14: Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr., PF, Missouri
6 ft 10 inches, 210 kilos
He performed simply 53 minutes of his freshman season consequently of again surgical procedure, and a hip concern in the leadup to the draft added extra concern about his physique. That he’s nonetheless thought-about a prime prospect is a testomony to how properly regarded Porter was popping out of highschool. When wholesome he is a good leaper, can transfer nearly like a large guard and may reliably rating each inside and outside. The optimist would level out that Kyrie Irving solely performed 303 minutes of his freshman 12 months of school and blossomed right into a star. The pessimist would say foot downside for a guard isn’t the equal of a again downside for an enormous and that Porter’s temporary return in the postseason is hardly proof that his troubles are behind him.
How he suits: If his well being is O.Ok., the Nuggets simply bought the very best choose in the draft. If it isn’t, they wasted a chance so as to add one other main piece to go along with their three-man core of Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray. Assuming he can preserve himself on the courtroom, Porter is an ideal complement to these gamers.
Sacramento Wanted Porter at No. 2 however Backed Off
Marc Stein: Rival groups had been whispering — as lately as Monday — that the Missouri ahead Michael Porter Jr. was into consideration by Sacramento with the No. 2 general choose. But the again points that restricted Porter to a few video games in school have dropped him all the best way to No. 14 and the Denver Nuggets. At the very least, Porter nonetheless manages to go in the lottery — however solely with the ultimate choose amongst lottery groups.
Early Winners: Dallas and Atlanta
Marc Stein: On an evening like draft night time, when all groups can dare to dream, each Dallas and Atlanta really feel like they’ve already gained tonight’s massive commerce. The Mavericks acquired the draft rights to the prized Slovenian teen-age Luka Doncic with out having to take again any undesirable wage from the Hawks. Atlanta, in the meantime, acquires the draft rights to common supervisor Travis Schlenk’s prime goal — Oklahoma sharpshooter Trae Young — and picks up a 2019 first-round choose in the method from the Mavericks that can convey to the Hawks subsequent June so long as the choose falls outdoors of the highest 5.
15. Washington Wizards: Troy Brown, SF, Oregon
6 ft 7 inches, 215 kilos
A member of the heralded 2016 FIBA U-17 World Championship group, Brown is a do-everything wing who has the potential to be a two-way standout. His numbers don’t leap off the web page, however his success in any function Oregon put him in makes him a flexible possibility in the mould of Andre Iguodala. He would profit from touchdown on a group that’s keen to make use of his versatility to its benefit.
How he suits: Could he be the glue man that fixes what has been lacking in Washington? He doesn’t need to be a go-to scorer with John Wall and Bradley Beal in city, so the Wizards could also be a group that lets Brown do all of the opposite little issues he excels at, which might be excellent at the least in the early portion of his profession.
16. Phoenix Suns: Zhaire Smith, SF, Texas Tech
6 ft Four inches, 199 kilos
If Smith have been a bit taller, or had a tad extra offensive polish, he’d be far increased on most draft boards, however the elite athlete and top-notch defender has sufficient query marks about the place he suits on the courtroom to scare some groups off. He is a fast, lively and good defender who can step proper into the league. His lengthy arms let him play bigger than his 6-foot-Four body, however he was hardly ever requested to do a lot offensively in school, and there’s no proof that he can step as much as that problem if given the chance.