NBA Draft 2013: Cavaliers select Anthony Bennett with No. 1 pick
Here’s a quick look at the players selected in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft in New York.
This will also be NBA Commissioner David Stern’s last time at the podium on draft day. Stern will retire in February after 30 years on the job.
PHOTOS: Top 10 draft picks of 2013
No. 1 -- Cleveland Cavaliers -- Anthony Bennett, 6-7, 239, Nevada Las Vegas, power forward
Bennett may be the best pure athlete of the draft, based on his explosiveness, speed and physique. He may be undersized for an NBA power forward but he counters that with his versatility. He can post up, shoot the three and take defenders off the dribble, providing a matchup problem for almost any team. The Canadian international made an immediate impact at Nevada Las Vegas in his freshman year, averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Ben Bolch comment: Surprise, surprise! Even for someone who played collegiately in the land of prop bets, Bennett going first was the longshot of longshots.
No. 2 -- Orlando Magic -- Victor Oladipo, 6-4, 213, Indiana, shooting guard
Oladipo is considered one of the more NBA ready guards based on his impressive defensive prowess. But the biggest area where Oladipo has improved is his shooting. With the Hoosiers, the 21-year-old junior shot 60% from the field (44% from three-point range) and averaged 13.6 points and 2.2 steals. Maybe Oladipo isn’t a great shot creator or playmaker, but he could make an instant impact of the defensive side of the floor for any team.
Bolch comment: Picking Oladipo could be a sign that the Magic are aggressively shopping Arron Afflalo, who could end up with Clippers.
No. 3 -- Washington Wizards -- Otto Porter Jr., 6-9, 198, Georgetown, small forward
Porter has immense raw talent, but he still is considered one of the most draft-ready players with his versatility. He turned heads with his improvement in his sophomore year at Georgetown, as he won the Big East player-of-the-year honors. The 20-year-old averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds and was held to single-digit scoring only three times. His slender physique needs some added muscle, and scouts have raised concerns over his athleticism. But Porter makes up for these shortcomings with court awareness and a high basketball IQ.
Bolch comment: The former Georgetown star has the added bonus of knowing the few spots to get cell phone reception inside the Verizon Center.
No. 4 -- Charlotte Bobcats -- Cody Zeller, 7-0, 230, Indiana, power forward/center
Zeller’s draft stock might have taken a hit by returning for his sophomore season, but he made steady improvements while in Bloomington. Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds, including 10 double-doubles. Scouts say that Zeller does many things well, but does not excel in any one area. He needs to get stronger in the post and on defense. But the second-team All-American has great court awareness and versatility that can spread the floor.
Bolch comment: Athletic big man becomes the third Zeller brother in the NBA and the second Hoosier to go in the top four of this year’s draft.
No. 5 -- Phoenix Suns -- Alex Len, 7-1, 250, Maryland, center
Experts consider the Ukrainian big man as one of the more raw players in the draft pool, having just turned 20 years old and still filling into his huge frame. In his second season with the Terrapins, Len averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks a game, including a 20-point, eight-rebound season-ending performance against North Carolina. A stress fracture in his ankle has kept the pick-and-roll specialist out for the last month, limiting his workouts and activity.
Bolch comment: The 7-foot-1 center from Maryland was the highest-drafted Terrapin since Steve Francis went No. 2 in 1999.
No. 6 -- New Orleans Pelicans -- Nerlens Noel, 6-11, 206, Kentucky, power forward
(Traded to Philadelphia)
Noel arguably has the highest upside of any player in this draft. A pure shot-blocker and impressive leaper, he has the size, timing and talent to be a top-tier NBA big man — if he stays healthy. His offensive game is relatively raw: he averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in 24 games before tearing his left ACL in February. Noel said he expects to be able to play in a game by Christmas.
Bolch comment: Consolation prize: Noel may not have been the first player taken but he’ll go down as the first Pelican ever drafted and traded!
No. 7 -- Sacramento Kings -- Ben McLemore, 6-5, 189, Kansas, shooting guard
NBA teams see a lot of potential in McLemore, especially as a spot-up shooter and lockdown defender. McLemore can get out and run with the best of them in transition and has the athleticism that scouts drool over. In his only year with the Jayhawks, McLemore shot 42% on three-pointers and averaged 15.9 points a game, underlined by a 36-point outburst against West Virginia on March 2. His offensive repertoire and ballhandling could use some work, but the key word with McLemore is upside.
Bolch comment: Kings hoping they got lucky that the player with perhaps the biggest upside in the draft fell to them in this slot.
