Grading Everyone’s (fake) Draft (part 1)

Posted: 07/07/2012 by levcohen in Basketball
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So I finished the 150  player draft, but I decided to have a little more fun with it. Here I will be listing each team with their draftees, and I’ll grade their drafts.

Atlanta Hawks:
PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Terrence Ross
SF: Kevin Durant
PF: Derrick Favors
C: Spencer Hawes

Grade: C. This team doesn’t have the look of a great contender. While they do have the best player in the NBA in Kevin Durant, they failed to really build around him. However, they do have some young players to build on, as their oldest player is 24.

Boston Celtics:
PG: Jose Calderon
SG: Jason Richardson
SF: Paul Pierce
PF: DeJuan Blair
C: Dwight Howard

Grade: B-. This team is one of the older ones in the draft, as they have 3 players over 30. However, they are set up to be contenders for the next few year.

Brooklyn Nets:
PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: Jason Terry
SF: LeBron James
PF: Paul Millsap
C: Tim Duncan

Grade: A-. This team could win the championship this coming year, and maybe the two years after that. What kept them from getting top marks, however, is that two of their starters may be retired in 4 years. This team is still very well put together. For the next few years, they could win. After that, they will still have a great chance at contending with Lowry, James and Millsap still in their prime.

Charlotte Bobcats:
PG: Chris Paul
SG: Landry Fields
SF: Trevor Ariza
PF: Ryan Anderson
C: JaVale McGee

Grade: B. The Bobcats had a really solid draft here. They drafted all fairly young players who will be in their primes in 5 years. In 4-5 years, they would be a top 4 pick. Now, probably still in the playoffs.

Chicago Bulls:
PG: Derrick Rose
SG: Kevin Martin
SF: Corey Maggette
PF: Kenneth Faried
C: Meyers Leonard

Grade: D+. This has the looks of a lottery team. Four of the five players are injury prone (Faried is the exception). Leonard is a big hit and miss prospect. Martin is coming off a bad year, and Maggs isn’t a great shooter. I like Faried and Rose, but that’s about it.

Cleveland Cavaliers:
PG: Marquis Teague
SG: Demar DeRozan
SF: Shawn Marion
PF: Kevin Love
C: Marcin Gortat

Grade: B. The Cavs have a dominant 1-2 combo down low. Those two will score a combined 40 points and grab 25 rebounds (25-15 for Love, 15-10 for Gortat). That is really, really good for a frontcourt duo. They also have a good scorer in DeRozan. Marion is a good defender, and Teague has good potential. If Marion stays near his prime, and Teague turns into something good, the Cavs will have a very good team.

Dallas Mavericks:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Wes Matthews
SF: Gerald Henderson
PF: Serge Ibaka
C: Emeka Okafor

Grade: C. This seems like a middle of the pack team. Irving is a top talent. Matthews, Henderson and Ibaka are all good secondary pieces. Honestly, Okafor stinks. Still, sometimes this team will be in the lottery, and sometimes they will sneak into the playoffs. If Henderson and Matthews develop into 18 point scorers, they would be good.

Denver Nuggets:
PG: Darren Collison
SG: Monta Ellis
SF: Royce White
PF: David Lee
C: Andrew Bynum

Grade: B+. Talk about a talented team. With three guys who will score close to 60 points, Collison and White won’t have very many chances. Not that they will mind. Both of those guys are great distributors. On this team, Collison could average 8 assists and White 5. If this team has no chemistry problems, they could win it all at least once in the next 5 years, if not more, as all 5 of their starters will be as good, if not better in five years.

Detroit Pistons:
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: Luol Deng
PF: Luis Scola
C: Tyson Chandler

Grade: B-. The Pistons are a sure playoff team for the next couple of years. With 5 solid producers, they match up well against most teams. They are good defensively, and good offensively. However, this is not a team with a lot of potential. All 5 of their players have seemingly reached their potential, and all could well be on the downswing of their career. In 4-5 years, this could be a bottom of the pack team, but until then they will contend.

Golden State Warriors:
PG: Steve Nash
SG: Anthony Morrow
SF: Carmelo Anthony
PF: Lamar Odom
C: Nene

Grade: C-. I don’t really like this Warriors team. They are pretty small. Nene and Odom are both fairly short for their positions, and Morrow isn’t great. Nash is 38, and Melo is a chucker. With all that put together, I don’t think they will be a playoff team for more than two of the next 5 years.

Houston Rockets:
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Paul George
SF: Perry Jones III
PF: John Henson
C: Andrea Bargnani

Grade: C-. The Rockets are another team who didn’t have a great draft. Don’t get me wrong. In 3 years they will be a playoff team. In five years they could contend for a title. But until PJ3 and Henson (two rookies) develop, I see them being lottery bound, even with Rajon Rondo and two outstanding outside shooters.

Indiana Pacers:
PG: John Wall
SG: Manu Ginobli
SF: Danny Granger
PF: Thomas Robinson
C: Kevin Garnett

Grade: B-. The Pacers had a pretty interesting draft. They had a mixture of old guys (Manu, KG), proven veterans (Granger), and young, exciting players (Wall, Robinson). For the next few years, they are sure to make the playoffs. By the time Garnett and Ginobli retire or become inefficient, Robinson will be very good and Wall will be entering his prime. So even in the latter years of this 5 year period the Pacers will be competitive, if not elite. I’m not giving them a higher grade because I don’t think they will ever truly compete for a championship.

Los Angeles Clippers:
PG: Russell Westbrook
SG: Evan Turner
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu
PF: Zach Randolph
C: Jonas Valanciunas

Grade: B. These Clippers could be very good. They have two proven all stars, and three guys with great potential. However, they also have big risk. If even one of Turner, Aminu and Valanciunas flame out, this team won’t really stand a chance. If two flame out, they will be near the bottom of the standings. But they could be a great team.

Los Angeles Lakers:
PG: Mike Conley
SG: Marcus Thornton
SF: Terrence Jones
PF: Blake Griffin
C: Bismack Biyombo

Grade:D.I really don’t like the Lakers draft. Griffin is overrated, he really isn’t a franchise player. Conley is a decent point guard, but not a good value pick for a pick in the mid 40’s. Thornton is ok, but a sort of a ball hog. Biyombo can’t score, and Jones will be a rookie. So I really can’t see this team being too successful.

Memphis Grizzlies:
PG: Goran Dragic
SG: Austin Rivers
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: David West
C: Al Jefferson

Grade: C+. The Griz had an ok draft. I really liked their first two picks. Rudy Gay and Al Jefferson are both great values. After that, I also liked picks three and four. Goran Dragic is really really underrated, because he has been in a backup role. Austin Rivers has the potential to become the second best player in this years’ draft. The only pick I hate is David West. Sure, he is a proven veteran. But the Grizzlies could have found someone with similar numbers last year who is younger and has a lot more potential. So while this team could well be a playoff team, they won’t be great.

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