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2021 NBA Draft Recap: Picks 1-60

The 2021 NBA Draft offered up a number of prospects who were very productive in school, the NBA’s G League or overseas in other professional basketball leagues. Our NBA draft recap profiles each of the draft’s selections and we begin with a polished playmaker taken by the Detroit Pistons.

1st Round

1 (1) Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham 6’7 220 G/F-Oklahoma State
Cunningham comes from a lineage of athletes and his on-court skills link up with his smooth game. The Pistons needed someone to be an all-around star and Cunningham offers a multitude of skills. In the process, the former Cowboy became just the fourth Oklahoma State product to go in the draft’s Top 10 over the last 70 years and the first to go number one overall.

Jalen Green NBA G League Ignite 2021 NBA Draft recap
Green, pictured, was a standout for the AAU squad Team Why Not in the 2019 Nike EBYL circuit. His ability to score going to the basket ranks as one of his biggest assets.

2. Houston Rockets: Jalen Green 6’6 180 SG-NBA G League Ignite
As Green continues to grow into his frame, his game will expand. In terms of comparisons, the team hopes he has a similar run to former Rocket Tracy McGrady, who excelled for the squad after a productive five-year stint in Orlando.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Evan Mobley 7’0 215 PF-USC
Mobley’s quiet demeanor shouldn’t taken for granted on the court. He plays on both ends of the floor and is capable of guarding multiple spots. Mobley posted 12 double-doubles for the Trojans this past season.

4. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes 6’8 225 SF-FSU
If Barnes can continue to improve his long distance shooting, there really isn’t much he doesn’t do on the floor. He can play the point forward, guard any position and rebound effectively. Barnes is the second consecutive Seminole to be drafted in the fourth overall spot as Leonard Hamilton continues to build on the team’s basketball tradition.

5. Orlando Magic: Jalen Suggs 6’4 205 PG-Freshman Gonzaga
Much like former Big 12 Freshman of the Year Trae Young, Suggs went fifth overall after being projected perhaps a pick or two higher. The second-team All-American’s physical nature provided plenty of big moments for a team that relied on him late in games. After being down by 12 points in the WCC Championship, no one stood bigger than Suggs in the game’s final moments. These performances became the norm for the former Zag.

6. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Giddey 6’7 205 PG-Adelaide NBL Australia
The team needed depth in the backcourt and on the wings, more specifically another playmaker. With three first-round picks they had flexibility. Giddey was the NBL (Austrialia) Rookie of the Year in 2020-21 after averaging nearly 11 points per game. His size and overall playmaking skill (7 RPG, 7 APG) could complement the recent addition of former Celtic Kemba Walker.

7. Golden State Warriors: Jonathan Kuminga 6’7 200 SG-NBA G League Ignite
The Warriors chose James Wiseman with the second overall pick in 2020 and the results were mixed. With the team’s health a question mark, a ready-made player would have seemed to be the focus. Kuminga’s athleticism gives the team flexibility on the defensive end and his scoring should improve over time. The former five-star recruit signed with the NBA G League Ignite and averaged nearly 16 points per game in 2020-21 (15.8 PPG).

8. Orlando Magic: Franz Wagner 6’7 220 SF-Michigan
Orlando uses its second Top 10 pick to take the scorer on the wing to complement the earlier selection of Suggs. This is another team that hasn’t been able to keep its core players healthy for the entirety of the year. Wagner finally puts an end to Michigan’s drought in the Top 10 of the NBA Draft.

9. Sacramento Kings: Davion Mitchell 6’1 202 G-Baylor
Who will be the big defensive stopper down low for the Kings? It is still in question, but the draft’s best defender helps seal up the perimeter. Even with that said, he also shot 45% from beyond the arc in 2020-21. His tenacity and play speed should help him overcome his relative lack of length at the next level. Mitchell was a big reason the Bears successfully disproved DraftNasty’s model for picking a national champion this past spring.

10. New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Memphis Grizzlies): Ziaire Williams 6’10 188 PF-Stanford
Despite a less than stellar collegiate stop, Williams – a former five-star recruit- still went in the range many scouts projected when he entered school. He showed off his athleticism during the 2021 NBA Combine with a 39 1/2” max vertical jump and a 10.69 time in the lane agility drill.

11. Charlotte Hornets: James Bouknight 6’5 190 SG-UConn
Bouknight missed time in 2021 due to an elbow injury, but he bounced back in time to still earn first-team All-Big East honors. The former LaSalle Academy (N.Y.) product shot 46% from the field in 2020-21 due to his combination of handle and floor speed.

12. San Antonio Spurs: Joshua Primo 6’5 189 SG-Alabama
Primo was just one of many big long range artists for the Crimson Tide’s arsenal this past season. He reclassified to the 2020 class and that’s one of the reasons he entered the draft as an 18-year old. He will combine with 2020 11th overall pick Devin Vassell to increase the team’s youth in the backcourt.

13. Indiana Pacers: Chris Duarte 6’6 190 SG-Oregon
The first-team All-Pac-12 performer becomes the oldest first-round pick since Melvin Ely in 2002. Duarte -the AP’s Pac-12 Player of the Year- shot over 42% from three-point range in 2020-21 for the Ducks.

14. Golden State Warriors: Moses Moody 6’6 211 SG-Arkansas
The SEC Freshman of the Year scores in a number of ways and rebounds with equal effectiveness. His length could combine with Kuminga’s to increase the team’s backcourt defensive capability.

15. Washington Wizards: Corey Kispert 6’7 223 SF-Gonzaga
The Wizards received Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to increase its backcourt scoring after the trade of Russell Westbrook (LA Lakers), but they still needed another shooter. Kispert has enough of a mid-range game to complement his catch-and-shoot ability (41% career three-point shooter).

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Boston picking for the Houston Rockets, whom they traded the pick to): Alperen Sengun 6’10 243/C-Besiktas (Turkey)
The Rockets get a skilled scorer who averaged 19 points per game in the Turkish League to earn MVP honors as an 18-year old. Will he be able to defend consistently to stay on the floor?

17. Memphis Grizzlies (picking for New Orleans-trade): Trey Murphy III 6’9 206 F-Virginia, Rice
Murphy is a strong catch-and-shoot player with enough range to complement Williamson and Ingram on the wing. Before arriving at Virginia, Murphy actually 42% from three-point land while at Rice back in 2018-19. The Durham native’s father, Kenneth, played for East Carolina in the late 1980s.

Tre Mann SG-Florida
Mann (pictured for the E1T1 AAU squad during the 2019 Nike EBYL) increased his averages in nearly every statistical category as a first-team All-SEC selection in 2020-21.

18. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tre Mann 6’4 178 SG-Florida
Mann’s ability to create off the dribble has never been in question, but his improved shooting depth expanded his game exponentially in 2020-21. After weighing in at 178 pounds at the 2021 NBA Combine, he still needs to put on more bulk. We explored the possibility of Mann ending the Gators’ infamous draft streak earlier this summer. Mission accomplished.

19. New York Knicks (traded to Charlotte Hornets): Kai Jones 6’11 1/2” 221 PF-Texas
Jones has nearly a 7’2” wingspan and he brings potential as a low post scorer. Despite just one double-double in 2020-21, he shot an impressive 75% from the free throw line. He has enough explosiveness to add a different element to the Hornets frontcourt.

20. Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Johnson 6’9 210 F-Duke
In the 13 games in which Johnson did play for the team, he averaged over 11 points per game and snagged six rebounds per contest. Turnovers, however were an issue, as he posted six games with at least three. The powerful 6-foot-9 forward has a diverse game that includes enough range, strength and open floor capability.

21. New York Knicks (traded to Los Angeles Clippers): Keon Johnson 6’5 185 SG-Tennessee
While Johnson did post a record vertical jump at the 2021 NBA Combine (48″), his lane agility time was only “OK” (11.45). His shooting needs to improve but he can guard and run the floor (3.0 seconds in 3/4 court sprint). One of the key positives is the ability to get to the free throw line, where he connected at a 70-percent clip.

Jackson (No. 23 seen tipping vs. former Memphis C Moussa Cisse in the 2019 Nike EBYL, is one of the draft’s top shot blockers.

22. Los Angeles Lakers (for Indiana Pacers via Washington): Isaiah Jackson 6’10 206 PF-Kentucky
Jackson (a Michigan native) is a shot-blocking maestro who led the SEC in that category (2.6 per game). Even with limited bulk, Jackson averaged 6.6 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for the Wildcats. He won’t be asked to do much more than follow shots and rebound initially, but he does have some potential as a scorer that has yet to be tapped.

