2. Max Christie, SG, Michigan State
Christie was a 5-star recruit that took a while to get going under Tom Izzo in East Lansing. As the league has shown time and time again, they are more than willing to take a top recruit in the second round despite some iffy production in college if the tools he exhibited are promising.
Christie has a smooth shooting stroke that improved as the season went on. Crafty enough to get his own shot while possessing enough range to threaten defenses from anywhere on the court, Christie was able to show why he was a top recruit despite his streaky nature.
The Toronto Raptors could develop Max Christie.
Let’s not sugarcoat things. Christie’s production was highly disappointing overall. He averaged just 9.3 points per game on 38/31/82 shooting splits while turning the ball over just under two times per game. Defensively, the results we saw on the floor were generally unspectacular.
Christie’s value will lie in his 3-point shot, and his wild volatility on the court might make him a tough sell. He needs an environment that will allow him to mess up and correct his flaws, and Toronto can afford to be more patient than most teams in a similar position.