In the general implosion of the Nets in these playoffs, the lack of credible interpreters in the role of 5 was evident, who could guarantee even a credible defensive impact outside of poor Nic Claxton. Kessler ended the season with the award for best NCAA defender thanks to his impenetrable defense of the iron, in certain situations the deadliest weapon of Auburn even compared to the talent of Jabari Smith. Also watch out for the boy’s hands, not particularly exalted in college but which can reserve unexpected surprises.
- MILWAUKEE BUCKS – Jaden Hardy (G, G League Ignite)
Before starting the season in the G League, Hardy was regarded as one of the most promising prospects coming out of high school, but while he hinted at some significant flashes of talent, the consistency of his performance fell short. Probably the impact with the world of professionalism was hard for this guard with innate ability to achieve, a shooter always dangerous from the situation of possession, ready to score from sidereal distances in the blink of an eye. In Milwaukee a player who can take care of the second lineup it could be very useful.
- SAN ANTONIO SPURS – Leonard Miller (F, Fort Eire Academy)
From the Hoop Summit last April 20, this boy from the Canadian high school circuit has begun his climb, with a particularly unusual style of play given that we are talking about a guard almost 7 feet tall (yes, you read that right) . Left-handed with innate talent, Miller is perfectly at ease handling the ball and making smart decisions by leading the pick and roll, he still has a very low release shot but the touch is present. He is still very wild in the interpretation of the role but the potential is unique and for this reason it is not surprising if he manages to climb to the foot of the Lottery. Spurs always have an eye for this kind of futuristic talent, as evidenced by the choice of Joshua Primo last year.
- DALLAS MAVERICKS – Bryce McGowans (G / F, Nebraska)
The current ride to the playoffs is showing how the Mavs have managed to invest in the Draft in these choices that too often are overshadowed but which in the end are fundamental for the construction and maintenance of a roster. McGowans is a slender and quick penetrator, who knows how to attack the iron with great skill in finding spaces from the dribble and filling with great intuition and promptness the holes left by the defense, and for this reason very interesting to be inserted in a context with Doncic in command.
- MIAMI HEAT – Kennedy Chandler (G, Tennessee)
In his only season in Tennessee Chandler proved to be one of the few pure reliable point guards from a draft perspective, good at managing team times and rhythms, very intelligent in looking for “hot” teammates and very annoying in the defensive phase where he knows how to put pressure on the team. ball with constancy and discreet competitive malice. With Kyle Lowry heading towards 37, the Heat could rebuild the department starting from this choice.
- GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS – Christian Koloko (C, Arizona)
With Kevon Looney expiring, the Warriors are in a far from easy situation for the future of the role: Looney himself, at what figures does he want to be renewed? Is the James Wiseman experiment already finished? For this reason they might think of adding a long defensive and essential like Christian Koloko, who in Arizona managed to keep the high rhythms of the team in an excellent way, guaranteeing protection of the area not only to the iron but also with great care in the rotations.
- MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES – Jake LaRavia (F, Wake Forest)
LaRavia is also a particularly new name, creating attention with a very good season in Wake Forest and consolidating it with the individual workouts carried out so far. She is a 206cm winger with a good physical structure who makes individual technique and intelligence in off-the-ball play her main strength. He has a shot, moves the ball very well in attack and has a fighting spirit despite not exactly excellent mobility. The combination of size and ballistic ability seems like a great reason for Grizzlies to consider it.
- OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER – Caleb Houstan (GF, Michigan)
In Michigan’s troubled season, Houstan went almost unnoticed despite being one of the most tempting prospects for the mix of shot, presence and defensive readings for a pure 203cm winger. He could be one steal if put in the right context to express his qualities and the Thunder have a roster, even in the future, that could allow him to do so.