Jeffery Taylor managed to impress last year on a Vanderbilt squad that essentially made him create his offense from scratch. This guy can shoot extremely well, knows how to effectively put the ball on the floor and has the sort of athleticism that will perfectly compliment Kyrie Irving’s game. While he’ll initially provide support off the bench for the Cavs, his stellar defense and knack for putting points on the board will earn him a starting spot sooner rather than later.
Quincy Miller knows how to score. That’ll be his major selling point to all potential suitors. During his time at Baylor, Miller proved that he could take it to the rack off the dribble, spot up and/or score in the paint – all with a decent amount of success. How his size will translate at the next level is a bit worrisome, obviously, but we’ve seen a number of skinny, not particularly strong-looking guys thrive over the last few years. Defensively, be it because he wasn’t taught the right techniques or because he lacks the strength to really bang it out, Miller is going to need to develop a bit once he gets to the pros. Still, a team as deep as Memphis can afford to take the best player available and help him grow as a ballplayer over the next few seasons.
Adding some depth behind Roy Hibbert seems like the most logical play for the Pacers, even though they don’t even utilize Hibbert to his maximum potential at the moment. Fab Melo is a very raw talent, but guys who can impact the way other teams attack the basket are very useful in the pro ranks. In terms of pure physical attributes, Melo has the size and strength to succeed in the NBA – assuming he continues to develop. His offensive game needs a lot of work and his poor rebounding skills for a player his size are admittedly weak. But he’s big so, inevitably, this is the latest he’ll go.
Miami desperately needs a legit big man, so management reaching ever so slightly for a center who at the very least can come in and be a great rebounder right off the bat makes a lot of sense. Offensively, Ezeli is very raw and mostly just uses his size and strength to muscle the ball in. Defensively, though, that’s where he’ll make his money for the first few years. As it stands, Miami has enough offensive talent to justify taking a chance on a center that may or may not end up being serviceable in the foreseeable future.
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OKC is good at point guard, shooting guard and small forward. The other two pieces of the front court aren’t a problem, per se, but they could definitely use some fine-tuning should the opportunity become available. Nicholson is a talented big that can score in a myriad of ways (both in the post and on the perimeter), and he’s also a very solid rebounder. Defensively, he leaves a lot to be desired and may have trouble at the next level, but that may not be such a problem given the fact that reserve fours typically aren’t huge scoring threats in the NBA anyway.
A lot of people have him going higher than this. At the moment, the only problem we have with Dion Waiters is that he lacks the consistency you would like to see from a guy his size. Whereas big guys can afford to be on and off because they’re big, perimeter players don’t have that luxury. That being said, this guy is a baller. He plays solid defense, always has a lot of energy and boasts an NBA-ready body. If he can improve his shooting even a little bit before making the jump, he could be a huge asset to Chicago on both ends of the floor right off the bat. The Bulls are stacked, so for them it will just be about taking best player available – which Waiters clearly will be at this point.
If they utilize him effectively, John Jenkins could have the same sort of offensive impact on the Warriors that Monta Ellis had – just in a slightly different way. Whereas Ellis was ultra-speedy and great off the dribble, Jenkins’ game revolves more around his shooting. This guy can come off screens, catch-and-shoot and is solid with a hand in his face. Defensively... But seeing as this is the Warriors we’re talking about, that shouldn’t really be a problem.