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Fast forward to today and the 6-foot-5 combo guard definitely has a chance to go in the lottery.

The Athletic's Sam Vecenie and Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman updated their mock drafts Wednesday, and both have the Warriors snagging Duarte at No. 14 overall.

The Dominican Republic native averaged 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.8 steals per game for the Oregon Ducks last season, while shooting 53.2 percent overall, 42.4 percent from deep and 81 percent from the free throw line.

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He was a Third-Team All-American and claimed one of the five spots on the Pac-12's All-Defensive Team.

Duarte was fantastic in the NCAA Tournament, registering 23 points and seven assists in the Round of 32 against Iowa, and 21 points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals vs. USC in the Sweet 16.

He is viewed as a prospect who should be able to make immediate contributions from Day 1.

Chris Duarte turned 24 in June: "They can talk about my age. Hey man -- everybody's got a different path. I had to go to (junior college) for two years. I had to reclassify a year in high school because I came here without knowing the language. I'm here and I'm ready." https://t.co/TBFJTo5igO

"It's all the stuff I bring on and off the court. I'm a great kid, great player [and] I can do a lot of things for a team," Duarte told ESPN's Mike Schmitz. "Great family guy. All those little things.

"I'm a hard worker. That's my mentality -- outworking everybody. They can talk about my age and this and that. Hey man -- everybody's got a different path. I had to go to JUCO for two years, I had to reclassify a year in high school because I came here without knowing the language.

"I'm here and I'm ready. And I know I can bring a lot of stuff to the table."

Duarte worked out for the Warriors at Chase Center last week, and he will be in the green room during next week's draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"Duarte has high-level role player written all over him," Vecenie writes. "He chose to sit out the 2021 NBA Draft Combine, leading some teams to speculate that he has a promise from someone."

Could that be from the Warriors? We'll find out soon.

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Post-NBA Finals Mock Draft: 2-Round Predictions and Latest Buzz

Bleacher Report 22 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

With the NBA season now complete and just over a week before the 2021 NBA draft, teams are finalizing their workouts and prospect boards. 

Confidence in predicting the first three to five picks is rising. But after pick No. 5, the draft could go in a number of directions. 

With the Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder each having multiple first-rounders, teams are expecting plenty of trade talk ahead of July 29's event. 

Smoke about interest in Jalen Green or trading this pick figures to clear by draft day. In all likelihood, the Detroit Pistons will wind up taking Cade Cunningham, who's been widely considered 2021's No. 1 prospect for over a year.

He also fits too well with the roster, given its need for more creation and players who can generate offense. 

Aside from grading as one of the nation's premier isolation scorers (87th percentile, per Synergy Sports), Cunningham also offers passing skills and playmaking potential. The big question for Detroit is how his presence will affect Killian Hayes' development. But it won't cause the Pistons to overthink or pass on the draft's top player.

Jalen Green versus Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs is the debate going on behind the scenes in Houston. League sources say Green has the edge for the Rockets, given the team's need for more creation and scoring, and the high likelihood that his quickness, explosion, one-on-one game and shot-making will translate. 

He'd give the Rockets a potential No. 1 option they'd have trouble finding elsewhere. 

With Green and Kevin Porter Jr., Houston would have two exciting scoring wings to build with behind Christian Wood. The Rockets could then look to use their No. 23 and No. 24 picks to add more defense and/or shooting. 

Unless the Cleveland Cavaliers know they can strike a favorable deal for Collin Sexton, they'll presumably take Evan Mobley over another guard in Jalen Suggs.

Aside from Mobley having a strong best-player-available case at No. 3, he's the easier player for this particular roster to build with.

The Cavaliers would have to think about whether it's still worth offering restricted free agent Jarrett Allen a big contract and whether Mobley could play with him at the 4. He does have quick feet for guarding forwards and the ability to play outside the paint.

But Cleveland didn't give up much to acquire Allen in the first place, and the Cavaliers will likely deem Mobley the more versatile, higher-upside prospect. If drafting Mobley, a defensive centerpiece with budding perimeter skills, means having to let Allen walk, Cleveland should be OK with it. 

Scottie Barnes will make the Toronto Raptors think, especially if they're looking to re-sign Kyle Lowry. But with Lowry now 35 years old, drafting Jalen Suggs seems most reasonable. 

He shouldn't have trouble fitting in next to Fred VanVLeet. Suggs, who played on and off the ball at Gonzaga, can be interchangeable as a pick-and-roll ball-handler and cutter. 

