15. Milwaukee Bucks – Dario Saric, SF, Cibona Zagreb (6’8, 10.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg)
With youngsters Larry Sanders and John Henson leading the way, the Bucks have plenty of bigs who can crash the boards and block shots.
Adding a prospect like Saric – who could be a combo forward in the NBA – would be interesting. Saric can do a little bit of everything on offense. While he is a defensive liability, in time he could be a productive rotation player.
16. Boston Celtics – Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga (7’0, 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg)
While a trade could be made to snatch the Nigerian, if the Celtics stand pat they will look for an impactful big like Olynyk, who can provide some scoring punch in the post and is a great pick-and-pop option who knocks down mid-range jumpers.
17. Atlanta Hawks – Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh (7’0, 7.2 ppg, 6.3 ppg, 2.0 bpg)
The Hawks have back-to-back picks and have a few directions which they can go. Adams is a physical specimen that will be able to play defense in the NBA from the moment he steps on the court. However, he is still raw and inconsistent on offense and must develop in order to reach his potential.
Under Danny Ferry, the Hawks want to slide Al Horford over to power forward, and drafting Adams would allow that.
18. Atlanta Hawks (From Houston) – Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky (6’4, 14.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 apg)
There are some questions in Atlanta’s backcourt with Lou Williams coming off ACL surgery, Devin Harris entering free agency and John Jenkins not quite ready. As Ferry rebuilds the Hawks and is set to splurge in free agency over the summer,there should be room for Goodwin.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (From LA Lakers) – Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville (6’11, 9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg)
Dieng soared up boards during the Cardinals’ title run. He showed he can be a starting NBA center with his midrange jumper, rebounding ability and ability to alter shots.
Dieng can come right in and play minutes.
20. Chicago Bulls – Mason Plumlee, C, Duke (6’10, 17.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg)
While at Duke, Plumlee was even more athletic and productive than his brother, Miles, and should be a popular prospect during pre-draft workouts. On the offensive end Plumlee really stepped up this year and showed he can have the offense run through him.
21. Utah Jazz (From Golden State) – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia (6’5, 18.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg)
While he played on a poor Georgia team, there is no denying that Caldwell-Pope will be a name that rises as we get closer to the draft.
22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas (6’8, 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg)
Mitchell is a special athlete who can do special things on the backboards and the defensive end of the court but often settles for too many jumpers. Playing alongside Brook Lopez, the Nets will get a player who can help on the glass.