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Every Team's Best Undrafted Free-Agent Signing to Date

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

Every Team's Best Undrafted Free-Agent Signing to Date

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    Especially in a draft class as loaded with talent as the 2014 one is, undrafted free agents are important. Even among those who weren't named as one of the 60 players added to the NBA fraternity during the festivities in the Barclays Center, there are players who can make an impact during the 2014-15 campaign.

    Really, that's been true throughout basketball history, even when the draft class is a weak and shallow one. 

    In fact, the 2013 NBA draft produced only 15 second-round selections who suited up in at least one game for one of the Association's 30 squads; 14 undrafted free agents did the same, including Troy Daniels, Brandon Davies, Matthew Dellavedova and Dewayne Dedmon. 

    Kent Bazemore, Hollis Thompson, Toure' Murry and Henry Sims—among others—have all made various degrees of noise in the NBA after going undrafted in 2012. 

    Chances are, the 2014 crop is going to produce an ever larger—and better—group of contributors who weren't drafted on June 26.

    But does your team have one of the more promising prospects? 

     

    Note: For the purposes of this article, teams can be represented by an undrafted free agent if he's signed a contract for them or will appear in their uniform during any form of Summer League action. 

Atlanta Hawks: Trevor Releford

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    School: Alabama

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.2 steals, 0.1 blocks

     

    If Trevor Releford stood taller than 6'0", he'd be a legitimate NBA-caliber point guard, one whose defensive toughness and shooting ability wouldn't be negated by the inches he's given up. Nonetheless, he's saddled with that rather diminutive frame. 

    The Alabama floor general made up for it during SEC play with his blazing wheels and knack for maintaining control of the ball when he was running at top speed, but it'll be tougher for him to contribute in NBA half-court sets. Especially because he's not much of a distributor. 

    If he can show off some improved passing chops, that's how he'll stick. 

Boston Celtics: Daniel Coursey

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    School: Mercer

    Position: PF

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 2.1 blocks

     

    The Boston Celtics still don't have many players who can consistently protect the rim, and that's the role Daniel Coursey could fill for them. 

    Even though he's only 6'10" and lines up at power forward, allowing him to be drawn away from the basket more frequently, Coursey is a fantastic shot-blocker, one who recorded 2.1 blocks per game during his final year at Mercer. Making that even more impressive is the fact he rejected so many shots while playing just 23.8 minutes per contest. 

    This was not a fluke, either. Coursey has averaged at least 2.8 blocks per 48 minutes each of the last three seasons. 

Brooklyn Nets: Kyle Casey

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    School: Harvard

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 24

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 9.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.2 blocks

     

    Kyle Casey may be a positional tweener, but his physical tools allow him to emerge as one of those forwards who can make an impact at either position. Not only does he stand 6'7", allowing him to move nimbly enough to hang with 3s, but his 7'1" wingspan makes up for his lack of height against power forwards. 

    The 24-year-old was never able to fully recover from a cheating scandal that knocked him out for the 2012-13 season, but he remained a solid defender upon his return. That's where he'll have to make his mark at the sport's highest level, especially now that he's getting a chance on a squad that could use quality defenders off the pine. 

    If he can start knocking down three-pointers like he did as a junior—35.3 percent shooting on 1.6 attempts per game—he'll have a much better shot at sticking. 

Charlotte Hornets: Jordan Bachynski

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    School: Arizona State

    Position: C

    Age: 24

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 4.0 blocks

     

    Jordan Bachynski's age is virtually negated by his very defined set of skills. 

    No player in the ranks of collegiate basketball was better at turning away shots during the 2013-14 campaign, as he rejected four per game and altered countless others. At 7'2", he has the size necessary to thrive in the NBA, and he also displays plenty of finely tuned instincts. 

    Bachynski isn't much of a rebounder, and his scoring is limited to his contributions right around the basket, but rim protection is vital at the professional level. The fact that the Arizona State big runs the court far better than most players his size, allowing him to establish early positioning on both ends of the floor, will only help. 

    Seeing what this 7-footer could do under Steve Clifford's tutelage is a tantalizing prospect. 

Chicago Bulls: Billy Baron

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    School: Canisius

    Position: PG

    Age: 23

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 24.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.0 blocks

     

    The Chicago Bulls could use some depth at the point guard position, and it's hard to imagine them finding many better options among the talented crop of undrafted players. 

    Even though Billy Baron spent his college career dominating for Canisius, a smaller school that rarely finds its way onto national television, he's a fantastic three-point shooter with a developing all-around scoring game. 

    "I got to show these teams I can do more than one thing. I can do more than score the ball or the way I score. I'm not just a three-point shooter," Baron told Jon Scott of Time Warner Cable News. "I can get to the hoop. And it's important to do that against that level of athletes."

    I'd imagine he can learn a thing or two about that from Derrick Rose

Cleveland Cavaliers: Alex Kirk

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    School: New Mexico

    Position: C

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 2.7 blocks

     

    As Kyle Nelson explains for DraftExpress.com, Alex Kirk has the size to play in the NBA, but he doesn't possess all the physical tools necessary to stick:

    Standing just under 6'11” in shoes, with a massive 7'3.5” wingspan, 252-pound frame and 9'1.5” standing reach, Kirk looks the part of a center at the next level. The downside, however, is that his 13.6% body fat ranked second highest among prospects invited to the NBA Draft Combine and his 48th place finish in our Athletic Testing Composite Rating supports our past assertion that he is a below average athlete. Furthermore, he lacks both ideal lift around the basket and quickness in the open floor. It's possible that he could improve somewhat if he continued to slim down his stocky frame (he's already begun to address that from what we saw at the NBA Combine in Chicago), but even then, he is likely a below-average athlete at the next level.

    If he can get into better shape, Kirk can absolutely stick as a shot-blocking presence who can hold his own on the offensive end. But that's a massive "if," seeing as Kirk has had more than a few opportunities to slim down for his workouts. 

    Should the Cleveland Cavaliers be willing to view the 22-year-old big man as a project player, allowing him to develop in the D-League while he works out and hones his three-point shooting, he'll have a good shot at making the end of the bench down the road. 

Dallas Mavericks: C.J. Fair

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    School: Syracuse

    Position: SF/PF

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.8 blocks

     

    Which C.J. Fair is going to show up for the Dallas Mavericks? 

    Is it going to be the confident shooter who drilled 46.9 percent of his looks as a junior while involving himself in other areas of the game, or will it be the senior who relied on his perimeter game far too often and allowed his three-point percentage to drop to 27.6 percent? 

    Based on his instincts and form, the former is a safe bet, especially because he'll be receiving fewer opportunities at the NBA level. And should he become a reliable floor-spacing threat, the tweener will also be able to thrive as an off-ball cutting target while making the transition from Syracuse's 2-3 zone to NBA-style defense. 

    Despite being 22 years old, Fair is a bit of a project, but he's as high-upside a long-term player as you can find this time of year. 

Denver Nuggets: Halil Kanacevic

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    School: Saint Joseph's

    Position: PF

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.5 blocks

     

    It shouldn't be at all surprising that the Denver Nuggets couldn't land any of the high-profile undrafted free agents in this year's crop. After all, the team possesses one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, meaning that any players with a shot at making it to the Association have a better chance elsewhere. 

    That leaves us with Halil Kanacevic, a 22-year-old power forward from Saint Joseph's with an intriguing mix of skills. Though he's not an impressive scorer, Kanacevic is one of the rare frontcourt players who possesses top-notch distributing skills while still thriving on the glass. 

    "'Unique,' is the way his college coach Phil Martelli liked to describe his outspoken power forward," wrote Silive.com's Cormac Gordon

    It's hard to argue. 