No. 8 -- Detroit Pistons -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-6, 204, Georgia, shooting guard
Caldwell-Pope enters as one of the draft’s best pure scorers, utilizing a consistent jump shot and a reliable offensive instinct. At Georgia last season, he averaged 18.5 points per game and led the team in rebounding. No opponent was able to hold Caldwell-Pope to single-digit scoring in a breakthrough 2012-13 season that ended with Southeastern Conference player of the year honors. The only major knock on the Greenville, Ga., native is his lack of defensive prowess and consistency.
Bolch comment: The prolific shooting guard may need to shoot 100% to lift the Pistons out of mediocrity.
No. 9 -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- Trey Burke, 6-1, 187, Michigan, point guard
(Traded to Utah)
Burke is considered the highest-touted guard of the draft. He was named the Naismith college player of the year after taking Michigan to the NCAA championship game for the first time since 1993. As a sophomore Burke, 20, averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game, both improvements over a solid freshman season. The Columbus, Ohio, native has impressed NBA teams with his court presence, ball-handling and passing, especially off the pick and roll where he is expected to make an impact.
Bolch comment: Diminutive point guard traded to Utah as a replacement for Mo Williams.
No. 10 -- Portland Trail Blazers -- C.J. McCollum, 6-3, 197, Lehigh, shooting guard
McCollum enters as one of the draft’s best one-on-one offensive threats, utilizing a quick-release jump shot. What the two-time Patriot League player of the year lacks in athleticism and quickness, he makes up for in basketball IQ and a natural scoring touch. He missed the last two months of his senior season, where he averaged 23.9 points a game, due to a broken foot. He scored 36 points in a season-opening loss to No. 19 Baylor.
Bolch comment: Blazers would be thrilled if Lehigh star becomes anywhere near as good as rookie of the year Damian Lillard.
No. 11 -- Philadelphia 76ers -- Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, 184, Syracuse, point guard
Carter-Williams’ length makes him a dynamic player at both sides of the court. He led the NCAA in steals and assists at one point in the season and would shine with a high-flying teammate on the wing or frontcourt. He finished his sophomore year averaging 11.9 points, 7.3 assists and 2.8 steals a game, and helped Syracuse reach the Final Four. His outside shooting is his most glaring weakness: Carter-Williams shot 29.2% from three-point range this season.
Bolch comment: Could be the heir apparent to Jrue Holiday after 76ers make baffling decision to trade for another player with knee issues.
No. 12 -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- Steven Adams, 7-0, 255, Pittsburgh, center
Scouts see Adams as a major project who needs plenty of time to develop but has a big upside to his game. In his only season at Pittsburgh, the New Zealand international averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds while playing 23.4 minutes per game. Adams possesses above-average agility to go with his size and has a knack for offensive rebounding. His footwork and ball handling skills, however, need work and he has to develope his physical play in the post.
Bolch comment: One of 18 children, possible replacement for Kendrick Perkins wants to be more than just one of the guys for Thunder.
No. 13 -- Dallas Mavericks -- Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, 234, Gonzaga, center
(Traded to Boston)
Olynyk was one of the biggest surprises in college basketball this past season, leading Gonzaga to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Canadian international averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds after averaging only 5.8 points the year before. Olynyk fits the bill as a Pau Gasol-type, utilizing great court vision and passing ability to complement his multifaceted offensive skills. However, NBA teams are concerned with how his defense and rebounding will hold up in the pro game.
Bolch comment: Floppy-haired center goes from mid-major college to the NBA’s most storied franchise after Boston Celtics trade up to acquire him.
No. 14 -- Utah Jazz -- Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, 222, UCLA, shooting guard
(Traded to Minnesota)
Muhammad’s draft stock has varied wildly: Some scouts label him as a top-10 talent, while others have major concerns over his attitude and maturity. The Las Vegas product averaged 17.9 points a game in his one year under Ben Howland and scored in double-digits in every game but one. Muhammad has a versatile offensive skill set and a solid physical presence, but some scouts are concerned over his defensive play and ability to get his teammates involved on offense.
Bolch comment: Advice to Muhammad: Don’t let fellow former Bruin Kevin Love talk you into any knuckle pushups once you reach Minnesota.
