The only player who could give Marcus Smart a run for his money as “best point guard in the draft” is Ennis. He’s not very tall, but sees the floor well and does a good job distributing the ball. The second-team All-ACC selection averaged 2.4 steals a game, and was one of the best pure ballhandlers in college basketball. Physically, though, Ennis isn’t all that impressive. He doesn’t have a great first step, and doesn’t finish in the lane very well. His outside shot has potential, but at this point he’s going to be much more of a playmaker than a scorer. The scoring ability could develop, though, and teams that miss out on Smart might see him as a strong second choice.
Ben Bolch: Could this mean Suns won’t pay whatever Eric Bledsoe wants to return?
No. 19 -- Chicago Bulls -- Gary Harris, 6-2 1/2, 204, Michigan State, shooting guard
In one of the best conferences in the country, Harris was one of the best defensive guards. Offensively, he has a great, fundamental shooting stroke that helped him shoot 51% from the field and 35% from three-point range. But he measured small at the draft combine, and is probably too short to be a starting shooting guard in the NBA. He played both point and shooting guard at Michigan State, but his ball handling is going to need some work for him to take him from a good backup combo guard to a bona fide starter.
Traded to Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott.
Ben Bolch: Insurance for Denver in case Danilo Gallinari’s recovery goes slower than expected.
No. 20 -- Toronto Raptors -- Bruno Caboclo, 6-8, 205, Brazil, small forward/power forward
He was a McDonalds All-American but he’s only 18 years old and was lightly scouted before the draft. It’s a dice roll by Toronto for the long term.
Ben Bolch: Did Raptors get a little too caught up in World Cup fever by taking Brazilian?
No. 21 -- Oklahoma City Thunder -- Mitch McGary, 6-10, 263, Michigan, center
After an NCAA tournament run that saw him make the Final Four All-Tournament team as a freshman, McGary might have been a top-five pick if he had entered last year’s draft. Instead, he stuck around for his sophomore year. It seemed like a good decision in September, when he was named a preseason All-American, but not in April, after he missed all but eight of Michigan’s games with a lower back injury. He had surgery in December, and didn’t participate in any pre-draft workouts due to rehab. This would be a red flag for any player, but is even more so for a 6-10 center who relies more on his athleticism than his fundamentals. There’s also red flag: After admitting to smoking marijuana once, and being caught for it in an NCAA drug test, McGary was facing a potential one-year suspension if he stayed in school. So, he left for the draft.
Ben Bolch: Another potential replacement for Kendrick Perkins.
No. 22 -- Memphis Grizzlies -- Jordan Adams, 6-3 1/2, 208, UCLA, shooting guard
Adams was carrying around an extra 10 to 20 pounds at UCLA, as he was down to around 210 pounds at the draft combine in May. He’s not the most athletic player in the world, but he scored 17 points a game and shot 36% from beyond the three-point line. He is going to have trouble creating separation at the next level, but he has instincts that are hard to teach. Look for him to initially be an offensive spark off the bench as he continues to develop.
Ben Bolch: Sharpshooter could provide scoring bursts for team that really needs them.
No. 23 -- Utah Jazz -- Rodney Hood, 6-7 1/4, 208, Duke, small forward
One of the better shooters in this draft class, Hood looks to be a prototypical small forward. He’s tall, lanky and has a 36-inch vertical leap. Plus he has a very fluid shooting stroke and shot 42% from three-point range last season. There is space on his frame to easily add muscle, and Hood is the type of offensive player that should be able to put up points very quickly in the NBA. Defensively, he needs some work, but teams won’t be drafting him to be a two-way player right away. He’s here to score, at least in the early stages of his career.
Ben Bolch: Proof that teams can never have too much shooting.
No. 24 -- Charlotte Hornets -- Shabazz Napier, 5-11, 175, Connecticut, point guard
The star of the NCAA tournament isn’t going to be the star of the NBA any time soon. Napier is short and slim, and his shortcomings as a distributor have been well documented. He’s also 22 and doesn’t blow anybody away with his athleticism. Still, Napier is a solid point guard who averaged 18 points and five assists in a sport where point guards are always needed, and has significantly more experience than almost any other first-round picks.