30. Álex Abrines – Phoenix Suns
Original Spot For Abrines: 32nd Overall (Oklahoma City)
Original 30th Pick: Nemanja Nedović
Nedović played in only 24 games for the Warriors before making the leap back to Europe. The “grab and stash” mantra hasn’t worked out quite well for the Suns in this scenario. As such Abrines makes a lot of sense at this point in the draft. The 23-year-old Spaniard can play multiple positions on the floor. Thought not an elite defender, Abrines has passable lateral quickness. Thus far with the Thunder, he has shown the ability to be an irritant on that end of the floor — largely based upon the energy level with which he plays. He shot a respectable 38.1-percent from three and 89.8-percent from the free-throw line. Abrines isn’t going to be an All-Star, but he could develop into a very nice reserve.
29. James Ennis – Oklahoma City Thunder
Original Spot For Ennis: 50th Overall (Atlanta to Miami)
Original 29th Pick: Archie Goodwin
Goodwin has been the run-of-the-mill youngster with upside…and little to show for it. He’s demonstrated flashes of being a legitimate bench scorer, but simply doesn’t yet have the consistency to legitimize a first-round selection. Ennis is an athletic wing with good defensive skills. He’s actually turned into a passable three-point shooter — connecting on 37.2-percent of his attempts. At this point in the draft, landing a solid role player is ideal.
28. Dewayne Dedmon – San Antonio Spurs
Original Spot For Dedmon: Undrafted
Original 28th Pick: Livio Jean-Charles
Though Dedmon wasn’t originally drafted, he still ends up with the Spurs. The former USC star has actually started sporadically for San Antonio in each of the last three seasons. While his numbers aren’t eye-popping, Dedmon has proven to be an athletic rim-protector. He also can step outside and hit the perimeter shot when pressed into that role. Jean-Charles has been one of the few “busts” for San Antonio. He was released by the franchise after appearing in only five games for its D-League affiliate.
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