Winners and Losers in draft
This draft was one of the harder ones to predict. I thought there would be a lot more trades. But there are some winners and losers. I thought there were a lot of winners so I seperated into big winners and just plain winners.
New Orleans: Davis was a no brainer but the edition of Rivers and Darius Miller were really good. If Gordon decides to leave then Rivers can replace him. I know NO wants to match an offer for Gordon but if a team offers him a max deal, do they really want to match that? Either way I believe Rivers and Gordon can play off each other.
Golden State: They really wanted Barnes or MKG but didn't think they would have a shot at either unless they moved up. Barnes fell to them and it was a position of need plus they get a solid bigman in Festus and a solid rotation player in Draymond Green.
Denver: Fournier should be a real good pro when he comes in a couple of years but being able to get Quincy Miller at 38 is a steal. They are deep with wing players so they can bring him up slowly and make sure he fully heals from injuries. If he regains his athletic abilities to near 100%, watch out!
Detroit: Drummond falling to them was crazy. He complements Monroe right nowand if he develops more offensively that will be a scary duo. Picking up Khris Middleton and Kim English were great pick. Im high on English and if Middleton regains form prior to surgey it will be a great pick up.
OKC: Perry Jones falling to them was unbelievable. It's a perfect situation for him as well since they won't ask much for him right away. He can be Jeff Green for them all over again.
Sac: Perfect situation for Thomas Robinson and the Kings. Should add muturity, high IQ and toughness to a team that desperetly needs it.
Wasington: Beal is the shooter they really needed. He and Wall will be a dangerous backcort duo on offense and defence. I know their really happy the Cavs or anyone else didn't trade with the Bobcats at 2 to take Beal.
76's: Taking Mo (Maurice) Harkless was a solid pick but also getting Moultrie who they wanted at 15 too! Both players fit there style of play and should contribute right away.
Boston: Picking up Sullinger, Melo and Joseph. Solid picks all around. Especially Sulli. Adds much needed size.
Portland: Lillard, Leonard and Barton. They got there PG and Center of the future to go along with Aldridge and Batum. I thought Kim English would be better at shooting guard position but Barton is a solid pick as well.
Bobcats: MKG is a really good player. Solid glue guy and it's no knock on him but I'm sure at least 1 of the 5 trade proposals was going to get them more and better players that they desperately needed. Although I do like the Taylor pick in the scond round. But they still need a lot more scores. A lot more everything for that matter.
Dallas: Zeller was solid for them. A skilled bigman at a position that they needed. So they trade him for an ok 2G prospect (thought there were better 2G options) and a cnter in James and a small PF in Crowder who both probably would have gone undrafted. I thought PJ3 would have been a great pick for them. I don't get it?
Houston: All three of those players are solid picks but I'm sure they weren't planning on keeping the picks. Plus they still don't have a bigman. Lamb, PJ3 and Zeller would have been a better combo of picks if they were going to keep all 3.
Don't forget the Cavs passing on Robinson and Barnes for Waiters.
Shocking. I agree that Teague was what they needed there. Gonna regret that.
I dont think the Cavs wanted a SF, they wanted the most dynamic guard they could get...and ultimately that came down to Beal 1st and Waiters 2nd.
None of these kinds of threads are complete without mentioning Indiana as a loser.
yep. how could Indiana take Plumlee and pass on Teague? ok, so dont take Teague...there was still PJIII, Moultrie, and Doron Lamb, all couldve been solid there. I thought Mike Scott had a chance to get in the 1st round....he didnt but Plumlee did??? Mike Scott is an elite scorer and good rebounder on the college level. Plumlee was a terrible offensive option and below average rebounder for someone of his physical size and athleticism.
I'm on a wait see approach for the Cavs. I think they should have gotten Barnes at 4. "IF" he tuns out to be D Wade light then then great. If he turns out to be a good 6th man then they could have done better. I stil like the Zeller pick up though. Asd for Indiana, they really needed a backup center for Hibbert. Someone who can play 10 to 15 a game. I had them taking Fab Melo so taking Plumblee isn't that much of a drop off or a suprise for me. But Festus could have been a better pick if they wanted to stay big. Thinking more about it now altough PJ3 isn't a need they should have picked him, Teague or Moultrie. S yea add them to the Losers list.
Golden State- They got a guy with great talent and feels a need in Barnes. Ezeli and Green were nice picks for where they were taken.
Detroit-Lucked out and got a guy who could potentially give them the best frontline in the NBA in a few years. Not such a huge risk at 9 instead of say 4.
Portland-Grabbed a nice collection of talent in Liilard, Leonard and Barton.
Oklahoma City-Perry Jones couldn't have come to a better place. Let him play behind Durant and Ibaka and see which one he turns out more similar to.
Cleveland-They reached a few picks high for Waiters, regardless of his hype, he wasn't a top 5 prospect in this draft. Zeller is a nice player too, but they have up 3 quality picks for the guy.
Indiana-Easily the worst pick in the draft. Truly wasted a pick on a garbage player.
Brooklyn-16 games of Gerald Wallace really killed them this year.
I have a wait and see aproach on Cavs draft pick because remember Cleveland seemed to have a knack for picking up some solid shooting guards that played well for them last year and if they truly has a eye for shooting guards, Waiters could be a stud. I thought they could have done more in this draft but I think they may fill out spots with free agents or they don't want to try to develop too many young players. Zeller was not a bad pick considering he could have gone earlier.
Waiters and Zeller aren't bad players, that's not what I'm going for. It's just that for having four picks in the top 33, they should've ended up with a lot more then what they did. They could've had Barnes at 4, Moultire at 24, a lot of quality players at 33, and Doron Lamb at 34.
I think the Lakers really picked a quality player. Sacre is big, strong, mobile (though not really explosive) and most importantly, he can shoot FTs. I really think he can be a great position defender and rebounder who can make the roster, which is more than you can say about most guys picked there.
I really hated the Mavs pick ,there was better options out there put again we wasting good opportunities in the draft night
I agree with everything you said except about Houston. I really liked what they did in aquiring all of those picks. Yes it was evident they didn't want to keep them and ideally wanted to move up to get Drummond, as there were several rumors that they wanted to trade up to the 5th, or the 8th and 9th. I still like what they did nonetheless, they got three solid guys, all of which have lotto talent, I like Royce White, he can bang despite his size, he can distribute and handle, and he has a decent low post game, and if he can overcome his anxiety disorder, than he can be a really special. For some reason Jeremy Lamb reminds me of Kevin Martin, both are 2 guards with good length that can shoot the ball and score but don't do much else. I think Lamb at worst will be a three point specialist, and his celing is basically what Kevin Martin is. And Terrence Jones is a good 3/4, he is strong and long and athletic enough to play the 4, and quick and agile enough to play on the perimeter, the problem is that he is just OK at both, and he's sort of a tweener. But he has good athletic ability which is why I think he'll be an energy guy that gets out in the break and can handle the ball, and does have playmaking skills.
Overall I like the draft for Houston even if it didn't go the way they planned, however I don't think they're done yet, they're still shopping Luis Scola, however they did need to adress their need of a bigman, and Tyler Zeller would have been nice at 16 and Royce White most likely would've still been there at 18, but still a great draft for them, I really like the way Daryll Morey is sort of rebuilding a semi-small market franchise(Houston is not a small market, but in NBA circles they sort of are) while still staying competitive at the same time, although unfortunatly for them they've been just on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs go, but this team has been competitive and would've been a 5-7th seed in the East this season.