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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Grading Jimmer Fredette and All the Draft-Night Trades

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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Grading Jimmer Fredette and All the Draft-Night Trades
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In past years, trades have played a massive role in the overall outcome of the draft. In many cases, we don't really understand the importance of these deal until months or years after they happen.

In 2006, Boston acquired the 21st pick, which turned into Rajon Rondo, plus Brian Grant and cash considerations for a future first round pick.

The 2007 season saw Danny Ainge continue to make big draft trades. He sent the No. 5 pick plus Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West to Seattle for Ray Allen and a second-round pick that turned into Big Baby Davis. Those trades helped turn the fortunes of a franchise and resulted in a championship.

In 1998, the Mavericks landed Dirk Nowitzki in a draft-day trade. Thirteen years later, they hoisted the championship trophy, with Dirk as the centerpiece of their team.

In early action this year, we saw a three-team deal between the Bucks, Kings and Bobcats. Could this trade turn the tide for any of these beleaguered franchises?

Only time will tell, but you'll find my snap judgements for that and all the other draft-night trades right here.

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