Cleveland will take either Beal or Barnes with their top pick, so no matter what they’ll be in the hunt for a big at this late stage of the first round. 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 a cause for concern but, he’s big, so inevitably this is the latest he’ll go.
The Grizzlies need some point guard depth, and Tony Wroten is one of the more promising prospects in this draft. He has good size and solid ball-handling skills, and he’ll likely benefit from not having to carry the load as this team’s starter. He could end up being the steal of the final third of this year’s draft when it’s all said and done.
As he made abundantly clear in the National Championship game, Doron Lamb can put up points with the best of them. On top of being a deadly shooter, this kid is also great at running the offense, plays solid defense and has a certain natural instinct that helped him continuously adjust/evolve during his time at Kentucky. He’ll spread out Indiana’s offense and provide the squad with some much needed depth.
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.
OKC has a loaded team, so at this point it’s all about finding complimentary players. Jeffrey Taylor will be a great piece off the bench and, undoubtedly, will provide the squad with a bit more stability in those unfortunate moments when Kevin Durant is off the court. This kid is a ridiculously good athlete, strong scorer (both in terms of shooting and off the dribble) and an amazing defender. Within one year, he’ll probably be the second best defensive player on the roster.
With Derrick Rose out for most or all of next year, the Bulls are going to need someone to run the offense. More likely than not, Taylor will serve as a backup to an experienced point guard who takes less money to play for Chicago next year. (Which would be the ideal scenario for all involved.)
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. Fortunately, that likely won’t be a problem in Golden State.