2011 NBA Draft Grades: Pacers, Mavericks, Hornets Opt out of Draft
The 2011 NBA Draft has been heralded as one of the weakest draft classes in some time. It remains to be seen whether or not that is the case, but three teams appear to agree with that.
The Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Hornets had no draft picks in this year’s draft after trades, and had no desire to pick one up. Both are playoff teams, and the Mavericks just won the title, so they didn’t really need to pick anyone up this year.
The one that may be more confusing is the Indiana Pacers. They traded the 15th pick to the San Antonio Spurs for George Hill, who should contribute immediately for them. However, they missed out on Kawhi Leonard by trading it, which sounds bad, but they already have Danny Granger at that position.
These are tough to grade. The Mavericks and Hornets should just look at free agency if they are to improve their team, so I get the moves, but the Pacers need to do more than just pick up George Hill if they want to be a playoff team.
Grades: A for Mavs, B+ for Hornets, B- for Pacers
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