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this sites 2009 nbadraft grades...how did they pan out in year one?

Atlanta Draft Grade Additions Comments

B+ Picks:
(19th) Jeff Teague,
(49th) Sergey Gladyr
Teague is a great fit for the Hawks system. With Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford, the Hawks can afford to take a score-first point to replace Mike Bibby. The Hawks are a fast-paced team and the former Demon Deacon should only help that. They could have added more immediate help in the second round though.

Boston Draft Grade Additions Comments
B Pick:
(58th) Lester Hudson The Celtics didn't have a lot of options with the third-to-last pick in the draft, but they got some instant value in the 24-year-old Hudson. There may have been better players on the board than the former Tennessee-Martin via Michigan product, but Hudson also could have gone earlier.
Charlotte Draft Grade Additions Comments
A Picks:
(12th) Gerald Henderson,
(40th) Derrick Brown These are two great, ready-to-play picks for a team that desperately needed some help on the wings. Henderson should be a long-term starter and Brown provides great versatility, capable of guarding three positions. They also sold Oklahoma City the rights to the No. 54 pick, Robert Vaden.
Chicago Draft Grade Additions Comments
A- Picks:
(16th) James Johnson,
(26th) Taj Gibson In need of a back-to-the-basket scorer and some defensive help, Chicago brings in two guys capable of just those things. There were more talented options available at each spot, but you have to like a team knowing what it needs to succeed. And Johnson may end up a star in his own right.
Cleveland Draft Grade Additions Comments

C- Picks:
(30th) Christian Eyenga,
(46th) Danny Green The biggest surprise of the first round came at the end of it: Eyenga received little hype coming into the draft. But he's an athletic project who could turn into something special. Green should be an instant role player. But disregarding their cap situation, the Cavaliers should have taken someone ready to contribute in the first.

Dallas Draft Grade Additions Comments

C+ Picks:
(25th) Rodrique Beaubois (from Oklahoma City),
(45th) Nick Calathes (from Minnesota),
(56th) Ahmad Nivins (from Portland) Beaubois could end up being an excellent pick in a few years. He's an athletic point guard with incredible length and the potential to be a solid starter, at least. Trading away BJ Mullens may come back to haunt them. Calathes is a skilled, big combo guard suited for Europe. Nivins might be a nice reserve if he makes the roster.
Denver Draft Grade Additions Comments

B Pick:
(18th) Ty Lawson (trade) Lawson is a very good pick (sent to Denver to honor an owed 1st round pick by Minnesota) who might have been a lottery talent but slipped in a draft loaded with point guards. He might be the fastest player in the draft and should provide a great change of pace to Chauncey Billups. The Nuggets sold Houston the rights to the 34th pick, Sergio Llull.
Detroit Draft Grade Additions Comments

C- Picks:
(15th) Austin Daye,
(35th) DaJuan Summers,
(39th) Jonas Jerebko Detroit Pistons

Analysis: The Pistons made the three best picks of the second round in Summers, Jerebko and Chase Budinger. They then traded Budinger, the steal of the draft, to Houston. And Daye (promised early in the process) was an exceptionally poor first-round choice with so many better fits and better players available.
Golden State Draft Grade Additions Comments

A- Pick:
(7th) Stephen Curry Curry is an outstanding fit for the Warriors, a combo guard who plays in contrast to Monta Ellis and should work pretty well with him on offense. Neither will play defense, but that hasn't been a big priority in Golden State. Word is the Curry choice may have been made by Phoenix and the Warriors may ship him off with promising forward Brandan Wright and center Andris Biedrins, (which would be a bad trade for them).

Houston Draft Grade Additions Comments

A+ Picks:
(32nd) Jermaine Taylor (from Washington),
(34th) Sergio Llull (from Denver),
(44th) Chase Budinger (from Detroit) The team with no picks of its own made a major splash in the second round. The Rockets got two ready-to-play wings and a nice project point for three cash packages and a future second rounder. Three possible first round talents in the second round, that's called great maneuvering, especially in the Budinger steal.

