4. Phoenix Suns : Buddy Hield (SG-Oklahoma)[graphiq id=”lgc9fbKGez3″ title=”Buddy Hield – Oklahoma Sooners” width=”600″ height=”550″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/lgc9fbKGez3″ link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/1515/Buddy-Hield” link_text=”Buddy Hield – Oklahoma Sooners | PointAfter” ]
The Suns were arguably the most inefficient offensive team during the 2015-16 season. They were 24th in assists, 28th in field goal percentage, and last in turnovers.
Phoenix, one of the league’s youngest teams, needs a player who is NBA ready and Buddy Hield will contribute right away. He was a scoring machine in college and that ability will translate to the pro game.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves : Kris Dunn (PG-Providence)
[graphiq id=”iazgswUta9T” title=”Kris Dunn – Providence Friars” width=”600″ height=”593″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/iazgswUta9T” link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/1918/Kris-Dunn” link_text=”Kris Dunn – Providence Friars | PointAfter” ]
Kriss Dunn was one of the best players in the country for the last two seasons, leading the Big East in steals and finishing in the top ten in minutes per game.
He will be able to contribute right away for Tom Thibodeau’s Timberwolves. The defensive-oriented coach will appreciate Dunn’s efforts on that end and the amount of minutes he’ll be able to handle.
Thibodeau believes his new team can make the playoffs and Dunn is the most NBA-ready player in the draft.
6. New Orleans Pelicans : Jamal Murray (PG/SG-Kentucky)[graphiq id=”lw54690cDLD” title=”Jamal Murray – Kentucky Wildcats” width=”600″ height=”593″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/lw54690cDLD” link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/6112/Jamal-Murray” link_text=”Jamal Murray – Kentucky Wildcats | PointAfter” ]
Jamal Murray was recruited to Kentucky as a point guard but a majority of his scoring came while he was playing off the ball.
After hitting 79 of 100 threes during a workout with the Celtics he solidified himself as one of the best shooters in the draft.
He’ll be a combo guard in the NBA and the Pelicans will benefit from that elite three-point shooting.
If Gentry wants to run a Warriors-like offense in New Orleans he’ll need guards like Murray.