79. Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate took a step backward this season after gaining significant draft intrigue last season. He seemed to put on some bad weight, was riddled with injury and had statistical drops in two-point percentage, turnover, fouls and blocks. Konate expanded his game to the perimeter this season, showing off some slashing skill and connecting on 39 percent of his threes. His main selling point is his shot blocking prowess, where Konate has elite timing and anticipation to stuff opposing shots.
Konate’s perimeter skills and shot-blocking are intriguing. As a 6’8 true five, he’d have to be exceptionally skilled to make it in the NBA, given his best skill (rim protection) will lose value because of his height.
78. Jordan Bone
Bone’s elite athletic testing at the combine thrust into legitimate prospect tier for me, rather than a complete non-prospect. With his athleticism alone, a foundation for an NBA player exists. He’s incredibly quick and has flashed some ability to shoot pull-ups, two foundational skills for any small in the NBA. In order to stick, Bone needs to apply his athleticism more functionally on the court and clean up his decision making warts.
77. O’Shae Brissett
O’Shae Brissett was great at the NBA combine scrimmages. Most importantly, he showed he could defend in a man to man setting, helping to answer one of his biggest question marks. At 6’8 with solid defense and some passing ability, Brissett could find a home as a solid defensive wing if he can develop his three-point shot, which seems unlikely at this point.
76. Aubrey Dawkins
Aubrey Dawkins will be 25 at the start of his rookie season and has a significant history of injuries, which makes it difficult to get too excited about him despite any other factors. However, Dawkins is a functional athlete who uses his athleticism on both ends well and is a legit movement shooter, giving him a probable NBA role if he can stay healthy. It is hard to invest too much on a player who will be the same age as Zion Williamson will be in seven whole years, but a two-way or G league contract seems ideal for someone as good a shooter and athlete as Dawkins is on the wing.
75. KZ Okpala
Like King, Okpala is another toolsy wing with a good three-point percentage and no clue how to play basketball. Another entrant to the “list of death,” Okpala doesn’t do much outside of his physical tools, which are admittedly pretty good. While he shot a solid percentage and has some handling ability, Okpala’s feel for the game on both ends is woeful, missing reads on offense and defense. In the second round, a team could reasonably take a flyer on Okpala’s tools and hopes he figures out how to play, but it seems he will be gone by 25.
74. Jaylen Nowell
Jaylen Nowell is an excellent scorer off of the dribble, with the handle and creativity to get to his spots and score. He was incredibly efficient from the floor this season, shooting a ludicrous 71.7 percent at the rim and 44 percent from three. Nowell is a great passer as well, facilitating out of the pick and roll at an above average level (he was Washington’s de facto point guard due to their real point guard, David Crisp, being terrible).
Without great athleticism, it is hard to see Nowell’s defense translating out of the zone. At 6’4 with below average athleticism and poor shot selection, Nowell will have to be a very high-level shot-maker to provide positive value at the NBA level.
73. Ethan Happ
Ethan Happ has a limited vertical and struggles from the three point line. He is, however, one of those weirdo point-center types with some enticing skills: he shows real craft as a scorer and has potential to be a bench facilitator off of the bench in the NBA if he ever found a role. Happ slides his feet well on defense and is incredibly smart, though he can’t defend bigs because of a complete lack of vertical athleticism.
If Happ ever were to shoot (highly unlikely, 46.6 percent from the line this season, 1-16 from three in four seasons), he’d be a valuable backup big, though the outlook on his jumper is grim.
72. Dedric Lawson
Dedric Lawson can score the basketball in a variety of ways, scoring on the block, from mid-range and even from three-point line at a high-level (39.3 percent, 81.5 percent from the free throw line). Lawson has solid tools, at 6’7 with a 7’2 wingspan, and good IQ on the defensive end. However, he is not an NBA athlete and not a great passer on offense, meaning he has little realistic shot at the NBA. With his skill, shooting and tools, there is a world where he develops into an effective bench combo forward if his skill really improves.
71. Cameron Jackson
Jackson is a crafty, skilled big with driving and finishing ability. He passes well, finding the myriad of shooters Wofford placed on the perimeter. For a 6’8, unathletic center, his high IQ, great hands and strength helped him dominate as a team defender (4.9 block percentage, 3.1 steal percentage) and even defend the perimeter at times. If Jackson ever learns to shoot, he could have utility as a smart, skilled backup big man.
70. Eric Paschall
Paschall has a strong frame, standing 6’8 with great straight line speed and vertical athleticism to finish above the rim. He’s a solid shooter, though he struggles to create his own shot. His handle is below average, as he can’t change directions and has poor feel for the game. Paschall’s strength and athleticism should allow him to guard most fours and some fives. His shooting, athleticism and defensive versatility almost surely means he will have a place as a rotation player for many years. There’s almost no upside with Paschall, though, given his feel and skill deficiencies.