90. SG Jalen Green, Rockets
Jalen Green is the second former top lottery pick on this list. So far in his career, Green has proven he can be a high-volume scorer, but with the Rockets trying to win, Green has to become a lot more efficient as a scorer and add another dimension to his game. If he can’t, then the shooting guard might end up fluctuating and the best role for him would be a sixth man on a good team.
89. SF RJ Barrett, Knicks
Despite not making the leap into All-Stardom, RJ Barrett is still an essential part of the New York Knicks core. He’s not the most efficient scorer, but his defense and ability to hit shots have made him the clear-cut third option on that team. If they are to become a true contender, Barrett needs to be able to be a consistent go-to scoring option.
88. SF Dillon Brooks, Rockets
It’s fair to say that Dillon Brooks might be one of the most irking players in the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies let him walk in free agency this last and he received a big payday from the Rockets as a result. After being a key reason why the Canadians won Bronze in the FIBA World Cup, Brooks is primed to be the starting small forward for Houston.His key role will be to defend the opposing team’s best player, but he might also see a career-high in scoring this year too despite being a streaky shooter.
87. F Tobias Harris, 76ers
Tobias Harris had a rough season last year, but he was playing in a role not catered to his offensive strengths. It also didn’t help that he played for a head coach who wanted him to be a standstill corner shooter. Now with uncertainty with the Philadelphia 76ers roster and a new head coach in Nick Nurse, he should have more opportunities as a scorer.
86. SF Michael Porter Jr., Nuggets
After two seasons riddle by injuries, Michael Porter Jr. became an essential part of the Denver Nuggets championship run. The small forward had untapped offensive potential, but with the other stars on the Nuggets being much higher on this list, the club only needs him to be a 3-and-D wing. Without as much depth as last year, he might have a chance for a bigger scoring role with the second unit.