Detroit Pistons: Markel Starks

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    School: Georgetown

    Position: PG

    Age: 23

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.1 blocks

     

    Though he's not a particularly talented distributor, Markel Starks is a standout defender who can make the exact type of impact that the Detroit Pistons could use. 

    Yes, he's capable of using his impressive athleticism and quick first step to burst by defenders and get into the paint. Yes, he's able to finish plays in traffic thanks to a diverse array of shot types while surrounded by frontcourt threes. No, neither of those skills are what I'm referring to. 

    During his senior season with Georgetown, Starks shot 32.6 percent from beyond the arc while taking 5.3 attempts per game. One year earlier, those numbers were 41.7 and 4.7, respectively. 

    If he can shine as a perimeter marksman, he'll be the floor-spacing guard that the Pistons have been seeking, providing further depth behind the new additions of Spencer Dinwiddie and Jodie Meeks. 

Golden State Warriors: James Michael McAdoo

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    School: North Carolina

    Position: PF

    Age: 21

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks

     

    James Michael McAdoo was once thought of as a potential lottery pick, imbued with potential as he headed into his North Carolina career. Even after his fairly lackluster freshman go-round, he likely still would've been a lottery selection had he declared for the draft. 

    But after a failure to make good on that potential during a three-year college career, the forward is now an undrafted player hoping to sneak onto an NBA roster. 

    An explosive athlete who refuses to exert anything less than 100 percent, often diving on the floor for loose balls, McAdoo projects as a quality defender, but his offensive game is still catching up to his work on the less glamorous end of the court. If that changes, he'll prove to be one of the summer's biggest steals. 

    Remember, despite three disappointing years at Chapel Hill, McAdoo won't turn 22 until next January. There's plenty of time for him to prove he's just a late bloomer. 

Houston Rockets: Jahii Carson

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    School: Arizona State

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 18.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks

     

    Jahii Carson is tiny. 

    The 21-year-old point guard is 5'11" and 180 pounds, which would make him one of the smallest players in the NBA. That's a significant physical disadvantage, one that can only be overcome when a player has insane athletic tools. 

    Fortunately, Carson is an insane athlete. 

    Not only is he one of the fastest players I've come across, even with the ball in his hands, but he can easily change directions without losing speed. Oh, and he can jump. Carson recorded a 43.5-inch max vert at the NBA Draft Combine, and he routinely threw down during his career at Arizona State. 

    It was a bit of a shocker when he went undrafted, but he should remedy that soon enough. 

Indiana Pacers: Shayne Whittington

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    School: Western Michigan

    Position: PF

    Age: 23

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.5 blocks

     

    Silly Phil Jackson. He and the New York Knicks' deep pockets just had to mess things up. 

    "Whittington told the website [MLive.com] that he visited the Pacers on June 20 and would have been selected as their 57th pick in the NBA Draft, however the team instead sold the rights to the pick to the New York Knicks," reported Candace Buckner for IndyStar.com. 

    Shayne Whittington ended up with the Indiana Pacers anyway, where he'll attempt to make an impact off the bench with his impressive scoring ability. He's a versatile power forward, one who can score around the basket but also step out to the perimeter and help space the court. 

    Unfortunately, we won't get to see him for a while. A broken fibula suffered on May 8 is still plaguing the Western Michigan product, and he'll have to recover quickly to avoid getting put behind the eight ball as he develops for his rookie season. 

Los Angeles Clippers: Shawn Jones

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    School: Middle Tennessee State

    Position: PF

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.9 blocks

     

    The Los Angeles Clippers need help in the frontcourt, even after addressing the big-man deficit by signing Spencer Hawes. Sure, they'd like to have—and will presumably chase—more established options, but Shawn Jones could very well end up making the roster with an impressive Summer League showing. 

    Although the Middle Tennessee State product was never really on the draft radar, he's an athletic 6'8" power forward with a wingspan slightly over 7'3". The Conference USA Player of the Year during his senior season, Jones is a defensive specialist who fills in needs for LAC. 

