Now that Summer League has passed, rosters are being filled out and roles are being competed for as we get closer to training camp. How will each rookie drafted in June produce and who has the potential to become a star in the NBA?
60. Kostas Antetokounmpo – Dallas Mavericks
The younger brother of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo was Mr. Irrelevant in this year’s draft after he was taken 60th overall and acquired by the Dallas Mavericks. The 20-year old has length and athleticism giving him some defensive potential, but he’s far from ready to contribute very much for the Mavs. While it seems like a long shot, his older brother came in with the same build and skillset, which could be an encouraging sign for Dallas.
PPG: 2.2 RPG: 1.3 APG: 0.7 SPG: 0.5 BPG: 0.8
NBA Comparison: Giannis Antetokounmpo
59. George King – Phoenix Suns
59th pick King just recently signed a two-way deal with Phoenix. The G/F out of Colorado is a little older, already being 24 years old, but he’s well developed defensively and could potentially be a solid 3 and D option for the Suns soon. His skillset is similar to two other young forwards on the team, Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges, so King may not see much playing time with Phoenix, however he could carve out a career on another team if he shows well in the G-League and in small stints with the Suns early in his career.
PPG: 3.1 RPG: 1.9 APG: 0.8 SPG: 0.9 BPG: 0.6
NBA Comparison: P.J. Tucker
58. Thomas Welsh – Denver Nuggets
Welsh is another one of the late picks that will spend most of their first pro season in the G-League. The 22-year old out of UCLA has a solid mid-range game and interior defensive ability, but he’ll be a career bench player if he makes it in the league. His lack of athleticism lowers his potential quite a bit and it’d be hard for him to keep up with the strength and quickness of other centers in the NBA.
PPG: 2.7 RPG. 2.2 APG: 0.3 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 0.9
NBA Comparison: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
57. Kevin Hervey – Oklahoma City Thunder
Coming out of a less prestigious university in Arlington, Texas, Hervey joins an OKC team currently contending in the West after resigning Paul George. After losing Carmelo Anthony, the Thunder need someone to come in and be an offensive option at the 4, which is exactly what they get with Hervey. He’s got size at 6’8″ and is a great spot up shooter having been a top scorer in college. His shot creation and defense are sub-par but a less ball-dominant, younger Melo-Type player could be what OKC needs to get home court advantage in the Western Conference again. While he may not be the most talented or youngest in the draft, Hervey is a great fit for the Thunder.
PPG: 6.2 RPG: 2.9 APG: 0.8 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.3
NBA Comparison: T.J. Warren
56. Ray Spalding – Dallas Mavericks
Out of troubled Louisville, Spalding comes to Dallas in the Philadelphia trade involving Kostas Antetokounmpo. Both players have similar builds as Spalding is 6’11” with a reported weight of 215 ibs. The 21-year old will have to put on weight and get stronger to get substantial minutes with the Mavs. He should get some playing time in rebuilding Dallas but he’s not one of the focal young Mavericks just yet.
PPG: 4.6 RPG: 2.1. APG: 0.4 SPG: 0.2 BPG: 0.8
NBA Comparison: Deyonta Davis
55. Arnoldas Kulboka – Charlotte Hornets
Kulboka is a Lithuanian small forward with size at 6’10” who’s rights are currently to the Charlotte Hornets. He’s a talent overseas and is still young at 20 years old, however he’s a prototypical draft and stash and won’t be coming over to the states this year.
PPG: N/A RPG: N/A APG: N/A SPG: N/A BPG: N/A
NBA Comparison: Mindaugas Kuzminskas
54. Shake Milton – Philadelphia 76ers
Milton has also signed a two-way deal with Philly and the point guard should see almost all season in the G-League with T.J. McConnell coming back to back up Ben Simmons. Where the SMU product separates himself from other PG’s in the draft is his size. Only Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander can compete with his height. If Milton has good year in the G-League it wouldn’t be surprising to see Milton behind Ben Simmons on the depth chart in a few years to back up size with shooting and size.