No. 15 -- Milwaukee Bucks -- Giannis Adetokunbo, 6-9, 196, Greece, small forward
Adetokunbo comes in as one of the youngest players in the draft at 18. He has starred in the Greek professional league for the last few seasons as a versatile hybrid forward, taking passes in the post while also bringing the ball up court. The son of Nigerian immigrants, Adetokunbo is an impressive defender with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and has advanced ball skills for his age. Scouts still haven’t seen much of a perimeter jump shot, but he has great upside in the role of a do-it-all wingman.
Bolch comment: Team in need of guards with Monta Ellis out and Brandon Jennings likely leaving picks a ... forward?
No. 16 -- Boston Celtics -- Lucas Nogueira, 6-11, 215, Brazil, center
(Traded to Atlanta)
Nogueira is one of the more mobile and athletic big men in the draft, but he is also one of the biggest projects. The 20-year-old Brazilian averaged 5.4 points in 14 minutes a game in Spain’s professional league, shooting 66% from the field. His 7-foot-5 wingspan makes him an incredibly efficient shot blocker and rebounder, but Nogueira has a limited offensive game and a physique that needs some bulk in the NBA.
Bolch comment: Seven-footer from Brazil could be the shot-blocking presence Hawks need with Josh Smith headed elsewhere.
No. 17 -- Atlanta Hawks -- Dennis Schroeder, 6-2, 168, Germany, point guard
Schroeder was relatively unknown coming into 2013 but has impressed in pre-draft workouts. The 19-year-old point guard has surprised NBA scouts with his breakthrough speed, ballhandling skills and lateral defense since coming from the New Yorker Phantoms in the German BBL, the same league that produced Dirk Nowitzki. However, scouts have voiced some concerns about Schroeder’s maturity and strength and whether he will be pushed around by bigger, more physical guards in the NBA.
Bolch comment: Possible replacement for free agent Jeff Teague has already shown tremendous improvement at a young age.
No. 18 -- Atlanta Hawks -- Shane Larkin, 5-11, 171, Miami, point guard
Larkin, the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, was the driving force behind Miami’s surprise ACC championship run and stint at No. 2 in the national polls. The ACC player of the year averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists in 36 minutes a game. Larkin is great off pick-and-roll sets and brings instant energy to the floor. Scouts, though, have some concerns about his size and strength.
Bolch comment: If Larkin doesn’t work out with the Mavericks via trade, maybe he can play shortstop for the Texas Rangers.
No. 19 -- Cleveland Cavaliers -- Sergey Karasev, 6-7, 197, Russia, small forward
Karasev could be one of the bigger surprises of the draft. The 19-year-old lanky forward led the Russian league in scoring and played for the Russian national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Karasev possesses a smooth, deep-range lefty stroke and he shot 38% from three-point range. He has great basketball IQ and court vision, but could improve his defense and needs to add some strength to match other versatile NBA forwards.
Bolch comment: Cavaliers get an oversized guard from Russia, with a lovely jump shot.
No. 20 -- Chicago Bulls -- Tony Snell, 6-7, 198, New Mexico, shooting guard
Snell is an excellent perimeter shooter. He averaged 12.5 points as a junior, with six 20-plus point games. He poured in a combined 38 points on 10-of-15 shooting in the Mountain West Conference final and semifinal. While Snell added some muscle during his three years with the Lobos, he would do well to add a bit more if he wants to be able to defend at the NBA level.
Bolch comment: Former high school teammate of San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard hopes to emulate his quick rise to stardom.
No. 21 -- Utah Jazz -- Gorgui Dieng, 6-11, 230, Louisville, center
(Traded to Minnesota)
Dieng was the defensive anchor of the NCAA champion Cardinals, logging 10 double-doubles despite missing seven games early in the season with a broken wrist. The Senegalese big man posted averages of 9.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks a game before declaring for the draft as a junior. His offensive game is unpolished, but he’s put on weight to better battle in the paint and has above-average mobility and leaping ability.
Bolch comment: Possesses a 7-foot-3 wingspan that could make him a super-sized complement to Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic.
No. 22 -- Brooklyn Nets -- Mason Plumlee, 7-0, 238, Duke, power forward
Plumlee saw his minutes, rebounding and scoring improve from the prior season in every year at Duke. He averaged a career-high 17.1 points and 10 rebounds as a senior that ended with a Final Four loss to eventual NCAA champion Louisville. Plumlee is known for his athleticism, defense and grit, but he might have some trouble establishing himself as a true post presence against more physical defenders in the NBA.
Bolch comment: Joining Nets means Plumlee may play alongside Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce if blockbuster trade goes through.
