2018 NBA Draft Preview
Hidden Gems (21-30)
If your team is drafting here, they are likely fresh off a season of success. They should be searching for a piece that can help get over the hump or to help sustain their successes. These are the kind of players that the San Antonio Spurs wind up with and then you wonder what the rest of league was thinking when they passed on them. If all goes according to plan your team could wind up with the next Jimmy Butler, Dejounte Murray or Clint Capela.
Donte DiVincenzo (Guard, Villanova, Sophomore)
Bursting onto the scene in the National Championship game this past April, Donte DiVincenzo became just the second player to ever win the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament off the bench. He backed that award up with a strong performance at the NBA Combine. Dominating the workout circuit, it was there that NBA teams fell in love with DiVincenzo’s feel for the game and his ability to score. Agile, bouncy and ambidextrous, teams should expect that DiVincenzo will be able to help their second unit immediately.
Chandler Hutchinson (Guard/Forward, Boise State, Senior)
Chandler Hutchinson was the star of the Boise State Broncos last season, he carried the team offensively and defensively. In the NBA however he projects to develop into more of a 3-and-D guy, a valuable asset that every looking to contend needs multiple of. A natural scorer, Hutchinson greatly improved his shooting at Boise State, he’s now a guy that you can trust to spot-up anywhere beyond the arc. Thanks to his length he should be able to defend multiple positions at the next level and should help his team with rebounds and deflections.
Grayson Allen (Guard, Duke, Senior)
The narrative on Grayson Allen varies depending upon whom you ask (tripping incidents, overly emotional). Throughout the draft process though you’ve heard nothing but praise for the guard’s work ethic, fluidity, smoothness and character. Allen spent four years playing under Coach K for the Duke Blue Devils, he cited his lack of maturity has the reason he felt he needed to stay. In his time at Duke, Allen showed himself to be a deadly shooter and unafraid to attack the rim. He spent a lot of time running the offense for Coach K and he projects well as a secondary ball handler. An emotional player, Allen played with a fire on offense and defense that coaches in the NBA will love.