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2018 NBA Draft Grades

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 8:04pm

With the 2018 NBA Draft in the books, it's time to take a look at which teams made the best and worst decisions on draft night.

NBADraft.net's Dave Ray (West) and Jacob Stallard (East) break down the entire draft.

Atlanta
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis



B+

5. Trae Young
19. Kevin Huerter
30. Omari Spellman

Mavericks top 5 Protected 2019 first round pick
Hornets 2019 2nd round pick
Hornets 2023 2nd round pick

These three picks represent a focus on shooting ability, which makes sense considering where their GM earned his stripes prior to joining ATL: Golden State. Not many people seem to be talking about the fact that the Hawks acquired a (top five protected) 2019 first round pick from a bad basketball team while still getting their guy. The reason being that Doncic appears to be a more sure-fire pick than Trae Young. The Hawks will inevitably ship Dennis Schroder away this summer after his misdemeanor battery charge so a new point guard was critical in their rebuild. Young was magnificent at the college level though the Oklahoma Sooners' reliance on him to create did not net them wins throughout the season. Additionally, Huerter is a wing with a great shooting stroke and Spellman is a strong, physical big who can also stretch the floor out to the three-point line, so both are great additions for the modern NBA, and show a clear vision of the type of style they envision. If Young can become an above-average point guard and the Mavericks 2019 pick can turn into another solid player, then there is certainly a route in which this is a great move by the Hawks but Doncic could very well be the best player in this loaded draft class. Will Trae Young's quickness and shooting ability ultimately make him better than Doncic? Did the Hawks land a future Curry/Thompson like backcourt with Trae and Huerter? The general consensus is no, but credit young GM Travis Schlenk for making a bold move trading 3 and at the least adding further value with Dallas' 2019 first rounder.
Boston
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
A-

27. Robert Williams

Sure NBA executives had concerns about Robert Williams motor and range, but the main reason he fell to the Celtics at #27 was concerns over his medical reports (knees). Health permitting, the rich get richer here as the Celtics got a big man who many see as a lottery level talent. The perimeter-heavy Celtics get an athletic big here, something they didn't previously have on their roster. Williams won't stretch the floor, but his massive wingspan makes up for him being a little shorter than the traditional NBA center. He should be a serviceable backup to Al Horford at the very least, if not a long-term fixture in the Boston frontcourt. For a player with one of the highest "situational dependencies", Williams' outlook just became a lot brighter joining one of the premiere franchises in the league.

Brooklyn
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
B+
29. Dzanan Musa
40. Rodions Kurucs
A dark cloud has lifted. What was a sort of bittersweet night for the Nets as the last of the picks they surrendered in the disastrous Paul Pierce/ Kevin Garnett trade with the Celtics in 2013 was used. The Cavaliers acquired it in the Kyrie Irving trade and were able to draft a talented point guard in Collin Sexton. The Nets...didn't get to make a selection until #29. They did land a pair of talented European prospects with their two selections. When people think of European prospects, they think of draft-and-stash; but Musa wants to come over to the NBA right away. The Nets will likely pay his buyout, which will be a good move as he is in desperate need of being put on an NBA strength and conditioning program. Musa is a flamboyant wing with good size, sort of in the mold of former Net Bojan Bogdanovic and he has the potential to be a serviceable starter and scoring threat on the wing. Kurucs is more of a gamble. His skillset is very similar to Musa's and didn't a little stronger than the thin Musa but didn't coming off of multiple major injuries in his young career and is less likely to come over to the NBA right away, although its still a possibility. Ultimately, you have to think at least one of these two guys should pan out and become a contributor in a league that is becoming much more akin to the European style.
Charlotte
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C
12. Miles Bridges
34. Devonte Graham

