26. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Houston): Talen Horton-Tucker, F, Iowa State
Talen Horton-Tucker is a fascinating player. The freshman guard/forward is a rugged player who can play every spot on the floor other than center. He’s 6’4″ and 235 pounds with a ridiculous wingspan who some have compared to Draymond Green.
The youngest college player in this draft, Horton-Tucker would add to an already deep crop of young players in Cleveland. He’s an odd fit in the NBA but there’s a lot to like about what he can bring.
27. Brooklyn Nets (via Denver): KZ Okpala, F, Stanford
KZ Okpala exploded as a sophomore this season, scoring 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. A 6’9″ forward, Okpala has a developing a jumper and is an excellent defender.
The Nets continue to need help up front and on the wings. Okpala would give them help at both spots.
28. Golden State Warriors: Ty Jerome, G, Virginia
Ty Jerome’s stock jumped significantly during Virginia’s run to a national title. A 6’5″ guard who can handle the ball and shoot, Jerome is also a good defender.
Jerome hit 40.1 percent from 3-point range this season and would fit in perfectly on the Warriors.
29. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto): Carsen Edwards, G, Purdue
Carsen Edwards is an undersized point guard, but the kid is an unbelievable shot-maker from anywhere on the court. He’s absolutely worth the risk this late in the draft, as his ability to spread the floor and get to the hoop are matched by few in this draft.
The Spurs could us another versatile scoring guard and the value is too good to pass up here.
30. Milwaukee Bucks: Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas
Daniel Gafford had an excellent sophomore season at Arkansas, scoring 16.9 points, grabbing 8.7 rebounds and blocking 2.0 shots per game. He’s an athletic center with great length, is an excellent finisher and an oustanding rim protector.
The Bucks have no rim protection on their roster for next season, making Gafford a perfect fit in this spot.