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By: John Morgan Francis

 

Last night the NBA Draft set a record with 14 freshman going in the first 20 picks. There were also an abundance of trades moving multiple picks between teams. Now that every move has been approved by the NBA, I’m releasing my NBA Draft Report Card for every team.

 

Atlanta Hawks

Picks

  • John Collins, Wake Forest, F, 19th overall
  • Tyler Dorsey, Oregon, G, 41st overall
  • Alpha Kaba F/C, Mega Bemax, 60th overall

Grade

  • A
  • The Hawks have really gone down hill the past few years. They went from a 60+ win team and the number one seed in the Eastern Conference to losing Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver, Marvin Williams and Al Horford to  signing the cancerous Dwight Howard to potentially losing Paul Millsap and staring a long rebuild dead in the face. However they have drafted well the past few seasons and did so again Thursday night. Collins is NBA-ready and Dorsey will be a quality combo guard for the Hawks.

 

Boston Celtics

Picks

  • Jayson Tatum, Duke, F, 3rd overall
  • Semi Ojeleye, SMU, F, 37th overall
  • Kadeem Allen, Arizona, G, 53rd overall
  • Jabari Bird, Cal, G, 56th overall

Grade

  • A
  • If New York’s demand for Kristaps Porzingis was indeed the entire treasure chest of Danny Ainge’s assets, I’m okay with him passing up the unicorn and taking Tatum instead. Though I personally preferred De’Aaron Fox third, Tatum has a Paul Pierce ceiling and can play alongside Jaylen Brown in the future. Ojeleye was a steal at 37 and could be a small ball power forward once he learns the NBA system. He could also be a quality piece in a possible Paul George trade.

 

Brooklyn Nets

Picks

  • Jarrett Allen, Texas, C, 22nd overall
  • Aleksandar Vezenkov, FC Barcelona, F, 57th overall

Grade

  • B
  • I would’ve liked Brooklyn to take Caleb Swanigan or OG Anunoby with their first round pick but Allen wasn’t a bad pick either. Their move to get D’Angelo Russell shows some light from Brooklyn.

 

Charlotte Hornets

Picks

  • Malik Monk, Kentucky, G, 11th overall
  • Dwayne Bacon, Florida State, G, 40th overall

Grade

  • A
  • Monk was a steal at 11. I couldn’t believe Chicago and New York passed him up until I remembered they were Chicago and New York. He’ll be an excellent compliment to Kemba Walker and Dwayne Bacon mid-second round was a quality pick.

 

Chicago Bulls

Picks

  • Lauri Markkanen, Arizona, F, 7th overall

Grade

  • F
  • This was the biggest failure of the night and it wasn’t even close. With Fultz, Ball, Tatum, Jackson, Fox and Jonathan Isaac rounding out the top-6, Chicago had Dennis Smith, Malik Monk, Frank Ntilikina and Zach Collins to chose from over Markkanen. Yet they took the worst of the six and also traded away the 16th pick (with their best player) for two guards who have been disappointing on a bad team. Bulls fans had a rough night.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Picks

  • None

Grade

  • D
  • Cleveland failed to acquire a wing or draft pick to trade for a wing in exchange for Kevin Love. Though most trades are waiting until the start of free agency due to the decrease in salary cap, the Cavs need to do something in order to compete with Golden State.

 

Dallas Mavericks

Picks

  • Dennis Smith, N.C. State, G, 9th overall

Grade

  • A
  • Smith was one of the top prospects his junior of high school year until he suffered an injury his senior season. He then was disguised on a poor N.C. State team that allowed the incredible talent to slip in the draft. He’ll be a great fit alongside Wesley Matthew, Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel and Dirk.

