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Rd 1/21-DeAndre Bembry, SG, St. Joseph’s
Rd 2/44-Isaia Cordinier, SG, Int’l
Rd 2/54-Kay Felder, PG, Oakland
Atlanta gets 12th pick (Tauren Prince, SF, Baylor), Indiana Pacers gets Hawks PG Jeff Teague & Utah gets Pacers PG George Hill
Felder traded to Cleveland Cavaliers for cash considerations
They helped themselves by getting Bembry & Prince, preparing for possible free agent departures of Kyle Korver & Kent Bazemore. Although I like Cordinier, a “big” would have made more sense because of Horford’s pending free agency (AJ Hammons was available). They are also looking for a back up PG, they had a good one in Felder but traded him(?)
Rd 1/3-Jaylen Brown, SF, Cal
Rd 1/16-Guerschon Yabusele, PF, Int’l
Rd 1/23-Ante Zizic, C, Int’l
Rd 2/31-Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan St.
Rd 2/35-Rade Zagorac, SF, Int’l
Rd 2/45-Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame
Rd 2/51-Ben Bentit, PF, Providence
Rd 2/58-Abdel Nader, SF, Iowa St.
Davis & Zagorac to Memphis Grizzlies for 2019 1st round pick
With no deal in place for the 3rd pick, they took the best SF in the draft in Brown. They got more physical up front with Yabusele & Bentil and found a backup PG in Jackson. Zizic will be stashed for a year or two but could help them when he comes back. For a team that was suppose to be sellers, surprised they kept six of their eight picks.
Rd 2/55-Marcus Paige, PG, UNC
Paige to Utah Jazz for PG Isaiah Whitehead
PF Thaddeus Young to Pacers for the 20th pick (Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan)
They needed a lead guard in the worst way. Dejounte Murray was waiting to be taken. He’s the kind of dynamic player they needed but chose LeVert instead(?) Whitehead is a local kid & nice story but Daniel Hamilton, SF form UCONN was a better fit.
Rd 1/22-Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse
Richardson to Sacramento Kings for SG Marco Belinelli
Why trade the potential of Richardson for a one dimensional, older player? They have veterans already. A possible backcourt of Walker & Richardson could have been scary.
Rd 1/14-Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan St.
Rd 2/48-Paul Zipser, SF, Int’l
Valentine will add quality depth behind Jimmy Butler at SG. Why draft a player at a position (SF) you are set at? You are losing Gasol & Noah up front, maybe draft a big to back up Lopez?
Cash considerations to Hawks for Kay Felder, PG, Oakland
They upgraded the backup PG position with a small but very explosive player in Felder.
Rd 2/46-AJ Hammons, C, Purdue
Anytime you can get a possible starter in the 2nd round, you are doing something right. He’ll be a quality backup at the very least.
Rd 1/7-Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Kentucky
Rd 1/15-Juan Hernangomez, PF, Int’l
Rd 1/19-Malik Beasley, SG, Florida St.
Rd 2/53-Petr Cornelie, PF, Int’l
Rd 2/56-Daniel Hamilton, SF, UCONN
Hamilton to Oklahoma City Thunder for cash considerations
They upgraded the talent at SG with Murray & Beasley. They also replenished the PF position with versatile Hernangomez and a “stretch 4” in Cornelie.
Rd 2/49-Michael Gbinije, PG/SG, Syracuse
Gbinije’s versatility is key because he can backup Jackson & Caldwell-Pope.
Rd 1/30-Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt
Cash considerations to Milwaukee Bucks for Patrick McCaw, SG/SF, UNLV
Jones has the potential to be good on both ends. McCaw’s upside is scary, he’ll have time to get stronger. The rich get richer.
Rd 2/37-Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville
Rd 2/43-Zhou Qi, C, Int’l
They needed to get frontcourt depth as the Dwight Howard experiment is over. But they failed to get a backup behind James Harden and they had plenty of opportunities.
Rd 1/20-Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan
Rd 2/50-Georges Niang, PF, Iowa St.
LeVert and a future 2nd round pick to Brooklyn Nets for PF Thaddeus Young
Turning the 20th pick into Thaddeus Young was a good move. Niang is a versatile forward with a great feel for the game.
Rd 1/25-Brice Johnson, PF, UNC
Rd 2/33-Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas
Diallo to New Orleans Pelicans for David Michinesu, PG, Int’l and Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
Johnson fits in perfectly with Lob City and getting Stone was a plus but they failed to add depth at SG or SF.
