How he fits: At 21 years old, Bridges is basically a peer with Philadelphia’s young stars, which may help him be in sync with their development, whereas going with an 18- or 19-year-old would have had a team hoping for 60 wins simultaneously trying to develop a teenager. With Joel Embiid clogging up the middle, and Ben Simmons able to find players in space like a seasoned pro, Bridges may have unlimited open looks as a rookie, and there’s plenty of reason to believe he’ll take full advantage.
11. Charlotte Hornets: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG, Kentucky
6 feet 6 inches, 180 pounds
In a draft stacked with players 6-foot-10 and above, Gilgeous-Alexander can’t quite match that height, but he still fits the theme of length as an enormous point guard. He got better as the year went along for Kentucky and was instrumental in the team’s advancement to the N.C.A.A. tournament’s round of eight, finishing the year with averages of 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists a game. He excels at getting to the rim, but he has shown enough promise as a shooter to make it believable that he could contribute at either guard position.
How he fits: A higher-rated prospect than several players that were picked ahead of him, Gilgeous-Alexander is speculated to have communicated to Cleveland that he did not want to go to the Cavaliers at No. 8. That is a huge boon to Charlotte, which may use him as a shooting guard next to Kemba Walker but regardless got great value this deep into the draft.
12. Los Angeles Clippers: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan State
6 feet 7 inches, 225 pounds
After an eye-popping freshman season, Bridges made the surprising choice to return for a sophomore year and was even better, averaging 17.1 points and 7 rebounds a game. He makes wise decisions with his body movements, can jump out of the room and has the strength to handle bigger players even if his height and arms put him a bit behind some of the players he will be asked to guard. He can succeed in several offensive scenarios but is not a standout at any particular skill, which is a little unusual in a hyper-specialized era. But his versatility may be comforting for coaches looking to expand their offensive options.
How he fits: It is not official yet, but it appears Bridges, who was officially picked by the Clippers, is headed to Charlotte. That creates fewer fit problems next to Kemba Walker but creates some ambiguity as to what roles Bridges and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will fill.
13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson, SG, Boston College
6 feet 5 inches, 190 pounds
A scorer who can handle either guard spot, Robinson went from being ignored coming out of high school to averaging 20.7 points a game in his junior season at Boston College. Despite plenty of production, he has question marks based on his thin frame and a pervasive belief that he can contribute to a team effort but may not have it in him to thrive on his own.
How he fits: The Clippers already added a point guard in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but Jerry West must believe the two players can co-exist. That being said, this pick seems like a reach with plenty of players with more potential still on the board.