18. Danny Green, Los Angeles Lakers
Despite a wayward and inconsistent postseason run, Danny Green established his value last season. A virtual throw-in to the Kawhi Leonard deal, Green thrived as Toronto’s starting two-guard. With a 45.5 percent success rate, he was one of basketball’s most prolific 3-point threats.
It’s therefore reasonable to expect success for Green in L.A. He’s going to play next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis — a generational playmaker and one of the league’s most diversely talented offensive bigs. He will find his way to open shots on the perimeter.
- PG: Avery Bradley | Position Rank: 29th
- SG: Danny Green | Position Rank: 18th
17. Jaylen Brown, Boston Celtics
Jaylen Brown underwent surprising regression in his third season. An obvious excuse is situation — the Celtics were a mess, with too many cooks in the kitchen and not enough willingness to compromise. His role changed, but his approach — and the approach of those around him — didn’t.
We should expect movement in the right direction next season. Brown is primed to reclaim his role as starting two-guard, flanking Kemba Walker in the backcourt. Given Walker’s aptness to produce in an off-ball capacity, Brad Stevens should have an easier time managing egos and making the pieces fit in 2019-20.
- PG: Kemba Walker | Position Rank: 6th
- SG: Jaylen Brown | Position Rank: 17th
16. Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets
Injuries played a part in a down season for Gary Harris. His numbers were down across the board, including his efficiency. It was a bumpy campaign, and one that left question marks heading into 2019-20. I’d venture to bet he answers them on a positive note.
Harris fits Denver’s offense exceedingly well. He’s the perfect complement to Nikola Jokic — a free-moving guard who cuts to the rim and curls around screens as second nature. His 3-point shooting is still a threat and his defense deserves more credit.
- PG: Jamal Murray | Position Rank: 12th
- SG: Gary Harris | Position Rank: 16th