 

Denver Nuggets

Picks

  • Tyler Lydon, Syracuse, F, 24th overall
  • Vlatko Cancar, Mega Bemax, F, 49th overall
  • Monte Morris, Iowa State, G, 51st overall

Grade

  • B
  • Denver upgraded their power forward spot to spread the floor for Nikola Jokic. This also allows them to possibly get out of a below average Kenneth Faried contract via trade. Their were whispers they tried to swing Jimmy Butler but weren’t willing to part with any picks, arguably leaving the edge to Minnesota.

 

Detroit Pistons

Picks

  • Luke Kennard, Duke, G, 12th overall

Grade

  • C
  • Detroit could use a slight upgrade at every position but if they’re serious about trading Andre Drummond, they could’ve spend the 12th pick on Bam Adebayo or Justin Patton.

 

Golden State Warriors

Picks

  • Jordan Bell, Oregon, F, 38th overall

Grade

  • A+
  • The Warriors traded cash considerations for the defensive minded forward. He can come in on a cheap salary, off the bench and contribute in limited minutes.

 

Houston Rockets

Picks

  • Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris Kaunas, F, 43rd overall

Grade

  • A
  • The Rockets could cut ties with Ryan Anderson to create max-cap space and this could be his replacement.

 

Indiana Pacers

Picks

  • TJ Leaf, UCLA, F, 18th overall
  • Ike Anigbogu, UCLA, C, 47th overall
  • Edmond Sumner, Xavier, G, 52nd overall

Grade

  • A
  • Indiana drafted to mainly boost their front court in hopes of trading Paul George for wings, guards and picks to be spent on guards. Leaf will be a perfect fit alongside Myles Turner.

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Picks

  1. Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State, G, 39th overall
  2. Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina, F, 48th overall

Grade

  • A
  • The Clippers drafted extremely well in the second round, grabbing two guys who shouldn’t have slipped. If they’re entering a rebuild, this would be nice talent to develop.

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Picks

  • Lonzo Ball, UCLA, G, 2nd overall
  • Kyle Kuzma, Utah, F, 27th overall
  • Josh Hart, Villanova, G, 30th overall

Grade

  • C
  • LA whiffed on swinging Paul George and it looks like Boston may be putting together a better offer for post-July 1st and possibly sing George to an extension after trading for him. However, if they end up not signing George, the Lakers did move Timofey Mozgov and managed to draft very well in the first round. Ball’s defense is a major concern but he’ll love distributing to Jordan Clarkson, Hart, Brandon Ingram, Julius Randle, Larry Nance and Kuzma.

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Picks

  • Ivan Rabb, Cal, F, 35th overall
  • Dillon Brooks, Oregon, F, 45th overall

Grade

  • A
  • Rabb could be the heir to Zach Randolph and Brooks can hopefully carry over his clutch playmaking to the NBA level. Solid drafting in the second round.

 

Miami Heat

Picks

  • Bam Adebayo, Kentucky, F, 14th overall

Grade

  • D
  • I love Bam but he’s not a good fit alongside Hassan Whiteside. They should’ve reached for TJ Leaf or even John Collins here. Adebayo will have to develop a consistent long-range jumper to stay on the floor.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Picks

  • DJ Wilson, Michigan, F, 17th overall
  • Sterling Brown, SMU, G, 46th overall

Grade

  • C
  • Wilson was a reach at 17. Leaf, again, was the far better prospect at power forward and I figured a well-run organization like Milwaukee would’ve swung for Terrance Ferguson or even Leaf.

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Picks

  • Justin Patton, Creighton, C, 16th overall

Grade

  • C
  • The trade for Jimmy Butler was a perfect A+ but the pick was an F, making this grade a C. Patton will be a nice backup but Minnesota should’ve gone with Leaf, Collins, Ferguson or Hart here.

 

New Orleans Pelicans

Picks

  • Frank Jackson, Duke, G, 31st overall

Grade

  • A
  • The Pelicans could’ve shot the fences with this pick. His upside is high for a team who needs guard play more than anything.

