In the switch-happy, pace-and-space contemporary NBA, no prospect gets scouts drooling, or hoop-heads talking in staccato bursts outside of generational talents - except for the 3-and-D wing.
Yet, despite the direction the league is trending, there's a dearth of these types of players. To break it down solely in terms of ideal dimensions, there were only nine players in the NBA in 2017-18 with wingspans longer than 7-feet who shot better than 40 percent from deep on more than two attempts per game, according to The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks.
The June 21 draft isn't chock-full of prototypical 3-and-D wings, either. It's a big man-heavy draft (Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III) up top, with some explosive guard play (Trae Young, Collin Sexton) interspersed.
Still, professional 3-and-D talent exists across both projected rounds. Here are the top five:
Frazier's potential here is linked to his size (6-foot-6, near-7-foot-2 wingspan) and athleticism. That sort of wiry length is a boon defensively, although he's still raw on the other end. Frazier didn't start to find a perimeter shooting groove until this past season with the Green Wave, hitting 38.5 percent of his shots from deep.
Thomas by no means fits the above physical criteria; he's 6-foot-4 with a wingspan under 7-feet. But he's a dog when it comes to keeping players in front of him, winning Big East Defensive Player of the Year two seasons in a row. Thomas also shot 40.7 percent from beyond the arc in 102 career games with the Bluejays.
Hutchison isn't young in terms of modern-day draft parlance, sitting at the ripe age of 22. However, his four-year experience at Boise State included a Mountain West All-Defensive nod as a senior. In addition to a 7-foot-1 wingspan, he's developed a nice perimeter game, particularly on catch-and-shoot.
Hutchison reportedly has a draft-night guarantee, according to ESPN's Jonathan Givony.
Evans doesn't have an eye-popping wingspan, but he's been a versatile jack-of-all-trades in three seasons with the Bearcats. He should have the skill to guard four positions in the NBA, and brings a 37.4 percent 3-point accuracy rate with him from the NCAA.
Bridges probably won't be a superstar, but he's anticipated to be able to do everything asked of a 3-and-D wing. He had a 65.6 true shooting percentage (including 40 percent from deep) in three seasons in Jay Wright's motion-based offense. On defense, he effectively guarded every position.
Clearly, the skill level of Bridges' competition will drastically improve in the NBA, but as a prospect, he checks off all the physical boxes - 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan.