2011 NBA Draft Results: Team-by-Team-Report-Cards
The 2011 NBA Draft produced some extremely intriguing results on Thursday night.
There were a plethora of trades to follow, players who were picked in different spots than they were projected and a general craziness that dominated four-and-a-half hours of non-stop action.
We're here to dish out the grades for every team as to how they did on draft night.
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No. 1: Kyrie Irving, PG Duke
Irving was widely expected to be the first-overall pick, and the Cavs made it a reality when they selected him at the head of the 2011 class.
He's not John Wall or Derrick Rose, but he's got a lot of upside and should do well under Byron Scott in the Cleveland system. Irving has a solid feel for the game and doesn't make a lot of mistakes, so he could be playing starters minutes sooner rather than later.
No. 4: Tristan Thompson, PF Texas
Thompson is an incredibly talented young player and, despite being undersized for his position, he has a defensive prowess about him with terrific length and rebounding abilities.
He's not afraid to do the dirty work down low, but he's a work in progress on offense. I don't think that the Cavs needed to reach for him here, but they were clearly concerned about Jonas Valanciunas' contract situation and must have rated Thompson as the next best big man available.
No. 54: Milan Macvan, PF Serbia
Macvan is a huge body down low and, although he's not an explosive athlete, he's an absolute bulldozer and could wreak havoc in the post.
It's unclear if he'll ever come stateside at this point, so this is just merely a matter of holding his rights and seeing how it plays out for the Cavs.
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No. 2: Derrick Williams, SF Arizona
Despite the fact that Williams declared himself as exclusively a small forward, the T-Wolves didn't express much hesitancy in making him the selection. There were some potential smokescreens with Enes Kanter, but Williams was probably the pick here for a while.
There was a legitimate case for him to go first overall, and he's definitely the right pick in this slot ahead of the Turkish center. The T-Wolves get a very productive player with tremendous upside and he could develop into an All-Star if he hits on his full potential.
No. 43: Malcolm Lee, PG UCLA
Lee is very athletic and is blessed with supreme speed that allows him to blow by his opponents towards the rim.
He's a bit of a 'tweener, but he's going to add even more intriguing talent to a T-Wolves backcourt that is improving rapidly from last season, and he could even play major minutes at shooting guard if he shows early signs of success.
No. 57: Tanguy Ngombo, SF Qatar
He's an excellent athlete and the best player to come out of Qatar, but there aren't a lot of those.
Ngombo was being stashed by the T-Wolves all along, and it will be interesting to learn more about him from David Kahn in the days after the draft.
No. 3: Enes Kanter, C Turkey
There was some thought that the Jazz could go with Brandon Knight in the five spot, but it appears that the big man shot ahead of him on their big board in the weeks before the draft.
Despite being ruled permanently ineligible to play in the NCAA, Kanter's got plenty of experience from playing professional ball and is almost 7'0" at just 19 years old.
He has a phenomenal on-court presence and absolutely lit up the Nike Hoops Summit on some serious competition. The Jazz will have a powerful front line with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Kanter.
No. 12: Alec Burks, SG Colorado
Burks saw his stock drop in the weeks leading up to the draft, but the prolific scorer is an excellent fit on a Jazz team that needs a capable scorer.
He can create his own shot off the dribble, but his game is more from 12-to-18 feet out than beyond the arc.
Burks isn't afraid to drive to the basket or draw contact around the rim, so he should be able to get to the foul line.
With Kanter and Burks in the fold, the Jazz have definitely improved their club considerably with their two lottery selections.
No. 5: Jonas Valanciunas, C Lithuania
This is a pretty surprising pick for the Raptors because they simply didn't expect the big man to be available in this spot.
There may be some contract issues with Valanciunas, but if there are continued issues with the labor negotiations, the team can leave him in Europe and let him continue to develop.
He's got incredible length and has the potential to blossom into an All-Star sooner rather than later, so this is definitely a sound investment for a Raptors team that desperately needs help along the front line.
No. 6: Jan Vesely, PF Czech Republic
The Wizards tipped their hand pretty hard when they invited officials from the Czech Republic to watch the draft with them, but there was a mutual interest between the two parties for quite some time.
At just 21 years old, he's already 6'11" and could still be growing. He can hit it from deep, he can dunk it down with authority and he is an absolute freak of an athlete.
In my opinion, Vesely was the best international prospect available and should fit beautifully on a youthful Washington club.
No. 18: Chris Singleton, SF Florida State University
Singleton might have had to wait a little longer than expected to hear his name called, but he lands in a very good spot for his future.
He's not an offensive threat, but Singleton is a presence on the defensive end of the floor and is arguably the most elite defender in the entire class.
Singleton can certainly improve on his rebounding, but his natural athleticism should allow him to do that with the proper coaching.
He embraces his role as a defensive presence and that should only garner him more minutes as the season moves forward.
No. 34: Shelvin Mack, PG Butler
Mack is a strong point guard who's going to provide the Wizards a very nice backup behind John Wall.
He leads by example and has been a winner in his collegiate career, and both of those will be qualities that Washington embraces with open arms.
No. 7: Bismack Biyombo, Congo
The Bobcats acquired this pick early Thursday afternoon in order to move up and draft Biyombo—with a 7'7" wingspan despite only being 6'9", it's pretty easy to see why.
He's an extraordinary defender and has the length to impact the game right away. He can rebound, block shots and get dirty around the rim, but he has very little offensive prowess and the Bobcats won't be able to rely on him for any contribution whatsoever.
He's a great pick for a Charlotte team that needs some toughness down low, and his impact will be felt immediately and well into the future.
No. 9: Kemba Walker, PG UConn
When the Bobcats landed two picks in the top 10, I knew that Michael Jordan wouldn't let Kemba Walker slip past him twice.
Walker has phenomenal speed, an inclination to fill it up in a hurry and his athleticism is extraordinary for someone of his size.
There's not a lot that I don't like about Walker's game other than his obvious lack of height, but he loves the game and he's a proven winner, and those are both characteristics that the Bobcats desperately need.
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No. 8: Brandon Knight, PG Kentucky
Knight is a really interesting pick for a Pistons team that was thought to be leaning toward taking some help to pair with Greg Monroe down low.
The club probably didn't expect him to slip this far down, so this pick could represent a value selection. If that's the case, they're paying 60 cents on the dollar for a very solid point guard prospect.
There is a ton of upside with Knight as he was the most sought-after high school recruit in the country before committing to Kentucky, but he's going to need to add some strength to an otherwise scrawny frame to keep up over an 82-game season.
No. 33: Kyle Singler, SF Duke
The Pistons opted for proven production when they selected Singler in the second round, and they clearly want someone who's going to contribute for their team now.
He's not an explosive athlete at all, but he has a high basketball IQ and doesn't make a ton of unforced mistakes, so that should be really good for a young Pistons team that had trouble with that last season.
The Pistons recognize that they need major help along the front line. Although they already have Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye, Singler can be an asset moving forward.
No. 52: Vernon Macklin, PF Florida
Macklin is a premier talent this late in the draft, but as a transfer from Georgetown, he didn't stand out as prominently as he otherwise would have.
He adds bulk to a front line alongside Greg Monroe, and he can really play a big role for the Pistons moving forward if he cashes in on his potential.
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No. 10: Jimmer Fredette, PG BYU
It appears as if ownership might have won out in this one, as Jimmer Fredette is on his way to California's capital to play alongside Tyreke Evans in the backcourt.
The Kings were thought to have liked Fredette for a while—when they moved back to No. 10, it prompted wild speculation that the BYU product would be the pick.
He's not a pure point guard by any means and he's certainly going to have challenges with his size at the next level. It should be interesting to see whether or not he's capable of creating his own shot over some much bigger defenders.
No. 35: Tyler Honeycutt, SF UCLA
Honeycutt has the skills to have been selected in the first round, but he's another guy who could've benefited majorly by staying in school for a little bit longer.
He's going to be an excellent pickup for a Kings team that still needs help at the small-forward position.
No. 60: Isaiah Thomas, PG Washington
Thomas is an undersized-but-prolific guard from Washington who could really be a lightning bolt of energy for the Kings.
He's an intriguing gamble at the end of the draft and probably could have gone a lot higher than the last pick.
Golden State Warriors
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No. 11: Klay Thompson, SG Washington State
Jerry West was reportedly very high on Thompson after seeing him play, and it's amazing to see the type of impact that he's already had on the organization.
Thompson has the best shot of any player in the draft and can really light it up from deep. At 6'7" with serious length, Thompson is going to have no trouble with opposing shooting guards in the NBA.
He's shown a willingness to pass the ball around in order to get the best shot available, and he's going to join a Warriors team that is going to be a lot of fun to watch.
No. 39: Jeremy Tyler, C USA (Traded from Charlotte Bobcats)
Tyler is capable of becoming the center of the future for a Warriors team that has long lacked a true presence in the middle.
Tyler has really matured over the last year, and his upside makes him a high-risk, high-reward pick for the Warriors in the second round.
No. 44: Charles Jenkins, SG Hofstra
The Warriors steal Jenkins in the middle of the second round and come out of this draft with excellent additions to their club.
Golden State is clearly looking to stretch the floor under new coach Mark Jackson, and both Thompson and Jenkins will allow them to do exactly that.
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No. 13: Markieff Morris, PF Kansas
Despite the fact that Marcus has been considered the better player, the Suns went on the record and said that they preferred Markieff to his twin brother.
The club needs help at power forward, and they know that Morris can help them at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor right away.
Unlike his brother, Markieff has a true position and should find success in a Phoenix offense that will tailor itself to his strengths. I expect him to play a substantial role for the club in his rookie season.
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No. 14: Marcus Morris, PF Kansas
Marcus comes off of the board just one pick after brother Markieff, but it's surprising to see the Rockets take him in this spot because they weren't heavily linked to him prior to the draft.
He's got extraordinary skill on the offensive end, and he's got solid post skills that should only continue to develop as he gets more experience.
Morris has range from all over the court, and he's going to make opposing forwards down low come out and guard him from 12-to-15 feet out, but he's going to have to work on his defense against bigger guys to truly reach his ceiling.
No. 20: Donatas Motiejunas, PF Lithuania (Traded From Minnesota T-Wolves)
Motiejunas is a big-time value for the Rockets this late in the draft, and the team has really improved itself along the front line with the first two picks.
He's a legitimate seven-feet tall, but he's going to have to get stronger at the next level if he's going to survive beneath the rim and serve as Yao Ming's potential successor.
After passing on him for Morris, the team gets its man, and he could be a force down low, assuming he can develop with the right coaching. It's very conceivable he plays major minutes early on for the club.
No. 38: Chandler Parsons, SF Florida
Parsons' stock rose considerably before draft night, but it didn't translate into a first-round selection for the talented forward out of Florida.
He is extremely versatile and will help to rebuild a very improved front line for the Rockets.
San Antonio Spurs
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No. 15: Kawhi Leonard, SF San Diego State (traded from Indiana Pacers)
Leonard's fall out of the lottery only lasted a single pick, and his ability to contribute immediately for the team represents monumental value with this pick.
He is another prospect with a freakish wingspan, he is an absolutely raw athlete and has the biggest hands of anyone in the class. He's relentless on both ends of the floor and plays solid defense despite standing just 6'7".
He does the little things well and has a high basketball IQ, so he should bring solid energy off of the bench and provide a nice weapon for the Spurs for the next several seasons as they transition toward a new era of basketball in San Antonio.
No. 29: Cory Joseph, PG Texas
Joseph is another player who could have really benefited from staying in school for another season or two, but clearly the Spurs saw enough to select him in the first round.
The combo guard was not projected to go until the second round, but the Spurs rarely make a mistake on draft day, so they must have seen a special player they could develop in the coming seasons.
After trading George Hill to land Leonard, Joseph may very well serve as the primary backup to veteran point guard Tony Parker.
No. 42: Davis Bertans, PF Latvia
The draft just wouldn't be complete without the Spurs acquiring a European prospect, and this kid is no ordinary talent.
He'll stay in Europe for the next two or three seasons, but he was a high school All-American and could provide a major return for the Spurs when he's ready to come stateside.
No. 59: Adam Hanga, SG Hungary
Hanga is a solid developmental pick and could develop in two-to-three seasons, but he's not a lock to ever play for the team.
He's got definite skill, but the stark differential in terms of competitiveness between what he's used to and the play on the NBA level may be too great.
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No. 16: Nikola Vucevic, C USC
Vucevic is a big-time sleeper with definite potential to impact the Sixers right away, with a gaping hole in the middle of the lineup.
Point guard Jrue Holiday said that the team needed to target size in the draft, and it looks like the executives in the front office agreed. He's got incredible range and stands a legitimate seven-feet tall.
With his ability to rebound and do the dirty work down low, he's a supreme value this late and it wouldn't be surprising to have him be among the most prolific producing rookies next year if given the proper playing time.
No. 50: Lavoy Allen, PF Temple
Allen is a hometown kid who can come in and help the Sixers from the onset down low.
He's got decent range for a player of his size, and he can also bang with some of the bigger guys he'll face at the NBA level.
New York Knicks
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No. 17: Iman Shumpert, PG/SG Georgia Tech
Shumpert is an insane athlete capable of jumping out of the gym, and that's exactly what boosted his stock all the way to the middle of the first round.
Shumpert is packed with potential, but this is a big reach for the Knicks. The club needed help along the front line and chose not to address it, so they must be extremely high on the Georgia Tech product.
He is skilled on the defensive end of the floor and that will certainly help the club, but this pick says more about their long-term view of Landry Fields than anything else.
No. 45: Josh Harrellson, C Kentucky
The team whiffed on landing a big man prior to the middle of the second round but, even as is, they could have done a lot better than Harrellson.
I'm not sure what the team sees in him long-term, because he doesn't look to be anything more than a backup center at best.
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No. 19: Tobias Harris, PF Tennessee
Harris was thought to be a lock to land with Denver at No. 22 overall, but the Bucks really messed up those plans when they traded out of the lottery.
He would've gone a lot higher had he stayed in school for another year or two as he's just 18 years old, but the Bucks likely saw solid value here and pounced on the opportunity.
The team just shipped out both Corey Maggette and John Salmons in a trade prior to the draft, and it would appear as if they view Harris as a key cog on a reshaping front line.
No. 40: Jon Leuer, PF Wisconsin
Leuer is a solid athlete with very good fundamentals and he can really stretch the floor for the Bucks.
It's not surprising that Milwaukee took the local kid, and he could definitely find himself as an integral part of the rotation sooner rather than later.
Portland Trail Blazers
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No. 21: Nolan Smith, PG Duke
This is much higher than Smith was projected to go, but the Trail Blazers must have seen something that they really liked in Smith to grab him this high.
He thrived in the absence of Kyrie Irving during the year, but he is a major surprise to be selected in the first round. There's not a ton of upside with Smith, but he should prove to be a solid player in the league.
It will be interesting to see if the club commits to him as the starting point guard for the long term or if they bring in a veteran to play ahead of him for a few seasons.
No. 51: Jon Diebler, SG Ohio State
Diebler can shoot the lights out of the building as he showed during his collegiate tenure, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him play a prominent role on the perimeter early.
The Blazers sent Rudy Fernandez to the Mavericks in a first-round trade, so there is a definite opening in the Portland rotation for assistance on the perimeter.
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No. 22: Kenneth Faried, PF Morehead State
Faried's slide lasted a little bit longer than expected, but he finally came off the board and represents a monster value at No. 22 overall.
He's not a threat on the offensive end whatsoever, but he rebounds the ball with a ferocity unlike any other prospect in the class. His high motor and willingness to learn will lend itself well at the NBA level, but he's going to have to overcome his lack of size down low.
There is a lot to like about Faried as long as the club isn't expecting anything from him offensively, but given his ability to defend and rebound, that shouldn't really matter.
No. 26: Jordan Hamilton, SF Texas (traded from Dallas Mavericks)
The Nuggets get one of the biggest sleepers in the draft by landing Jordan Hamilton this late and, frankly, it's an absolute steal at the back end of the first round.
Hamilton has big-time range and can back up the shooting guard or small forward positions, and his game should transition to the NBA seamlessly as he'll definitely outperform where he was drafted.
If he can reach his potential and blossom into an even better player than he showed at Texas last season, Denver really executed a grand heist in this spot.
No. 23: Nikola Mirotic, PF Serbia (traded From Minnesota Timberwolves)
Mirotic would have gone in the top 10 based off his enormous talent alone, but he's not coming stateside for at least three years and won't help the team at any point soon.
The Bulls got a major steal here by moving up five spots and ahead of Oklahoma City, because the Thunder were thought to be keying in hard on Mirotic in their No. 24 slot.
He's going to help Chicago in the long term, and it's clear that they're looking to put a competitive team on the floor for every season that Derrick Rose is the starting point guard.
No. 30: Jimmy Butler, SF Marquette
Butler has the best story of any prospect selected on draft night, and he had a remarkably similar story to Baltimore Ravens' tackle Michael Oher.
He's got big-time skills as a wing player for the Bulls, and the team will look to immediately deploy him as a perimeter threat in an effort to improve the attack and stretch the floor.
Butler is extremely versatile and can attack the rim without hesitation, and he won't be relegated to a specific spot on the floor whenever he's on the court.
Oklahoma City Thunder
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No. 24: Reggie Jackson, PG Boston College
Although Jackson is only 6'3", his wingspan is a massive seven feet and his extraordinary length greatly aids his ability to hit the floater around the rim.
There is a lot to like about him despite the fact that he shut it down in April and didn't workout for anyone, but the Thunder liked what they saw and gave him a promise a couple of months back.
His drafting will provide even more intriguing youth and talent to an already talented Thunder team, and Sam Presti struck gold once again with this pick.
New Jersey Nets
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No. 25: Marshon Brooks (traded from Boston Celtics)
The Nets did well to trade up and land their man in Marshon Brooks at No. 25, as he really provides an intriguing scoring punch to a depleted offensive attack.
Brooks will immediately come in and provide a big boost to a second unit that desperately needs it, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the scorer play major minutes in the early going.
He's going to need to play defense if he wants to see action under Avery Johnson, but that shouldn't be a problem as he continues to learn and grow at the next level.
No. 31: Bojan Bogdanovic, SG Croatia (traded from Minnesota Timberwolves)
Bogdanovic can score and he can certainly do it in bunches, and he's one of the most talented shooters in this draft from the European ranks.
New Jersey is going to have to wait a couple of seasons to reap the rewards of this investment, but he's well worth it as he'll be a smooth shooting guard in the future for a team that has a hole at the position.
The Nets are clearly thinking outside the box with all of the youth on their roster, so this pick isn't all that surprising at the forefront of the second round.
No. 36: Jordan Williams, C Maryland
Williams might be a bit undersized to play in the middle, but he's an excellent rebounder down low and is solid insurance in case Kris Humphries departs via free agency.
The Nets did well to find value in this draft with all of their selections.
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No. 27: JaJuan Johnson, PF Purdue
Johnson was thought to be on the Celtics' draft radar for a long time now, and his selection cements the idea that they may be looking for a replacement for impending free-agent Glen Davis.
He's able to stretch the floor and can certainly run the floor, but there are concerns about his scrawny frame and inability to develop into a stronger player in the post.
It should be interesting to see how the team plans to deploy him, but if he can't hang with the big boys, he's going to disappoint a lot of people in Boston.
No. 55: E'Twaun Moore, SG Purdue
Moore was one of the least talked-about prospects heading into the draft and, although there was a lot of silence around him, he's got a game to make some noise.
The Celtics chose to go with Purdue products for both of their draft selections, and Moore looks like a solid player for the Celtics late in the draft.
No. 28: Norris Cole, PG Cleveland State (traded From Minnesota Timberwolves)
Cole was one of the best point-guard prospects in the class despite coming out of a small school, and he was viewed as one of the biggest sleepers before he began to blow up in the public sphere.
He's got a chance to be a great NBA player, and it's very possible that his athleticism will allow him to dominate some of the opposition that he'll face in the NBA.
Cole is going to have to add some weight to his frame as he's really rather thin, but his speed may allow him to circumvent his shortcomings in the weight room if he can use it to his advantage.
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No. 32: Justin Harper, PF Richmond (traded from Cleveland Cavaliers)
The Magic absolutely stole Harper in the second round after he was projected to be selected in the first.
He's the best-shooting big man in the draft class, and his impressive strength will allow him to play inside as well as out in the NBA level.
Harper can't do much for his shot off the dribble, but he's one of the best catch-and-shoot power forwards I've seen in a long time and can definitely contribute in a big way for the Magic moving forward.
No. 55: DeAndre Liggins, SG Kentucky
Liggins will serve as a defender off of the bench for the Magic at the onset of his professional tenure, especially because he can cover multiple positions.
He needs to improve on his shot selection and his ability to score from the perimeter, but that should come in time as he picks up the pieces of the NBA game.
Los Angeles Clippers
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No. 37: Trey Thompkins, PF Georgia
Thompkins is an excellent fit for the Clippers this late in the draft. He was thought to be a first-round prospect, but conditioning issues really plummeted his draft stock.
He adds to a super-athletic front line that already includes Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, and he's an intriguing gamble after slipping this late.
No. 47: Travis Leslie, SG Georgia
Leslie's stock slipped after his infamous Twitter battle with Grizzlies' veteran Tony Allen, but he can still contribute on a youthful Clippers squad.
He's another freak athlete on a team filled with them, and he should provide solid defense behind Eric Gordon moving forward.
Los Angeles Lakers
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No. 41: Darius Morris, PG Michigan
Darius Morris finally gives the Lakers a point guard of the future with legitimate size as they look to get younger at the position moving forward.
He's got incredible passing ability and, although he really needs to work on and limit his shot selection, that will certainly come in time as he learns to be a capable backcourt mate next to Kobe Bryant.
There was a possibility that Morris could have gone in the first round, so this is a great value for the Lakers in the second round.
No. 46: Andrew Goudelock, PG College of Charleston
Goudelock is an intriguing talent out of a small school. He's got incredible range and is quickly developing his point guard skills.
He's got a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn, and that will certainly sit well with the veterans on the Lakers.
No. 56: Chukwudiebere Maduabum, PF Bakersfield (NBDL)
Maduabum is the definition of a project for the Lakers this late, and he's nothing more than a flier with just four picks remaining in the second round.
No. 58: Ater Majok, SF Sudan
He's another project pick for the Lakers and I don't expect him to surface with the team anytime soon despite an impressive 7'7" wingspan.
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No. 48: Keith Benson, C Oakland
Benson might not be the biggest of the center prospects, but his extraordinary length allows him to swat shots around the rim with regularity.
He needs to be a lot stronger as he weighs just 220 lbs, but his body should begin to fill out when he hits the weight room more regularly.
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No. 49: Josh Selby, PG Kansas
Selby had a tough time during his only season at Kansas, but there's enough high school tape on him to know exactly what Memphis is receiving.
He's a first-round talent who fell because he didn't produce like so many thought he would during his collegiate tenure, so the Grizzlies absolutely stole him in the back end of the draft.
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The Pacers weren't looking to add any youth to a roster riddled with exactly that on draft night, and they'll probably look to add veteran talent on the free-agent market.
It's not surprising that they were among the most quiet teams in the league on Thursday night, although they did do well to acquire San Antonio point guard George Hill.
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The Mavericks turned the No. 26 overall pick into the Blazers' Rudy Fernandez, so it's safe to say that it was a successful night for the Mavericks.
They're not looking to add much to an already-crowded rotation, but Fernandez will be a welcome addition to replace one of the aging veterans in the second unit.
New Orleans Hornets
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The financially strapped Hornets didn't do anything on draft night in terms of acquiring assets via a selection, and that's not surprising since the NBA is in control of the franchise.
New Orleans is looking to shed as much salary as it possibly can, so I don't expect the Hornets to be too active in the free-agent market, either.