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2013 NBA Draft Grades: Overall Report Cards for All 30 Teams
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The 2013 NBA draft is officially in the books, as 60 prospects have become rookies. With the most highly-anticipated event of the summer behind us, we can't help but wonder one specific thing.

How did every team do?

Certain squads reached to find the players they felt best suited their franchise, thus resulting in the perception of a poorly managed evening. Other organizations decided to play it safe, adding players that are viewed as sure things by the common NBA scout.

One way or another, the 2013 NBA draft provided no shortage of thrills—so how did your favorite team fare?

 

Atlanta Hawks: A-

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First Round: Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil (via Celtics) & Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany (No. 17)

Second Round: Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell (via Mavericks)

 

The Atlanta Hawks went international during the 2013 NBA draft, landing two Brazilian players in center Lucas Nogueira and point guard Raul Neto, as well as German point guard Dennis Schroeder. Sounds like the San Antonio Spurs' approach to the draft, doesn't it?

That's probably because GM Danny Ferry and head coach Mike Budenholzer are both products of the Spurs' organization.

Both of these players display upside, with Nogueira and Schroeder serving as two of the most revered players in this year's draft class. Both were viewed as potential lottery picks, thus resulting in the belief that neither would be available for Atlanta to draft.

To put it simply, they lucked out.

Nogueira is an elite shot blocking prospect with a 7'6" wingspan, while Schroeder has a build like Rajon Rondo and a playing style similar to Ty Lawson. While Neto is more of a mystery, he's a 6'2" point guard that shoots the three-ball at a high clip.

It just so happens that their American prospect—Mike Muscala—is a skilled scorer with two-way upside. What a draft.

 

Boston Celtics: B

First Round: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Bulldogs (via Mavericks)

No. 53: Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State Rams

 

The Boston Celtics added high-quality big men via the draft, picking up the skilled Kelly Olynyk and the athletically powerful Colton Iverson. Both of those players will serve as quality additions to a team in need of an infusion of youth.

With that being said, the story of the night was Boston trading two of their brightest stars to the Brooklyn Nets.

As hard as it may be, it's critical that we focus on the draft choices.

Olynyk has a beautiful mid-range jump shot, the ability to take his man off of the bounce and a finesse low-post attack. Iverson, meanwhile, is a never-ending source of energy that attacks with no remorse on both ends.

Both players will help Boston in many regards.

 

Brooklyn Nets: B+

No. 22: Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Brooklyn Nets

 

Entering the 2013 NBA draft, the Brooklyn Nets displayed a glaring void at the power forward position. Reggie Evans is an incredible rebounder, but with his offensive inconsistency, the Nets lack the scorer that they need.

Mason Plumlee can serve as that player.

The addition of Kevin Garnett will be critical to Brooklyn's progression as a title contender. With that being said, the Nets needed to add an athletic force down low that could complement Brook Lopez and help Deron Williams run the pick-and-roll.

Plumlee can serve as that player as a walking pick-and-roll. 

 

Charlotte Bobcats: C+

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No. 4: Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana Hoosiers

 

Well, you can't say they didn't make an impact.

With the likes of Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel remaining on the board, the Charlotte Bobcats shocked the world by drafting Cody Zeller out of Indiana. This will go down as the greatest reach of the draft, but there's one thing we cannot ignore.

Zeller is the perfect fit for the Bobcats.

Charlotte has a perimeter duo worth building around in Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but they lack any form of interior offense. While Alex Len offers an upgrade in that regard, Zeller truly doesn't have any weakness offensively that Len calls a strength.

With his ability work out of the post and shoot out to the three-point line, Zeller is exactly what Charlotte needed. The issue is, he simply went earlier than anyone would have projected.

This was an undeniable reach, but it truly was a smart pick.

 

Chicago Bulls: B+

No. 20: Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico Lobos

No. 49: Erik Murphy, PF, Florida Gators

 

The Chicago Bulls entered this draft with a pressing need to improve their jump shooting, specifically from beyond the arc. With their two picks, Chicago added two of the best three-point shooters in this draft class.

They took Tony Snell at No. 20 and Erik Murphy at No. 49.

Two very smart selections.

Snell is an athletic dynamo with a 7'0" wingspan that can provide perimeter depth that Chicago needs. More importantly, Snell shot at a clip of 39.0 percent from beyond the arc on 4.7 attempts per game in 2012-13.

In 2011-12, he converted 38.7 percent on 5.3 attempts per game—the kid can shoot.

Murphy may be the most intriguing selection of the draft, as he stands at 6'10" and 240 pounds and converted 45.3 percent from beyond the arc on an average of 4.4 attempts. While he lacks in every other area, adding his shooting ability should help space the floor in this spread 4 era.

Two very savvy selections by Chicago.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers:

First Round Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV (No. 1) & Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia (No. 19)

Second Round: Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State (No. 33)

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the world, dispelling the rumors of Alex Len or Nerlens Noel going No. 1 overall by drafting Anthony Bennett. While it may have taken the world by surprise, that doesn't mean it's a bad selection.

Canada rejoiced.

So what does this mean?

Bennett is a versatile offensive player that can play both forward spots, shoot the three-ball, run in transition and work out of the post. At 6'8" and 240 pounds with a 7'1" wingspan, the former UNLV star certainly has the build to maximize those abilities.

The question is, can he play the 3 full time? Tristan Thompson certainly hopes so.

With their other two picks, the Cavaliers went with shooting guards and found Sergey Karasev and Carrick Felix. Karasev is revered as one of the best players in the draft, while Felix is one of the nation's more dynamic two-way players.

For a team that needs size along the perimeter, they certainly found it.

 

Dallas Mavericks: B+

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No. 18: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami Hurricanes

No. 43 (via Bucks): Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence Friars

 

The Dallas Mavericks wanted to save cap space, and they did just that with a handful of draft night trades. When it was all said and done, the dust had settled and the smoke had cleared, however, the Mavericks walked away with a potential starting point guard.

How's that for a productive evening?

Shane Larkin of the Miami Hurricanes is a supremely athletic player that produces on both ends of the floor. Not only was he one of the top defenders in the nation, but he shoots at a clip above 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.

If that's not enough for you, the Mavericks took Ricky Ledo at No. 43, which projects to be one of the top steals of the draft—all of that trading leads to Dallas still walking away with two top prospects.

 

Denver Nuggets: B-

No. 46: Erick Green, PG, Virginia Tech Hokies

No. 55: Joffrey Lauvergne, PF, France

 

The Denver Nuggets drafted Rudy Gobert at No. 27, but proceeded to trade him to the Utah Jazz. Even still, the Nuggets managed to add superb value during the second round.

Denver added Erick Green at No. 46.

For those unfamiliar, Green led the nation in scoring at 25.0 points per game on a slash line of .475/.389/.816. Green is also a capable facilitator that stands at 6'3" with a 6'6" wingspan, which suggests he can be the long-term replacement to Andre Miller.

Adding Joffrey Lauvergne of France is all about upside, thus capping off an eventful evening for Denver.

 

Detroit Pistons: A-

No. 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia Bulldogs

No. 37: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas Mean Green

No. 56: Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville Cardinals

 

The Detroit Pistons landed a player that fits what they need, as they brought in 6'6" shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Not only does Caldwell-Pope possess the size they need, but he is an excellent jump shooter that plays both sides of the ball.

The question is, why did they pass over home grown point guard Trey Burke?

Caldwell-Pope is more than suited to be a building block, but Detroit lacks a franchise point guard and Burke has local stardom.

Caldwell-Pope should step in and contribute from the opening tip, helping Detroit to improve their ranking of No. 22 in three-point field goals made per game. More importantly, he'll provide a defensive presence along the perimeter that Detroit lacked in 2012-13.

Adding a productive rebounder and elite athlete in Tony Mitchell and the best on-ball defender at the point guard position in Peyton Siva caps off a strong evening.

 

Golden State Warriors: B+

No. 30: Nemanja Nedovic, SG, Serbia

 

The Golden State Warriors entered this draft without a first round draft choice and walked away with one of the best upside picks of the evening. While Nemanja Nedovic may not have the most high-profile name, there is something he does possess.

Athleticism.

