10. Gary Trent Jr., Toronto Raptors
Trent might’ve dealt with some injury problems near the end of last season, and he only had one season of high-end scoring production (his 16.2 points per game effort last year) but everything about his skillset, trajectory, and role in Toronto’s offense could line up to make him one of the best young guards in the game.
9. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Smart is quite honestly a coin flip when compared to Trent, as he is a 38% shooter from the field over the last two seasons, but Smart’s defensive skills on some quality Celtics teams make him a good role player for what Boston is trying to accomplish.
8. Bodgan Bogdanovic, Atlanta Hawks
Bogdanovic’s 16.4 points per game were by no means empty stats, as adding him into the foot unquestionably helped Atlanta morph from a team with talent and promise into a conference finalist and a legit contender in the East. The top five may not be out of reach for him.
7. Evan Fournier, New York Knicks
As disappointing as Fournier was in his Boston tenure, and despite the fact that the Knicks may have overpaid to bring him in, Fournier is still a walking bucket from almost anywhere on the court, and the Raptors should be a bit fearful that a rival added a player of his caliber in free agency.
6. Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets
Rozier went from a free-agency question mark to a player that has emerged as one of the more underrated scorers in the game alongside LaMelo Ball. Rozier’s 19.3 points per game in his two years with Charlotte show that he is in a much better situation than whatever he was being forced into with the Celtics.