Teams Emerging from the NBA Draft with the Best Competitive Edge

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Teams Emerging from the NBA Draft with the Best Competitive Edge
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Rapid reaction to the NBA draft, which took place June 26, is a very unhealthy thing. 

Readers absorb information only to find out over time that what they learned was merely an inaccurate prediction instead of a forecast. Writers stress over being wrong, which happens far too often and will never end.

So really, there's only one way to judge the draft immediately: By evaluating a team's philosophy instead of the players it ends up taking.

Of course, the players matter. Joe Schmo wouldn't exactly garner high draft-day grades (though I hear he's an excellent pick-and-roll defender). But it's more about how players fit into a particular organization than it is about the players themselves. 

The Phoenix Suns will find themselves on this list because of how their draft shows consistency with their overall thought process. Another team will see its name here thanks to how its draftees complement the rest of the roster. One more is present because of its dedication to finding a star and its depth in the second round.

It's nearly impossible to look at a prospect and guarantee exactly what he is going to become. We can, however, evaluate team philosophy, and there are five teams in particular whose mentalities stood out from the rest.

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