Boston's brass finds itself at a key intersection, while a new face enters the Top 10 on our list, which goes two rounds
POSTED: Jun 21, 2016 9:02 PM ET
Power forward Dragan Bender could go as high as No. 3 overall to the Celtics.
The NBA.com mock draft as the Draft itself is a mere two days away, based on conversations with numerous front offices.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons | LSU | PF | 6-10 | 245
College Highlights: Ben Simmons
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While some teams still believe Brandon Ingram is the best fit for a team desperate for scoring and perimeter shooting, the consensus is that Philadelphia has to, and will, go Simmons. Concerns about his maturity, in contrast to Ingram as a focused and tireless worker, are offset by the bottom line that Simmons is too unique of a talent to pass up. That would be the case whether or not the 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel to break up what is already a crowded situation at power forward and center. Teams that won 10 games generally cannot be driven by position need.
2. L.A. Lakers
Brandon Ingram | Duke | SF | 6-9 | 200
College Highlights: Brandon Ingram
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This is the consolation prize? Ingram is an ideal fit for the Lakers, more than Simmons because Simmons needs to run the offense to be most effective, a scenario that would reduce D'Angelo Russell's role. Ingram is a small forward when L.A. has a hole there and Ingram is offense, with the ability to score off the dribble or from the perimeter, when L.A. finished last in points and shooting. He does not turn 19 until September, but carries himself well for a young player.
3. Boston Celtics
Dragan Bender | Israel | PF | 7-1 | 220
College Highlights: Dragan Bender
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Dragan Bender.
Maybe Bender, maybe Kris Dunn (No. 3 much of the season in the NBA.com pre-lottery rankings), maybe Marquese Chriss, maybe Jaylen Brown, maybe Buddy Hield. Maybe a trade with veterans more appealing than prospects for a team looking for a long playoff run now, not a prospect. The Celtics are standing in middle of a busy intersection. Some teams think Bender has a chance to be great and one GM said he could see the Croatian eventually becoming the best player in the draft.
4. Phoenix Suns
Marquese Chriss | Washington | PF | 6-9 | 235
College Highlights: Marquese Chriss
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The rocket-ship ride the second half of his freshman season took Chriss into the first round and then into the lottery and now all the way into the conversation for top three. "He's got some Amar'e (Stoudemire), some Shawn Kemp," one front-office veteran said. That athleticism and physical presence, plus the potential to step outside and shoot with decent range. But Chriss is not a good rebounder for a power forward and fouled out in 15 of 34 games.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
Kris Dunn | Providence | PG | 6-4 | 205
College Highlights: Kris Dunn
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The first draft choice by head of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau is a statement about the direction under coach Tom Thibodeau, with the addition of a big, mature point guard who should become an immediate physical presence on defense. Dunn is 22 and more developed than most in the draft class and, in the words of one general manager, "He's good enough to start for a good team as a rookie." The question is whether the team with a pressing need for 3-point shooting can leave Buddy Hield on the board.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
Jamal Murray | Kentucky | SG-PG | 6-5 | 200
College Highlights: Jamal Murray
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The latest installment of the recent Canadian influx into the NBA is the 2016 version of D'Angelo Russell, lacking great athleticism while projecting as a versatile guard with good size and natural instincts as a passer but also the scoring ability to play off the ball. Murray is more shooting guard than point guard, although there is some belief he could handle a starting role as the primary distributor. He shot 40.8 behind the arc as part of a big second half that included 11 consecutive games with at least 20 points. His work as a ball handler needs to get much better, though -- Murray had more turnovers (84) than assists (79).
7. Denver Nuggets
Buddy Hield | Oklahoma | SG | 6-4 | 215
College Highlights: Buddy Hield
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One of the stars of the college game in 2015-16, Hield is a versatile and explosive threat who can score in transition or as a catch-and-shoot guy in half-court sets. He gets to the rim and creates on the perimeter, with the added benefit of four seasons in a major program and being 22 years old. In short, Hield will be one of the most NBA-ready players in the Draft. And the Nuggets finished 26th in 3-point percentage.
