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Just because future NBA players were not drafted in the top 14, it doesn't mean that they can't make an impact at the next level. The NBA Draft took place on Thursday Night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. After the Denver Nuggets selected Michael Porter Jr. 14th overall, who are some notable players that were taken after that spot?
16. Phoenix Suns (bring traded to the Philadelphia 76ers)- Zhaire Smith, Shooting Guard, Texas Tech: Smith is an athletic guard who can defend. He is starting to develop a decent shot. Smith played well in the NCAA tournament for Texas Tech and he caused fits for opponents. Smith averaged 11.3 PPG, 5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.1 BPG, and 1.1 SPG during his freshman season. He will only help the 76ers defense get better as well.
17. Milwaukee Bucks- Donte DiVincenzo, Shooting Guard, Villanova: Donte DiVincenzo decided to only test the NBA waters at first and scouts loved him for very good reason. DiVincenzo is a solid defender and dead eyed three-point shooter. He made 40.1 percent of his three-point shots. DiVincenzo was unconscious from downtown in the National Championship Game against the Michigan Wolverines. He was also the sixth man of the year in the Big East. DiVincenzo averaged 13.4 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 1.1 SPG during his sophomore season at Villanova. The Bucks should improve with drafting Donte DiVincenzo.
18. San Antonio Spurs- Lonnie Walker IV, Shooting Guard, Miami: Walker IV could be the Spurs next franchise player. He is very athletic and Walker IV is a rough rider. Walker IV is a very good two-way player very much Kawhi Leonard. I am not saying that Walker IV will be the next Leonard, but with Leonard wanting out, someone is going to have to step up. Lonnie Walker IV averaged 11.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.9 SPG during his freshman season at the University of Miami.
21. Utah Jazz- Grayson Allen, Shooting Guard, Duke: Allen played a big role in Duke's 2015 NCAA title game against the Wisconsin Badgers off the bench. Allen is a solid three-pointer shooter and plays good defense. He had an attitude problem at one point at Duke and tripped players during games as well. Allen got suspended at one point for his actions. He learned from them and hasn't done it since. Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell is excited to have Grayson Allen as his teammate, even though they were rivals in college. Mitchell played his college basketball at the University of Louisville. Allen averaged 15.5 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 1.7 SPG during his senior year at Duke University.
25. Los Angeles Lakers- Moritz Wagner, Center, Michigan: Wagner played a monster role in Michigan's run to the National Championship Game. He was a monster during the tournament. Wagner can post up, shoot from the elbow, pop up from three, and defend. He is a typical do it all center and Wagner is very versatile. This is one of the steals in the NBA draft and I actually had no idea he declared for the NBA Draft until I heard his name being called by Adam Silver. Wagner averaged 14.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1 SPG during his junior year at Michigan.
27. Boston Celtics- Robert Williams, Center, Texas A & M: The Boston Celtics might have found their rim protector and dunk man for the next decade. With Al Horford getting older, they don't really have a reliable center after him. Williams was the defensive player of the year in the SEC. He averaged 10.4 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.5 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.
32. Memphis Grizzles- Jevon Carter, Point Guard, West Virginia: Carter is a pit bull on the defensive end of the floor. He works his tail off and Carter has potential to be on the first defensive team in the NBA every year. He had 330 steals during his college career at West Virginia. Carter averaged 17.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.6 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 3 SPG during his senior year at West Virginia. He could also be a cornerstone piece for the future along with Jaren Jackson Jr.
33. Dallas Mavericks- Jalen Brunson, Point Guard, Villanova: Brunson was a scoring machine at the college level and he also made his teammates better. Brunson played a big role in Villanova's championship run. He averaged 18.9 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.6 APG, and 0.9 SPG during his junior season. With the way things are lined up in Dallas, Brunson would be coming off the bench and he could be a very good role player.
34. Atlanta Hawks (being traded to the Charlotte Hornets)- Devonte Graham, Point Guard, Kansas: Graham was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks, but he will be getting traded to the Charlotte Hornets. Graham is from Raleigh, North Carolina, which is not far from Charlotte. He will be playing in front of his family for half of the season, if not more. Graham is a very good scorer, distributor, and defender. He averaged 17.3 PPG, 4 RPG, 7.2 APG, and 1.6 SPG during his senior season at Kansas.
37. Sacramento Kings (being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers)- Gary Trent Jr., Shooting Guard, Duke: Trent Jr. is going to be a very good bench scorer at the NBA level. He could one day be a starter, but the odds are teams would like to have him off the bench for depth scoring. Trent Jr. is a very good shooter as he shot 52.8 percent from the field and he also shot 87.6 percent from the free throw line. During his freshman season at Duke, Gary Trent Jr. averaged 14.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, and 1.2 SPG.
41. Orlando Magic (being traded to the Denver Nuggets)- Jarred Vanderbilt, Small Forward, Kentucky: Vanderbilt is a raw offensive talent, but he is a very good rebounder and defender. Vanderbilt has a high ceiling for a second round pick. He averaged 5.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 0.4 SPG during his freshman season at the University of Kentucky.
48. Minnesota Timberwolves- Keita Bates-Diop, Small Forward, Ohio State: Bates-Diop was the Big 10 player of the year during his senior year at Ohio State. He is a solid overall player. Bates-Diop will be a very good role player at the NBA level if he is utilized correctly. Bates-Dop averaged 19.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.6 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.
51. New Orleans Pelicans- Tony Carr, Point Guard, Penn State: Even though the New Orleans Pelicans made it to the second round of the playoffs last season, they could use some more help on the offensive end of the floor. Tony Carr will bring that ability with him. He is a score first point guard and Carr also has very good vision. He averaged 19.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 5 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.8 SPG during his sophomore season at Penn State.
60. Philadelphia 76ers (being traded to the Dallas Mavericks)- Kostas Antetokounmpo, Power Forward, Dayton: Kostas Antetokounmpo is the little brother of Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is a top five to top ten player in the NBA right now. The Philadelphia 76ers drafted him, but he is getting traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas hopes Kostas becomes as good as his brother, but there is still a ways to go for that to happen. Kostas Antetokounmpo was the last pick taken in the NBA Draft. He averaged 5.2 PPG, 2.9 RPG, and 1.1 BPG during his freshman season at the University of Dayton.