9. Utah Jazz select Tyrese Proctor
Many thought Proctor would be a lottery selection in the 2023 NBA Draft, but he decided to return to Duke for his sophomore season after struggling to begin the year. The 6’5 guard averaged 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 26 minutes per game through the team’s first 16 contests. He was shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 24.1 percent on his threes.
Over the final 20 games, Proctor shot 41.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent on his 3-point tries as he averaged 11.0 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 32 minutes each night. There was a ton to like on both ends of the floor, but which sample should fans expect in year two with the Blue Devils?
Proctor is a strong pick-and-roll ball-handler that should thrive on Duke’s talented roster. His main partner is also projected to go in the lottery. If the 6’5 guard consistently knocks down his jumpers and shows defensive improvement, he could be a top-five pick on draft night.
The Utah Jazz need their point guard of the present and future. Tyrese Proctor is the best player available and should do wonders for their offense. He projects as a starter for a decade-plus in the league if he reaches his ceiling and the rebuilding Jazz should give him plenty of chances to shine.