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2018 NBA Draft | Pick-by-pick grades and analysis

Zach Harper

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Jun 21, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA draft prospects pose for a group photo with commissioner Adam Silver before the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2018 NBA Draft has given us months and months of rumors, conjecture, and arguments surrounding potential picks.

Phoenix won the lottery and the first pick of the draft. The Sacramento Kings fell into pick number two, giving them the actual control of just how chaotic things could end up. And with that control brings incredible responsibility and pressure to set the tone for the rest of the night.

60 players will hear their names called and life long dreams will become reality. Most of those players will feel they should have been selected higher. Some will end up in places they tried to avoid in the pre-draft process. Others will get the exact location and situation they prayed for.

With all that said, the NBA Draft brings us the craziest night of the NBA year. Trades will shake the earth. Rumors will continue to fly. Organizations will use this night to set up their long-term future and their offseason flexibility.

Here are the grades and analysis for all 60 picks on the night:

1st Pick: Phoenix Suns — DeAndre Ayton, Arizona, C

Grade: A

While some may have hoped for Luka Doncic to reunite with new coach Igor Kokoškov, DeAndre Ayton makes the most sense.

The Suns already have a dynamic, young wing with Devin Booker. Pairing him with Doncic would not have been a mistake. But this balances out the roster construction a lot better. They no longer have to rely too heavily on the development of Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender for the interior. Those players become more complementary than anything, expanding their range of expectations and how we grade their contributions.

Ayton gives the Suns a potential monster of a big man. The defensive stuff will need to be figured out for him to truly impact at a franchise-building-block level. But all signs point to the Suns making a great pick with the first selection.

2nd Pick: Sacramento Kings — Marvin Bagley III, Duke, PF/C

Grade: B-

Time will tell if this Marvin Bagley III selection will look ingenious or like another lottery misstep by this Kings regime. It isn’t that Bagley projects as a bad player; he could absolutely end up as the next Amar’e Stoudemire.

The question about the ceiling of this pick becomes about whether or not the Kings could have turned it into more. Bagley looks like he could be a monster on offense and a confused participant on defense. If this is the guy the Kings want, could they have moved down in the draft to some team desperate for Luka Doncic? Would they have acquired an extra asset or young player to help with yet another rebuild attempt? Did the Kings leak this pick out early in the day to prepare the fan base for not grabbing Doncic?

To be fair to Sacramento, we’d probably question just about any decision they make on draft night. But on the other hand, they’ve earned that skepticism.

3rd Pick: Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta) — Luka Doncic, Real Madrid, PG/SG

Grade: A

The Dallas Mavericks have swung for the fences first in this draft by trading up to grab Luka Doncic. They’ll move the fifth pick and a future first to the Hawks for the third pick.

Doncic has been a dominant player and MVP in the second-best league in the world for a couple years now. He has won titles for his team. The Mavs are doing the one thing nobody else in the lottery is able to do. They’re drafting a professional basketball player, instead of an amateur. Whether or not he ends up the best player in this draft remains to be seen. Doncic has so many tools at his disposal and the learning curve should be lower than just about everybody else in this class.

Pairing Doncic with Dennis Smith Jr. takes a lot of playmaking pressure off of both players. Rick Carlisle now has two incredible talents in the backcourt to shape the future.

4th Pick: Memphis Grizzlies — Jaren Jackson Jr, Michigan State, PF/C

Grade: A

Jaren Jackson Jr. probably rates out as the best defensive big man in this draft. Mo Bamba has the longest wingspan and was a great rim protector at Texas. Triple-J blocked shots at a higher rate (5.5 per 40 minutes) than Bamba (4.9 per 40 minutes). He moves his feet better on the perimeter and already looks comfortable hedging screens before recovering to protect the paint. Jackson’s timing blocking shots is so good that he often knocks the shot down before it leaves the offensive player’s fingertips. He struggles with rebounding but makes up for it on offense with an ability to stretch the floor (39.6 percent on 96 attempts). Learning from Marc Gasol feels like a perfect fit.

