Height/Weight: 7-foot-1, 255 pounds

Country: Croatia

Age: 18

Why you draft him: Scouts say Bender’s a fluid athlete with a frame that will fill out. He has a long reach, gets off the floor quickly and has terrific feel for the game, a key element for a team that is seeking players with high basketball IQ who fit into a ball- and player-movement system.

Why you don’t: Bender almost certainly isn’t ready to contribute. It might be hard to play the slender Bender at the same time as Anthony Davis. And though shooting may ultimately be a strength, for now he’s a streaky 3-point shooter who will need time to adjust to the NBA 3.


Height/Weight: 6-foot-7, 223 pounds

School: California

Age: 19

Why you draft him: Though he’s only 19, Brown is a big, powerful wing who looks physically ready for the NBA. He gets into the lane, where he can finish or draw fouls — he averaged more than six free-throw attempts per game at Cal — and he’s a good defender who plays with energy.

Why you don’t: Though Brown reportedly shot well in workouts, he was a 29 percent 3-point shooter at Cal. And while the Pelicans are seeking playmaking wings, it might be a detriment that Brown had more turnovers (105) than assists (68) in college.


Height/Weight: 6-foot-4, 220 pounds

School: Providence

Age: 22

Why you draft him: Dunn has prototypical point guard size. He beats defenders off the dribble, and his combination of speed and court vision has drawn comparisons to John Wall. His athleticism makes him an enticing player to pair in pick-and-rolls with Anthony Davis.

Why you don’t: Dunn is prone to turnovers (254 combined in his final two college seasons), and his jump shot, while improving, is suspect. The biggest red flag for the injury-plagued Pelicans might be that Dunn has had two shoulder surgeries in three years.


Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 212 pounds

School: Oklahoma

Age: 22

Why you draft him: Hield may not have the potential of some younger players in the draft, but he might be more ready to play right away than most. He’s a solid athlete, a good defender and an elite college 3-point shooter who shot 45.7 percent with 147 makes as a senior.

Why you don’t: Hield has shown flashes defensively, but he’s not consistent at that end. And the NBA has some concerns about late bloomers like Hield, a pedestrian freshman who made huge strides in his four-year Oklahoma career.


Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 207 pounds

School: Kentucky

Age: 19

Why you draft him: Murray is a high-level shooter and scorer, and he’s the only player to average 20 points per game under coach John Calipari at Kentucky. He made 113 3-pointers and shot 40.8 percent from long range as a freshman, leading to his early departure.

Why you don’t: Some scouts question whether Murray can beat defenders off the dribble or create his own shot in the NBA game. But the biggest concerns are on defense, where Murray struggled mightily as a freshman.