23. Houston Rockets: Usman Garuba 6’8 229 PF-Real Madrid (Spain)
Garuba is a rim-runner who finishes in transition and can project in a role off the bench for the Rockets. In the open court, he flashes some ability to handle the ball. Garuba was named the ACB’s Best Young Player in 2021 after moving up to the Real Madrid’s senior squad 2019-20. He’s currently competing for the Spanish national team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

24. Houston Rockets: Josh Christopher 6’4 214 SG-Arizona State
Christopher’s inconsistency may have cost him a few spots in the draft, but he gives the Rockets hope of developing into a viable secondary scoring option. Christopher contests versus drives to the basket in transition defense without fouling, even when giving up baskets in these instances (2nd half, Arizona ’21). Fouls, however, were an issue in his first 11 career contests, posting four or more in five games.

25. Los Angeles Clippers (For the NY Knicks, whom they traded pick to): Quentin Grimes 6’5 210 SG-Houston, Kansas The AAC Co-Player of the Year increased his scoring every year on campus, and much of it had to do with his ability to finish at the free throw line. Grimes improved nearly 12 percentage points in that category in 2020-21. For a 210-pound guard, he sped 3.07 seconds in the three-quarter court sprint at the 2021 NBA Combine, but more importantly he moved fluently without the ball and continued to thrive as a catch-and-shoot threat.

26. Denver Nuggets: Nah’Shon “Bones” Hyland 6’3 169 SG-VCU
The A-10 Player of the Year also impressed during the 2021 NBA Combine with his range, but it was his nearly 10-point jump in one season that caught the attention of NBA scouts. Despite his slender frame, he created for himself and others through traffic during NBA Combine scrimmages. He manufactures room with his handle to get his shots off in isolation; either on the perimeter or when driving to the cup.

27. Brooklyn Nets: Cam Thomas 6’4 210 SG-LSU
The former Oak Hill Academy star brings a mid-range game, underrated strength to finish through contact and outstanding shooting from the stripe (88.2% FT in 2020-21). Of the Top 20 players nationally in terms of free throw percentage, Thomas led the group with 220 attempts (7.58 per game) in 29 contests. Becoming more efficient will be his task as he gets less shots at the next level.

28. Philadelphia 76ers: Jaden Springer 6’4 202 PG-Tennessee
The Tennessee native is following in the footsteps of his father, Gary, a former sixth-round pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. He never seems to be out of control on the court and relies on his rhythm as either a playmaker or shooter. His strength gives him the ability to finish through contact around the rim. If he gets to the stripe, his efficiency should not be underestimated. Springer missed just 19 free throw attempts this past season (81%).

29. Phoenix Suns (for the Brooklyn Nets via trade): Day’Ron Sharpe 6’11 265 C-UNC
Sharpe’s overall skill-set is impressive, and his ability to find open men as a passer -particularly versus double teams- should not be underestimated. Even in a league that is becoming increasingly perimeter-based, his strength to gain position down low stands out.

30. Utah Jazz (traded to Memphis Grizzlies): Santi Aldama 6’11 215 PF-Loyola (Md.)
Aldama impresses with his range out to around the 25-to-27-foot mark, and adequate bulk allowed him to rebound effectively in the Patriot League. The sophomore-entry is patient setting up low post moves and showcases solid hand-eye coordination. He improved his three-point percentage nearly 15 points in 2020-21.

2nd Round

Isaiah Todd PF-Washington 2021 NBA Draft Recap
Todd, pictured, averaged nearly 13 points and five rebounds per game for the NBA G League Ignite in 2020-21.

31. Milwaukee Bucks (traded to the Washington Wizards via Indiana Pacers): Isaiah Todd 6’10 219 PF-NBA G League Ignite
It would not have been a surprise to see Todd, who played with fourth overall pick Scottie Barnes on the Nightrydas Elite AAU squad back in 2019, also go in the first round of this year’s draft. He has an 8’11.5″ standing reach, runs the floor well and has potential as a long distance shooter. Despite just two starts for the NBA G League Ignite, he averaged over 12 points per game and shot an impressive 82.4% from the free throw line.

32. New York Knicks (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder): Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 6’9 242 PF-Villanova
The former McDonald’s All-American had offers from everyone coming out of high school, but settled on the Wildcats. He nearly entered the draft a season ago, which shouldn’t have been a surprise after averaging nearly a double-double (10.5 PPG, 9.4 RPG) as a freshman. At 242 pounds, he battles to gain position with a burly brand of basketball. Don’t be mistaken, however, as his sleek footwork around the hoop often baffled opponents.

33. Orlando Magic (traded to LA Clippers): Jason Preston 6’4 181 PG-Ohio
The kid who was simply going to UCF as a student but made a highlight tape (after agreeing to play in an AAU Tournament) he put on Twitter goes 33rd overall. He has enough size to play either on or off the ball, which wasn’t the case until his growth spurt from a few years back. Opponents have a tough time forcing him to go one way because he can dribble-drive to either the left or right.

34. Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to NY Knicks): Rokas Jokubaitis 6’4 194 PG-FC Barcelona
The 2020 Olympics qualifying rounds gave everyone a glimpse of what Jokubaitis was doing for Lithuania. The trick shot specialist benefits from changing speeds on the floor, and his left-handed game changes angles for opponents. Will the Lithuanian’s savvy approach translate to the NBA game?

Herbert Jones SG-SF-Alabama 2021 NBA Draft recapa
Jones (No. 10 pictured in the 2018 SEC Tournament) drew 23 charges on the defensive end as a freshman in 2017-18.

35. New Orleans Pelicans: Herbert Jones 6’7 206 SF-Alabama
The SEC Defensive Player of the Year uses his 7’0 wingspan to frustrate guards or forwards on the wings. His shooting improved dramatically from beyond the arc this past season, but if there is a question mark regarding the left-hander’s game, it starts and stops on the offensive end of the court.

36. Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to NY Knicks): Miles McBride 6’2 195 PG-West Virginia
McBride is solid in a number of facets, but his feel for the game shouldn’t come as a surprise. His father, Walt, played for Xavier. The second-team All-Big 12 point guard darts like a defensive back with anticipatory skill to steal passes defensively. Those instincts created a multitude of transition opportunities. McBride shot over 41% from three-point range for the Mountaineers.

37. Detroit Pistons (traded to Charlotte Hornets): JT Thor 6’9 203 PF-Auburn
Not many players come out of the state of Alaska, but Thor does after moving there at the age of five years old. He eventually made his way back inland to play at the prep level. In 27 starts this past season for Auburn, he averaged over one blocked shot per contest. The Hornets hope his 7’3” wingspan and 9’2” standing reach translate into more contested baskets at the next level. Even more so, the lefty’s quick release could expand his game if he gains consistency. He found a way to knock down nearly 30-percent of his 74 three-point attempts as a freshman.

38. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans Pelicans): Ayo Donsunmu 6’5 194 PG-Illinois
Dosunmu, a Nigerian product, gets to stay at home after starring at Illinois. Aside from being clutch (see Michigan ’20), the Bob Cousy Award winner used his 6’10” wingspan to post six double-digit rebounding games in 2020-21. Along the way, he had three triple doubles and cleared the 30-point mark three times in the month of December (2020). Cutting down on the turnovers will be a focus as he ventures to the NBA scene, but his rebounding capability ranks as a plus .

39. Sacramento Kings: Neemias Queta 7’0 248 C-Utah State
Queta’s 7’4” wingspan may even pale in comparison to his 9’4.5” standing reach, which nearly is at the rim without leaping. As a result, the Portuguese native ranked third in the nation in blocked shots. Twice he was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Year. Queta averaged nearly a double-double for his career.

40. New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Utah via Memphis): Jared Butler 6’4 193 PG-Baylor
Butler’s strength and quick hands often contributed to the Bears ability to get out and run on change of possessions. In fact, he posted 11 games in 2020-21 with three or more steals. During the team’s national championship run, his timely shot-making capabilities often wore down opponents, as did his overall pace.

41. San Antonio Spurs: Joe Wieskamp 6’7 205 SF-Iowa
Wieskamp averaged nearly 15 points per game, but his ability to put the ball in the hoop stood out at the 2021 NBA Combine and resulted in a draft spot. This was not the first time the former Hawkeye decided to test the NBA waters, but this decision proved to be sound as he went 41st overall. His scoring capability dates back to his prep level days as one of the top scorers in the state of Iowa.

Isaiah Livers DraftNasty 2021 NBA Draft recap
Former Michigan forward Isaiah Livers (seen with the Meanstreets AAU squad back in 2016) may have gone even higher if he had not gone down to injury in the 2020-21 campaign.

42. Detroit Pistons: Isaiah Livers 6’7 231 SF-Michigan
Livers’ 2020-21 injury may have stopped what could have potentially been a Final Four run for the Wolverines. Down the stretch, his offensive game was missed all the way in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament loss to Illinois. He had a six-game stretch of games in January where he cleared double figures before slowing down considerably prior to going down.

