The advent of protracted trade demands and the play-in tournament and reshuffled lotto odds have conspired to incentivize goodness and punish intentional foulness. The NBA has pushed teams toward respectability.
John Collins, Lonzo Ball, Duncan Robinson, Devonte' Graham and Jarrett Allen are at the top of the restricted free agency board.
Chet Holmgren is a perimeter-oriented big man who can nail three-pointers on spot-ups and as the trailer in transition. He has good ball skills and coordination for someone his height to operate off the bounce on the regular.
We are going to realize, in time, that this gaggle of young guys provide new paths toward winning, that they have or will develop skills that we are not now properly considering the value of. That's what the draft is about, on the broadest possible level.
The appeal with James Bouknight is as a shotmaker off dribble moves and sleek footwork who can get promising looks in isolation. Even as teams have emphasized team-oriented offenses, the value of an individual scorer remains high.