25. Jalen Smith, PF/C
The Phoenix Suns might have given up on Jalen Smith too soon. They traded the former 10th pick to the Indiana Pacers where he showed why he was a lottery pick just a few years ago. The 22-year-old showed real growth as a 3-and-D five. He’s athletic at 6-foot-10 which helps him on the defensive end. There’s a real chance a rebuilding team can snatch him up by giving him big money.
24. Tristan Thompson, C/PF
It would have been nice if the 76ers could have signed Tristan Thompson after he was traded from the Kings, then waived by the Pacers this past season. However, the 6-foot-9 veteran signed with the Bulls. The 31-year-old is a versatile defender, elite rebounder, and screener. He’s a name that the Philadelphia 76ers should keep an eye on this offseason.
23. Lance Stephenson, G/F
It’s true that Lance Stephenson is a skilled playmaker, scorer, and defender, but his personality or game just wouldn’t fit in the Sixers second unit. The 6-foot-6 veteran rediscovered himself after a brief stint with the Hawks, he returned to his basketball home in Indiana. The 31-year-old should stay with the Pacers moving forward as he’s can help make a culture for the Pacers’ young core.
22. Isaiah Hartenstein, C
Before this season, most would have laughed at the notion that Isaiah Hartenstein would be in the top-50 unrestricted free big board. However, the 7-footer has earned it. The 24-year-old was one of the better defensive reserve big men in the NBA this year and was solid on the offensive end.
21. Thomas Bryant, C
Thomas Bryant came back from a torn ACL this past season and looked extremely rusty with the Washington Wizards. At 6-foot-10 and 24-years-old the big man has shown the ability to be a starter in the NBA in the past. However, he might need more time to come back from his injury so the Philadelphia 76ers might be able to get him for cheap.