69. Aric Holman
For a 6’10 center, Aric Holman’s shooting and handling skill stand out. He shot 42.9 percent from deep on 105 attempts this season, even flashing some off-dribble shot making. When locked in, Holman can protect the rim with solid anticipation and even switch on the perimeter at times. However, Holman is almost never locked in and his defensive effort level is abysmal on defense. With Holman’s elite big shooting, offensive skill and tools, there’s a potential role for Holman as a backup big man if he can completely overhaul his mentality and give effort on a consistent basis.
68. Kerwin Roach
Roach is an electric athlete with a great first step and the ability to elevate for powerful dunks. His decision making took a jump this season and he can shoot spot-up threes. He makes plays with his athleticism, but his overall defensive feel and IQ is inconsistent. If Roach can continue to improve on his passing and handling skill, his athleticism gives him a shot as a backup point guard/combo guard.
67. Miye Oni
Oni is a prototypical pass/dribble/shoot type wing, with a projectable jump shot and some passing feel. His athletic tools, fluid movement ant size at 6’6 help his on-ball defense, though he is often slow to react as a team defender, resorting to his athleticism to make plays. Oni is a jack of all trades, master of none, and with no standout skill he probably is never more than an eighth or ninth man with some shooting and tertiary creation ability.
66. Jeremiah Martin
Jeremiah Martin loves nothing more than dribbling the basketball. His overdribbling into oblivion clouds his passing and overall decision making. Getting past his decision making, Martin has a good first step and ball-handling ability to create his own shot off of the dribble and get to the rim. Standing 6’2.5 with a lanky 6’9 wingspan, Martin’s length helps him defend multiple positions on the ball.
He’s an active team defender with a great sense of positioning and a knack for defensive playmaking (2.1 block percentage, 3.4 steal percentage). Martin projects as a pure combo guard, who could be positively impactful as scoring and defending backup if his decision making improves.
65. Naz Reid
On the surface, Naz Reid’s appeal is discernible: a big man who spaces the floor and can handle in transition. His defense, though, is one of the worst of any big man prospect in this class, where his sluggishness leads to a complete inability to guard the perimeter. Despite solid hands and feet, Reid’s poor motor and effort limit the defensive impact he can reach. He’s solid defending the interior with excellent strength, but doesn’t have much else on the defensive end. Reid’s feel for the game is suspect, lapsing on defense and chucking on offense, making him nothing more than a gamble on his shooting and handling skills.
64. Mfiondu Kabengele
One of the bigger risers of the pre-draft process, Mfiondu Kabengele has seen himself projected in the top 20 by some outlets. He projects to shoot threes at a decent level and has solid defensive instincts and vertical athleticism to protect the rim. The catch, though, is Kabengele may have the worst feel for the game in this entire draft. A complete black hole on offense, Kabengele hunts his shot in the post, ignoring open shooters and cutters on his way to the rim. In 2019, he had 11 total assists as compared to 56 total turnovers, good for a 0.2 assist to turnover ratio, by far the worst mark for any real prospect in this draft. As a shooting-rim protecting backup five, I expect Kabengele to find a role for himself on an NBA team, whether or not he brings any actual value to an NBA floor.
63. Rayjon Tucker
A surprise entry into the draft, Tucker’s main appeal is his elite athletic tools. His vertical explosiveness is in the upper echelon of prospects and will be in the upper tier of NBA players; he quickly explodes off of one and two feet. He blows by defenders with his first step and wins later with his straight-line speed and makes plays off of the ball with his defensive tools. With a versatile and highly efficient jumper (42.2 percent from three, 56.1 percent on two-pointers, 68.1 percent at the rim, 64.1 true shooting percentage), Tucker’s scoring projects well to the NBA level. His feel for the game on offense is questionable; Tucker has decent vision and can pass in a variety of situations, but his decision making is often poor.
On defense, Tucker is an absolute trainwreck. Outside of some athletic flash plays, he’s a technical mess on the ball and with his closeout and consistently lapses off of the ball. Prospects with Tucker’s level of athleticism and shooting are rare, even if he’ll need significant time on the bench or in the G-league to hone his mental skills.
62. Keldon Johnson
Entering the season as a top recruit and highly regarded NBA prospect, Johnson has consistently fallen down boards during his freshman year at Kentucky. As a strong wing who should shoot well on catch and shoot threes, Keldon Johnson will have some value at the NBA level. However, his feel for the game puts him well behind. On defense, Johnson only guards the ball, completely neglecting his team responsibilities, backed up by his 1.5 steal percentage and 0.6 block percentage. His strength and athleticism should make him competent on the ball.
On offense, Johnson’s only responsibilities were to come off screens, shoot open shots or drive to his right and shoot a floater. He has little burst to beat defenders off of the dribble and a poor handle. He’s great on runners, but avoids contact like the plague, lacks the explosiveness to consistently get to and finish at the rim and rarely passes out of drives. Only 19, Johnson has time to improve, but has too many athletic, skill and IQ limitations at this point to realistically be a valuable NBA wing.
61. Zylan Cheatham
Cheatham is another late riser in the draft process, with some going as far as placing him in the top 20 and throwing out comparisons to Draymond Green and Pascal Siakam. There is plenty to like about Cheatham. 6’8 and a quick-twitch athlete, Cheatham uses his athleticism to guard multiple positions and his rotations are solid, though he isn’t a playmaker on the defensive end (1.4 steal rate) and lacks functional strength. On offense, Cheatham’s athleticism and solid handle allow gives him solid slashing upside for a big man.
Cheatham will be 24 in November and has poor touch, giving little confidence he will develop into a reliable three-point shooter any time soon. Cheatham’s frame, athleticism and handling skill provide some intrigue in the second round as a versatile defensive/energy combo forward, but his age and lack of shooting upside and strength/size make him a long shot to be a real NBA player.
60. Zach Norvell
Zach Norvell shines with his versatile shooting and shot creating, with a propensity for step-back threes. His release is quick, he has NBA range off of the dribble and he shoots over contests. With a solid first step and craft, Zach Norvell can score at the rim after teams run him off of the line. At 6’5, Norvell’s lack of athleticism or instincts off of the ball don’t suggest high defensive potential at the NBA level. Norvell is a pure scoring two guard without a standout NBA skill, who could make it as a rotation shot creator if he hits shots at a high level.