Drew Eubanks: 20 points, 11 rebounds
Drew Eubanks is a more traditional center with surprising athleticism, but the only way I can see him getting enough playing time to exceed a 20-point game is if someone gets injured. His rebounding is solid, and if he gets the hot hand in the post or down low, he can torch slower defenders.
I’m glad Trey Lyles is gone because it might give Eubanks more time at the stretch-four spot, so hopefully, he can ball out. The signing of Zach Collins doesn’t help Drew, as they play the same position and Collins should get more consistent minutes.
Bryn Forbes: 30 points, 10/12 shooting on 3-point shots
It’s confession time. I really, really like Bryn Forbes. He reminds me a lot of myself in pickup games. He’s a good asset to have off the bench as long as he can guard the weakest player and knows to never step inside the arc.
If Forbes gets hot and doesn’t collapse on defense, there’s no reason to take him out. Asking for both at the same time is a lot, I know, but he is one of the best shooters in the entire league. Hopefully, he has this stellar game early on in the season so he can win over fans in his homecoming.
Keldon Johnson: 24 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals
This is going to be a trend among the starters on the team. 24 points isn’t exactly Keldon Johnson putting on a clinic, but round it out with great defense and a dozen boards and you have a game that should define his season.
Johnson is not a glamorous player. It’s why he was selected for Team USA over Trae Young and other flashy guards. But he will put his nose down and grind until the game is over on all ends of the floor every single play, so expect him to have well-rounded games more often than almost anyone else.