NBA Power Rankings: Grading the First-Round Draft Picks

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NBA Power Rankings: Grading the First-Round Draft Picks
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After scouting, workouts, and tireless research, these are the ones that went first.

The first round of the draft could very well Trump Christmas morning for some most NBA owners, as those picking in the first round are constantly searching for young talent to help turn their team around. A good first round pick could mean a new face for the Franchise, and a much needed boost in the win column.

A bad pick on the other hand?

I don't think I need to remind you about Darko Milicic.

While teams prepare tirelessly to not end up with a "bust", the process is still not a science, and I don't think it ever will be. Sure there are those surging stars in the making like John Wall, or Blake Griffen. There are also some like Evan Turner who seemed obvious, but may now underwhelm his franchise.

A number one pick can be amazing (Lebron James), but sometimes a number 13 pick (Kobe Bryant) can also be great. It's important to track the progress of the first round draft picks so we can tell who is likely to live up to their potential, and who is likely to disappoint.

Here are the first Grades of the season for the first round picks.

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