Nedovic is an explosive athlete that thrives in attacking the basket and taking his defender off of the dribble. While the Warriors have no shortage of scorers, adding a slasher to an elite shooting team is beyond valuable.

This could be a stash pick, but Nedovic has strong upside.

 

Houston Rockets:

No. 34: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State Racers

 

The Houston Rockets only had one chance to get it right during the 2013 NBA draft, and with the No. 34 overall draft choice, they did. With major question marks at the point guard position, the Rockets proceeded to get one of the best steals of the draft: Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan.

Canaan is an offensive menace that shoots the lights out from beyond the arc and knows how to create his own shot. Had the Racers experienced more team success, Canaan would've been a first round lock.

Instead, the Rockets lucked out and found a player that can shoot the three as James Harden dominates the ball and facilitates.

 

Indiana Pacers: C

No. 23: Solomon Hill, SF, Arizona Wildcats

 

When the Indiana Pacers took Solomon Hill at No. 23, quite a few people looked around and wondered if anyone had that on a mock draft. While it may have been unpredictable, that doesn't necessarily mean that it was a bad selection.

The Pacers need to improve their second unit, and Hill is an all-around player that can help in every category they need.

Hill stands at 6'7" and 226 pounds with a 6'9" wingspan. While he's not elite in one specific area, he shoots the ball at a high clip from beyond the arc, handles it well, crashes the boards and defends his position.

It's not flashy, and it may not even work out, but it's a pick that offers intrigue upon deeper evaluation.

 

Los Angeles Clippers: A-

No. 25: Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina Tar Heels

 

The Los Angeles Clippers entered the 2013 NBA draft with one clear focus, which was to improve their perimeter shooting. As a squad without a three-point specialist, the reason for their half court woes was relatively clear cut.

Reggie Bullock can put an end to that.

Willie Green did an excellent job of shooting the three in 2012-13, but Bullock is a younger, more athletic player with greater size. In other words, Bullock is the complete package and true perimeter player that L.A. needs to truly contend.

They still have more to add, but a 6'7" swingman that can shoot the three-ball at an elite clip and defend his position is beyond valuable.

 

Los Angeles Lakers: C+

No. 48: Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke Blue Devils

 

The Los Angeles Lakers only had one pick, and at No. 48, they did the most sensible thing as they continue on in Mike D'Antoni's offense. With an absence of three-point specialists and an offense that lives and dies by perimeter shooting, they added a dangerous stretch 4.

Could you ask for anything more this late in the draft?

Ryan Kelly isn't the most flashy name, but he shot 42.2 percent from beyond the arc on 3.6 attempts per game. With D'Antoni notorious for maximizing the value of a stretch 4 in his offense, Kelly could be the perfect fit.

Becoming a better rebounder is the only way for him to stay on the floor, but a 6'11" body that can shoot isn't a bad thing to have.

 

Memphis Grizzlies: A-

No. 41: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State Aztecs

No. 60: Janis Timma, SF, Latvia

 

Call it the luck of the draw, if you will, but the Memphis Grizzlies entered without a first round draft choice and walked away with a borderline lottery pick. I don't think it takes an NBA specialist to spell that out for you.

The Grizzlies got a Grade A steal.

Jamaal Franklin fell all the way to No. 41 before the Grizzlies landed him. This comes after Franklin, an athletic dynamo that can play multiple positions, led the San Diego State Aztecs in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals per game.

Talk about getting bang for your buck.

Franklin should be able to contribute close to immediately, as he has an NBA-ready game that only seems to lack a jump shot. While that might be a relatively glaring void for a perimeter player, Franklin has elite defensive upside.

Besides, a jump shot is the most teachable trait in the basketball world.

 

Miami Heat: B+

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No. 50 (via Hawks): James Ennis, SF, Long State Beach State 49ers

 

The Miami Heat were quiet for 49 picks, preparing to go through this draft without a whimper. Then, at No. 50, the Heat made a pick that could be significantly more powerful than the average eye might suggest.

As a resident of Long Beach, California, I'll tell you what you're all soon to know—James Ennis can flat out play.

Ennis is a 6'7" small forward with a 7'0" wingspan and a reliable enough three-ball that a defense must remain honest. The key here, however, isn't the fact that Ennis can score in a variety of ways, but instead his defensive presence.