No. 23 -- Indiana Pacers -- Solomon Hill, 6-7, 226, Arizona, small forward
A versatile forward with a strong build, Hill has the speed and size to match up with most NBA forwards. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior, leading the Wildcats to the Sweet 16. Hill’s field-goal percentage and rebounding rate dropped from his junior year, though it’s possible both dips can be attributed to his move from power forward to swingman.
Bolch comment: Who would have thought five years ago that Fairfax High’s Solomon Hill would be an NBA player but Renardo Sidney wouldn’t?
No. 24 -- New York Knicks -- Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-6, 185, Michigan, shooting guard
Hardaway was a major component in Michigan’s run to the championship game, averaging 14.5 points per game. The son of a five-time NBA All-Star, Hardaway has the pedigree scouts like, along with his wide-ranging jump shot. Because this draft is loaded with shooting guards, Hardaway could come away as a steal with his all-around game and intense work ethic. There’s some room to improve on defense, but his above-average strength and composure are sure to help.
Bolch comment: Hardaway Jr. fulfills Knicks super fan Spike Lee’s desire to become “younger, smarter.”
No. 25 -- Los Angeles Clippers -- Reggie Bullock, 6-7, 200, North Carolina, shooting guard
Big for a shooting guard, Bullock has a well-rounded game. He turned in a consistent junior campaign with the Tar Heels, shooting 43.6% from beyond the three-point arc, and taking more than half of his shots from that range. He averaged 13.9 points this season and reads off-ball screens well. He is also a solid rebounder for his position, averaging 6.5 a game.
Bolch comment: Sharpshooter may offset loss of Matt Barnes if Clippers are unable to re-sign one of their top bench players.
No. 26 -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- Andre Roberson, 6-6, 211, Colorado, small forward
(Traded to Oklahoma City)
A big man who can rebound (more than 11 boards a game), but his scoring is underdeveloped and will need some nurturing in the pros. But his size should help -- has a 6- 11 wingspan.
Bolch comment: Thunder getting another lengthy, athletic forward who could learn a thing or two from playing alongside Kevin Durant.
No. 27 -- Denver Nuggets -- Rudy Gobert, 7-2, 238, France, center
(Traded to Utah)
Gobert, who turns 21 on draft day, has the chance to make an immediate defensive impact for any team. He led France’s Pro A league with 1.9 blocks per game, assisted by his 7-8 1/2 wingspan and 9-7 standing reach. His offensive skills need polishing as he doesn’t have much of a jump shot and isn’t a great passer, making his game one-dimensional down in the post.
Bolch comment: With a standing reach of 9 feet 7, Gobert is already a mile high before reaching Wasatch Mountains of Utah.
No. 28 -- San Antonio Spurs -- Livio Jean-Charles, 6-9, 217, France, forward
Jean-Charles’ stock skyrocketed after his performance at the 2013 Nike Hoops Summit, with 27 points and 13 rebounds against the USA Junior National Select Team. His game caught the attention of every scout in attendance before he declared for the NBA draft. His athleticism, energy and ability to finish at the rim are his best attributes. He is expected to play both forward positions in the NBA.
Bolch comment: Spurs unearth another international man of mystery in native of French Guiana.
No. 29 -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- Archie Goodwin, 6-3, 189, Kentucky, shooting guard
(Traded to Phoenix)
Goodwin was the leading scorer and go-to freshman on an immature and severely underachieving Wildcats squad this past season. Goodwin averaged 14.1 points before declaring for the draft reportedly against the advice of Kentucky Coach John Calipari. He showed signs of potential — scoring 24 points on 12-of-14 free-throw shooting in a Jan. 29 win over Mississippi — but was also plagued by inconsistency; Goodwin failed to reach double figures in seven of 13 games in mid-season.
Bolch comment: Combo guard could be in for culture shock going from the Bluegrass, wins to the Phoenix desert, defeats.
No. 30 -- Phoenix Suns -- Nemanja Nedovic, 6-3, 192, Serbia, shooting guard
(Traded to Golden State)
Very athletic, who has a quick first step, and finishes well at the rim. Despite his scoring skills, he’s a bit undersized as a combo sized guard in the pros and will have to work on his defensive skills.
Bolch comment: Will be the answer to a trivia question: Who was the last draft pick introduced by Commissioner David Stern?
No. 31 -- Cleveland Cavaliers -- Allen Crabbe, 6-6, 210, California, shooting guard
Crabbe’s quick release and sweet stroke had him moving up recently in most mock drafts. Crabbe averaged 18.4 points on 45.9% shooting as a junior. He is also a consistent rebounder — grabbing more than five boards per game in all three of his collegiate seasons — and moves well off the ball.
