30. Utah Jazz: G Jawun Evans — Oklahoma State
George Hill’s status with the team is currently in limbo. There’s no guarantee he will be returning next season — as many teams are expected to pursue him heavily in free agency. Evans is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands. He can slither to the rim with deception, and also blow by defenders with quickness and speed. Utah doesn’t have a player like Evans currently on its roster. He’s certainly capable of coming in and putting up points in a hurry for an offensively challenged Jazz team.
29. San Antonio Spurs: PF Bam Adebayo — Kentucky
Adebayo isn’t overly skilled in the paint. When asked to isolate on a defender on the block, he will struggle. What he does do well is rebound with a ton of energy. David Lee is in the later stages of his career. Adebayo would reinvigorate the frontcourt with athleticism and activity level. He won’t necessarily be a starter in the long run, but he certainly could be serviceable as a role player. The Spurs have done well with similar players in the past (i.e. DeJuan Blair).
28. Los Angeles Lakers: C Anzejs Pasecniks — Spain
The Lakers are in desperate need of a rim protector. Timofey Mozgov certainly isn’t the long-term answer (if he ever plays for the team again), and youngster Ivica Zubac is more of an offensive-minded big man. Pasecniks is a fascinating prospect. While not on the same level as Kristaps Porzingis, the Latvian big man is an athletic player. He possesses better mobility than Zubac, and can defend at a higher clip. Pasecniks fits the “Golden State big man” mold better than the remainder of the big men on Los Angeles’ current roster. He does need to fill out physically, and may stay in Europe for a season or two before heading over.
27. Brooklyn Nets: PF Harry Giles — Duke
Giles has every trait one could look for in the prototypical power forward. He’s built like a Greek God, has terrific length and athleticism, and can play with a big-time motor. Unfortunately, Giles has suffered two knee injuries in the last few years. It’s hindered his progress and development as a player. During his time with Duke, he played spot minutes. We saw glimpses of ‘what could be’, but we haven’t seen Giles put it all together yet. Brooklyn can take a flier on Giles — hoping he turns out to be much better than his draft slot would indicate.
26. Portland Trail Blazers: PF/C Isaiah Hartenstein — Germany
Hartenstein is an interesting case. He was born and raised in Oregon, before moving to Germany at 10 years old. At 7’1″, he’s got very good skill — both in the post and from the perimeter. Athletically, Hartenstein is far from a lumbering type of big man. He can move his feet laterally and contest shots at the rim. Ultimately, he could be a draft-and-stash type player. However, Hartenstein certainly does possess the ability to come over and play spot minutes if need be.