    He can block shots. He can pull down rebounds. He can provide toughness on the interior, making him a nice complement to Hawes' finesse game. 

    Given the dearth of backup options in Los Angeles, Jones has a solid shot at sticking. 

Los Angeles Lakers: DeAndre Kane

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    School: Iowa State

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 25

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks

     

    As B/R's Zach Buckley argues in a must-read article on DeAndre Kane, the 25-year-old may be one of the oldest prospects in recent memory, but he's also quite productive: 

    Kane is going to run into a lot of the same players he's been dominating at the collegiate level. At some point, scouts will have to take notice of the guy shredding the competition. Yes, even if that player has already lived a whole quarter of a century.

    Crystal balls aren't needed to appreciate Kane's pro potential. Grab a reel of his game film or look over one of his box scores, and his NBA talent becomes instantly apparent.

    The basketball world might have miscalculated Kane's potential impact Thursday night, but that mistake will be corrected sooner than later. He's too talented for it not to be.

    The Los Angeles Lakers may have landed one of the draft's bigger steals in Jordan Clarkson, but they also found one of the best undrafted free agents by securing the rights to Kane. He's a do-it-all guard with an incredibly high floor, and he should—almost without question—be on the roster during opening night. 

    If his outside shooting and ball-handling get better, which isn't out of the question, Kane could emerge as the gem of this undrafted crop.

    Hell, he could do that even if there aren't improvements. 

Memphis Grizzlies: Scottie Wilbekin

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    School: Florida

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.0 blocks

     

    Solid but unspectacular. 

    That's the only way to describe Scottie Wilbekin, who emerged as more of a winner and leader than a producer while playing for the Florida Gators. He's an impressive defender who's willing to use as much energy as possible on that less glamorous end, and he's often willing to do whatever necessary to facilitate for his teammates. 

    Wilbekin's ability to avoid turnovers will also do wonders for him. Though he doesn't rack up the assists, often starting plays that involve lots of ball movement, he's not going to make bad decisions and squeeze the ball into unsqueezable spaces. Memphis Summer League coach Shawn Respert agrees, via Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

    You can't teach an overall IQ. The guy plays with a pace that I think is healthy for a successful basketball team. He doesn't force things. He knows when to push the gas pedal and when to push the brake. I think it's just an innate ability that some players naturally have: to know how to play.

    He's also a great three-point shooter—39 percent on 5.1 attempts per game as a senior for the Gators. If it's the Grizz he sticks with, as he's also on the Philadelphia 76ers' Summer League roster, that will be quite useful as well.

Miami Heat: Andre Dawkins

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    School: Duke

    Position: SG

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 7.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.4 steals, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks

     

    The Miami Heat can never have enough shooting. 

    So much of what Erik Spoelstra runs revolves around spacing the court with plenty of three-point marksmen, and that's exactly what Andre Dawkins is. Though he's not a defensive liability, he's far from being a standout on that end, and his offensive game is limited to contributions from beyond the arc. 

    But he's pretty darn good as a marksman. 

    Dawkins never shot worse than 37.9 percent from three-point range during his Duke career, and he finished his tenure under Mike Krzyzewski by connecting at a 42.1 percent clip while taking 4.6 attempts per game. There's no doubt he can stroke the ball, but can he do enough in other areas to make a name for himself at the NBA level? 

    That's the question he must answer now. 

Milwaukee Bucks: Ben Brust

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    School: Wisconsin 

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks

     

    Ben Brust is a natural fit for the Milwaukee Bucks, simply because he's already going to be a hometown favorite for a team that desperately needs more local support. Anyone who watched the 22-year-old point guard play for the Wisconsin Badgers is already intimately familiar with his game. 

    Though he might have gotten a nod at the end of the second round during a year in which the draft class was far shallower, that wasn't the case this year. Nevertheless, he's a great perimeter shooter who plays tough defense, and there's always a market for "three-and-D" guys. 

