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 NBA Draft | Player Ranking | Stat Projections

Atlanta Hawks

No picks = No grade

Inc.

Boston Celtics

   
30

JR Giddens

New Mexico

Not too much to get excited about here. Giddens seems destined for the D-League, reminding me of '06 31st pick James White.  Walker is definitely worth a flier, but might never get over his knee problems. Erdin might never be heard from again.

C-

47*

Bill Walker

Kansas State

60

Semih Erdin

Turkey

Charlotte Bobcats

   
9

DJ Augustin

Texas

I don't get the Augustin pick. He was a great college player, one of my favorites.. but his size and lack of speed suggests he won't cut it as a starting PG.  Ajinca has had some monster workouts and seems like a good pick. Weaver is good value in round two. A mixed bag overall.

C+

20

Alexis Ajinca

France

38

Kyle Weaver

Charlotte

Chicago Bulls

   
1

Derrick Rose

Memphis

The Bulls got their man in Rose, though I would never have taken him first.  Asik has major potential, but will be stashed away while I doubt Weems ever makes it big.  Can't argue with this Draft.

A-

36*

Omer Asik

Turkey

39

Sonny Weems

Arkansas

Cleveland Cavaliers

   
19

JJ Hickson

NC State

I'm a fan of Hickson, though he's seriously raw.  Cavs supporters will need to show patience.

B+

Dallas Mavericks

 

 

51

 

Shan Foster

Vanderbilt

For a second round pick, nothing wrong with getting a guy who shot an amazing 47% from three as a senior.

B

Denver

It's no fun to trade your lone pick..

C-

Detroit

   
32*

Walter Sharpe

UAB

Getting rid of DJ White and his waste of a guaranteed contract was a smart move.  Sharpe was once a touted prospect who never panned out, while Plaisted panned out but left school too early.

B-

46*

Trent Plaisted

BYU

59

Deron Washington

Virginia Tech

Golden State Warriors

   
14

Anthony Randolph

LSU

Randolph is an odd pick considering they also have Brandan Wright, but in terms of potential.. he's top 7-8 in the Draft. Hendrix is solid value for 49, better than 29th pick White imoh. B+
49

Richard Hendrix

Alabama

Houston    
25

Nicolas Batum

France

I'm not a European expert and opinions are scattered on Batum. Some once felt he would be a lottery pick, others think he's a bust waiting to happen. His heart issue shouldn't be a problem and this seems like one of the better late 1st round choices.

B+

54

Maarty Leunen

Oregon

Indiana Pacers

   
13*

Brandon Rush

Kansas

I love the Ford/O'Neal trade from the Pacers perspective.. but the actual picks are rather weak. Hibbert is a stiff.  Rush is one of my favs, but not compared to Jerryd Bayless who could have been a gift. Jawai was given some 1st Rd consideration by other teams.

C

17

Roy Hibbert

Georgetown

41

Nathan Jawai

Australia

Los Angeles Clippers    
7

Eric Gordon

Indiana

Solid night for the Clippers. Gordon was the best possible player to take at 7th, while Jordan was long considered to be a 1st Rounder. While I'm fairly certain Jordan will never pan out, Gordon has 20 ppg potential. Taylor's novelty as an NBDL pick is good for NBA marketing.

B+

35

DeAndre Jordan

Texas A&M

56*

Mike Taylor

NBDL

Los Angeles Lakers

   
58

Joe Crawford

Kentucky

The odds of Crawford stitching together an NBA career are very slim.

C

Memphis    
5

Kevin Love

Memphis

The way Love has developed physically, it seems like they snagged a real gem here. For a team with emerging guards, he could be the perfect compliment. I'm a major Greene detractor, but with his physical attributes, a flier at 28th is a no-brainer.

A-

28

Donte Greene

Syracuse

Miami Heat

   
2

Michael Beasley

Miami

For me, its all about Beasley here: the biggest stud of the Draft, a guy with All-NBA, 20 & 10 potential.  Some projected Chalmers to be a 1st rounder, but he's nothing but a fringe 12th man. No matter, its all about the Beast.

A

 

34*

Mario Chalmers

Kansas

52

Darnell Jackson

Kansas

Milwaukee Bucks

   
8

Joe Alexander

West Virginia

This franchise doesn't really know where to go or what to do. Alexander had a great run towards the end of the season, but is destined to be a 6th-7th man type guy. That's not good enough with the 8th pick.

