#21 Utah Jazz – Chandler Hutchison, F, Boise State – Hutchinson helps lift the heavy weight on Donovan Mitchell’s shoulders on offense. He’s an off-ball threat, which means the ball can stay in Mitchell’s hands. And Hutchinson has some flexibility to play the 3 and 4.
#22 Chicago Bulls – Mitchell Robinson, C, USA – GarPax have said they are looking to get “younger and more athletic”, so Robinson fits the bill. He was a five-star recruit out of High School, and a McDonald’s All-American. Last year he measured in at 7’1 with shoes, a 7’4 wingspan and 9’3 standing reach. Scouts are saying he has gotten taller and stronger since then, so I am interested to see where he measures at now. Very athletic big that can run the floor, protect the rim, and finish lobs. Still very raw and a project, but has a lot of potential. Has been compared to Nerlens Noel, Serge Ibaka, Hassan Whiteside.
#23 Indiana Pacers – Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA – Darren Collison and Cory Joseph were serviceable this season, but the Pacers need a floor-leader for the future. Holiday blew up as a senior as a lead guard for the Bruins. While he probably wouldn’t start until his second season in the NBA, he can shoot, distribute and provide a lift on offense.
#24 Portland Trail Blazers – Jontay Porter, PF/ C, Missouri – Porter has great potential as a stretch big man on offense, and he’s an unselfish passer and can guard big players in the post. The Blazers are loaded in the backcourt for the near future but need better production out of the second unit big men.
#25 Los Angeles Lakers – Dzanan Musa, G/F, Cedevita Zagreb – Musa is an athletic wing who can flat out score. He’s aggressive and can shoot it, two things the Lakers value. Despite being one of the youngest players in this draft, he’s already succeeding at a high level in Europe. LA wants to continue to surround Lonzo Ball with scorers, while Musa is a project he can put the ball in the hoop. While I like Musa here, don’t be surprised if Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka try to trade up to secure a shooter.
#26 Philadelphia 76ers – Kevin Huerter, G, Maryland – Kevin Huerter has serious length, therefore, he is an instant fit with this 76ers team. He also is a good 3-point shooter and can contribute off the bench as soon as the opportunity is given. Whatever Huerter’s potential is, it is more likely to be reached playing with Ben Simmons.
#27 Boston Celtics – Bruno Fernando, C, Maryland – The Celtics take a risk on an athletic big man with major potential. While the Celtics wouldn’t mind getting Al Horford more time at power forward next season, Fernando may need time to develop and projects to be a starter by the time Horford’s contract expires.
#28 Golden State Warriors – Donte DiVincenzo, G, Villanova. Can’t see him falling this far, but if he does, the Warriors get a bouncy, sweet-shooting guard who is only 21. At 6-foot-5, the Final Four star could be built to be a PG/SG/SF reserve in his early years, learning behind the best backcourt in NBA history. Shot 40 percent on 3-pointers this year; shot 50 percent (17-of-34) on them in the NCAA Tournament.
#29 Brooklyn Nets – Moritz Wagner, F/C, Michigan. A 6-foot-11, 240 pound center who shot 39 percent from deep each of the last two seasons? There are defensive issues, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he snuck up on the lottery.
#30 Atlanta Hawks – Chimezie Metu, F/C, USC. Got by primarily on his athleticism, but the offensive tools are there so that he could one day play alongside John Collins. Metu feels like a boom-bust prospect who at times reminds me of thinner Marcus Morris – bouncy and tenacious.