43. New Orleans Pelicans (traded to Portland): Greg Brown III 6’8 1/2″ 206 SF/PF-Texas
Brown actually has some wing capability and his movement complements rare explosiveness and bounce off the floor. His leaping prowess goes back to his days playing for the Texas Titans AAU squad, where he was a teammate of number one overall pick Cade Cunningham. The former Texas Gatorade Player of the Year went under 11 seconds (10.98) in the lane agility and posted a 33 1/2″ standing vertical jump at the 2021 NBA Combine.

44. Brooklyn Nets: Kessler Edwards 6’8 203 SF-Pepperdine
Edwards’ shooting touch has never been in question (career 39% three-point shooter), but he also blocks shots and rebounds. In fact, his 60 blocks in 2019-20 represent one of the school’s Top 10 all-time totals. He will have to improve in finding secondary options, and sometimes he is content passing up shots (see 2021 CBI Championship Game).

45. Boston Celtics: Juhann Begarin 6’5 214 Paris Basketball (France)
Begarin’s creativity at the cup after getting a step on the opposition was noteworthy, going either left or right. There were occasions when he was even more impressively defending the opposition, due to his 8’9” standing reach. The Celtics are betting on the 18-year old’s development as one of the younger draft picks in this year’s class. His performance at the NBA G-League’s Elite Camp helped his draft stock.

46. Toronto Raptors: Dalano Banton 6’9 204 PG-Nebraska, WKU
Banton’s long strides allowed him to often out-pace the competition in transition. The Toronto, Ontario (Canada) product re-classified back in 2018 and actually started 12 games for WKU in 2018-19. While he’s been a stat sheet filler, he will need to speed up his release from long range to further threaten NBA personnel.

47. Toronto Raptors: David Johnson 6’5 203 SG/SF-Louisville
Johnson’s trek from Trinity HS (Ky.) to Louisville didn’t start off on a high note, as he was forced to recover from injury as a freshman. He played in a heavy ball screen offense in school and his range (up to at least 25 feet) helped him excel on occasion. He changes speeds well as a ball handler, which allows him to stay under control when finding perimeter scorers.

48. Atlanta Hawks: Sharife Cooper 6’2 185 PG-Auburn
Cooper did not workout at the NBA Combine and the prevailing thought was that he’d go much higher in the draft after averaging 20 points and eight assists per game in 2020-21. The former McEachern High School (Ga.) product gets an opportunity to return home, where he was named Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019.

49. Brooklyn Nets: Marcus Zegarowski 6’2 180 PG-Creighton
Injuries have been somewhat of an issue for Zegarowski during his collegiate stay, but his quick trigger release in catch-and-shoot situations helped lead the team to wins in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

50. Philadelphia 76ers: Filip Petrusev 6’11 235 PF/C-Mega Soccerbet/Gonzaga
The Belgrade native withdrew from the 2020 NBA Draft to improve his game with the Mega Soccerbet squad in Serbia. He was named the ABA’s League MVP after averaging 17.5 points and 7.9 rebounds during his last season with the Zags (2019-20).

51. Memphis Grizzlies (through Portland): Brandon Boston, Jr. 6’7 188 SF-Kentucky
The former five-star recruit averaged 11.5 points per game in his lone season at Kentucky, but his poor shooting from the field (35.5%) contributed to a draft day slide. With that said, his jab step to create separation remains in place and his potential on the wing could shine in the right situation.

52. Detroit Pistons: Luka Garza 6’11 242 C-Iowa
Two-time consensus All-Americans are normally not available at this point in the draft, but Garza -whose Hawkeyes jersey has already been retired- was on the board. The Pistons are getting a prolific college scorer with athletic bloodlines who has both range and low post skills. He did not impress in testing at the NBA Combine and questions about his athleticism continue to persist.

53. Philadelphia 76ers: Charles Bassey 6’10 230 PF-Western Kentucky
Bassey is a shot-blocking maestro who is still developing on the offensive end. The 2021 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year runs the floor well and was extremely impressive on the foul line (77%) in a Hilltoppers career where he averaged a double-double (16 PPG, 10.5 RPG). He had one of the largest wingspans in this year’s draft (7’3″).

54. Indiana Pacers (traded to Milwaukee): Sandro Mamukelashvili 6’10 240 PF-Seton Hall
Yet another Montverde Academy product to get drafted, Mamukelashvili has an 8’10.5” standing reach and 7’1” wingspan. Aside from posting seven double-doubles in 2020-21, Mamukelashvili overcomes just average agility with an ability to put the ball on the floor to get to the hoop. He is also a legitimate factor in pick-and-pop situations.

55. Oklahoma City Thunder: Aaron Wiggins SG-SF 6’5 190 Maryland
Wiggins has nearly a 6’10” wingspan and used it to impress during the G-League Elite Camp on the offensive end. Following that performance, he earned an NBA Combine invite, where he was just okay. Following a career as a potent bench producer for the Terrapins, he got his chance to start in 2020-21 and didn’t disappoint, averaging just under 15 points per game and rebounding at a high clip for a wing (5.8 RPG).

56. Charlotte Hornets: Scottie Lewis 6’5 188 SG-Florida
The selection of Mann in the first round ended the Gators draft futility, and now the team gets two players drafted for the first time since 2011. The sophomore Bronx native averaged just eight points per game in his career, but he has just four percent body fat, a 7-foot wingspan and a max vertical jump of 42 inches. In addition, he went 2.98 seconds in the 3/4 court sprint at the 2021 NBA Combine.

57. Charlotte Hornets (traded to Detroit): Balsa Koprivica 7’1 240 C-FSU
Koprivica comes from professional bloodlines as his father, Slaivisa, played for Paritzan in the EuroLeague. Prior to becoming a four-star recruit, Koprivica actually won gold in the 2017 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships. He averaged 1.4 blocks per game for the Seminoles in 2020-21 and continued to improve his overall movement skills on the floor.

58. New York Knicks: Jericho Sims 6’10 250 C-Texas
The son of former dentist and Minnesota Golden Gophers Charles Sims put on a clinic during the 2021 NBA Combine, posting a 44 1/2″ vertical jump while also showing off his 7’3″ wingspan. His dunking prowess went viral, but the former Longhorn’s shot blocking and rebounding skills were ultimately what attracted the Knicks to his skill-set. Sims’ quick bounce allows him to rise quickly around the bucket.

59. Brooklyn Nets: RaiQuan Gray 6’8 269 PF-FSU
Gray still needs to get in optimal condition for the NBA but the former Dillard High School (Fla.) product developed nicely after being a top prospect coming out of the prep level. His footwork is above average and the Seminoles team captain flashed defensively by garnering over a steal per game in 2020-21. In addition, he was solid from the free throw line and extended his range this past season.

60. Indiana Pacers (traded to Milwaukee): Georgios Kalaitzakis 6’8 191 SF-Panathinaikos (Greece)
After initially declaring for the NBA Draft back in 2020, the four-time Greek League Champion signed back with Panathinaikos of the Euroleague for another year. It was during his time with Nevezis in the LBL (2019-20), where Kalaitzakis’ quick release and ability to run the floor caught the attention of NBA scouts, as he averaged over 12 points per game.

