1. Christian Braun, SG/SF, Kansas
While Ochai Agbaji will likely be selected near the end of the lottery, the Jayhawks might send a second player to the NBA thanks to their excellent wing shooter in Braun. The sharpshooter took the step forward Bill Self expected after struggling to get into the lineup over his first two seasons.
Baun averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game despite having to share time with Agbaji and Jalen Wilson. Braun’s game revolves around his shooting and scoring potential, which should make it very easy for some team in the second round to get suckered in and select him.
Christian Braun would fill a hole for the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto has prioritized wings that can do multiple things on both ends over the last few years, and Braun’s lack of exceptional athletic ability puts a very hard cap on his defensive potential. Braun only has one year of excellent production in college, and he was rarely a top offensive option.
Braun is not a perfect prospect by any stretch of the imagination. Still, anyone with a functioning brain can see that Toronto needed a player like him to take some of the pressure off of an overworked starting lineup. In a few years, Braun could become a starter.