7. Utah Jazz draft Tyrese Proctor
The Jazz have several options to play in the backcourt this season, but nobody has fully grasped their starting point guard spot. They hope Keyonte George takes over, but he profiles as more of a sixth-man scorer. Utah could look for their answer with this selection.
Proctor struggled early in his freshman year but was outstanding in the second half of the season. He would have been a first-round pick but decided to stay at Duke to solidify his position as a lottery selection.
Proctor is one of the best pick-and-roll ball handlers in the NCAA, and the 6’5 guard could make a significant two-way impact in Salt Lake City as the Jazz attempt to exit their rebuild.
8. Chicago Bulls choose Izan Almansa
The G League Ignite have a third top-ten prospect in Almansa. The 18-year-old was MVP of the under-19 World Cup, under-19 European Championships, and under-17 World Cup in the last two summers. He is a decorated FIBA player already and does not turn 19 until days before the draft.
The 6’10 big man loves to get buckets in the post and has the versatility to guard on the perimeter. Teams will be excited by his size, versatility, and pedigree. The Bulls are a total wildcard and hope Almansa improves his jumper and reaches his All-Star ceiling.
9. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors) snag Zaccharie Risacher
The Raptors traded this pick to San Antonio for Jakob Poeltl with a top-six protection. Toronto hopes to return to the playoffs but could decide to blow things up before the deadline. This would be a near-doomsday scenario for the Raptors, but the Spurs would love to have two top-ten selections to add next to Wembanyama.
Risacher is an 18-year-old Spanish prospect who is in his fourth professional season. The versatile 6’8 wing can do a bit of everything on the floor and would be a fantastic fit in Gregg Popovich’s system. San Antonio continues to stockpile young talent, and Zaccharie Risacher fits in a ton of different lineups.