Auburn lands four-star 2019 forward
Collison, who will be 32 when next season begins, can become a free agent after next season. Holiday was named first-team all-conference and was chosen to the Pac's all-defensive team.
What really sold the Pacers on him, though, was how they believed he would fit into a locker room brimming with confidence and hope after last year's big surprise.
The Pacers even pushed eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland to a seventh game in the playoffs. Sabonis also emerged as a valuable piece off the bench in his second NBA season, and they expect year-old center Myles Turner to improve heading into next season. Adding Holiday could be another key piece for the Pacers future with a potentially intriguing offseason just beginning.
Pritchard can exercise team options on guards Lance Stephenson and Joe Young while backup point guard Cory Joseph reportedly will exercise his option to stay in Indy next season. They had heard about the hype surrounding Kukoc, even though he had never played in an NBA game.
After being a national media darling much of last season, Young is going to get a lot of strong one-on-one defenders who are hungry to slow him down. Teams and veteran players are going to do everything they can to frustrate Young and make life tough. Young is talented and skilled enough to make all of these questions go away. Auburn added another quality commitment on Saturday afternoon as four-star Class of forward Jaylin Williams pledged to the Tigers during his official visit.
The 6-foot-7 Williams gives head coach Bruce Pearl a versatile frontcourt weapon who should immediately be able to contribute on the glass. Williams is a bit of a late-blooming prospect as a strong spring and summer elevated him into the No. A native of Nahunta, Georgia, Williams is also the third Georgia prospect to commit to the Tigers in this class. With four commitments already in the fold for — including two top prospects — Auburn has the makings of a potential top recruiting class as they are continuing to stockpile talent.
The 6-foot-6 Guess is a native of Cleveland, as he is allegedly a late qualifier who could be eligible for the upcoming season. While some Division I players have committed right at or near the start of the academic calendar, Guess will be attempting to enroll at Missouri even though the fall semester started on Monday, August If Guess is eligible for the season, he could give the Tigers some much-needed perimeter depth to an inexperienced group. Xavier continued its trend of Class of commitments on Friday night as four-star guard Dahmir Bishop pledged to the Musketeers.
Regarded as the No. 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.
Jazz - Grayson Allen, SG. Utah's lack of offensive firepower was noticeable during the playoffs, so Allen makes a bit of sense here. The Duke senior is comfortable creating offense both on the ball and off it. He's a diverse shooter who made 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. There's not a ton of upside here for Chicago, but Hutchison is a solid piece. Pacers - Aaron Holiday, PG. Although the Pacers need a point guard, it's hard for me to get excited about this pick for Indiana.
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. Perhaps the most valuable attribute Holiday will bring to Indiana is his ability to play off another creator. 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. Portland brought Simons in for a second workout late in the pre-draft process, signaling the Blazers' affinity for the high school prospect. The year-old intrigues NBA front offices because of his ability to create his own shot at all three levels offensively. It's easy to be skeptical of his potential to ever develop into a meaningful rotation player.
The Lakers' frontcourt gets a modern upgrade here at No. 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.
Defensively, that's another question. Wagner doesn't provide much resistance on that end outside of hitting the defensive boards. He'll struggle to battle stronger post players and keep up with quick guards on the perimeter. Shamet is the No. The point guard doesn't need the ball in his hands to contribute value offensively, as he's a comfortable shooter away from it in both spot-up situations and off movement. He'll fill a role incredibly well for the Sixers.
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. If he does that, he could legitimately be the best big man in the class. 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.
The Cincinnati wing isn't a high-upside play, but he connected on 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. Hawks via Rockets - Omari Spellman, C.
Atlanta's emphasis on positional shooting continues with Villanova's Spellman. 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. Based on our ranking - he was No.
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. He's also an excellent pick-and-roll playmaker. 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. Brunson isn't a high-upside prospect, but he could be a backup in the league for a decade.
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. Graham is a year-old point guard with limited upside, but he's a shot maker through and through. The Kansas senior is comfortable shooting both off the catch and off the bounce.
He's not a high-level slasher, but he'll be a quality decision-maker. Graham gives Atlanta a nice backup option. Frazier finished the season ranked as the No. The wing with a wingspan fits the mold of athletic and rangy defender Orlando's front office is known for looking for.
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. It's not clear New York will be the right franchise dynamic for him. Sacramento picks up Marvin Bagley's teammate here in the second round, but he's headed to Portland in a trade.
Trent will bring some much-needed shooting to the franchise. Defensively, there are concerns about Trent's foot speed and technique.
There are worse propositions than betting on prospects who can shoot in this range. The shooting guard has physical dimensions that resemble Avery Bradley. He's one of the best perimeter defenders in the draft and an efficient 3-point shooter.
Not much upside in terms of offensive creation here, but a nice 3-and-D bet. A toolsy prospect with a plus feel for the game, Bonga has a long way to go before being ready to contribute in the NBA.
It's likely he'll be stashed overseas for at least a year. Another international prospect for Brooklyn. Kurucs is a forward who has struggled to find consistent playing time at the highest levels in Europe for Barcelona. The year-old is a shotmaker who can create his own looks off the bounce.
We'll see if he can hold up defensively against NBA athletes or contribute in enough other ways that it won't matter.