    If he can catch fire early on, there's a chance he makes an impact for a Milwaukee team starved for contributing talent, especially when it comes to the bench. And given his history with the Badgers, that's a possibility. 

    At this point, it's almost impossible to spend four years under Bo Ryan and not emerge with the right defensive mentality and a knack for only taking smart shots. 

Minnesota Timberwolves: Brady Heslip

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    School: Baylor

    Position: SG

    Age: 24

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 11.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks

     

    Brady Heslip can shoot the basketball quite well. Beyond that, he doesn't bring much to the table at the NBA level, particularly after failing to emerge as a distributor in the Baylor backcourt and blocking only one shot throughout his entire collegiate career. 

    But again, he can shoot the ball. 

    No one who watched can forget the 2-guard's exploits during the 2012 NCAA tournament, as he knocked down five triples in an opening-round victory against South Dakota State and then torched Colorado with a 9-of-12 performance from beyond the arc. 

    That's the type of shooting upside we're looking at here, which makes sense on a Minnesota Timberwolves roster that needs more perimeter contributions from its wings. 

New Orleans Pelicans: Patric Young

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    School: Florida

    Position: C

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks

     

    Given his prototypical body and athletic prowess, Patric Young really should've been drafted. He's a chiseled package in the frontcourt, one who can elevate quite well while bullying smaller—and bigger—players on both ends of the court. 

    However, Young never established any defined skills. 

    He's not a scorer, relying on alley-oop feeds and putback attempts. He doesn't have any finesse to his game, and rebounds elude him far more often than they should, given his size and strength. On defense, he never emerged as a quality shot-blocker, instead playing a well-rounded brand of defense that didn't shine to the extent it should. 

    Now that he's 22 years old, there's reason to think Young may never live up to his lofty potential. But it also makes sense for the New Orleans Pelicans to pick him up, presumably dreaming of a Young-Anthony Davis defensive duo.

New York Knicks: Langston Galloway

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    School: Saint Joseph's

    Position: PG/SG

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.5 blocks

     

    "I think I did OK," Langston Galloway told Tyler R. Tynes of Philly.com, referring to his first workout of the pre-draft process, which came for the Philadelphia 76ers. "Teams have been impressed with how well I can shoot the ball and watching me improve on my point-guard skills. I'm just trying to show off what I can do."

    The improvement of his "point-guard skills" is the most important aspect of Galloway's attempt to make it as an undrafted free agent.

    He was more of a score-first, score-second and score-third combo guard at Saint Joseph's, but he'll have to become more of a distributor if he hopes to stick at the next level. After all, his 6'2" frame limits what he can do at the 2 against NBA players. 

    Still, Galloway is a great scorer who thrives from the perimeter, and he rebounds well from his position. That, along with the fact that the New York Knicks need point guard depth, should play out nicely for him. 

Oklahoma City Thunder: Fuquan Edwin

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    School: Seton Hall

    Position: SF

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.7 steals, 0.2 blocks

     

    The Oklahoma City Thunder don't have a particularly impressive crop of undrafted free agents to pull from throughout the offseason. Fuquan Edwin, a small forward from Seton Hall who doesn't have many marketable NBA-caliber tools, is the best of the bunch. 

    The 22-year-old is a point-preventing specialist who was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year for the 2013-14 season, and that's where he must make an impact in order to avoid the journey across the pond for the continuation of his professional basketball career. 

    "I was especially nervous. It was my first time touching the floor, a lot of jitters running through my system. But it felt good just being out there, just showing them that I could defend," Edwin told Andy Vasquez of The Record after his Summer League debut for OKC. 

    Given the Thunder's wealth of defensively capable players on the bench, though, he's going to have to show more than that. 