5th Pick: Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas) — Trae Young, Oklahoma, PG

Grade: B+

Rumors leading up to the draft had the Hawks moving down to grab Trae Young and a future pick. Instead of going with Doncic or one of the enticing big men, that’s exactly what will happen. This trade almost ensures that the Hawks will oblige Dennis Schroder with a trade this offseason. It also gives Travis Schlenk an attempt at recreating some Steph Curry magic with Trae Young as the future point guard of this attack.

Are we positive Young is the best point guard available? The quest to find the next Steph Curry makes this pick very justifiable. Young had some absurd production in the first half of his freshman season. The second half was a factory of inefficiency. Questions about him creating space for his limitless jumper at the NBA level float around all analysis with him.

Grabbing the future first-round pick helps this grade here.

6th Pick: Orlando Magic — Mo Bamba, Texas, C

Grade: A

Orlando already has Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo at center, so why draft Mo Bamba? Because Mo Bamba actually has a chance at being an impact player.

His rim protection looms large for any defense bringing him in. Steve Clifford had top-10 defenses in the NBA with Al Jefferson as the anchor. Now he gets to use the record-breaking wingspan of Bamba on that end of the floor to correct things for the Magic. He’s a good building block to put behind Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac defensively.

On top of that, Bamba has a chance to be very versatile on the offensive end of the floor. His jumper didn’t work in college, but it looks a lot better in these workout videos. The release point and shooting motions are a lot smoother. Whether that translates to actual games remains to be seen. But Bamba should be able to pick-and-pop enough to make defenses uneasy.

7th Pick: Chicago Bulls — Wendell Carter Jr, Duke C

Grade: A-

It’s fair to wonder if the Bulls should go after Michael Porter Jr. here just for the potential — should he prove to be healthy. Wendell Carter Jr. is a safe pick and a good pick. The Bulls need someone who can provide an inside presence, stretch the floor, and move the ball to their current young scorers. Carter can do all of those things at a high level. He serves almost as a perfect glue guy at the center position. They can play him comfortably next to Lauri Markkanen.

Defensively, Carter should be fine. Duke resorted to a zone defense, which makes his defensive capabilities tough to gauge. Those zones had more to do with Bagley and young guards than Carter’s inability to defend. Bulls continue to add to their solid core.

8th Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers — Collin Sexton, Alabama, PG

Grade: C

I don’t understand this pick for the Cavs. Collin Sexton isn’t a bad player by any means. Great athlete who will compete on both ends. But his jumper currently looks like a failing game of JENGA. His upside could be very high, but at his peak, if he figures out how to shoot even league-average levels, does he crack the top-10 point guards in the NBA? Did the Cavs maximize their pick potential here?

Michael Porter Jr. would have more upside and more risk. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander might have a lot more upside because of his size and length. Sexton will have a lot of pressure on him should LeBron James leave in free agency. This pick is risky and probably could have happened by trading down. This doesn’t feel like maximizing their assets and potential with this slot in the draft.

9th Pick: New York Knicks — Kevin Knox, Kentucky SF/PF

Grade: B+

Kevin Knox to the Knicks has felt like the pick this entire week. His size and ability have impressed teams during pre-draft workouts, essentially guaranteeing he wouldn’t fall past 10. He projects to be a very good stretch-4 option and a lot of scouts think he has more scoring ability than he was allowed to show at Kentucky.

That’s par for the course with a lot of Kentucky players.

His 3-point shot is better than the 34 percent he shot his freshman season. Putting the ball on the floor is probably a skill he has more than he showed. The Knicks want to pair him with Kristaps Porzingis and make opposing defenses unsure of where to defend. Michael Porter Jr. gets passed again, but at least Knox makes sense from looking at a similar position.

