25. Orlando Magic: PG Frank Jackson — Duke
Beyond Elfrid Payton (who’s also a question mark), the Magic don’t have a ton of depth at the guard position. The former 5-star prospect averaged 10.9 PPG for the Blue Devils this past season. He shot the ball well — connecting on 47.3-percent of his shots from the perimeter and 39.5-percent from three. Based upon his athletic testing at the combine, Jackson decided on staying in the draft. He’s a high-upside player with some real potential to develop into a starting guard in this league.
24. Utah Jazz: F Kyle Kuzma — Utah
Kuzma was the darling of the NBA Combine process in Chicago. Little was known about the Michigan native, until he performed exceptionally well during workouts and scrimmages. Kuzma ended up dropping out of the combine after his strong performances, as it’s been rumored he was given a first-round guarantee by a mystery team. The bouncy forward averaged 16.4 PPG and 9.3 RPG for the Utes. Boris Diaw is getting rather long in the tooth — as is Joe Johnson. With Trey Lyles struggling early in his career, Kuzma will be able to stay and play in the Beehive State.
23. Toronto Raptors: F T.J. Leaf — UCLA
Toronto is in desperate need of a stretch four. Versus Cleveland in the playoffs, the Cavaliers were daring Toronto’s collection of big men to beat them from the perimeter. Alas, the skilled and bouncy Leaf makes a ton of sense at this spot. As he showed during his stint at UCLA, Leaf can extend his range out past the three-point line. He’s got terrific footwork, and can score with either hand. Leaf is also a very good rebounder for his size — despite weighing roughly 220 pounds. Assuming he can get stronger, Leaf could be a very good pick for the Raptors in this spot.
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