Ennis turns turnovers into points, blocks shots at a strong clip and rebounds as well as you could ask of him. With Mike Miller's future in question, this pick could be remembered as a big one.

 

Milwaukee Bucks: C+

No. 15: Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece

No. 43 (via Wizards): Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State Jackrabbits

 

We all knew that someone was going to take an early gamble on Greek point forward Giannis Adetokunbo. When it was all said and done, that team was none other than the Milwaukee Bucks.

A squad that could afford to gamble, but may rue the day they made this decision.

Adetokunbo is one of the most physically gifted players in the draft, standing at 6'9" and possessing point guard-caliber skills. With that being said, he's also playing against competition that can be likened to Division III and struggling to put up more assists than turnovers.

What will he do when LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Josh Smith and the rest of the NBA's elite forwards stare him down? I suppose that's why they call it a project pick.

In the second round, the Bucks landed an actual point guard in South Dakota State phenom Nate Wolters. Not only can Wolters light the scoreboard up, but he facilitates well and has the rare clutch gene.

This is a pick worth watching.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves: A-

No. 14: Shabazz Muhammad, G/F, UCLA Bruins

No. 21: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville Cardinals

No. 52: Lorenzo Brown, PG, North Carolina State Wolfpack

No. 59: Bojan Dubljevic, PF, Serbia

 

The Minnesota Timberwolves struck gold in this draft class, adding a dynamic scorer, a shot blocker, an upside-ridden point guard and a draft-and-stash big man. It just so happens that all three of the college players project to be NBA-ready.

How's that for a draft night?

Shabazz Muhammad has faced his fair share of criticism, but he remains one of the most rewarding prospects in the draft. While there is a perceived risk, he's a fierce competitor that thrives in getting to the basket and has a strong build for both perimeter positions.

The key here, however, is Gorgui Dieng.

The T-Wolves took Dieng at No. 21 and thus landed the elite shot blocker that they've long needed. With Dieng also serving as a potential double-digit rebounder and an excellent passer out of the high post, he could be a starter in Minnesota somewhere down the line.

Lorenzo Brown running point and Bojan Dublevic as a forward are all about upside, but the former N.C. State lead guard is ready.

 

New Orleans Pelicans: B+

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Acquired: Jrue Holiday, PG, Philadelphia 76ers

 

The New Orleans Pelicans traded Nerlens Noel—acceptable—and their first round draft choice in 2014—outrageous—to the Philadelphia 76ers. In exchange, the Pelicans acquired All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday.

If Holiday entered the 2013 NBA draft, he'd have gone first overall without a second guess about it.

For that reason, acquiring Holiday was an absolute steal on draft night, as he's one of the game's top point guards. Working alongside Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson, there's no reason to believe he'll struggle to lead the Pelicans back to prominence.

Seeing as he's only 23, it's safe to say that Holiday isn't done with his All-Star appearances just yet. The question here, however, is rather simple.

Should the Pelicans have given up a pick in a star-studded 2014 NBA draft? If they remain in the lottery next year, they'll likely regret doing so.

Acquiring Holiday warrants an A+, trading Noel and a 2014 draft pick is steep—and so we find middle ground.

 

New York Knicks: B

No. 24: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan Wolverines

 

The New York Knicks needed to find an NBA-ready player that could step in and contribute during his rookie season. With Jason Kidd retiring and the Knicks possessing just one player younger than 28, upside just wasn't an option.

That's exactly why Tim Hardaway Jr. was such a smart pick.

Hardaway Jr. has family ties to the NBA, and while he's not the caliber player of his father, he has every tool to be a rotational regular. Not only can Hardaway Jr. shoot well off of the catch, but he's displayed the ability to handle the ball and facilitate.

If he plays close to as well as he projects, the Knicks will be happy with this investment. We know the fans in attendance were.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder: B

No. 12: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh Panthers

No. 26: Andre Roberson, F, Colorado Buffaloes

No. 32: Alex Abrines, SG, Spain

 

The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the 2013 NBA draft with an undeniable need for a franchise center. While Kendrick Perkins may be a strong defensive presence, he's all but a non-factor on the offensive side of the floor.

The Thunder addressed that void by selecting Steven Adams.