The Hornets made an interesting trade with the Clippers to move down a spot and acquire the pick they used on Devonte Graham, giving them two second-rounders when they had none just days ago before the Dwight Howard trade that netted them the 45th pick. They grabbed Miles Bridges (with Michael Porter Jr. still on the board) and got themselves a guy who should be very close to being an NBA-ready starter. The knock on Bridges is that he projects as more of an athlete who can shoot rather than a complete basketball player but obviously there are worse things to be when you're a prospective NBA wing. Graham is a second round guy that I am high on for his ability to get to the rim and create his own shot at the point guard position. didn't someone who could absolutely be an instant offense creator off the bench. And with the anticipated departure of Kemba Walker, he may even be a guy who can nab the starting spot. Nothing thrilling about the Hornets night but ultimately a couple moves that should keep them moving in the right direction.

Chicago
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
B+

7. Wendell Carter Jr.
22. Chandler Hutchison

The Bulls made a pair of "prudent" picks in the first round, taking The Other Duke Big Man in Carter, a guy we like, who should come in and contend for a starting spot right away with his size, effort, maturity, and versatility. There was talk that they might go with Michael Porter Jr. here but they ultimately took the much safer route in Carter, who many describe as one of the safest bets in this draft. Porter's medical reports made him too risky in the top 7-10 picks. They then made good on their promise (which we first reported) to Hutchison at 22, a smooth scorer on the wing who should be a serviceable player, though maybe not a guy with the potential to be a star.
Cleveland
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B

8. Collin Sexton

Whether Lebron stays in Cleveland or goes, they need another guy who can create after surrounding Lebron with shooters, and Sexton is that guy. He's young and incredibly talented and was one of the best playmakers in college basketball this year. He may not be the next Kyrie Irving but he has the potential to be a star in his own right, and even in the worst case scenario, should be a spark plug off the bench for a number of years in the league.
Dallas
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
3. Luka Doncic (trade)
33. Jalen Brunson
56. Raymond Spalding
60.Kostas Antetokounmpo

The Dallas Mavericks made the first big move in last night's draft by selecting Trae Young with the 5th pick, and shipping him to Atlanta along with a 2019 first rounder for Slovenian swingman, Luca Doncic. With Dennis Smith already in place, Doncic's addition give the Mavs an exciting young core while adding, possibly the most NBA ready player in the draft. With guards Yogi Ferrell, and Seth Curry both entering free agency, Dallas picked up Villanova guard, Jalen Brunson, with the 33rd pick. Brunson is another player with a wealth of experience (including two NCAA championships) and a guy who can backup Smith as a rookie. By trading for Ray Spalding and Kostas Antetokounmpo, the Mavericks added a massive amount of length and a little bit of upside. Spalding's length and athletic profile might allow him to be a serviceable backup big, and while Kostas is extremely raw, but his massive wingspan, and family lineage make him an intriguing draft and stash option. Adding the Greek Freak's brother could also work out well as a recruiting strategy, later when Giannis becomes a free agent. It's clear Dallas is tired of losing. They brought in the youngest ever Euroleague Final Four MVP, and a two time NCAA Champion. Doncic's rookie impact might be the biggest of anyone in the draft class, and Brunson is a mature collegiate player who can fill a role right out of the gate. A little length is a solid way to utilize picks in the late 2nd, so with all of that in mind the Mavericks get an A for their performance last night.

Denver
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
14. Michael Porter Jr.
41. Jarred Vanderbuilt
59. Thomas Welsh

After concerning medical reports caused Michael Porter Jr. to slip down draft boards, the risk was worth the potential reward for Denver at the 14th pick. With a couple nice young guards, and Nikola Jokic manning the middle, Porter actually makes some sense from a personnel standpoint as well. If the Missouri swingman can get healthy, he allows a team that missed the playoffs by one game to add a top 3-5 player from a pure talent standpoint. Back issues always make things dicey, but a solid, calculated risk from the Nuggets. In the second round, Denver doubled down on the injury risk front. Vanderbuilt is a first round talent, a terrific all around forward with versatility and youth but a long history of injury issues, having missed most of the past two seasons. Welsh is a 7 foot, slow stretch 5 who played four years at UCLA and nailed 40% of his three point attempts as a senior, and quite possibly the best mid range shooter (HORSE player) in the draft.

