23. Indiana Pacers – Lucas Noegueira, C, Estudiantes (6’11, 5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg)
Like a lot of teams drafting late, the Pacers are looking for a player who can play right away. With his injury and contract, Danny Granger’s future in Indiana is in doubt, so the Pacers will be looking for a potential shooting guard to start next to Paul George.
Loading up on shooters like Crabbe would be a good idea. He is a pure shooter and can score the ball, an area of need for the Pacers. Crabbe doesn’t create his own shot well, but playing in Frank Vogel’s system should allow him to flourish.
After an impressive week in Chicago, Crabbe opened eyes with his touch, range and 6-11 1/4 wingspan.
24. New York Knicks – Shane Larkin, PG, Miami (5’11, 14.5 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.8 rpg)
With Jason Kidd at 40 and Pablo Prigioni at 35, the Knicks need some lightning to combine with Raymond Felton’s thunder. In Larkin, the Knicks would be getting a dynamic young point guard with plenty of upside.
Larkin singlehandedly carried Miami this season as he had a Trey Burke-like impact on the Hurricanes. In New York, fans want a point man who can push the pace at times off the bench, which is something Larkin does well.
While in Chicago, Larkin was one of the most athletic point guards and really helped himself. He recorded a 44-inch vertical leap — a combine record.
25. Los Angeles Clippers – Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State (6’5, 17.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 apg)
Franklin was in the lottery in Mock 2.0 but has a sprained ankle. In missing time and not performing in front of scouts, Franklin missed a chance to open some eyes with his improved handle and consistent jumper to go with his tenacious defensive and rebounding ability.
What will have teams most excited about Franklin is his 6-11 1/4 wingspan and large hands, reminding many teams of former Aztecs teammate Kawhi Leonard. Once healthy, Franklin should be able to climb back up draft boards. Falling due to injury. Franklin is a very good rebounder and defender who has improved his shot and ball handling.
With LA in need of quality reserves, Franklin should be able to contribute right away and gives Gary Sacks flexibility if he should decide to trade Eric Bledsoe.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Memphis) – C.J. Leslie, PF, North Carolina State (6’9, 15.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg)
Leslie was one of the most impressive performers at the combine in Chicago. With impressive agility numbers based on his size and length, Leslie has started to open eyes around NBA circles as a potential combo forward capable of defending multiple positions.
On offense Leslie is best in transition, but has the skills and athleticism to be a mismatch problem against bigger, less athletic power forwards in the NBA.
At this point, getting Leslie is a very good value pick as he has upside and still is scratching the surface of his potential.
27. Denver Nuggets – Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina (6’7, 13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 apg)
With Noel at the top, the Cavs will look to address their hole at small forward. While Adetonkbo would be intriguing, Cleveland could stay at 19 and land a player like Bullock, who proved himself to be a dynamic shooter and very good defender.
In Bullock – who has been steadily rising since the end of the season – the Cavs could get a Danny Green-like wing with the ability to lock up defenders and knock down open shots.
Bullock has great length and athleticism and is a great shooter, especially from outside. After a great week in Chicago, Bullock looks like a first-round lock and could easily supplant Alonzo Gee at small forward.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville (6’11, 9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg)
Taking Gobert at 12 is a good start for the Thunder, who need to add frontcourt depth. They can add even more with Dieng, whose activity would be a good fit for their up-tempo style.
Since there is no offensively proficient big man available, the next best thing is Dieng. He showed an impressive 15-foot jumper during Louisville’s title run. While Dieng can contribute offensively, his true value is defensively, where he can help shut down the paint much in the same fashion as Serge Ibaka does.
29. San Antonio Spurs – Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, Boulogne (6’9, 16.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg)
The Spurs are another team that loves to draft-and-stash players, and Jaiteh would be a great fit for that model. Not ready to play in the NBA yet possessing NBA size, frame and some skills, Jaiteh would be able to continue to develop in Europe and come over when ready.
While his arrival to the NBA is several years away, Jaiteh could be a great prospect by that time. Being French, he should get plenty of opportunities to develop against top international competition.
30. Phoenix Suns (From Miami) – Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky (6’4, 14.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.7 apg)
After an awful week in Chicago where he couldn’t buy a basket, Goodwin could see himself slide down boards. However, when Goodwin is on, he is able to score all over the court and can fill it up rather quickly.
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Joe Kotoch is the Editor-in-chief of Pro Basketball Draft, a leading scouting service in the world of professional basketball. Before Joe created PBD he served as an NBPA & FIBA certified agent and scouted players all across the world. Born and raised in Cleveland, Joe also contributes to Fox Sports Ohio and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. You can follow Joe on Twitter @Probballdraft.