The smooth moving Croatian forward will be somewhat like Dante Exum – an unknown, unproven quantity and a risk. However, some team in the lottery is likely to take that risk.
From what I have read and seen of his play, he looks to have the skills of a silky point forward. A very intriguing skill set that also seems to have incredible bust potential.
Best case: A great version of Boris Diaw
Worst case: Boris Diaw
10. Tyler Ennis, G, Syracuse
Like his team’s stock across the season, Ennis seems to have bounced around a little bit. As I mentioned in February, as far as pure point guards go, he is the best in the class.
Ennis is solid and steady, a very unselfish player who can run an offense efficiently but can’t yet take over games. He is still more of a game manager then he is a game winner. That will be the challenge for him at the next level.
Best case: Chris Paul
Worst case: C.J. Watson
11. Gary Harris, G, Michigan State
Best case: A smaller version of Kawhi Leonard
Worst case: Jared Dudley
12. Doug McDermott, F, Creighton
Mr. McBuckets will go down as one of the greatest scorers in NCAA Division 1 history. He has obvious leadership qualities and as a coach’s son, his basketball IQ will never be questioned.
McDermott can create off the bounce and shoot like very few others can. With the increased emphasis on 3-pointers created by analytics, McDermott will be in demand.
In Sunday’s loss to Baylor, he was exposed a few times and fans will wonder. If he didn’t have an answer for an average Big 12 team, what will he do against an NBA defense?
The answer: He won’t have to lead an offense at NBA level (not initially, anyway). His role will be much more simplified and designed to emphasize his strengths.
Expect him to be selected in the range of picks 10 and 15.
Best case: Ryan Anderson
Worst case: Steve Novak
13. Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
However, it remains to be seen whether Cauley-Stein will ever develop an acceptable offensive game to balance his defensive potential.
Best case: Roy Hibbert
Worst case: Larry Sanders
14. Rodney Hood, F, Duke
Hood lacks athleticism but does most things pretty well offensively. He has been hiding in the shadows of his more fancied teammate but has put up 16 points per game while shooting an impressive 42 percent from deep.
He appears to be a safe pick in my eyes and should be able to make an impact quickly at the next level.
Best case: Danny Granger
Worst case: Gerald Henderson
Jake Henson is an NBA writer from Australia who has recently joined the team at Sheridan Hoops. You can follow him on twitter here: @jwhenson_