Now that the NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, we now know the full order of the 2016 NBA Draft.
For Deyonta Davis, that still means the former Michigan State Spartans big man is still being projected to go somewhere in the 10-20 range of next month's draft. In the most recent mock draft by ESPN's Chad Ford, Davis is projected to be the final pick of the lottery, going No. 14 to the Chicago Bulls.
14. Chicago Bulls: Deyonta Davis, Forward, Michigan State
I've had Ulis here for the past few weeks, but the word out of the combine was that the Bulls were narrowing their choices to three big men: Davis, Ante Zizic and Ivica Zubac.
Joakim Noah is a free agent, and Pau Gasol is in the last year of his deal. Davis is the best athlete and shot-blocker available. He even has an emerging perimeter game. He's raw, but in the long run he might be the best option.
Even though the Bulls are coming off a losing season, they're still in good position to rebound next year and get back into the postseason. However, the Bulls are loaded at power forward/center at the moment with Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, Bobby Portis, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Bairstow currently under contract, and that's before the team possibly re-signs Pau Gasol and/or Joakim Noah, so maybe this isn't the best landing spot for Davis.
Then again, it's not like Davis is ready to make an impact as a rookie. Despite playing just over 10 minutes per game as a freshman, Davis opted to enter what's become one of the weakest draft classes in recent memory, which may allow Davis to be a lottery pick (one of first 14 picks).
Frankly, Davis is talented enough that a strong showing in workouts and meetings with various teams that he climbs even higher than No. 14. Hopefully, he lands with a team that gives him 2-3 years to develop and become the dominant big man we all saw flashes of during his lone season in East Lansing.