We'll carry on with our skill category breakdowns by diving into some of the best pick and pop bigs in this year's draft class.
Modern floor spacing requires some bigs to shoot, and most big men drafted will be role player as opposed to franchise focal points. Possessing the ability to be a supporting cast member means doing some specific things really well, like shooting the ball from deep.
For this list, we focused more on bigs who are involved in pick-and-pops as opposed to wings or guards. While many NBA teams use screens from different types of players, college teams do so with less frequency. Add onto that the fact most NBA teams will switch guard-to-guard actions and there's less room for pick-and-pops unless you're screening for an elite scorer.
The draft is about finding fits within the modern game and in areas that influence winning. Most players aren't going to be All-Stars or franchise foundations that an offense is built around. Pick-and-pops matter because floor spacing, knocking down shots and being functional next to a star player is what earns minutes and carves out roles. We're seeing pick-and-pop bigs find themselves more secure than ever on NBA rosters.
Focus on a few areas of functionality in the video above: