15. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Houston Rockets) select Izan Almansa
Almansa won MVP in the U-19 World Cup, U-19 European championships, and U-17 World Cup in the last two years, but has struggled for the G League Ignite. The 6’10 big man has shown passing, rebounding, and rim protection flashes, but can he score in the NBA?
16. New York Knicks choose Riley Kugel
Kugel can get buckets, but what else does he offer? The 6’5 wing may just be a sixth-man scorer off the bench. He needs to improve his defense and basketball IQ to vault up draft boards, but Kugel has upside.
17. Cleveland Cavaliers draft Tristan da Silva
The senior out of Colorado is a strong shooter, who can handle the ball. There are too many turnovers and defensive questions, but the Cavaliers want to win now and da Silva profiles as an NBA-ready rotation player quickly.
18. Phoenix Suns take Garwey Dual
This may seem crazy as Dual is coming off the bench for Providence, but his playmaking, dribbling, and defense have been impressive in the early going. The 6’5 guard has produced four steals and seven blocks in the first four games. This is a selection based on his upside, but teams always look to take chances in this range.
19. New Orleans Pelicans (via Los Angeles Lakers) select Bobi Klintman
Klintman is showcasing his versatile skill set in the NBL this season. The 6’10 forward needs to hit his jumpers to reach his ceiling as a plus-sized 3-and-D wing. There have been flashes of the defense, but this is a project selection.
20. Atlanta Hawks (via Sacramento Kings) snag Dalton Knecht
The 6’6 wing can make shots with plus athleticism. Knecht is already 22 years old, which limits his upside. He must hold his own defensively, but the offensive game provides plenty of excitement.