In my opinion, the NBA draft is one of, if not the best draft nights in sports. Unlike the NFL it doesn’t take a week (for obvious reasons) and it’s pretty exciting. Players are outgoing in their wardrobe choices, Adam Silver looks like a combination of a horror movie monster and a children’s show host, but no matter what, there are winners and losers.
This is a rather clear choice. The T-Wolves selected Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns with the first overall pick and he will fit perfectly in the draft-heavy team building they’ve employed. Not only does he complement Nikola Pekovic nicely, but veteran big man Kevin Garnett made his return to his home team this past season and should make for a great mentor. Towns will be a great pick-and-roll/pop partner for Ricky Rubio and the attention he receives will free up Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins on the perimeter. Duke point guard and 2015 national championship game Most Outstanding Player Tyus Jones was also an incredible trade pickup via the Cleveland Cavaliers as they only lost two second round picks for an outstanding backup to Rubio. Even if Rubio were to be traded, the team would still more than likely be able to succeed behind Zach LeVine, Jones and whatever they could get in exchange for their current starting floor general.
Despite losing LeBron James to the Cavaliers at the beginning of last season, Miami weathered the storm fairly well. The emergence of Hassan Whiteside assisted in bandaging a deteriorating group of big men and a late season trade for point guard Goran Dragic almost helped Miami make the playoffs without the king. However, a lot of questions have yet to be answered for them. Will Dwayne Wade stay? Will Dragic resign? The only answer they’ve come with was the great choice to draft Duke small forward Justise Winslow. Luol Deng will suffice for the time being, but it’s not crazy to think that a lot of the team’s success will ride on how effective Winslow can be and whether or not his presence will get D-Wade and/or Dragic to stay in South Beach.
Notable: Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trailblazers, LA Lakers
The Sixers have taken a center for the third straight year and I won’t lie, they have successfully left me scratching my head. Again. Duke center Jahlil Okafor was passed on at number two by the Los Angeles Lakers so Philly went with the best talent at hand. It wasn’t necessarily a bad choice, but with Nerlens Noel and the still injured Joel Embiid also on the roster, one would think that they’re going to try to deal one of them. Regardless of their big man situation, they’re still pretty weak at almost every other position with the exception of a few players like Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, Thomas Robinson, and Glenn Robinson III.
I don’t necessarily think that Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein was a bad pick for the Kings, but it’s fair to make the claim that it was a little early. Cauley-Stein definitely has potential but Sacramento is starting to hoard a good amount of mediocre bigs. I would’ve thought they’d draft somewhere between point guard and small forward, especially after trading Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics. They have decent potential in their starting unit at those spots, but depth is a huge factor that they lack. For their sake they need to do whatever they can to keep DeMarcus Cousins unless provided with proper compensation. If what Denver Nuggets’ point guard Ty Lawson said last night is true, his rumored move to the team would make them exponentially better in the aforementioned areas.
Notable: Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets