Averaging 8.4 points per game, Davison would be more of a bet on his athletic projection down the line than his immediate production. However, with all of the verticality and energy he brings to the game, making Davison the backup point guard would not be much of a stylistic change for Ja Morant and the Grizzlies.
McGowens is an odd positional fit at 6-7 and 180 pounds, but he is still worthy of a pick this high due to his length, slashing skill in the lane, and defensive potential. He could become Houston’s ace Sixth Man alongside Josh Christopher if he works in improving his jump shot.
NBA Mock Draft: EJ Liddell would be a solid addition for Miami.
Liddell is averaging career-highs across the board, complimenting his 20.6 points per game average with three rejections per contest and a gradually improving jump shot. Liddell is a perfect power forward and small-ball center for Miami, and the Heat could steal a potential starter thanks to a pick formerly belonging to the Nets.
Williams isn’t playing 20 minutes per game, but he is still almost averaging three blocks per game due to his length and leaping ability. With Brook Lopez breaking down and Bobby Portis only slightly above-average on defense, Williams would be a quality bench big man for the next few years.
Not only is Koloko still making his presence felt on defense by averaging over three blocks per game, but he has upped his scoring average from 5.3 points per game last year to 12.8 this season. He’d be an ideal backup big man for Nikola Vucevic over the next few years.
Dieng has seen his playing time and efficiency go in the toilet since he made the move to the NBL this season, but a 6-10 forward with handles and experience scoring in the French league will get NBA attention. Memphis is a good spot for Dieng, as they have a history of helping marginal wing players morph into solid rotation layers.
Christie may be a bit of a lottery ticket given how he has not necessarily lived up to the hype as a 5-star recruit. Even with those concerns, Christie profiles as a knockdown shooter at the next level. He could become a rotation presence as soon as he enters the building in Oklahoma City.
The first round ends with Golden State going the international route. A bit of a positional tweener at 6-10, the Warriors will throw Jovic and his impressive shooting into a developmental system that has done a good job at turning athletic wings into two-way stoppers.
Players like Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana), Scotty Pippen Jr. (Vanderbilt), Yannick Nzosa (Spain), Terrence Shannon Jr. (Texas Tech), and Peyton Watson (UCLA) number among the numerous players that missed the cut and should go high in the second round.