C

 

37

Luc Richard M.a.M

UCLA

Minnesota

   
3

OJ Mayo

Minnesota

I'm one of the few who thinks Mayo will be every bit the pro that Rose is. Different type of player, but quality nonetheless and a true gamer. Pekovic has big-time upside, so could be a steal down the line.

A-

31

Nikola Pekovic

Montenegro

New Jersey Nets

   
10

Brook Lopez Stanford

This crop is all about filling needs. Lopez fills their desperate need to find a post-presence. Anderson is a long-range shooter off the bench they've lacked, while CDR is a guy who can get to the hoop (something only VC can do on their roster). CDR is the steal of the 2nd round.

B+

21

Ryan Anderson

California

40

Chris Doug-Rob

Memphis

New Orleans/OKC

Traded Arthur for some dough. Not a horrible move since Arthur is nothing more than a 8th-9th guy.

C+

New York Knicks

   
6

Danilo Gallinari

Italy

College ball is my thing, so I'm going mostly on hearsay here.. but despite the fans boos, Gallinari seems like a legitimate prospect. Knicks fans have bad dreams about Frederic Weis, but he could be one of this Draft's few All-Stars

B+

Orlando    
22

Courtney Lee

Western Kentucky

Many thought Lee would be a 2nd round sleeper, but he ends up going deep into Round One. He should work his way into a solid career role player.

C

Philadelphia    
16 Marreese Speights Florida After coming up big with T. Young, the Sixers again go to the southeast. Speights separates himself from most of the other big men, because he already possesses a diverse offensive skillset. B-
Phoenix  

 

15

Robin Lopez

Stanford

Lopez is a solid pro reserve who can defend (something the Suns have lacked) while Hairston is a former high school stud who had a mediocre college career.

C

48

Malik Hairston

Oregon

Portland

   
11*

Jerryd Bayless

Arizona

The Blazers continue to go about things the right way. Arthur was once a potential lottery pick, though I've never rated him very highly. Dorsey is a quality defender that was born with an NBA-ready body. The real catch though is Bayless, a big-time scoring threat with game-changing abilities. He might never become a "true" point guard, but I'm okay with that.

A

27*

Darrell Arthur

Kansas

33

Joey Dorsey

Memphis

Sacramento    
12

Jason Thompson

Rider

I don't get the infatuation with Thompson. Perhaps the Kings think they've found another mid-major gem like Kevin Martin. To me, he's a mediocre athlete, that's already physically mature and doesn't offer much room for improvement. Basically, he's just a career backup.

C-

42

Sean Singletary

Virginia

43

Patrick Ewing Jr.

Georgetown

San Antonio

 

 

26

George Hill

IUPUI

Hill was one of the big surprises of this Draft. When he remained in school, many speculated he had to have a 1st round offer on the table, but few believed anyone respected his talent that much.  Apparently Hill made the right call. I'm not as sure the Spurs did though. C+
45

Goran Dragic

Slovenia

57

James Gist

Maryland

Seattle

   
4

Russell Westbrook

Verviers Pepinster

To be blunt, I think Westbrook is the most overrated player in the Draft. Yes, he's a solid defender, but he's not a point guard and people judge him too much based on the last two weeks of his short career. Similarly, White is a fringe pro, only a little better than Hardin selected 21 picks later. The real steal though could be Ibaka, a freak athlete considered by many insiders to have the most upside of any non-Top 10 pick.  
24

Serge Ibaka

Congo

B-
29*

DJ White

Indiana

50

DeVon Hardin

California

56

Sasha Kaun

Kansas

Toronto    

Utah

   
23

Kosta Koufous

Ohio State

If anything, the Jazz somehow managed to get whiter. Koufous needed another year of seasoning, but is just as talented as most of the picks from 15 to 22.  Tomic has long been on the NBA's radar, and he will be stashed away for a couple years. The last guy was the lone pick I know zero about.  
44

Ante Tomic

Croatia

B+
53

Tadija Dragicevic

Serbia

 
Washington    
18

JaVale McGee

Nevada

I've long been torn on McGee. The lack of bulk is worrisome, but he's made amazing strides in the last couple of years. This is the ultimate risk/reward pick. B-

 

 

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