No. 32 -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- Alex Abrines, 6-5, 195, Spain, shooting guard
No. 33 -- Cleveland Cavaliers -- Carrick Felix, 6-6, 203, Arizona State, shooting guard
No. 34 -- Houston Rockets -- Isaiah Canaan, 6-0, 188, Murray State, point guard
After two years of dominating the Ohio Valley Conference, Canaan is ready to test his scoring ability in the NBA. As a senior for the Racers, he averaged 22.4 points (close to one-third of the team’s offensive production) and 4.3 assists. While his outside shot slipped this season, his jumper is still the focal point in his game. As a shoot-first guard, Canaan will need to develop a consistent outside shot to succeed at the next level.
No. 35 -- Philadelphia 76ers -- Glen Rice Jr., 6-6, 211, Rio Grande Valley, small forward
(Traded to Washington)
The son of the former Lakers sharpshooter, Rice has taken one of the more eclectic routes to the draft. After averaging 13 points and 6.7 rebounds at Georgia Tech in the 2011-2012 season, Rice was kicked off the team for disciplinary reasons. Rice sought refuge in the NBA D-League, where he stood out by averaging 25 points with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Scouts are impressed with his jump shot and athleticism, but, as with any disciplinary case, there are concerns over his demeanor and maturity.
No. 36 -- Sacramento Kings -- Ray McCallum, 6-2, 191, Detroit, point guard
Playing under his father, McCallum thrashed his Horizon League competition as a junior, averaging 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He also shot 54.5% from inside the three-point arc. He’s quick, but he could be pushed around by bigger guards in the NBA.
No. 37 -- Detroit Pistons -- Tony Mitchell, 6-9, 236, North Texas, power forward
Mitchell’s upside lies in his strength, wide frame and 7-3 wingspan. Statistically, though, he regressed as a sophomore. His scoring average (13.0) and rebounding average (8.5) both dipped, and his field-goal percentage dropped from 56.7% to 44%. He still made 50.5% of his two-pointers this past season, but showed more complacency on offense and hovered closer to the perimeter.
No. 38 -- Washington Wizards -- Nate Wolters, 6-5, 196, South Dakota State, point guard
(Traded to Philadelphia)
Wolters might not have the name recognition of other point guards in the draft, but he offers an intelligent, multifaceted offensive repertoire. The Summit League player of the year was fourth in the NCAA in scoring, averaging 22.3 points while playing 38 minutes a game, and shot 48% from the field. However, scouts have raised concerns about the guard’s quickness and athleticism going up against NBA point guards.
No. 39 -- Portland Trail Blazers -- Jeff Withey, 7-0, 222, Kansas, center
Withey is considered a versatile two-way player, coming in with a reputation as one of college basketball’s best defenders. The 23-year-old big man blossomed in his senior year under Bill Self, averaging 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks. The San Diego native recorded 13 double-doubles and has above-average agility for a center. But his interior game needs some work, along with his jump shot and court vision.
No. 40 -- Portland Trail Blazers -- Grant Jerrett, 6-10, 232, Arizona
No. 41 -- Memphis Grizzlies -- Jamaal Franklin, 6-5, 191, San Diego State, shooting guard
Franklin is an offensive machine who creates shots for himself and shows a lethal combination of aggressiveness and athleticism. He was the No. 1 option at San Diego State, averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a shooting guard. However, his strengths could also quickly become his weaknesses, shooting with a quick trigger and taking risks on both ends of the floor. The Hawthorne native needs to improve his three-point shot after shooting only 28% last season.
No. 42 -- Philadelphia 76ers -- Pierre Jackson, 5-10, 176, Baylor, point guard
With a quick first step and a knack for squeezing through small lanes, Jackson shined for the Bears, averaging 19.8 points and 7.1 assists as a senior. The pick-and-roll-minded point guard had eight 25-plus point games, including a 28-point, 11-for-13 shooting performance when Baylor upset then-No. 4 Kansas in early March. Jackson can hit the open three-pointer as well.
No. 43 -- Milwaukee Bucks -- Ricky Ledo, 6-6, 197, Providence, shooting guard
(Traded to Philadelphia)
Ledo is one of the more intriguing prospects in this year’s class. He was deemed ineligible to play in games as a freshman at Providence, but came to the program as one of the top recruits in the country. Ledo’s ballhandling and scoring abilities are promising, while his defense could use some work. At the NBA draft combine, he looked impressive on the first day before struggling on the second.
