This draft class has been one of the most hyped in NBA history. What numbers will the players taken in the latter part of the first round post in the 17-18 season.
30. Josh Hart – Los Angeles Lakers
Josh Hart has been signed to a rookie deal after being taken with the last pick of the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Hart shot just over 40% from 3 last season at Villanova and will be counted on to bring that jumper over to LA in his rookie year. Hart’s driving ability and offensive I.Q. will also be important for a Laker team who could use an offensive punch off the bench.
PPG: 6.2 RPG: 2.9 APG: 1.8 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.2
NBA Comparison: Allen Crabbe
29. Derrick White – San Antonio Spurs
White has been signed to a rookie deal by the Spurs. The 23-year old out of Colorado joins a San Antonio PG rotation of Tony Parker, Patty Mills, and Dejounte Murray. It could be tough for him to find minutes with these three ahead of him but his playmaking and shooting ability could make him an important piece for the Spurs soon.
PPG: 1.1 RPG: 0.4 APG: 0.9 SPG: 0.6 BPG: 0.0
NBA Comparison: Jordan Crawford
28. Tony Bradley – Utah Jazz
Bradley is coming off a Freshman season at UNC where he won a National Title. He now joins a Utah team coming off one of it’s worst offseason blows in team history. With the loss of Gordon Hayward to the Celtics, the Jazz could look for some young players to step up. Unfortunately for Bradley, he’ll be sitting behind young defensive stalwart Rudy Gobert to begin his career. He’s got the potential to be a solid center in the league but he’ll take some time to develop at just 19 years old.
PPG: 3.2 RPG: 2.4 APG: 0.3 SPG: 0.2 BPG: 0.9
NBA Comparison: Brad Daugherty
27. Kyle Kuzma – Los Angeles Lakers
Kuzma appears to be another steal in this draft. He showcased tremendous shooting ability this summer in Las Vegas. At 6’9″ with a silky-smooth jumper, athletic frame, and the right mentality, Kuzma could be one of the next top stretch 4’s in the NBA. I think he could take over Julius Randle’s starting spot during his rookie year and play beside Brook Lopez in the frontcourt.
PPG: 8.7 RPG: 5.5 APG: 1.2 SPG: 0.8. BPG: 0.9
NBA Comparison: Detlef Schrempf
26. Caleb Swanigan – Portland Trail Blazers
Swanigan brings frontcourt size and strength along with a nice shooting touch to Portland. The Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the league but could surely use some help down low. With Swanigan’s 3pt shooting ability and overwhelming strength, he could find some minutes this season for the Blazers.
PPG: 5.6 RPG: 4.9 APG: 1.2 SPG: 0.8 BPG: 1.0
NBA Comparison: Marcus Morris
25. Andzejs Pasecniks – Philadelphia 76ers
This was another draft and stash the Sixers traded up to get. Pasecniks won’t be in Philly this season, but he could be over in the NBA in the future. The Latvian 7-footer is a great athlete and defender, though needs more of a post game to be able to excel down low in the league.
PPG: N/A RPG: N/A APG: N/A SPG: N/A BPG: N/A
NBA Comparison: Timofey Mozgov
24. Tyler Lydon – Denver Nuggets
Lydon comes over to Denver due to a draft night trade with the Utah Jazz. His length and defensive potential is exciting but he’ll likely stay behind fellow power forwards, Trey Lyles and Paul Millsap for his rookie year.
PPG: 1.3 RPG: 1.1 APG: 0.6 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.9
NBA Comparison: Jonas Jerebko
23. O.G. Anunoby – Toronto Raptors
Anunoby has the potential to be a lockdown defender. His wingspan is ridiculous at 8 feet long and he has the athleticism to guard multiple positions on the floor. Becoming a more consistent offensive player will determine whether Anunoby is able to grab the starting small forward spot in Toronto at the departure of DeMarre Carroll and P.J. Tucker.
