Scouts say Saric has the potential to be the most offensively versatile player in the draft. He’s 6-10 but can handle the ball and score in transition, and he led the Adriatic League in scoring at 17 points a game. His biggest issue is that he’s very thin and won’t be able to bang in the post with traditional NBA power forwards. But he could play small forward in the right situation.
Traded to Philadelphia 76ers for No. 10 pick Elfrid Payton and future draft picks.
Ben Bolch: Philly fans won’t make Croatian big man feel at home if his game founders.
No. 13 -- Minnesota Timberwolves -- Zach LaVine, 6-4 1/2, 180, UCLA, shooting guard
The official buzzword around LaVine is “upside.” He grew several inches in his one season in Westwood, and at a workout with the Lakers he blew away the buzz on the Internet with an unofficial 46-inch vertical jump. One blog called him “Russell Westbrook 2.0” due to LaVine’s incredible athleticism, which didn’t necessarily translate at UCLA. He averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists on less than eight shot attempts. A team won’t draft LaVine based off what he was his freshman year — it will draft him based off what he could be.
Ben Bolch: Timberwolves now flush with Bruins unless they trade Kevin Love.
No. 14 -- Phoenix Suns -- T.J. Warren, 6-7, 220, North Carolina State, power forward
The biggest question surrounding Warren isn’t whether he can score. He averaged almost 25 points a game in his sophomore season. The biggest question is what position Warren is going to play. He’s somewhere between a short power forward and a slow small forward. His shooting percentages weren’t great (53% from the field, 27% on three-pointers), but he can get to the free-throw line (attempted almost seven a game) and he averaged more than seven rebounds. He can play, but where?
Ben Bolch: A good time to remind everyone Warren, and not Parker, was ACC player of year.
No. 15 -- Atlanta Hawks -- Adreian Payne, 6-9, 238, Michigan State, power forward
Compared to some of his peers in this draft, the 23-year old Payne is a dinosaur. A lot of players picked in his range will be drafted off potential, but Payne is somebody who can help a team right away. He’s big, and once he gets moving he’s hard to stop and defend. He averaged a little more than 16 points and seven rebounds and can shoot the ball very well for someone his size (50% from the field and 42% from three-point range). Again, he doesn’t have as much upside as some of the players drafted around him, but he also won’t take years to develop.
Ben Bolch: Versatile forward could be immediate contributor in frontcourt.
No. 16 -- Chicago Bulls -- Jusuf Nurkic, 6-11, 280, Bosnia-Herzegovina, center
Nurkic is enormous, and really, that’s the biggest thing going for him. He played only 16 minutes a game due to conditioning issues, but he still managed to average about 12 points and six rebounds while shooting 63% from the field. It also helps his case that he’s 19 and has been playing organized basketball only since 2009. Here’s Nurkic’s appeal: You can’t teach size, but you can teach all the things to make a coordinated big man a dominant big man.
Traded to Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott.
Ben Bolch: Headed to Nuggets as part of trade that will land the Bulls McDermott.
No. 17 -- Boston Celtics -- James Young, 6-6 1/4, 218, Kentucky, shooting guard
The good thing about Young is that he does many things well. The bad thing is that he doesn’t do any one thing exceptionally well. He turned into one of Kentucky’s top offensive options down the stretch, as he averaged 14 points on 35% shooting from three-point range and was named to the All-Final Four team. Young also has good size for a shooting guard, and is explosive enough to finish above the rim (as proved by his 35.5-inch vertical). But he also shot 41% from the field and there were 10 games last season where he scored less than 10 points. Young won’t be a No. 1 scoring option any time soon, but he has the potential to turn into a real offensive weapon in a few years.
Ben Bolch: Does lots of things, which is good considering Celtics have so many blanks to fill.
No. 18 -- Phoenix Suns -- Tyler Ennis, 6-1, 181, Syracuse, point guard