With the NBA Draft 15 days away and most of the country knows about the top prospects. But recently, a few players selected in the later part of the 1st round or even into the 2nd round have made an impact in the league.
Players like Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors), Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets) and Malcolm Brogdan (Milwaukee Bucks) are examples of players taken 20th or lower in the last few years and are making impacts on their teams. Brogdan, won the league’s Rookie Of The year award for the 2016-2017 season.
So over the next couple of days, I’m going to give you a few players that when their names get called in Brooklyn on June 20th, you should watch out for in the NBA.
Without further ado, here is my first prospect.
Dylan Windler- Shooting Guard- Belmont
He is a dynamic and efficient scorer, there isn’t much that Windler can’t do on offense. Dylan shot 54% from the field this season, but what makes him so dangerous is that he does it from all over. He took half of his shots from the three-point line and hit 43% of his attempts. Windler finished this season 7th nationally in effective field goal percentage.
He had 26 games this season, where he made 47% or more of his shots attempted and had 4 games where he scored less than 10 points.
As seen in the video above, he can do almost anything you ask of him on the floor. Even with a diverse offensive skill-set, he also averaged 10.8 rebounds a game and 1.4 steals per game. He finished 10th in the country in rebounds per game and he did it as a guard.
The reason why he went under the radar? He played in the Ohio Valley Conference and all of the attention nationally went to Ja Morent. But his Belmont team was one of the best mid-major teams in the country. They won 27 games and won an NCAA Tournament game.
When he had a chance to play against a Power 5 conference team in the NCAA tournament, he had a chance to show how good he really is.
Now he won’t be a top-10 pick in the draft, but what team that drafts Windler will have a very good basketball player. He’s way more athletic than most will give him credit for and he can step in right now and provide a team solid minutes.
NBA Comparison: Gordon Hayward- Boston Celtics