Undrafted Rookies who are Most Likely to Succeed – 39th Ranked Player?

As you all should know, the NBA draft went down last Thursday. Many teams had great drafts, and many teams had awful drafts. The people who really lost that night however, were all of the young college kids who didn’t get their names called. Many of those kids can still produce at the NBA level like past undrafted players like Ben Wallace, Bruce Bowen, Udonis Haslem, and Sacramento’s very own Brad Miller.

Johnathan Motley

Johnathan Motley was definitely expecting to have his name called that night. He was ranked as the 39th highest prospect going into the draft and was mocked at the 42nd pick by draftexpress.

Most players who have made an impact as an undrafted player have had one skill to make it in the league. Motley would be no different. Johnathan Motley is a fabulous offensive rebounder, as he averaged just under 5 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes in his last season at Baylor. He is an ideal small ball center in the league, which is a very important role for almost all teams moving forward. He can rebound, shoot, and is also very athletic.

Motley was recently signed to an unguaranteed contract by the Dallas Mavericks. If he makes the final squad, look for him to be a hustle rebounder off the bench, kind of like Quincy Acy was for the Kings a couple years ago.

Peter Jok

Peter Jok was featured in a previous articles about the best draft sleepers. Like Motley, Jok has a specific skill that he should count on to make it in the league. Unlike Motley however, it is his jumpshot.

Peter Jok signed a summer league deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. I could honestly see Jok lighting it up in the summer, maybe scoring 40 or so points on 7 or 8 threes. With a showing like that, a young team on the rise in need of shooting like the Kings, 76ers, or Pelicans would have no choice in offering him a guaranteed deal for the rest of the year.

For more information on Jok, read my second article on the best NBA draft sleepers.

P.J. Dozier

Dozier is a little different from Jok and Motley. Dozier is more of an all-around scorer, and doesn’t have one specific skill to fall back on. He might not be able to make as much of an impact in his first year, but he still has the potential to be great later on.

Dozier was an integral part of South Carolina’s final four run. Him and Sindarius Thornwell were a dynamic duo who had very similar playstyles. Unlike Thornwell, Dozier had a very long body, measuring a 6’11” wingspan at the NBA draft combine. Dozier could be perfect for a small ball lineup playing the small forward position.

Dozier was recently signed to a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Lakers are unable to sign a major free agent or trade for Paul George, I could see Dozier playing legitimate minutes for a struggling Lakers team.

 

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