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 – a versatile player with an impressive offensive game – gives them someone who can come in and provide production at either forward position.
In watching Saric you see a player very comfortable as a facilitator. He also is an underrated scorer who just turned 19.
16. Boston Celtics – Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga (7’0, 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg)
Olynyk would provide the Celtics with the ability to play right away. He is one of the most skilled offensive bigs in the draft and showed it in Chicago with a great mid-range jumper.
Olynyk is also a very good pick-and-roll defender, something that Boston takes pride in. As Olynyk rises up boards, the Celtics will have a tough decision to make on draft night.
17. Atlanta Hawks – Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Filathlitikos (6’9, 9.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg)
With two picks in hand, Hawks GM Danny Ferry will be have a lot of options. Considering Atlanta’s cap space this summer, taking a flier on an international prospect is very likely.
Based off his history, Ferry isn’t afraid to pick an international prospect, and landing Adetokunbo here could be a coup. Adetokunbo is one of the most physically gifted players in this draft. If given time to develop, he could be a quality starter in the league.
Adetokunbo is believed to have a promise from a team. It is not known i it is the Hawks.
18. Atlanta Hawks (From Houston) – Mason Plumlee, C, Duke (6’10, 17.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg)
One of the problem areas the Hawks have had for years is the lack of a true center. It would be wise for the Hawks to take advantage of this draft, which is deep in big men.
Plumlee can come in and contribute right away and showed progress offensively at Duke this past season.
As a bonus, Plumlee, who is an explosive athlete for his size, would allow the Hawks to slide Al Horford to his more natural position of power forward.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (From LA Lakers) – Sergey Karasev, SF, Triumph Moscow (6’8, 18.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 apg)
The Cavs, if they keep all four of their picks, have big draft-and-stash candidates with their second first-round pick. Karasev is one of the top international prospects and should be in the NBA in a season or two.
Currently playing for Triumph under his father, Karasev is an aggressive player who attacks opponents on offense. He is young with plenty of room to continue developing.
20. Chicago Bulls – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia (6’5, 18.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg)
With Derrick Rose coming back fully healthy next season, the Bulls would be best suited to give him something he has always lacked: a true running mate. The Bulls really need a scorer who can create his own shot to pair with Rose, and Caldwell-Pope can do that.
Caldwell-Pope is a talented scorer with great length for his position and would allow the Bulls to ease the pressure on Rose offensively.
As scouts have gotten a closer look at Caldwell-Pope, his stock has continued to rise. Unfortunately, Caldwell-Pope struggled to connect on his jumper in Chicago but has plenty of opportunities during predraft workouts to change the minds of GMs.
21. Utah Jazz (From Golden State) – Jeff Withey, C, Kansas (7’0, 13.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 3.9 bpg)
With the impending free agency of Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson, it would be wise of Utah to add another big to their reserves. While Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors are talented offensive bigs, adding Withey would make Utah tougher in the paint and add shot blocking to a team that has lacked it.
Unlike Kanter, who was forced to sit behind Jefferson for two full seasons, Withey would get regular playing time since Kanter will not be playing as many minutes as Jefferson did.
22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas (6’8, 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg)
With the current state of the team, the Nets are a team in search of player able to contribute right away. Mitchell is still raw but flashes the type of ability and athleticism that cause many to think he could be a very good NBA player.
While Mitchell frustrates coaches and scouts by shooting too many jumpers, there is no denying how good a shot-blocker and rebounder he can be. Brooklyn has long been intrigued by Josh Smith, whom Mitchell compares with very favorably.