100. Jonathan Isaac
2020-21 Stats: 0.0 points, 0.0 assists, 0.0 rebounds, 0.0 blocks, 0.0 steals, 00.0 TS%, 0 games played
The spiderlike forward out of Orlando has had a rough go of it over the last calendar year. An ACL injury robbed Isaac of the entire 2020-21 season. As of September, we’re still uncertain as to when he’ll take the court again. Orlando is hoping he can soon come back in order to build chemistry with the rest of the Magic’s young core (Jalen Suggs, Chuma Okeke, Cole Anthony, Franz Wagner).
If we’re looking purely through the lens of upside, Isaac is one of the most tantalizing players in the NBA. His length is immense — as is his on-court I.Q. and defensive versatility. We’re hoping he can return to action soon. If Isaac can put everything together, you’re looking at a very unique player.
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99. Mason Plumlee
2020-21 Stats: 10.4 points, 3.6 assists, 9.3 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 0.8 steals, 63.8 TS%, 56 games played
It’s hard to believe Plumlee is already 31 years of age. The former Duke product has popped around to a number of NBA teams throughout his 8-year career. He is who he is at this point — a bouncy rim-protector playing with considerable energy. Plumlee isn’t a high-level starter at center. However, he is a very good backup.
When further looking at the experience he’s brought to the table, it’s no secret that he’d be a nice fit for a contending team. He’ll man the center spot this upcoming season for the Charlotte Hornets. With Plumlee’s ability to run the floor/finish above the rim, LaMelo Ball likely will be targeting him in transition quite frequently.
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98. Tyrese Haliburton
2020-21 Stats: 13.0 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, 1.3 steals, 58.5 TS%, 58 games played
We love Haliburton’s game. The former first-round pick out of Iowa State is one of those guys who will invariably be productive in the league for a long time. He’s far from a conventional prospect. However, the quirkiness in Haliburton’s game is a part of what makes him attractive.
He shot 47.2-percent from the field as a rookie, and nearly 41-percent from three. Haliburton can play both guard spots, and has the savvy to orchestrate the offense despite being a 21-year-old. While Haliburton plays for a rather dysfunctional franchise, he’s the type of winning basketball player any team would want. His style of play certainly meshes with a half-court tempo — though he can also play at fast pace. Keep an eye out for him and his development moving forward.
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97. Andre Drummond
2020-21 Stats: 14.9 points, 2.0 assists, 12.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 1.4 steals, 51.9 TS%, 46 games played
What Drummond does do well is engulf rebounds. He dives into the paint exceptionally well in pick-and-roll situations. Drummond can finish at the rim, and is quite adept at creating steals via his active hands. If he plays within himself, there’s value. If he’s trying to do too much, Drummond is more of a detriment rather than an asset. Backing up Joel Embiid in Philly should be quite fascinating.
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96. Jusuf Nurkic
2020-21 Stats: 11.5 points, 3.4 assists, 9.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 1.0 steals, 55.4 TS%, 37 games played
Weirdly, the Portland center still seems like an underrated player. Pundits and fans like to fixate on Nurkic’s flaws rather than his strengths. Yes, Nurkic is glacially slow without much in the way of a penchant for blocking shots. He doesn’t move his feet well, which often leaves him compromised on switches.
With all of that said, Nurkic is one of the league’s better post scorers. He also is quite capable when passing the ball out of the post. More than a year removed from a gruesome leg injury, the uber-competitive big man is aiming to replicate the form he showed two years ago for the Blazers.
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95. Anthony Edwards
2020-21 Stats: 19.3 points, 2.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 0.5 blocks, 1.1 steals, 52.3 TS%, 72 games played
The powerful athlete out of Georgia showed some real skills during his rookie campaign. Aside from being immensely explosive when driving the ball to the rim, Edwards showcased a far more nuanced game than previously thought. He wasn’t nearly as raw as many billed him to be.
Sure, Edwards struggled from three (.329) and did have a propensity to turn the ball over with some frequency. With all of that said, Minnesota has a legitimate perimeter scorer with All-Star upside. There’s every reason to think that Edwards can improve on his shooting percentages. Once he does that…look out.
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