Rd 1/2-Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke
Rd 2/32-Ivica Zubac, C, Int’l
Ingram plugs right in at SF and will be a star. Zubac has potential and could be their starting center in the near future, they desperately need someone in the middle.
Rd 1/17-Wade Baldwin, PG/SG, Vanderbilt
Rd 2/57-Wang Zhelin, C, Int’l
Baldwin is insurance in case Mike Conley Jr leaves or will add quality depth behind him. Zhelin will add depth upfront.
Rd 1/10-Thon Maker, PF/C, Int’l
Rd 2/36-Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia
Rd 2/38-Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV
McCaw to Golden St. Warriors for cash considerations
Taking Maker at the 10th pick is a huge gamble but his upside and potential are also huge. His versatility is off the charts. Brogdon will be solid off the bench. They could have really helped themselves by adding depth at SF.
Rd 1/5-Kris Dunn, PG, Providence
Dunn is talented & has all the tools to be exceptional. Still think taking Hield or Murray would have been a home run.
Rd 1/6-Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma
Rd 2/39-David Michineau, PG, Int’l
Rd 2/40-Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
Michineau and Stone to L.A. Clippers for Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas
I love them getting Hield. He will help spread the floor with his shooting. They really missed out on adding depth in the backcourt behind Anthony Davis.
PF Serge Ibaka to Orlando Magic for PG/SG Victor Oladipo, PF Ersan Ilyasova and the 11th pick Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga
Cash considerations to the Nuggets for Daniel Hamilton, SF, UCONN
What a great move by GM Sam Presti. He gets a two-way player in Oladipo to play next to Russell Westbrook, frontcourt depth in Ilyasova and a very talented prospect in Sabonis. They get a talented prospect in Hamilton as well.
Rd 1/11-Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga
Rd 2/41-Stephen Zimmerman, C, UNLV
Rd 2/47-Jake Layman, SF, Maryland
SG Victor Oladipo, PF Ersan Ilyasova and 11th pick Sabonis to OKC for PF Serge Ibaka
Layman to Portland Trailblazers for 2019 2nd round pick and cash considerations
Zimmerman will compliment Vucevic upfront. IBaka will start at PF and have an expanded role on offense (which he is looking forward to). But they gave up a lot to get him. They had an opportunity to get another SG to help soften the loss of Oladipo but did not.
Rd 1/1-Ben Simmons, SF/PF, LSU
Rd 1/24-Timothe Luwawu, SG/SF, Int’l
Rd 1/26-Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Int’l
Simmons has all the tools to be great, jumper notwithstanding. I think Luwawu could be a really good two-way player and a sleeper. Korkmaz is a flat out shooter.
Rd 1/4-Dragan Bender, PF/C, Int’l
Rd 1/13-Georgios Papagiannis, C, Int’l
Rd 1/28-Skal Labissiere, PF/C, Kentucky
Rd 2/34-Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky
Papagiannis, Labissiere, Bogdan Bogdanovic and a 2020 2nd round pick to Sacramento Kings for Marquese Chriss, PF/C, Washington
Not only do they get the guy they coveted in Bender, they also get possibly the 2nd most skilled “big” in the draft in Chriss. The frontcourt is set. Ulis is small but a gamer, he will be quality depth at PG.
Rd 1/8-Marquese Chriss, PF/C, Washington
Rd 2/59-Isaiah Cousins, PG, Oklahoma
Chriss to Phoenix Suns for Georgios Papagiannis, C, Int’l, Skal Labissiere, PF/C, Kentucky, Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Int’l and a 2020 2nd round pick
Chriss will be better than both bigs they traded for, so why trade him? Papagiannis will stay overseas to improve. Labissiere should be a rotational player by the end of the season. Bogdanovic will add depth at SG and Cousins will back up Darren Collison.
Rd 1/29-Dejounte Murray, PG/SG, Washington
Another solid pick for the Spurs. They swung for the fences with Murray. He has vast potential and upside. He will have time to learn behind Tony Parker and be tutored in the Spurs way of doing things by Gregg Popovich.
Rd 1/9-Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
Rd 1/27-Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico St
Poeltl’s defense will compliment Jonas Valanciunas’ offense but Poeltl is not a liability of offense either. Siakam is a Bismac Biyombo clone & ironically his replacement. They really helped themselves by shoring up the frontcourt.