Breaking down the NBA Draft for each team

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Let's take a look at what each team did draft night and where that player may fit in. There were some great picks and others left you scratching your head.

Atlanta Hawks- Adreian Payne (15th), Walter Tavares (43rd), Lamar Patterson (48th)

Loving the Payne pick. He reminds me a lot of Paul Millsap, and that's who he will be playing behind. Atlanta can fit Payne's style of play into their system as they like to get out and run and stretch the floor with at least four perimeter shooters at all times. Tavares is more of a project but comes in at 7'3", with a 7'10" wingspan! Patterson was acquired from the Bucks for their 2015 second rounder. 

Boston Celtics- Marcus Smart (6th), James Young (17th)

The Celtics addressed what they needed most, perimeter shooting. They got it in Smart and especially Young. This all but signals the end of Avery Bradley in Boston and could be the start of getting used to life without Rondo if he is traded or bounces in free agency next year. 

Brooklyn Nets- Markel Brown (44th), Xavier Thames (59th), Cory Jefferson (60th)

All three of these guys were traded to the Nets for cash considerations from Minnesota, Toronto and Philly. The Nets made these moves to most likely fill out the back end of the roster, as they are already significantly over the cap by about $25 million dollars. Brooklyn will hope Brown or Thames can fill in for Shaun Livingston, who is most likely gone via free agency. 

Charlotte Hornets- Noah Vonleh (9th), P.J. Hairston (26th), Dwight Powell (45th)

The Hornets played their cards right as they received two extra second rounders and cash considerations from the Heat by just moving down two spots in the Shabazz Napier trade. They still got the perimeter shooter they needed in Hairston, and Vonleh has an opportunity to start day one at power forward if they can't re-sign Josh McRoberts.

Chicago Bulls- Doug McDermott (11th), Cameron Bairstow (49th)

The rumors were true when the Bulls stated they wanted to move up to get McDermott. They traded the 16th & 19th picks to get the much needed perimeter shooting they desire. Anthony Randolph was also acquired in the trade and has yet to hit his potential in the league, maybe a change of scenery will help that. 

Cleveland Cavaliers- Andrew Wiggins (1st), Joe Harris (33rd)

Seems as if the Cavs were never really wowed with any trades for the #1 pick. They get Wiggins, who helps them defensively and should start right away at small forward. Harris brings in more solid defense for a team that needs it. Harris goes from the Cavaliers to the Cavaliers!

Dallas Mavericks- none

Traded away their second round picks to New York in the Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler trade. All in all they gave up Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, Cleanthony Early, and Thanasis Antetokuonmpo. 

Denver Nuggets- Jusuf Nurkic (16th), Gary Harris (19th), Nikola Jokic (41st)

They also got Aaron Afflalo from the Magic for Evan Fournier and the 56th pick. Solid draft for the Nuggets as Harris was a projected lottery pick and fell to 19, Afflalo brings them a much needed shooting guard, and Nurkic was somewhat of a puzzling pick since they have so many bigs currently. 

Detroit Pistons- Spencer Dinwiddie (38th)

Dinwiddie would have been a first rounder had he not had a knee injury last year. Could be a steal if fully recovered as he was great at Colorado. Could really tell he was the heart and soul of that team as they struggled without him. His upside is huge in the NBA as he is a 6'6" point guard. 

Golden St Warriors- none

Didn't trade into the draft, and weren't really expected to, they lost their first rounder last year when they acquired Andre Iguodala. 

Houston Rockets- Clint Capela (25th), Nick Johnson (42nd)

An expected first round pick as they went the international route to stash a player overseas and create cap space. Johnson provides quality defense and would be an upgrade defensively at the point if they trade Jeremy Lin. 

Indiana Pacers- none

Traded their 57th pick for cash considerations. Their first round pick was part of the Luis Scola pick last year that went to Phoenix. 

Los Angeles Clippers- C.J. Wilcox (28th)

An odd pick considering they already have Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and Reggie Bullock at the shooting guard positions. 

Los Angeles Lakers- Julius Randle (7th), Jordan Clarkson (46th)

Solid draft for the Lakers as they may have landed their power forward of the future and a point guard who was a borderline first rounder. Clarkson was acquired in a trade from Washington for cash considerations. He should be able to get some minutes at the point.

Memphis Grizzlies- Jordan Adams (22nd), Jarnell Stokes (35th)

The best nickname in the NBA may have just arrived, Grizzly Adams! Traded for Stokes from Utah for cash considerations. Both players have a chance to contribute right away for Memphis. Zach Randolph, if he stays can really help Stokes at power forward, as both are undersized at the position. Adams is a solid defender which will help the Grizzlie defense become even better. 

Miami Heat- Shabazz Napier (24th)

They traded away picks 26, 55 and a future second round to get their guy in Napier. Move was possibly made to satisfy LeBron James desire to stay in Miami, as he is a big fan of Napier. Depending on what they do in free agency, Napier has a shot at starting right away if he can beat out Norris Cole. 

Milwaukee Bucks- Jabari Parker (2nd), Damien Inglis (31st), Johnny O' Bryant (36th)

They get the guy they wanted all along in Parker and should be able to fill it up immediately. Will play a mix of the small forward/power forward position in Milwaukee. Inglis has an NBA ready body at 6'8" 240, as the Bucks have made a habit of drafting guys who are super lengthy with long wingspans, (Giannis Antetokuonmpo, John Henson). Not real sure on the O'Bryant pick as they have too many bigs on the roster. Figured they would have addressed the guard positions somewhere in the draft. Traded away the 48th pick Lamar Patterson to Atlanta for their 2015 second rounder. 