10th Pick: Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia) — Mikal Bridges, Providence, SG/SF

Grade: A-

Michael Porter Jr. keeps falling because of the medical concerns, but Mikal Bridges is the right pick here. He’s older than most of these selections, but he’ll be able to play immediately. Bridges is a gifted scorer and a reliable shooter. He can defend on the perimeter and be strong enough to help inside against small-ball lineups. Phoenix can utilize him both inside and outside on offense, as he’s a gifted scorer in the post against mismatches.

The pick gets lowered from an A for Philadelphia to an A- for Phoenix because the Suns are also giving up a future first-round pick in this trade. That lowers the value of the transaction just enough. Bridges is the exact type of wing Phoenix wants next to Devin Booker moving forward.

11th Pick: Los Angeles Clippers (via Charlotte) — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky, PG/SG

Grade: B+

The Clippers had two picks after the 11th selection but couldn’t wait with Phoenix stalking Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in a trade. They’re moving the 12th pick and two second-round picks for SGA and it’s a great move for them. The Clippers need a point guard of the future and they need to reshape that backcourt. Gilgeous-Alexander gives Doc Rivers a lot of size in the backcourt he can pair with any of his guard options.

12th Pick: Charlotte Hornets (via Los Angeles Clippers) Miles Bridges, Michigan State, SF/PF

Grade: B

I really like Miles Bridges as a prospect. He’s a good athlete who can stretch the floor and guard all over the perimeter. Some have optimistically likened him to some version of Draymond Green.

On so many levels, this pick works for the Hornets. However, the Hornets need a home run every once in a while, especially with their questionable draft history. Michael Porter Jr’s medical records have scared a lot of teams away from him so far in this draft. And maybe his back is that bad, which makes selecting him a tough sell.

Mitch Kupchak needs to jumpstart this franchise in a big way. Grabbing Porter and trying to develop him into their next star would’ve been an understandable gamble. Miles will give them a lot of flexibility on both ends of the floor, so you can’t kill this pick. They just need to take some big risks to get big rewards.

13th Pick: Los Angeles Clippers — Jerome Robinson, Boston College, PG/SG

Grade: C+

Didn’t the Clippers just select Shai Gilgeous-Alexander? Are they pairing him with Jerome Robinson as their backcourt of the future? That gives them a lot of playmaking and some good size at both guard positions. They can pair either guy with Lou Williams or Austin Rivers right away. Doc Rivers can play around with a lot of backcourt combinations. Robinson can really play on offense but defensively, he’ll need a lot of work at the NBA level.

Michael Porter Jr. fell to them twice and they passed him up both times. This isn’t a bad pick, but they had the rare flexibility to roll the dice on Porter’s back.

14th Pick: Denver Nuggets — Michael Porter Jr, Missouri, SF/PF

Grade: A+

Look, the back of Michael Porter Jr. might be terrifying to 29 other teams. Perhaps the Nuggets are reaching a bit here if the medical reports are that bad. But if I told Denver a year ago the Nuggets were going to miss the playoffs by one game, end up with the 14th pick, and receive Michael Porter Jr. in the draft, Nikola Jokic would have awkwardly danced all over the Rocky Mountains.

Porter gives them another potential star and his ability to play off of Jokic’s passing becomes an incredible weapon. Denver gets a home run here with the gamble for Porter. Even if it doesn’t work out with his back, you can’t fault them for going with Porter here.

15th Pick: Washington Wizards — Troy Brown, Oregon, SG/SF

Grade: D+

This seems like a real reach for the Washington Wizards at 15, considering their needs. Washington does need wing depth and players on the perimeter. But they also need guys who can shoot, and Troy Brown mimics a lot of what Evan Turner has turned out to be.

That can be a fine player on a rookie deal, but this team already has dynamic wings with Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. on the team. They need a competent big man. With Robert Williams available and Brown shooting 27 percent on jumpers off the dribble, I don’t love this pick for Washington. Brown was a bad shooter in every situation at Oregon. He needs a lot of development there.

