11. Philadelphia 76ers
Player Name: Cody Zeller
Position, School: C, Indiana
Zeller didn’t improve as much as scouts expected him to this season and his stock has slid a bit. He’d be a nice fit in Philly, however. With the exception of Spencer Hawes, the Sixers just don’t have a lot of size right now and who knows if they decide to re-sign Andrew Bynum. I’m making this pick assuming they don’t but if they do then it changes. Either way, Zeller is a good value pick at No. 11.
12. Portland Trail Blazers
Player Name: Glenn Robinson III
Position, School: SF, Michigan
The Blazers have a great starting five but no depth at all. Robinson may be raw, but he has talent and is a long, athletic forward who can get up and down the floor. He can also shoot the ball well, which will provide some scoring off the Blazers bench.
13. Dallas Mavericks
Player Name: Michael Carter-Williams
Position, School: PG, Syracuse
Dallas could look to add size here, but it’s almost a no-brainer to get their point guard of the future. He’s a pure point guard who makes everyone better and he’s also an excellent on-the-ball defender. He needs to develop his jumper and add strength, but Carter-Williams is a great passer who has good size for the position and has a ton of upside.
14. Utah Jazz
Player Name: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Position, School: SG, Georgia
The Jazz would jump all over Carter-Williams if he is there, but they also need to upgrade at the 2 and Caldwell-Pope makes sense here. He is a lethal shooter with deep range who is also a big-time defender. He’s a guy who instantly makes Utah better.
15. Milwaukee Bucks
Player Name: Jamaal Franklin
Position, School: SG/SF, San Diego State
Franklin can help the Bucks out a great deal by giving them a talented wing scorer. He’s a very athletic wing who rebounds, plays above the rim and can do just about everything on the floor, although his long-range shooting needs a lot of work.
16. Boston Celtics
Player Name: Kelly Olynyk
Position, School: C, Gonzaga
The Celtics need to continue to add big bodies until they find one that can contribute. Olynyk has an advanced game for his age and could form a nice future Celtics frontcourt with Jared Sullinger. He’s the type of stretch big man that the Celtics have liked in the past.
17. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers)
Player Name: Mason Plumlee
Position, School: PF, Duke
Plumlee is a very athletic, skilled inside scorer who is also a great rebounder. The Cavs are just stockpiling talent at this point and Plumlee is a seven-footer with the ability to create in the post. He has a nice combination of size and athleticism and will be nice coming off of the Cavs bench.
18. Atlanta Hawks
Player Name: Steven Adams
Position, School: C, Pitt
Adams is a project, but makes sense here for the Hawks as he has too much raw talent to pass up on. He probably should’ve spent another year in school where he would have been a lottery pick next season. He’s very raw offensively, and anyone that takes a gamble on him will have to be patient with him, but the talent is there. On the defensive end though, he’s ready to play in the NBA right now.
19. Chicago Bulls
Player Name: Allen Crabbe
Position, School: SG, California
The Bulls continue to search for a shooting guard who can shoot the ball and may have to reach a little here for Crabbe, as he’s probably the best one left on the board unless the Bulls want to take a stab on a guy like Archie Goodwin, who may have more upside. He’s not a good defender by any stretch of the imagination, which wouldn’t fit well with tom Thibodeau’s system, but Crabbe can shoot it and when he is hot he is very tough to contain.
20. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston)
Player Name: James Michael McAdoo
Position, School: PF, North Carolina
The Hawks need frontcourt help with Josh Smith likely on his way out and McAdoo has a good bit of talent. He’s an NBA athlete and has the body, but he’s still a pretty big work in progress. His offensive game still needs some work and he doesn’t have the highest basketball IQ, but he has a great deal of upside and is worth taking a shot on this late.