In a league that is putting out more three-guard lineups than ever before, Rick Carlisle and Indiana have the chance to start one of the best offensive lineups in basketball with Malcolm Brogdon running the point, Caris LeVert as an off-ball guard, and Giddey’s ability to handle the ball like a point guard despite his 6-8 frame.
Giddey’s offensive feel is off the charts, as the Australian combo guard can avoid turnovers, make the right pass, and create shots for himself both inside the arc and outside of it. The defense is a bit of a work in progress, but defenses will need to account for Giddey on his first day in the league.
Even though Giddey might not have the best athletic profile in the world, he might be one of the safest players in this class. His shooting could make him the Pacers’ small forward in one timeline, but his ability to conduct an offense and make plays as a point guard.
With two picks in the first round, Golden State could refuse to trade either of them, get even younger, and add a potential power forward of the future in Johnson. They might be able to benefit from Johnson leaving Duke early, as he could end up available for them to snipe at pick No. 14.
Johnson didn’t put up tremendous numbers at Duke, and there are concerns about how much offense he can generate for himself, but there is a ton to like about him as a prospect. He was a surprisingly efficient shooter, a solid scorer in the paint, and versatile enough to handle himself on the perimeter.
While he won’t be a replacement for Draymond Green considering the wily veteran’s defense, Green has become a much less lethal offensive player over the last few years. Johnson can replace Green’s scoring punch in the short term and evolve into a quality starter over the next few seasons.