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NBA Draft Grades

Grading every teams picks in the NBA draft

Atlanta Hawks

Pick 1: 1st Round-4th Overall

De’Andre Hunter (Virginia)

Pick 2: 1st Round-10th Overall

Cam Reddish (Duke)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-34th Overall

Bruno Fernando (Maryland)

Draft Grade: A

Atlanta moved up to the grab De’Andre Hunter and kept the #10 pick to take Cam Reddish, both of which have a high upside bringing good value for those selections. Taking Bruno Fernando in the second round is a steal for a player that should be able to stick in the league and like their other two picks he has a lot of potential going forward. A starting lineup consisting of Trae Young, Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and John Collins to go with Bruno Fernando coming off of the bench is a solid core of young players that can grow together. Reddish and Hunter should have no problem playing together with Reddish being the more perimeter oriented of the two, and their shooting ability fits in perfectly with the type of roster the team has been building in Atlanta.

Boston Celtics

Pick 1: 1st Round-14th Overall

Romeo Langford (Indiana)

Pick 2: 1st Round-22nd Overall

Grant Williams (Tennessee)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-33rd Overall

Carsen Edwards (Purdue)

Pick 4: 2nd Round-51st Overall

Tremont Waters (LSU)

Draft Grade: C

Boston made some draft day moves to acquire future picks, but they still were able to retain four selections, and there were some questionable choices within those. Romeo Langford made sense at #14 but his shooting will need plenty of work before he is able to live up to the expectations of a lottery pick. Grant Williams at #22 is in our opinion way to too high, and while he is a solid player that dominated the SEC as the back to back player of the year in the conference, he could fulfill a Draymond Green type of role but he could also struggle to find his way in the league. Carsen Edwards slipping into the second round gave the Celtics a chance to get a potential steal with Edwards having a chance to be the best player taken by Boston in this years draft. With their uncertainty at point guard, the former Purdue player can give the team scoring and depth at the position. Due to this uncertainty they also took Tremont Waters at #51 who probably won’t see the roster for a while, but he is an athletic and quick guard that can score at will. His size will be the major deterrent going forward, however this late in the draft the pick is not a bad choice, they just may have gotten more value at another position.

Brooklyn Nets

Pick 1: 2nd Round-31st Overall

Nicolas Claxton (Georgia)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-56th Overall

Jaylen Hands (UCLA)

Draft Grade: B+

The Nets traded down after having a first round pick at #27 to start the night, but they made good use of the two selections they did make taking a versatile big man in Nicolas Claxton and a dynamic play making point guard in Jaylen Hands. Claxton received a late green room invite but then fell out of the first round. Despite slipping past many of his projections he has a ton of potential and he should be able to compete for minutes as a power forward and center with his skill set. Hands is an athletic and fast past guard that can make plays with the ball in his hands very well. He under performed at times during his two years at UCLA, as did the team, but his physical tools and scoring ability make him a solid pick up late in the second round. Brooklyn traded down to better align themselves for when free agency begins, and while they could have added some more young talent if they held on to those picks, they now have two pieces that could make an impact going forward.

Chicago Bulls

Pick 1: 1st Round-7th Overall

Coby White (UNC)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-38th Overall

Daniel Gafford (Arkansas)

Draft Grade: B+

Chicago definitely improved their team with the selections of Coby White and Daniel Gafford, and both should fit in well with the system the Bulls run. These two players have had virtually opposite storylines regarding their draft stock with White moving up all season on boards and Gafford starting the year considered a possible lottery pick, before settling in as a late first round or early second round pick heading into the draft. White brings a high level of scoring ability, and as long as he continues to improve his point guard skills he has the potential to become a dominant lead guard in the league. Gafford is an athletic big man that block shots with ease and should be able to find a role as a defensive rim protector/lob catching big. He runs the floor very well and with White leading the break they added two prospects that should have no issue keeping up with the speed and quickness in the NBA.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Pick 1: 1st Round-5th Overall