DraftNasty’s 2020 NBA Draft Recap: Pick-by-Pick

SelectionPlayer/PositionSchoolDRAFTNASTY TAKE
Round 1 Pick 1: Minnesota TimberwolvesAnthony Edwards/ Shooting GuardGeorgiaEdwards was the best player on our board and should be an instant upgrade at the shooting guard position for Minnesota.
Round 1 Pick 2: Golden State WarriorsJames Wiseman/Center-PFMemphisOne thing the Warriors didn’t have during their championship runs was a center with this much raw talent. He should take the rebounding load off of Draymond Green.
Round 1 Pick 3: Charlotte HornetsLaMelo Ball/ Point GuardAustralianAs point guards continue to get bigger and stronger, the Hornets add their own version of the modern guard.
Round 1 Pick 4: Chicago BullsPatrick Williams/ForwardFlorida StateHead coach Billy Donovan has valued scrappy undersized big men in the past like Udonis Haslem (Florida), Williams fits the mold.
Round 1 Pick 5: Cleveland CavaliersIsaac Okoro/Small ForwardAuburnCleveland grabs a defensive specialist who doesn’t need a bevy of offensive touches. He reminds us of a young Jimmy Butler coming out of Marquette.
Round 1 Pick 6: Atlanta HawksOnyeka Okongwu/ ForwardUSCThe Hawks finished dead last in points allowed (119.7 per game) last season, Okongwu should improve that figure with his energy alone.
Round 1 Pick 7: Detroit PistonsKillian Hayes/ Point GuardFrenchAs we predicted here at DraftNasty, the Pistons select Killian Hayes to pair with fellow countryman Sekou Doumbouya.
Round 1 Pick 8: New York KnicksObi Toppin/ForwardDaytonNew York needed a marquee prospect, Toppin has the offensive game to help RJ Barrett lead the rebuild.
Round 1 Pick 9: Washington WizardsDeni Avdija/ WingIsraeliWashington sticks to their M.O. of choosing international players in the first round. His versatility will help the Wizards in the frontcourt.
Round 1 Pick 10: Phoenix SunsJalen Smith/Forward MarylandThe Suns get a 3-and-D prospect, who doesn’t need to touch the ball on every possession as Chris Paul and Devin Booker will handle the bulk of the ball-handling.
Round 1 Pick 11: San Antonio SpursDevin Vassell II/WingFlorida StateSan Antonio gets a two-way player, who is a deadly corner shooter (a staple in the Spurs offense).
Round 1 Pick 12: Sacramento KingsTyrese Haliburton/ GuardIowa StateHaliburton can take some pressure off of Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox, both of whom aren’t long term guarantees to stay in Sacramento
Round 1 Pick 13: New Orleans PelicansKira Lewis, Jr./Point GuardAlabamaExpect the Pelicans moves to continue as they currently have Eric Bledsoe, Lonzo Ball, Lewis Jr. and George Hill on the roster at point guard.
Round 1 Pick 14: Boston CelticsAaron Nesmith/ WingVanderbiltThe former Vanderbilt wing should provide a scoring punch off the bench for the Celtics, who already feature a roster full of talented wings.
Round 1 Pick 15: Orlando MagicCole Anthony/Point GuardNorth CarolinaOur mock draft stated the Magic needed some offensive scoring from the guard position, with Lewis Jr. off the board, Anthony was a solid option (averaged 18.5 PPG).
Round 1 Pick 16: Detroit Pistons (From Portland)Isaiah Stewart/PF-CenterWashingtonDetroit gets a big man with an NBA-ready frame, who brings a physical presence that the Pistons lacked in 2019.
Round 1 Pick 17: Minnesota Timberwolves (From Brooklyn)Aleksej Pokuševski/ ForwardSerbianThe youngest eligible player in the draft has a polished game that belies his age (18 years old).
Round 1 Pick 18: Dallas MavericksJosh Green/ Shooting GuardArizonaGreen is a two-way prospect that will help Dallas on the perimeter with his athleticism.
Round 1 Pick 19: Detroit Pistons (From Brooklyn)Saddiq Bey/ Small ForwardVillanovaThe Pistons select a willing defender and a do it all prospect who should be able to contribute sooner rather than later.
Round 1 Pick 20: Miami HeatPrecious Achiuwa/ Power ForwardMemphisAchiuwa's effort and energy will fit right in with the Heat, who are in need of power forward help behind Bam Adebayo.
Round 1 Pick 21: Philadelphia 76ers (From OKC)Tyrese Maxey/GuardKentuckyAs we mentioned in our scouting report, Maxey would fair best with a taller point guard and there isn’t one taller than Ben Simmons.
Round 1 Pick 22: Denver Nuggets (From Houston)Zeke Nnaji/ Power Forward/ CenterArizonaNnaji is a developmental prospect, who could spell Nikola Jokic off the bench down the road.
Round 1 Pick 23: Minnesota Timberwolves (From New York)Leandro Bolmaro/ Small ForwardArgentinianBolmaro fits the mold of a draft and stash player but the versatility of his game is a reason to like him as a prospect.
Round 1 Pick 24: Denver Nuggets (From Milwaukee)R.J. Hampton/ Shooting GuardAustralianAt this spot in the draft, Hampton was the best available prospect. Denver has created a culture of cultivating young talent, this is a good landing spot for Hampton.
Round 1 Pick 25: New York Knicks (From OKC)Immanuel Quickley/ GuardKentuckyQuickley shot 42% from the 3-point line last season, his shooting should immediately improve the Knicks floor spacing.
Round 1 Pick 26: Boston CelticsPayton Pritchard/ Point GuardOregonThe steady 22-year-old prospect will bring a mature game to the Celtics roster.
Round 1 Pick 27: Utah Jazz (From LAC)Udoka Azubuike/ CenterKansasAzubuike gives the Jazz a more traditional center behind Rudy Gobert.
Round 1 Pick 28: Minnesota Timberwolves (From LAL)Jaden McDaniels/ForwardWashington The former consensus five-star recruit will join a crowded wing position in Minnnesota. His length and shot blocking prowess impressed scouts.
Round 1 Pick 29: Toronto RaptorsMalachi Flynn/ Point GuardSan Diego StateIn our mock draft, we had Toronto taking a smaller point guard with a high basketball IQ in Stanford's Tyrell Terry. Flynn also fits this mold.
Round 1 Pick 30: Memphis Grizzlies (From Boston)Desmond Bane/ GuardTCUBane is a career 43% 3 point shooter. Memphis has a young nucleus in Ja Morant, Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. that can attack defenses on all three levels.
Round 2 Pick 1: Dallas Mavericks (From Golden State)Tyrell Terry/ Point GuardStanfordLook for Terry to take some ball handling pressure off Luka Doncic if he makes the opening day roster similar to Trey Burke's role in the NBA bubble.
Round 2 Pick 2: Charlotte Hornets (From Cleveland)Vernon Carey, Jr./CenterDukeCarey Jr. is a throwback big man, and it will be interesting to see how his back to the basket game translates to the next level.
Round 2 Pick 3: Los Angeles Clippers (From Minnesota)Daniel Oturu/CenterMinnesotaThe Clippers have a roster ready to compete now and Oturu is one of the more polished players in this class.
Round 2 Pick 4: Oklahoma City Thunder (From Philadelphia)Theo Maledon/ GuardFrenchMaledon can do a little bit of everything on the court but will have to improve his shooting splits in order to crack the rotation.
Round 2 Pick 5: Memphis Grizzlies (From Sacramento)Xavier Tillman/PF-CenterMichigan StateIn Memphis, Tillman will be reunited in the frontcourt with his former college teammate Jaren Jackson Jr., the two should be a force to reckon with on defense and in transition.
Round 2 Pick 6: Dallas Mavericks (From Philadelphia)Tyler Bey/ WingColoradoBey is a slasher, who could learn a lot from Dallas' Dorian Finney-Smith, who has created a niche as a former undrafted prospect.
Round 2 Pick 7: Oklahoma City Thunder (From Washington)Vít Krejčí/ Point GuardCzech RepublicKrejci is a 6'8 point guard, who has room to fill out his frame. His ability to get to the rim is his calling card.
Round 2 Pick 8: Detroit Pistons (From Utah)Saben Lee/ Point GuardVanderbiltLee has the potential to stick at the next level, he got better year after year in virtually every statistical category for the Commodores.
Round 2 Pick 9: Utah Jazz (From New Orleans)Elijah Hughes/ Small ForwardSyracuseHughes is a tough shot taker and a tough shot maker. Look for him to spend some time on a two-way contract because of the crowded field of forwards in Utah.
Round 2 Pick 10: Sacramento Kings (From Memphis)Robert Woodard II/ WingMississippi StateWoodard II will help to make his name by running the floor and hitting open shots for his guards that can get in the lane. It will be interesting to see if he can move from his normal shooting guard position to a forward slot.
Round 2 Pick 11: San Antonio SpursTre Jones/Point GuardDukeJones played a lot of minutes in his two years at Duke and fits the Spurs culture of acquiring high basketball IQ prospects.
Round 2 Pick 12: Charlotte Hornets (From New Orleans)Nick Richards/ CenterKentuckyGeneral manager Mitch Kupchak still believes in throwback centers, look for Richards and Carey Jr. to compete for a backup spot.
Round 2 Pick 13: Sacramento KingsJahmi'us Ramsey/ Shooting GuardTexas TechRamsey is a bit undersized for the two guard position (6'4") in today's NBA, his ball handling and shooting will have to propel him if he hopes to stick in the pros.
Round 2 Pick 14: Chicago Bulls (From Memphis)Marko Simonović/ CenterMontenegroSimonovic is young (20 years old) but has experience in the overseas circuit, look for him to be a draft and stash prospect.
Round 2 Pick 15: Milwaukee Bucks (From Orlando)Jordan Nwora/ Small ForwardLouisvilleNwora got better year over year at Louisville and can rebound from his position. If he can continue his offensive efficency then he has a chance to succeed at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 16: Portland Trail BlazersC.J. Elleby/ Shooting GuardWashington StateElleby could've benefited from another year of college, he will have to find consistency in his shooting splits.
Round 2 Pick 17: Boston Celtics (From Brooklyn)Yam Madar/ Point GuardIsraeliMadar will have to get a little stronger but he is someone who will compete on defense, which could give him an edge.
Round 2 Pick 18: Golden State Warriors (From Dallas)Nico Mannion/ Point GuardArizonaMannion in time could take over that backup point guard role in Golden State, his midrange game and shooting touch around the rim is similar to an older Shaun Livingston.
Round 2 Pick 19: Philadelphia 76ersIsaiah Joe/ Shooting GuardArkansasJoe could make the opening day roster for a team that is in desperate need of outside shooting (38% 3 point shooter in college)
Round 2 Pick 20: Atlanta Hawks (From Miami)Skylar Mays/ Shooting GuardLouisiana StateA four year starter, Mays will have to make this roster with his on the ball defense.
Round 2 Pick 21: Golden State Warriors (From Utah)Justinian Jessup/ WingBoise StateJessup will spend the start of his career overseas but his shooting and size could help the Warriors who will have to find help to compensate for Klay Thompson's season ending Achilles injury.
Round 2 Pick 22: Sacramento Kings (From Houston)Kenyon Martin Jr./ WingIMG AcademyA tad shorter prospect than his father (6'7" as opposed to 6'9") but his explosiveness is impressive. He will have to show that he can shoot at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 23: Washington Wizards (From OKC)Cassius Winston/Point GuardMichigan StateWinston should be able to compete for a backup point guard role behind John Wall. This could be a good fit as head coach Scott Brooks was an undersized guard himself.
Round 2 Pick 24: Indiana PacersCassius Stanley/WingDukeA prospect that can literally jump out of the gym, Stanley has the tools to make it at the next level but will need more reps. He will probably start in the G League.
Round 2 Pick 25: Los Angeles Clippers (From Brooklyn Nets)Jay Scrubb/ WingJohn A. Logan (JUCO)Scrubb showed he can make plays in the pick and roll at the JUCO level. If he can continue to rebound at his size, it would be a boost to his longterm prospects at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 26: Charlotte Hornets (From Boston)Grant Riller/ GuardCollege of CharlestonFor a team with a bevy of young guards, Riller brings experience as he spent five years total at the College of Charleston.
Round 2 Pick 27: Brooklyn Nets (From LAC)Reggie Perry/ Power ForwardMississippi StateThe former McDonald's All American is heavily decorated and will have a chance to make this opening day roster off his ability to rebound.
Round 2 Pick 28: Philadelphia 76ers (From LAL)Paul Reed/ ForwardDePaulWe had Reed as a first rounder, his game will remind fans of Montrezl Harrell, who Doc Rivers coached in Los Angeles.
Round 2 Pick 29: Toronto RaptorsJalen Harris/ Shooting GuardNevadaHarris could be an intriguing prospect if he can show he can handle the ball at the next level.
Round 2 Pick 30: Milwaukee Bucks (From New Orleans)Sam Merrill/ Shooting GuardUtah StateMerrill in time could be a scoring option off the bench to replace Donte Divincenzo and Kyle Korver.

