NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Kings take a risk, Magic win with two studs

Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jett Howard, Michigan Wolverines
Jett Howard, Michigan Wolverines. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

20. Houston Rockets (via LAC): Brice Sensabaugh, SF, Ohio State

After drafting an athletic guard in Amen Thompson with the 4th overall pick, the Rockets go a different direction here and aim for a smart, scoring forward in Brice Sensabaugh. Houston is full of guys that know how to create their own shots, so selecting someone who can make shots but does not necessarily create for himself could be a nice change of pace. Sensabaugh is an impressive scorer who does not need elite athleticism to get to his spots.

21. Brooklyn Nets (via PHX): Jett Howard, SG, Michigan

The Nets are in a weird phase where it is hard to tell if they are rebuilding or trying to win. Either way, they go for a sure-fire scorer with a knack for getting the ball in the basket. Jett Howard is a 6’8″ SG/SF who can create his own shot while playing off others as a catch-and-shoot threat. Howard adds some much-needed scoring to the Nets lineup.

22. Brooklyn Nets: Leonard Miller, SF, G League Ignite

With back-to-back picks, the Nets took an NBA-ready scorer in Jett Howard and now look toward a potential project player with a high upside in Leonard Miller. The 6’10” forward has guard-like skills and impressive movements for his size. With a 7’2″ wingspan, Miller has the potential to be a great defender but is still improving. If he can develop an outside shot, he would be a scarier threat on offense, but he is still a high-potential prospect with his size and skill.

23. Portland Trail Blazers (via NYK): James Nnaji, C, Nigeria

Due to a lack of elite center options in this class, James Nnaji has a wide draft range. After drafting Brandon Miller 3rd overall, they find some frontcourt depth in Nnaji, the third-best center prospect in the class. The 18-year-old, 6’10” big man has a 7’7″ wingspan with the potential to be an elite paint defender with flashes of interior scoring ability. Nnaji is a project player, so playing behind Jusuf Nurkic to start his NBA career would be ideal.