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15. Isaiah Jackson (originally chosen 22nd)
5 playmakers like Nikola Jokic and, to a lesser extent, Joel Embiid are going to force teams to look for more versatile centers, but there will almost certainly always be a place for rim protectors.
And Isaiah Jackson, who led the NBA in block percentage last season, is that and potentially more.
In addition to his 3.5 blocks for 75 possessions, Jackson also had 1.7 interceptions for 75 possessions and even touched on three-point shooting (he was 5 of 16 overall). Consistency on that last front could make him a premium three-and-D option.
14. Quentin Grimes (originally chosen 25th)
In some ways, it felt like Quentin Grimes’ summer. His name was a staple of Donovan Mitchell trade rumors, and his still being a New York Knick seems like a pretty big bet on his future.
All of this attention for someone who averaged 6.0 points as a rookie may have surprised some, but Grimes showed exactly the kind of multi-position play that’s in high demand throughout the NBA.
The 6’5″ winger played with solid pace and feel and made 38.1% of his three-point attempts. And in the 15 games in which he played at least 20 minutes, he collected averaged 12.1 points, 3.1 threes, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 44.7% from deep.
13. Davion Mitchell (originally chosen 9th)
His overall shooting numbers weren’t great (41.8% from the field and 31.6% on three), but Davion Mitchell showed the primary playmaker upside down in 2021-22.
Over his last 10 games, Mitchell has averaged 19.5 points, 10.0 assists and 1.4 threes. And those numbers aren’t even its best selling point.
Despite being just 6’2″, Mitchell already looks like a potentially game-changing perimeter defender. He attacks each individual game with an intensity that rookies don’t typically show, and Dunks & Threes most-undervalued the place already as above.average on that side.
12. Chris Duarte (originally chosen 13th)
Chris Duarte is already 25 years old. It may not grow much more than it already has. It might even have finished developing.
But we already know he’s a 6’6″ three-tier scorer who can average double the numbers and create a bit for others.
The 13.1 points, 2.1 assists, 1.7 threes and 1.0 steals in 28.0 minutes he racked up as a rookie aren’t a given for a lot of the guys behind him here. And it looks like there’s potential for improvement from his already solid 36.9 three-point percentage.
11. Jalen Suggs (originally chosen 5th)
That’s a pretty big drop for a top-five pick after one season, but Jalen Suggs was arguably the league’s worst rookie on the offensive end.
Of the 42 freshmen with at least 500 minutes, he finished dead last (by far) in the offensive plus/minus box. Drop the rookie qualifier, and he was 375th out of 375 players.
Still, the Dunks & Threes catch-all describes him as one of the best guard defensemen in the NBA, and he’s averaged 5.8 assists for 75 possessions.
With his height (6’4″), athleticism, and feel, there’s still a chance he’ll be a long-term starter.