NBA Draft: Grading every first-round pick after rookie year

2022 NBA Draft Class. Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images
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18. Chicago Bulls – Dalen Terry, Arizona

Dalen Terry got the “teammate bump” in the 2022 NBA Draft, rising up draft boards because he looked good on tape when teams tuned in to watch his highly-ranked teammate. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but Terry’s rise was late in the process and looks a little bit shaky a year later.

The Bulls’ rookie was very raw as a rookie, with a slight frame that caused him to get roasted by NBA players, undercutting his profile as a defensive wing. As he adds weight and strength that should improve, but Terry will need to shoot to make that matter. He hit only 25.9 percent of his 3-pointers with the Bulls. He did hit around 40 percent of his threes in the G League, and if he can translate that to the NBA when spacing is tighter, he can start to deliver on some of that upside.

Terry is probably still a first-round pick a year later, but multiple players who went later than he did would certainly take his spot at 18. That includes shot-blocking monster Walker Kessler, but it also includes players like Christian Braun who can better fill the role Terry hopes to get to.

Grade: C-