No matter who they take at the top of this draft (Harrison Barnes, most likely), the Cavs will still need a big. 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.
Memphis needs 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.
The Pacers are in great position right now, so for them it’s just about filling up a few holes. Doron Lamb can put up points with anyone in this draft. On top of being a deadly shooter, he’s 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 has telegraphed this move from the outset. Festus Ezeli is raw offensively and will need a lot of development, but he’ll be the best big available at this point – and bigs is what the defending champs need more of.
OKC is just looking for roleplayers at this point. 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. He’s a good athlete, strong scorer (both in terms of shooting and off the dribble) and an amazing defender – all in all, a no-brainer for the Thunder if he’s still on the board.
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 a contender like Chicago.
The Warriors like guys who can score. Quincy Miller can score. He knows how to 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. If GS doesn’t trade this pick away, Miller will be a target.