8. Sacramento Kings
Jaylen Brown | California | SF | 6-7 | 220
College Highlights: Jaylen Brown
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Sacramento is lining up possibilities to trade down if each of their three or four realistic targets are off the board, but there is very little chance all will be gone. The Kings will likely spend No. 8, not deal it, if Brown -- or Hield, Murray or Dunn in the backcourt -- are still available. The Brown outcome would lead management to consider a Rudy Gay trade later in the offseason, if not outright putting Gay on the trade block with a successor in place.
9. Toronto Raptors
Jakob Poeltl | Utah | C | 7-0 | 235
College Highlights: Jakob Poeltl
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Poeltl has the chance to put Austria on the NBA map after two seasons on the college fast track from unheralded recruit to possibly the first half of the lottery. Playing for former NBA big man Larry Krystkowiak at Utah, Poeltl has become what one executive described as a poor man's Pau Gasol, with passing skills, the ability to play inside and a good feel for the game despite a relative lack of experience. He has been working to become a better scorer, but is the kind of worker who will put in the time to get better.
10. Milwaukee Bucks
Henry Ellenson | Marquette | PF-C | 6-10 | 230
College Highlights: Henry Ellenson
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Henry Ellenson.
It's not drafting a local guy for marketing purposes. Ellenson's game would benefit the team that finished 25th in scoring and 24th in offensive rating, even if that was more due to pace than shooting problems. He is expected to be able to play two positions and has the same kind of versatility with the ball, able to score inside or show a mid-range game.
11. Orlando Magic
Skal Labissiere | Kentucky | C-PF | 7-0 | 220
College Highlights: Skal Labissiere
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High-risk, high-reward. Labissiere was the second-best prospect at worst at the start of the season, and No. 1 in the eyes of some execs, and had a bad start that caused his draft stock to plummet. His talent is not the issue. "Does he love to play?" one exec wondered. "That's the question." An encouraging finish to the season helped. Labissiere has enough raw skill that he becomes so tempting at this stage.
12. Utah Jazz
Timothe Luwawu | Serbia | SG-SF | 6-7 | 205
Luwawu made his big move last year playing in his native France, then built on that in 2015-16 against tougher competition with a varied offensive game of scoring and passing. His size would be an asset in the backcourt, with enough athleticism that he won't be a liability on defense against smaller, quicker shooting guards. With little experience before this season other than the lesser French leagues, not even as part of the national teams at a junior level, he has had to ease concerns about the jump in competition.
13. Phoenix Suns
Furkan Korkmaz | Turkey | SG | 6-7 | 185
Korkmaz is a scoring threat beyond the three-point line and also a talented and willing passer, a nice combination for someone with good size for a shooting guard with the chance to keep growing. He needs to add bulk more than height, but is still only 18 and could fill out in time. And if he doesn't get stronger, Korkmaz could still make a big contribution as a shooter and facilitator.
14. Chicago Bulls
Wade Baldwin IV | Vanderbilt | PG | 6-3 | 195
College Highlights: Wade Baldwin
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The improbable rise from under-the-radar college recruit to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team has taken him all the way to the edge of the lottery, and possibly into the top 14 with good workouts, after the sophomore campaign. He is a fiery, emotional leader who tries to take control, even as a freshman. With the extra attention from defenses, though, he went from 43.9 percent overall to 42.7 and from 43.9 percent behind the arc to 40.6r.
15. Denver Nuggets
Deyonta Davis | Michgan State | PF | 6-10 | 240
College Highlights: Deyonta Davis
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Davis could get close to the top 10, but dropping out of the lottery would not be a shock. His college coach, Tom Izzo, raved about Davis' high ceiling, with the supporting evidence of a freshman continuing to improve while being held back by persistent foul trouble early in the season. Though not much of an offensive threat now, especially beyond the paint, Davis showed the potential to develop a perimeter game. Rebounding and blocking shots has driven the rise from late-first round in January into solid lottery territory.
16. Boston Celtics
Malachi Richardson | Syracuse | SG-SF | 6-6 | 200
College Highlights: Malachi Richardson
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Malachi Richardson.
A versatile scorer who had especially big games in the tournament as part of Syracuse's unexpected run from No. 10 seed to the Final Four. That would have looked good no matter what, but was particularly noteworthy for a freshman on that big stage for the first time. The postseason combined with good workouts in the weeks leading to the Draft had Richardson climbing with the possibility he could continue to rise.
