Breaking Down The Class Of '18
Rockets assistant Roy Rogers is expected to assume a bulk of the defensive responsibilities. Dwyane Wade explains how tough a decision it was to return to the Heat for one more season before retiring.
Dwyane Wade, after spending more than two months weighing his decision, says he will return to the Miami Heat for one more season. Minnesota center Justin Patton, a former first-round pick, is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. Authorities say that two U. A meeting between Jimmy Butler and Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to set the tone for Butler's final season under contract -- and his impending free agency in July, league sources told ESPN.
This is the perfect fit of talent and positional need. The Sixers already have their offensive focal points of the future in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and potentially Markelle Fultz, so adding a complementary talent like Bridges who can knock down 3-pointers off movement will be incredibly valuable. Defensively, the wing shows impressive potential to be disruptive both in passing lanes and as a weak-side rim protector.
The trio of Bridges, Simmons and Robert Covington should be easily switchable on the perimeter. Not a ton of upside here, but just what Philadelphia needs. Gilgeous-Alexander was reportedly an option for Cleveland at No. Instead, he finds his way to the Clippers in a trade with Charlotte. Gilgeous-Alexander will fill a point guard need for LA. His change of pace ball-handling is deceptive and some of the best in the draft.
Bridges is headed to Charlotte as a result of the aforementioned deal for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The Michigan State sophomore fits the profile for what the Hornets have looked for in recent years in terms of productive college players. Bridges has the potential to be one of the best wing prospects in this class. Defensively, he should translate right away due to a strong frame. Bridges was the No. Jerry West reportedly fell in love with Robinson during the pre-draft process, but this feels like a reach.
Robinson was rated as our No. Yes, the Boston College shooting guard was an efficient scorer during his three seasons in college, but he lacks some of the defensive tools that would make him an effective two-way player.
It feels like the Clippers could have either moved back here or found value in some other way. Once thought of as the top prospect in this class, Porter has taken a precipitous tumble down the board thanks to a variety of issues, including a back surgery and concerns about his time at Missouri.
At some point, though, the talent becomes too much to pass up. Porter has the potential to be an intriguing player for Denver by operating as an off-ball threat, shooting off movement around the passing of Nikola Jokic.
Brown is one of the many available wings still left on the board, and a surprise selection here given previous reports linked Washington with players like Zhaire Smith and Robert Williams III. The Oregon product is an interesting offensive prospect who can create some offense with the ball in his hands. His jumper remains a significant work in progress.
Smith is headed to Philadelphia for Mikal Bridges and a future first-round pick. At worst, Smith should be a lockdown perimeter defender who can fit in in unique ways offensively. At best, he could follow a Victor Oladipo-esque development track. Whether that brings value to Philadelphia remains to be seen. Milwaukee appears determined to inject a bit of offense into its roster. Factor in some of his defensive struggles, and this feels like a reach. The shooting guard rates out as the No.
Not the best value at The Maryland wing connected on nearly The frequent subject of consternation, Tom Thibodeau got this one right! At with a lengthy wingspan and strong frame, Okogie is just what the Timberwolves needed to add to their roster.
The Georgia Tech product projects most immediately as a 3-and-D wing. Slotting in Okogie at the shooting guard spot while playing Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler at the forward positions will be a very interesting option for Minnesota. Allen has plenty of defensive concerns, but with Rudy Gobert on the backline, those can be erased at the rim. Allen will fit in well here. Rumors persisted about a first-round promise made to the Boise State wing at some point during the pre-draft process, and it appears we have found the culprit.
Hutchison made strides as a shooter this season, putting himself in position to be a first-round selection. The wing is at his best generating offense off the catch and beating closeouts. Holiday will obviously have a good idea of what it takes to succeed in the league, but his on-court skill set and lack of size is concerning. The guard is a comfortable shooter off movement, something he showed while playing alongside Lonzo Ball as a sophomore.
Still, the upside here is limited. Holiday was the No. The year-old intrigues NBA front offices because of his ability to create his own shot at all three levels offensively.
Wagner is a center who shot The big man is comfortable shooting out of pick-and-pops and off movement from down screens. This is probably a bit high for him in terms of absolute talent level, but the fit is quite good from an offensive perspective.
Shamet is the No. Williams finished the season as the No. He projects to play a Clint Capela-esque role at the next level as a rim runner and shot blocker. The key for Williams will be playing with a high motor. Golden State once again gets great value out of the draft. Evans is a prospect who is ready to contribute right away, a must for a team looking to compete for titles now while retooling its roster to get younger. He ended the season as the No.
The forward from Cedevita is an effective bucket getter whether knocking it down from outside or getting to the basket. He can pull up off the bounce from 3-point range, which is a plus for a player who can elevate over most defenders. The center connected on His performance against Kansas in the Final Four showed how effective he can be as a mismatch on the offensive end.
Whether Spellman possesses the necessary mobility and defensive chops to make it in the NBA will be the big question for his future. Excellent value here for a Phoenix front office in need of finding a long-term solution at the point guard position. Okobo is a high-upside prospect who clocked in at No. Next to Trae Young, the year-old has the second-best pull up 3-pointer at point guard in the draft.
Okobo needs to round out his game, but the shot-making is worth a bet here. Carter is a throwback to the grit-and-grind era for the Grizzlies. The senior is the best point guard defender in the class thanks to his strength, instincts and quick hands. Carter has worked hard to turn himself into a productive 3-point shooter over these last two seasons. He projects to primarily feature as a backup point guard, but has some starter equity next to a wing primary initiator.
A solid selection for Dallas here. The point guard is effective knocking down shots off the dribble, can post up weaker defenders in the post and is a smart decision-maker. He was the No. More shooting for the Hawks. The Kansas senior is comfortable shooting both off the catch and off the bounce. Graham gives Atlanta a nice backup option. Frazier finished the season ranked as the No.
The key for Frazier will be proving his Robinson is a first-round talent with plenty of question marks. His decision to not attend Western Kentucky remains shrouded in mystery, for example. The 7-footer is one of the elite rim protectors in the class and should be an excellent rim runner.
Whether he can put it all together is uncertain. Trent will bring some much-needed shooting to the franchise. There are worse propositions than betting on prospects who can shoot in this range.