Darius Garland (Vanderbilt)

Pick 2: 1st Round-26th Overall

Dylan Windler (Belmont)

Pick 3: 1st Round-30th Overall

Kevin Porter Jr. (Southern Cal)

Draft Grade: B

The Cavs entered the draft with a new coach that requires great shooters to efficiently run his preferred offense, and they added three players that fit the mold of being able to score from the outside very well. Garland only played a portion of his freshman season due to injury, but in that short span he showed he can not only run an offense but that he can be a knock down shooter from behind the arc. As long as he is able to return to full health and that is not a concern going forward for the team then he projects as a solid lead guard that be used as a primary ball handler or play off of the ball at times with his shooting skills. Windler is a shooting machine and at 6’8″ he has good size that allows him to get his shot off as well as play both shooting guard or small forward. There are questions with how well he will be able to score against NBA talent coming out of Belmont, but he is an elite shooting prospect that is right in line with what John Beilin likes his players to do from the wing. Kevin Porter Jr. could be one of the steals of the draft going off the board as the last pick in first round. His off of the court issues and lack of production at times fueled his late selection, however he has all of the physical tools and game to become a successful player in the league. This grade would have been higher if they did not have Collin Sexton already on the roster, and unless they plan on moving the rookie, the idea of Sexton playing alongside Garland just does not excite us in the way it clearly does for the Cavs. They envision the duo to have the potential of a C.J. McCollum and Damien Lillard pairing that has worked well, but only time will tell whether or not that will be the case.

Dallas Mavericks

Pick 1: 2nd Round-45th Overall

Isaiah Roby (Nebraska)

Draft Grade: B

The Mavericks are all in on free agency to build their roster next season, but they did have one pick, taking Isaiah Roby in the second round. This pick has good value with Roby being a high upside type of a player that can use his athleticism and physical tools to possibly earn early minutes while he attempts to refine his shooting and wing skills. There are questions with his ability to expand his game out to the three point line, but if he does he will prove to be a great value pick in the middle of the second round.

Denver Nuggets

Pick 1: 2nd Round-44th Overall

Bol Bol (Oregon)

Draft Grade: A

Denver only had one pick this year which came in the second round and they made the most of their selection taking Oregon center Bol Bol. He was projected as a top five pick entering the season before an injury caused him to drop on most boards, but the consensus was still that he would be a mid to late first round pick at worst. That proved to not be the case, or even close to that with Bol falling well into the second round and being passed up by multiple teams more than once. At 7’2″ with the ability to score inside and shoot three pointers at a highly efficient rate he is a rare prospect having size, length, mobility and skills. As mentioned before the injury to his foot in the major concern going forward, but the Nuggets have shown a willingness to be patient as a prospect is returning from injury which they have done with Michael Porter Jr. If he can stay relatively healthy and not spend significant time on the bench due to injury once he returns, Bol is one of the candidates to be the steal of the draft.

Detroit Pistons

Pick 1: 1st Round-15th Overall

Sekou Doumbouya (Guinea)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-37th Overall

Deividas Sirvydis (Lithuania)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-57th Overall

Jordan Bone (Tennessee)

Draft Grade: C

The Pistons faced a tough decision at #15 with multiple players still being on the board that were expected to go ahead of their drafting position. This allowed them to take Sekou Doumbouya who was viewed as a top ten talent by many analysts, although he is a long way from being an impact player on the NBA level. His athleticism, length and size are similar to Pascal Siakam and he could fill a role similar to that going forward once he becomes more comfortable with the professional game. Deividas Sirvydis is a solid wing that can shoot the ball and drive to the basket, although he will need to add strength. #37 might have been a bit high for Sirvydis but much of that will depend on whether or not he elects to come to the US immediately and how his game progresses over the next couple of years. Jordan Bone is a speedy point guard that helped lead Tennessee to its best season in their history, with outside shooting being the main concern in his game going forward. Detroit needed a point guard they could develop so the Bone pick makes sense from that standpoint, but all three of their selections have question marks in their game.