17. Memphis Grizzlies
Demetrius Jackson | Notre Dame | PG | 6-1 | 195
College Highlights: Demetrius Jackson
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Demetrius Jackson.
Memphis needs depth at point guard even if Mike Conley re-signs. Jackson has speed to play in the open court, leaping ability to play above the rim and a quick first step to create an opening. The physical advantages are especially important because he does have great size. He gives Notre Dame the chance to send a point guard into the first round for the second year in a row, after Jerian Grant went 19th last June.
18. Detroit Pistons
Denzel Valentine | Michigan State | SG | 6-6 | 225
College Highlights: Denzel Valentine
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The important part of the Final Four team in 2014-15 had a nice climb up Draft boards last season with more experience and a larger role for an elite program. He could easily break into the lottery and maybe even the top 12. Valentine earned the centerpiece spot at Michigan State as a 22-year-old senior who is smart and versatile. He shot 44.4 percent behind the arc and also easily leading the team in assists, a testament to his ability to become a secondary ball handler in the pros as well as score.
19. Denver Nuggets
Domantas Sabonis | Gonzaga | PF | 6-10 | 230
College Highlights: Domantas Sabonis
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Domantas Sabonis.
The son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, a superstar in Europe before seven seasons with the Trail Blazers, was an intriguing prospect a year ago, in the same lottery territory at 2016, before returning for his sophomore season. Domantas moves well for a big and plays hard, a combination that produces good results on the boards. He does not have much of an offensive game, especially beyond close range.
20. Indiana Pacers
Dejounte Murray | Washington | PG- SG | 6-5 | 170
College Highlights: Jamal Murray
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Larry Bird has made it clear he wants more offense, and Murray excels in transition, whether pushing the ball himself or running the wing and staying in attack mode. That is comes through at 170 pounds is especially appealing to front offices that expect him to fill out and get stronger. Poor shooting is the problem. Murray made just 41.6 percent of his attempts overall and 28.8 percent of his threes.
21. Atlanta Hawks
Taurean Prince | Baylor | SF | 6-7 | 215
College Highlights: Taurean Prince
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The same player who began high school at a 5-9 guard and left as a 6-7 center has made similar strides in college, even if not on the growth chart. Prince left Baylor as one of the top seniors in the nation and a 3D prospect on the wing -- three-pointers and defense, although he did drop from 39.5 percent behind the arc in 2014-15 to 36.1 last season.
22. Charlotte Hornets
Damian Jones | Vanderbilt | C | 7-0 | 250
College Highlights: Damian Jones
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Charlotte goes big again -- after Frank Kaminsky, Noah Vonleh and Cody Zeller in successive years -- only this time for a true center as the pairing with Al Jefferson begins to come to an end. Jones has NBA size and athleticism, the makings of being able to play up in an up-tempo system or a power game and become a shot blocker. The offense needs work.
23. Boston Celtics
Thon Maker | Athlete Institue (Canada) | PF | 7-1 | 215
Prospect Profile: Thon Maker
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He had been considered a bubble pick for the first round, but teams are simply too intrigued by the possibilities, even if the subject of great hype for years remains a project who will probably need at least a season and maybe two before he makes any significant NBA impact. The worry among some front offices is that Maker will last until late enough in the first round to be chosen by a good team that does not need an immediate contribution and can wait for him to develop, potentially into a big payoff in a few years. He especially makes sense for a team spending its third pick of the first round, if the Celtics don't make a trade.
24. Philadelphia 76ers
Ivica Zubac | Croatia | C | 7-0 | 240
The run of draft-and-stash players begins with the perfect candidate and a team picking for the third time in the opening round. Zubac has an opportunity to become a solid player on both ends, with a good chance he would stay in Europe at least one more season to continue to develop. He is only 19, yet already has good size along with excellent mobility and good hands that will allow him to play in transition.
25. Los Angeles Clippers
Diamond Stone | Maryland | C | 6-10 | 250
College Highlights: Diamond Stone
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Diamond Stone.
Stone built a case for the teens, and was in the lottery conversation earlier in the season, despite a relatively limited role early as a part-time starter who averaged 22.6 minutes. He turned 19 on Feb. 10 and already has NBA size as a true center, while also moving well with a large frame. That is the obvious selling point. Meanwhile, his defense is improving.
