NBA draft day has finally arrived and while players will live out their dreams of getting selected by a team, some questions still remain unanswered.
On the latest Crossover Podcast, Chris Mannix and Jeremy Woo dive into Zion Williamson, potential sleeper picks, players with red flags and more.
(Listen to the latest Crossover podcast here. The following transcript has been edited and condensed for clarity.)
Chris Mannix: Give me some of your sleeper guys in the draft?
Jeremy Woo: Yeah, I really do like Goga Bitadze. I have him as the top international guy ahead of Sekou Doumbouya. I think he’s a pretty safe pick. Granted, I haven’t seen him play in person but I’ve watched a lot of tape on him. He was so productive at a high level in Europe. Not a lot of teenagers are starting in the Euroleague and producing. He’s doing that and I think that’s a huge indicator just in terms of his readiness and I think he can get stronger. I like how physical he is. He can shoot threes. To me, he’s the best center in the draft and I would take him—his range starts at 10. I would probably take him at 10 but I think it’s more likely he falls in that next group. He’s a guy who I think might be a little bit undervalued but we’ve seen European centers like him kind of succeed.
Nic Claxton is a name that comes up a lot. I like him too. He’s grown on me from Georgia. He was good at the combine. Apparently he’s been working out really well for teams and if you look at how Pascal Siakam really changed the game for Toronto in the playoffs as a sort of a big guy who can handle the ball and can defend. I think that’s the idea with Claxton and not that he is going to