Indiana Draft Grade Additions Comments

C- Picks:
(13th) Tyler Hansbrough,
(52nd) A.J. Price Indiana remained true to their conservative ways, which has to be frustrating for fans hoping for a contender. Hansbrough has the chance to be a nice player for years. His heart and knack for scoring should keep him in the league for a long time. But the 13th pick just seems about 10 spots too high. Price probably would have went undrafted and wasn't the best point guard on the board.
LA Clippers Draft Grade Additions Comments

A Pick:
(1st) Blake Griffin How do you grade this? On one hand, the Clippers didn't mess up. They took the future stud. Griffin was the only player in this draft who looked like a sure thing. On the other hand, it can't be an A+ because they didn't make any other moves and Griffin can't be called a steal.
LA Lakers Draft Grade Additions Comments

C- Pick:
(59th) Chinemelu Enolu The defending champs sold the 29th pick, Toney Douglas, to the Knicks. Then they traded the 42nd pick, Patrick Beverly, to the Heat for a future second rounder and cash. They could have used one of those combo guards. Instead, they end up with the raw, underwhelming Texas A&M forward.
Memphis Draft Grade Additions Comments

A- Picks:
(2nd) Hasheem Thabeet,
(27th) DeMarre Carroll,
(36th) Sam Young The Grizzlies wanted to improve their rebounding, defense and overall toughness. In those regards, this was a great draft. Thabeet certainly makes a lot of sense here and has tremendous potential. Carroll and Young will compete for playing time but each brings something to the table.

Miami Draft Grade Additions Comments

C+ Picks:
(42nd) Patrick Beverly,
(60th) Robert Dozier Both players are pretty solid fits for what the Heat need, but neither was a great pick by any means. Beverley is a combo guard who just got done with a year in low level Ukraine. Dozier, a former Memphis Tiger, can defend. Both players may play in Europe next year. The Heat also got two future second rounders for the 43rd pick, Marcus Thornton.
Milwaukee Draft Grade Additions Comments

B+ Picks:
(10th) Brandon Jennings,
(41st) Jodie Meeks Jennings was a great value pick at 10th. He's got the potential to develop into one of the best point guards in the league, and his stock was hurt by his decision to eschew college in favor of Europe. Meeks, on the other hand, wasn't even close to the best shooting guard available.
Minnesota Draft Grade Additions Comments

B+ Picks:
(5th) Ricky Rubio (via Washington),
(6th) Jonny Flynn,
(28th) Wayne Ellington,
(47th) Henk Norel The least-talked about storyline of the draft is that Rubio may stay in Spain for a year or two, which won't please Minnesota fans. Esteve Rubio (Ricky's father): "With this pick, it's possible Ricky plays a year or two more in Europe." Marca.com ... But he's still a tremendous value at 5th, and Flynn and Ellington are also very solid picks. Trading Randy Foye is part of this grade, but it was still a very good draft.

New Jersey Draft Grade Additions Comments
C Pick:
(11th) Terrence Williams For starters, the Vince Carter blockbuster isn't part of this grade. Williams has the look of a very good NBA role player. But you have to wonder if Gerald Henderson wouldn't have been a better fit for a team that is going to need scoring next year. The Nets' youth movement is nice to see, though.
New Orleans Draft Grade Additions Comments

C+ Picks:
(21st) Darren Collison,
(43rd) Marcus Thornton (via Miami) Your best player is a lightning-quick 6-foot point guard. You're a playoff team near contention. Why would you draft a lightning-quick 6-foot point guard? With that said, Collison is a nice backup, and Thornton's scoring ability is almost enough to look the other way on the first rounder.
New York Draft Grade Additions Comments

A- Pick:
(8th) Jordan Hill
(29) Toney Douglas The fans booed, but Hill is a great value here, a true power forward who is an upgrade from Al Harrington at the position. He's got the ability to become an absolute stud, and at the least should be a poor man's Jermaine O'Neal. The Darko Milicic trade was nice, though not included in the grade. Douglas gvies them an excellent defender in the back court coming off the bench.
Oklahoma City Draft Grade Additions Comments

A Picks:
(3rd) James Harden,
(24th) B.J. Mullens,(trade)
(54th) Robert Vaden (via Charlotte) The Thunder came into the night with two open spots in their future starting lineup: shooting guard and center. So they filled them. This is a case where a team drafts for need but gets two really good values in the process. Even Vaden may make the roster.
Orlando Draft Grade Additions Comments
N/A Picks: None We're not factoring in the Vince Carter trade because it didn't involve a pick, but if we were, the grade here would be an A.