This was a very smart pick.

Adams is a project player, but at 7'0" and 255 pounds with a 7'5" wingspan, it's rare that you find a player with an NBA-ready body like that. Paired with explosive leaping ability, an aggressive approach to defense and respected character, this was as good of a selection as OKC could have asked for.

They struck again at No. 26 and No. 32.

Alex Abrines is an international prospect with minimal experience, but a skill set that has been likened to Manu Ginobili. Not only does he shoot the ball well and possess strong ball-handling ability, but his size and frame are similar to Ginobili's.

At No. 26, the Thunder acquired Andre Roberson from the Minnesota Timberwolves and thus added an elite rebounder that can improve their presence on the glass and provide depth at both forward spots.

 

Orlando Magic: A+

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No. 2: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Hoosiers

No. 51: Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma Sooners

 

The Orlando Magic had options they didn't believe they'd be granted, and they proceeded to go with the best motor player in the NBA draft. This is the second consecutive year that a team has used such reasoning, as the Charlotte Bobcats took Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at No. 2 in 2012.

Plain and simple, Orlando will not regret selecting Victor Oladipo.

Oladipo is the top perimeter defender in this draft class, locking down players at every position from point guard to small forward. Not only does he play the passing lanes, but he blocks shots and defends the pick-and-roll at an elite level.

Paired with extraordinary athleticism, Oladipo is a legitimate franchise cornerstone.

With their second pick, the Magic opted to go with Oklahoma Sooners power forward Romero Osby. He may not be an explosive athlete, but Osby is a very good rebounder with a versatile offensive game.

It may not be the expected selection, but it was an intriguing one.

 

Philadelphia 76ers: A-

No. 6 (via Pelicans): Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky Wildcats

No. 11: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse Orange

No. 54 (via Wizards): Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon Ducks


Now that the reports have been cleared up, the Philadelphia 76ers don't have to fire their front office.

The Sixers landed a coup, acquiring a future Defensive Player of the Year in Nerlens Noel and the draft's top facilitator and point guard defender in Michael Carter-Williams. Most importantly, they added future value.

A draft choice in the already-heralded 2014 NBA draft.

That is what you call mastering the first round.

The Sixers picked up a franchise center and a potentially elite point guard in the same draft. Carter-Williams stands at 6'6" and is sound in every category but shooting, while Noel weighed more than Alex Len during the regular season.

Trading Jrue Holiday is a huge loss, but what Philadelphia received could be worth the loss.

 

Phoenix Suns: A-

No. 5: Alex Len, C, Maryland Terrapins

No. 29: Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky Wildcats

No. 57: Alex Oriakhi, C, Missouri Tigers

 

The Phoenix Suns had options at No. 5, with Alex Len, Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel all available. In turn, the Suns made the selection that some expected the Cleveland Cavaliers to make by picking Len over them all.

Len is similar to current Suns center Marcin Gortat, as he works well out of the post, can run the pick-and-roll and blocks shots at a respectable rate. While Len won't be confused with an elite defensive prospect, his ability to contribute on that end makes the learning curve worth experimenting with.

For a Suns team that needs a whole lot of everything, Len is a great start.

The Suns made further damage by adding an upside player in Archie Goodwin, who handles the ball well and attacks with relentless pursuit of buckets. Throw in Alex Oriakhi as a potential backup center and you have yourself a solid draft.

Nothing too flashy, but it was an effective night for Phoenix.

 

Portland Trail Blazers: A

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No. 10: C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh Mountain Hawks

No. 31 (via Cavaliers): Allen Crabbe, SG, California Golden Bears

No. 39: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas Jayhawks

No. 40: Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona Wildcats

No. 45: Marko Todorovic, SF, Serbia

 

The Portland Trail Blazers had a historically poor second unit in 2012-13, ranking dead last in bench scoring offense and bench defensive efficiency. They scored 5.6 points less than the second-worst team and allowed 8.3 more points per 100 possessions than No. 29.

Drafting C.J. McCollum is a great way to cure those woes.

McCollum is one of the most revered prospects in this draft class, and with good reason.

