21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Johnson, F, North Carolina
As a senior this year, Cameron Johnson broke out in a big way for the Tar Heels. He averaged 16.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting an absurd 45.7 percent from 3-point range. At 6’9″ and 210 pounds, Johnson has great size for the wing in the NBA.
The Thunder badly need to find some 3-point shooters and Johnson is the best on the board at this point. He could step in right now as a solid 3-and-D man off the bench in Oklahoma City.
22. Boston Celtics: Keldon Johnson, F, Kentucky
Keldon Johnson could wind up going much earlier than this if he shows the ability to create his own offense during the pre-draft process. If he doesn’t, he’ll still be a strong, tough 6’6″ wing who aggressively attacks the basket and has a solid jumper.
The Celtics love this kind of rugged player and if Johnson can knock down 3-pointers consistently (he hit 38.1 percent this season) he’ll be a great fit.
23. Utah Jazz: Matisse Thybulle, F, Washington
Matisse Thybulle was the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and it’s not hard to understand why. The 6’6″ wing led the nation in steals (3.5 per game) and racked up 2.3 blocks per game as well. His offense is a work in progress, but he’s got the makings of a solid shot (85.1 percent free throw shooter), and could become a fantastic 3-and-D man at the next level.
The Jazz need help on the wings, particularly defensively. Thybulle is an elite defender and if some offense comes he could be a steal.
24. Philadelphia 76ers: Goga Bitadze, C, Georgia
Goga Bitadze is 6’11” and 251 pounds but can step out on the floor and hit shots. He can handle the ball a bit and pass pretty well for a center. He’s not fleet of foot or likely to ever be a great on-ball defender away from the paint, but he can protect the rim.
Joel Embiid in the anchor in Philly, but there’s no depth behind him. Bitadze is a versatile guy, just like Embiid who could fill in for him perfectly.
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Luguentz Dort, G, Arizona State
Luguentz Dort not only has one of the better names in this year’s draft, the kid also has some pretty serious game. As a freshman at Arizona State, Dort averaged 16.1 points per game. At 6’4″ and 215 pounds, he’s a versatile backcourt player who can score in a number of ways.
Dort is a great value at 25 given Portland’s lack of quality backcourt depth.