1 Year Later: Re-Drafting The 2017 NBA Draft

30. Dwayne Bacon — Los Angeles Lakers

Original Spot For Bacon: 40th Overall (Hornets)
Original 30th Pick: Josh Hart

Bacon is a more offensively-inclined version of current Laker Josh Hart. He’s flashed the type of range and iso skills that could eventually be useful at the NBA level. The Hornets were filled to the brim last year with young guards, forcing Bacon down the wing depth chart behind Jeremy Lamb, Nicolas Batum, and fellow 2018 draftee Malik Monk. After spending portions of the year in the G-League, Bacon should figure into Charlotte’s rotation moving forward.

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29. Damyean Dotson — San Antonio Spurs

Original Spot For Dotson: 44th Overall (Knicks)
Original 29th Pick: Derrick White

The Knicks have a knack for unearthing NBA-level talents in the midst of tanking. It’s one of the few things the franchise has done right during their five year playoff absence. When the season starts to go south, New York has done a solid job of getting their youngsters minutes, and discovering relatively unknown players.

Dotson bounced around during his collegiate career before settling in at the University of Houston. As a senior, the 6’5″ swingman averaged 17.4 points per game for the Cougars, and was named to the First Team American Athletic Conference. After gaining some confidence in the G-League, Dotson finally earned a chance to get some NBA minutes by the end of the year. He obliged the Knicks with a stellar 30-point performance against the Heat in the final week of the season.

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28. Ivan Rabb — Utah Jazz

Original Spot For Rabb: 35th Overall (Grizzlies)
Original 28th Pick: Tony Bradley

A former five-star recruit, Rabb had a disappointing career at Berkeley. Too often, Rabb disappeared over lengthy stretches, and his sophomore year was riddled with inefficiency. A limited offensive player, Rabb lacks prototypical size and shooting touch. That being said, there’s no denying his ceiling as an athlete. With a condor-like wingspan and a high motor, Rabb can find some minutes as an energy option off the pine.

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