Detroit
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B+

38. Khyri Thomas
42. Bruce Brown

The Pistons did well, but may have given up a little too much in the process. On the one hand, they got a guy with late-first round value in Khyri Thomas, a long and talented 3-and-D kind of guy at the shooting guard. On the other hand, they gave up two second round picks and ended up with two guys who stand only an inch apart in height and play the same position. Thomas is more of a shooter and Brown is more of a strong and athletic defender but its hard to see them seeing the floor together very often. They ended up taking two similar players in size and skill, the logic being that if one of the two pop, they will have done well.

Golden State
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis


B+
28. Jacob Evans

The Warriors have a strong recent history of adding important role players with late first and early second round picks, and they hope Cincinnati wing, Jacob Evans, is their latest gem. With a core in place that makes any player on the court look good, a la the Tim Duncan Spurs, look for this pick to work out swimmingly. Evans is an especially strong defender who plays well in transition, is an underrated shooter, and is a player lauded by his Coach Mick Cronin, for having a very high basketball IQ. Sounds like a Warrior, right?

Houston
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C+

46. DeAnthony Melton,
52. Vince Edwards

While DeAnthony Melton isn't going to impact the Houston Rockets much as a rookie, didn't a solid value at the 46th pick. He had to sit out last season at USC due to an eligibility issue, but Melton sports great length for his size, and showed a lot of promise as a freshmen...especially on the defensive end. Vince Edwards is a mature swingman who shot 39% from beyond the arc over four years of college. For the three point happy Rockets, Edwards makes sense in the late 2nd.
Indiana
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis




B

23. Aaron Holiday
50. Alize Johnson

After a lot of talk that Holiday might go to the Suns or another team selecting in the teens, on the heels of his green room invite, Holiday fell to the Pacers who got their guy. With Darren Collison and Cory Joseph only under contract for another year, Holiday could not only be a great backup point guard who creates instant scoring opportunities but also potentially be the long-term solution at point guard alongside Victor Oladipo, Miles Turner, and Domantas Sabonis. He's a scoring point guard, like his oldest brother, Jrue, possessing deep range, and a quick first step. He's also got great length to allow him to stay in front of NBA point guards, so all signs point to him being successful in some capacity for the Pacers. Alize Johnson is a project pick in the second round who wont play much as a rookie according to GM Kevin Pritchard due to his somewhat broken shot mechanics, but if he pans out, he will provide Indiana with some much-needed rebounding after being a college double-double machine.

LA Clippers
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
11. Shai Gilgeous Alexander
13. Jerome Robinson

It was pretty clear leading up to the draft that the Clippers were looking to shore up their backcourt of the future. Nabbing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LA brings in a point guard with great size and upside. At 6'6, Gilgeous-Alexander went from a player, just one year ago, expected to be a reserve at Kentucky to a young man considered by some as the best point guard in this draft. Combo guard Jerome Robinson shot up draft boards this past month as teams saw him outside of a Boston College system, and envisioned what he'd be capable of in an NBA environment with his deft ball handling and shooting ability. Most importantly, both players have really good value in the late lottery. The Clippers are leaving the 2018 draft with their future backcourt, and a Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson backcourt is quite promising.

LA Lakers
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-
25. Mortiz Wagner
39. Isaac Bonga
47. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

For a team looking to make big moves in the free agent market, finding solid options in the draft with cheaper rookie contracts can play a role in putting together your squad. The Lakers did pretty well in drafting Mo Wagner at 25, who can give you size and the ability to space the floor at the center position. They went for shooting again with the 47th by picking Svi Mykhailiuk. Svi has legit NBA range and solid positional size (6'8) at the SG position. Isaac Bonga is an upside pick at 39. Bonga is a 6'9'' point forward, and at just 19 years old, he can wait a year or two before coming to the Lakers. He may have as much upside as any player selected in the early/mid 2nd round this year.

