not quick, explosive or strong, but his shot-making skills will give him a chance in the league.

    46. Philadelphia 76ers (via Heat): Tyler Dorsey (Oregon, SG, Sophomore)

    Dorsey's NCAA tournament run and NBA combine performance could have lifted him from off the radar into the mid-second-round mix. He'll try to make a roster by scoring and shooting.

    47. Indiana Pacers: Edmond Sumner (Xavier, PG, Sophomore)

    With 6'5" size and explosiveness, Sumner is worth a pick, assuming his torn ACL is expected to fully recover. The key to his future is developing a passable shooting stroke, as he hit only 28.5 percent of his threes at Xavier. 

    48. Milwaukee Bucks: PJ Dozier (South Carolina, SG, Sophomore)

    Dozier could have benefited from staying in school without any speciality strength. The Bucks could consider him in the second round and hope his shooting and playmaking catch up to his impressive tools and athleticism.

    49. Denver Nuggets (via Grizzlies): Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson, SF/PF, Senior)

    Blossomgame's explosiveness, versatility and production make the risk over his shooting worth it this late.

    50. Philadelphia 76ers (via Hawks): Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina, SG, Senior)

    Thornwell turned heads in the NCAA tournament, but he didn't look the part against mostly second-rounders at the combine. This late, the Sixers bet on his toughness, driving and defense.

No. 51-60

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    51. Denver Nuggets (via Thunder): Damyean Dotson (Houston, SG, Senior)

    Dotson drilled 108 threes in his senior season and created buzz at the combine with more shot-making during five-on-fives.

    52. Washington Wizards: Devin Robinson (Florida, SF/PF, Junior)

    Despite showing little improvement over the years, Robinson's three-and-D potential remains intact. 

    53. Boston Celtics (via Cavaliers): Dillon Brooks (Oregon, SF, Junior)

    Brooks slips without ideal size, quickness or explosiveness for a wing. He gets picked for his scoring potential and toughness. 

    54. Phoenix Suns (via Raptors): Aleksandar Vezenkov (Bulgaria, PF, 1995)

    Vezenkov will be a late second-round flier for his shooting and the value tied to stretch bigs.

    55. Utah Jazz: Cameron Oliver (Nevada, PF, Sophomore)

    Oliver's shooting and shot-blocking numbers should be enough in the second round, even though his scoring and overall defense are suspect.

    56. Boston Celtics (via Clippers): Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State, SF, Senior)

    Iwundu's point-forward versatility gets him drafted, but he won't stick unless he can make open threes.

    57. Brooklyn Nets (via Celtics): Kobi Simmons (Arizona, PG, Freshman)

    A complete project, Simmons will spend next year in the Development League looking to improve his floor game and skill level. Size and athleticism get him drafted.

    58. New York Knicks (via Rockets): Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington, PG, Junior)

    Williams-Goss left Washington to eventually lead Gonzaga to the national title game. Athletic limitations work against him, but we're still talking about a former McDonald's All-American.

    59. San Antonio Spurs: Monte Morris (Iowa State, PG, Senior)

    Morris' lack of size and athleticism appear to be obstacles too big to overcome. It's worth finding out if he can compensate with unique feel and basketball IQ.

    60. Atlanta Hawks (via Warriors): V.J. Beachem (Notre Dame, SG, Senior)

    Beachem has some three-point specialist potential with a clean stroke and 6'8" size for a wing.


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    Jonathan Wasserman covers the NBA draft for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @NBADraftWass.


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