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2nd Round and Undrafted Gems from the 2019 Draft Class

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During every draft, NBA teams are always looking for a second round pick or undrafted player that can make an impact. When those players are found, they offer a tremendous return on investment due to their cheap and often non-guaranteed contracts versus their production. Players such as Thomas Bryant (2017, 42nd overall), Dillon Brooks (2017, 45th overall), Devonte’ Graham (2018, 34th overall), Mitchell Robinson (2018, 36th overall), Eric Paschall (2019, undrafted) and Kendrick Nunn (2019, undrafted) are some recent examples. Let’s examine a few candidates to follow in their footsteps:

PG/SG Carsen Edwards (Boston, 33rd overall-Drafted by Philadelphia)

Final Year at Purdue: 24.3 PPG. 3.6 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 35% 3PT (3.8 makes per game)

NBA Stats: 3.3 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 31% FG, 32% 3P in 10.1 MPG (25 games)

Illustrated by his 42-point Elite Eight explosion last year against Virginia — plus his production in Summer League that earned him a guaranteed four-year, $4.5 million deal — Edwards is a natural scorer with an incredible ability to hit tough shots and score in bunches. The undersized but well-built scoring guard is best suited as a microwave bench scorer than can get hot quickly and spark the team. There are still concerns with Edwards’ lack of efficiency (39% FG in his senior year) and reliable playmaking, but his scoring ability and competitive defense should be enough for Brad Stevens to scheme around those concerns. Edwards could potentially fill the Celtics’ need for bench scoring and guard play as he gets more comfortable in the NBA.

 

C Daniel Gafford (Chicago, 38th overall)

Final Year at Arkansas: 16.9 PPG, 8.7 RPG (2.8 offensive), 2 BPG, 0.9 SPG

NBA Stats: 4.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG in 12.0 MPG (27 games)

With his combination of size (6-11, 238lbs), length (7-2 wingspan), mobility and explosiveness, Gafford has a clean NBA fit as a finisher and rim protector. He understands how to utilize his physical tools on both ends of the floor to finish plays at the rim in a variety of actions and locations (ball screens, off ball screens, lobs, drop offs, dunker spots). He can also block shots on the ball and at the rim when in help. Gafford has the potential to develop into a high end finisher and protector (3.9 bpg per 36 minutes w/Bulls), something all teams need, and provides a compliment to the skillsets of his fellow Bulls bigs.

 

PF/C Bol Bol (Denver, 44th overall-Drafted by Miami) 

Lone Season at Oregon: 21 PPG, 9.6 RPG (2.1 offensive), 2.7 BPG, 0.8 SPG, 52% 3P (1.4 makes per game). 9 GP

G-League Stats: 12 PPG, 5.5 RPG (2 offensive), 2.1 BPG, 36% 3P (4-11 3PA) in 19.3 MPG (8 GP)

Once considered a top-10 pick and arguably the most polarizing prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft, Bol offers one of the highest ceilings and lowest floors. Due to durability concerns (foot surgery ended his collegiate career plus a thin frame), Bol dropped to the second round. With a rare and tantalizing combination of height, length, shooting, coordination and mobility for a big man, Bol is tremendous fit for the modern day NBA. He is a stretch-five rim protector with developing shot creation ability that can attack closeouts. He possesses the tools to become a reliable defender in ball screens. The Nuggets do not appear to be rushing him at all and I wouldn’t expect Bol to see an NBA floor until he is absolutely ready.

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PF/C Isaiah Roby (Dallas, 45th overall-Drafted by Detroit) 

Final Year at Nebraska: 11.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.3 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 33% 3P (0.8 makes per game, 28-84 3PA)

G-League Stats: 11.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG (2.4 offensive), 1.8 APG, 1.8 SPG 1.6 BPG in 25 MPG (5 games played)

The long, athletic and versatile forward offers an array of tools on both ends of the floor that translate to the NBA. Roby is an explosive finisher in space at the rim. He can attack closeouts, defend in space, create defensive events with his length and athleticism, offer secondary rim protection and has shown flashes of promise as a shooter/shot creator and passer. Despite all of his tools, Roby doesn’t possess any polished skills and needs to continue to develop at the G-League level. Roby is on a two-way deal with Dallas and has missed the majority of the season due to minor ankle and knee injuries.

SG Kyle Guy (Sacramento, 55th overall-Drafted by New York)

Final Year at Virginia: 15.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 42% 3P (3.2 makes per game)

G-League Stats: 21.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 35.5% 3P (3.7 makes per game), 19 GP (G-League season high of 42 points)

Widely regarded as the best shooter in the draft (career 42 percent three-point shooter), Guy is a microwave shooter with a picture-perfect jumper with the capability to hit three-pointers off a variety of different actions and positions — both uncontested and contested — due to his unique ability to square up no matter his positioning or balance, a la J.J. Redick. He is terrific at reading and utilizing off-ball screens to get into his shot as well as making a quick pocket pass to the screener. Guy’s ideal role is as a bench three-point specialist that defenses must account for at all times. Critics point to his lack of ideal athleticism and physical tools on both ends of the floor, but with his pure shooting and understanding of how to play defense within a scheme, Guy is capable of making an impact on the NBA level.

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PG/SG Ky Bowman (Golden State, Undrafted) 

Final Year at Boston College: 19ppg 7.5rpg 4apg 1.4spg 1.4spg 37%3P (2.5 makes per game)

NBA Stats: 7.7 ppg/2.6 rpg/2.9 apg/0.9 spg/37% 3P in 22.6 mpg (34 games played, 8 starts)

Bowman is a smaller (6-foot-1), but creative scoring guard that can score on all three levels. He possesses the coveted ability to break the defense down off the bounce to either score or create a shot for a teammate. While mostly known for his offense, Bowman is a terrific guard-rebounder that is capable of becoming an above-average defender because of his tenacity, athleticism and length (6-7 wingspan). He has experienced some success at the NBA level and is currently on a two-way deal, where his allotted 45 days with the Warriors is winding down.

*All statistics via Basketball Reference and NBA.com

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