 

New York Knicks

Picks

  • Frank Ntilikina, SIG Strasbourg, G, 8th overall
  • Damyean Dotson, Houston, G, 44th overall
  • Ognjen Jaramaz, Mega Bemax, G, 58th overall

Grade

  • C
  • I woud’ve liked to see Smith, Monk or even Kennard go here. The Knicks need elite guard play and Ntilikina will likely be just a role player.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Picks

  • Terrance Ferguson, Adelaide, G, 21st overall

Grade

  • A+
  • This was my favorite pick of the night. I thought Ferguson could have easily been a late lottery pick but OKC managed to continue to draft extremely well. Ferguson will provide instant impact alongside Westbrook.

 

Orlando Magic

Picks

  • Jonathan Isaac, Florida State, F, 6th overall
  • Wesley Iwundu, Kansas State, F, 33rd overall

Grade

  • C
  • Isaac is a nice prospect but doesn’t seem to have the motor a top-6 pick needs. Their roster is also full of long forwards who can’t shoot and Isaac’s 3-point shot isn’t a sure thing. Monk or Smith would’ve been a great fits here.

 

Philadelphia 76ers

Picks

  • Markelle Fultz, Washington, G, 1st overall
  • Anzejs Pasecniks, CB Gran Canaria, C, 25th overall
  • Jonah Bolden, FMP Beograd, F, 36th overall
  • Mathias Lessort, Naterre 92, F, 50th overall

Grade

  • A
  • Philly now has their core of three top-3 picks. Can they swing Jahlil Okafor for some value? They’ll need some shooters but could pay some in free agency. The next big question: can three players who didn’t produce wins/play in college come in and win in the NBA?

 

Phoenix Suns

Picks

  • Josh Jackson, Kansas, F, 4th overall
  • Davon Reed, Miami, G, 33rd overall
  • Alec Peters, Valparaiso, F, 54th overall

Grade

  • A
  • Jackson will be a nice player but I don’t know if he’ll ever develop the offense to become a star. Only time will tell.

 

Portland Trail Blazers

Picks

  • Zach Collins, Gonzaga, C, 10th overall
  • Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, F, 26th overall

Grade

  • B+
  • Portland didn’t move any of their overpaid contracts but they did turn their three first round picks into two quality big men to boost the physicality of their front court.

 

Sacramento Kings

Picks

  • De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky, G, 5th overall
  • Justin Jackson, North Carolina, F, 15th overall
  • Harry Giles, Duke, F, 20th overall
  • Frank Mason III, Kansas, G, 34th overall

Grade

  • A+++++
  • The Kings won the draft and it wasn’t even close. They managed to take a top-3 player in my eyes at 5, an NBA-ready swing man mid-first round, the first overall prospect coming out of high school at 20 and the player of the year in the early second round. The future FINALLY looks bright in Sacramento. A lineup of Fox, Buddy Hield, Jackson, Giles and Willie Cauley-Stein will be a fun squad to watch.

 

San Antonio Spurs

Picks

  • Derrick White, Colorado, G, 29th overall
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson, F, 59th overall

Grade

  • B+
  • The Spurs didn’t move Aldridge but again, that could be done by free agency. However they managed to draft well yet again as these two players should be able to contribute next season in limited minutes.

 

Toronto Raptors

Picks

  • OG Anunoby, Indiana, F, 23rd overall

Grade

  • A+
  • Anunoby was a steal at 23 and though they may have to wait for him to become healthy, he’s got a ceiling as high as anyone in this draft.

 

Utah Jazz

Picks

  • Donovan Mitchell, Louisville, G, 13th overall
  • Tony Bradley, North Carolina, F/C, 28th overall
  • Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga, G, 55th

Grade

  • B+
  • I would’ve liked to see them grab Jackson or Anunoby incase they lose Gordon Hayward this summer but Mitchell will be an excellent combo guard and fits the system perfectly.

 

Washington Wizards

Picks

  • None

Grade

  • None

 

 

 

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