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NBA Rookie Mini Scouting Reports and Stat Predictions: Picks 60-45

This draft class has been one of the most hyped in NBA history. What impact will some of the players at the back of the board have in their rookie seasons?

 

60. Alpha Kaba – Atlanta Hawks

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The 6’10” French forward was the absolute last pick in the draft by the Hawks. Kaba has tremendous defensive upside with a 7’5″ wingspan, though isn’t quite ready to play in the NBA just yet. He’ll be stashed in his home country of France for this season and possibly a few years more.

PPG: N/A   RPG: N/A   APG: N/A   SPG: N/A   BPG: N/A

NBA Comparison: Drew Gooden

 

59. Jaron Blossomgame – San Antonio Spurs

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San Antonio selected swingman Jaron Blossomgame with their second round pick this year. One of the best players in the ACC last college season, averaging nearly 18 points a game, he could become a solid bench scorer for San Antonio eventually. It’s likely Blossomgame plays for the Spurs G-League affiliate in his first year, the Austin Spurs.

PPG: N/A   RPG: N/A   APG: N/A   SPG: N/A   BPG: N/A

NBA Comparison: Caris Lavert

 

58. Ognjen Jaramaz – New York Knicks

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With this pick, the Knicks get a raw, explosive guard in Jaramaz who must make strides in his long range shooting and on-ball defense in order to make it in the league. It’s likely the 21-year old spends this year overseas in Serbia.

PPG: N/A   RPG: N/A   APG: N/A   SPG: N/A   BPG: N/A

NBA Comparison: Marquise Teague

 

57. Alexander Vezenkov – Brooklyn Nets

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The Nets are essentially getting an undersized stretch 4 with this pick. Vezenkov needs to improve his defense and learn to create for himself on offense more before he’s ready for the NBA. He’ll likely stay at FC Barcelona for the 17-18 season.

PPG: N/A   RPG: N/A   APG: N/A   SPG: N/A   BPG: N/A

NBA Comparison: Nemanja Bjelica

 

56. Jabari Bird – Boston Celtics

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Jabari will most likely not be the best Bird to ever wear a Celtic jersey but he is probably the first player on this list to see some NBA action as a rookie. Boston is reportedly very close to coming to terms for a two-way deal with Bird (per The Daily Californian). The G/F is an explosive athlete who can create his own shot and also has the potential to be a solid defensive player.

PPG: 2.2   RPG: 1.3   APG: 0.4   SPG: 0.3   BPG: 0.1

NBA Comparison: K.J. McDaniels

 

55. Nigel Williams-Goss – Utah Jazz

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The Gonzaga product will likely get a two-way contract from the Jazz before the start of the season. Williams-Goss is a do-it-all PG who has the ability to drive and score, be a floor leader, and grab rebounds at a solid height for his position, 6’3″. It could be tough for him to find minutes in Utah behind Dante Exum and Ricky Rubio.

PPG: 1.7   RPG: 1.1   APG: 1.2   SPG: 0.4  BPG: 0.0

NBA Comparison: Marcus Smart

 

54. Alec Peters – Phoenix Suns

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The 6’9″ forward out of Valparaiso has recently been signed to a two-way deal by the Suns (per hoopsrumors.com). Peters is a great offensive player with shooting ability and an exciting post repertoire. He also has the ability to make plays for others from the post, something Phoenix doesn’t have much of. Defense will be the question for Peters going forward.

PPG: 2.9   RPG: 2.3   APG: 1.4   SPG: 0.1   BPG: 0.3

NBA Comparison: Markieff Morris

 

53. Kadeem Allen – Boston Celtics

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Allen recently signed a two-way contract with Boston just as Jabari Bird has. He’s really an undersized shooting guard at 6’3″ with solid athleticism and scoring ability that could be helpful if an injury occurs in the Celtic backcourt. Allen will struggle to see the floor in Boston just as Bird will but he should have the chance to get some NBA minutes in his first year.