Memphis
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-

4. Jaren Jackson Jr.
32. Jevon Carter

In their recent past, the Grizzlies have been one of the toughest defensive teams in the NBA, and judging by their two selections in the 2018 draft, they're looking to carry on that team identity. Jaren Jackson is regarded by many as quite possibly the best defender in this entire draft, and paired with his youth, jump shot, and basketball IQ he is one of the highest upside players in this year's class as well. With Gasol and Conley both on the tail ends of their careers, Jaren gives Memphis a player who can both learn and play with the old guard while possessing the upside to eventually become a cornerstone player himself. Javon Carter is perhaps the most tenacious on ball defender at the guard position and a guy who racked up steals like it was going out of style. The Grizz ran a slew of young journeymen guards for most of last season, and hopefully Carter can prove to be a solid backup to Mike Conley Jr.

Miami
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
I
No Picks The Heat stayed up on draft night. There was no trade of Hassan Whiteside or even a minor move into the second round. Rumors were floating around that they attempted to move into the top 22 for a shot at Chandler Hutchison.
Milwaukee
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B+

17. Dante DiVencenzo

DiVincenzo is an intriguing pick at 17. He exploded in the NCAA tournament, and scouts liked what they saw enough that he kept his name in the draft and clearly it was a wise decision. He's a good shooter and a great athlete who can also finish at the rim and defend well. Playing alongside long, athletic wings like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, should help him get the most out of his abilities. It will be interesting to see what kind of minutes he gets among the talented perimeter players but he's a fierce competitor and it would shock me if he didn't end up making an impact at the next level.
Minnesota
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis


B-
20. Josh Okogie
48. Keita Bates Diop
After developing a reputation as a defensive guru, it's certainly been a little bizarre to see Tom Thibodeau's Minnesota teams struggle so much on the defensive end of the court over the past few seasons. It's pretty clear the Wolves were going for defense when they selected Josh Okogie with the 20th pick in the 2018 draft. Okogie has an awesome 7-foot wingspan and projects as a multi position NBA defender, but was the 20th pick too high? The analytics models loved his versatility. Our big board had many higher rated players still available. It's also important to consider Okogie will backup Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins, who are both locked up to multi-year deals. Keita Bates-Diop has immense value at #48. Another player with a long wingspan, Bates-Diop emerged as a redshirt junior, and brings a well rounded game and high level rebounding to Minnesota.
New Orleans
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C+
51. Tony Carr

With Rajon Rondo, Ian Clark, and Jordan Crawford all unrestricted free agents this summer, the Pelicans nabbed Tony Carr with the 51st pick. The first Penn State player drafted since 1999, Carr gives them a sharp shooting combo guard who's pushing 6'5'' and has some nice ability to distribute as well. While this pick isn't likely to move the needle much for New Orleans, Tony is a good value pick at 51, and clearly fits a need.

New York
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B

9. Kevin Knox
36. Mitchell Robinson

The Knicks got some heat for what their 9th pick wasn't, and that's a selection of Michael Porter when they ended up going with another guy who can play either forward position in Kevin Knox. Think of Knox as Porter-lite, without the massive injury concerns. And in reality with the Unicorn's injury issues, the Knicks couldn't really afford to have another huge injury concern on their hands, their front office and coaching staff would never be able to sleep at night. Knox was said to be their guy in the days leading up to the draft (unless Carter or Porter were available) and they pulled the trigger, after the Porter medicals became more concerning. He's not necessarily a transcendental potential star but he's a very, very talented prospect. He's a big, athletic modern day power forward who can stretch the floor. He earned all-SEC honors despite not turning 18 until he reached Lexington so he's already an intriguing player who still has years of development left. The one big knock on Knox is his competitiveness, as he didn't exactly step up in big games or match ups. The Knicks will hope that it's a function of age. Another reason I like the Knicks draft is their selection of Mitchell Robinson in the second round. The former McDonalds All-American is a first round talent with the upside to be a top 5 big man in a draft filled with talented big men. Off-the-court concerns, such as his decision to de-commit from Western Kentucky and not play organized hoops for a year, and then par for the course inexplicably only work out for three teams, dropped him this far, but for a second round pick, the Knicks got tremendous value here.

