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2010 NBA Draft Grades

Thu, 06/24/2010 - 11:07pm

Another year, another crazy draft.

Thursday, June 24, 2010, will go down as the day John Wall was officially drafted and a million trades – none as substantial as rumors suggested – were made. Picks were swapped left and right, a general manager was fired, and it was a mess trying to sort it all out.

But after digging through the final results of draft day, we've come out with a set of winners and losers. Detroit had the best draft, getting Greg Monroe and Terrico White in good positions. Golden State made the worst pick of the day, taking Baylor's Ekpe Udoh sixth overall.

But it's easiest to break it down team-by-team:

Atlanta
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis



C+
Picks:
No. 27 Jordan Crawford
No. 53 Pape Sy
Neither of these two players were tremendous value picks, but both have the potential to be good contributors down the road. Crawford is a bit of a redundancy with Jamal Crawford, an eerily similar scoring combo guard, already on the roster. But if Joe Johnson leaves, as many have speculated, there will be enough playing time available that Jordan Crawford could find a rotation spot, too. Sy is a project, but if he's left abroad for a few years, he could be a nice point-forward type one day. The Hawks get a bonus plus on their grade for a trade that got them No. 27 and No. 31 (which they traded to Oklahoma City) for No. 24, even if they didn't use the picks perfectly.
Boston
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
B
Picks:
Picks: No. 19 Avery Bradley
No. 52 Luke Harangody

There's a lot to like about Bradley teaming with Rajon Rondo in the future. Defensively, you couldn't come up with a much better backcourt. It was important for Bradley to land on a team that didn't need him to play point full-time but would also give him the opportunity to learn the position. Harangody is a value along the same lines as Glen Davis and Leon Powe of previous drafts – a highly productive college player who should be better than Brian Scalabrine, for what that's worth. Neither was a “great” pick, but both were solid and earn a solid grade.

Charlotte
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
I
Picks: None The rumors abounded that Charlotte would try to slip into this draft, but nothing happened.
Chicago
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
I
Picks: None Kirk Hinrich and the No. 17 pick for a future second rounder? This whole LeBron James fiasco better work out for Chicago, because they're mortgaging their future. For a team with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah – both potential all-stars – Chicago is showing any interest in traditional team building. If they land James, Dwyane Wade or some combination of the other group of free agents, this draft will have worked out just fine for Chicago. If not, they deserve an F for trading a good role player and a potential starter (the No. 17 pick) for essentially nothing.
Cleveland
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

I
Picks: None Both of their picks were gone, and the Cavaliers had no real interest in this draft. It's easy to understand why they might have their minds on July 1 more than June 24.
Dallas
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B
Picks: No. 25
Dominique Jones
The South Florida guard is a really nice player to add to a team that could use a true shooting guard. Jones is not a combo guard, and while he could use an inch or two, his 6-foot-9 wingspan should make up for height issues at the two. Trading Solomon Alabi for future pick(s) was a smart move as they were able to turn a late second rounder into multiple picks.
Denver
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

I
Picks: None

Denver entered draft day without a pick but with a clear second-round target, UTEP forward Derrick Caracter. According to reports, they tried to pry him from the Lakers but were unsuccessful. As a result, there's nothing here to give a grade on.

Detroit
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A
Picks:
No. 7 Greg Monroe
No. 36 Terrico White

Cheer for your team, Detroit. The Pistons land two excellent picks, one filling the team's biggest need. Monroe should start from Day 1 in a desperately weak frontcourt. White might be the draft's top athlete, and while he doesn't fit a need for Detroit, at No. 36, he's a tremendous value pick. He has the potential to be better than Rodney Stuckey, but could also play with Stuckey if and when the team lets Richard Hamilton go.

Golden State
Draft Grade
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D
Picks:
No. 6 Ekpe Udoh

The draft's biggest riser, Udoh simply is not good enough to be drafted No. 6 overall. He's awkward and not particularly skilled, but tested out well in workouts thanks to his length and good matchups – he told NBADraft.net he was most often paired with centers Cole Aldrich and Hassan Whiteside instead of power forwards. In addition, the Warriors have a pair of young, athletic forwards in Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright, both of whom are younger and have more potential than Udoh should they ever stay healthy. To sum it up, the Warriors took the 20th best player in the draft with the sixth pick. The only saving grace was they didn't have a second-round pick to mess up.

