21. Dallas Mavericks – Cameron Payne (PG – Murray State)
After the failed Rajon Rondo experiment the Mavericks can use another point guard. Payne doesn’t have a big frame but his long arms make up for it.
He has great instincts on the defensive end. He has a good feel for the game and he can score the ball. The Mavs need a point guard who can knock down an open shot.
Rick Carlisle has not had the best luck with point guards in the past. Hopefully Payne is willing to learn from the champion coach.
22. Chicago Bulls – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (SF – Arizona)
Chicago has a new coach and they are looking to shake things up. They are exploring trades for Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Jimmy Butler wants to sign a shorter deal and he is looking at other teams. Mike Dunleavy and Aaron Brooks are also free agents.
Hollis-Jefferson is a great athlete that is defensive minded. He could come in and get minutes right away by playing defense. If Dunleavy does not return than Tony Snell and Doug McDermott could fill that void offensively. Hollis-Jefferson would be the defensive minded person coming off the bench to spell either Butler (who should get rest without Thibs there) or Snell.
He’s not great at creating plays but he won’t need to in this system with Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol. He does a good job of moving without the ball and can finish in the paint. He would be an energy guy.
23. Portland Trail Blazers – RJ Hunter (SG – Georgia St.)
Wesley Matthews tore his Achilles tendon and he will be a free agent. Portland could add another shooter. Although Hunter did not shoot the ball well from three last season, he is a guy with a lot of confidence and he has range.
He’s a solid passer and he tries on the defensive end. He won’t be near the defender that Matthews is but he has a long frame and could make opponents work for shots.
He should get open shots as Damian Lillard is the focal point of the offense. If LaMarcus Aldridge returns he can also draw attention while Hunter can roam around that three point line.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers – Justin Anderson (SF – Virginia)
In all likely hood the Cavs will trade this pick along with Brendan Haywood’s contract. Since that has not happened yet I think Justin Anderson would be a good fit. The Cavs need depth and Anderson adds that along with a defensive attitude.
He is an improved shooter, raising his 3pt percentage from 29% to 45% this past season. He should get a lot of open looks if he shares the floor with Kyrie Irving or LeBron James.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Rakeem Christmas (PF – Syracuse)
Memphis has to make a decision to pay Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos. We all know Gasol is the priority here.
In case they lose Randolph they need someone to fill that void. Christmas is a rim protector that plays with energy. He can play either big man position. He plays well from the mid-post and does a good job of running the floor.
He has a soft touch around the basket and he can step out and knock down a jumper. He can’t replace Randolph but he can step in and give the Grizzlies energy on the defensive end.