DraftNasty’s 2019 NBA Draft recap: Pick-by-pick

Selection Player/ Position School Draftnasty Take
Round 1 Pick 1: New Orleans Pelicans Zion Williamson/ Forward Duke Williamson was the consensus best player in the Draft and DraftNasty agreed. The former Duke standout should be an instant performer on the boards and on defense.
Round 1 Pick 2: Memphis Grizzlies Ja Morant/ Point GuardMurray StateWith longtime point guard, Mike Conley being traded, Memphis now has its point guard of the future.
Round 1 Pick 3: New York Knicks R.J. Barrett/ Small Forward Duke The Knicks have plenty of holes and work left to do but R.J. Barrett is an immediate contributor offensively.
Round 1 Pick 4: Atlanta Hawks De'Andre Hunter/ Small Forward Virginia Hunter can score without the ball in his hands and should be a great complement to offensive standouts like Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and Cam Reddish.
Round 1 Pick 5: Cleveland Cavaliers Darius Garland/ Point Guard Vanderbilt Cleveland now has two small point guards. John Beilein might've wanted to draft his own guy at point guard instead of work with Collin Sexton.
Round 1 Pick 6: Minnesota Timberwolves Jarrett Culver/ Shooting Guard Texas Tech Culver provides Minnesota with a defensive specialist on the wing and can take offensive pressure off Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns.
Round 1 Pick 7: Chicago Bulls Coby White/ Point Guard North Carolina White should bring stability to the Bulls point guard position and allow them to move on from Kris Dunn.
Round 1 Pick 8: New Orleans Pelicans Jaxson Hayes/ CenterTexas Hayes and Williamson will combine to form a stout defensive duo on the low block.
Round 1 Pick 9: Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura/ Power Forward Gonzaga DraftNasty predicted the Wizards to take an international player but not Rui Hachimura. Hachimura is small for the power forward position but has a polished offensive game.
Round 1 Pick 10: Atlanta Hawks Cam Reddish/ Small Forward Duke Reddish was up and down at Duke last season but he is used to playing with top offensive talent. The Hawks should be a place where he can grow into his potential.
Round 1 Pick 11: Phoenix Suns Cameron Johnson/ Small ForwardUNC Phoenix is getting a sharpshooter, who will space the floor for Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.
Round 1 Pick 12: Charlotte Hornets P.J. Washington/ Small Forward Kentucky Washington will play alongside last year's first round pick, Miles Bridges. The duo provides toughness and versatility on the wing.
Round 1 Pick 13: Miami Heat Tyler Herro/ Shooting GuardKentucky DraftNasty predicted the Heat would take Washington but they ended up with another Wildcat. Herro is an excellent shooter, who can also put the ball on the floor occasionally.
Round 1 Pick 14: Boston Celtics Romeo Langford/ Small Forward Indiana The Boston Celtics have a lot of wing players already but Brad Stevens is very familiar with basketball in the Hoosier state and must have a role for Langford.
Round 1 Pick 15: Detroit Pistons Sekou Doumbouya/ Small Forward French Doumbouya, Drummond and Blake Griffin will be hard to defend in transition. This pick gives Detroit athleticism on the wing, which they lacked.
Round 1 Pick 16: Orlando Magic Chuma Okeke/ Small Forward Auburn Okeke is coming off an ACL injury but DraftNasty had him as a first rounder because of his ability to score in bunches.
Round 1 Pick 17: New Orleans Pelicans Nickeil Alexander-Walker/ Shooting Guard Virginia Tech Alexander-Walker is best when playing with a traditional point guard and should fit nicely alongside Lonzo Ball.
Round 1 Pick 18: Indiana Pacers Goga Bitadze/ Center Georginan Bitadze joins a crowded room of skilled big men in Indiana which features guys like Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. However, this marriage gives him time to develop.
Round 1 Pick 19: San Antonio Spurs Luka Samanic/ Power Forward Croatian DraftNasty mocked the Spurs grabbing a skilled big man such as Nic Claxton but Samanic fits the mold as well.
Round 1 Pick 20: Philadelphia 76ers Matisse Thybulle/ Small Forward WashingtonThybulle is a classic "3 and D" prospect. Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris are free agents and the 76ers needed another wing just in case.
Round 1 Pick 21: Memphis Grizzlies Brandon Clarke/ Power Forward Gonzaga Clarke is an athletic prospect, who gives the Grizzlies another scoring punch in the front court with Jaren Jackson Jr.
Round 1 Pick 22: Boston Celtics Grant Williams/ Power Forward Tennessee If the Celtics lose Marcus Morris in free agency, Williams can fill in with his experience, toughness and shooting ability.
Round 1 Pick 23: Oklahoma City Thunder Darius Bazley/ Small Forward N/A Bazley decided to not attend Syracuse but has the physical tools (6'9, 200) to play in the NBA. The former McDonald's All-American is a mystery because scouts haven't seen him play in a competitive game in a year.
Round 1 Pick 24: Phoenix Suns Ty Jerome/ Point Guard Virginia The Suns needed a point guard and DraftNasty had them drafting one in the Top 10. Jerome is used to playing with top level talent and putting them in positions to succeed.
Round 1 Pick 25: Portland Trail BlazersNassir Little/ Small Forward North Carolina Al-Farouq Aminu is a free agent and Moe Harkless is in his last year of his contract. Little fits the mold of a NBA small forward and could provide depth if one of the two leaves.
Round 1 Pick 26: Cleveland Cavaliers Dylan Windler/ Small ForwardBelmont Windler is an efficient scorer who could take pressure off whoever is running the point guard position in Cleveland.
Round 1 Pick 27: Los Angeles Clippers Mfiondu Kabengele/ Center Florida State Kabengele is a stretch big man and should help the floor spacing playing next to Montrezl Harrell.
Round 1 Pick 28: Golden State Warriors Jordan Poole/ Shooting Guard and Small Forward Michigan Poole had an inconsistent season at Michigan but he is talented and should get a chance to develop since the Warriors' depth is unclear at the present moment.
Round 1 Pick 29: San Antonio Spurs Keldon Johnson/ Small Forward Kentucky Johnson slipped in the draft but the Spurs may have gotten a steal because of the former Wildcat's defensive- minded, physical game.
Round 1 Pick 30: Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Porter Jr. / Shooting Guard USC The Porter, Jr. and Windler selections are evidence that Cleveland valued shot makers and shot creators to fill out their roster.
Round 2 Pick 1: Brooklyn Nets Nic Claxton/ Center Georgia Claxton is a rim protector but also has good mechanics on his jump shot. This is a good spot for him to develop.
Round 2 Pick 2: Miami Heat KZ Okpala/ Small Forward Stanford Okpala gives the Heat some size on the wing, where behind Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow, the Heat need someone to produce.
Round 2 Pick 3: Boston Celtics Carsen Edwards/ Point Guard Purdue The Celtics point guard position is murky with Kyrie Irving being rumored to test free agency. If Irving leaves, Rozier will be the starter, but Edwards has the potential to compete for bench minutes.
Round 2 Pick 4: Atlanta Hawks Bruno Fernando/ Center Maryland The Hawks drafted a bruiser who is a throwback low post scorer. Fernando's game should complement fellow Hawks big man John Collins.
Round 2 Pick 5: New Orleans Pelicans Marcos Louzada Silva/ Small Forward Brazilian Silva might be able to crack the young Pelicans roster because of his sharp three- point shooting (47 percent).
Round 2 Pick 6: Charlotte Hornets Cody Martin/ Small Forward Nevada Martin can play forward but also showed his ability to play point guard. He is another tough-minded wing, which general manager Mitch Kupchak has shown to covet, by drafting the likes of P.J. Washington and Miles Bridges.
Round 2 Pick 7: Detroit Pistons Deividas Sirvydis/ Small Forward Lithuanian The Pistons went overseas to draft another wing player in the second round. Sirvydis, 19, could spend a few more years overseas before joining the Pistons.
