10. Orlando Magic take Ja'Kobe Walter
The Magic are another team loaded with young talent that hopes to take a step forward this season. They must figure out who the pieces of their next contending team are and what players they still need to find. Orlando's biggest holes appear to be 3-point shooting and defense on the wing.
Walter was a strong shooter in high school and looks like the modern 3-and-D wing every team desires. He can handle the ball and make some plays, but the 6’5 wing is best at knocking down jumpers. The 19-year-old must prove he can defend multiple positions and that his shot translates to the higher level. That alone could make him a top-ten pick.
11. Indiana Pacers select Cody Williams
Williams is the younger brother of Thunder wing Jalen Williams, and NBA teams are certainly excited. Cody is two inches taller than his kin and a raw prospect. Many believe Jalen is a future All-Star, which could help his brother’s draft stock.
The 18-year-old is playing for Colorado this season and has a ton to prove. Can he tap into his ball-handling, playmaking, and defensive potential? He must show progresses if he wants to selected in the lottery. His performance this season could push him higher or knock him outside the first round.
12. New Orleans Pelicans draft Donovan Clingan
Clingan was a backup big man for the national champion UConn Huskies last season where he proved to be one of the best shot blockers in the NCAA. The 7’2 big man averaged 1.9 blocks in just 13.1 minutes per game. Clingan will get a larger role this season where he could prove to be an elite defender.
The Pelicans are searching for a new starting center next to Zion Williamson. If they draft Clingan, New Orleans would have needed rim protection and a more versatile lineup to match up with the opposition.