What Teams Earned A Good NBA Draft Day Grade

NBA Draft Day, the day to build the future for all NBA teams was set off with big surprises. NBA Draft Day Grade for some teams was outstanding and for some teams it will show they have no clue. In Commissioner’s David Stern last NBA Draft, the first name he called was UNLV, Power Forward, and Anthony Bennett for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The last name announced by David Stern was Nemanja Nedovic, a guard from Serbia for the Phoenix Suns. Stern received a surprise of his own after his last official draft announcement as NBA Commissioner. Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon came out and said a few words in his honor. The Dream was the first named Stern ever announced as Commissioner nearly 30 years ago.

Cleveland Cavaliers kicked off the 2013 NBA Draft with a big surprise when they selected the offensive minded power forward 6’8 Bennett. Cleveland Cavaliers made Bennett the first Canadian to ever get selected with the number 1 pick in the NBA Draft. I found this an intriguing pick because Tristan Thompson has not been a bad power forward for the Cavaliers. Bennett at the moment is not suited to play the 3 or the small forward position. I do not think he is quick enough to defend the small forward position Without question, Bennett can score and rebound, but it was bit too early off the board for him. They also drafted a small forward named Sergey Karasev. He is a shooter and passer. He played on the Russian Olympic team. Cavaliers also drafted Arizona State Shooting Guard Carrick Felix Overall, the Cavaliers did not do a bad job on NBA Draft Day.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B+

Orlando Magic selected Indiana Guard Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was safe pick for the magic. He is possibly the best perimeter defender in the Draft. He must continue to improve his handle and outside shot. It was bit of surprise that Nerlens Noel was not snatched up by the Magic. However, many teams that eventually passed on Noel because of his knee injury. Magic had a solid NBA Draft.
NBA Draft Day Grade: A

Washington Wizards went with some home cooking by grabbing Georgetown Forward Otto Porter. He can play both sides of the ball. Wizards grab the most versatile player in the draft and he should fit in nicely with John Wall and the Wizards.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B+

Charlotte Bobcats drafted Indiana Center Cody Zeller. Zeller is an okay pick, but when you have the best player like a Ben McLemore still on the board or Noel you grab either player. Bobcats do not draft well and this maybe another indicator that just grabbed an okay player instead of great player. Time will tell the tale and Zeller may be a great player down the road.
NBA Draft Day Grade: C

Phoenix Suns used their fifth pick of the NBA Draft to select Maryland center Alex Len. He is solid big man with offensive skills and he can rebound. The Ukrainian big man is one of the best big men in this class; therefore, it was okay pick. The Suns picked up Kentucky Guard Archie Goodwin. Goodwin by many considered a possible reach. Suns NBA Draft Day will lead their team in the right direction .
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

New Orleans Pelicans selected the shot block specialist and most considered number 1 pick the Kentucky Center Nerlens Noel. They then would trade Nerlens to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday. When Nerlens first made the pick, I thought it was not good pick when Anthony Davis was already on the roster. It worked out for both teams with the trade. Nerlens great shot blocker, athletic, and can rebound. He will have to bulk up considerably to be great at center in the NBA. Offense around the basket must greatly improve.
NBA Draft Day Grade: A

Sacramento Kings look to build their future with the Jayhawks’ Ben McLemore. McLemore can flat out score. He was considered by experts the best player in the 2013 NBA Draft. It was surprising to see him still available this low. The Kings should expect great things for a player that could start in 2014. Detroit point guard Ray McCallum was also selected and he should help the Kings’ bench.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Detroit Pistons are loaded at guards who like to shoot the ball; however, they must think they needed more. Georgia Kentavious Caldwell Pope is a shooter that can rebound. North Texas Tony Mitchell and NCAA Champion Louisville Guard Peyton Siva were selected in the second round. Siva great on defense and is athletic, but he is poor perimeter shooter. Mitchell also struggles with his shot and when you consider he is another guard then I have to ask why Detroit drafted so many Guards when clearly need more pieces than the at the guard position.
NBA Draft Day Grade: C

Minnesota Timberwolves possibly was the busiest team on NBA Draft Day. They selected the Michigan standout Trey Burke with the 9th pick but Burke would be traded to Utah for the 14th pick UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad. They would make another trade which would land them Center Gorgui Dieng out of Louisville. Muhammad is a bit slow for a guard but he can score. He will have to be better passer if he want see any playing time in the NBA Dieng is a good defender. I will not say it was good draft for Minnesota but it was not horrible.
NBA Draft Day Grade: C

Portland Trail Blazers selected Shooting Guard C.J. McCollum from Lehigh with their 10th pick. He did not play much because of broken foot and may have been risky pick this high. Trailblazers must have liked how he handled himself playing up-tempo basketball. He is scorer so he should add some scoring punch off the bench. They grab a shot block specialist in Kansas’ Jeff Withey. Via a trade, they were able to pick up California shooting guard Allen Crabbe. They went with another center with their 45th pick when they selected Marko Todorovic. They needed shot blocking and it always good idea to add depth.
NBA Draft Day Grade: A

Philadelphia 76ers drafted Michael Carter Williams out of Syracuse. However, it was the trade that brought the Kentucky shot-block phenom Nerlens Noels to the 76ers is what will be talked about. Jrue Holiday is great point guard and it was difficult to part ways with him; however, this deal looks even better if the Andrew Bynum does not work out. William is a big guard and good passer and not much more. The 76ers also picked up Oregon’s Forward Arsalan Kazemi in the second round. Kazemi is a rebounder. Philadelphia had good NBA Draft Day.

