Where the latest NBA drafts took Jalen Smith

With the NBA draft just days away, rumors are swirling and all-American Jalen Smith from Maryland has seen his draft stock everywhere. Some outlets see Smith as a fringe lottery selection, while others have him taken late in the first round.

NBC Sports: Boston Celtics, Pick 14

Boston has seen a lot of trade rumors centered around the search for a big man, and Smith would alleviate a lot of those worries. Smith’s ability to hit outside shots as well as be a rim runner would fit him perfectly into Boston’s offense, and his ability to block shots would help bolster an already impressive Celtics defense.

Launderer’s report: Minnesota Timberwolves, pick 17

With Minnesota also holding the No. 1 draft pick, the Timberwolves have the chance to form an exciting young duo with stars Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell. Smith would fit in well alongside Towns, with both possessing capable outside games, while Stix would be able to cover Towns’ defensive responsibilities.

CBS Sports: Brooklyn Nets, Pick 19

Brooklyn already has two good centers on its roster in DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen, as well as youngster Nic Claxton. Smith would likely see more minutes at the forefront in Brooklyn, but his offensive skills would mesh well with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, allowing the Nets to expand the field. However, with Brooklyn in the midst of numerous trade rumors, it would be surprising if the Nets retained their first-round pick.

The ring, ESPN: Miami Heat, Pick 20

After Miami’s surprising run to the NBA Finals, Smith joining the Heat would be exciting for Terps fans. Miami tends to have a smaller starting lineup, which would see Smith come off the bench but still receive valuable minutes. Smith would potentially be the replacement for Kelly Olynyk, who has yet to exercise his player option for next season, and could also work well with center Bam Adebayo.

Sports Illustrated: Denver Nuggets, Pick 22

Smith paired alongside NBA big man Nikola Jokic would make for some very entertaining basketball. The Nuggets are also slim as a power forward right now, with Jerami Grant and Paul Millsap set to enter free agency. Backup center Mason Plumlee is also entering free agency, which would lead to Smith getting plenty of early playing time.

Athleticism: Toronto Raptors, pick 29

While falling to the second-to-last pick in the first round would seem like a disappointment for Smith, the fit would be near perfect. The Raptors’ two big men, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, are set to enter free agency this offseason, as is reserve forward Chris Boucher. That leaves Toronto with Pascal Siakam as their only frontcourt option right now, which could lead to Smith getting a lot of playing time.

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