By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on May 17, 2014
The Tennessee Volunteers made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2014 NCAA tournament largely in part to the success of junior forward Jarnell Stokes, who averaged 15 points and over 10.5 rebounds throughout last season. Stokes has been highly touted by NBA scouts since high school, but his draft stock has suffered with the reputation of the SEC. Here are five teams that would benefit from selecting this future NBA star in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Clippers really only have DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin down low and look lost when they have to take a break. They could use a talented backup and, with Doc Rivers as coach, Stokes could rapidly improve into one of the best sixth men in the game.
The 76ers have five picks in the second round of the draft and are looking for players at pretty much every position on their roster. A former potential lottery pick like Stokes could be a huge pickup for Philadelphia.
The Spurs pick late in the first round and are looking for players for the future. Stokes excels at offensive rebounding, but could use some help when it comes to defense. Coming onto a team where he isn’t the main workhorse could be extremely beneficial.
Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Stokes would not only bring talent and potential to the Grizzles, but bring in fans. It’s not often a local guy has the potential to make a team better immediately on his arrival -- Stokes is an exception.
OKC doesn’t need Stokes to come in and be a star down-low, which could work to his benefit. With Kendrick Perkins struggling offensively, Stokes could be the offensive side of the off-the-bench tandem that Scott Brooks is so fond of.
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