Orlando Magic: Luke Hancock

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    School: Louisville

    Position: SF

    Age: 24

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 12.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks

     

    "I'm going to make the NBA," Luke Hancock confidently explained to Drew Deener on ESPN 680 back in April, as relayed by Mike Rutherford of CardChronicle.com. "I can play. I just need to be able to guard two guards and three men in the NBA. They're fast. They're athletic, so I've got a lot of work to do."

    Now, it's time to prove it. 

    Hancock enjoyed a special career at Louisville after transferring from George Mason, but he's going to have to do even more at the NBA level. He'll no longer be able to guard only small forwards, and his three-point stroke must get even more consistent. 

    He established a clutch reputation under Rick Pitino, but now he's facing the highest-stakes portion of his basketball career. The Orlando Magic might not be competitive, but they're certainly overflowing with young talent, making it even more difficult for him to shine. 

Philadelphia 76ers: Sean Kilpatrick

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    School: Cincinnati 

    Position: SG

    Age: 24

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 20.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.0 blocks

     

    Sean Kilpatrick wasn't always a supremely intelligent basketball player, but he paired his physical tools with his cerebral play as a senior, and the results were marvelous. Averaging over 20 points per game, the Cincinnati 2-guard took advantage of mismatches, always found the weakness in a defensive scheme and picked the right angles with his assaults on the hoop. 

    Additionally, he averaged only 2.1 turnovers per game. Somehow, that was the worst mark of his career. 

    Were Kilpatrick a 19-year-old prospect, he'd have been considered a first-round talent. But with 24 years on the planet, it's hard to see him developing much more, making him more of a risky pickup during the selection process.

    Now, though, the Philadelphia 76ers may well have found a steal in this experienced guard, one who grants them a high floor, even if the ceiling isn't that much higher.

Phoenix Suns: Taylor Braun

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    School: North Dakota State

    Position: SG/SF

    Age: 23

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.2 blocks

     

    Offensively, Taylor Braun can do it all. 

    He's a phenomenal scorer, one who can light up the scoreboard from the perimeter while showcasing toughness and talent around the rim. Braun is strong enough to finish plays through contact, and he has enough ball skills—even as a swingman—to pick his way through a defense and find his way into the lane. 

    However, there are a few problems. 

    Not only did Braun put up his impressive numbers while playing for North Dakota State, which didn't exactly face a lot of elite competition, but he's a limited defender and doesn't have the athleticism that often serves as a prerequisite for NBA wings. 

    Perhaps his basketball intelligence and toughness will be enough for him to overcome his lack of hops, but there's no guarantee. 

Portland Trail Blazers: Keith Appling

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    School: Michigan State

    Position: PG

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks

     

    If the Portland Trail Blazers are looking for an undrafted free agent who can emerge as an insurance policy for Mo Williams, it's hard to do much better than Keith Appling. 

    He's a solid scorer who won't thrive on that end of the court until he develops a more effective three-point stroke, but his veteran savvy and speed both work in his favor.

    The 22-year-old is a whirling dervish with the ball in his hands, capable of breaking down most defenders and getting into the paint, where he can either finish the play or kick the ball to an open teammate. At the NBA level, though, it'll be more of the latter. 

    Appling largely failed to impress during his senior season under Tom Izzo, and the lack of improvement just about killed his draft stock. However, it's far too soon to count him out when it comes to making it onto a roster in the Association. 

Sacramento Kings: Sim Bhullar

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    School: New Mexico State

    Position: C

    Age: 21

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 10.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.1 steals, 3.4 blocks

     

    Size, size and more size. 

    Sim Bhullar is a 7'5" big man from New Mexico State attempting to become both the biggest player in the NBA and the first player of Indian descent in league history. The Sacramento Kings are giving him his first opportunity, and there's really no telling how well it'll go. 

    "Imposing in stature, the Aggies big man still has a long way to go in his NBA development," writes Bleacher Report's Tyler Conway. "His movements lack a fluidity and self-confidence that NBA teams look for in their big men; he's the very definition of the word raw."