16th Pick: Philadelphia 76ers (via Phoenix) — Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech, SG/SF

Grade: A

Zhaire Smith is being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers and it is a great haul for Philadelphia. The Sixers receive Smith and the 2021 Miami pick in exchange for 10th pick Mikal Bridges. The Sixers coveted Smith a lot after his workout in Philly. His athleticism is off the charts and he has good length for the wing positions. His jumper is a little funky but it’s effective enough to believe in.

Philadelphia getting their guy and a future first-round pick is a phenomenal value in this draft.

17th Pick: Milwaukee Bucks — Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, PG/SG

Grade: C+

It’s hard not to be skeptical of guys who seemingly come out of nowhere in the tournament. Donte DiVincenzo sort of came out of nowhere during that championship run for Villanova.

He can shoot the ball, play both guard positions, and will compete on the defensive end of the floor. But the Bucks don’t really need more wings on this team right now. They need a defensive presence inside (Robert Williams?) or a point guard they can trust more than Malcolm Brogdon or Eric Bledsoe.

Aaron Holiday makes more sense than DiVincenzo for the Bucks, and he’s available. DiVincenzo doesn’t have to play a lot of point guard with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton as the primary playmakers, but Holiday would have paired better with this core.

18th Pick: San Antonio Spurs — Lonnie Walker IV, Miami, SG

Grade: A

Lonnie Walker IV looked like a lottery pick a few days ago, but the chaos of the draft drops him right into the Spurs’ collective lap.

This draft selection obviously looks a lot better if Kawhi Leonard is around for another contract. But even if they end up moving him this summer or he leaves next summer, Walker looks like a great pick for the Spurs. He’ll compete on both ends of the floor and he should be a nice scoring punch for San Antonio. They can start moving on from Danny Green as the main shooting guard in the rotation. The Spurs always seem to find this kind of draft luck.

19th Pick: Atlanta Hawks — Kevin Huerter, Maryland, SG/SF

Grade: B-

Kevin Huerter’s stock rose a lot from the draft combine through this selection. Prior to then, he was on the fringe of being a first-round pick. Now he goes in the top-20 to join Trae Young in Atlanta.

The Hawks are clearly valuing outside shooting in this draft, and Huerter is one of the best shooters in the draft. He might even be the best shooter of any pick. But someone like Josh Okogie makes more sense than Huerter does from an athletic standpoint. Huerter gives them good value but it could have gone better.

20th Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves — Josh Okogie, Georgia Tech, SG/SF

Grade: A

Josh Okogie is a phenomenal pick for his skill set and what the Wolves need on their roster. He’s only around 6-foot-5, but has a 7-foot wingspan. He shot the lights out at Georgia Tech and improved his playmaking his sophomore season. Okogie can defend multiple positions and rated out as one of the best athletes at the combine.

The Wolves are starved for two-way players who can shoot at the wings. Okogie gives them exactly that.

21st Pick: Utah Jazz — Grayson Allen, Duke, SG

Grade: C+

With Khyri Thomas and Chandler Hutchison on the board, I don’t love this pick for Utah. Grayson Allen can shoot, handle the ball, and score off the dribble. He’ll fit in nicely with Quin Snyder’s system and the Jazz are confident they can turn him into a good NBA team defender. There were better two-way players at the wing left on the board. Allen’s pick is easy to justify, but it’s fair to question if they maximized this selection.

22nd Pick: Chicago Bulls — Chandler Hutchison, Boise State, SG/SF

Grade: C

Four-year player in college? Sign the Bulls up. Chandler Hutchison only had one real good year shooting the 3-pointer and it wasn’t his senior year. He improved as a playmaker each season and became a high-volume, efficient scorer his last two seasons. Hutchison will give the Bulls’ second unit the consistency they’re probably missing from Denzel Valentine. Solid pick but higher upside on the board.