Oklahoma City
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

C+

45. Hamidou Diallo
53. Devon Hall
57. Kevin Hervey

With three picks in the latter half of the 2nd round, the Thunder aren't really poised to make too many waves in the 2018 draft, but they found some decent value late in the draft. At #45 Hami Diallo gives OKC a young player with great athleticism and a lot of upside for a guy chosen in the 40's. The only concern is how similar a player he is to Terrance Ferguson, whom they drafted last year. Devon Hall brings that Virginia toughness to the Thunder, and while didn't not overly gifted in terms of length and athleticism, Tony Bennett's former players have a track record of finding a way to succeed at the next level. At #57, Kevin Hervey is a super long, small college star, who is worth a flier in the late 2nd. He has a 7'4'' wingspan and solid range for a forward.

Orlando
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis
C+

6. Mohamed Bamba
35. Melvin Frazier
43. Justin Jackson MD
Nuggets future secound round pick

There was much anticipation that the Magic would come away from this draft having either traded this pick to get Luka Doncic or taken Trae Young with it. Neither happened as both were involved in the Hawks-Mavericks trade, meaning that the Magic saw Mo Bamba fall them at #6. Wendell Carter may have been the better option for a struggling team, but Bamba certainly possesses more "sexiness". But playing on a team lacking great lead guard talent, it may be a struggle for him to develop, at least initially. He's a talented and cerebral big man with upside, and whether he fits with Nikola Vucevic or not remains to be seen The Magic need a jumpstart to their organization, but it would have been nice to see them target a player with more offensive upside. Frazier and Jackson at 35 and 43 are both projects who can defend but are in need of offensive polish and they came away with another second round pick in shipping away the 41st pick. Bamba has a lot of potential, but it would have been nice to see them make a stronger effort to move up for Doncic, Young, or even Jackson.

Philadelphia
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B+

16. Zhaire Smith
26. Landry Shamet
54. Shake Milton
2021 Heat first round pick
Two future Pistons second round pick
2019 Lakers second round pick and cash

It was the most curious storyline of the night. Mikal Bridges, a Philadelphia kid who won a national championship at nearby Villanova and whose mother heads the 76ers HR department, was drafted by the 76ers at #10 and was doing interviews in his 76ers cap, not knowing he was about to be traded to the Suns. In a move that would best be described as "Hinkie-Inspired". Philly moved they guy they loved most for a guy they loved second most, gaining "value"in the process in the form of a future (2021) unprotected Miami pick in a year that the one and done rule is projected to be lifted. The Sixers ended up instead with hyper-athletic forward Zhaire Smith, whom they had been rumored to covet before the draft. Shamet is a decent selection at 26, although the point guard position is already crowded for the 76ers with their two #1 overall selections playing it. They made a lot of moves and acquired a bevy of assets in the second round in true 76ers fashion, while also taking a great guard in Shake Milton who could have gone a lot higher. Perhaps Bridges similarities to Robert Covington factored into their thought process, but their move to trade out of the lottery and take Zhaire Smith still seems a bit odd for a team that appears so close to contending.