Minnesota Timberwolves- Zach LaVine (13th), Glenn Robinson III (40th), Alessandro Gentile (53rd)

I'm not sold on LaVine and think he'll be a bust. I have no clue what direction this Minnesota team is heading. We should know a lot more in the next few weeks if they trade Kevin Love. A good value pick at 40 in Robinson III, as he could have been a late first rounder. Traded away 44th pick Markel Brown to Brooklyn for cash considerations.

New Orleans Pelicans- Russ Smith (47th)

Smith was acquired from Philadelphia that sent them Pierre Jackson, who they traded away last year? New Orleans wins that deal as Smith can provide offense off the bench for a Pelicans team that will need it. Great value at 47.

New York Knicks- Cleanthony Early (34th), Thanasis Antetokuonmpo (51st), Louis Labeyrie (57th)

Got back into the draft via the Felton, Chandler trade. Added a nice asset in Early, who is a solid scorer and stepped up in big games in college. Antetokuonmpo is the Greek Freak's brother (Giannis Antetokuonmpo), and the Knicks will hope he pans out like him. I feel they won in the deal with the Mavericks. Labeyrie was acquired from Indiana for cash considerations. 

Oklahoma City Thunder- Mitch McGary (21st), Josh Huestis (29th), Semoj Christon (55th)

Puzzling stuff from the Thunder here. Jordan Adams, Rodney Hood and Shabazz Napier were all on the board when they picked McGary at 21, where they probably could have got him at 29. Then they go with Josh Huestis at 29, who was a mid second round grade late in the first. They traded for Christon for cash considerations from Charlotte. Maybe he can soak up some of Derek Fisher's minutes. 

Orlando Magic- Aaron Gordon (4th), Elfrid Payton (10th), Roy Devyn Marble (56th)

Apparently they had Gordon a lot higher on draft boards than many others. At 6'8", you wonder if he can be a legitimate power forward in the NBA with such a skinny frame. His jumper is suspect too. I really like Payton though and forms a super athletic and defensive backcourt with Victor Oladipo. He was acquired from Philly for the 12th pick, a future first rounder (2017) and a second rounder. You can tell the Magic really wanted him by giving up all that for just two spots in the draft. Marble is a sleeper and can make the Magic roster. They also snagged Evan Fournier in the Afflalo trade who can light it up from the outside as the Magic will need his shooting with Oladipo and Payton back there. 

Philadelphia 76ers- Joel Embiid (3rd), Dario Saric (12th), K.J. McDaniels (32nd),  Jerami Grant (39th), Vasilije Micic (52nd), Jordan McRae (58th), Cory Jefferson (60th)

Where to start...apparently the Sixers like drafting rookies who can't play day one. Embiid could miss up to six months with his broken foot, which will put him out until at least December. Saric is overseas and can't come play in the US for two years. McDaniels and Grant have some upside and should get playing time on that roster. They did a good job in the Magic trade, as they secured an additional first rounder in 2017 and a second rounder next year by just moving down two spots, thats the one thing they did right. Seven draft picks and I still don't know if this team is any better than last year.

Phoenix Suns- T.J. Warren (14th), Tyler Ennis (18th), Bogdan Bogdanovich (27th), Alec Brown (50th)

Really like the T.J. buckets pick. Can flat out score and will need him at the small forward/power forward position if P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye are both gone. Ennis was puzzling, as they already have a loaded backcourt, and Toronto was reportedly wanting to trade for him. Bogdanovich can be stashed overseas for a year or two and Brown adds some much needed size. Figured they would have addressed down low a little bit more instead of drafting a point guard at 18. 

Portland Trailblazers- none

One of the more quiet teams draft night with no real need to address the roster. Their priority will be to try and lock up LaMarcus Aldridge long term as he enters free agency after next season. 

Sacramento Kings- Nik Stauskas (8th)

Has the opportunity to start day one if he can beat out Ben McLemore, who they dangled in a couple trade offers reportedly. Stauskas can flat out shoot it. 

San Antonio Spurs- Kyle Anderson (30th), Nemanja Dangubic (54th)

Great value pick in Anderson at 30. Should fit in with the Spurs nicely as he is a stat stuffer and can play where Boris Diaw does if they lose him to free agency. Traded the 58th and 60th picks to get Dangubic, so they must really like what they see in the Serbian. 

Toronto Raptors- Bruno Caboclo (20th), DeAndre Daniels (37th)

Who? I'm wondering the same thing. Caboclo received mid second round grades, yet went in the top 20. Probably my favorite saying of the night came from basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla, "He's two years away from being two years away." A major project. Daniels reminds me a little bit of Patrick Patterson who can stroke it from the outside and go get some rebounds. 

Utah Jazz- Dante Exum (5th), Rodney Hood (23rd)

The Jazz did really well. They addressed help in the backcourt in these two guys. They traded 35th pick Jarnell Stokes to Memphis for a 2015 second rounder.

Washington Wizards- none

Traded away their only pick at 46 in Jordan Clarkson to the Lakers for cash considerations. Lost their first rounder in the Marcin Gortat trade last year.  

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