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25. Shaquille Harrison (Originally Undrafted)
Consider this the first flier taken in the re-draft so far. Shaquille Harrison has averaged only 3.6 points in 79 appearances over the last three seasons, but he’s capable of the kind of defense that eventually made Gary Payton II a rotation player for the Golden State Warriors.
Harrison’s career marks for defensive rebounding percentage, steal percentage and block percentage are all right around Payton’s. At 6’7″, he’s four inches taller, which would theoretically allow him to work even better in positionless defensive schemes.
Becoming a passable offensive player still looks like a steep uphill climb, though.
24. Derrick Jones Jr. (Originally Undrafted)
The theme continues with another defensive ace that struggles on the other side of the floor.
For Derrick Jones Jr., though, there’s more upside as a Bruce Brown Jr.-like rim-runner. The high-flyer has hit 69.1 percent of his shots within three feet of the rim throughout his career.
23. Georges Niang (Originally Picked 50th)
Georges Niang forced his way into the rotations of the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers because of his ability to fire away from deep.
Niang has hit 40.4 percent of his 1,025 career three-point attempts. Though he isn’t a lockdown defender, his sheer size (6’7″ and 230 pounds) makes him more of an impediment for opposing offenses than our last specialist, Forbes.
22. Furkan Korkmaz (Originally Picked 26th)
Furkan Korkmaz is another 76er who’s had some success as a high-volume floor-spacer, but his three-point percentage plummeted to a career-low 28.9 last year. Hitting them at a 39.0 percent clip in the two seasons prior to that suggests last year was an outlier, though.
Korkmaz also has a little more pop off the dribble and a slightly higher assist rate than Niang, who’s more of a stationary spacer.
21. Juancho Hernangomez (Originally Picked 15th)
Bo Cruz, er, Juancho Hernangomez broke out in Netflix’s Hustle, but he’s yet to have his moment in the NBA. That doesn’t mean it isn’t coming, though.
At 6’9″, Hernangomez is two inches taller than Niang and Korkmaz, and he moves fairly well for a player of that size. If he can recapture whatever rhythm he had in his two seasons with an above-average three-point percentage, he can be a dangerous combo forward off the bench.
In his 17 appearances to close out 2021-22 with the Jazz last season (including nine starts), he shot 43.8 percent from deep.