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Pick 21: Utah Jazz Select Grayson Allen, G, Duke
The Utah Jazz add the polarizing Duke guard, Grayson Allen, with this pick. I personally have a mid second round grade on Allen, but I won’t doubt Utah’s front office after their recent draft success. Allen is very athletic and a good shooter and scorer but I have concerns with his defense, playmaking, consistency, and his character. Allen should be able to score immediately for Utah but this seems like a reach to me.
Pick 22: Chicago Bulls Select Chandler Hutchison, F, Boise State
As he was promised, the Bulls select Chandler Hutchison, the versatile wing out of Boise. He really has no significant weaknesses on the floor: Hutchison is a great shooter, scorer, playmaker, rebounder, and defender. He has improved every season and is a leader on and off of the court. Hutchison could be a starter right away for the Bulls who have been weak on the wings in recent years.
Pick 23: Indiana Pacers Select Aaron Holiday, PG, UCLA
The Junior guard broke out in this college season after playing behind Lonzo Ball. He led the Pac-12 in scoring this season with 20.3 points per game, displaying his three-point shooting, ball handling, and rim attacking ability. He is not a great athlete but is very long and a great positional defender. Holiday will have the chance to learn under veterans Darren Collison and Cory Joseph. The Pacers add their third UCLA player in two years, next to T.J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu. For a player touted by many to be better than both of his brothers, he has a chance to be great playing next to Victor Oladipo.
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Pick 24: Portland Trail Blazers Select Anfernee Simons, G, IMG Academy (HS)
The Blazers take the fifth-year senior Simons here. The 6’4″ combo guard is a great shooter, good scorer, and a solid offensive player. The Blazers were looking for a high upside player amidst their playoff meltdown and Simons could be that guy who turns himself into a star.
Pick 25: Los Angeles Lakers Select Moritz Wagner, C, Michigan
Wagner is a very good offensive player for the national championship reaching Michigan Wolverines. He’s a great shooter, has a great feel for the game, and can take it off of the dribble. He’s not an amazing defender or rebounder but he’s mobile and exceptionally skilled for a big. He provides an offensive spark for this Lakers team looking to add stars this offseason.
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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