PPG: o.9   RPG: 0.4   APG: 0.3   SPG: 0.2  BPG: 0.0

NBA Comparison: Gary Harris

 

52. Edmond Sumner – Indiana Pacers

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Like many of the guys taken down here, Sumner is currently on a two-way contract with the Pacers. The 21-year old played for Xavier before declaring for this past year’s draft. Sumner has the ability to create his own shot and is really a solid all-around guard. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets minutes in a below-average Pacer backcourt.

PPG: 2.8   RPG: 1.1   APG: 1.7   SPG: 0.3   BPG: 0.1

NBA Comparison: Spencer Dinwiddie

 

51. Monte Morris – Denver Nuggets

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Former Iowa State guard Monte Morris will play on a two-way contract with Denver this year. Morris isn’t exactly a TRUE point guard, though does have reliable playmaking ability. An intangible player with a good shooting stroke, Morris will need to defend better on the ball to get minutes in the league, but could see some court time at points this year.

PPG: 1.9   RPG: 0.8   APG: 1.4   SPG: 0.2   BPG: 0.0

NBA Comparison: D.J. Augustin

 

50. Mathias Lessort – Philadelphia 76ers

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Lessort will spend this next basketball season playing in his home country of France. The 6’9″ forward has a solid post arsenal and can finish around the rim with his athleticism. Shooting is where he must get better which is probably the easiest thing for an NBA team to develop in a young player. If Lessort finds a jumper his defensive potential and finishing ability could make him some money in the NBA.

PPG: N/A   RPG: N/A  APG: N/A   SPG: N/A   BPG: N/A

NBA Comparison: Jeff Green

 

49. Vlatko Cancar – Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets plan since selecting Cancar was a draft and stash. We’ll see if or when he gets to Denver in the future. The forward is an extremely skilled shooter who is unexplosive and is hugely lacking of quickness off the dribble and on defense.

PPG: N/A   RPG: N/A   APG: N/A   SPG: N/A   BPG: N/A

NBA Comparison: Bojan Bogdanovic

 

48. Sindarius Thornwell – Los Angeles Clippers

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Thornwell signed a three-year deal with LA earlier in the summer. I’d look to see if he makes almost a Malcom Brogdon type impact in his first season with the Clips. I believe he has the playmaking and scoring ability to even play the point at times given the recent departure of Chris Paul.

PPG: 4.1   RPG: 3.2   APG: 1.9   SPG: 0.7   BPG: 0.1

NBA Comparison: Malcom Brogdon

 

47. Ike Anigbogu – Indiana Pacers

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Anigbogu was signed to a rookie contract by the Pacers shortly after he was drafted. The UCLA product’s shot blocking could be what gets him court time in Indiana. His low post strength is also a positive about him. His shooting and quickness can be improved to make him more of an all-around C for the Pacers.

PPG: 1.8   RPG: 2.3   APG: 0.3   SPG: 0.2   BPG: 0.9

NBA Comparison: Kyle O’Quinn

 

46. Sterling Brown – Milwaukee Bucks

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Brown was drafted by the Sixers before being dealt to Milwaukee. Out of SMU, Brown is an do-it-all 6’6″ guard who can score off the dribble and make plays for others. His lack of explosiveness could hinder him at the next level, but he should be a good addition to the Bucks backcourt.

PPG: 3.2   RPG: 1.4   APG: 1.5   SPG: 0.9   BPG: 0.2

NBA Comparison: Archie Goodwin

 

45. Dillon Brooks – Memphis Grizzlies

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Brooks was originally taken by Houston before being traded to the Griz. He’ll bring much needed shooting to Memphis after the departure of veteran Vince Carter. Though Brooks seems to get a little tunnel vision at times, his aggressiveness will surely benefit the team.

PPG: 4.7   RPG: 2.3   APG: 0.8   SPG: 0.7   BPG: 0.1

NBA Comparison: Shabazz Muhammed

 

 

Credit to @nbascoutinglive.com

 

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