Golden State Warriors

Pick 1: 1st Round-28th Overall

Jordan Poole (Michigan)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-39th Overall

Alen Smailagic (Serbia)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-41st Overall

Eric Paschall (Villanova)

Draft Grade: C

Golden State shocked many fans and analysts when they took Jordan Poole at #28, considering he was projected to be available in the second round. Poole does potential with his shot making and athleticism, but they most likely reached to get him that high, although if he turns out to be a successful player it won’t matter where he was taken. With multiple players possibly leaving in free agency and at the very least Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson re-signing but missing the season due to their injuries, Poole will have the opportunity to step in and get minutes at shooting guard position. Taking Alen Smailagic with their second pick was another surprise and he has good skills that will fit in well with the system the Warriors run, but again it was most likely a bit of a reach at this pick. Eric Paschall was seen as a first round talent by many analysts and most did not expect him to be around at #41, so he provides good value for a mid second round pick. He can shoot the three well, as can Smailagic meaning the one attribute the team added through the draft was the ability to knock down outside shots.

Houston Rockets

No Picks

Indiana Pacers

Pick 1: 1st Round-18th Overall

Goga Bitadze (Georgia)

Draft Grade: C

The Pacers were expected by many analysts to take a guard or wing that could score from the outside, but they instead elected to go with a versatile big man from Georgia the country, not the college. He has good size and skills being able to play both power forward or center depending on the personnel around him, but this in our opinion is a little high for Indiana to take Bitadze. There were players available that were ranked much higher on our big board, but Indiana has shown that they value skilled big men that can shoot the mid range and outside jump shot. Whether or not this was a reach will play out over time, but he should fit in well with the team and be able to play alongside multiple different big men at times.

Los Angeles Clippers

Pick 1: 1st Round-27th Overall

Mfiondu Kabengele (Florida State)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-48th Overall

Terance Mann (Florida State)

Draft Grade: B

Los Angeles did not have a first round pick entering the draft but they moved up to have a chance to take Mfiondu Kabengele giving them good value at #27. Kabengele can spread the floor with his ability to shoot both mid range and three point jump shots, and he has shown an ability to score on the inside as well. His shot blocking in college was elite, and he should be able to protect the rim going forward giving the Clippers their inside presence of the future. Terance Mann who was a teammate of Kabengele at Florida State which is an interesting scenario, brings elite perimeter defense to go with a strong level of athleticism. He should fit in well with the Clippers guards that are more offensively minded as the roster sits today. He will most likely never bring a ton of scoring to the table, but he does have the ability to shoot the outside shot making that should line him up to potentially find a role in the league as a 3 and D type of player.

Los Angeles Lakers

Pick 1: 2nd Round-46th Overall

Talen Horton-Tucker (Iowa State)

Draft Grade: C

The Lakers had the #4 overall selection but as we got closer to the draft they used that asset in the trade for Anthony Davis before trading to get the #46 pick to have a chance to add a young prospect. Much of their roster turnover will come through free agency and they have already added Anthony Davis so their second round pick is more about adding future depth than it is looking for an impact player. Horton-Tucker has the ability to stick in the league but his size at just 6’4″ and both shooting guard and small forward in college bring concerns. His outside shooting is suspect as well, however he has good length and he projects as a strong defensive player going forward. It might be a while before he receives significant minutes for the Lakers, but he can play and they could develop him into an NBA level wing.