McCollum embodies the term instant offense, pairing an elite shooting stroke with the ability to take his man off of the dribble. Defensively, he is either a 6'3" point guard or an undersized off guard with the 6'6" wingspan to make up for any deficiencies.

One pick won't change everything—but their other picks will.

Allen Crabbe is one of the top shooters in this draft class, and he's now joining the Blazers' second unit. Throw in center Jeff Withey—a player who is more NBA-ready than current backup Meyers Leonard—and you have a brand new second unit.

The addition of upside picks Grant Jerrett and Marko Todorovic simply add fuel to a raging fire from a marvelous draft.

 

Sacramento Kings: A+

No. 7: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas Jayhawks

No. 36: Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit Titans

 

The Sacramento Kings landed the steal of the draft, picking up potential All-Star shooting guard Ben McLemore at No. 7. Not only was it shocking to see McLemore drop this far, but it was the best case scenario for Sacramento to draft him.

Even LeBron James knew that this was too far for McLemore to fall.

High praise.

The Kings certainly could have used a point guard, as they're a franchise without direction offensively. With that being said, McLemore has been labeled as the best player in the draft by more than a handful of analysts.

If not, he's an elite jump shooter that can serve as Sacramento's shooting guard of the future and space the floor for DeMarcus Cousins—this was a steal.

With their second pick, the Kings landed a steal with point guard Ray McCallum out of Detroit. While he may be going under the radar, McCallum has a gorgeous floater and is sound in every facet of the game.

As a coach's son, you know his fundamentals are downright sound.

 

San Antonio Spurs: B+

No. 28: Livio Jean-Charles, PF, France

No. 58: Deshaun Thomas, F, Ohio State Buckeyes

 

The San Antonio Spurs are notorious for selecting international players, so their selection of Livio Jean-Charles is far from surprising. What was eye-opening, however, was the fact that Deshaun Thomas fell all the way to No. 58.

A potentially elite rebounder and a dynamic scorer that can play down low or along the perimeter? Sounds like two solid additions.

Appearances aren't deceiving.

Jean-Charles will likely be stashed overseas, but he was the star of the Nike Hoop Summit. He dominated the game like no one else could, scoring at will and grabbing rebounds at every turn.

As for Thomas, he's a low-post threat and a lethal jump shooter that could be San Antonio's latest late round gem.

 

Toronto Raptors: N/A

N/A

 

Utah Jazz:

No. 8 (via Timberwolves): Trey Burke, PG, Michigan Wolverines

No. 27 (via Nuggets): Rudy Gobert, PF, France

 

The Utah Jazz needed a franchise point guard, and that's exactly what they got in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. While they may have given up two first round draft picks to do so, they ended up trading back into the first round to take a select another player.

Confused? So is the entire world on why the NBA has such a ridiculous system for draft-day trades.

But I digress.

Trey Burke is the best point guard in this draft class, possessing an all-around skill set and potentially elite offensive abilities. From his prowess running the pick-and-roll to a marvelous mid-range jump shot, Burke truly has it all on offense.

With leadership skills that took the NCAA by storm, it's safe to say that Utah found their man.

The Jazz proceeded to trade for Rudy Gobert later down the line, landing a draft-and-stash big man. While their frontcourt of the future is set, the Jazz have long been known to overcompensate down low.

Depth is a good thing, though, and Gobert's length could be a weapon.

 

Washington Wizards: A

No. 3: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown Hoyas

No. 35 (via Sixers): Glen Rice Jr., Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

 

The Washington Wizards had two local products to choose from in center Alex Len out of Maryland and small forward Otto Porter from Georgetown. The Wizards ultimately sided with Porter, filling their void at small forward and thus rounding out their perimeter.

A pick that set a new precedent for today's generation of Georgetown stars.

Porter certainly deserved it.

Porter fits into Washington's system, serving as a defensive presence that can shoot the three-ball and lock down multiple positions. He handles the ball well, facilitates at a high level and projects to be a player along the lines of Danny Granger.

There were better upside picks, but none as complete as Porter.

With their other picks, the Wizards added a two-way shooting guard with NBA D-League experience in Glen Rice Jr. He certainly has upside, which makes this an effective defensive-minded draft in which they still managed to improve their three-point shooting.

This was a very smart draft for Washington.

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