How he fits: The Raptors will have to wait for him to be 100 percent, but he adds some depth to the frontcourt alongside Jonas Valanciunas and may eventually be the player Toronto was hoping DeMarre Carroll would be when they signed him as a free agent. His presence shouldn’t affect the team’s decision-making on Serge Ibaka’s free agency, since they are dramatically different players.
22. Nets Get Jarrett Allen as Replacement for Brook Lopez
Jarrett Allen, 6’11” Center, Texas
19 years old
Allen is an enormous center, with long arms making him bigger than his 6-foot-11 height, and huge hands (they were measured at a combine-high 9.5 inches) that help him be a top-notch rebounder. Despite the size, he is still considered a serious athlete and has enough mobility, and a solid mid-range jumper, to survive in the rapidly-evolving league that has fallen out of love with traditional big men. He could stand to put on some muscle, and is a brutal shooter from the free-throw line, but most of the flaws in his game are fixable if he’s willing to work hard.
Quotable: “Personally, I think I can help all of them. Every team has an area that I can offer some help.”—Allen, on what teams he would be able to help.
How he fits: Allen had been the top player left on most draft boards for quite a while, so the Nets seemingly got a bargain with the 22nd pick. They may have found a reasonable replacement for Brook Lopez, who left in the D’Angelo Russell trade. If Timofey Mozgov is healthy enough to play, that will take some pressure off of Allen to develop immediately.
21. Thunder Select Terrance Ferguson, Who Played in Australia
Terrance Ferguson, 6’7” Shooting Guard/Small Forward, Adelaide
19 years old