He's one of the draft's most complete players, with passing skills, a pull-up and floater game, defensive instincts and winning intangibles that scouts raved about all season. 

Interest in Scottie Barnes continues to build, and sources say the Orlando Magic are a good bet to take him at No. 5 if the Toronto Raptors pass at No. 4. 

Drafting Barnes means building an identity around defense. The defensive IQ and switchability of Barnes and Jonathan Isaac could cause all sorts of problems for opposing offenses. 

But teams also see unique upside tied to Barnes' ball-handling, passing, finishing and potential to improve as a spot-up shooter.  

James Bouknight has seemingly become more desirable as the predraft process has progressed. Rival teams believe he may be the favorite for the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 6 if Scottie Barnes is gone.

The Thunder could solidify their backcourt by pairing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with Bouknight, whose athleticism, ball-handling for creation and three-level shot-making hint at enticing scoring potential.  

The eye test on his jumper looks more convincing than the numbers (just 32 percent from three in his two collegiate seasons), and he helped ease concerns at his pro day, as scouts raved about his shooting performance.

The Golden State Warriors will see Moses Moody as an easy fit for his off-ball scoring and defensive tools to guard both wing spots. 

He'll offer immediate shot-making, while his ability to get buckets within the flow of a team's offense should be an obvious draw for this particular roster.

It's unlikely he'll still be there by the team's second first-round pick at No. 14. James Bouknight figures to be in the mix at No. 7 as well if he's still on the board, but Moody's superior shooting and three-and-D archetype could look more appealing.

Jonathan Kuminga could slip to No. 8 if the Oklahoma City Thunder want James Bouknight and the Golden State Warriors value shooting.

After adding defense and passing with Scottie Barnes at No. 5, the Magic could target Kuminga for his three-level scoring potential. 

Orlando may wind up with a logjam at the forward spots, but the franchise it too early in its rebuild to worry about needs and fit. There is good chance the Magic will deem Kuminga the best talent available, given his physical profile, athleticism and flashes of creation and shot-making.

A rumor making the rounds has a top-10 team granting a promise to Franz Wagner. He's a sensible target for the Sacramento Kings given their need for more frontcourt depth and defense.

At 6'9", he flashed the versatility to shoot, play-make in ball-screen situations, slash past closeouts and guard wings. 

The Kings could use him at either forward spot, including as a modern 4 if they ever choose to move on from Marvin Bagley III.

The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for quick results, and Corey Kispert figures to add shot-making and create spacing as a rookie. 

In the conversation for the draft's top three-point threat, he's also an exceptional transition finisher and high-IQ half-court player.

Teams are looking at the success of Cameron Johnson with the Phoenix Suns to justify taking a shooter who has a role-player outlook in the lottery. New Orleans also figures to consider Davion Mitchell and Franz Wagner.

11. Charlotte Hornets: Kai Jones (Tennessee, PF/C, Sophomore

12. San Antonio Spurs: Josh Giddey (Adelaide 36ers, PG/SG, 2002)

13. Indiana Pacers: Davion Mitchell (Baylor, PG, Junior)

14. Golden State Warriors: Chris Duarte (Oregon, SG/SF, Senior)

15. Washington Wizards: Keon Johnson (Tennessee, SG/SF, Freshman)

16. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Celtics): Alperen Sengun (Besiktas, C, 2002)

17. Memphis Grizzlies: Usman Garuba (Real Madrid, PF/C, 2002)

18. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jalen Johnson (Duke, PF, Freshman)

19. New York Knicks: Trey Murphy III (Virginia, SF/PF, Junior)

20. Atlanta Hawks: Cameron Thomas (LSU, SG, Freshman)

Mitchell is expected to draw looks in the Nos. 7-10 range. But Franz Wagner and Corey Kispert could push him outside the top 10. Mitchell will turn 23 before Giddey turns 19.

If the Hornets prioritize needs, then Jones figures to earn strong consideration. He recently worked out in Charlotte and seems like a fit for his rim running and lob catching in a lineup with LaMelo Ball. 

Scouts have cooled a bit on Keon Johnson, despite the wild leaping ability he showed at the NBA combine. Questions about his skill level and timetable could lead to a mini slide. 

Murphy is trending in the draft discussion. I've heard Mikal Bridges used as a comparison from a team that sees a valuable three-and-D role player.

