Ranking NBA's Top Undrafted Prospects

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterNovember 19, 2020

Ranking NBA's Top Undrafted Prospects

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    Every season, we see undrafted players find their way into NBA rotations. Luguentz Dort and Terence Davis did so last year after hearing 60 other names called on draft night.

    In some cases, not being picked can work in a prospect's favor if he winds up getting an opportunity with a team that offers a situation more conducive to development. 

    The following five prospects were the highest-ranked players on our final big board who managed to slip through the 2020 NBA draft's cracks.

5. Mason Jones (Arkansas, SG, Junior)

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    Post-draft update: Signing with Houston Rockets, per ESPN's Jonathan Givony

    Mason Jones went undrafted after leading the SEC with 22.0 points per game. The 6'5" guard made a big jump as a scorer, mostly by capitalizing more in transition and improving his shot-creation skills in the half court.

    Jones averaged 9.1 free-throw attempts and 2.2 threes per game, putting pressure on defenses with his aggressive attacking and confident shot-making. 

    He takes tough shots and turns the ball over, but he projects as the type of player who can bring instant offense off the bench.

4. Killian Tillie (Gonzaga, PF/C, Senior)

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    Post-draft update: Signing with Memphis Grizzlies, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

    Medical reports were always going to dictate Killian Tillie's draft stock. Multiple injuries throughout college kept him from moving up NBA boards. But if it turns out health and durability won't be long-term issues, a team can scoop up an incredibly reliable shooter.

    The 6'10" big man shot at least 40 percent from three in all four of his seasons at Gonzaga. And while the obvious draws are his shot-making and ability to space the floor, he's also a skilled post scorer and passer with IQ that shows at both ends.

    He isn't an exciting athlete or a big who will be used to handle the ball. But as an undrafted free agent, Tillie could serve as a value pickup capable of filling a role as a stretch 4/5.

3. Nate Hinton (Houston, SG, Sophomore)

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    Post-draft update: Signing with Dallas Mavericks

    Posting 8.7 rebounds per game as a 6'5" guard is what elevates Nate Hinton. He has a unique motor and nose for the ball, which translates to boards and defensive plays. 

    But Hinton also shot 38.7 percent from three with a smooth stroke. He demonstrates textbook rhythm and footwork getting into a shot that's easy to buy translating. 

    He's limited elsewhere, and teams didn't love the fact that he doesn't offer much creation. But in the right three-and-D role, Hinton's shooting, instincts and hustle could work well for a team like the Mavericks.

2. Ty-Shon Alexander (Creighton, SG, Junior)

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    Ty-Shon Alexander got up to 39.9 percent from three while spending the season locking down the best scorers in the Big East.

    His defensive quickness pops every game, and he comes off as a three-and-D guard who can also handle the ball in pick-and-rolls (84th percentile, per Synergy Sports). 

    Capable of playing on and off the ball and guarding both backcourt positions, Alexander projects as an easy fit, especially if last year's three-point numbers carry over. 

1. Devon Dotson (Kansas, PG, Sophomore)

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    Post-draft upside: Signing with Chicago Bulls, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

    An NBA combine participant last year, Devon Dotson returned to Kansas and led the Big 12 in scoring at 18.1 points per game. 

    Underwhelming shooting (30.9 three-point percentage) and assist numbers (4.0 per game) kept Dotson from moving up draft boards, but there should still be interest in his speed and ability to put pressure on defenses in transition and off screens. 

    He starred at this year's combine with the fastest three-quarter sprint (3.02 seconds) while rising up for a 40.5-inch vertical. Dotson's pace, athleticism and penetration could be useful off a team's bench.