picks: 4. De’Andre Hunter SF, Virginia(from New Orleans via Lakers); 10. Cam Reddish SF, Duke; Bruno Fernando C, Maryland(from Philadelphia
Atlanta was aggressive by trading three picks to move up to number to nab Hunter. Hunter is a combo forward who is a ferocious defender and has the ability to score as well. I think Hunter starts immediately at the small forward position and will be counted on to defend the opponents best wing player. The Hawks were extremely thrilled when Reddish fell to them at 10. Reddish struggled at times his freshman season at Duke, but most think he will excel at the next level. He is a good shooter and under rated defender. Reddish will get plenty of run likely with the second unit, but could see time in a small unit at the three with Hunter at the four and John Collins at the five. In certain spots Reddish could see time as a big 2 guard. I think this pick will turn out to be a big time steal. The Hawks needed size and again were fortunate Fernando, a first round prospect, fell to them in the second round. He should see many minutes as the backup center and good eventually blossom into a starting center. This was an excellent draft for a rebuilding franchise.
Boston Celtics Grade: B+
picks: 14. Romeo Langford SG, Indiana; 22. Grant Williams PF, Tennessee; 33. Carson Edwards PG, Purdue(from Philadelphia); 51. Tremont Waters PG, LSU;
I think the Celtics reached a little by taking Langford at 14. He struggled at times his freshman season at Indiana and I think there were better wing options. Also Boston needed size and instead took another wing. Langford will have a hard time getting consistent minutes with the deep Celtics. They come back at 22 and make up for it with the Williams selection. Williams should be a plug and play guy his rookie season as a bruising four. With the Celtics apparently about to lose some front court help, Williams will get an opportunity to play. The Celtics made a move to get Edwards early in the second round. Edwards is a walking bucket who can score at will. His problem is he’s not a point guard and way undersized as a two. He is a perfect gunner off the bench and could help out the Celtics sooner rather than later. Waters was worth the gamble at 51. He is undersized, but a true point guard who could become a good backup point guard down the line.
picks: 31. Nicolas Claxton C, Georgia; 56. Jaylen Hands PG, UCLA(From L.A. Clippers)
The Nets traded their first round selection to Atlanta for Taurean Prince. Brooklyn needed a backup to starting center Jarrett Allen and they took Claxton with the first pick in the second round. Claxton is a shot blocker in the same mold as Allen. He is not a perimeter threat but should be able to defend multiple positions and switch on defense. Hands is a a good point guard who will likely play most of the first season in the G-League.
picks: 12. P.J. Washington PF, Kentucky; 36. Cody Martin SF, Nevada; 52. Jalen McDaniels PF, San Diego State
Most seem to think Washington was a reach at 12. But he improved greatly his sophomore season as Kentucky’s go to guy. He is an undersized four, but you would never know that the way he gets buckets in the post. If he can improve his perimeter game he will get lots of minutes in Charlotte. Martin was drafted a little higher than I expected, but he is a very versatile player. Depending on the Charlotte roster will determine how long he stays with Charlotte. McDaniels was worth the risk at pick 52. He is a good face up player and likely develops in the G-League.
picks: 7.Coby White PG, North Carolina; 38. Daniel Gafford C, Arkansas
Chicago is in desperate need of an upgrade at point guard and is hoping White is the solution. White is quick and improved greatly as a point guard is freshman season at North Carolina. White can knock down the three point as well. Whether its opening night or later, White will eventually become the starting point guard for the Bulls. Gafford is a solid center and a steal at pick number 38. I could see him getting minutes for the Bulls next season behind Wendell Carter if Robin Lopez is gone.
picks: 5. Darius Garland PG, Vanderbilt; 26. Dylan Windler SF, Belmont; 30. Kevin Porter Jr. SG, USC(from Detroit via Milwaukee)
In a somewhat surprising move the Cavs drafted another point guard in Garland. Apparently they are set to play both 6 foot 2 guards together in the back court. While offensively they should press the defense in many ways, they will be totally exploited on defense. I also would expect Garland to be the primary ball handler, but Sexton isn’t exactly the best shooter. Not sure if Cleveland maybe dangles Sexton in a trade either. Windler is a fantastic shooter which is a hot commodity in today’s NBA. My problem with the Windler pick was there were better players who i think they could of selected. Windler could be a sharp shooter off the Cavalier bench. The Cavs in my opinion made a great move trading 4 second rounders to get to 30 and take Porter. Porter figures to be the third guard in the rotation with Garland and Sexton. And at times he could play with both. He is athletic and some feel a top 5 talent in this draft. Cleveland is definitely wanting to push the ball with these rookies.
picks: 45. Isaiah Roby SF, Nebraska(from Detroit)
Dallas did not own a first round pick due to their trade with Atlanta last year for Luka Doncic. The Mavs did however trade for a second rounder to take Roby. Roby is a good defender and could make this Mavericks roster.
picks: 44. Bol Bol C, Oregon(from Miami)
The Nuggets traded into the draft to grab Bol. Bol was a projected first rounder who fell into the second round and Denver went and got him. I think Bol will likely spend most of the season in the G-League and possibly become a 2-way player for Denver.
picks: 15. Sekou Doumboya SF, France; 37. Deividis Sirvydas SG/SF, Lithuania(ferom Dallas); 57. Jordan Bone PG, Tennessee(from Philadelphia
The Pistons took a gamble on the young Doumbaya. He is still probably a few years away from cracking their rotation, but I believe Detroit might have got a steal with this pick. Doumboya is a good shooter who needs to put on some weight and work on his all around game. Sirvydas is likely going to stay overseas and suit up for Detroit this year. The Pistons already have signed Bone to a two way deal as he is headed to the G-League.
picks: 28. Jordan Poole SG, Michigan; 39. Alan Samailgic PF/C, Serbia(from New Orleans); 41 Eric Paschall
I think the Warriors reached for Poole in the first round. I am not as high on him as others and very surprised he went in the first round. Depending on the Warriors roster situation and injuries, Poole could see some time. Samailgic has been in the Warriors G-League system and they have been monitoring him for some time. They bought a second round pick in order to draft his rights and will likely keep him in the G-League until he is ready to join the roster. Paschall is a stretch four but is somewhat undersized. He’s a good small ball player which fits right into the warriors style.
The Rockets did not have any picks and they could have used some cheap bench players.
picks: 18. Goga Bitadze C, Republic of Georgia;
With their only selection the Pacers took another big man. They are already set a center and Bitadze is a third stringer at best right now. I will be surprised if he gets much action unless they make a trade.
picks: 27. Mfiondu Kabengele C, Florida State(from Brooklyn); 48. Terrance Mann SF, Florida State;
The Clippers decided to make a trade to get Kabengele. Kabengele, the nephew of Dikembe Mutombo, is a solid defender and could be a serious rotation player in Los Angeles. Unlike his uncle, Kabengele has the ability to step out and hit the jumper. They decided to grab his teammate in the second round. Mann is a versatile and athletic wing. I really like what the Clippers did here securing two players who can help defensively as well as put the ball in the basket.
Los Angeles Lakers Grade: B+
picks: 46. Talen Horton-Tucker SG, Iowa State(from Orlando)
The Lakers really were fortunate to get the number 4 pick in the lottery in order to trade for big man Anthony Davis. They also bought a second round pick to take Horton-Tucker who I wasn’t high on as a first round pick, but right here is a good spot for him. He is versatile and long but doesn’t really have a position. He was probably best player available at this spot and was a good value pick for the Lakers.
picks: 2. Ja Morant PG, Murray State; 21. Brandon Clarke SF/PF, Gonzaga(from Oklahoma City)
The Grizzlies dealt point guard to Utah, which clears the way for Morant to come in a be the face of the franchise. Morant is more than a highlight reel as he is an all around play making guard. Morant will start right away and hopefully help lead this team for the near future. Clarke is a crazy good athlete. He crashes the boards, blocks shot and score inside at will. I think he would be a crazy good wing who slashes but some feel he is more of a four. In Memphis though he will get minutes to figure out what kind of role he will play with the Grizzlies.
picks: 13. Tyler Herro SG, Kentucky
I like the selection of Herro here. He is a solid shooter and will likely figure into the rotation once Miami can make a few trades. Herro has improved his defense which ultimately made him a first round pick. Miami sold their secounf round pick to Denver.
picks: no picks
Milwaukee trade their first round pick along with Tony Snell to Detroit to clear cap space for free agency.
picks: 6, Jarrett Culver SG, Texas Tech(from Phoenix); 43. Jaylen Nowell SG, Washington
Not sure if Culver was drafted to eventually replace Andrew Wiggins as he’s been rumored to be on the trade block. Culver is a two way guard who is far more advanced on the defensive end right now. He is a crafty scorer but needs to develop more of a three point shot to be effective offensively in the NBA. They drafted another shooting guard in the second round with Nowell. It is obvious the Wolves wanted to address their wing spots and perimeter shooter.