21. New York Knicks (via Mavericks): Isaiah Jackson (Kentucky, PF/C, Freshman)

22. Los Angeles Lakers: Jared Butler (Baylor, PG/SG, Junior)

23. Houston Rockets (via Trail Blazers): Jaden Springer (Tennessee, PG/SG, Freshman)

24. Houston Rockets (via Bucks): Ziaire Williams (Stanford, SG/SF, Freshman)

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Sharife Cooper (Auburn, PG, Freshman)

26. Denver Nuggets: Tre Mann (Florida, PG/SG, Sophomore)

27. Brooklyn Nets: Day'Ron Sharpe (North Carolina, C, Freshman)

28. Philadelphia 76ers: Nah'Shon Hyland (VCU, SG, Sophomore)

29. Phoenix Suns: Miles McBride (West Virginia, PG/SG, Sophomore)

30. Utah Jazz: JT Thor (Auburn, PF, Freshman)

Butler and mid-first-round teams received good news after the NBA cleared him to play (heart condition). He appears back in play in the Nos. 15-25 range.

Springer is getting looks from lottery teams, and he's still scheduled to visit more. He has one of the wider ranges of anyone in the first-round mix.

After skipping the NBA combine, Sharpe has seemingly gone into dark mode, as teams have little information about his workouts or schedule. It's led to some talk about a promise, though his name hasn't been tied to any specific team.

With the Knicks having two first-round picks and one at No. 32, the Rockets owning three first-round picks, and selections in the Nos. 25-30 range often moved, we're likely to see multiple trades in this stage of the draft. 

32. New York Knicks (via Pistons): Josh Christopher (Arizona State, SG/SF, Freshman)

40. New Orleans Pelicans (via Bulls): Joe Wieskamp (Iowa, SF, Junior)

Teams view Christopher as a first-round talent, but his shooting and shot selection suggest it could be a few seasons before he's ready to make an impact. 

Primo is also drawing first-round looks, though Day'Ron Sharpe could steal a spot in the 20s, and Miles McBride appears significantly closer to helping a team.

Franchises are trying to decide where Todd stacks up after his 15 games of shooting 36.2 percent from three in the G League bubble. His potential to stretch the floor and guard the perimeter makes him appealing and could lead to first-round consideration. 

Bassey is an interesting name who some scouts can envision going in the first round. His shot hasn't improved much, but he's an outstanding shot-blocker with more offensive skill than potential first-round bigs like Usman Garuba and Isaiah Jackson.

41. San Antonio Spurs: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova, PF, Sophomore)

42. Detroit Pistons (via Hornets): Jason Preston (Ohio, PG, Junior)

43. New Orleans Pelicans (via Wizards): Filip Petrusev (Mega Soccerbet, C, 2000)

44. Brooklyn Nets (via Pacers): Herbert Jones (Alabama, SF, Senior)

45. Boston Celtics: Kessler Edwards (Pepperdine, SF/PF, Junior)

46. Toronto Raptors (via Grizzlies): David Johnson (Louisville, PG/SG, Sophomore)

47. Toronto Raptors (via Warriors): Jericho Sims (Texas, C, Senior)

48. Atlanta Hawks (via Heat): Vrenz Bleijenbergh (Port of Antwerp, SG/SF, 2000)

49. Brooklyn Nets (via Hawks): Austin Reaves (Oklahoma, SG, Senior)

50. Philadelphia 76ers (via Knicks): Luka Garza (Iowa, C, Senior)

Opinions are all over the place on Robinson-Earl, who some see as a potential pick in the 20s, and others view as a late-second-rounder. 

Herbert Jones has fans for his defensive versatility and development as a point-wing. Questions about his shooting will keep him from rising into the 20s, but the right fit could unlock role-player potential.

MVP of the Adriatic League after generating no buzz through two seasons at Gonzaga, Petrusev could wind up going much earlier than No. 43. Teams buying his jumper likely see a second-round steal. He went from two made threes as an NCAA sophomore to 43-of-93 from deep during his first year as an international pro.

Bleijenbergh has been on an incredible workout tour since the Minnesota combine. The 6'10" playmaker seems to be maximizing his chances of getting drafted by putting himself in front of as many teams as possible.

