NBA Draft Grades for Each Trade on Draft Night

Devin Noonan@@devinnoonanCorrespondent IIIJune 29, 2012

NBA Draft Grades for Each Trade on Draft Night

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    The 2012 NBA draft failed to give basketball fans a blockbuster trade to talk about for the next couple of weeks.

    Everyone was waiting for the Houston Rockets to make their move for Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol, but, surprisingly, they ended up drafting young talent with their group of picks in the teens.

    The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest move of the night, dealing No. 17 overall pick Tyler Zeller to the Cleveland Cavaliers for their three remaining draft picks.

    Although the trades were quite uneventful in terms of headlines, let's fill out the report cards and give some grades to each team that made a move on draft night.

Miami Heat

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    The reigning NBA champions had just one pick in the 2012 NBA draft, No. 27 overall.

    They opted to take Arnett Moultrie, the 6'10" power forward out of Mississippi State.

    Moultrie would have made a nice addition to the Heat's Big Three, but instead they dealt him to the 76ers in exchange for a future first-round pick and the No. 45 pick of the draft, Justin Hamilton.

    Pat Riley told the Palm Beach Post that Hamilton, a 7'0" center out of LSU, likely needs a year or two overseas to develop.

    With the Miami Heat coming off of a recent championship and free agency right around the corner, you can't be too upset with their draft day trade.

    Trade Grade: C

Philadelphia 76ers

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    The Philadelphia 76ers are full of young talent and are looking to win—now.

    They took Maurice Harkless with the No. 15 overall pick of the draft, and then dealt a future first-rounder and their No. 45 pick to the Miami Heat for Arnett Moultrie.

    Moultrie was the No. 27 pick in the 2012 draft, a 6'10" power forward who led the nation in rebounds last year, ahead of Kentucky's Anthony Davis.

    Harkless and Moultrie are both tough players who will complement the nucleus of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala extremely well.

    The 76ers also shipped their No. 54 overall pick, Tornike Shengelia, to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for cash considerations.

    Not a bad day at all for Philadelphia.

    Trade Grade: B+

Brooklyn Nets

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    The Brooklyn Nets made a few moves in the second round of yesterday's draft in an effort to add some depth to their depleted roster before free agency.

    Their first move was for Portland's No. 41 pick, Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas, in exchange for cash considerations.

    Taylor was a solid point guard for Kansas over the past four years, averaging 16.6 PPG and 4.8 assists in his last college season.

    Brooklyn's next acquisition was for the Belgium League's Tornike Shengelia, the 76ers' No. 54 pick. Once again, the Nets gave up some cash considerations, and received, according to some scouts, the No. 1 international prospect in the draft.

    Although neither move was major, they were likely the best moves the Nets could have made late in the second round.

    Trade Grade: B+

Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Portland Trail Blazers gave No. 41 pick Tyshawn Taylor to the Brooklyn Nets for cash considerations.

    Considering the Blazers already have their starting point guard in Damian Lillard, their big man in Meyers Leonard and some help at shooting guard with Will Barton, I'd say they felt quite alright giving up Tyshawn Taylor.

    No loss here.

    Trade Grade: B+

Los Angeles Lakers

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    The Los Angeles Lakers sent cash considerations to the Dallas Mavericks on draft night.

    In return, the Mavericks sent them Darius Johnson-Odom, a point guard from Marquette, and the No. 55 draft pick.

    Johnson-Odom won't be a superstar at the next level, but the 6'2" guard did average 18.3 PPG last year as a senior and could potentially see some playing time.

    Trade Grade: C+

Dallas Mavericks

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    The Dallas Mavericks made the biggest move of the draft on Thursday, sending their No. 17 overall pick, Tyler Zeller, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for pick Nos. 24, 33 and 34.

    At No. 24, the Mavericks received Jared Cunningham from Oregon State. The 6'4" shooting guard will likely move to the point at the next level, but could be a solid player in the future with his explosiveness and ability to drive the lane.

    At No. 33, the Cavs sent Benard James to the Mavericks, the 27-year-old center from Florida State. James is one of the most interesting prospects in the draft, a military veteran who served six years in the US Air Force before returning stateside to play college ball.

    He may not ever see playing time at the NBA level, but the 6'10" big man will work harder than anyone else to try and get there.

    Their last pick of the draft was Jae Crowder, at No. 34 overall. Crowder was the Big East Player of the Year last year, leading Marquette to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament.

    Crowder has been criticized by scouts for his lack of size, but his high motor and will to compete may just be able to compensate for that as he hopes to transition to the NBA.

    Trade Grade: B

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers selected a shooting guard to accompany Kyrie Irving with the No. 4 pick overall.

    Dion Waiters may not have been a starter for Syracuse, but the talented young athlete will have his chance to show the world what he can do, as he'll most definitely be starting at the 2 for the Cavs next season.

    The Cavaliers had three more draft picks at Nos. 24, 33 and 34 overall. Rather than getting a trio of young guys, they made another bold move for the big man from North Carolina, 7'0" Tyler Zeller.

    Zeller was the Mavericks' No. 17 pick overall and is one of the most polished centers to come out of the draft.

    The ACC Player of the Year should prove to be one of the missing pieces to the puzzle in Cleveland.

    Trade Grade: A-

Indiana Pacers / Sacramento Kings

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    The Sacramento Kings traded the No. 36 overall pick to the Indiana Pacers on draft night for cash considerations.

    The Pacers received the 6'5" senior from UC Santa Barbara, Orlando Johnson.

    Johnson averaged over 20.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG in his last two college seasons combined, making him a pretty solid option in the early second round. 

    What really stood out was his ability to shoot over 40 percent from behind the arc, bringing some long-range depth to Indiana next season.

    Indiana Pacers' Trade Grade: C 

    Sacramento Kings' Trade Grade: D+