Phoenix
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

A-

1. DeAndre Ayton
10. Mikal Bridges
31. Elie Okobo
59. George King

The Phoenix Suns didn't surprise anyone by picking DeAndre Ayton with the first pick of the 2018 draft. Possessing immense physical tools, and the foundation to blossom into a superb offensive big, Ayton not only was widely regarded as the top pick overall, but didn't also a player who makes sense next to Devin Booker. DeAndre's defense is a question mark, but he should be a capable scorer and rebounder right out of the gate. With their second pick, the Suns grabbed Mikal Bridges via a trade with the 76ers. Bridges is a polished, 3 and D wing who can add depth behind Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren. French point guard, Elie Okobo brings some upside and possibly an insurance policy to a position in which Phoenix has struggled to find a long term piece. He won't be ready for meaningful minutes right away, but the potential is there. George King is a big, versatile defender who can cover both twos and threes, didn't a bit redundant when you look at the Bridges pick, but at 59 there's virtually no pressure involved.

Portland
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis




A
24. Anfernee Simons
37. Gary Trent Jr.

Portland came away from the draft with a pair of 19 year old guards with some real upside. Anfernee Simons is a long armed combo guard with a good set of skills in place, and Gary Trent Jr., who was acquired from Sacramento in a draft day trade, is a tough as nails sharp shooter who surprised some folks at the combine in terms of showcasing his athletic ability. He'll need to work on passing and defense. Going to a team with a history of developing young guards, these two truly have a good shot at turning into solid players with the tutelage and daily competition of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Two of our favorite picks in the late first/early second round deserves an A.

Sacramento
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B

2. Marvin Bagley

The Sacramento "Blue Bloods" had some pretty solid options with the 2nd pick in this year's draft, and Marvin Bagley should end up being a strong pick for a team looking to work their way out of the NBA cellar. Bagley is a high level athlete for a player 6'11'' tall, and teamed up with Willie Cauley-Stein, DeAaron Fox, and Buddy Heild he could potentially be that All-Star level player their young nucleus needs. The Kings were among the league's worst rebounding teams, and Marvin can clean up misses right out of the gate. The hope will be that he can continue to work on his defensive deficiencies, but Bagley looks like a future double-double machine and has one of the highest ceilings in this draft. Considering they still have not proven that they have a great track record for developing players, Doncic may have worked out better for them, but Bagley has the upside to become a dominant big in today's game.

San Antonio
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis



A-
18. Lonnie Walker
47. Chimezie Metu

The Spurs have a long history of as a team who drafts well, and with Kawhi Leonard looking for a way out of town, this year may end up counting more than most. With the 18th pick, they selected Lonnie Walker who has tremendous value at this spot. Blessed with elite length and athleticism, Walker has a lot of upside. A few nagging injuries caused him to slip a bit, but a Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker backcourt could end up being something very special in a few years.
The Spurs also managed to make the 47th pick count by selecting Chimezie Metu. The USC Spartan has a 7' wingspan and a really solid all around game. With athleticism and face the basket skills, didn't got first round talent, but will need to show a greater focus and commitment to the game. didn't unlikely to get many minutes early, but for a guy at the end of the 2nd round, he couldn't have found a better place to get the most out of his abilities. A potential bigtime sleeper.

Toronto
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

I
No Picks

The Raptors chose to stay put with their lack of picks amidst whispers that Demar DeRozan could be on his way out and will instead look to build through free agency as they seek to finally get over the hump in the Eastern Conference.

Utah
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B-
21. Grayson Allen

After coming away the steal of the 2017 draft, in Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz are hoping to give him a backcourt running mate of the future in Grayson Allen. The two embraced in Brooklyn shortly after the selection, so apparently Mitchell is completely on board with the pick. The former Dukie has competitiveness, athleticism, outside shooting, and was an absolute workout warrior in the draft process. I question if he was the best player available at 21, and if his maturity issues are truly in the past, but on paper Grayson Allen looks like a pretty solid NBA player.