51. Memphis Grizzlies (via Blazers): Isaiah Livers (Michigan, SF, Senior)

52. Detroit Pistons (via Lakers): Rokas Jokubaitis (Zalgiris, PG/SG, 2000)

54. Indiana Pacers (via Bucks): Greg Brown (Texas, PF, Freshman)

55. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): Juhann Begarin (Paris Basketball, SG, 2002)

56. Charlotte Hornets (via Clippers): Sam Hauser (Virginia, SF, Senior)

57. Charlotte Hornets (via Nets): Neemias Queta (Utah State, C, Junior)

58. New York Knicks (via 76ers): McKinley Wright IV (Colorado, PG, Senior)

59. Brooklyn Nets (via Suns): Aaron Wiggins (Maryland, SF, Junior)

60. Indiana Pacers (via Jazz): Trendon Watford (LSU, PF, Sophomore)

With Marcus Bagley and Terrence Shannon Jr. returning to college, and Roko Prkacin withdrawing, three new spots opened since our last update.

Brown was added, as some team figures to think the upside of his athleticism and shot-making is worth the risk tied to his wild decision-making and poor feel. Wiggins moved into the 50s after a strong G League Elite camp highlighted his scoring and shot-making skills. Watford checks in at No. 60 and could be worth drafting for his face-up scoring, paint touch and passing skills. 

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Golden State Warriors: Top 3 guards to target in 2021 NBA Draft

Blue Man Hoop 22 July, 2021 - 01:10pm

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How can the Golden State Warriors get the most out of the 2021 NBA Draft? Well, besides selecting the best player available — they can fill one of their biggest needs: A backup point guard.

Last season was a rough one for Stephen Curry. Not in the sense that he was struggling — in fact, he had arguably the best individual run of his life. No, it was on the bench where Curry was at his most stressed. This is for the simple reason that when Curry wasn’t on the floor — the Dubs looked lost.

It wasn’t just that the Dubs didn’t have a steady presence lead the charge for the second unit. Truthfully, they didn’t have anyone outside of Jordan Poole that was capable of creating a shot for themselves or others on the bench.

This places an emphasis on adding another guard to this rotation before the season begins. Whether it be through free agency or the NBA Draft — someone has to take control of the bench squad.

Today, we will take a look at three guards who are best suited to jump straight into the NBA and have an impact on the Warriors.

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2021 NBA Draft Prospect: Nah'Shon Hyland

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The draft is just a week away and in the latest mock draft, this time by Kevin O’Connor of TheRinger.com, Duarte will be headed to The Bay as the Golden State Warriors’ second lottery pick at No. 14 overall. According to O’Connor, Duarte is just what head coach Steve Kerr needs.

Duarte is a knockdown shooter who could add some much-needed floor spacing to the Warriors. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson can’t do it all. Even as a rookie, Duarte could become the best shooter Steph and Klay have ever played with besides Kevin Durant; his ability to drain 3s is that good. At his age, he could be an immediate rotation player on a rookie contract. What more could the Warriors want if they keep this pick?

This site mentions some of Duarte’s skill set that will be an advantage such as being an elite spot-up shooter, can finish with both hands and his good defensive fundamentals. One disadvantage they say is an interesting one as most people say this is an advantage. The Ringer list Duarte’s age as a minus.

He’ll be 24 when the 2021-22 NBA season gets going. Most say this is a plus since Duarte shouldn’t take long to learn the ropes of the NBA lifestyle and that he can fit into a rotation for most teams right away.

Where ever Duarte is picked, it will be neat for Oregon fans to watch him walk the stage and shake Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand, and put on a hat because he was one of several players invited to the NBA draft green room.

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2021 NBA Draft: Top 10 Bigs

Denver Stiffs 21 July, 2021 - 08:00am

If you haven't checked out either of those I highly recommend doing so because one (or maybe even multiple) players on those lists should have a pretty decent shot at being selected by the Denver Nuggets come draft night.

The Nuggets needs certainly center around shooting guard and potentially adding another wing, which makes center feel like a far and distant third as far as Denver’s needs are concerned. Still, you never know what the Nuggets might do on draft night and that is why for today’s exercise we’re taking a look at the best centers in this year’s class.

Mobley is an elite player that has an incredible feel for the game on both ends of the floor. Not only is Mobley an elite offensive player, but he is arguably the best defensive player in this draft class as well. Mobley thrives offensively in the pick and roll because of his ability to score in a number of different ways, whether it’s via the short roll, pick and pop jumper, or just attacking the defense and going to the basket. He also showcased some passing skills at USC.