Houston
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
Picks:
No. 14 Patrick Patterson

Patterson's been high on our big board (No. 6 in the final rankings) for three years, and he's a wonderful value pick at No. 14. Leave it to Daryl Morey, without a doubt a top general manager, to ignore need and take the best available player when he sees it. Patterson will have to fight for playing time with Luis Scola, Jordan Hill and Chuck Hayes, but he's so ready for this level he could easily force Hill to center and Scola to the bench by season's end. It's a shame we didn't get to see Morey work his second-round magic, as he did last year in nabbing Chase Budinger.

Indiana
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis




B+
Picks:
No. 10 Paul George,
No. 40 Lance Stephenson
No. 51 Magnum Rolle

Larry Bird took a risk! And then he took another and another! The Pacers are known for drafting proven college players such as Brandon Rush, Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert. George was a departure from that ideology, one that has left the team mired in mediocrity. He's got great upside and looks a lot like Rudy Gay, but there's understandable concern that he is turnover prone, makes poor decisions and played low level competition at Fresno State. Stephenson could be very good, and at No. 40, his massive risk factor – egotism being the primary concern – is acceptable. Rolle played in the WAC with George but is the type of athlete the Pacers' frontcourt needs. The big question here is, how will George and Danny Granger play together? They share many of the same traits. Still, good – and refreshing – picks from Indiana.

LA Clippers
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis


A-
Picks:
No. 8 Al Farouq Aminu
No. 18 Eric Bledsoe
No. 54 Willie Warren

The Clippers had two needs entering this draft: a small forward and a young point guard to eventually replace Baron Davis. They used their first pick on the bigger need, then acquired a cheap second first rounder (future first rounder) to fill the other. Then, they took a risk on a guy with some character issues and a ton of talent in the second round. It was a textbook draft by a team that's really starting to turn things around. Bledsoe and Aminu weren't incredible values, but Warren puts this draft into A-range, as a year ago he looked like a future top-10 pick. Let's not forget, they've got the Rookie of the Year favorite waiting in the wings in last year's No. 1 pick, Blake Griffin.

LA Lakers
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A
Picks:
No. 43 Devin Ebanks
No. 58 Derrick Caracter

No team had a better second round, and there's a lot to be said for that. Many question whether Ebanks will ever put it all together, but he has vast potential and should fit right in for a team that could use an athletic defender on the wing. Caracter is the ultimate risk-reward player, with knocks on just about everything players get knocked for but more talent than some NBA starters. At Nos. 43 and 58, respectively, both were great values. What more can you ask for from the defending champs?

Memphis
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B-
Picks:
No. 12 Xavier Henry,
No. 28 Greivis Vasquez

A forward might have been a better fit with Rudy Gay's potential departure and Zach Randolph's upcoming free agency, but Henry and Vasquez were both good picks. Henry was 12th on NBADraft.net's big board, while Vasquez is a perfect fit to play alongside O.J. Mayo in the backcourt. It remains to be seen how playing time will be distributed – Vasquez is likely to come off the bench but Henry could end up starting at either wing spot, depending on what happens with Gay. He's not a natural small forward and would be giving up size, but he shouldn't be a liability at the position. That option seems better than moving Mayo to point, where his selfishness could cause issues for a team loaded with solid scorers. Vasquez is the draft's best passer and a good bet to push Mike Conley for playing time, if Mayo is kept at shooting guard. Selling Dominique Jones to Dallas makes sense.

Miami
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C-
Picks:
No. 32 Dexter Pittman
No. 41 Jarvis Varnado
No. 42 DaSean Butler

Three second rounders, and the picks kept getting better and better. Pittman was a big reach, but if the Heat can solve his weight concerns, they might find a decent player. Varnado is one-dimensional. Butler has injury concerns but was a top-20 pick at one point. In addition, the Heat kept their massive available cap by avoiding first rounders and ditching Daequan Cook, who wasn't particularly valuable. Giving up the No. 18 as well as the rights to No. 48 Latavious Williams pick wasn't pretty, but it was what the team wanted.