NBA Draft Day Grade: A

Oklahoma City Thunder is already loaded and they use their 12th pick to get Pittsburgh Center Steven Adams. The Thunder needed a center and Adam will be able to come off the bench and help them. After being beat up on the glass by the Memphis Grizzlies the Thunder continue to address the problem by acquiring Small Forward out of Colorado Andre Roberson. Roberson rebounds the ball well but he struggles on offense. He will be great role player on the Thunder’s roster.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

. Dallas Mavericks nabbed Miami Point Guard Shane Larkin. Larkin will light it up from deep and will make the right pass. Mavericks have good all-around talent in Larkin. He is bit undersized but if you saw him college, you know that will not matter too much. He is good player. Mike Muscala was selected in the second round. A good center needs to add to his frame to contribute to the team. When you are 7 feet tall and have some versatility in your game then you usually stick in the NBA.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Utah Jazz eventually ended up with Michigan standout Trey Burke via trade with Minnesota. He shoots the ball well and can pass effectively. Possibly, the best in this year’s NBA Draft. Center Rudy Gobert was also acquire via trade with Denver. He can finish and has good foot work for 7’2 big man.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B+

Milwaukee Bucks drafted Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece. He may have been drafted too high at 15 when you consider it may be two or three years before he is actually ready for the NBA. They burned this pick by taking too much of risk that may never see any reward.
NBA Draft Day Grade: D

Boston Celtics NBA Draft Day was highlighted by the blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets. However, they did select Kelly Olynyk out of Gonzaga. He should start since Garnett will be a Net in 2014.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Atlanta Hawks selected a speedy point guard from Germany named Dennis Schroeder. Schroeder is bit undersize but he can shoot and pass. He may see a lot more time at the point if Jeff Teague leaves via Free Agency. With a few trades, the Hawks got Center Lucas Nogueira. Both players may not play in the NBA immediately
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Chicago Bulls drafted New Mexico Shooting Guard Tony Snell. Snell can shoot the ball and can defend. You like that combination. He will be good coming off the bench but he will need to become more efficiency at the NBA level to see minutes. The Bulls also drafted Florida Power Forward Erik Murphy.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Brooklyn Nets used their only pick to draft Mason Plumlee out of Duke. Plumlee is a quick 7 footer. He will need to bulk up to do well in the NBA. Nets made more noise for acquiring Pierce and Garnett from the Boston Celtics.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Indiana Pacers selected Arizona Small Forward Solomon Hill with their 23th pick. He can shoot ball; therefore, he should provide some much-needed scoring coming off the bench. When you have 9-foot-2 reach, you are either in the NBA or under someone’s Big Top circus. Fortunately, Colorado State Center Colton Iverson can also rebound and is strong enough to play defense in the post because Indiana will need more role players on their bench.

New York Knicks used the 24th pick to select Michigan Shooting Guard Tim Hardaway, Jr. He is athletic and can shoot the ball. He may be insurance in case JR Smith do not return.
NBA Draft Day Grade: C

LA Clippers used their 25th pick to fill the void of outside shooting by picking the sharp shooting Reggie Bullock of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Bullock is also a good perimeter defender but his shooting stroke is why he is a Clipper. He will more than likely come off the bench but definitely should see a lot of time on the floor in 2014.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Denver Nuggets not sure what they were doing. They traded Rudy Gobert their first selection in the first round to Utah. Denver traded Kosta Koufos to Memphis to get Darrell Arthur and eventually ended up with Joffrey Lauvergne from France. Lauvergne was selected with 55th picked received from Memphis.
NBA Draft Day Grade: D

San Antonio Spurs selected France’s Forward Livio Jean-Charles with the No. 28 pick. He more than likely will not play in the NBA for a number of years. The Spurs have hit homeruns before and this could be one of those picks that will pan out. Hey not a good pick when you want to win immediately and Tim Duncan is not getting any younger. The Spurs also grabbed Ohio State Small Forward Deshaun Thomas in the Second Round. Thomas is a versatile player that is bit undersized for the position. Overall, it was not a good NBA Draft Day for the Spurs.
NBA Draft Day Grade: D

Golden State Warriors with more than a few moves snagged the 30th pick in the NBA Draft. The Warriors selected Serbian Point Guard Nemanja Nedovic. He can light it up from downtown but struggles with his mid-range game. He is athletic but he is not a good penetrating guard. The Warriors needed a playmaker who could distribute ball or a backup center. The Warriors did not need another guard; therefore, I will chalk this draft as not a good one for the Warriors.
NBA Draft Day Grade: D

Houston Rockets grabbed a future backup point Guard when they selected Murray State Point Guard Isaiah Canaan. Canaan can score; however, he is turnover machine. When you consider Jeremy Lin is not too safe with basketball, this may have been an intriguing move. However, depth never hurt any basketball team.
NBA Draft Day Grade: B

Memphis Grizzlies did not have draft pick in the first round, but they did manage to pick up a scorer. San Diego State Shooting Guard Jamal Franklin is athletic and can pass the ball. Grizzlies also picked up Power Forward Joffrey Lauvergne and Forward Janis Timma. Both Lauvergne and Timma will not play in the NBA immediately if ever. With what they had, Memphis needed an outside shooting presence and they did not do it.
NBA Draft Day Grade: C

LA Lakers used their only pick of 2013 NBA Draft to select Duke Center Ryan Kelly. He will be a good backup if he is able improve his rebounding. It would be interesting see if he makes the Lakers roster. NBA Draft Day Grade:C

Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors did not have a draft pick

2013 NBA Draft Day was a very interesting NBA Draft. You will see few of these NBA Draft prospects in the 2014 NBA All Star Rising Stars Challenge.