#16 Overall Pick: Minnesota Timberwolves
Chris: Jarrett Allen
I was really high on Jarrett Allen when the Nets selected him at the 22nd pick. His 8 points and 6 rebounds were solid for a guy who only started 31-of-76 games his rookie year. Allen would be a solid backup for KAT on a Timberwolves team that needed a better bench this year. My concern for Allen would be that Thibodeau wouldn’t actually put him in the game because he never utilizes depth, but I truly think Allen deserved to be picked higher than he actually was.
Devin: John Collins
John Collins is a great prospect here for the Timberwolves, because he is solid 4, which is something they need badly. They have great guards and a terrific center, but they are certainly lacking in the power forward area. This gives them even more weapons and a little bit more rebounding. He has a great ceiling and will succeed under this offensively talented team.
#17 Overall Pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Chris: OG Anunoby
The Milwaukee Bucks love drafting players with a lot of length and OG Anunoby has plenty of it, just ask his 8-foot wingspan! Anunoby was a solid backup for the Toronto Raptors and would be able to provide both outside shooting and the defensive help the Bucks needed all season.
Devin: Jarrett Allen
The Bucks are in dire need of a center and the best available at 17 is Jarrett Allen. Allen has shown a quality amount of skill to start his career and would potentially be a fix at the position for Milwaukee. The Bucks pass on T.J. Leaf and Justin Patton because Allen is a bigger need, and he has shown more than the others at his position.
#18 Overall Pick: Indiana Pacers
Chris: John Collins
Indiana had a successful season because they were able to push Cleveland to seven games and, had things gone differently, could have actually beaten LeBron and company in fewer games. In the series against Cleveland, the Pacers showed that they lacked bodies down low to keep King James out of the paint. By taking John Collins from Wake Forest, the Pacers would have a solid backup for Myles Turner in Collins who can score (10.5ppg) and rebound (7.3rpg). Indiana feels they could have beaten the Cavaliers this postseason, and with Collins it may have actually happened.
Devin: T.J. Leaf
I’ve got Indiana still drafting T.J. Leaf because their need for another big is huge. With Al Jefferson not playing ever and leaving soon, I think their need is bigger than ever for another big. Leaf’s ability to shoot threes is also a large reason why Indiana takes him, because Sabonis, Turner and Young haven’t proven to be able to do it at a consistent level. Have a big to space the floor would be a great asset for Indiana.
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