26. Philadelphia 76ers
Cheick Diallo | Kansas | PF | 6-9 | 220
College Highlights: Chieck Diallo
Take a look at these college highlights from NBA prospect Chieck Diallo.
The Mali native who attended high school in New York state had a very choppy freshman season at Kansas, from missing two exhibitions and five games as the NCAA sorted through eligibility issues to undependable play once he was cleared. There were stretches when just staying on the court was a challenge, and he averaged 7.5 minutes. But athleticism, size and potential on defense makes him a very intriguing prospect. While it would not be a surprise if he dropped out of the first round, some team will be lured by the physical tools to invest intensive coaching and a lot of D-League time -- a team making its third pick, for example.
27. Toronto Raptors
Ante Zizic | Croatia | C | 6-11 | 240
A high-energy player with nice athleticism for a big, he runs the floor well and handles the contact of playing inside. His offensive game is still limited, though. Zizic is 19, making him an ideal draft-and-stash pick for the end of the first round. With his intensity and with time, he could become a contributor for an NBA team.
28. Phoenix Suns
Petr Cornelie | France | PF | 6-11 | 220
Cornelie felt especially good about his Phoenix workout and the Suns are making their third pick of the opening round of a soft Draft, a good spot to take a prospect with a chance to develop into something more overseas. That's Cornelie. He needs to get stronger but has mobility, good hands and the range to become a pick-and-pop specialist.
29. San Antonio Spurs
Brice Johnson | North Carolina | PF | 6-10 | 230
College Highlights: Brice Johnson
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He coasts with frustrating regularity, enough to become the difference between first-round talent and second-round reality. Johnson has good scoring instincts, the experience of four seasons on Tobacco Road and good size at power forward along with the leaping ability that won two high school state high-jump championships in South Carolina.
30. Golden State Warriors
Juan Hernangomez | Spain | PF-SF | 6-9 | 220
Hernangomez used a season of good production to help his chances of making the first round. His experience -- 20 years old now, 21 by the start of training camp -- shows. He is a good athlete who runs the floor well, plays above the rim and can score in a variety of ways. His brother Willy was picked 35th by the 76ers last year and traded the same night to the Knicks.
31. Boston Celtics
Zhou Qi | China | C | 7-2 | 210
Zhou said he can make a smooth transition to the United States even if it is not in a city with a large Chinese population. He needs to get stronger, but someone will probably invest a weightlifting regiment and patience near the end of the first round or the start of the second for a 7-2 prospect with agility.
32. Los Angeles Lakers
Stephen Zimmerman | UNLV | C | 7-0 | 235
Size plus the ability to play in transition plus a nice touch from the perimeter plus the potential to defend both big-man spots. It's easy to see Zimmerman moving back up, after previously being in the lottery mix. The question is whether he will convince front offices he can play a physical style as well, at least on defense and go after contact rather than rely entirely on finesse. It didn't help that his freshman season was dotted by nagging injuries, illness and a coaching change.
33. Los Angeles Clippers
DeAndre' Bembry | St. Joseph's | SF | 6-6 | 210
While Bembry won't be expected to play as many positions in the NBA as he did in college -- from the backcourt to power forward -- it does show a versatility that has become a selling point for his chances of getting into the first round. That extends all the way to his style of play, with good court instincts to create scoring opportunities for himself and others or to play off the ball.
34. Phoenix Suns
Malik Beasley | Florida State | SG | 6-4 | 185
His athleticism makes Beasley a fit for a team that likes to play fast, whether with his speed or ability to play above the rim, a positive in the half court as well. That helps him play bigger than the average size for the position. He had decent range on college threes, but needs to show that can translate when he has to step back in the NBA.
35. Boston Celtics
Guerschon Yabusele | France | PF | 6-8 | 270
A tank, one executive said. Though slightly undersized in height for a power forward, Yabusele compensates with the bulk that allows him to handle himself inside on offense and rebounding without much difficulty. Plus he has a nice perimeter game.