Milwaukee
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C
Picks:
No. 15 Larry Sanders
No. 37 Darington Hobson
No. 44 Jerome Jordan
No. 47 Tiny Gallon

Perhaps the most interesting set of picks in the draft, Milwaukee landed several potentially valuable players. Sanders, Jordan and Gallon all could be busts, but they also could provide the boost in size Milwaukee needs. The Bucks were exposed inside when Andrew Bogut went out late last season, and Sanders can provide a future compliment to Bogut while also occasionally sliding over to center. For every pound Sanders needs to add, Gallon needs to lose two. But he's got a lot of skill and plays like an oversized Antoine Walker, in both a good and bad way. Hobson and Jordan are mediocre picks, and both could never play a minute in the league or find their way into the Bucks' rotation. Milwaukee made two trades, for Corey Maggette and Chris Douglas-Roberts, that we like but won't include in the grade because they didn't involve picks.

Minnesota
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis


C+
Picks:
No. 4 Wesley Johnson
No. 30 Lazar Hayward
No. 35 Nemanja Bjelica
No. 45 Paulo Prestes

Johnson was the right pick. Sure, DeMarcus Cousins has more upside, but Johnson was the best fit for a team that has a few upside guys already and needed support on the wings and outside shooting desperately. Hayward was a pleasant surprise, a hard-working player who came into his own as a senior and could be an immediate contributor off the bench. He's similar to Jared Dudley, who was great for Phoenix this year. Bjelica has the potential to be a fantastic player down the road, and he and Hayward for the 23rd pick was a great deal. Prestes is a developmental prospect taken without much risk, though there were better players on the board. The confusing move was the decision to trade the No. 16 pick (Luke Babbitt) and Ryan Gomes to Portland for Martell Webster. Babbitt should be better than Webster by himself, and if they didn't like him, there were plenty of other good options available.

New Jersey
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
B+
Picks:
No. 3 Derrick Favors,
No. 24 Damion James

Favors might be the second best prospect in this draft class, so getting him third was definitely the right move for the Nets. There may still be trades to come, but this haul is a good one. They overpaid a bit for James, as mentioned in the Hawks analysis, but he should be a good player from Day 1 for a team that could use a stalwart small forward. Favors and Brook Lopez are a tantalizing post duo. Selling the 31st pick makes sense as this team tries to free up cap space.

New Orleans
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C
Picks:
No. 21 Craig Brackins
No. 26 Quincy Pondexter

Neither of these picks were of particularly good or bad value, but trading down makes some sense for the Hornets. I would have liked to see them add a wing who can shoot, but they chose to go with a power forward who can shoot and a wing who can't. The trade of No. 11 for Nos. 21 and 26 wasn't the greatest but it makes some sense given the Hornets' need for bodies. If they could have pried the 18th pick from Oklahoma City instead, that would have been a better value.

New York
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

D+
Picks:
No. 38 Andy Rautins
No. 39 Landry Fields

Rautins has the potential to develop into a solid rotation player with his shooting ability and good basketball mind. He even ran the offense for Syracuse on occasion, and he's a good passer and selfless player. Even so, the value wasn't particularly great taking him so early in the second round. There were clearly better players available, and Rautins wasn't even assured of being picked at all. Fields was a plain old blunder. Players like him are a dime a dozen in the D-League, and that will be where he heads right away – and probably stays for a while. There were better uses for these picks.

Oklahoma City
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C+

Picks:
No. 11 Cole Aldrich
No. 31 Tibor Pleiss
No. 48 Latavious Williams
No. 57 Ryan Reid

Easily the winner for the most confusing draft, the Thunder have a great general manager, Sam Presti, who outworks his competition. They entered the draft with one glaring weakness, at center, and addressed it with two decent big men available. Aldrich could start right away ahead of Nenad Krstic, and they got him for good value in a deal with New Jersey. Buying Pleiss was a nice move that could pay off one day. Williams is a player who could make the roster from Day 1 with good D-League experience under his belt. Reid was a big reach who wouldn't have stood a chance of being drafted had the Thunder not went out on a limb with him. In short, no great picks but a pair that could be useful in building a promising future in the small market. The Clippers' future first rounder should end up better than the No. 18 overall they traded for it, though Eric Bledsoe would have been a nice addition.
Orlando
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
A-
Picks:
No. 29 Daniel Orton
No. 59 Stanley Robinson

Orlando had a simple draft: two low picks, two very good values. Orton was never worthy of the lottery hype some analysts gave him, but at 29th overall, the Magic can afford the risk and potentially reap the reward. Robinson was easily the best player available at No. 59. It's refreshing to see a team not overthink anything and just make solid choices.