No. 44 -- Dallas Mavericks -- Mike Muscala, 6-11, 230, Bucknell, center
(Traded to Atlanta)
Muscala was the Bison’s primary offensive weapon as a senior, leading them to an NCAA tournament appearance with 19.8 points per game. In addition to sharp post play, Muscala’s 14.8 rebounds per 40 minutes ranked second in the country. Experts project him to play a role in the pick-and-pop game in the pros; he also made 78.8% of his foul shots as a senior.
No. 45 -- Portland Trail Blazers -- Marko Todorovic, 6-11, 245, Serbia, small forward
No. 46 -- Utah Jazz -- Erick Green, 6-3, 178, Virginia Tech, point guard
(Traded to Denver)
Green essentially carried his team offensively, accounting for 34% of the Hokies’ points. Green is a prolific scorer and led the NCAA with 25 points per game, scoring 30-plus points on four opponents this past season. He has a fantastic perimeter jump shot and sharp court awareness, but scouts say he lacks the explosiveness and speed to be a starting point guard in the pros right away.
No. 47 -- Atlanta Hawks -- Raul Neto, 6-2, 179, Brazil, point guard
No. 48 -- Los Angeles Lakers -- Ryan Kelly, 6-11, 228, Duke, power forward
Good shooter, averaged 12.9 points and hit 42% of his three-pointers this past season. But he needed surgery on a broken right foot that cost him two months of the season.
No. 49 -- Chicago Bulls -- Erik Murphy, 6-10, 240, Florida, power forward
No. 50 -- Atlanta Hawks -- James Ennis, 6-7, 201, Long Beach State, small forward
(Traded to Miami)
No. 51 -- Orlando Magic -- Romero Osby, 6-8, 240, Oklahoma, power forward
No. 52 -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- Lorenzo Brown, 6-5, 189, N.C. State, point guard
After a mediocre junior campaign, Brown declared for the draft. He averaged 12.4 points per game, but struggled to find consistency with his jump shot. His main draw is his court vision and ability to run an offense as he averaged 7.4 assists per game this past season. Brown can also score off the dribble, though his average athleticism won’t do him any favors in the NBA.
No. 53 -- Indiana Pacers -- Colton Iverson, 7-0, 263, Colorado State, center
The Minnesota transfer has size, strength and experience. He added 30 pounds to his frame over his five-year collegiate career, averaging 14 points and 9.9 rebounds under Larry Eustachy last season. Iverson’s length and athleticism leave room for improvement, but his stamina is above average and he brings a soft touch around the rim. He could fit in well as a pick-and-roll big man as he sets solid screens and made 66% of his shots from close range last season.
No. 54 -- Washington Wizards -- Arsalan Kazemi, 6-8, 225, Oregon, power forward
(Traded to Philadelphia)
One of the better rebounders in this class, Kazemi averaged 10 boards to go with 9.4 points as a Ducks senior. The Iranian big man is an above-average defender who can guard quick forwards on the perimeter and also cover the pick and roll. Scouts have called his play reckless at times, but Kazemi is at the very least a competent finisher around the basket. He spent his first three years at Rice.
No. 55 -- Memphis Grizzlies -- Joffrey Lauvergne, 6-10, 220, France, power forward
(Traded to Denver)
No. 56 -- Detroit Pistons -- Peyton Siva, 6-1, 181, Louisville, point guard
No. 57 -- Phoenix Suns -- Alex Oriakhi, 6-10, 258, Missouri, center
No. 58 -- San Antonio Spurs -- DeShaun Thomas, 6-7, 220, Ohio State, small forward
Thomas was one of the best scorers in the country as a junior, leading the Buckeyes with 19.8 points a game. Thomas is projected by some to fill a sixth-man scorer’s role. He shot 39% off the catch this year, compared to 29% pulling up. Thomas also raised his free-throw percentage to 83.4% to help round out his offensive game.
No. 59 -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- Bojan Dubljevic, 6-10, 242, Spain, power forward/center
Dubljevic jumped from the Adriatic League to the more competitive Spanish ACB this year, and hasn’t missed a beat. He’s averaging 12.1 points on 53.6% shooting in 36 games. He’s also a strong free-throw shooter, averaging 83.7% from the line. Dubljevic plays below the rim, but what he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with his 7-4 wingspan and deft outside shooting. He’s shooting 47.4% from three-point range in the Spanish ACB.
No. 60 -- Memphis Grizzlies -- Janis Timma, 6-7, 200, Latvia, forward
(Traded to Miami)
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