23rd Pick: Indiana Pacers — Aaron Holiday, UCLA, PG

Grade: A+

If we’re not counting Luka Doncic as a point guard, I had Aaron Holiday as the best point guard in the draft. Better than Trae Young, Collin Sexton, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. It isn’t a knock on those three guys, but Holiday’s skill set is made for the NBA game.

It isn’t just the pedigree of his two older brothers, either. Holiday can shoot the ball, was a great high-volume scorer at UCLA, and he’ll compete defensively. His size holds him back a little, but the Pacers need a point guard after this season. Great value here.

24th Pick: Portland Trail Blazers — Anfernee Simons, IMG Academy, G

Grade: INCOMPLETE

Is it a copout to not give a grade here? Probably!

But that’s what I’m doing with the Blazers and Anfernee Simons. He’s essentially a high school player being drafted once we get past the red tape and loopholes. Simons has years to go before we know what kind of prospect he’ll be in the NBA. He looks like he could develop into a really nice scorer at the guard position, but he’ll need a lot of G-League seasoning. Portland goes with the long play here.

If I had to give a grade, I’d go with a C- that has a chance to become a B. I choose to give an incomplete and ask them to attend summer school.

25th Pick: Los Angeles Lakers — Mo Wagner, Michigan, PF/C

Grade: C+

Mo Wagner is a skilled big man the Lakers will likely plug into their second unit and develop slowly. He had a really nice tournament run, as well. After losing Larry Nance Jr. at the trade deadline, this is a nice replacement for the rotation. Within a couple years, he could be their third big man.

It just feels like better players are on the board with Robert Williams or a project like Mitchell Robinson. He’ll struggle athletically at the NBA level but he can create good shot attempts.

26th Pick: Philadelphia 76ers — Landry Shamet, Wichita State, PG/SG

Grade: B

Landry Shamet didn’t get a chance to show what he could do as a freshman, playing just three games. The next two years at Wichita State, he shot 44 percent from deep on over 350 attempts. He improved as a playmaker each season and looked like he really understood how to run an offense. He’s a tall point guard or a good-sized combo guard. Either way, he’ll be phenomenal in the second unit.

27th Pick: Boston Celtics — Robert Williams, Texas A&M, C

Grade: A

Robert Williams was often projected to fall somewhere in the late lottery to late teens of the first-round. The Celtics grabbing him at 27 becomes one of the best value picks of the draft. In fact, only Aaron Holiday at 23 to the Pacers qualifies as a better value. The Celtics need athletic big men who can potentially protect the rim. They need guys who can go grab rebounds and fit into more traditional center roles against certain teams constantly attacking the basket.

In a few years, Williams could end up as the starting center for the Celtics. He can play.

28th Pick: Golden State Warriors — Jacob Evans, Cincinnati, SG/SF

Grade: B-

Jacob Evans didn’t shoot as well from deep as his sophomore year, but he still shot 37 percent from downtown. That was enough to feel like his jumper improvement wasn’t a fluke. He has solid size for a wing at 6-foot-5 with almost a 6-foot-10 wingspan. He’ll defend on both ends and the Warriors need some wings. This gives them another guy like Patrick McCaw to bring along slowly, or thrust him into an important playoff game because Steve Kerr got bored.

29th Pick: Brooklyn Nets — Dzanan Musa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SF

Grade: B

The Nets are all about development, and Dzanan Musa, if they keep him, gives them the opportunity to develop a scorer. He’s played in the Croatian League and will likely try to come over to the NBA right away. He gives the Nets a scoring wing but he won’t be an impact player right away. Nice project for them.

30th Pick: Atlanta Hawks — Omari Spellman, Villanova, PF

Grade: B+

The Hawks finish out a solid three-pick first-round by keeping an emphasis on outside shooting. They grabbed a future first-round pick, Trae Young, and Kevin Huerter before Omari Spellman to close out this round. Spellman gives them a stretch-4 option, who rebounds well and has a knack for scoring. He rebounds well and blocks shots. He isn’t much of a playmaker at his position, so you know the shot will go up when the ball gets to him. Nice backup to John Collins.