Philadelphia
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis


A-
Picks:
No. 2 Evan Turner

There's not much to say here. The Sixers took the man they wanted, the man their fans wanted and the man many felt was the best player available second overall. With John Wall being such an obvious first pick, they had plenty of time to sort through their possibilities. An argument for Derrick Favors is certainly valid, but there's a lot to like with Turner. His fit in Philadelphia depends largely on Andre Iguodala's future with the team.

Phoenix
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
Picks:
No. 46 Gani Lawal
No. 60 Dwayne Collins

Both power forwards were great value picks with no risk as second rounders. Either one of these ACC products could crack the Suns' rotation this season potentially, and both will help on the boards, which fills a big need. No one should have any complaints, seeing as this team doesn't even have a general manager right now.

Portland
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis




A-
Picks:
No. 16 Luke Babbitt
No. 22 Elliot Williams
No. 34 Armon Johnson

The Blazers reportedly turned down trade offers for swingman Nic Batum, including perhaps the No. 4 overall pick, so Babbitt will almost certainly be coming off the bench for the foreseeable future. Still, acquiring Babbitt and Ryan Gomes for Martell Webster is a great trade on Kevin Pritchard's final day as the Portland general manager. Williams and Johnson are redundant, even more so when Jerryd Bayless is factored into the equation. But Williams has long been seen as Portland's man, and he may play shooting guard to replace Rudy Fernandez, who reportedly is on the trading block. None of these picks were a reach, but the Blazers failed to get needed help up front.

Sacramento
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
Picks:
No. 5 DeMarcus Cousins
No. 33 Hassan Whiteside

Another excellent draft day for Sacramento, which is quickly developing a reputation for top scouting. Cousins and Whiteside have been compared to Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler, respectively, by cynics, and similar to that duo, they'll play together to start their careers. The difference: Chicago took Curry fourth and Chandler second. There's a chance both of these guys could be stars. There's also a chance both could be busts, as each has major character issues. I'd expect at least one – and likely both – to pan out as at least solid players. Whiteside is really a tremendous value pick.

San Antonio
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis



B+
Picks:
No. 20 James Anderson
No. 49 Ryan Richards

The Spurs win 50 games every year for a reason, and it's not just Tim Duncan. Anderson should step in right away and contribute. He's similar to a young, albeit less explosive, Michael Finley. Richards wowed a lot of people in workouts and though he's a long ways off could prove to be a nice find despite a lack of experience.

Toronto
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B
Picks:
No. 13 Ed Davis
No. 50 Solomon Alabi

The Raptors can replace their lefty power forward with a lefty power forward. Davis is no Chris Bosh, but he has a lot of upside and it's doubtful the wrist injury that ended his season will have serious effects on his career. Raptors Assistant GM Masai ujiri was instrumental in bringing him to the US, so it's fitting that he ends up in Toronto. Alabi was once built up as a top-20 pick, so getting him at 50 was a good value. Davis and Andrea Bargnani will make for one skinny frontcourt, but the potential is there.

Utah
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C
Picks:
No. 9 Gordon Hayward
No. 55 Jeremy Evans

Hayward falls somewhere between a reach and an OK pick. Paul George or Luke Babbitt would have been better choices to fill a void on the wing, but Hayward should do well in Utah's system. Outside of Ryan Reid, Evans was probably the most surprising pick of the draft. A relative unknown, the springy Western Kentucky power forward is under 200 pounds and averaged just 10 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a senior.

Washington
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
Picks:
No. 1 John Wall
No. 17 Kevin Seraphin
No. 23 Trevor Booker No. 56 Hamady N'diaye

There's nothing left to say about Wall. He's the right pick. He's going to be a star. The trade to acquire Kirk Hinrich and Seraphin for a future second rounder was brilliant, while the deal that sent the 30th and 35th picks to Minnesota for No. 23 was a stretch. Booker does fit this team's needs, though. N'diaye could one day be a player in this league, which is all you ask of a late second rounder. This was a draft that could change Washington's future. And they didn't mess it up, even if they could have maximized it slightly better.

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pretty accurate i think. NY

pretty accurate i think. NY and GS will not look back being happy on this night... in NY case it's possibly worse than the "we grab Hill and then not play and give him away for nothing" desaster.

