Finishing up the lottery and hitting the playoff teams
The end of the lottery still sees some solid prospects in what could be a fairly deep draft.
If the Los Angeles Lakers decide to keep their late lottery pick, Romeo Langford could provide some good wing depth with some scoring punch.
His jumper isn’t a finished product yet … not even close. His release can vary from attempt to attempt — never a good sign — but he can score well and gets to the free throw line with regularlty.
As a freshman at Indiana, Langford put up 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 34.1 minutes per game while shooting 44.8 percent overall and 27.2 percent on 3.9 deep tries a game.
Nassir Little has all the tools to be an elite wing, but had some trouble putting it all together for the Tar Heels as a freshman.
He worked exclusively off the bench for North Carolina, averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game while shooting 48 percent overall and just 26.9 percent on 1.4 attempts per game from deep.
Little is definitely a project, but for a Charlotte Hornets team that may be starting over if Kenba Walker leaves in free agency, he wouldn’t be a bad place to start that process.
Rui Hachimura could be an intriguing fit for a Miami Heat team that just missed the postseason while giving Kelly Olynyk starter’s minutes at the 4.
He has a lot of potential as a defender and is strong at 6-foot-9 and 234 pounds, with the ability to finish through contract and has the mechanics to develop into a solid shooter, even if he has been inconsistent to this point.
A late starter who didn’t start playing until he was 14, Hachimura improved steadily in three seasons at Gonzaga.
He was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year as a junior, averaging 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds in 30.2 minutes per game, shooting 60.6 percent overall and 41.7 percent from 3, but on just one attempt per game.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker improved his draft profile a lot as a sophomore with much more time on the ball as a playmaker. The Canadian import averaged 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.3 minutes per game for Virginia Tech this season.
He shot 47.4 percent overall and 37.4 percent on 4.6 3-point attempts per game, down slightly from the 39.2 percent mark he had as a freshman in a comparable number of shots.
Bol Bol was limited to just nine games as a freshman at Oregon this season with a broken left foot after getting off to a fantastic start for the Ducks.
He averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game while shooting 56.1 percent overall and 52 percent on 2.8 3-point attempts a game.
He’s not quite as tall as his father, the late Manute Bol, but is much more polished and already has a bigger frame. The Detroit Pistons could get a steal if Bol is healthy.
A rarity for Kentucky as a two-year player, Washington made solid strides as a sophomore for the Wildcats and emerged as a stretch 4 with potential.
Washington averaged 15.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 29.3 minutes per game on 52.2 percent shooting overall and 42.3 percent on 2.2 attempts from deep per game.
The Orlando Magic don’t necessarily need another young big, but in a point guard class that’s not particularly deep, best player available is always a solid strategy.