NBA Draft Recap Picks 11-15: Michael Porter Jr.’s Slide Ends In Denver

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Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) reacts after losing to the Florida State Seminoles in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Michael Porter Jr. (13) reacts after losing to the Florida State Seminoles in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA draft is happening right now! Keep up with all of the picks in groups of five.

Pick 11: Los Angeles Clippers (via Hornets) Select Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G, Kentucky

Coming into the season, Alexander was a relative unknown. Now, he finished the season as Kentucky’s best player and a near top ten pick. The 6’6″ guard is a great defender and a very creative offensive player. He isn’t very athletic or a volume shooter but he should be very effective in the NBA early. The Clippers desperately needed a point guard and traded pick 12 and two seconds to the Hornets. He has high upside and should be given ample opportunity in LA.

Pick 12: Charlotte Hornets (via Clippers) Select Miles Bridges, F, Michigan State

Trading back one spot, the Hornets end up with Miles Bridges, the sophomore forward out of Michigan State. Bridges is an explosive athlete, a great rebounder, and runs the floor very well. He has a developing jump shot and overall offensive game. The Hornets are looking to get younger and do that with Bridges. Look for them to trade Kemba Walker in the near future.

Pick 13: Los Angeles Clippers Select Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College

Robinson is an excellent scorer and shooter, averaging 24.3 points in the ACC. He’s a special offensive player: an elite shooter, good ball handler, and an exceptional scorer off of the dribble. He has some woes on defense but his offensive abilities should make him an immediate impact player for the Clippers.

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Pick 14: Denver Nuggets Select Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri

Michael Porter once considered a top pick, barely makes the lottery here with Denver. He is undeniably talented: an elite scorer and an explosive athlete, but this is an absolute gamble. His back and hip injury concerns are real and he wasn’t the same player in his few games with Missouri. If he can return to full health, this will be an absolute steal for Denver. If not, this will be a mistake for a Denver team looking to take the next step.

Pick 15: Washington Wizards Select Troy Brown Jr., G, Oregon

The Wizards draft the 18-year-old brown, a versatile wing out of Oregon. He’s not an excellent athlete or three point shooter but he is a solid scorer and finisher, a good passer, and a good defender. The Wizards desperately need depth, wings, and role players, and Brown fits these bills.

 

Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts for Full Press Coverage, the AFC South Division Editor, and head NBA editor. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @Ben_Pfeifer_, @FPC_NBA and @FPC_Colts.

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