11. Philadelphia: C.J. McCollum – Lehigh
21 years old, Senior
One of the most boring teams in the league needs all the scoring help they can get. And McCollum can fill it up.
12. OKC (from Toronto): Rudy Gobert – International
20 years old, International
We wouldn’t be surprised to see OKC take a shot with a guy who could make a significant impact down the road, even if it probably means sacrificing a little in the immediate future.
13. Dallas: Mason Plumlee – Duke
23 years old, Senior
Dirk Nowitzki won’t be playing forever, and Dallas needs to monitor his minutes more than ever. Plumlee would give them an athlete who can play multiple positions off the bench.
14. Utah: Kelly Olynyk – Gonzaga
22 years old, Junior
Who knows what Utah’s frontline will look like at the start of training camp. Both starters could be gone. In reality, they might need more help in the backcourt rather than drafting another big man. But at this point, Olynyk is by far the best player available.
15. Milwaukee: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia
20 years old, Sophomore
The Bucks need a shooter. Georgia’s finest is being talked about in some circles as a possible top-10 pick. He’d bring size to a backcourt that desperately needs it.
16. Boston: Dario Saric – International
19 years old, Croatia
Chad Ford is reporting that Dallas is enamored with Saric. If he slips past them at No. 13, we’re guessing Danny Ainge is quick to secure another longterm building block.
17. Atlanta: Steven Adams – Pittsburgh
19 years old, Freshman
If Josh Smith leaves, as expected, Atlanta will be even thinner than normal upfront. Al Horford isn’t a center to begin with, and what they have behind him is not worth much. Adams would be a nice piece to add.
18. Atlanta (via Houston): Allen Crabbe – Cal
21 years old, Junior
If the Hawks go for a longterm project big with their first pick, we’re guessing they try to get a shooter with the second. Crabbe can stroke it, and is a surprisingly explosive athlete.
19. Cleveland (via L.A. Lakers): Glen Rice Jr. – Georgia Tech
22 years old, D-League
If Cleveland takes Noel at the top spot, we think they’ll look to fill a need by getting Kyrie Irving another scorer later in the first round. Rice Jr. dominated at times in the D-League this year.
20. Chicago: Gorgui Dieng – Louisville
23 years old, Junior
An easy match, now that Omer Asik has moved on and the Bulls struggled to find a replacement.