Memphis Grizzlies

Pick 1: 1st Round-2nd Overall

Ja Morant (Murray State)

Pick 2: 1st Round-21st Overall

Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga)

Draft Grade: B+

Memphis came into the draft with it being well known they were taking Ja Morant at #2, and they made that even more obvious after they trade Mike Conley to Utah for the 23rd pick in the draft. Morant has the potential to be a star for the Grizzlies giving them their point guard of the future to pair with last years first round pick Jaren Jackson. Going forward they will need to add shooters around Morant to fully maximize his passing abilities and how well he is able to lead the fast break. Trading up from #23 to #21 and drafting Brandon Clarke who has a lot of potential makes sense, and he should be able to play alongside Jackson. The big question will be whether both of these players can develop consistent outside shots, but they elite athleticism that will create an exciting team to watch for the foreseeable future. Jackson and Clarke can block shots very well and with their athleticism there will be plenty of blocked shots from their front court in the half court and fast break situations.

Miami Heat

Pick 1: 1st Round-13th Overall

Tyler Herro (Kentucky)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-32nd Overall

KZ Okpala (Stanford)

Draft Grade: B

Miami was expected to take a guard or a wing with #13, but not many were thinking that player would be Tyler Herro. We think that #13 is too high for the Kentucky freshman, but he brings elite shooting abilities from the outside which the league is valuing now more than ever. He could be a defensive liability however he improved dramatically as a defender in his one season so there is hope he can be a serviceable defender at the next level. Getting Okpala in the second round is a potential steal with his size and guard skills from the wing. He can play both shooting guard and small forward, and throughout the season he was considered a possibly lottery pick when you consider his upside. They get a high level shooter in Herro to go with the upside of Okpala on the wing, giving the team a chance to build around some of their young talent as they retool the roster over the next couple of seasons.

Milwaukee Bucks

No Picks

Minnesota Timberwolves

Pick 1: 1st Round-6th Overall

Jarrett Culver (Texas Tech)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-43rd Overall

Jaylen Nowell (Washington)

Draft Grade: B

Minnesota needed to add depth at the shooting guard position, and they did that by getting Culver and Nowell. Culver was one of the top guard in college basketball last season, and if he becomes a more consistent shooter he has the ability to be an all star type of player on the wing. His defensive abilities will be the strongest part of his game entering the league along with slashing to the basket, and both of those things should allow him to get early minutes as he improves his shooting. Picking up Nowell in the second round at #43 has potential to become considered a steal, bringing a high level of scoring to the table. He can shoot it from the outside or get to the basket, being the primary ball handler at times for Washington in college. Nowell should be able to find a role as a scoring minded guard going forward which the team hopes will lock down the position for the next few years. They could of gone with a point guard with either pick and that would have helped the roster, which is why we only give them a B for their picks.

New Orleans Pelicans:

Pick 1: 1st Round-1st Overall

Zion Williamson (Duke)

Pick 2: 1st Round-8th Overall

Jaxson Hayes (Texas)

Pick 3: 1st Round-17th Overall

Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Virginia Tech)

Pick 4: 1st Round-35th Overall

Marcos Louzada Silva (Brazil)

Draft Grade: A-

Everyone knew the #1 overall pick was going to be Zion Williamson and he was taken as expected by New Orleans. With the loss of Anthony Davis the team gets their new face of the franchise, and he should bring a level of excitement to the team that has not previous existed since their move from Charlotte. His outside shot needs to improve but he is projected to make an immediate impact as he continues to evolve as an offensive player. At #8 they could of taken Cam Reddish which would have made a lot of sense, but they went another direction and chose big man Jaxson Hayes to pair with Williamson. Hayes like Williamson is an elite athlete that is very efficient offensively and he uses that athleticism to block shots at a high level. The selection gives the team their power forward and center of the future as they turn the page from the Anthony Davis years. Nickeil Alexander-Walker going at #17 after New Orleans traded up was a solid pick with his ability to play both shooting guard and point guard that should fit nicely with Jrue Holiday who is under contract for a few more seasons. If they are to move on from Holiday once his contract expires they could sign or draft another point guard, or they could groom Alexander-Walker to be the point guard of the future with their other young talent. However they choose to use Alexander-Walker he was a solid value pick at #17. Marcos Louzada Silva is guard that can score at will and has a fluid game who has shot up draft boards in the last month or so. He will most likely not be expected to contribute right away, but he does have potential giving teams the belief they can develop him into an NBA level guard. There were players that we believe had more value at #35, but the Pelicans are in rebuild mode so it would make some sense to take a flyer on their second round selection.

