4. Houston Rockets: Amen Thompson, PG, Overtime Elite
Amen Thompson fills a much-needed hole in the Rockets’ lineup as they get their franchise point guard. The super athletic 6’6″ guard is an elite playmaker with shot-creating abilities. His 7’0″ wingspan help make him the most versatile point guard in the draft, as he can become an elite two-way presence.
5. Detroit Pistons: Cam Whitmore, SF, Villanova
The Pistons have a top-five pick once again, as they can use a talented wing in Cam Whitmore to build on their young core. The athletic 6’6″ forward has many tools to develop into the best wing in this class, as the Pistons are drafting for his upside. He is an impressive slasher who uses his strong build and athleticism to get to the rim and finish with force.
6. Orlando Magic: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
The Magic have had trouble finding a secured backcourt, so that is the direction they will be heading at pick 6. Ausar Thompson is not only the best player available, but his elite two-way ability will also be a perfect fit next to reigning Rookie of the Year Paolo Banchero. Ausar is more versatile than his brother and can play the one through three with elite upside on both sides of the ball.
7. Indiana Pacers: Jarace Walker, PF, Houston
The Pacers look to fill their biggest hole by drafting an impressive two-way power forward. The 6’7″ big man has a 7’3″ wingspan and is what people call a beast. Walker is very skilled on offense, especially for his size, and has elite defensive traits. He is a great fit for a rebuilding Pacers team to surround All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton.