The NBA Draft has come and gone, meaning newly-minted NBA athletes are currently meeting the coaches, players, and executives who will make help their transition into the Association much simpler. While some picks from last night were by the book, there were a few that had some hints of genius, and may pay huge dividends in the long run.
1. Goga Bitadze, Center, 17th pick (IND)
Bitadze was the consensus second-best international prospect behind Sekou Doumbouya, and for good reason. The Georgian international has crazy length -- he can practically touch the rim while standing on his two feet -- and is an incredible scorer. Not to mention, he has a chip on his shoulder after being completely overshadowed by Zion Williamson at their presser time slot (half-kidding).
2. Mfiondu Kabengele, Center, 27th overall (LAC)
Kabengele, like Bitadze, is a long big man with an impressive scoring touch. He possesses a nice touch of finesse and smoothness on offense, something hard to find in a player of his size, and at 21, he's already well into his physical development. Kabengele was a core piece for Florida State this season, and with the right training, he could soon be that for the Clippers, too (with his teammate Terence Mann joining him, too).
3. Keldon Johnson, Small Forward, 29th overall (SAS)
The Spurs have had a knack for finding talent at the end of the first round, and it seems they may have found another gem at pick 29.