Round 2 Pick 8: Chicago BullsDaniel Gafford/ Center Arkansas Gafford is a rim protector who is best when out in transition. Look for Gafford to get significant playing time in the Summer League.
Round 2 Pick 9: Golden State Warriors Alen Smailagic/ Center Serbian Smailagic, 18, caught scouts eyes in the G-League. The Warriors showed a need for young athletic big men after center Kevon Looney injured his shoulder in the Finals.
Round 2 Pick 10: Sacramento Kings Justin James/ Small Forward Wyoming James has an offensive repertoire that made him worth a selection. How he plays within a team setting at summer league could determine his roster fate.
Round 2 Pick 11: Golden State Warriors Eric Paschall/ Small Forward Villanova His toughness and ability to defend, despite being just 6'7", could remind folks of Draymond Green. DraftNasty had him going in the first round.
Round 2 Pick 12: Washington Wizards Admiral Schofield/ Forward Tennessee Schofield is a physical player but, at 6'5", he doesn't have a true NBA position. Size limitations aside, Schofield can contribute as a spot-up shooter with a high motor.
Round 2 Pick 13: Minnesota Timberwolves Jaylen Nowell/ Shooting Guard Washington The Pac-12's Player of the Year was an efficient scorer, posting 16 points per game on 50-percent shooting and 44-percent from beyond the three- point line.
Round 2 Pick 14: Denver Nuggets Bol Bol/ Center OregonThe Nuggets don't mind taking players with injury risks (see the Michael Porter Jr. selection last year). If Bol Bol is healthy, he could be an impact floor spacer with his shooting.
Round 2 Pick 15: Detroit Pistons Isaiah Roby/ Small Forward Nebraska Roby showed a little bit of everything offensively at Nebraska, with his ball handling, shooting and rebounding skill. However, too many times he was inconsistent. The Pistons put a premium on drafting wing players in this draft and Roby will get a chance to prove his worth.
Round 2 Pick 16: Los Angeles Lakers Talen Horton-Tucker/ Small Forward Iowa StateThe Lakers could trade Horton-Tucker to save money in order to fill out the rest of their roster, but if he is retained, he brings position versatility.
Round 2 Pick 17: New York Knicks Ignas Brazdeikis/ Small Forward Michigan Brazdeikis plays with a confidence and swagger that Knicks fans will appreciate. However, his defense is the reason he slid this far.
Round 2 Pick 18: Los Angeles Clippers Terance Mann/ Small Forward Florida State DraftNasty had Mann going in the first round. His height (6'7") and position versatility could give him a chance to make the Clippers roster.
Round 2 Pick 19: San Antonio Spurs Quinndary Weatherspoon/ Shooting Guard Mississippi State Weatherspoon enjoyed a productive senior season. We've seen the Spurs draft four-year college players and turn them into starters, and former Michigan State shooting guard Bryn Forbes comes to mind.
Round 2 Pick 20: Utah Jazz Jarrell Brantley/ Power Forward Charleston Brantley is one of two CAA players drafted in the second round by the Jazz, Hofstra's Justin Wright-Foreman is the other. Brantley was one of the most productive mid-major players in the draft and was named All-CAA for four years.
Round 2 Pick 21: Boston Celtics Tremont Waters/ Point Guard LSUWaters pushes the pace offensively and will join Purdue's Edwards in competing for a roster spot and potential minutes.
Round 2 Pick 22: Charlotte Hornets Jalen McDaniels/ Power Forward San Diego State McDaniels averaged 15 points and almost nine rebounds per game at San Diego State. He has a thin build but being drafted at this stage gives him a chance to develop his body and overall game.
Round 2 Pick 23: Utah Jazz Justin Wright-Foreman/ Point Guard Hofstra Wright-Foreman was the definition of a "bucket getter" at Hofstra, averaging 27 points per game. I'm interested to see how he performs in the summer league, where he won't be asked to take 20 shots a game to keep his team competitive.
Round 2 Pick 24: Philadelphia 76ers Marial Shayok/ Small Forward Iowa State Shayok is another athletic wing that the 76ers could use depending on how free agency shakes out for them.
Round 2 Pick 25: Sacramento Kings Kyle Guy/ Point Guard Virginia Guy, like former Kings second round pick, Frank Mason, is undersized but confident and has excelled in big moments. Guy will have to play well to distinguish himself on a point guard-heavy roster.
Round 2 Pick 26: Brooklyn NetsJaylen Hands/ Point Guard UCLA Hands is a former McDonald's All American, who got better in his second season after an inconsistent freshman campaign.
Round 2 Pick 27: Detroit Pistons Jordan Bone/ Point Guard Tennessee Bone impressed on a talent- rich roster at Tennessee with his leadership abilities and intelligence in clutch situations.
Round 2 Pick 28: Utah Jazz Miye Oni/ Point Guard Yale The Jazz didn't target players from major colleges in the second round. Oni averaged 17 points, six rebounds and three assists. He got better every year in college and the Jazz hope to see that trend continue in the pros.
Round 2 Pick 29: Toronto Raptors Dewan Hernandez/ Center Miami Hernandez, at 6'10", has terrific length and plays with a lot of energy. The Raptors have been one of the best organizations in player development recently and Hernandez has a chance to crack the roster in the future because of it.
Round 2 Pick 30: Sacramento Kings Vanja Marinkovic/ Shooting Guard and Small Forward Serbian Marinkovic, 22, is a little older than most "draft-and- stash" European prospects. However, he is experienced and can shoot, which gives him a chance to be successful at the next level.

2018 NBA Draft Recap (w/Trades, Notes)

2018 NBA Draft Trades/Transactions/Notes:

  • Atlanta sends the draft rights of the third overall pick, Luka Doncic, to the Dallas Mavericks for draft rights of the fifth overall pick (Trae Young) and a future draft pick (1st Round pick in 2019)
  • Charlotte agrees to trade the rights of the 11th overall pick, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, to the Los Angeles Clippers for the rights of the 12th overall pick, Miles Bridges, and two future second-round picks
  • Philadelphia trades the rights of 10th overall pick, Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for the for the rights of the 16th overall pick, Zhaire Smith, and for the Suns 2021 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat)
  • Six of the top 16 draft picks were traded
  • Sacramento traded the 37th pick of the second round, Gary Trent, Jr., to Portland for two future second-round picks
  • Atlanta Hawks traded the draft rights of the 34th overall pick, Devonte Graham to the Charlotte Hornets for two future second-round picks
  • The Orlando Magic traded the rights of the 41st overall pick, Jarred Vanderbilt to the Denver Nuggets for the draft rights of the 43rd overall pick, Justin Jackson, and a future second-round pick
  • Philadelphia 76ers traded the draft rights of the 38th overall pick, Khyri Thomas, to the Detroit Pistons for two future second-round picks
Team 

Round,

Selection

 

Player Position, School ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (1) Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton 7’1 250 

C-Arizona

The Pac-12 Player of the Year made subtle improvements to his frame over the last year and a half while increasing his level of quickness and rise off the floor. A solid free throw shooter with an adequate face-up jumper, Ayton’s back to the basket game is an added bonus.
1 (2)  

Sacramento Kings

Marvin Bagley III 6’11 234 PF-Duke If he can continue to expand his range, his offensive game may expand to new heights. He’s already a scrappy rebounder with quick hops. Bagley III will get to the free throw line but he has to improve when he gets there (62%). He set an ACC freshman record with 22 double-doubles.
1 (3)  

Atlanta Hawks (Traded to Dallas Mavericks)