PPG: 2.1 RPG: 1.3 APG: 1.7 SPG: 0.8 BPG: 0.2
NBA Comparison: Isaiah Whitehead
53. Devon Hall – Oklahoma City Thunder
Out of Virginia, 23-year old Hall is in an interesting situation to start out his career. With OKC starting 2 Andre Roberson going down for the year last season, his recovery and shooting struggles could open up playing time at the position. The versatile 6’6″ rookie Hall will likely compete with Terrance Ferguson for minutes at shooting guard and should win out as he’s currently more developed defensively and as a shooter. If things fall his way, Hall could see several opportunities in his rookie year with the Thunder.
PPG: 5.1 RPG: 2.3 APG: 1.6 SPG: 1.0 BPG: 0.5
NBA Comparison: Josh Hart
52. Vince Edwards – Houston Rockets
Acquired by the Rockets from Utah on draft night, Purdue product Edwards may see a bigger role this year than previously expected. After Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute moved on to different teams in free agency, Houston is looking grim on the wing, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Edwards is 6’8″ with a wingspan upwards of 7’0″ who can guard multiple positions. With the addition of Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets will need some defensive relief from Melo and could bring in Edwards for Anthony to provide for that. If Melo isn’t shooting well to start the season, don’t be surprised to see Vince Edwards take over the minutes for Anthony, barring a James Johnson trade.
PPG: 4.1 RPG: 2.2 APG: 0.9 SPG: 0.8 BPG: 0.5
NBA Comparison: Trevor Ariza
51. Tony Carr – New Orleans Pelicans
After New Orleans took Penn State guard Tony Carr with the 51st pick, the raw 20-year old has signed a contract to play overseas in Italy to begin his career. He won’t be playing for the Pelicans this season.
PPG: N/A RPG: N/A APG: N/A SPG: N/A BPG: N/A
NBA Comparison: Jordan Crawford
50. Alize Johnson – Indiana Pacers
The Pacers take Missouri State forward Alize Johnson with the 50th pick in the draft. Jimmy Butler look-alike-Johnson is a big energy guy with potential to be versatile and tough on defense which is perfect for Indiana right now. With a scorer in a Oladipo and rim protector in Myles Turner, the team needed a strong, defense wing to complement the two. Johnson could be a steal for the Pacers and possible replacement for the aging Thaddeus Young.
PPG: 4.3 RPG: 4.0 APG: 0.6 SPG: 0.9 BPG: 0.8
NBA Comparison: JaMychal Green
49. Chimezie Metu – San Antonio Spurs
Out of Los Angeles, Metu has explosive athleticism for a big man which San Antonio is lacking greatly. At 6’10”, Metu could develop into a solid defender with a good, energetic inside game. He’ll begin his career behind Aldridge and Bertans for the Spurs. He’ll contrast the older, less athletic big men on the roster well.
PPG: 3.3 RPG: 2.7 APG: 0.6 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 1.1
NBA Comparison: Noah Vonleh
48. Keita Bates-Diop – Minnesota Timberwolves
After entering the draft post-huge year at Ohio State, Bates-Diop had a monster Summer League, starring for the Wolves. The 22-year old could be the backup small forward for Minnesota this year. As Andrew Wiggins continues to struggle shooting the ball, it’ll be interesting to see what the Timberwolves can do with Bates-Diop’s defensive potential and 7’3″ wingspan.
PPG: 7.1 RPG: 3.4 APG: 1.2 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.9
NBA Comparison: Trevor Ariza
47. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk – Los Angeles Lakers
Mykhailiuk had a great summer league with the Lakers after being taken 47th out of Kansas. The 21-year old Ukrainian can play the 2 or 3 and could challenge KCP and Josh Hart for minutes. Mykhailiuk will surely get an opportunity as the beginning of the season will be a feeling out period for LeBron and the Lakers.
PPG: 3.7 RPG: 1.3 APG: 0.9 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 0.3
NBA Comparison: Tony Snell
46. De’Anthony Melton – Houston Rockets
Melton is a raw point guard out of USC at 20 years old. With Houston currently chasing Golden State in the West, it’s likely we won’t see too much of Melton to start out his career as he’ll be behind Chris Paul on the depth chart, however the young guard has loads of potential and is a rare young piece on the Rockets roster.
PPG: 2.4 RPG: 1.1 APG: 1.6 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.2
NBA Comparison: Tyus Jones