The best part of Mobley’s game is his defensive potential as he possesses the ability to be an elite defender at the next level. Mobley is an elite shot blocker who plays incredibly disciplined defense, which puts him in great positions to have success. His athleticism defensively allows him to play solid on-ball defense as he was rarely beat during his one season at USC. Just a dynamic 2-way player who can be an instant contributor in the NBA.

PPG: 16.4

AST: 2.4

REB: 8.7

FG%: 57.8%

3P%: 30%

2P%: 61.5%

FT%: 69.4%

BLK: 2.9

Jones is from Nassau, Bahamas and began playing organized basketball just five years ago at 15 years old. Even though he is an incredibly raw prospect, Jones showed flashes of greatness during his two seasons at Texas. Jones saw an uptick in minutes this past season and even though his stats aren't eye popping, his play certainly is.

What really stands out about Jones is his athleticism is off the charts. Whether he’s running in transition or beating his man off the dribble, Jones has what it takes to be a dynamic scorer at the next level, which is insane considering he’s almost seven feet tall (6’10’’) and weighs in at 220 points. Jones not only affects the game offensively but he projects to be a really solid defender in the NBA, which he showcased time and time again during his time at Texas.

PPG: 8.8

AST: 0.6

REB: 4.8

FG%: 58%

3P%: 38.2%

2P%: 64.2%

FT%: 68.9%

BLK: 0.9

Alperun Sengun is a big man from Turkey who has had an incredible rise up the ranks internationally. Last year was his age-18 season, and he will turn 19 in just a few days. Very few players have put up the statistical numbers he put up last year, and it has led many to compare him to other impressive international bigs, notably Nikola Jokić. Sengun won’t be Jokić, but he might be something else entirely. He shows impressive athleticism, a good wingspan for blocking shots, and a skilled offensive game filled with shooting range, post footwork, and quality passing.

There will always be questions about drafting and developing big man prospects in today’s NBA, but Sengun’s highlights and game film make it seem like a worthy investment to see what he can do at the NBA level. It might take some years to figure it out, but if he does, he could become a great center.

PPG: 19.2

AST: 2.5

REB: 9.4

FG%: 64.6%

3P%: 19%

2P%: 67.9%

FT%: 81.2%

BLK: 1.7

One of the most NBA-ready defenders in this draft class, Usman Garuba spent the last several years playing professionally with Real Madrid and most recently won the EuroLeague Rising Star award for the 2020-21 season, given to the brightest young player in the entire league. Garuba did it with his defense, and he showcased elite athletic ability to defend his position, as well as guards and wings on switches. His defense is tailor-made for NBA competition, but his offense is a major work in progress, as he was often utilized like a rim-rolling center in pick and roll sets. He needs to work on his jump shot, as well as his ability to handle the basketball to be more functional in an NBA offense. If he can take those steps, he has bright future as a versatile power forward who will flourish as a small ball center option at the highest levels.

PPG: 4.0

AST: 0.8

REB: 4.1

FG%: 50.4%

3P%: 27.5%

2P%: 62.3%

FT%: 59.5%

BLK: 0.7

Isaiah Jackson started several games for a disappointing Kentucky team this year, but he certainly wasn’t the reason for disappointment. Jackson played his role well as a rim running, rim protecting, athletic big man, averaging 2.6 blocks in just 20.8 minutes per game. He also managed to get his hands in passing lanes, and he has the mobility to switch at a reasonable rate.

He should be a quality rotation big for sure because of his defense and rim running; however, the top big man stars in the NBA today are often tasked with being more than screen and roll threats. He will need to continue improving as a passer and an individual scorer to lock in as a starting caliber big rather than a rotational backup.

PPG: 8.4

AST: 0.7

REB: 6.6

FG%: 54%

3P%: 0.0%

2P%: 54.8%

FT%: 70%

BLK: 2.6

Another young prospect that has an incredible amount of upside, Thor comes into the NBA at 19 years old following one season at Auburn. A lot like Kai Jones, Thor doesn't have eye popping numbers, but when you watch him play you can tell the potential is there. Thor has the ability to be a really good defender at the next level as he uses a combination of athleticism and defensive IQ to thrive on that end of the floor.