Philadelphia Draft Grade Additions Comments

D Pick:
(17th) Jrue Holiday Holiday was expected by many to go several spots higher than this. But there wasn't any real reason for it. While he does have potential, Holiday is a true project who seems to have bust written all over him after doing very little with plenty of opportunity at UCLA last season.

Phoenix Draft Grade Additions Comments

B- Pick:
(14th) Earl Clark,
(48th) Taylor Griffin,
(57th) Emir Preldzic The Suns got one of the 10 most talented players in the draft with the 14th pick. The concerns over Clark's intensity seem to be a stretch. But drafting Griffin 48th seemed a little odd, as Blake's older brother probably shouldn't have been drafted.
Portland Draft Grade Additions Comments

A- Picks:
(22nd) Victor Claver (from Dallas),
(31st) Jeff Pendergraph (from Sacramento),
(33rd) Dante Cunningham,
(55th) Patrick Mills The Blazers already had a loaded roster, so they weren't looking to add much right now. Claver has a lot of talent and won't require a contract for a few years. Pendergraph and Cunningham are both solid value prospects to stow away in the NBDL. Mills should have been taken 20 spots higher.

Sacramento Draft Grade Additions Comments

C- Picks:
(4th) Tyreke Evans,
(23rd) Omri Casspi,
(38th) Jon Brockman (from Portland) On one hand, the trio adds much-needed toughness to a very soft team. On the other hand, Evans isn't a true point guard and will struggle to get shooters like Kevin Martin and Francisco Garcia involved. They should have went with Rubio. Casspi should be a nice addition on the wing, though. Brockman: NBA, really?
San Antonio Draft Grade Additions Comments

A Picks:
(37th) DeJuan Blair,
(51st) Jack McClinton,
(53rd) Nando De Colo How do these guys just fall into the Spurs' lap? Blair is a perfect fit alongside Duncan and could start next season. That alone deserves an A. But then you factor in McClinton, a potential Eddie House clone, and De Colo, a brilliant passer with potential, and you have an A draft with no first rounders.

Toronto Draft Grade Additions Comments

B+ Pick:
(9th) DeMar DeRozan You can't fault a team for taking the best player available at a position of need. But DeRozan may not be the ideal fit. The Raptors can win as soon as next year if they resign Marion, and DeRozan may still be a year or two away. Then again, his athleticism might translate quicker than expected.
Utah Draft Grade Additions Comments

C+ Picks:
(20th) Eric Maynor,
(50th) Goran Suton The Jazz failed to address their need for help on the wings and took two players with very limited upside. Maynor is a nice player who should be a nice backup, but they could have afforded to gamble on a small forward with big potential. Suton lacks NBA-level athleticism and quickness.
Washington Draft Grade Additions Comments

B- Picks: None The Minnesota trade that gave away the fifth pick and three bigs for Randy Foye and Mike Miller is looking less desirable now that we know Rubio would have been available. But the Wizards did what they needed to do to win now. Selling the 32nd pick, Jermaine Taylor, also might have been foolish.


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memphis,portland grades

memphis,portland grades should be lower. knicks and bobcats grade should be wayyy lower

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Budinger wasn't the steal of

Budinger wasn't the steal of the draft.

I think the Kings would have had an A if this article was written yesterday.

Chris Paul getting injured made this guy look stupid, sayin Collison was a bad pick

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New Orleans grade should be

New Orleans grade should be much higher than a C+ as well

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I think its tough to give

I think its tough to give Portland a bad grade Cunningham has shown a lot of potential i think he might be a future starter. Im not sold on Pendergraph he can be a decent backup possibly, Claver looks like hes might be good but you cant grade him until he comes over, and Mills is a steal he shouldn't have fallen that far hes definitely AT LEAST Portlands backup of the future.

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imnot saying they need a bad

imnot saying they need a bad grade but that isnt a A- draft.thats a cplus at best. if thats a A then the hornest is a Aplus plus plus

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Yeah i agree its a b right

Yeah i agree its a b right now. Anyway i do think the Hornet should get that grade because of where they were drafted, and how good their doing now.

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yeah b would also be too

yeah b would also be too high. all those players have shown to just be 7th men and below. even when alot of guys are injuried and mills has played alot of his season in the d leauge hasnt he

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Mills was hurt most of the

Mills was hurt most of the season, and Claver didnt come over so i think a b is fair.

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Ha Knicks should be C

Ha Knicks should be C highest, even if Douglas & Hill didn't play much.