36. Milwaukee Bucks
Tyler Ulis | Kentucky | PG | 5-9 | 160
Yeah, the height. But Ulis is such a great leader that Kentucky's John Calipari called him the best floor general he has ever coached, a list that includes Derrick Rose, John Wall and Brandon Knight. Ulis was also third in the nation in assist-to-turnover two seasons ago and first in the SEC in 2015-16. NBA teams liked him as a freshman and then really liked him this season in an expanded role after Andrew Harrison went to the pros along with two other members of the Wildcats backcourt.
37. Houston Rockets
Malcolm Brogdon | Virginia | SG | 6-6 | 225
The ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year is mature, solid, defends and could play both backcourt spots in the NBA as well as check some small forwards. There is a lot to like as a second-round pick, enough that he may get a few looks for the first round. Brogdon is 23 years old, ordinarily a negative as teams search for prospects with more time to develop. But it's a successful pick if anyone selected in the 30s or 40s is in the league in five years.
38. Milwaukee Bucks
Paul Zipser | Germany | SF | 6-8 | 210
He defends multiple positions and shoots threes and should be able to make a smooth transition to the NBA at 22 years old and appearing to be very mature. Zipser has a chance to become a contributor somewhere and could even get a look late in the first round. A good showing at adidas Eurocamp earlier this month in Italy helped his stock.
39. New Orleans Pelicans
Gary Payton II | Oregon State | PG | 6-3 | 185
The Glove's son is also a standout defender, although not expected to become an all-time great on that side of the ball like his father, is also a good athlete and is also from Oregon State. That's where the similarities end, though. GPII is not nearly the threat on offense and not nearly the trash talker. He has a chance to stick because of the defense.
40. New Orleans Pelicans
Patrick McCaw | UNLV | SG | 6-7 | 180
The ability to handle the ball as well as shoot, although needing to become more consistent as a three-point threat, indicate the possibility McCaw could develop into a combo guard. He has promise either way and will be helped even more by becoming stronger.
41. Orlando Magic
A.J. Hammons | Purdue | C | 7-0 | 280
Front offices have been debating him for years, once having considered Hammons a possible first-rounder with size and skills but mostly slotting him into the second round, especially in 2015-16, because of inconsistent play and energy. Interior defense and post play on offense -- and the body -- keep teams interested.
42. Utah Jazz
Pascal Siakam | New Mexico State | PF | 6-10 | 230
The soccer player growing up in his native Cameroon has made a strong impression in a relatively short time playing basketball, going from barely being recruited to a likely spot in the second round after two seasons in college. With that size, nonstop motor and speed, he is an investment worth making with a second-round pick bound for the D-League.
43. Houston Rockets
Isaia Cordinier | France | SG | 6-5 | 180
At 19 years old and needing to get stronger, Cordinier will almost certainly be a draft-and-stash selection ticketed for at least one more season in Europe and probably longer. and possibly longer. The athleticism and basketball IQ is a good starting point, with the possibility he could become a versatile offensive threat with more experience.
44. Atlanta Hawks
Rade Zagorac | Serbia | SF | 6-9 | 205
Zagorac was teammates with Nikola Jokic in 2014-15 and with possible lottery pick Luwawu and likely first-rounder Zubac last season. He has good size for a wing and mobility, can shoot from the perimeter or create for himself and others.
45. Boston Celtics
Caris LeVert | Michigan | SG | 6-7 | 190
The chances of getting into the first round that once existed are now almost certainly buried under an avalanche of medical reports after three surgeries on his left foot in 22 months, most recently in March. LeVert played just 33 of a possible 68 games the last two seasons. But with that shooting range, the experience of four years in a major program and the potential to play both wing positions, someone will probably invest a second-round pick and hope for better health.
46. Dallas Mavericks
Chinanu Onuaku | Louisville | C | 6-10 | 245
His biggest mark is inside, as a rebounder with a strong frame that helps maintain position and potentially as a shot blocker. If he produces in both areas in the pros, Onuaku has the chance to push into a rotation.
47. Orlando Magic
Joel Bolomboy | Weber State | PF | 6-9 | 230
Bolomboy is toughness and work with athleticism. He will get drafted and then make sure everyone he goes against, beginning with the first minute of the first practice, knows he has been there. Whether he can continue to develop as more than a rebounder will determine whether he carves out an NBA career.