New York Knicks

Pick 1: 1st Round-3rd Overall

R.J. Barrett (Duke)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-47th Overall

Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan)

Draft Grade: A

New York was pretty much handed R.J. Barrett, who was projected to the be the top pick in the draft entering the season, after Zion Williamson secured his name at the top of the draft during his freshman year and Ja Morant became the player the Grizzlies focused on. They are still getting the same player that was projected to go #1 at the start of the college year, meaning that they may have gotten a talent worthy of the top pick at #3. He is built for the big stage of New York, and he is a wing that can score, pass, and rebound although his defense has been called into question at times. There is no doubt that he can score at a high level, and his overall success will partly come down to how well he shoots the ball from the outside. His numbers as a freshman were not great shooting three pointers, and he will need to become more efficient going forward. He could turn out to be the best player in the draft class when it is all said and done, but either way the Knicks most likely got a steal to have Barrett fall in their lap. With the #47 pick they took Brazdeikis who is a natural scorer from the wing, lacking great athleticism. Despite not being a great athlete he should have no problem being able to score at the professional level giving the Knicks another option from the wing as they look to put together a competitive team. He was projected as a possible first round pick for much of the college season, and getting Brazdeikis at #47 potentially is a good value choice.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Pick 1: 1st Round-23rd Overall

Darius Bazley (No College/Princeton HS)

Draft Grade: C

The Thunder do not have cap space to work with this off season so the draft became even more important due to their roster situation. They added a young wing in Bazley that has a high upside, but the thought process by most analysts was that he still would of been available once the second round got going. There is the possibility that they locked in on Bazley and felt he made sense with the pick, but they also could have most likely traded down and got him at a later point while collecting other picks. After taking a year off from competitive basketball and training during his internship with New Balance, there are legitimate questions about his ability to compete against high level talent. He has the size and skill set to be a productive wing, although his outside shot will need to become more consistent. While the belief is that Bazley might have been taken higher than the Thunder needed to take him, he is a young and talented prospect that has the potential to develop into a starter level small forward.

Orlando Magic

Pick 1: 1st Round-16th Overall

Chuma Okeke (Auburn)

Draft Grade: D

Orlando shocked the basketball world by taking Okeke at #16, not because of his talent, but due to the fact that he is expected to miss the entire season as he recovers from tearing a ligament in his knee. Before the injury he was a lock to go in the first round with some projecting him to be off of the board in the middle of the round. After the injury most projections moved to the early/middle of the second round, but the Magic obviously valued his skill set enough to take a chance that he will return to form once back from the injury. He has good size and athleticism bringing a versatile offensive game where he can shoot from the outside and around the basket. His defensive potential is high although any translation in his game to the next revolving around his athleticism will be a wait and see situation as he rehabs the knee. Their grade is not because Okeke is not a first round talent, but more of the fact that they most likely could have gotten the Auburn sophomore at a much later pick and the uncertainty surrounding his injury. If he gets back to full health and stays healthy going forward, the selection could work out well but as of now it was a bit of reach.

Philadelphia 76ers

Pick 1: 1st Round-20th Overall

Matisse Thybulle (Washington)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-54th Overall

Marial Shayok (Iowa State)

Draft Grade: C

The 76ers are looking to make their splash in free agency with the amount of players they lack under contract, but adding Thybulle in the first round brings some good value to the team. He might not have the upside of some of the younger players who were available at this position, however his defensive abilities on the perimeter are arguably some of the best in the draft class. Not just a defender, he can shoot the ball from the outside well, making him a potential 3 and D type of player going forward. They could have gone with someone like Keldon Johnson, Nassir Little among others but bringing in a defender like Thybulle could work well as they fill out their roster through free agency. In the second round drafting Shayok at #54 was about where most expected the senior to be taken if he was drafted, and he brings the ability to shoot the ball and score at a high level. He was an efficient shooter as well, although there are concerns that he was only a starter for one season at Iowa State after being a reserve on Virginia’s roster the previous three seasons. Nonetheless he can score and score efficiently, which will always be coveted by teams looking into draft prospects.

