25. New Orleans Pelicans (via Los Angeles Lakers) choose Nikola Topic
The Pelicans are searching for a point guard, and Topic could quickly rise up draft boards. After four games for Mega Bemax, he averages 22.0 points, 7.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 33.6 minutes per game. Topic is a strong passer and playmaker who offers plenty of upside.
New Orleans drafted a center early, and Topic could be his new pick and roll ball-handler. The Serbian guard is 6’7 and should draw plenty of interest ahead of the draft.
26. Portland Trail Blazers (via Golden State Warriors) select Berke Buyuktuncel
The Blazers want versatility as they begin their rebuild. They are loaded in the backcourt with Scoot Henderson, Anfernee Simons, and Shaedon Sharpe. Portland will be searching for wings and forwards to complete their young core.
Buyuktuncel is a 6’9 forward with a versatile skill set. His shooting and defense continue to improve. Teams will be excited by his high basketball IQ and ability to make the right play. He could climb draft boards with a strong season at UCLA and is certainly a name to watch.
27. Phoenix Suns grab Baba Miller
The Suns need to nail this pick as they are projected to be over the second tax apron for the foreseeable future. Miller is a 6’11 big man with tons of potential. He could be a stretch four who impacts the game on both ends if he reaches his ceiling.
Miller barely played in his freshman year at Florida State, but a breakout year two could make him a first-round pick. Phoenix needs a backup four, and Miller has tons of potential.