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I really don't understand why

I really don't understand why the Knicks didn't take a gamble on hometown hero Lance Stephenson. The fans in the stands were pretty much begging for it. They were lucky he fell so low to start with, but to draft a couple of underwhelming players which a high-reward guy available didn't make sense to me.

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Anything higher than an F is

Anything higher than an F is too good for Toronto.

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You made a slight error. The

You made a slight error. The T-Wolves are not getting Hamady Ndiaye. He is going to Washington because he was included in the deal that sent Trevor Booker to Washington.

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Don't try to be nice and give

Don't try to be nice and give the Knicks a generous. Just give them an F. They deserve it. The Knicks were terrible. They drafted Andy Rautins at 38 which was way too big of a reach. Most people had him going undrafted. And they draft Landry Fields at 39! Most people didn't have him being drafted either and a lot of people never even heard of him. I mean, I know you're trying to build through free agency, but C'MON! You still gotta draft properly.

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The Hornets should get a F I

The Hornets should get a F I am very unsatisfied with who they got.

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i agree the knicks sucked but

i agree the knicks sucked but people please do not write off landry fields just yet...he can create his own shot and could be a nice matchup problem off the bench...i hope he makes it i watched him play about 5 times this year and he impressed me each time with his competitive nature and ability to fill up the basket

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Man... the Heat could be 3

Man... the Heat could be 3 future hall of famers, Chalmers, and D-Leaguers.

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The Hawks

I don't understand why the Hawks get a C+.

The got a quality pick with James with their first pick and the swapped it for Crawford and the 31st pick which was ok with me. But then they waste that pick on the German and then sell it to OKC. Then to make matters worse they select a guy in Pape Sy that will probably never play a game in the NBA.

F- should be their grade and if we don't resign Joe Johnson the Hawks won't make the playoffs next year.

Rick Sund is turning into Billy Knight. Somebody please let me be the GM.

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Ryan Reid

How did Ryan Reid get drafted? You guys have him going to OKC when Indiana actually drafted him. He averaged 6.9 ppg and 4 rpg at Florida State. It doesn't make sense when Derrick Caracter and Dwayne Collins were still on the board. Even undrafted players like Charles Garcia, Deon Thompson, Wayne Chism, or Michael Washington would have been better. Does he have that much potential we don't know about?

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miami and bucks only C?!!!wtf!

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I thought the Wizards had a

I thought the Wizards had a good draft. They got John Wall with the number 1 pick. I'm so glad we didn't get Evan Turner. John Wall can make my team alot better. We also picked up 2 bangers down low and we get Kirk Hinrich. Kirk Hinrich can come off the bench as a point or 2 or he can start at the shooting guard position. Its mainly an insurance policy to Gilbert Arenas. Gilbert can be a great shooting guard. Hopefully he can stay healthy and learn to play along side John Wall. If so we could possibly have the best backcourt in the league.

good job Ernie Grunfield

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Lakers made a killing..

Lakers made a killing.. Ebanks makes the Lakers defense even more dynamic especially with a player like Artest as his mentor (hes gonna turn Ebanks into a BEAST defensively)... Caracter makes the Lakers front line even STRONGER... (Caracter, Bynum, Gasol, Odom)...

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How about some of the players

How about some of the players that didn't get drafted ? Scottie Reynolds, Tyler Smith, Wayne Chism, Samardo Samuels, Edgar Sosa, Deon Thompson, Charles Garcia, Michael Washington, Manny Harris, A.J. Ogilvy, Sherron Collins, Raymar Morgan, Jerome Dyson, Ishmael Smith, Jon Scheyer , Brian Zoubek, Taylor Mason Griffin, Matt Bouldin

I wonder why nobody picked up Scottie Reynolds. He could have been a nice serviceable player off a teams bench.

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 I'm going to try to address

I'm going to try to address as many of these as possible, though I make no guarantees.

Meisi4: Thanks, though I'm not sure I agree that it's worse than what they did with Jordan Hill. That move looks ominously similar to what the Celtics did with Joe Johnson.

Omphalos: I think Lance might be best off without the distractions of New York, but he still would have been a better pick than what they ended up with.

Churchboy1: I understand why Raptor fans are frustrated, but Davis could be a nice player.

Jman159: Thanks for the correction. As far as the F, I think Rautins was a reach but he could be a rotation player, so I couldn't give them an F.

JordanC20: Very underwhelming draft from New Orleans.

