15. AUSTIN DAYE, DETROIT: A true disappointment after coming in with a lot of hype out of Gonzaga. On the day of the extension deadline, Daye got a DNP-CD instead. A candidate to not receive a qualifying offer next summer.
16. JAMES JOHNSON, SACRAMENTO: Another guy on his third team. A hard-nosed player but wasn’t overly impressive in Toronto. Now playing for a qualfying offer.
17. JRUE HOLIDAY, PHILADELPHIA: Things didn’t look good when the season opener tipped without a deal. But after directing a win, the point guard received a four-year, $41 million extension, which he appears capable of growing into.
19. JEFF TEAGUE, ATLANTA: Hasn’t shown quite enough yet but promise is there. Hawks GM Danny Ferry wants to maintain his flexibility for the summer and will make qualifying offer.
20. ERIC MAYNOR, OKLAHOMA CITY: Virtually clinched a trip to restricted free agency with last season’s torn ACL. Has a chance to show something this season with Harden out of the way.
21. DARREN COLLISON, DALLAS: Also on his third team, which seems strange for a player this good. The Mavericks traded for him because his pending RFA status fit with their current plan of annual flexibility.
22. VICTOR CLAVER, PORTLAND: A rookie this season after three years in Spain. DNP in opener.
23. OMRI CASSPI, CLEVELAND: Once a novelty with some skill, now just another 11th man. Had a DNP in the opener and is playing for a qualifying offer.
24. BYRON MULLENS, CHARLOTTE: Also on his third team but has created a niche for himself and almost certainly worth a qualifying offer.
25. RODDY BEAUBOIS, DALLAS: If they ever do a remake of Unbreakable, he can audition for the role of Mr. Glass. If he can stay healthy this season, he will earn himself a qualifying offer. But he hasn’t shown he can start.
26. TAJ GIBSON, CHICAGO: Was in a tough negotiating spot because he doesn’t start but eventually settled for a well-deserved $38 million over four years. Since the 2005 CBA changed rookie contracts to two-year deals with two options, Gibson is the lowest first-round pick to get an extension.
27. DEMARRE CARROLL, UTAH: We like his game, but already on the one-year contract treadmill.
28. WAYNE ELLINGTON, MEMPHIS: A disappointment given his pedigree. Has a lot to prove in order to get a qualifying offer.
29. TONEY DOUGLAS, HOUSTON: Surprising rookie season has been followed by a free fall. It was somewhat of a shock that he wasn’t part of GM Daryl Morey’s “slash-and-burn” offseason.
30. CHRISTIAN EYENGA: Was a teammate of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant and was traded for Dwight Howard. So there.
Chris Bernucca is the managing editor of SheridanHoops.com. His columns appear Monday during the season. You can follow him on Twitter.
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