1 NBA Draft Profile All Teams must Avoid | Bleacher Report

1 NBA Draft Profile All Teams must Avoid | Bleacher Report

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Dallas Mavericks (37): Shamorie Ponds, PG, St. John's

Due to the interest reported by Mavs in Kemba Walker, per ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski, it's not hard to make a picture of it. Ponds on its radar. Like Walker, guard is a scoring point 'Ponds', but it's too dominant to make a side ball with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. It took years for Walker to sharpen his efficacy, and if Dallas wants an immediate impact, it is probably not willing to wait through growing pains in ponds.

Kings of Sacramento (40, 47, 60): Sagaba Konate, PF / C, West Virginia

The Kings require an intrinsic intimidation presence after completion of 24th in blocks and 27th in shooting opponents within five feet. They could have Konate, which was average 5.1 refusal against 40 minutes over three seasons with West Virginia. But it is not even 6 '8' in the shoes, and the wing of the wing is not “elite” at all. If it is not long enough to do the NBA center, limiting it may be dangerous.

Los Angeles Clippers (48, 56): t Eric Paschall, PF, Villanova

At first glance, Paschall could be adapted to the clippers as a seasonal prospect that was willing to take on a smaller role. However, he has no excellent skills but there are some weaknesses. A great defender is not on the edge, and his voluminous body (6 '8', 255 pounds) may not move fast enough to NBA athletes to handle the perimeter.

Toronto Raptors (59): Ignas Brazdeikis, SF, Michigan

Brazdeikis should be interesting. Ambidextrous finisher, fixed shooter from range and player is strong enough to keep his own around the edge. But it is not a great athlete, who defends his flexibility and limits his usability at this level. If the Eucharists want to be as competitive as possible next season, it may have more question marks than they can handle.

Denver Buttons (No Pick): N / B

There are a lot of young talent at the buttons and 11 player hold guaranteed contracts for the next season. While they may always trade the draft, it is difficult to see why they would be encouraged to do so.

Houston Rockets (No Picks): N / B

The rockets are the entrance to the win-now. If they move between this and the draft, it is likely that they will pick a future than add the current ones.

Unless otherwise noted, statistics are courtesy Basketball reference and NBA.com.

Zach Buckley covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @ZachBuckleyNBA.


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