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lol at the kings getting a

lol at the kings getting a C- with the explanation that Tyreke Evans was a bad pick and they should have gone with rubio. Casspi and Brockman alongside the rookie of the year should be an A+

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Ummmm

Quincey, Portland's grade is just fine....All 3 of their picks are steals in the 2nd round. They all play well (besides Patty) and give good minutes. Especially Cunningham.

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DeJuan Blair

DeJuan Blair is the biggest steal in the 2009 Draft... No doubt about it...

Most of you predicted that the Joe Alexander of this draft was Gerald Henderson and you're right about that...

Tyreke Evans makes the Kings look good and therefore deserves an A...

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Did you see the Bobcats beat the Lakers today? - Henderson looked very good on defense and seemed to pair really well with D J Augustine.

Sure it was only one game, but I think he might end up being decent - not saying a star, but much better than Joe Alexander.

Oh I agree with you about Blair.

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I agree that Portland's

I agree that Portland's grade is just fine considering three out of their four picks were in the 2nd round. Cunningham is looking like he should've been a late first round pick. He can really play.

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why should the knicks pick

why should the knicks pick be way lower?

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I did watch the game and he looked pretty solid... The guys have been talking about who could be the Joe Alexander in the draft... which means a lotto pick that never gets that consistent chance of PT... A lot of guys voted for Henderson... I believe it was llperez, quincey, tezo, the big namers in this site... They were right in that sense since Henderson RARELy gets playing time...

I like what Henderson was doing... He was pretty calm and poised on both ends of the floor... He let his game come to him and not force anything... That's a good sign but still, it's just one game... I want to see consistent minutes from him...

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I agree with you 100%

What seems that many have forgotten is this Larry Brown coached team - name me 3 coaches who give rookies less playing time or confidence building minutes. I think it is cause he knows he won't stay with any team for more than a couple of years.

I don't think Henderson will be a star - Duke guys really under achieve - but I don't think he as bad a dog as Alexander.

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so how does that grade make

so how does that grade make since is mills was hurt most of the season and claver didnt come over?

so let me get this straight, they deserve a A- even thought the 2 second rounders who actually played average a combined 5pts 2reb and less then 1ast? maybe my standards are alilmore higher for second round picks.

you really have to ask why the knicks grade needs to go down haynes?..onelotto pick and the other a late first rounder?

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duke players underacheive is

duke players underacheive is a joke of a statement.

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Danny Ferry? Elton Brand -

Danny Ferry?
Elton Brand - compare his performance to his current contract?
The pg picked second by Chicago who was in motor cycle accident?
Grant - Always injured - Hill

Hey I am a huge huge Duke fan but I can name more Wake Forrest or Georgia Tech guys who became stars last 3 decades than Duke guys lmao name an nba player from Duke better than CP3 - never mind DuncanThat said I am a huge Duke fan, but name me an NBA Superstar from Duke.

I dare you.

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It's way too early to judge

It's way too early to judge these things.

I still believe Jordan Hill will be an All-Star. 

And for what it's worth, I was a very big Collison fan. I just questioned the selection by that particular team. 

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I think we deserved B at least
but let's face it and be honest
would anybody here made a better grade at this time?

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"Danny Ferry? Elton Brand -

"Danny Ferry?
Elton Brand - compare his performance to his current contract?
The pg picked second by Chicago who was in motor cycle accident?
Grant - Always injured - Hill

Hey I am a huge huge Duke fan but I can name more Wake Forrest or Georgia Tech guys who became stars last 3 decades than Duke guys lmao name an nba player from Duke better than CP3 - never mind DuncanThat said I am a huge Duke fan, but name me an NBA Superstar from Duke.

I dare you."

Huge Duke fan and you can't even remember Jay Williams name? How is he considered an under-acheiver, anyways? A motorcycle accident does not mean he is an underachiever.

Duncan and Chris Paul are two of the best players in the game. To say I have to name someone better than them is ridiuclous, because what there are maybe 10 guys better than them if that? Thats fine if G Tech and Wake have 1 superstar.

G: Corey Maggette
G: JJ Redick (avg 14, 3, 3 when he starts)
F: Shane Battier
F: Loul Deng
F/C: Carlos Boozer

Just because there hasn't been a SUPERSTAR doesn't mean Duke players have under-achieved. There are plenty of solid NBA players from Duke who are achieving what they are expected to achieve.

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