NBA Draft biggest winners and losers

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The 2014 NBA Draft came and went last night and it brought with it a fair few story lines. Andrew Wiggins beat out Jabari Parker to that number one spot, hopefully sparking a rivalry between the two that we get to see play out for a fair few years from the small forwards. 

Joel Embiid dropped down to three after his injury problems. Aaron Gordon went surprisingly high at number four and Dante Exum ended up going number five to the Utah Jazz. It will be interesting to see whether Australian starts his career at one or two guard spot.

But let's get cracking with those teams that will be beaming from ear to ear and those that would have been sheepishly leaving through the back door. It's time for your NBA Draft Winners and Losers...


Denver Nuggets - Probably the biggest winners on draft day and it has a lot to do with what they did before Adam Silver even took to the stage in Brooklyn last night. Over the course of Thursday; they managed to turn Evan Fournier, Doug McDermott and a second round pick into 20pt a game Arron Afflalo, the potential steal of the draft in Gary Harris at 19, as well as Josef Nurkic - a man who could become their starting center after a couple of years in Europe. The two guard was the position of need for Denver and they have sewn it up perfectly.


Zach LaVine - The guard out of UCLA really didn't look too happy when he was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The California kid had his head in his hands and seemed to say a profanity while shaking hands with family and friends. Some people are saying that his expression was one of relief but the only person who truly knows will be LaVine himself.


Adam Silver - The NBA's man in command is pretty much the most loved commissioner in the history of sports right about now, and he only cemented that position further last night. Silver and the NBA were incredibly classy in the way that they 'drafted' former Baylor center Isaiah Austin, a prospect who was set to be taken but was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome and has had to retire from the game. The Barclays Center crowd applauded Austin to the rafters as he climbed on the stage in one of the greatest moments in sports history.


Kevin Love - Love and his agent have been pushing for a way out of Minnesota for a while now, and their desire to leave was no greater than draft day. Wolves president Flip Saunders seems like he doesn't give a damn about Love's feelings and will keep him until he receives a suitable offer. Even if it means Love being with the Timberwolves at training camp.


Philadelphia 76ers - Philly will be delighted with their picks. In Joel Embiid they managed to grab the consensus number one guy at the three spot. His injuries may be a concern may be a problem but you have a guy that can potentially be an All-Star and your franchise center for a long time. Saric is a point-forward that has been dominating in Europe last season. He was named MVP and Finals MVP in EuroBasket last year and could turn into an excellent player. And they will almost certainly have a lottery pick next year to boot.

Which nicely brings us neatly on to...


76ers Fans - Undoubtedly the biggest losers of the whole event was the 76ers supporters. Those poor souls that had to put up with the tied-longest losing streak in NBA history will be going through the same scenes again in 2014/15. Embiid will be injured for the whole season, Saric is going to be in Europe for two years and the immediate future is bleak. I've already seen season ticket holders say they won't renew next year and who can really blame them.

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