6. Onyeka Okongwu – Atlanta Hawks; Defensive versatility
Onyeka Okongwu, much like Patrick Williams and Isaac Okoro is a talented, versatile defender. While his offensive game shows promise his well, the first thing that comes to mind with the USC project is his defense.
7. Killian Hayes – Detroit Pistons; Ball handling
For Killian Hayes, ball handling immediately stands out. Some have compared his posture and offensive style to that of James Harden, and the patient, dribble-heavy isolation game does parallel Harden’s offensive game.
While things like his step back jumper have the potential to be lethal, every move in his arsenal ultimately rests on that high-quality dribble game.
8. Obi Toppin – New York Knicks; Shooting
Obi Toppin’s shooting comes to mind in a draft that lacks a lot of promise from the 3-ball territory. The Dayton project shot 39.0 percent from beyond the 3-point line on 2.6 attempts per game in the 2019-20 season, averaging an impressive 20.0 points per game.
The Knicks were prepared to trade up to get Toppin, but thankfully for them, he fell right in their lap at eight overall.
9. Deni Avdija – Washington Wizards; Offensive versatility
Offensive versatility is what comes to mind as a major strength for Deni Avdija. He’s going to be a major challenge for even the most professional lock-down defenders at the pro level.
Now, imagine that alongside Rui Hachimura, another offensively versatile player. Add in the possibility of Bradley Beal and John Wall on the same team and the Wizards are suddenly looking scary next year.
10. Jalen Smith – Phoenix Suns; Pick-and-pop
Jalen Smith’s pick and pop ability will make him a difficult big to guard, particularly if he can add a strong roll game as well.
With a wiry frame, he won’t be quite the threat from the inside, so having the ability to space the floor is necessary for him to have instant impact in the NBA.
Smith sank 36.8 percent of his 3-point shots last year.