TaylorCondrin: Fields reminds me of a lot of guys in the D-League. I hope he ends up good, but I just don't see it.

Mike_r232: That's what it's looking like.

ClaytonCrowe: Don't write off Sy. He might take a few years, but I wouldn't be surprised if he developed well. And the 31st pick could have been better used, I agree. But they got a good player in Crawford.

Dgtool2: Reid was traded to Oklahoma City for rights to Magnum Rolle. I don't think anyone quite understands how he got picked.

Lodzio20: Miami essentially gave away a first rounder for nothing, which didn't help their draft. Milwaukee was rather underwhelming to me.

Chill_dude03: I agree. A- is a solid grade. There will be a post on the guys who weren't drafted at some point soon. Good group of big names.

Billyk: Yes the Lakers made the most out of nothing, though I wouldn't count on Caracter making the team. At least not right away.

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Sam Presti is playing mind

Sam Presti is playing mind games...

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Los Spurs

Pretty good assessments overall. I'd agree with your thoughts on the Spurs' draft. I really like Anderson, and I think he's a great fit for the Spurs. Richards is a classic Spurs pick. I think if I had been drafting for them, I would have taken someone with a better chance to contribute this year, but maybe they didn't like any of the remaining prospects that much.

Also, would it be possible to use the actual black and silver Spurs logo? They quit using that pastel-colored one years ago.

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Mc_lovin: Presti is the man.

Mc_lovin: Presti is the man. One of the three best GMs in the NBA, with RC Buford and Daryl Morey. But I still don't get the Ryan Reid pick.

tttmikeb: The pastel logo is so throwback, though! Haha. Anderson is an excellent pick, and the Spurs have been known to take the best available player regardless of whether he's years off (Scola) or ready now (Blair) in the second round, so Richards shouldn't be a surprise. They must have really liked him. A lot of teams did.

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Latvius Williams was sold to OKC

They bought the pick and he will back up Durant and Green at the SF/PF spots!

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Re: How about some of the

Re: How about some of the players that didn't get drafted ? Scottie Reynolds, Tyler Smith, Wayne Chism, Samardo Samuels, Edgar Sosa, Deon Thompson, Charles Garcia, Michael Washington, Manny Harris, A.J. Ogilvy, Sherron Collins, Raymar Morgan, Jerome Dyson, Ishmael Smith, Jon Scheyer , Brian Zoubek, Taylor Mason Griffin, Matt Bouldin

Teams drafting most of the time dont make sense if it is outside of the obvious lottery picks and the rest of the 1st round. As a GM, in the 2nd round, I would go strictly for the best player available and this was not the case. Even where some teams may have picked for a need, they still didnt pick the best player available at that position. It happens every year. This being said, this year wasnt as bad as it usually is. Reid getting drafted over the last 3 big guys in the draft was dumb. Ish Smith is definitely going to make a team, just watch. Not only could Chism have been drafted but J.P. Prince as well. Harris is gonna make a squad too, really surprised no one took a chance on him or the very talented Samuels. I didnt expect Scheyer to get drafted but Zoubek could have gone. All of the players you mentioned are very good players and most will end up playing in the league. I think Scottie Reynolds pro potential is really underrated.

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Spencerb: I like Williams a

Spencerb: I like Williams a lot. I'm a big supporter of the D-League.

Surve: More than anything, it's recognizable players who weren't picked. Not necessarily great prospects. Not that many undrafted players make it into the league.

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I hear that the Knicks bought

I hear that the Knicks bought Milwaukee's pick of Jerome Jordan...so they did get some type of size after all. I was hoping against hope that Whiteside would slip further but that wasn't meant to be. But their selections baffled me nonetheless...I mean sure Rautins could shoot, in fact he is one of the better shooters in the draft but Fields was a complete mystery. Sure he lead the Pac-10 in scoring but their was so much more talent on the table. Lance stephenson was still out there, Will Warren was still there, they wouldnt have to buy Jordan because they could have drafted him. I'm not saying that Fields doesn't have talent, but to me there was sooo much more out there

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Overall: Usual Good Job By Adi Joseph

As usual, Adi made a lot of good points.

I still can't figure out what's going on with David Kahn in Minnesota. Wesley Johnson was a good selection but as Adi said, "Babbitt should be better than Webster by himself". Why would he make that move?

On the plus side, Bjelica and that other big guy possibly coming over from Europe could save Minnesota.

