Kobi Simmons – Greensboro Swarm
Wiry, athletic, and a high basketball IQ are the three best traits that Simmons brings. Simmons is 25 years old and has been around the block in the professional basketball world after being a one-and-done at Arizona, but now he has turned himself into a certified pro. At 6’5″, Simmons has the length to guard every position on the perimeter and has improved his shooting (51/42/86 shooting splits on high volume!!) to match his INSANE athleticism. If I were an NBA team I would be jumping at the opportunity to snag Simmons to a training camp deal this summer as he can provide a little bit of everything from a combo guard position which is what you want from your bench.
Keon Ellis – Stockton Kings
Ellis is the definition 3&D as he’s a sniper (49/44/78 shooting splits on 5 3PA’s) who brings effort and above average athleticism on the defensive end. Hailing from Alabama, Ellis has always been your prototypical 3&D player as he was never an off-the-bounce kind of player for the Crimson Tide. That bodes well for his potential success in the league as he has mastered moving without the ball and playing high energy defense. He doesn’t have elite size for a shooting guard, but as a rotation player off the bench I could see Ellis having an Isaiah Joe-like emergence next season for the Kings or whatever team he ends up on.
Gabe Brown- Raptors 905
Bouncy and strong shooting at 6’8″, Brown could be a great option as a bench 3/4 man who can bring some extra length and shooting. The Michigan State product has a ton of potential with his efficient 3 point shooting on high volume (49/43/100 shooting splits) and absurd length and athleticism. Brown has never been a standout rebounder, but he can develop into a switchable combo forward that has the length to defend 2-5. At the end of the day, any team would be happy to give a shot to a 6’8″ wing that can jump out of the gym and shoots at a near-elite clip. Someone will make the move and I could see Brown ending up as a two-way signee next year.