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#21 – Grayson Allen – Utah Jazz

Ben Dowsett

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With the 21st pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz selected Duke’s Grayson Allen. Allen, a four-year senior with the Blue Devils, is one of the older players in the class at 22, with NBA-level athleticism and strong shooting.

Allen is considered one of the top spot-up shooters in the class, with a strong free-throw percentage backing up his ability to shoot from NBA range. He should be a solid floor-spacer for Utah, with the potential ability as a secondary ball-handler. He’s also known for a high level of intensity and effort – that may have manifested itself in a few high-profile incidents over his college career, but it also showed in a more positive way in his game-to-game play. Assuming he’s matured and can hold off on any antics, that kind of thing should be well-received by the Jazz fanbase.

Perhaps more importantly, Allen is a player almost certain to fit into a strong team culture in Utah. He should have no issues with Quin Snyder’s relatively complex system, having already been successful utilizing lots of off-ball screening action at Duke with his shooting and cutting skill. He works hard on the boards and should add another plus in Utah’s backcourt in that department.

There are certainly questions about how certain parts of Allen’s athletic profile will translate to the NBA. He’s a better vertical athlete than some might think, but he struggles moving laterally and could have issues with some NBA guards. That could be a similar issue in terms of his ability to create his own shot at the next level, though that might not always be the top priority for him while sharing the floor with players like Donovan Mitchell or Ricky Rubio. He flashed the ability to draw contact and get to the line at Duke, but it’s worth wondering whether that will translate as well. If a Jazz development staff that’s had significant success with older players in the recent past can work some magic, Allen will be a high-floor player who fits well in a strong system and plays both ends of the floor.

Ben Dowsett is a Deputy Editor and in-depth basketball analyst based in Salt Lake City. He covers the Jazz on a credentialed basis for Basketball Insiders, and has previously appeared in the Sports Illustrated and TrueHoop Networks. He can be found on Twitter at @Ben_Dowsett.

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2018DD

Sources: 76ers Trade Khyri Thomas to Pistons

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Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Kings Trade Gary Trent Jr. to Blazers

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Gary Trent Jr. is headed to the Blazers in a trade, league source tells ESPN.

Portland will send Sacramento to two future second-round picks for Trent, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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#30 – Omari Spellman – Atlanta Hawks

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With the No. 30 pick in the NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Omari Spellman from Villanova University. .

After 10 consecutive seasons reaching the playoffs, the Atlanta Hawks failed to win 25 contests in 2018. Gone are All-Stars Joe Johnson, Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague, all of whom the franchise groomed at various points during their decade of playoff bliss. Now the team is faced with a daunting rebuild under second year general manager Travis Schlenk and first year coach Lloyd Pierce.

Spellman was the third Villanova player selected in the first round of this year’s draft behind Mikal Bridges (No. 10 overall) and Donte DiVincenzo (No. 17 overall). In his lone campaign with the Wildcats, Spellman appeared in 40 contests and averaged 10.9 points, eight rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

The Hawks continue to add shooting to their rebuilding roster. With the No. 3 overall pick, the team selected Luka Doncic, who will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to No. 5 overall pick Trae Young. The team used the No. 19 overall selection to draft shooting guard Kevin Huerter from the University of Maryland. In Spellman, the Hawks acquire a big man that shot 43 percent from the collegiate three-point line last season.

In addition to Young and Huerter, Spellman will join a young Hawks core featuring point guard Dennis Schroder and forward John Collins, two of the team’s first round draft picks from prior years.

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