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31st Pick: Phoenix Suns — Elie Okobo, France, PG/SG

Grade: B

Not convinced Elie Okobo can run an NBA offense consistently, but his scoring/shooting ability allow him to be a weapon in the second unit.

32nd Pick: Memphis Grizzlies — Jevon Carter, West Virginia, PG

Grade: C+

He learned how to shoot his last two seasons at West Virginia but I’m not certain I buy it. He’s the best defensive point guard in the draft though.

33rd Pick: Dallas Mavericks — Jalen Brunson, Villanova, PG

Grade: B-

Jalen Brunson was the best point guard in college basketball this season but has some size issues for the NBA game. This gives Dallas insurance with Yogi Ferrell’s restricted free agency.

34th Pick: Charlotte Hornets (via Atlanta) — Devonte’ Graham, Kansas, PG

Grade: B

Hornets really need a backup point guard and they’ll hope the rookie can provide just that. He shot the lights out at Kansas and turned into a great distributor his senior season.

35th Pick: Orlando Magic — Melvin Frazier, Tulane, SG

Grade: C

Melvin Frazier is a fine pick, but the Magic really need a point guard on this roster. You won’t find a starting point guard at 35, but the Magic just missed out on a run of solid options. Should have moved up or grabbed De’Anthony Melton.

36th Pick: New York Knicks — Mitchell Robinson, C

Grade: INCOMPLETE

I did a copout with Anfernee Simons to the Blazers and I’m doing the same with Mitchell Robinson here. We have nothing but high school moments to go with for Robinson. He’s going to be a project the Knicks have to develop in the G-League, but the value here is solid.

37th Pick: Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento) — Gary Trent Jr, Duke, SG

Grade: C+

Kings send Gary Trent Jr. to Portland as the Blazers try to boost their bench with more shooting. I don’t think Trent can defend at the NBA level as of right now, so they have some development to do.

38th Pick: Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia) — Khyri Thomas, Creighton, SG/SF

Grade: B+

Could have easily been a first-round pick, so this is good value for Detroit. They acquire him from Philadelphia and will hope he immediately brings 3-and-D capabilities.

39th Pick: Los Angeles Lakers — Isaac Bonga, Germany, SF/PF

Grade: C+

Tough to judge these draft-and-stash options, but the Lakers invest in a good, long athlete who needs to greatly improve his shot and scoring abilities.

40th Pick: Brooklyn Nets — Rodions Kurucs, Latvia, PF

Grade: C

He reminds me of Jan Vesely a little too much and his star has diminished since being a good European prospect. But the Nets get to figure out when and where to develop him.

41st Pick: Denver Nuggets — Jarred Vanderbilt, Kentucky, SF/PF

Grade: B+

Denver continues having a potentially phenomenal draft with another forward hindered by injuries. A foot injury killed Jarred Vanderbilt’s draft stock this year, but he could be the steal of the second-round.

42nd Pick: Detroit Pistons — Bruce Brown, Miami, SG

Grade: C-

Love the Pistons getting Khyri Thomas in a trade, but don’t love them following that up with Bruce Brown. Solid scorer and solid playmaker but he can’t shoot at all.

43rd Pick: Denver Nuggets — Justin Jackson, Maryland, SF/PF

Grade: B

Shoulder injury cut his season short and he didn’t get a chance to prove he can shoot from deep, but he’s a rebounder and a scorer. Many projected him as a first-rounder before the injury.

44th Pick: Washington Wizards — Issuf Sanon, Ukraine, PG/SG

Grade: C

He can score a little bit but he has yet to prove he can shoot the ball. He’ll need years in Europe before we’re sure he can play in the NBA.