Phoenix Suns

Pick 1: 1st Round-11th Overall

Cameron Johnson (UNC)

Pick 2: 1st Round-24th Overall

Ty Jerome (Virginia)

Draft Grade: C

Cameron Johnson was expected to go in the first round but when his name was called at #11 overall it was a big surprise. We are admittedly higher on Johnson as a prospect than many other draft sites, but the Suns could have most likely gotten Johnson much later in the draft. With that said they obviously felt that he was worth the selection and you know what you are getting with the senior, which is an elite shooter that has good size at 6’9″. He should fit in perfectly with the system and personnel of the Suns, pairing him with another elite shooter in Devin Booker. This seems like a best player available situation and Phoenix just believed that Johnson fit their team better than any prospect left on the board. Whether or not it was too high at #11 to choose Johnson, they add another high level shooter to their young core that will be looking to get out of the NBA basement in terms of wins over the next couple of seasons. They took Ty Jerome at #24 who played both point guard and shooting guard in college, but his ability to guard NBA level points guards is a serious concern. He can also shoot the ball at a high level fitting the mold of player the team prefers, and he is a solid passer that should be able to set up teammates well in the league. We are not as high on Jerome as an NBA player as some draft sites and we feel #24 is too high for the junior, but he no doubt brings the ability to shoot the ball and set up teammates.

Portland Trail Blazers

Pick 1: 1st Round-25th Overall

Nassir Little (UNC)

Draft Grade: B

Nassir Little entered the night projected to go in the lottery, but his night took a bad turn and had him on the board at #25 when the Trail Blazers went on the clock. He has a high defensive upside with his length and athleticism, and his outside shot is a work in progress. As he continues to improve his shot he should fit in well next to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum on the wing. Sometimes a player dropping in the draft works in the players favor and that could be the case for Little as he gets the chance to join a team that made the western conference finals this season. He will be given the chance to develop as he will most likely be used in a similar way to how he was at UNC in the start of his career, taking on more of a offensive workload as his game evolves.

Sacramento Kings

Pick 1: 2nd Round-40th Overall

Justin James (Wyoming)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-55th Overall

Kyle Guy (Virginia)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-60th Overall

Vanja Marinkovich (Serbia)

Draft Grade: D

The Kings taking Justin James at #40 was a surprise, however we believe that he has the potential to stick in the league with his athleticism and scoring ability. He can play shooting guard and small forward and he could pair nicely on the wing with Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox but he will most likely be spending time in the G League as he develops. Their last two picks are players that may never see the NBA level and are considered developmental prospects at best. Kyle Guy can score the ball but lacks size or athleticism that will make it very difficult for him to get beyond the G League. Marinkovich is a smooth guard that has a good feel for the game giving him a better chance to make a roster than Guy, but as with most international second round picks there is a chance he will not spend much time at the NBA level. The Kings are reportedly negotiating a buyout for Marinkovich so they obviously have the belief that he can be a piece for their franchise going forward. Overall we like the James pick but taking Guy at #55 was an odd choice considering his size, and only time will tell on whether or not Marinkovich can compete with other guards in America.

