Jumat, 28 Juni 2013

2013 NBA draft grades Eastern Conference teams

Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. won't be moving very far to play for the Wizards.(Photo Joe Camporeale USA TODAY Sports)

A wild NBA draft is over after trades galore and one huge move that had nothing to do with the draft and won't even be official for another two weeks. So who won

USA TODAY Sports' draft grades take into account only what happened on draft night that was relevant to the draft itself. They are not weighted for the impact of the players so that a team with only one second round pick could get an A or an F depending on what the team did with its pick even though the selection might not have much impact on the franchise's future.

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With that said here are the 15 Eastern Conference teams listed alphabetically


New faces No. 16 C Lucas Nogueira No. 17 PG Dennis Schroeder No. 44 C Mike Muscala No. 47 PG Raul Neto SG Jared Cunningham

No team has more rebuilding to do this offseason than the Hawks who entered the offseason with three players locked into contracts for next year. Nogueira and Schroeder were the top two foreign prospects in the draft. Both have tremendous athleticism and could play next year at least in limited roles. Muscala is one of the most skilled big men in the draft. Neto is a starter in Spain's top league. Cunningham the No. 24 pick in last year's draft was more or less handed to them by the cost cutting Mavericks and could be useful. All five of these players could be solid bench players for years to come. That's impressive something no other team came away from this draft able to say.

Grade A

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New faces No. 13 C Kelly Olynyk No. 53 C Colton Iverson

While the grade below won't be based on the Celtics' massive trade with the Brooklyn Nets the moves need to be taken together. Boston is starting over. Are Olynyk and Iverson the type of players to build around Both would have been nice fits on last year's Celtics but neither has much upside. Olynyk has a nice jump shot but so do starting forwards Brandon Bass and Jeff Green. In the aftermath of the night's biggest trade the Celtics' draft choices feel flat.

Grade C


New face No. 22 C Mason Plumlee

Again the trade with the Celtics is important context for the draft pick. The Nets needed a power forward and Plumlee can play both forward spots. He's also full of athleticism and energy which will be good alongside aging Kevin Garnett and skilled but soft Brook Lopez. The Nets did the right thing with this pick which is good because they need youth now that they've tacked on three of the oldest players in the NBA to their already past its prime core.

Grade A


New face No. 4 C Cody Zeller

Zeller wasn't expected to go quite so high but he really is a great fit for the Bobcats. His athleticism will pair well with Bismack Biyombo in a pairing the Bobcats hope will emerge over the next few years as one of the NBA's best. Zeller is more developed offensively Nerlens Noel or Alex Len and the Bobcats were challenged there. They will need Biyombo and Michael Kidd Gilchrist to develop on defense though because they were as bad on that end and Zeller won't be much help. He may not have a tremendous upside and probably would have been available a few spots lower but Zeller makes sense. And kudos to the Bobcats for recognizing their already young roster didn't need any extra rookies.

Grade B

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New faces No. 20 SG Tony Snell No. 49 PF Erik Murphy

The Bulls came out of this draft with exactly what they needed. Snell is a shooter who can defend both wing positions. Murphy is a tough big man who can hit three pointers from the corner a la fellow Florida product Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs. Both players came at good values and should be ready to contribute to a team that expects to contend next season with Derrick Rose back. There was no overthinking no scheming. The Bulls had two picks and used them on two good players and good fits.

Grade A


New faces No. 1 PF Anthony Bennett No. 19 SF Sergey Karasev No. 33 SG Carrick Felix

No one expected this. That said it's not bad. Bennett ranks right behind Noel for most upside in this draft and he gives the Cavaliers a scoring complement to Tristan Thompson. They should be able to play together either in small lineups with Thompson manning center or big ones with Bennett sliding to small forward. Noel is much more similar to Thompson than Bennett is. Karasev may be the best shooter in the draft and Felix may be the best one on one wing defender. Neither was a great pick but they could both have roles off the bench next season. The Cavs also came out with two future second round picks in a trade of the No. 31 pick. This wasn't a great draft for the Cavaliers but they were in a tough spot and came out OK.

