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31. Indiana Pacers (via Rockets): Christian Braun (Kansas, SG/SF, Junior)
32. Orlando Magic: Andrew Nembhard (Gonzaga, PG, Senior)
33. Toronto Raptors (via Pistons): Bryce McGowens (Nebraska, SG, Freshman)
34. Oklahoma City Thunder: Trevor Keels (Duke, SG/SF, Freshman)
35. Orlando Magic (via Pacers): Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee, PF, Freshman)
36. Portland Trail Blazers: Christian Koloko (Arizona, C, Junior)
37. Sacramento Kings: Kendall Brown (Baylor, SF, Freshman)
38. San Antonio Spurs (via Lakers): Jaylin Williams (Arkansas, PF, Sophomore)
39. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Spurs): David Roddy (Colorado State, PF, Junior)
40. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Wizards): Ryan Rollins (Toledo, PG/SG, Sophomore)
41. New Orleans Pelicans: Max Christie (Michigan State, SG/SF, Freshman)
42. New York Knicks: Justin Lewis (Marquette, SF, Redshirt Freshman)
43. Los Angeles Clippers: Jean Montero (Overtime Elite, PG, 2003)
44. Atlanta Hawks: Josh Minott (Memphis, SF/PF, Freshman)
45. Charlotte Hornets: JD Davison (Alabama, PG, Freshman)
Braun, Nembhard in 1st-Round Mix
Braun seems to be on the first-round fence. Scouts see a pro, even if there isn’t a visible path to upside. In the 20s, it will come down to a team’s willingness to settle on adding a rotational player versus swinging bigger.
He helped himself at the combine, where he continued to strengthen his case as a wing who can make plays for teammates on ball screens. It’s worth watching how the first few years of his career go if he lands with a playoff team rather than a rebuilding one such as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There is plenty of evidence teams put stock in combine scrimmages. Nembhard’s 26-point, 11-assist performance in Chicago caught everyone’s attention given the freedom he had compared to the facilitator role he played for Gonzaga. He’s generating buzz as an option in the 20s. Playoff teams could see an NBA-ready backup they can trust to run offense and make good decisions and enough open shots.
Rising prospects mean others have to fall. Brown, Baldwin and Montero sound like the most vulnerable among players who were projected to be selected in the first round.
Brown’s lack of offense became more alarming as the season went on, and his defense didn’t appear strong enough to make up for his lack of creation and poor shooting. His speed and quickness testing results in Chicago were underwhelming.
Baldwin has scouts nervous about his brutally inefficient season, historically low vertical numbers and seemingly casual approach.
Feedback on Montero has been mostly about scouts’ desire to see more and hear more positives from the Overtime staff.