San Antonio Spurs

Pick 1: 1st Round-19th Overall

Luka Samanic (Crotia)

Pick 2: 1st Round-29th Overall

Keldon Johnson (Kentucky)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-49th Overall

Quinndary Weatherspoon (Mississippi State)

Draft Grade: B+

San Antonio enters the off season in between being a contender and a young team still developing. Due to this the draft gave them an opportunity to add a few players that could become a part of their franchise as it moves into the future. They went with Luka Samanic at #19 who has been moving up draft boards all season, although we did not have him going this high. Samanic is a skilled big man that has great offensive versatility being able to shoot, score inside or put the ball on the floor. Despite the pick being somewhat high for Samanic he does fit well in the modern NBA game and he has a high upside. They most likely got a steal taking Keldon Johnson at #29, and it was a big surprise to see the Kentucky freshman fall as far as he did on draft night. He will be able to play with Demar Derozan and he could be the shooting guard for the franchise for many years to come as they eventually will move on from the current group of team leaders. Quinndary Weatherspoon can score the ball but his defensive abilities are strong giving them a two way player that can work well with the more offensive minded Johnson. With that said Weatherspoon can score and Johnson can defend so both players have a well rounded skill set that give the Spurs good value at #29 and #49.

Toronto Raptors

Pick 1: 2nd Round-59th Overall

Dewan Hernandez (Miami)

Draft Grade: B

Having only one pick in the draft and it falling in the last two picks of the draft is a situation that makes it very difficult to select a player that can make an impact for the franchise. Taking Dewan Hernandez gives the team a shot at developing a big man with a lot of skill that has high upside for a late second round selection. He played very well at the NBA combine in the scrimmage portion of the event, and he can both score and defend. His off the court issues led to his second round stock, but the Raptors could have gotten a steal this late in the draft if he can become a rotational big man for them in the near future.

Utah Jazz

Pick 1: 2nd Round-50th Overall

Jarrell Brantley (College of Charleston)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-53rd Overall

Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra)

Pick 3: 2nd Round-58th Overall

Miye Oni (Yale)

Draft Grade: B+

Brantley is a mainly unknown prospect but he adds good value at #50 with his ability to score the ball. He is a bit undersized for the way he played in college however he is a skilled prospect that put up solid numbers at College of Charleston. His fluidity with the ball in his hands and the footwork he displays heading to the basket make him an intriguing player going forward. Justin Wright-Foreman is a favorite of this site with his offensive game being undervalued to a degree by many NBA teams. He can shoot the ball well, create shots off of the dribble or distribute to teammates, although he needs to work on his point guard skills. Wright-Foreman has been an productive scorer at the college level averaging close to 30 points per game as a senior, and while the talent level is not the same he has shown that he can score very efficiently. Both players will most likely be headed to the G League to develop, with Wright-Foreman having the upside of being able to earn minutes at the NBA level. Miye Oni being taken at #58 adds good value with his ability to score and also being a solid athlete. How well he will handle the talent increase from the IVY league to the NBA is the biggest question, however was an effective scorer that has a high upside for a late second round pick.

Washington Wizards

Pick 1: 1st Round-9th Overall

Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga)

Pick 2: 2nd Round-42 Overall

Admiral Schofield (Tennessee)

Draft Grade: D

The Wizards took Hachimura without a single workout or interview even causing the player himself to be surprised when he was selected. He can score inside at a high level, but he will need to become a more consistent outside shooter to be able become a star in the NBA. Even if he does not reach his ceiling he should be able to fit in as a rotational player bringing strong interior defense and versatile scoring. Given that Cam Reddish was on the board at #9 and would have fit in perfectly with the Wizards roster, it was a bit of a shock to see Washington pass on the Duke freshman. Hachimura could become a solid NBA player but there were multiple players available that have a much high ceiling that would have made sense for the Wizards to take given their roster situation. They took Admiral Schofield with the #42 pick and on the same page as Hachimura, he is a solid player however there were plenty of options that have a higher upside and ceiling then Schofield going forward. The pick would have made more sense for a contending team looking to add a seasoned college veteran than for the Wizards with their position as a franchise. He may be able to make the roster and an impact going forward, but his potential is somewhat limited by his size and lack of a position fit.

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