New Orleans Pelicans Grade: A+
picks: 1. Zion Williamson PF, Duke; 8. Jaxson Hayes , Texas(from Atlanta), 17. Nickeil Alexander-Walker PG/SG, Virginia Tech(from Atlanta); 25. Markos Louzada Silva SG/SF, Brazil(from Atlanta);
The Pelicans struck gold getting the number 1 pick. Williamson was the clear cut top pick in this draft. He is not just a dunker, but also a solid rebounder and vicious shot blocker. He can lead the break, is a good passer and just a great kid. He will be the face of the Pelicans for many years to come. The trade of Anthony Davis and drafting of Williamson solidifies four of the starting positions on this roster. Well New Orleans fixed that at pick number 8 selecting Hayes. Hayes is a good defender that looks like he will be able be a good switch defender. Hayes is raw offensively but is not going to need to score on this roster.
picks: 3. RJ Barrett SG/SF, Duke; 47. Ignas Bradzeikis SF, Michigan(from Sacramento)
Even though the Knicks did not get the number 1 pick, they did get Barrett who is one of the best scorers in this draft. Barrett should slide right into the starting 2 guard position. There is a very possibility he is the leading scorer in New York next season if they do not sign any big name free agents. I think Barrett could be the best player in this draft when it’s all said and done. Bradzeikis is a good shooter and is likely headed for a stint in the G-League. I think the Knicks are happy with how this draft panned out.
picks: 23. Darius Bazley SF, USA(from Memphis)
Oklahoma City took a gamble on the teenager Bazley who sat out last year and worked on his game. He is long and athletic and could be a steal down the line. I believe he spends most of next season in the G-League.
picks: 16. Chuma Okeke SF/PF, Auburn
With their only pick in the draft, Orlando took a player coming off an ACL injury who will likely miss the whole season. When healthy, Okeke is a solid wing defender with more of an inside game. He needs to improve his range on his jumper,to be an offensive threat. I didn’t think he would go this high and even more surprised Orlando took him.
picks: 20. Matisse Thybulle SG/SF, Washington(from Boston); 54. Marial Shayok SG, Iowa State 4
The Sixers moved up so the could grab Thybulle. He is a fantastic wing defender and could find his way into the Sixers rotation. He is not NBA ready offensively yet, but his defense is going to definitely be what gets him on the floor. Shayok is a good shooter and those are a necessity in the NBA. So the Sixers grabbed two wings after drafting another one last year. I am a big beleievr in having lots of wings but they could have grabbed a big man here as well.
picks: 11. Cameron Johnson SF, North Carolina(from Minnesota); 24. Ty Jerome PG, Virginia(from Boston)
Phoenix had a rough start to draft day by unloading TJ Warren to Indiana for basically nothing. Then they trade out of the sixth spot by taking power forward Dario Saric and moving down to 11. Then they selected yet another wing to a roster filled with wings. They were in desperate need of a point guard and made some peculiar moves to start the day. They did however recover a little by trading with Boston to move back in the first round and taking Jerome. Unfortunately they had to absorb Aron Baynes form Boston. I get that Johnson is possibly the best shooter in this draft, but they have Mikal Bridges Josh Jackson and possibly Kelly Oubre in front of him on the depth chart.
picks: 25. Nassir Little SF, North Carolina
The Blazers were very fortunate Little fell to them here. He was once thought of a top 5 pick, but his freshman year was somewhat disappointing. Little is a bruising wing, very good in the open floor but needs to be better in the half court. His man to man defense is good, but he struggles with his help defense. I think Little may see some time and not in the G-League.
picks: 40. Justin James SG/SF, Wyoming; 55. Kyle Guy SG, Virginia; 60. Vanja Marinovic
With no first round picks, the Kings used the second round to go after wings. They really liked James and think he could stick around. Undersized shooting guard Kyle Guy is a deadly shooter who has a good game that could translate as an NBA bench player. Marinovic likely will not come over to the NBA anytime soon.
San Antonio Spurs Grade B+
picks: 19. Luka Samanic PF, Croatia: 29. Keldon Johnson SG, Kentucky; 49. Quinndary Weatherspoon SG, Mississippi State
The Spurs took a chance by taking Samanic. From everything that I’m hearing, he will come over to the NBA next season. He is a sweet shooting four who could help the Spurs in the near future. I love the selection of Johnson here. I think the Spurs will soon be heading to a rebuild and Johnson figures to be part of that. If Weatherspoon makes the tewam he likely sees the pine or the G-League.
Toronto Raptors Grade: C
picks: 59 Dewan Hernandez C, Miami(fl)
With no picks til the 59th, the Raptors decided on big man Hernandez. Not sure how much action if any he sees but a stint in the G-League is likely for him.
picks: 53. Justin Wright-Foreman PG, Hofstra; 58. Miye Oni SG, Yale(from Golden State)
The Jazz gave up their first round pick in order to acquire point guard Mike Conley. With their second round picks they chose to get scoring at both back court positions. Hard to tell right now how they figure in to the roster of this team, but I expect both could make team.
Picks: 9. Rui Hachimura SF/PF, Gonzaga; 42. Admiral Schofield SG, Tennessee
Picking Hachimura at 9 was a huge reach. He is a good mid range shooter but is likely slated more of a four because of his mid range game. But as a four, he is not much of a rebounder or shot blocker. I like him as a player just not inside the top 10. Schofield is an interesting player and could eventually prove to be a tough player. He is likely also headed for a stint in the G-League.