Jeremy Lamb has a good first step and solid ball-handling skills. There are some questions about whether he’ll be able to be as efficient with his shooting at the next level against big league defenders, but that’s the case with most shooting guards that make the leap. The Rockets have a need at the two, and Lamb could be a reliable long-term option for years to come.
PF, Mississippi State
Arnett Moultrie makes a lot of sense for a Dallas team that’s either going to go point guard or power forward. In terms of physical tools, Moultrie has everything you need for NBA success. He’s athletic, fast and can finish around the basket in a ton of ways. He’s at his best when he’s utilizing his speed and athleticism, and he’s surprisingly good at drawing contact from opposing bigs. His moves in the post are still raw and need development, but they’re pretty in line with what you would expect from players fresh out of college. His defense was solid against subpar competition, but there are legitimate questions about how it will translate at the next level. Seeing as the Mavs will likely try to address their point guard void with Deron Williams, Moultrie makes the most amount of sense here.
Terrence Ross has the size and athleticism necessary for NBA success at the wing, and he’ll be great for a young squad who has a real need at the two-guard spot. Much of his offensive production tends to depend on whether or not his jumper is dropping on that particular night, but he gets those jumpers in a lot of different ways which makes him tough to defend. There are questions about his ball-handling and inability to really create for himself off the dribble, but if his shooting continues to improve and he finds a way to get open looks, it really shouldn't be that big of a problem. The Wolves seem to be relatively set in the post and at the point, so finding a capable young two makes the most amount of sense.
C, North Carolina
You know exactly what you’re getting when you draft Tyler Zeller. The Good: he brings size, an unflappable presence in the middle and non-stop energy to the table every single time he takes the court. The Bad: he doesn’t have an NBA-level post game yet, may or may not be able to defend pro bigs and wasn’t even the most talented center in his own family this past season. It goes without saying that Orlando may need a new center at some point in the foreseeable future, and Zeller can hold this squad over until the next star comes along.
People either love Marquis Teague or they hate him, plain and simple. Look, we can all acknowledge that this guy had something of an up and down season this year, and that his ability to run an offense effectively -- particularly in the half court -- was always in serious doubt. That said, under the magnified lens of the NCAA Tournament, he was able to increase his efficiency and cut down his turnovers en route to a National Title. Make of that what you will. In all honesty, Teague could probably have used another year of seasoning at the college level, but he didn’t want to go that route. With Andre Miller gone this summer, Teague can and will provide some legit depth to one-guard spot for Denver.
SF, St. John’s
Regardless of what ultimately happens with Paul Pierce, Moe Harkless will be Boston’s small forward of the future. He has good size and great length, and knows how to utilize both effectively on the basketball court. Despite the fact that he isn’t the greatest shooter in the world, he knows how to do a little bit of everything – including scoring. The Celtics are going to officially enter rebuilding mode sooner rather than later, and a versatile guy like this makes that process go a whole lot smoother.
PF, St. Bonaventure
Andrew Nicholson is a talented big that can score in a myriad of ways (both in the post and on the perimeter), rebound well and take up space in the post. Defensively, though, he leaves a lot to be desired and may have trouble at the next level. The Celtics could lose Kevin Garnett to a rival squad this summer, so shoring up the four spot would make a lot of sense.
PF, Iowa State
You know what you’re getting when you draft Royce White. Offensively, there is very little that he can’t do. Defensively, he needs work. The Hawks are constantly considering trading Josh Smith, so it would make sense for them to bring in a guy who can replace Smith’s production when the inevitable move comes. Besides, White will be the best player available at this point anyway.