As with any draft, this upcoming NBA Draft will be full of GMs wondering whether their desired player will “fall” to their pick.
For those aggressive GMs who have no patience and desire to win now, there is the option of trading up to insure the drafting rights of their “missing piece.”
While historically the top five picks are more superstar material, players such as Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Dirk Nowitzki were all drafted outside the top five.
The current blueprint for the draft is the Oklahoma City Thunder, as they were built by drafting stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden between 2007-2009. The lesson to be learned: the draft holds an NBA champion somewhere as all that is required is patience, commitment to the rebuilding phase and luck.
All teams (besides maybe the Heat and Thunder) are candidates for moving up in the draft as everyone could use a top 10 player. That said, only a few teams have the urgency, foundation and momentum to ascend.
Despite the following analysis, expect very little movement on draft day, as basketball doesn’t produce the same draft day excitement as the NFL.
The following are six teams to watch who could make the move (or mistake) of trading up in the draft for potential stars.