NBA Draft: Re-drafting the 2014 NBA Draft’s first round

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T.J. Warren
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2014 NBA Redraft: 13. T.J. Warren, Minnesota Timberwolves

T.J. Warren has managed to fly somewhat under the radar as a modern forward who can score at multiple levels with respectable efficiency. This might be due in part to the time he spent on one of the worst teams in the league.

Warren played for the Phoenix Suns before it was cool and managed to increase his per game scoring average in each of his first four seasons in the league, topped off by 19.6 a night in the 2017-18 season. While most youngsters tend to struggle with efficiency early in their NBA tenure, Warren never had such problems, having shot 49.7 percent from the field during his five seasons in the desert.

Where he’s really progressed is from the outside. Warren shot below 30 percent from three in four of his first five seasons. He’s been above 40 percent in each of his last two full years on increased volume.

Upon being traded to the Indiana Pacers, Warren was offered his first-ever chance to compete on a playoff team. He ran with it, averaging a career-high 19.8 points per game in 2019-20 and becoming something of a legend by being named to the All-Bubble First Team by averaging 31.0 points a night across the six seeding games he appeared in, including a 53-point explosion in a win over Philly.

Now tasked with overcoming a foot injury that limited him to just four games in 2020-21, Warren will have to once again remind the general public of skills that continue to grow.