It’s not just defensively where Thor could contribute in the NBA as his offensive game — with a little more polish — can be equally as dynamic. Thor can put the ball in the basket, but his inconsistency on that end of the floor is what holds him back. Once Thor finds a rhythm and confidence as a scorer he will be able to dominate driving to the hoop, hitting stop and pop jump shots, and possibly even growing as a three-point shooter. Adding that offensive versatility to his game could take Thor’s game to a whole other level, which is what makes him such an intriguing prospect to watch.

PPG: 9.4

AST: 0.9

REB: 5.0

FG%: 44%

3P%: 29.7%

2P%: 53%

FT%: 74.1%

BLK: 1.4

What’s not to like about this guy? If it wasn't for Evan Mobley this guy would be the best shot blocker in this years class. It was incredible seeing what Queta was able to accomplish when Utah State played Colorado State this past season because the Rams had absolutely no answer for him on either end of the floor. Whenever CSU would drive to the rim it did not go well for them as Queta blocked NINE shots against the Rams in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Not only is Queta an elite shot blocker, but he’s also an incredible finisher near the rim. Queta is never going to beat you with a jump shot, but if you can get the ball in his hands near the rim there is a great chance he will make the defense pay. For a team like the Nuggets who could use a shot blocker, Queta is an intriguing option if they decide to trade back into the second round like they have shown willingness to do these past few years.

PPG: 14.9

AST: 2.7

REB: 10.1

FG%: 55.9%

3P%: 0.0%

2P%: 56.2%

FT%: 70.7%

BLK: 3.3

Charles Bassey is a very interesting three-year prospect at Western Kentucky. He’s monstrously athletic, clocking in at 6’10” and 230 pounds at the combine with a 7’3” wingspan. He patrolled the paint in his two years (plus an injury redshirt in his sophomore season) and was the CUSA rookie of the year his first year and player of the year his third year. He has a great motor with strong rebounding skills, the athleticism to go above the rim and move in space, and the shooting touch to be a possible pick and pop option at the next level.

There are questions about how effective he can be offensively though. The jumper is inconsistent, and he does a poor job reading the floor and being a stable playmaker for others while he’s out there. Like many of the other centers in this class, if his job is just to be a rim roller, then it limits the ceiling of his impact. If he can find stability with his jumper or improve his reads in the pick and roll, he may already have the defensive abilities to be a stable starter at the next level. It’s a gamble, but not an unfounded one.

PPG: 17.6

AST: 0.7

REB: 11.6

FG%: 59%

3P%: 30.5%

2P%: 65.2%

FT%: 75.9%

BLK: 3.1

Day’Ron Sharpe came off the bench for UNC this year behind an older player, and he was only able to average 19 minutes a night because of it. Still, Sharpe showed during his time at UNC that he had some unique tools. Averaging 1.4 assists in 19.2 minutes per game as a 6’11” backup center is pretty impressive. Sharpe showcases good vision and can roll into the middle of the defense and make good decisions. He was also a great rebounder at the college level, maintaining an incredible 18.1% offensive rebounding rate, something very few freshmen have ever accomplished.

Whether he can hold up at the NBA level remains to be seen. He has the rebounding and passing down, but his actual defense is up for debate. He isn’t much of a rim protector. He also isn’t a shooter or creator with the ball in his hands, and there will be a learning curve on offense for sure. Teams will be intrigued enough to take him though.

PPG: 9.5

AST: 1.4

REB: 7.6

FG%: 51.9%

3P%: 0.0%

2P%: 52.3%

FT%: 50.5%

BLK: 0.9

Isaiah Todd spent the last season with the G League Ignite squad where Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga also played. Todd shot the ball reasonably well from both the three-point line and free throw line, and at 6’10” he has good potential to be a stretch power forward option at the next level without giving up size. He shows good athleticism and bounce, and he also shows some good touch in the post on some difficult turnaround jumpers. The perimeter shooting will likely be there.

He can create off the dribble a bit, but not a lot. He’s mostly going to be a pick and pop option at the next level, which means his defense needs to be great in order to see significant floor time. Todd has a 7’1” wingspan and shows the ability to prevent some shots at the rim, and at just 19 years old, he still has a long way to go; however, he doesn’t appear to be a primary rim protector, and he doesn’t appear to be that switchable. If he can’t do either of those things, he will be extremely limited on both ends of the floor at the next level.

PPG: 12.3

AST: 0.8

REB: 4.9

FG%: 43.7%

3P%: 36.2%

2P%: 46.7%

BLK: 0.7

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