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Prediction: Bounces back to stud-prospect value, regardless of production

The top-five picks were as good or better than advertised, each earning a first-team All-Rookie nod. The No. 6 pick's rookie season didn't go as smoothly. Mohamed Bamba averaged 6.2 points in 47 games before suffering a season-ending foot injury. Will he bounce back and catch up to Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Trae Young?

He'll at least get back on the right track, though Nikola Vucevic's presence will continue to limit his immediate upside in Orlando.

Bamba has looked good in limited action since fully healing, having scored 15 points in 15 minutes of his one summer-league game and 18 points in 19 minutes during his preseason sophomore debut.

Last year, he had similar trouble executing out of the post (30.8 percent FG) as he did at Texas (26-of-70). He already looks more toned this October, now up to 241 pounds from 225.6 pounds at his NBA combine. And more strength should mean less reliance on finesse, which he leans on often from tougher angles when playing with his back to the basket.

Regardless of what his shooting numbers said last year, his smooth release is promising. He didn't take too many jump shots, but he converted 50.0 percent of his attempts in the mid-range and 21 threes before going down. I'd bet on his catch-and-shoot jumper gradually improving each season, starting in 2019-20.

Otherwise, Bamba will continue to block shots using his 7'10" wingspan and mobility, even if it doesn't translate to impact defense right away. Still, it's worth betting on his intelligence leading to a reduced foul rate (4.8 per 36 minutes). And even as a skinny rookie, he still grabbed a solid 16.3 percent of available rebounds.

The toughest question is whether he can hit his stride backing up an All-Star center. Bamba played 95 percent of his possessions at the 5 last year, and that's not changing.

As long as Vucevic is healthy, Bamba can only hope for around 20 minutes per game. That should still be enough for him to regain confidence and build on last season's flashes, however. He might not put up exciting statistics, although few players in the league share his potential to hit threes and block shots.

Regardless of what his averages are for this upcoming season, bet on Bamba to revive his stock and value as a potential franchise anchor in the middle.