PPG: 4.1 RPG: 2.6 APG: 0.8 SPG: 1.1 BPG: 0.7
NBA Comparison: Kawhi Leonard
22. Jarrett Allen – Brooklyn Nets
The Nets make this pick shortly after sending Brook Lopez to LA. Allen joins the Brooklyn rebuild along with young talents D’Angelo Russell, Caris Lavert, and Allen Crabbe. If the big man can develop a 15-foot jumper or something around that, he should start in Brooklyn definitely by next year.
PPG: 6.3 RPG: 5.5 APG: 0.8 SPG: 0.3 BPG: 1.2
NBA Comparison: John Henson
21. Terrance Ferguson – Oklahoma City Thunder
Terrance Ferguson took a different route than most top high school players by going to Australia and playing a year there professionally before entering the draft at 19. He’s recently signed a rookie contract with the team and will likely back up Andre Roberson at the 2. Ferguson is a slight project but his shooting ability will be huge for OKC.
PPG: 5.3 RPG: 1.4 APG: 1.7 SPG: 0.9 BPG: 0.4
NBA Comparison: Arron Afflalo
20. Harry Giles – Sacramento Kings
If Giles is able to stay healthy and forget his awful freshman season at Duke, he can be a very good addition to the Kings frontcourt. His athleticism is too enticing to not get excited about and confidence building and intangibles are what he must work on to become a great NBA player, but he most definitely has the potential.
PPG: 4.6 RPG: 2.9 APG: 0.7 SPG: 0.3 BPG: 1.1
NBA Comparison: Serge Ibaka
19. John Collins – Atlanta Hawks
John Collins could be another late first round steal. With the Hawks frontcourt of Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard, Collins will have big minutes this year to showcase his game. At just 19, Collins can finish well around the basket, face up, and has shown crazy athleticism this summer. Becoming a more consistent low post defender and playmaker from out of the post will be essential for the Wake Forest product going forward.
PPG: 9.8 RPG: 8.3 APG: 0.9 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 1.1
NBA Comparison: Chris Bosh
18. T.J. Leaf – Indiana Pacers
Leaf comes out of UCLA as a very good inside scorer but fairly inconsistent every where else. He has solid playmaking and defensive ability, though has occasional lapses and moments of carelessness on both ends. He should pair nicely in the future with Myles Turner in the frontcourt.
PPG: 6.3 RPG: 3.5 APG: 0.8 SPG: 0.3 BPG: o.9
NBA Comparison: Nick Collison
17. D.J. Wilson – Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks got another long forward here in Wilson. The Michigan product has great potential to be able to guard multiple positions and potentially be a stretch 4 if a jumpshot is developed. He’ll struggle to get minutes this season but should be a good piece at the 3 or 4 for Milwaukee for years to come.
PPG: 1.3 RPG: 1.1 APG: 0.4 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.8
NBA Comparison: Kevon Looney
16. Justin Patton – Minnesota Timberwolves
Patton goes to Minnesota involved in the Jimmy Butler trade. He would’ve likely fought with Cole Aldrich for bench minutes at the center spot behind Karl Anthony-Towns if he hadn’t sustained a foot injury shortly after the draft. His inside quickness and athleticism make Patton an exciting prospect.
PPG: N/A RPG: N/A APG: N/A SPG: N/A BPG: N/A
NBA Comparison: Dewayne Dedmon
15. Justin Jackson – Sacramento Kings
Jackson is coming off a National Championship season at UNC. He joins veteran Vince Carter as small forwards coming in to take the roster spots of Rudy Gay and Tyreke Evans. Jackson has a fairly polished offensive game with a tremendous floater, sweet stroke from outside, and flashy playmaking ability at times. His length could turn him into a great defender on the wing.
PPG: 9.2 RPG: 3.7 APG: 1.8 SPG: 0.9 BPG: 0.4
NBA Comparison: Brandon Ingram