I think OKC deserves a higher grade because they got the defensive center they were looking for. But adding another 2 centers tells me Presti has admitted he made a big mistake last year when he selected BJ Mullens in the first round.

Two grades I disagree with is the B+ for Indiana and is the A- given to Orlando. I think both of them were too high.

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2nd rounders are not gaurenteed!!!

WHY WOULD YOU EXECS NOT TAKE THE BEST PLAYER ON THE BOARD...I dont understand.. See all these guys in europe getting paid..or the NEW CBA dont take it to heart but there is no logic to this. Its not like they have to pay them a good salary, all these guys dont mind being role players so explain to me why you wouldnt draft any of these guys its a shame a travesty.....

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Narc: It looks as though the

Narc: It looks as though the Knicks have acquired Jordan. He's a big step up from their other two picks and could find a role, though he's not perfect for Mike D'Antoni's system.

Rtbt: Thanks for the compliments. I think the Pacers made the right move to go for a home run instead of the usual slap single they settle for. Orlando got two players who were great values at low spots.

Nuffsaid_2001: I agree, but every team sees players differently.

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Elliot Williams 22nd overall.

Elliot Williams 22nd overall.

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The Lakers, Kings and Pistons

The Lakers, Kings and Pistons are my top 3 teams that made the best draft selections on draft night

The Pistons in my opinion selected the best power forward in the draft, Greg Monroe. He's not very athletic but he's a polished post player that can pass, shoot, rebound and play defense. He came from a school known for producing good post players. The Pistons got Terrico White also. He's a nice atheletic wing player that can score. He had a good game against a talented Kentucky team in college.

The Kings got a gem in Demarcus Cousin. There are very few bigmen his size that can handle the ball like a guard and have his footwork. He's going to be a special player in the league.Even though Hassan Whiteside is a project he is a kid with like arms that can block and alter shots.

The Lakers made great selections in their second round pick. Devin Ebanks can be a defensive menace with his long arms and his athleticism. Derrick Caracter is a big body that can score in the post and also hit jumpers.

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Best analysis on the web...

...but you're going to be surprised by Fields.

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Ollstar: Thanks.

Ollstar: Thanks. Typo.

Chill_dude03: As you can see, I pretty much agree. Love what the Lakers did with two second rounders. The Knicks could learn a thing or two.

Hoops Maestro: Thanks for the compliment, and I hope you're right.

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IMO

Fields is going to make the Knicks, he will back up Gallinari, and probably the SG position, but he led the conference is scoring at 22 per, thats game. He will do ok in the League. The Knicks didnt spend because they have a legit shot at grabbing LBJ and a PF too, maybe even Amare!!! So they were cautious and got good character guys on the team even at the expense of Stephenson (questionable character).

But I am a Boston fan and at first I said What?! over the selection of Bradley, but after some thought, he could improve our perimeter D even more from day 1, and we will sign Ray Ray after this draft, then we will bring in a young back up that has experience in the League and not a rookie to play behind Pierce. I hope they are looking at Gomes or Outlaw. They would fit great. PP opt out next year, with Baby, and Kendrick. More $$$ then, if the CBA is rectified. Then we will be right back with the combination of youth and vets to win it again. And if not then we will be set for the future.

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Lance Stephenson

The Knicks really should of just drafted him for his fan support, he had great value for those picks. Their front office must have really thought his attitude was awful.

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For those interested, here's

For those interested, here's the grade breakdown: 10 As, 7 Bs, 7 Cs, 2 Ds, 0 Fs.

Spceltics55: Fields really lacks the athletic ability necessary to play at the three in the NBA. He's also not a good defender, which would be his ticket to the league. His knack is his scoring feel, but he doesn't shoot well enough to keep defenders honest. I just don't see success in his future at the NBA level, though in Europe or the D-League he could be a player.

Smurfy: I'm not sure I like the idea of drafting a guy for the hype he could bring. This isn't the WNBA. Still, Stephenson was a worthwhile risk at that spot in the draft, and there were many even better risks still available, as well as better "ready" players.

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Adi Joseph Adi Joseph thats

Adi Joseph Adi Joseph thats the same talk that was said about a Bruce Bowen and a Josh Childress, but they seem to have pretty good careers, but you are right you can't take a person based solely on their fan support. Maybe I just like Landry Fields a whole lot more than most because I have seen him a lot.

