2011 NBA Draft Grades: Which Teams Had Best Draft?

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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Which Teams Had Best Draft?
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What a fantastically creepy smile from David Stern there, right? And he had reason to wear it as he was mercilessly booed upon showing that face (the one in the picture) on stage in Newark, New Jersey last night.

Stern took it in stride, butchered names here and there and read from his note cards all the same.

It was an eventful night at the 2011 NBA draft despite there being a considerable lack of top-end talent, and a few big name veterans are playing in new cities while rookies fill their respective holes.

The first two picks didn't offer any surprises, not really, but by No. 4 things had already started to get out of hand.

At night's end we saw three teams without any new rookies while a number of teams added three, and in some cases four, youngsters to their squad.

I'm not sure if there is a single player in this draft that will swing a franchise in a truly positive direction, but we'll still grade out each team's performance anyway.

Here is a look at how last night's draft played and what it means for the NBA - whenever it resumes play.

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