30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets): G Anfernee Simons — IMG Academy
With Dennis Schröder’s future uncertain in Atlanta, the Hawks must look at addressing the lead guard spot. Other than the German native, the Hawks have just one true point guard on their roster — former Texas Longhorn Isaiah Taylor.
Simons has taken an unconventional path to the draft. A former top-10 nationally ranked recruit, Simons decided to forego the NCAA following his high school graduation. He’s a bouncy athlete with a quick trigger from beyond the arc and clearly has the tools to become a complete offensive player.
29. Brooklyn Nets: G Jalen Brunson — Villanova
Kenny Atkinson’s up-tempo style has made the Nets one of the more fun, bad teams around the Association. With the help of GM Sean Marks, Brooklyn has put together a roster filled with high-energy, gritty players that compete each and every night. Continuing with those themes, the Nets pick up a true gamer and a two-time NCAA Champion in Brunson.
Brunson is a natural leader, and as tough as any player in the country. He’s an efficient scorer that can shoot with range (40-percent on threes in 2018). A reasonable floor could be a Fred VanVleet-type, with the chance to blossom into more.
28. Golden State Warriors: G Landry Shamet — Wichita State
Golden State’s back-up guards are Patrick McCaw and Quinn Cook — two limited players that fill their respective niches. McCaw is an energizer bunny that can’t score, and Cook is a spot-up shooter that can’t defend. Shamet has his own problems on the defensive end, but he’s bigger than Cook, a better shooter than McCaw, and a more polished creator than both.
27. Boston Celtics: F Jontay Porter — Missouri
Boston currently has an embarrassment of riches. After a thrilling playoff run without their two top players, the Celtics are in prime position to make another addition to one of the best rosters in the league.
Porter, the younger brother of fellow draft hopeful Michael, is the lesser athlete in the family, but boasts his own set of useful skills. Standing at 6’11” with a 36-percent mark from three, Porter perfectly fits the mold of the stretch big in today’s NBA. He’ll likely make his professional debut before his 19th birthday, making him one of the youngest players in the pool.
Sources: David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports, Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports, Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports, Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports