22. Brooklyn Nets acquire Leonard Miller
The Nets double down on high-upside prospects by taking Miller at 22. The 6’9 forward has a 7’2 wingspan and a still-developing body. He is still raw, but his athleticism and playmaking ability for a big man makes him unique.
Miller averaged 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game playing for the G League Ignite last season. He can handle the ball and create his own shots. Miller shot well from the mid-range and teams believe he can continue expanding his range. The 19-year-old gets his teammates involved and did plenty to impress.
Miller is without a position on the defensive end of the floor right now. He needs to add some mass to be able to play for the four and the five at the next level, but he does not have the lateral quickness to defend on the perimeter.
Leonard Miller is years away from making an impact in the NBA, but he could blossom into a difference-making forward. Can he iron out his jumper and just get more comfortable on the floor? It will take time, and the Brooklyn Nets can afford to wait.
They need a star to become contenders again. Why not take a chance on a high-upside prospect in the draft to see if you can develop him?