    Bhullar is only 21 years old, though, and you can't teach his type of size. Because of that, he's going to get more opportunities than most as he attempts to ply his trade at the highest level. 

    Chances are, he'll develop in the D-League for a long time before recording NBA minutes, but having rights to the former Aggie is undoubtedly a good thing for any up-and-coming organization. 

San Antonio Spurs: Bryce Cotton

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    School: Providence

    Position: PG

    Age: 21

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.1 blocks

     

    Say hello to one of the most underrated prospects in the 2014 draft class—including both drafted and undrafted players. It's only fitting that he winds up in a San Antonio Spurs jersey, as they've made a habit out of unearthing gems. 

    The 21-year-old is an incredibly talented scorer, one who can shoot the lights out while thriving as a slasher and involving his teammates. He's also a ridiculous leaper, as he boasted a reported max vert of 46 inches at a workout in Sacramento, per Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal.

    Size and lateral quickness, which impact his defense in a big way, are the biggest negatives. Or smallest, I suppose? 

    Cotton stands only 6'0", and he doesn't appear to be a top-end athlete when he's not jumping in a gym. That should work against him at the next level, though, it's hard to find an organization more suited for negating those deficiencies than the Spurs. 

Toronto Raptors: T.J. Bray

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    School: Princeton

    Position: SG

    Age: 22

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.2 blocks

     

    T.J. Bray was a solid player for Princeton during the first three years of his collegiate career. Then he just exploded. 

    Almost doubling his scoring output, the 22-year-old guard also upped his field-goal percentage from 42.7 to 53.7 percent, and the improvement came across the board. He was a better finisher, a more polished mid-range shooter and a more deadly perimeter sniper. He also got to control the ball quite often for the Tigers. 

    However, Bray's primary calling card at the NBA level won't just be his scoring. It'll be his knack for doing whatever his team needs, whether that's crashing the boards, putting forth effort on defense or serving as a primary distributor. 

    In fact, there's a slight chance he could develop into an oversized floor general in the Association, though, that'll take a good deal of developmental work. 

Utah Jazz: Jerry Evans

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    School: Nevada

    Position: SG

    Age: 23

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks

     

    At 6'8", Jerry Evans is a huge shooting guard, though, he needs to bulk up from the 210 pounds he weighed in at during his senior season with Nevada. If he can't add weight, he's going to be pushed around far too often to justify receiving much playing time for a professional squad. 

    That said, he's still a fairly versatile talent. Evans didn't do much scoring for the Wolfpack, but he emerged as a solid rebounder who played good defense whenever he was on the court. 

    "He blocked one of my dunks," Aaron Gordon told Rahshaun Haylock of Fox Sports West after the two worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers well before the June 26 proceedings. "He swatted it. That's pretty good. He's long. He's athletic. He's a good player, too."  

    Will it be enough to get a look in the NBA?

    Probably not, given the Utah Jazz's wealth of talent and the fact that Evans only appears here because the young squad from Salt Lake City hasn't made any truly notable signings of undrafted free agents.

Washington Wizards: Khem Birch

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    School: UNLV

    Position: PF

    Age: 21

    2013-14 Per-Game Stats: 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 3.8 blocks

     

    Khem Birch—now far removed from his unsuccessful tenure with Pittsburgh—established himself as one of the best shot-blockers in college basketball. He rejected 4.8 looks per 40 minutes in 2013-14, leading the Mountain West in blocks per contest and finishing second in the nation behind Jordan Bachynski, per Sports-Reference.com

    On top of that, he showed off his skills on the boards once more. 

    Birch is particularly dominant crashing the offensive glass, and that skill alone should allow him to get some serious looks at the next level. Of course, it might also help if he allowed his athleticism to translate into more effective offensive play. 

    Nonetheless, it was surprising to hear 60 names called on draft night, none of which allowed this UNLV product to find a home. Washington may have found itself a nice little steal if he sticks on the roster. 

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