While the former top recruit has been slightly slipping of late, the Magic should end his slide at No. 5. With Cole Anthony, Markelle Fultz, and RJ Hampton forming a very young, very promising backcourt, Orlando needs to find that wing player that is going to kick the offense into hyperdrive, and Kuminga might be that guy.
Even though his shooting percentages in the G League were a bit gnarly, Kuminga more than makes up for that with mind-blowing athleticism. His speed allows him to charge right to the rim and finish with authority. A solid shot-blocker and defender for his position and size, Kuminga’s effort on defense should make him an instant starter as a rookie.
If Jonathan Isaac and his superb defense make a comeback this year, being able to mix and match him and Kuminga in the lineup will be very interesting for Jamahl Mosley. If Kuminga develops a jumper, he could very well have the highest ceiling of any non-Cunningham player in this class.
Barnes’ stock has been rising steadily over the last few weeks, but the best fit for him might be in Oklahoma City. Thunder mastermind Sam Presti has shown he is willing to take gambles on athletic projects in the past, and there might be no bigger gamble in this lottery than Barnes.
Currently an average offensive player with a substandard jump shot, Barnes will need some work before he is ready to truly take over. However, he could get reps at point guard given his speed and passing and center thanks to his 7-3 wingspan and muscle. That is truly rare versatility.
The Thunder are still quite a ways away from contending, meaning they need as many spins at the draft roulette wheel as possible in order to find Shai Gilgeous-Alexander a co-star. With the ability to become a star post presence and ball-handler, Barnes will waste no time making himself known in OKC.