89. Tyus Battle
At 6’6, Battle is a solid creator in the mid-range area with some ball-handling and creation skill. His three-point shooting was inconsistent in college, he isn’t a plus passer and his lack of athleticism hampers his defensive translation out of the zone and a 1.9 steal rate at the top of the zone is concerning. Without a real standout skill, Battle will have to extend his shot-creating out beyond the line to have any chance.
88. Ky Bowman
With a quick first step, good vertical explosion and shot creation ability from all over the court, Bowman has the tools and skill to be a productive scoring guard at the NBA level. His feel for the game is on the low end of the spectrum on both ends of the floor, he frequently has tunnel vision on offense and is a poor team defender. Bowman’s athleticism, handle and shooting give him a chance in a bench bucket-getter role, even if his feel for the game is likely going to make him a negative player overall.
87. Kenny Wooten
Kenny Wooten can jump into orbit, protecting the rim at a high level with his vertical explosiveness. Down the stretch he dominated on the defensive end for Oregon, closing off the rim for opposing offenses. This is the only selling point for Wooten, though. At six-foot-nine, he’s likely too small to play center and he has no real offensive skill to bank on; most of the time, Wooten scored by overwhelming with athleticism, not skill or shooting. Still, I like Wooten as a flier for his athletic tools alone, hoping he can learn some offensive skills in the NBA.
86. Jared Harper
With pull-up threes being as valuable as they are, Jared Harper has a shot for his elite off dribble shooting alone. Harper is an underrated passer as well, playing off of his shooting. He can’t score at all inside the arc and will be a massive negative on defense, but the small chance he develops into a pull-up dynamo is worth something.
85. Jarrey Foster
Foster has sustained serious injuries in the past year, but seems to be healthy again and has regained his athleticism. His basketball IQ is high and his combo of IQ, athleticism and tools should make him a good NBA defender. If he shoots threes, bench 3-D wing is a realistic outcome, though his shot is questionable. His total lack of offensive skill (advanced handling, passing, creation) makes it difficult to see an NBA role for him if his shot never progresses.
84. Joshua Obiesie
Obiesie might not be an NBA athlete, encapsulated by his struggles separating on the ball at the Nike Hoop Summit. At 6’6, he’s a solid pick and roll passer with shooting upside. Only 18, he is a decent draft and stash option at the end of the draft, hoping he can develop his self-creation skills, which never may be good enough given his lack of burst.
83. Daishon Smith
Daishon Smith is one of the better movement shooters in this class and a good positional defender with some real point guard passing skills. It is difficult to put too much stock into old, small point guards without super athleticism or creation, but it is easy to envision Smith carving out a role as a backup point guard with added value from his movement shooting.
82. Chris Clemons
It is impossibly difficult to make a real impact in the NBA at any height under six feet. At five-foot-nine, the challenge of providing value increases exponentially. A player has to be truly special to succeed at that height and I am not sure Clemons is special enough. Clemons is one of the best pound for pound athletes at the college level, with high-level quickness and vertical explosion. A three-level scorer and plus passer, Clemons has traits suggesting he could contribute in a backup role. He has the complete scoring package and athleticism requisite to dominate the college level, but I’m doubtful he’ll be able to contribute on an NBA team.
81. Louis King
Louis King garners interest in being a tall, toolsy wing who can shoot a bit. King loses most of his intrigue with just a cursory look. He is physically weak, a minus athlete, sophomore aged and has no standout skills. King is a member of something I like to call the “list of death” which is a list of drafted players in the database at barttorvik.com with less than two steal and block rates, less than one assist to turnover ratio and less than 58 true shooting percentage. A quick glance at the list says a lot, with esteemed names such as Shabazz Muhammad and James Young forming a group which isn’t exactly confidence inspiring. He only dunked the ball three times, another indicator of his poor athletic tools (when adding <three dunks to our list, the result is harrowing).
King’s only real paths to value would be developing an elite three-point shot or putting on significant muscle, two outcomes that seem unlikely. (note: it is important to not weigh an evaluation fully on this data point or any other one makes, though, when the film backs it up, it is an important piece of the puzzle.)
80. Barry Brown
Barry Brown’s NBA case stems from his defense, as one of the best defensive guards in this draft. At 6’2 in shoes with a near 6’7 wingspan, Brown’s strength and lateral quickness make him an elite on-ball defender. With strength, length, athleticism and IQ, Brown projects as a multi-positional defender at the next level. Brown almost surely does not meet the required bar for NBA offense, without a three-point shot or any plus handling or passing skill.
Still, Brown is a good two-way target, letting him play in the G-league and hoping his jumper develops to a respectable level. If it does, Brown has the defensive ability to be one of the league’s better 3-D point guards.