13. Portland Trail Blazers (via Golden State Warriors) choose Ryan Dunn
Dunn has an elite NBA skill, which has helped him rise up boards quickly in a draft class with a ton of uncertainty. The Virginia sophomore is an elite defender. At 6’8, he can guard multiple positions and create havoc. He has produced 15 steals and 14 blocks in just five games. Dunn is everywhere and should hold his own defensively if inserted into an NBA game right now.
His offensive game is a complete question mark. He is just seven of 26 from 3-point range for his college career, which is 36 games at this point. Dunn has shot well from the field on limited attempts but offers little playmaking and less shooting.
The Blazers go all-in on defense with their two lottery picks. They have Scoot Henderson, Shaedon Sharpe, and Anfernee Simons to score the ball. Alex Sarr, who they took third overall in this mock, and Dunn can provide the defense. The 20-year-old wing would need time to develop his offensive game, but his defense could be impactful from night one. Is that enough to make him a lottery pick in a weak class?
If Ryan Dunn consistently knocks down jumpers this season, he will be a top-ten pick. It is up to the 6’8 wing to make it happen.