The NBA draft is a great opportunity for teams to improve their roster in an instant. Of course, some teams did a better job of that on Thursday night than others.
Every team has different needs coming into the draft. Not only do squads look to get help at different positions, but some are looking for long-term prospects, while others are trying to get immediate fixes.
Still, it is also important to make sure to get good value based on where you are selecting.
These teams did the best job of getting great players that also happen to fill a need to improve the squad right away.
Portland Trail Blazers (No. 10 C.J. McCollum, No. 31 Allen Crabbe, No. 39 Jeff Withey, No. 40 Grant Jerrett, No. 45 Marko Todorovic)
Portland already had a good young core of players, but it did an excellent job of adding to that group with prospects who can help in a number of different areas.
The first one to look at is C.J. McCollum, who was considered by many to be the top point guard in the draft. However, he can also play as a 2-guard with his shooting ability and knack for creating his own shot.
A backcourt that includes McCollum and Damian Lillard will be fun to watch and extremely tough to defend.
In the second round, the Trail Blazers added a trio of role players that are almost certain to crack the rotation. Allen Crabbe and Grant Jerrett are both good shooters, and Jeff Withey is one of the best interior defenders in the class.
Add in the long-term potential of Marko Todorovic, and there might not have been a better draft in the league.
Sacramento Kings (No. 7 Ben McLemore, No. 36 Ray McCallum)
Although there were differing opinions on Ben McLemore entering the draft, few could have imagined that he would have still been available at No. 7 for the Kings.
As a result, Sacramento was able to get a player who might have the most upside in the entire class.
McLemore showed last season at Kansas an ability to score in a number of different ways. He is an excellent shooter, and he can also drive into the lane and finish at the rim.
The biggest critique of the shooting guard was his lack of assertiveness, but this could be a good thing on a team with too many shoot-first players already on the roster.
Additionally, Ray McCallum is one of the top sleepers in the class as a pure point guard with great speed. Both of these picks represent great value for a team that needed a lot of help.
Utah Jazz (No. 9 Trey Burke, No. 27 Rudy Gobert)
Coming into the draft, it was clear that Utah needed a point guard more than anything else. Thanks to some dealing, the team was able to come away with the top one on the board.
Trey Burke might not have the height of some other players at his position, but he can do anything else you can want a point guard to do. He can create shots for himself and others, and he is also a strong defender.
Finally, his competitive spirit was on display throughout his career at Michigan as he continued to do anything in his power to help his team win. This should carry over to the NBA as he looks to help the Jazz.
With the second pick, Utah grabbed a player who will not contribute for a while but has plenty of upside. Rudy Gobert has a ridiculous 7'9" wingspan and has the tools to be an elite interior defender if he reaches his potential.
Overall, few teams did a better job of establishing a need and filling it in the draft.
|Golden State Warriors||B|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B+|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Orleans Pelicans||B|
|New York Knicks||A-|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||B-|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A+|
|San Antonio Spurs||B|
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