Just Missed the List
The players who just missed out on the first round of our 2019 Redraft primarily fall into two distinct groups. The first one are those players who still have enough potential that, if things break right, they could become reliable NBA players (or even more). The other group of players have proven themselves in a minor role; they aren’t future stars, but they are worth having on a roster.
From the first group, Jaxson Hayes has plenty of size and athleticism but wasn’t able to break through into a starting role with the New Orleans Pelicans. Cam Reddish is wildly inconsistent, but if he can just turn those flashes into something consistent he could be a longtime starter. Darius Bazley needs a consistent shot, Goga Bitadze has to become a better rim protector, Chuma Okeke needs a better path to an offensive role and Dylan Windler needs to stay healthy.
In the other group, Nassir Little has settled in as a backup forward for Portland. Garrison Mathews was undrafted but has a role in the league as a 3-and-D shooting guard. Cody Martin has carved out a role as a lesser version of his brother, while Oshae Brissett is a high-energy backup 4. Bruno Fernando survives as a third center, while Jaylen Nowell and Ty Jerome should get roster spots this season.