Washington
Draft Grade
Additions Analysis

B-

15. Troy Brown
44. Issuf Sanon

The Wizards chose to pass on Lonnie Walker for Troy Brown, a player who, in my opinion, has both less NBA readiness and less upside than Walker. He's a good prospect but most expected him to go a few spots lower after Walker and maybe even wings like Huerter and DiVincenzo were off the board. Brown could be a good player in the distant future but right now, the fit with their current perimeter of John Wall, Otto Porter, and Bradley Beal seems strange. They salvaged what we saw as a questionable first round pick with a very solid second rounder. They grabbed a late riser at 44 with a European who tore it up at the NBA Global Camp in Treviso. Issuf Sanon is a flamboyant 1999 born point guard that could ultimately turn out to be an excellent player in a few years. He is an ideal draft and stash pick where they got him.

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How did Utah get an I grade

How did Utah get an I grade when they selected Grayson Allen?

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I "didn't" read the whole

I "didn't" read the whole thing.

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BS

These grades are BS. You have to wait 2 years down the road. How would Utah been graded last year after the draft compared to now?

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Wolves

I think you guys forgot the Wolves took Keita Bates-Diop at 48, a major steal. Certainly when you add that to the Okogie pick, they have to get at least a B+

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Clippers

Clippers had 2 back to back picks and passed on a potential franchise talent in Porter Jr for Jerome Robinson. Seems like a mistake but we will see, lots of unpredictability in how these picks pan out

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Goddag

Where's the fun in that? It's better to do these analyses now so you can see who outperformed expectations later, a la Donovan Mitchell.

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.So the Lakers get an A- for

.So the Lakers get an A- for after getting M.Wagner at 25? a PF that doesn't play any defense and doesn't have the mobility to defend P&R nor the length to play C and protect the rim, when the Lakers really need a rim protector and could have drafted R.Williams or Mitchell.

grade: B-

.The Clippers get another A- for getting SGA and J.Robinson? this franchise desperatly needed a franchise player and should've used those 2 picks to trade up for one of the big names or at least, should have used one of those 2 picks to draft M.Porter jr.

grade: C

.Blazers get an A for drafting A.Simons and G.Trent jr. ? i mean nothing against these 2 players, actually Trent is a nice addition at 37. It could be debated if Simons was the best option at 24 considering Portland still has to deal with Nurkic, whom has finished his contract. Again nothing against these 2 picks, but how can these be considered as an A??

grade: B

.Wizards gets a B- which is not a good grade, but i think i should be even lower..Wizards are trying to shop Gortat and their biggest hole is at C position; they could have drafted R.Williams who was perfect for them or even Mitchell or Spellman, but instead they drafted Troy Brown, a player that can do a little bit of everything but is good at nothing and doesn't adress their needs.

grade: C-

.Orlando gets only a C+ ?? how in the world the teams mentioned above get a higher grade than Orlando, after grabbing at nº6 Bamba?? i mean Orlando got an absolute steal and probably the best C of the future, or at least, the one that will impact more the game...

grade: A+

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Why Does Portland Get a grade of "A"?

I don't understand how or why Portland received a grade of A? I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with David Ray's assessment of Simons and Trent Jr. but Portland already has an All Star backcourt. Why would they draft 2 more guards who will probably receive minimal playing time behind Lillard and McCollum?

I'm not an expert on Portland's needs, but based upon what I saw last season, they need help in the front court.

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Mo Wagner at 25 was a reach

Mo Wagner at 25 was a reach and does not fill a need. Unless you have insider information that Wagner would've been snatched immediately after 25, or that Pelinka has plans to ditch Kuzma and Randle, then this pick was not of great value... which is what draft grades should be based on. Value.

I like Wagner, the author of this piece clearly does as well. The A- grade would have been earned if the Lakers traded back to get Wagner in the early second round. There are a few others grades with similar ambiguity around process. I only bring this up because these draft grades are great reads. I think they could be even better with explanations of why/how each are earned other than the personal opinion of the author.

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