Not every NBA player ends up getting selected in the NBA Draft. Which undrafted prospects could make their way onto a roster next season?
Every year we get piles upon piles of mock drafts suggesting what may happen when all 60 picks are made. However, tonight was the real thing and we now know the results of the 2018 NBA Draft. Though the top two picks were pretty much set before the commissioner even set foot on the stage tonight. Yet, that didn’t stop the suspense-filled action from dominating the storylines for the remainder of the night. With the dust finally settled it’s time to turn our attention to the next phase of the draft: the undrafted players.
Over two times as many underclassmen declared for the draft as there are selections. There are always going to be players that go through this process and don’t hear their names called by Adam Silver or Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner in Barclays Center. That isn’t the end of their shot at an NBA career. Players like Ben Wallace, Bruce Bowen, Wes Matthews, and Jeremy Lin were not chosen in their respective drafts but still managed to make an indelible mark on the NBA when they got their shot–the Miami Heat have stockpiled a few in recent years (Udonis Haslem, Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson, Derrick Jones Jr., and Okaro White).
Much of the talk before the draft centers around the top of the draft or players that will go in the first round. Nothing is really said about the ones that don’t get drafted until they put the world on notice. In the slides that follow, you’ll definitely find five players that are capable of making a name for themselves when they get their shot. Their first opportunity to prove any doubters long will come in a couple of weeks during the various NBA Summer Leagues.
Here are the five players that you should be watching out for, they might not have been added to a team tonight, but they will surely find their way onto an NBA floor at some point in the future.