Each team that selected in the lottery range in the draft on Thursday—from the New Orleans Hornets to the Houston Rockets—had a chance to make key improvements with its picks. Some teams made sound picks that put them on the track to rebuilding or simply closer to making the playoffs in the near future.
A few other teams made excellent picks to improve their squads.
The following is a set of report cards for teams that picked in the top 14 of the draft. Teams that didn't make the playoffs this year and didn't pick in the top 14 of the first round—the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz—do not receive report cards because they would be incomplete since they didn't have first-round picks.