11. Charlotte Hornets: F Zach Collins — Gonzaga
Collins is the best player left on the board at this point. At 7’0″, the Las Vegas native is a very mobile big. He can run the floor exceptionally well for a player his size. In only 17.2 MPG, Collins averaged 10.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 1.8 BPG. He also shot 65.2-percent from the field, and 47.6-percent from three.
Throughout the NCAA Tournament, Collins demonstrated the ability to be an active and physical player. He surely will have to gain both weight and strength in order to combat the rigors of the NBA. With that said, his ceiling is very high.
10. Sacramento Kings: F Lauri Markkanen — Arizona
Markkanen’s game surely will appeal to VP of Basketball Operations/General Manager Vlade Divac. The 7’0″ Finnish international player displayed a very diverse skill-set during his short stay at Arizona. Markkanen can shoot the ball exceptionally well from the perimeter (42.3-percent from three-point range). He also has an advanced post game — equipped with very good footwork.
Many European players coming into the NBA struggle initially with the increased athleticism and physicality. Markkanen will be helped by the fact he did compete against NBA-like talent this past season. With Sacramento needing to pair a shooter next to the defensive-minded Willie Cauley-Stein, Markkanen makes a ton of sense here.
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