4. Kent Bazemore
As much of a fan of his bench celebrations as I am, I just can’t see this kid making it very high on the rotation this year. At his best, he’s a decent defensive guard with some range on his shot. He brings in a great work ethic and a lot of spirit. He showed a lot of promise in Summer League this year, but that’s an entirely different beast from full-fledged NBA games.
Even in Summer League, he showed some of his fatal flaws on a few occasions. He has the ability to score, but he remains a pretty inefficient shooter and an average passer despite minutes at point guard. He also seems fairly turnover-prone, a trait that’s pretty common on this team, but Bazemore doesn’t have the upside to compensate.
Additionally, he’s fighting against Toney Douglas for point minutes, already playing on a team that’s heavy on guards and wing players. It’ll be tough for him to make significant appearances, much less develop into a breakout player. The kid’s got promise or sure, but this won’t be his year.