30. Golden State Warriors — Malachi Richardson
Original Spot For Richardson: 22nd Overall (Kings)
Original 30th Pick: Damian Jones
The Warriors’ most recent championship run has once again shown that depth is still imperative in today’s NBA. Injuries to Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala made their path far more difficult than originally anticipated. Although they were able to navigate their way through the field, their bench was a letdown.
Richardson has the potential to be an igniter on a bench unit. He has the ability to score, even if he hasn’t quite shown it yet. As a freshman at Syracuse, Richardson eventually became the team’s go-to scorer despite having multiple upperclassmen teammates. He made plenty of big shots en route to leading his squad to a surprise Final Four appearance.
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29. San Antonio Spurs — Ivica Zubac
Original Spot For Zubac: 32nd Overall (Lakers)
Original 29th Pick: Dejounte Murray
Zubac’s potential is evident. He’s 7’1″ with a soft touch around the rim. Post scoring is tough to come by with more and more big men straying away from the hoop. Having a guy that can get easy baskets around the rim is oftentimes the best counter to small-ball lineups.
Defensively is where his problems lie. Zubac isn’t the fleetest of foot, and doesn’t provide much in the way of rim protection. Teams have abused him in the past on switches, and if the 2018 playoffs served as any indication, centers that can’t defend find themselves on the bench in crunch time.
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