Luka Doncic 6’8 230 

G-Real Madrid

Although he’s just 19 years old, Doncic averaged 16 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 4.3 APG for Real Madrid on his way to EuroLeague MVP honors in 2017-18. He will look to become just the second lottery international selection to make an All-Star team.
1 (4)  

Memphis Grizzlies

Jaren Jackson, Jr. 6’11 236 

PF-Michigan State

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year’s NBA bloodlines mesh with major shot blocking ability.   The conference’s Defensive Player of the Year shot over 40-percent from three-point range and led the Big Ten with three blocked shots per game. His ability to defend makes him an attractive option for a team that won just 22 games in 2017-18.
1 (5)  

Dallas Mavericks (traded to Atlanta Hawks)

Trae Young 6’1 178 

PG-Oklahoma

The Big 12 Freshman of the Year has range that extends from Oklahoma all the way to the Dirty South. Though he was not ranked as a consensus Top 20 player in the Class of 2017, he ended up leading the nation in scoring (27.4 PPG) and assists (8.7 APG). Draftnasty’s Troy Jefferson predicted Doncic as an option.
1 (6)  

Orlando Magic

Mohamed Bamba 7’0 225 

C-Texas

The former Westtown HS (N.Y.) has gotten plenty of attention for his length, but he is an underrated rebounder with an expanding offensive skill-set. The second-team All-Big 12 selection has wiry strength and a high basketball IQ. He finished second in the nation with 3.7 blocks shots per game.
1 (7) Chicago Bulls Wendell Carter, Jr. 6’10 251 

PF-Duke

The Bulls hit home with All-Rookie selection Lauri Markkanen a year ago and this year went after a player who scored in double figures in 30 contests in 2017-18.   The second-team All-ACC performer has an array of moves around the basket and an instinctive rebounder (9.1).
1 (8)  

Cleveland Cavaliers

Collin 

Sexton

6’1 ½ 183 

PG-Alabama

The Cavaliers immediately increased its team speed with the selection of Sexton. He maintained a 4.0 GPA in school during his lone season on campus and had a knack for the big moment.
1 (9)  

New York Knicks

Kevin Knox 6’9 212 

SF-Kentucky

Knox’s toughness and natural scoring ability will provide a solid complement to Kristpas Porzingas. The first pick of the David Fizdale-era is solid in all facets of his game.
1 (10) 

Philadelphia 76ers (traded the rights of this pick to the Phoenix Suns for the 16th overall pick, Zhaire Smith and the Suns 2021 first-round pick)

Mikal Bridges 6’7 210 

SF-Villanova

The first of the four Wildcats expected to be drafted, Brigdes actually redshirted initially at Villanova. The 76ers needed another shooter with the possible departures of either J.J. Redick or Marco Belinelli, but instead acquired the rights to the Phoenix Suns 16th overall pick, Zhaire Smith. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson predicted Smith could end up with the 76ers.
1 (11)  

Charlotte Hornets (pick made for the Los Angeles Clippers)

Shai 

Gilgeous-

Alexander

6’6 180 

PG-Kentucky

The 2017-18 second-team All-SEC selection recorded the third most assists for a freshman in the history of Kentucky basketball. Blessed with the ability to defend three-to-four positions, he will increase the flexibility for Doc Rivers’ defensive unit. He shot 81.7-percent from the free throw line as a freshman.
1 (12)  

Los Angeles Clippers (pick made for the Charlotte Hornets)

Miles Bridges 6’6 220 

SF-Michigan

State

Despite being 6-foot-6, he still averaged seven rebounds per game in 2017-18. Why? He has a strong, burly frame. The former Big Ten Freshman of the Year is a true high riser.
1 (13)  

Los Angeles Clippers

Jerome 

Robinson

6’5 188 

SG-Boston College

Robinson becomes the first ever Eagles player to become a lottery selection and was a runner-up to Marvin Bagley III for ACC Player of the Year. He shot over 83% from the free throw line
1 (14) 

Denver Nuggets

Michael Porter, Jr. 6’10 211 

SF-Missouri

Porter, Jr. snuck into the final lottery selection and provides the wing depth that the Nuggets desperately need. Despite playing just three games for Missouri in 2017-18 due to back surgery, the former Gatorade Player of the Year has immense upside.
1 (15)  

Washington Wizards

Troy Brown 6’6 ¾ 208 

SF-Oregon

The Wizards are still in need of athletic big men, but they also needed someone who could matchup with opposing guards and forwards defensively. To that end, Brown fits the bill. His versatility included guard duties at the prep level.
1 (16) Phoenix Suns (traded this pick for to the Philadelphia 76ers and its 2021 1st round pick for the rights to the 76ers 10th overall pick Mikal Bridges-see below) Zhaire Smith 6’4 198 

G-F/Texas Tech

After securing Ayton with the first overall pick, the Suns turned their attention to another guard for depth with the possible departure of free agent Elfrid Payton.   This pick was made for the 76ers in a trade that sent their 10th overall pick to the Suns in exchange for Smith’s rights. Smith’s outstanding leaping ability (41 ½” VJ) and floor speed will add an explosive element to the 76ers backcourt. Bridges expands the Suns’ defensive versatility.
1 (17) Milwaukee Bucks Donte DiVincenzo 6’4 ½ 200 

SG-Villanova

The Bucks needed more scorers on the perimeter after finishing 13th in the NBA playoffs in three-pointers. DiVincenzo opened even more eyes at the NBA Combine after earning Most Outstanding Player honors in the 2018 NCAA Final Four. The Big East’s Six Man of the Year shot 40% from three-point range this past season.
1 (18)  

San Antonio Spurs

Lonnie Walker IV 6’4 196 

SG-Miami (Fla.)

Athletic shooting guards/wings were a possibility for the Spurs with the unenviable Kawhi Leonard situation. The team opted for a player who can play the two-guard or wing in Walker IV. He has to stay healthy and become more productive with the ball in his hands. His play strength is undeniable.
1 (19)  

Atlanta Hawks

Kevin Huerter 6’7 194 

SG-Maryland

Huerter led the Terrapins with 73 three-pointers in 2017-18. The shooting guard spot was a position the Hawks needed to target to go along with Kent Bazemore.
1 (20)  

Minnesota Timberwolves

Josh Okogie 6’4 ½ 210 SG-Georgia Tech The third-team All-ACC selection is a high-riser who averaged over 18 points per game for the Yellow Jackets. With Jerome Robinson off the board, Okogie was one of the better shooting guards still available for the Timberwolves.
1 (21) Utah Jazz Grayson Allen 6’4 ½ 198 

SG-Duke

The former Blue Devil fills a need for the team despite being somewhat of a surprise in this slot. He nearly put up 2,000 points in his career (1,996), but there are some questions about his ability to defend consistently. There are, however, few questions surrounding his competitiveness and athleticism.
1 (22) Chicago Bulls Chandler Hutchison 6’7 197 

SG-Boise State

We felt the MWC Player of the Year could have been a possibility for the Spurs, but we also felt that the Bulls needed a guard with both Zach LaVine and David Nwaba currently free agents.   Will Hutchison continue to expand his range?
1 (23) Indiana Pacers Aaron Holiday 6’1 187 

PG-UCLA

Blessed with NBA bloodlines (Brother, Jrue, plays for the New Orleans Pelicans and another brother, Justin, plays for the Chicago Bulls), this Holiday rarely took any days off for the Bruins. He led the Pac-12 in scoring in 2017-18 (20.3 PPG). The Pacers simply took the best player available at this stage of the draft.
1 (24)  

Portland Trail Blazers

Anfernee Simons 6’3 183 

SG-United States

With Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton both free agents, guard depth was important for the Trail Blazers. The former IMG Academy standout moves well without the basketball and finishes in transition.
1 (25)  

Los Angeles Lakers

(from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017-18 trade that included Isaiah Thomas and Jordan Clarkson)

Moritz Wagner 6’11 241 

PF-Michigan

There are few questions regarding Wagner’s ability to stretch the floor as a shooter.   The former Wolverine has good vision, works as a rebounder and possesses above average ability to execute in pick-and-pop situations.
1 (26)  

Philadelphia 76ers

Landry Shamet 6’5” 188 

PG-Wichita State

We talked about Shamet’s ability to extend the defense in our Detroit Pistons team needs. Shamet, a combo-type, is insurance if the team loses either Redick or Belinelli in free agency.
1 (27) Boston Celtics Robert Williams III 6’10” 241 

C-Texas A&M

Williams III is one of the better shot blockers in the draft and he led the SEC in rebounding.   The team will look for him to be a rim-runner and lob specialist. It was a bit of a surprise he lasted until the end of the first round.
1 (28) Golden State Warriors Jacob Evans 6’5” 199 

SG-Cincinnati

The first-team All-AAC performer is a stout defender and underrated passer. The Warriors continue to add players who can guard multiple positions.
1 (29) Brooklyn Nets Dzanan Musa 6’9” 195 

