21. Boston (via Memphis) – Shamorie Ponds, PG, St. John’s
22. LA Lakers – Talen Horton-Tucker, G, Iowa State. A top-35 recruit out of high school, he’s already had a massive impact on the Cyclones, averaging 14.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Gave Illinois 26-points and 14-rebounds in an eye-opening performance in Maui.
23. Golden State – Dedric Lawson, PF, Kansas. For fun, who is easier to replace, Kevin Durant or Draymond Green? That’s an easy one. Let’s see what happens the rest of this season with Green. Lawson is a stud transfer from Memphis who averaged 19-9 two years ago, and is already at 18-11 this season.
24. Detroit – Grant Williams, F, Tennessee. Undersized power forward (6-foot-7, 235) and can’t shoot the three well enough to play small forward. But we’re in position less basketball. Williams is a player. He’s 2nd in the country in offensive player rating (to Zion). He’s not Montrezl Harrell, but what about Montrezl Harrell-lite?
25. Oklahoma City – Darius Garland, PG, Vanderbilt. His season is over due to a meniscus injury, but that shouldn’t prevent a team from drafting him in the first round. Given Russell Westbrook’s recent injury history, and the luxury tax bill the Thunder are looking at …