NBA Draft Grades 2017: Scores for Overall Results, Trades and Team Decisions

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 25, 2017

John Collins poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the 19th pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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The 1983 NFL draft and the 1984 NBA draft were so memorable that documentaries were made about them years later.

No one is saying the 2017 NBA draft will be as noteworthy and as stocked with Hall of Famers like those two, but this class has the chance to be special. It could be the deepest player pool we've ever seen, and the elite talent at the top could carry the league for 15 years.

Here's a look at the NBA draft boards, team-by-team grades and some analysis.


NBA Draft Board


NBA Draft Team-by-Team Grades and Picks

Atlanta Hawks (A)

Wake Forest power forward John Collins (19th), Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey (41st) and Mega Bemax PF/C Alpha Kaba (60th).


Boston Celtics (A)

Duke forward Jayson Tatum (third), SMU forward Semi Ojeleye (37th), Arizona guard Kadeem Allen (53rd) and Cal guard Jabari Bird (56th).


Brooklyn Nets (A)

Texas center Jarrett Allen (22th) and FC Barcelona forward Aleksandar Vezenkov (57th).


Charlotte Hornets (B)

Kentucky shooting guard Malik Monk (11th) and Florida State shooting guard Dwayne Bacon (40th).


Chicago Bulls (F)

Arizona forward Lauri Markkanen (seventh). Traded Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves for shooting guard Zach Lavine, point guard Kris Dunn and the seventh pick.


Cleveland Cavaliers (N/A)

The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have a pick in this draft.


Dallas Mavericks (C)

NC State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. (ninth).


Denver Nuggets (B)

Syracuse forward Tyler Lydon (24th), Mega Bemax power forward Vlatko Cancar (49th) and Iowa State point guard Monte Morris (51st).


Detroit Pistons (A)

Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard (12th).


Golden State Warriors (A)

Oregon power forward Jordan Bell (38th).


Houston Rockets (A)

Zalgiris Kaunas PF Isaiah Hartenstein (43rd).


Indiana Pacers (B)

UCLA power forward TJ Leaf (18th), UCLA center Ike Anigbogu (47th) and Xavier guard Edmond Sumner (52nd).


Los Angeles Clippers (A)

Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans (39th) and South Carolina forward Sindarius Thornwell (48th).


Los Angeles Lakers (A)

UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball (second), Utah forward Kyle Kuzma (27th) and Villanova guard Josh Hart (30th).


Memphis Grizzlies (A)

Cal forward Ivan Rabb (35th) and forward Dillon Brooks (45th).


Miami Heat (A)

Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo (14th).


Milwaukee Bucks (B)

Michigan forward DJ Wilson (17th) and SMU guard Sterling Brown (46th).


Minnesota Timberwolves (A)

Creighton center Justin Patton (16th). Acquired Butler and the 16th pick from the Chicago Bulls for LaVine, Dunn and the seventh pick.


New Orleans Pelicans (B)

Duke shooting guard Frank Jackson (31st).


New York Knicks (B)

SIG Strasbourg PG Frank Ntilikina (eighth), Houston shooting guard Damyean Dotson (44th), Mega Bemax guard Ognjen Jaramaz (58th).


Oklahoma City Thunder (B)

Adelaide guard Terrance Ferguson (21st).


Orlando Magic (B)

Florida State forward Jonathan Isaac (sixth) and Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu (33rd).


Philadelphia 76ers (B)

Washington point guard Markelle Fultz (first), CB Gran Canaria center Anzejs Pasecniks (25th), FMP Beograd power forward Jonah Bolden (36th) and Nanterre 92 power forward Mathias Lessort (50th).


Phoenix Suns (A)

Kansas forward Josh Jackson (fourth), Miami guard Davon Reed (33rd) and Valparaiso power forward Alec Peters (54th).


Portland Trail Blazers (A)

Gonzaga center Zach Collins (10th) and Purdue power forward Caleb Swanigan (26th).


Sacramento Kings (A)

Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox (fifth), UNC forward Justin Jackson (15th), Duke forward Harry Giles (20th) and Kansas point guard Frank Mason III (34th).


San Antonio Spurs (A)

Colorado guard Derrick White (29th) and Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame (59th).


Toronto Raptors (B)

Indiana forward OG Anunoby (23rd).


Utah Jazz (A)

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell (13th), UNC forward/center Tony Bradley (28th) and Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss (55th).


Washington Wizards (N/A)

The Washington Wizards did not make a pick in this draft.


Best Draft (Non-Lottery Edition): Atlanta Hawks

One could make a case for at least five players being the steal of the draft. We won't know for a few seasons who the best steal may be, but Atlanta Hawks picks John Collins and Tyler Dorsey are among the front-runners.

Collins was a dominant post presence for Wake Forest in the tough ACC, leading the Demon Deacons to an NCAA tournament berth after averaging 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in just 26.6 minutes per game.

The 6'9", 225-pound power forward could conceivably replace Paul Millsap, who is a free agent and may leave town. If Millsap does return to the team, it's possible the two could play together down low.

Dorsey is also the type of player the Hawks needed, someone who can come off the bench and light up the scoreboard. Dorsey was Mr. March Madness this past season, averaging 23.3 points on 58.7 percent shooting (55.8 percent from three-point range) in his eight Pac-12 tournament and NCAA tournament games.

Atlanta may be in rebuilding mode after trading Dwight Howard, but Collins and Dorsey could signal a bright future.


Best Win-Win Trade

The Sacramento Kings dealt the No. 10 overall pick in the draft, which they acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans in the DeMarcus Cousins deal, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for the No. 15 and No. 20 selections.

In five years, we could see this trade as a win-win for both sides.

For the Blazers, Zach Collins was one of the most efficient players in college basketball last year, scoring 10.0 points in just 17.3 minutes per game as a freshman. If he stayed in school for another year, we could have been talking about him as a top-five pick at minimum.

For the rebuilding Kings, they got a player who would have been a top-five pick if not for numerous knee injuries (Harry Giles) and a proven star in Division I who led his team to the national championship (Justin Jackson).

It's rare to see both teams benefit from a trade in any sport, but this could be an exception.


Best Decision

The Golden State Warriors bought into the draft and acquired the 38th overall pick from the Chicago Bulls to select Oregon power forward Jordan Bell, who is a great fit for the team.

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News explained why that is the case:

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

Jordan Bell is the kind of player the Warriors don't really have--and who can bother them when he's playing against them. Attack-the-rim guy

Bell's three biggest positive traits he brings to the table are his rebounding, shot-blocking ability and boundless energy. Off the bench in short spurts, Bell could be a force to be reckoned with. He doesn't have to do much for the Warriors beside raise hell for 15-20 minutes per game with the second unit.

Imagine him and JaVale McGee on the court at the same time. It will be impossible for any team to contain the two together.

Bell is going to make the Warriors' bench one of the best in the league, even if Andre Iguodala leaves town. If Iguodala stays, then the Dubs may have the best starters and second team in the NBA.


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