SF-

Bosnia-

Herzegovina

Whether or not the team gets Charlotte C Dwight Howard in its proposed trade is still up for discussion. In the meantime, they needed a player capable of handling defensive responsibilities next to either Howard or Timofey Mozgov. Musa may not be a fit for those duties, but he averaged 12.4 PPG and was named the All-Adriatic League’s top prospect of the year.
1 (30) Atlanta Hawks Omari Spellman 6’9” 253 

PF-Villanova

While Spellman averaged just under 11 points per game for the Wildcats, he did shoot 43-percent from three-point range. Aside from his ability to shoot, he has enough bulk to compete as an offensive rebounder.
2nd Round      
2 (31) Phoenix Suns Elie Okobo 6’3” 180 

PG-France

The Suns didn’t get their backup guard early but they do get a player who has some similarities to the aforementioned Payton (a free agent). He has more shooting ability at this same stage of his development.
2 (32) Memphis Grizzlies Jevon Carter 6’1 ½” 196 

PG-West Virginia

Carter’s development as a scorer complements what may be the best defensive skill-set in the draft. He was twice named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and became just the fifth player in Division I history with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals.
2 (33)  

Dallas Mavericks

Jalen Brunson 6’2 ¼” 198 

PG-Villanova

Although he shot 41-percent from three-point range in 2017-18, some of Brunson’s best work came on the low block. His foot speed is a question mark.
2 (34)  

Atlanta Hawks

Devonte Graham 6’1 ½” 188 

PG-Kansas

Graham has the ability to go either right or left off the dribble to get separation for his pull-up jumpers. The Hawks continue to add playmakers to compete in the backcourt.
2 (35)  

Orlando Magic

Melvin Frazier 6’6” 198 

SF-Tulane

The AAC’s Most Improved Player led the conference in steals (2.2 per gm). He put together an outstanding NBA Combine performance.
2 (36)  

New York Knicks

Mitchell Robinson 6’11” 215 

PF-United States

One of the nation’s top recruits in 2017, Robinson never played college basketball and elected to train for the draft.
2 (37)  

Sacramento Kings

Gary Trent, Jr. 6’5” 204 

SG-Duke

During the NBA Combine, Trent, Jr. excelled shooting from the top of the key and posted a 39 ½” max VJ. He was one of the Blue Devils most consistent shooters in 2017-18.
2 (38)  

Philadelphia 76ers

Khyri Thomas 6’3 ¾” 198 

SG-Creighton

Known for his defense, Thomas’ 6’10 ½” wingspan gives him plenty of flexibility when it comes to guarding multiple positions. He’s capable of winning of finishing in transition or off the catch-and-shoot on the wings.
2 (39)  

Philadelphia 76ers

Isaac Bonga 6’9 203 

SF-Germany

Although this pick may not provide immediate dividends, Bonga,has good flexibility and impressive court vision.
2 (40)  

Brooklyn Nets

Rodions Kurucs 6’10” 215 

F-Lativa

Kurucs, a member of the 2017-18 Latvian National Team, averaged just over 10 points and nearly 3 RPG for FC Barcelona in 2017-18. He has a game that translates to the type of stretch-fours seen in the NBA today. He will need to work on getting his shot off quicker.
2 (41) Orlando Magic Jarred 

Vanderbilt

6’9” 214 

SF-Kentucky

If not for a left foot injury, Vanderbilt –one of the top players in the Class of 2017- may have made a bigger impact for the Wildcats in 2017-18. Where he did flash was as a rebounder. He averaged 7.9 rebounds per game in 14 games for the team.
2 (42) Detroit Pistons Bruce 

Brown

6’5 194 

SG-Miami (Fla)

Yet another prospect affected by a foot injury in 2017-18, Brown was probably more impactful as a shooter during his freshman season.
2 (43)  

Denver Nuggets

Justin Jackson 6’6 ¾” 229 

SF-Maryland

Jackson was a possible target for the Houston Rockets in our Southwest Division Team Needs. The 6-foot-7 Jackson shot 43-percent from three-point range and contains a 7-foot-2-inch wingspan. He eventually ended up getting traded to the Orlando Magic for the draft rights to Jarred Vanderbilt.
2 (44) Washington Wizards Issuf Sanon 6’4 185 

PG-Ukraine

He’s dealt with minor injuries, but the 2018 Slovenian League Champion logged added minutes for the Petrol Olimpija team of the Premier A SKL league.
2 (45) Brooklyn Nets Hamidou Diallo 6’5 190 

SG-Kentucky

Diallo posted the highest max vertical at the 2018 NBA Combine (44 ½”). If he can develop as a shooter, he has some similarities to Houston Rockets G Gerald Green. Diallo shot just 62% from the free throw line this past season and just 43-percent from the field
2 (46)  

Houston Rockets

De’Anthony Melton 6’3 193 

SG-USC

During his lone season of action at USC (2016-17), he averaged 1.9 steals per game.   Despite shooting 71% from the stripe, he connected on just 28.4% of his three-point shots.
2 (47)  

Los Angeles Lakers

Sviatoslav 

Mykhailiuk

6’8 195 

SG-Kansas

Mykhailiuk shot 44.4% from three-point range for the Jayhawks in 2017-18 while averaging 14.6 points per game. The former Jayhawk has elite shooting abilities that Draftnasty’s Troy Jefferson took notice of.
2 (48) 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Keita Bates-Diop 6’8” 223 

SF-Ohio State

Bates-Diop earned second-team All-American honors and was named the Big Ten Player of the Year.   Bates-Diop improved his scoring average by nearly 10 points from 2016-17.
2 (49) 

San Antonio Spurs

Chimezie Metu 6’11 215 

PF-USC

Metu has improved as a free throw shooter since he first arrived on campus. DraftNasty’s Jefferson felt Metu would be a fit for the Pelicans, but he’s going to a team in the division who can use his athleticism and length.
2 (50) 

Indiana Pacers

Alize Johnson 6’8 217 

PF-Missouri State

Johnson doesn’t have noteworthy length (6’8 ¾” wingspan) for his 217-pound frame, but he averaged a double-double (points, rebounds) in back-to-back seasons for the Bears.
2 (51) 

New Orleans Pelicans

Tony Carr 6’4 ½” 198 

SG-Penn State

The first-team All-Big Ten selection finished the season with four games of 30-plus points and shot 43.3% from three-point range. Carr’s 8’4” standing reach makes him bigger than his size would indicate.   He led the Nittany Lions to the 2018 NIT title.
2 (52) Utah Jazz Vincent Edwards 6’8 225 

SF-Purdue

A solid spot-up shooter, Edwards improved his scoring average in each of his four years on campus. An effiicent free throw shooter (82% career), he is also effective beyond the arc.
2 (53)  

Oklahoma City Thunder

Devon Hall 6’5 210 

SG-Virginia

Hall is by no means a high-riser, but he was satisfactory in non-stationary shooting drills at the 2018 NBA Combine. He was an 89% free throw shooter in 2017-18.
2 (54) Dallas Mavericks Shake Milton 6’5 ½ 207 

SG-SMU

In just over 36 minutes per game in 2017-18, Milton averaged 18 points per game. The 6’5 ½” Milton has nearly a 7-foot-1-inch wingspan and 8’3 ½” standing reach.
2 (55)  

Charlotte Hornets

Arnoldas Kulboka SF-Lithuania Despite averaging just over 8 points per game, he shot nearly 37-percent from three-point range. He will likely be a pick for the Hornets down the road
2 (56)  

Philadelphia 76ers

Ray Spalding 6’10 ¼ 215 

PF-Louisville

DraftNasty’s Jefferson projected that Spalding’s 7’6” wingspan would be a fit for the Portland Trail Blazers. Instead, the 76ers get a prospect that averaged 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for the Cardinals in 2017-18.
2 (57)  

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Hervey 6’7 211 

SF/PF-UT-Arlington

Hervey is yet another player that the Thunder project can improve as a shooter. He’s an underrated rebounder who Jefferson projected would be a possible target for another team in the Northwest Division (Denver Nuggets) as a small forward-type projection.
2 (58)  

Denver Nuggets

Thomas Welsh 7’0 245 

C-UCLA

Welsh, a career 80-percent free throw shooter, shot 40-percent from the three-point line as a senior while averaged 10.8 rebounds per game.
2 (59)  

Phoenix Suns

George 

King

6’6 220 

SF-Colorado

The second-team All-Pac-12 selection nearly hit 200 three-pointers in college (181) and perhaps more impressively 5.4 rebounds per game (career).
2 (60) Philadelphia 76ers Kostas 

Antetokounmpo

6’10 190 

SF-Dayton

The younger brother of the Greek Freak in Milwaukee didn’t log many minutes for Dayton, but he did aveaged over a block per game.   He’s still not a shooter (51.6% free throws), but he contains a 7’2 ¼” wingspan and 9’2” standing reach.