10. Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards
Expect to see plenty of Kuzma as a small forward this year, as the Wizards need to fit Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant in the lineup. While he drew plenty of criticism for his play in Los Angeles, he was a tertiary scorer on a title team, and he could have his best statistical season in years in Washington.
9. De’Andre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks
Hunter was absent during Atlanta’s playoff run, but he is still one of the better young two-way forwards in the entire NBA. While Trae Young and John Collins will be the primary scorers for the Hawks this year, a healthy Hunter can help them prove that their miraculous run to the conference finals wasn’t just a fluke.
8. Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
Fans who only watched the playoffs may think that Harris stinks, but he is arguably the best 3-point shooter in the NBA as far as efficiency is concerned. With Kevin Durant playing more like a power forward for the Nets due to his height, Brooklyn has every expectation that Harris will regain his old form.
7. RJ Barrett, New York Knicks
After an up-and-down rookie season, Barrett started to look like a No. 3 pick in 2021 as Julius Randle’s sidekick. The Raptors will need to watch this one for the next few years, as his smooth offensive game could make him a thorn in Anunoby’s side.
6. OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
Anunoby might not have the gaudiest scoring numbers in the world, but his defensive abilities and role on the Raptors should give him the clear edge in this department over players with better points per game averages. A return to the playoffs might be what forces the rest of the league to wake up and recognize his quality.