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Wolves Grade

A C+ has to be our best grade since the KG draft

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d rose potential all star

just an update brotha, he was an allstar last year

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What was the front office of

What was the front office of the Knicks thinking?

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Oklahoma City a C+? Really?

Oklahoma City a C+? Really? Presti worked his draft wonders again by trading his picks in order to fill the Thunder's biggest need at the moment, a legitimate center in Cole Adrich. Adrich can step in, play immediately, and provide OKC with what they've been lacking, which is offensive and defensive toughness and size in the middle. Not to mention, they drafted 7-footer Tibor Pleiss who could also be a really special big man given his development if he goes and plays overseas for a year or two. The Thunder deserve at least a B for Presti's ability to acquire a player like Adrich rather than wasting his picks on young players who might not be as ready to contribute as Adrich is.

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Spceltics55: This is what

Spceltics55: This is what makes the draft fun. We'll have to see. I've seen him quite a bit, too.

Matthags: Ha well... Kevin McHale wasn't the best of drafters.

Billy_Blaze1: I know, but Noah hasn't made one yet. I love Rose -- I think he's being tremendously undervalued in discussing Chicago and free agents. They don't need two big names added, one would be enough to put them into contention.

Uncle Bucksh0t: Do we ever know?

Fresh_the_Fan: There were better players available at every pick for the Thunder. It's unclear that Aldrich is really a starter-quality player, as he'll need to improve his offense to reach that potential.

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Fresh_The_Fan on Presti

Fresh_The_Fan said, "Presti worked his draft wonders again"

I like Presti and think he's an excellent GM but let's not go overboard. Remember, he's the guy who drafted BJ Mullens in the first round last year. I repeatedly said before the draft that BJ Mullens wasn't ready for the Big Ten, let alone the NBA. That was a big mistake.

And he also passed up on Tyreke Evans which I thought was one of the huge blunders in last year's draft. Harden's going to be a decent player but Tyreke will probably become an All Star.

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KNICKS ABYSMAL DRAFT

Man, you gotta feel for the Knicks faithful. Finally rid off Isaiah's reign, Donnie for 2 seasons in a row comes away with a rather disappointing draft night. Isaiah may have been awful with the roster management, but at least his draft record deserved merit (i.e; Lee with the 30th). Although, if he comes away with LBJ, or Amare and Joe J through free agency, i guess Donnie's pathetic draft track with the Knicks can be forgiven.

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screw them lol

ya they draft good. but i hate em

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To Adi

Smurfy: I'm not sure I like the idea of drafting a guy for the hype he could bring. This isn't the WNBA. Still, Stephenson was a worthwhile risk at that spot in the draft, and there were many even better risks still available, as well as better "ready" players.

Warriors just signed Jeremy Lin, Palo Alto natice. I'm a japanese-American from Oakland, and me and every other american-asian person in the bay area is going nuts and getting hyped for the sure to-be fan favorite. It was a great signing, he will not doubt bring hype to the franchise and more ticket sales.

Adi, as a business firm you always try to bring spotlight and hype to your product. It was a wise economic and finicial decision for the Warriors to sign Lin, and they same could have been said for Knicks drafting Stephenson.

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I like Williams a lot. I'm a

I like Williams a lot. I'm a big supporter of the D-League

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Man, you gotta feel for the

Man, you gotta feel for the Knicks faithful. Finally rid off Isaiah's reign, Donnie for 2 seasons in a row comes away with a rather disappointing draft night. Isaiah may have been awful with the roster management, but at least his draft record deserved merit (i.e; Lee with the 30th). Although, if he comes away with LBJ, or Amare and Joe J through free agency, i guess Donnie's pathetic draft track with the Knicks can be forgiven.

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Fields

I see Landry is doing just fine while Lance can't get off the bench in Indy. Looks like the Front Office made the right choices but I digress as it is still early and both Fields and Gallo could be sent away for Melo.

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Adi was dead wrong, but would never admit it

Yeah Landry Fields is amazing; 1st team all-rookie. Adi was dead wrong and I was wrong too. However one of the other few second-rounders to play well is Lance Stephenson. He is balling with Jim O'Brien gone now. Adi said there were many better risks available at 39 than Lance Stephenson and Landry Fields, when no other second-rounder has yet proved that. But Adi will never admit he is wrong, hes pretty arrogant.

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