45th Pick: Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn) — Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky, SG

Grade: B+

The Hornets need depth and Hamidou Diallo could be one of those second-round steals. That 3-point shot has to develop but he has great size and length as a shooting guard.

46th Pick: Houston Rockets — De’Anthony Melton, USC, PG/SG

Grade: A-

Some projected De’Anthony Melton as a sure-fire first-round pick, but his season was cut short due to violations. He’ll be a great defender at the NBA level and maybe gives them a Patrick Beverley type again on that end. Great value here.

47th Pick: Los Angeles Lakers — Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas, SG

Grade: C+

Good height and a great shooter from downtown but he has really short arms. Not sure how he defends at the NBA level because of it.

48th Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves — Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State, SF

Grade: A-

Keita Bates-Diop was often projected as a first-round pick, so to get the forward at 48 is great value for the Wolves. He can defend multiple positions but needs to prove he can shoot from outside.

49th Pick: San Antonio Spurs — Chimezie Metu, USC, PF

Grade: C

Not a big rebounder and doesn’t have the ability to stretch the floor, but he can block shots and dunk.

50th Pick: Indiana Pacers — Alize Johnson, Missouri State, SF/PF

Grade: C+

Good rebounder and scorer at Missouri State, but his jumper fell off a lot in his sophomore season. If it hits at the NBA level, this grade should’ve been much higher.

51st Pick: New Orleans Pelicans — Tony Carr, Penn State, PG/SG

Grade: D+

Couldn’t shoot inside the arc, but his outside shot hit a lot this season. Just doesn’t have a lot of efficiency, but maybe he can survive in a second unit at some point.

52nd Pick: Houston Rockets — Vince Edwards, SF/PF, Purdue

Grade: B-

Switchy forward who can knock down 3-pointers? Daryl Morey has a type. Utah traded the pick to Houston.

53rd Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder — Devon Hall, Virginia, SG

Grade: C

He doesn’t have great length, but Devon Hall turned himself into a good shooter and a solid playmaker. Thunder will try to develop those burgeoning skills further.

54th Pick: Philadelphia 76ers — Shake Milton, SMU, PG/SG

Grade: A-

My favorite second-round sleeper of the draft here. Milton can shoot the ball and he turned into a nice playmaker. More of a combo guard than a straight-up lead guard.

55th Pick: Charlotte Hornets — Arnoldas Kulboka, Lithuania, SF

Grade: C-

Draft-and-stash option for Charlotte here. Doesn’t attack off the bounce all that well, but he should be a shooter in any league.

56th Pick: Dallas Mavericks — Ray Spalding, Louisville, PF

Grade: C-

Rebounding and shot blocking can be strengths for him, but he’ll need to find some scoring consistency in the G-League.

57th Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder — Kevin Hervey, Texas-Arlington, SF

Grade: D

If he doesn’t learn to shoot, he’ll have a tough time making an NBA roster. Thunder will see what he can do in the G-League, most likely, but he can score.

58th Pick: Denver Nuggets — Thomas Welsh, UCLA, C

Grade: C-

He can shoot the ball as a stretch-5, but he doesn’t project as much of a defender. Can he rebound at the NBA level?

59th Pick: Phoenix Suns — George King, Colorado, SF

Grade: B-

Extremely strong wing who shot the ball well at Colorado. Needs to prove he’s not one-dimensional as an attacker though.

60th Pick: Dallas Mavericks (via Philadelphia) — Kostas Antetokounmpo, Dayton, SF

Grade: B

For the last pick the draft, grabbing the brother of the Greek Freak isn’t a bad end to it all. He didn’t do much in college, but he’s a great project to roll the dice on.

Zach Harper is a basketball obsessive with a penchant for outside shooting and high volume scorers. He believes in living life 3-point line to 3-point line. Zach has worked for ESPN, Bleacher Report, and CBS Sports since 2010. He's as interested in exploring the minutiae of the game of basketball as he is in finding the humor in it. Basketball in previous eras was fun, but it's much better now. Embrace change.

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