7. Denver Nuggets (via Knicks) : Jaylen Brown (SG/SF-Cal)[graphiq id=”krxL4Kuir2J” title=”Jaylen Brown – California Golden Bears” width=”600″ height=”557″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/krxL4Kuir2J” link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/7297/Jaylen-Brown” link_text=”Jaylen Brown – California Golden Bears | PointAfter” ]
Jaylen Brown was once thought of as a guaranteed top-five pick but after a disappointing college season he’s fallen out of favor a little bit. Brown’s lack of a jump shot (he was 29.4 percent from three-point range) caused teams to sour on him.
Still, his athleticism is too valuable for the Nuggets to pass up. He’ll be able to guard multiple positions and finish in the fast break.
8. Sacramento Kings : Marquese Chriss (PF-Washington)
- 18 yrs.
- 6’10”, 233 lbs.
Marquese Chriss has been shooting up draft boards with one NBA GM even suggesting the Lakers should take him with the No. 2 pick. Chriss came completely out of nowhere and is now regarded is having the highest ceiling in the draft.
The experts at DraftExpress have Chriss going third to the Celtics, an insane rise for a player who wasn’t in the top 50 in his high school recruiting class.
There’s a lot to like about Chriss, despite the huge risk he provides. If Chriss can learn to play more disciplined — he averaged 6.5 fouls per 40 minutes at Washington — his transition to the NBA could be quicker than anticipated.
If he falls to the Kings they won’t be able to pass on his potential.
9. Toronto Raptors (via Nuggets) : Henry Ellenson (PF-Marquette)[graphiq id=”b7Ft7crQDUF” title=”Henry Ellenson – Marquette Golden Eagles” width=”600″ height=”593″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/b7Ft7crQDUF” link=”http://ncaa-basketball-players.pointafter.com/l/5830/Henry-Ellenson” link_text=”Henry Ellenson – Marquette Golden Eagles | PointAfter” ]
Toronto’s biggest position need is power forward. Players playing that position in 2015-16 scored just 15.8 points per game (29th in the NBA) on 43.6 percent shooting (26th).
Henry Ellenson falling into their lap would be a dream come true. They could slot him right in as a stretch four.
Ellenson just turned 19 so his game is still improving. He shot below 30 percent from downtown in college so that is something Toronto will have to wait in.
Unlike most prospects however, he has a post game that is polished enough to score in the league.