48. Chicago Bulls
Ben Bentil | Providence | PF | 6-8 | 230
Bentil can score from several areas on the floor, including on the perimeter as a stretch four while moving well enough to get inside or play in transition. The lack of rebounding is a concern. A good showing at the Chicago combine helped his stock.
49. Detroit Pistons
Anthony Barber | North Carolina State | PG | 6-3 | 175
He should get drafted on jet speed alone, both while pushing the ball in transition and also beating (embarrassing) his man off the dribble. If he can learn to become a point guard at the next level, as opposed to out-athlete everyone, it will be worth the investment of a second-round pick who should initially get a lot of time in the D-League.
50. Indiana Pacers
Michael Gbinije | Syracuse | SG-SF | 6-7 | 205
One of the best seniors available is entering the draft at the right time, after ascending to a leading role at Syracuse a season after Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough went to the pros. Gbinije will likely play on the wing in the NBA, but improved as a ball handler in 2015-16 after spending a lot of time as the playmaker. That versatility is an obvious selling point.
51. Boston Celtics
Georgios Papagiannis | Greece | C | 7-2 | 240
He is only 18 years old -- 19 on July 3 -- and already a physical presence. Good hands and agility make Papagiannis a target for passes in transition as well as deep catches and lobs off sets. The defense needs to get better.
52. Utah Jazz
Isaiah Whitehead | Seton Hall | PG-SG | 6-5 | 210
He has the court vision of a point guard looking to pass and the attack mode of a scorer. The lack of discipline that leads to turnovers or poor shots is the problem. He has matured, though, enough to increase his chances of getting drafted.
53. Denver Nuggets
Robert Carter | Maryland | PF | 6-9 | 250
He got lighter and stronger in the two years after moving from Georgia Tech to Maryland, sitting out one as a transfer and playing 2015-16. It's his offense that really jumps out, though. Carter can make shots, and he could possibly play small-ball center.
54. Atlanta Hawks
Kay Felder | Oakland | PG | 5-10 | 180
His strength and athleticism helps make up for the lack of size. That's the physical. The basketball is that he can handle and has a jumper. It all adds up to an offensive package that will earn Felder a look somewhere, whether by being picked or as an undrafted free agent heading into summer league and a training camp.
55. Brooklyn Nets
Jarrod Uthoff | Iowa | SF-PF | 6-10 | 215
A good shooter. A good shooter at 6-10. Uthoff needs to get stronger to play much power forward, even if he would be made for the new NBA of stretch fours, but teams will be drawn to the possibility of a role player who might one day score for a second unit.
56. Denver Nuggets
Jake Layman | Maryland | SF | 6-9 | 220
Layman was a standout on the Sweet 16 team that included one potential first-rounder (Diamond Stone), a possibility for the second round (Robert Carter) plus a 2017 selection (Melo Trimble). He's a shooter with size, maybe enough to handle some small-ball power forward, but also moves very well and could be successful in an up-tempo system as well as half-court sets.
57. Memphis Grizzlies
Andrey Desyatnikov | Russia | C | 7-3 | 230
He's 7-3, so no great mystery why a team may invest the loose change of a very late pick pick. Of course, he's also 230 pounds, about the same weight as a lot of NBA small forwards, and at 22 years old may have been through the last of his growth spurts.
58. Boston Celtics
Dorian Finney-Smith | Florida | SF | 6-8 | 215
A shooter with range, a defender with four years of experience in major programs (Virginia Tech for a season, then Florida) and a high basketball IQ. He will rebound as well. Finney-Smith helped his stock with a good showing at the Portsmouth Invitational.
59. Sacramento Kings
Isaiah Cousins | Oklahoma | SG-PG | 6-4 | 190
Buddy Hield's backcourt partner is ultra-competitive and intense, and just as versatile. He can play the point at different speeds or work off the ball and hit three-pointers.
60. Utah Jazz
Perry Ellis | Kansas | PF | 6-8 | 220
Ellis finished with a good senior season after being known, and after considering the draft, for years. He can play with his back to the basket and added range to his perimeter game. The concern is that he isn't strong enough to play power forward or quick enough for small forward and doesn't have enough stretch in his shot to become a stretch four.
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