Dillon Mitchell, Texas and Kel’el Ware, Oregon
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15. Los Angeles Lakers: Dereck Full of life (Duke, C, Freshman)
Translatable ending and rim protection should result in top-20 interest in Full of life, though more flashes of post scoring and shooting touch could push him closer into the top-10 range.
16. Atlanta Hawks: Dillon Mitchell (Texas, PF, Freshman)
Mitchell taps into special quickness and bounce for ending, putbacks, transition and defensive playmaking. Improving his handle and shot will likely be long-term priorities, but over the following few years, he’ll be valued for his off-ball production and low-usage impact.
17. Toronto Raptors: Kel’el Ware (Oregon, C, Freshman)
Ware’s activity, ending and shot-blocking will make probably the most noise, while flashes of ball skill and shooting will hint at more scoring versatility to unlock long run.
18. Indiana Pacers (via Cavaliers): Anthony Black (Arkansas, SG, Freshman)
NBA teams will take a look at Black as an interchangeable 6’7″ point guard or wing, given his unique playmaking IQ and defensive quickness and anticipation. Looking competent enough as a shooter should earn him an invite to the 2023 green room.
19. Utah Jazz (via Timberwolves): Baba Miller (Florida State, SF, Freshman)
Scouts will show patience with Miller, a 6’11” 18-year-old wing who’ll deliver self-creation and shooting flashes. Inconsistent production ought to be expected, given Florida State’s history of ball-sharing, its deep rotation and the freshman’s raw offensive game. But positional size, perimeter skills and age create enticing potential.
20. Recent York Knicks (via Mavericks): Maxwell Lewis (Pepperdine, SG, Sophomore)
A breakout season from Lewis should grab NBA scouts’ attention along with his 6’7″ wing size, self-creation flashes, clear shot-making skill and athleticism for play-finishing and defensive playmaking. Other than two matchups against Gonzaga, November 23 versus UCLA represents a key opportunity for Lewis to validate last 12 months’s flashes.
21. Memphis Grizzlies: Nikola Djurisic (Mega, SG/SF, 2004)
Scouts got an interesting look in September at Djurisic going for twenty-four points and 6 assists against Extra time Elite’s Thompson twins. Playing as a featured weapon for Mega, the 6’8″ Serban wing should remain within the first-round discussion all season while he showcases a valued mixture of shooting and passing IQ.
22. Miami Heat: Julian Phillips (Tennessee, SF, Freshman)
Phillips should capture scouts’ attention with shooting versatility and a believable stroke for a 6’8″ wing. He’ll look more like a fit for his off-ball scoring than a player NBA teams see creating or playmaking.
23. Charlotte Hornets (via Nuggets): Leonard Miller (G League Ignite, SF/PF, 2003)
With a full 50-game schedule within the G League, Miller must have enough opportunities and freedom to proceed constructing on the guard skills that make the 6’11” combo forward a first-round candidate.
24. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Gradey Dick (Kansas, SG/SF, Freshman)
Positional 6’8″ size, convincing shooting and two-way IQ should result in draft buzz for Dick. He won’t flash much creation at Kansas, but for the NBA, he checks a fitting combination of boxes with translatable strengths like shot-making and decision-making.
25. Utah Jazz (via Nets): JJ Starling (Notre Dame, SG, Freshman)
Starling may have a featured role to showcase his scoring potential, which is powered by a mix of athleticism for attacking and shot-making off self-creation.
26. Los Angeles Clippers: Jalen Hood-Schifino (Indiana, PG/SG, Freshman)
The NIBC’s assist leader, Hood-Schifino could construct an NBA case around playmaking IQ and a 6’6″, 215-pound frame built to drive through contact. His three-point shooting may take longer, though he’ll flash more scoring potential by separating into mid-range jumpers and using floaters.
27. Golden State Warriors: Julian Strawther (Gonzaga, SF, Junior)
At 6’7″, Strawther flashed the correct tools, skill set and efficiency for an NBA off-ball wing, especially along with his off-screen shooting and cutting. But he’ll also see a giant jump in usage and creation reps, which should allow him to expand his game and lift his on-ball value and draft stock.
28. Phoenix Suns: Arthur Kaluma (Creighton, SF/PF, Sophomore)
Shooting improvement and more points off self-creation should result in NBA buzz for Kaluma. A believable three-point stroke and confidence (4.9 attempts per 40) suggest he’s poised to take a step forward toward constructing his three-and-D image for the professionals.
29. Houston Rockets (via Bucks): Kyle Filipowski (Duke, PF, Freshman)
Filipowski’s ball-handling and shot-making skill level at 6’11” could help scouts look past his athletic and defensive limitations. He’ll play the stretch-big role next to Dereck Full of life at Duke, which is able to give scouts a superb probability to judge his offense and foot speed against forwards.
30. Indiana Pacers (via Celtics): Yohan Traore (Auburn, PF/C, Freshman)
Traore’s physical tools for translatable ending and rebounding, plus real shooting touch, should result in each freshman production and NBA interest.