Grayson Allen just wrapped up one of the more interesting college basketball careers we've seen in some time. Now, he's on to the NBA Draft.
There's an argument to be made that Allen should have left Duke years ago. He had perhaps his most impactful game when very few saw it coming.
Back in 2015, Allen, a bench player for Mike Krzyzewski's loaded Blue Devils, broke out for 16 points in the national championship win over Wisconsin. Allen's performance gave Duke a spark, helping the team get past a veteran Wisconsin club that had just knocked off undefeated Kentucky.
Allen was very much the fourth freshman on a team that featured Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones. Only Jones outscored him in that title game, a 68-63 Duke win.
That season, Grayson Allen averaged 4.4 points and just over nine minutes per game. Still, some thought the explosive freshman could parlay that performance into being a lottery pick.
We may never know if those people were right. However, Allen had another prime chance to leave Duke after his sophomore year, when he broke out to lead the team with 21.6 points per game.
That team fell in the Sweet 16 to Oregon, after finishing 6th in the ACC during the regular season. Instead of jumping, Allen played out his four years at Duke, and will now test his luck in the NBA.
Here is where NBA Draft experts see Grayson Allen falling in the upcoming draft.
Overall, most have Allen going in the late first or early second round. Here's a round-up of many of the most recent mock drafts out there.
CBS Sports - Reid Forgrave: No. 22 - Philadelphis 76ers
Allen would add to a developing backcourt, being a potential back-up to J.J. Redick, and a future running partner for Markelle Fultz. The Sixers are playoff-bound, and could start to add more pieces to contend immediately.
CBS Sports - Gary Parrish: No. 23 - Chicago Bulls
Parrish has the Bulls taking this pick in a swap with the Pelicans. Chicago is in full rebuild mode, and Parrish has them taking Trae Young earlier in the draft.
DraftSite: No. 32 - Orlando Magic
DraftSite has Allen falling into the early second round. The Magic have been marred in a rebuild, essentially since Dwight Howard left.
NBADraft.net: No. 24 - Minnesota Timberwolves
This may not be the ideal destination for a player to develop off the bench. Tom Thibodeaux famously plays his starters for virtually the entire game.
SB Nation: No. 30 - Atlanta Hawks
Another rebuilding team, though at least this is one that has a recent history of success.
Sports Illustrated: No. 33
SI didn't give a projected team here, which is less fun. The write-up cites Allen's shooting ability, and the fact that he can fill in at both guard spots.
USA Today: No. 30 - Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks are a popular destination for Allen, and again, this wouldn't be a bad fit. Outside of point guard Dennis Schroder, Atlanta doesn't have established guards, but the organization knows how to build a modern, successful team from the ground up.