This years NBA Draft was the type of draft that we always envision (multiple trading of picks, surprise picks & college coaches calling GMs begging for them to pick their former players) .There were definitely winners and losers in this years draft so I will give you top 3 winners and top 3 losers…
Orlando Magic: The Magic pulled off the biggest trade of the draft in their favor. Losing Victor Oladipo is major but the Magic need a all-star caliber guy whp can take them to the next level. Acquiring Serge Ibaka will give the Magic a legitimate defensive presence that will bode well with Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier & company. I expect Serge to become a all-star and taking the Magic to another level.
Phoenix Suns: The Suns biggest need was to solidify their front court. Drafting Croatian sensation Dragan Bender and trading up to draft Marquese Chriss will address the Suns needs immediately. The Suns are now Kentucky U of guards once again by drafting Tyler Ulis ( 5’9 who has a Celtics Isaiah Thomas type of abilities) teaming up w/ Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, & Archie Goodwin.
Atlanta Hawks : The Hawks prior to the draft may have struck gold by trading Jeff Teauge. I’m only saying that its gold because of the fact that Teauge was on the trading block for the majority of the 15-16 season and to come away w/ a lottery pick is a heck of a deal. Drafting Taurean Prince and DeAndre Bembry will provide the Hawks two excellent wing defenders and guys with eons of college experience.
Boston Celtics: You had one Job and one Job only….Trade your picks for a viable starter who can make an immediate impact…HELL you had 8 PICKS…this is what they did with the picks (Disclaimer : you may only know 3 of them tops!!)..(Source ESPN)
1 (3): Jaylen Brown, SF, California
1 (16): Guerschon Yabusele, PF, France
1 (23): Ante Zizic, C, Croatia
2 (45): Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame
2 (51): Ben Bentil, PF, Providence
2 (58): Abdel Nader, PF, Iowa State
Traded away: Nos. 31 and 35 to the Grizzlies
Traded for: 2019 Grizzlies first-round pick
The Celtics are on the verge of becoming a 50 plus wining team and it was contingent on a strong draft. Hopefully a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Free-agent will land in their lap.
Milwaukee Bucks: THON MAKER…Need i say more…I understand Jalen Rose stating that we are in the age of position-less basketball, but getting a guy who is similar to your best player ( German Freak) at #10 is the biggest stretch since The Cavs drafting Anthony Bennett #1 in 2013. Maker is a raw prospect who at this point is the biggest mystery going forward
Sacremento Kings: Are you surprised that the Kings are on this list? They have been on this list damn near every year specially this decade. They are the Clippers of the 80’s 90’s and the early 2000s when it comes to NBA Draft …just cant get it right to save their lives. First you trade down to get Georgious Papaginaonis , a German big-man then you draft Skal Labissiere ( a stretch power forward at best). I give the kings a crumb of kudos by drafting Malachi Richardson who is a excellent scorer who has great length..