Grade B

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New faces No. 8 SG Kentavious Caldwell Pope No. 37 F Tony Mitchell No. 56 PG Peyton Siva

The Pistons had an excellent second round which isn't much of a consolation for all the Michiganders hoping for Trey Burke in the first. Burke made a lot of sense for the Pistons who haven't had a good point guard since Chauncey Billups. But Caldwell Pope should fill the starting shooting guard role admirably. He has all the tools for the trade. Given the pick the Pistons probably were hoping Ben McLemore a better prototypical shooting guard would fall to them. Mitchell is very athletic and can play both forward spots and Siva is a hardened winner who could be a solid backup. He's not Burke though.

Grade B

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New face No. 23 SF Solomon Hill

The Pacers needed to find another perimeter player but a combo guard would have made more sense. Hill is a power forward in a small forward's body and though he could make an impact as a bruising athletic defender and rebounder he also might have been available 15 spots lower. The Pacers then traded their second round pick to the Celtics meaning they didn't pad their thin backcourt at all. Adding Hill could help if they trade Danny Granger though.

Grade C


New face No. 50 SF James Ennis

The Heat bought their way into this wild draft seemingly on a whim picking up a pick for cash considerations. Ennis is a player at the position the Heat need least who doesn't play to their style at all so the choice was curious. There were so many good centers in this draft who could have helped Miami had it went after an earlier second rounder.

Grade C


New faces No. 15 SF Giannis Antetokounmpo No. 43 SG Ricky Ledo

No team swung for the fences quite like the Bucks. In five years Antetokounmpo and Ledo may be two of the 10 best players from this draft. Antetokounmpo has huge upside as much as anyone outside the top seven. He also was the youngest player in the draft and probably is two or three years away from coming to the NBA. The Bucks may have drafted him with the intent of keeping cap space open for free agency but for a 2013 playoff team with big holes to fill the choice seemed strange. Ledo could be a contributor next season though. He's mostly an unknown because he was ineligible to play last season. Look back at these picks in five years when a clearer picture is formed.

Grade B


New face No. 24 SG Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Knicks took the head on approach to this draft. They picked one of the best players available and left making no other moves on the night. Hardaway definitely clashes with sixth man J.R. Smith so his selection could mean Smith won't be re signing with the Knicks after all. That only makes sense if the Knicks had made up their minds on Smith before the draft because Smith is better than Hardaway at this stage. They had bigger needs but Hardaway was a good value.

Grade B


New faces No. 2 SG Victor Oladipo No. 51 PF Romero Osby

Credit goes to the team that doesn't veer off its plan even as all chaos breaks out. The Magic went into the draft targeting Oladipo and didn't blink after the Cavaliers selected Bennett first. Noel and McLemore had more upside at No. 2 but Oladipo makes sense for a franchise trying to turn itself around. He's a high character high energy player who also was the most exciting player in college basketball last season. He and Osby who has a shot to make the team show the Magic are taking defense seriously. But they may have played it too safe in the process.

Grade B

VIDEO Oladipo opens up on Magic

New Magic guard Victor Oladipo is ready to join a cast of young up and coming players in Orlando.


New faces No. 6 C Nerlens Noel No. 11 PG Michael Carter Williams No. 38 PG Nate Wolters No. 54 PF Arsalan Kazemi

Jrue Holiday is an All Star. He represented the 76ers last season in the midseason showcase. He's a young talented hard working point guard a commodity in the NBA. So was Noel worth it That all hinges on how he recovers from knee surgery and how well the New Orleans Pelicans do with Holiday as their 2014 first round pick could be very valuable. The Sixers addressed the hole at point guard very quickly then again. Carter Williams and Wolters are both big and will struggle to defend faster points. There are going to be big chemistry questions for Carter Williams and swingman Evan Turner. But the Sixers obviously were willing to blow things up and be bad for a year in hopes of winning the Andrew Wiggins sweepstakes (with their own pick as the Pelicans' pick is protected next year).

Grade C

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New faces None

The Raptors took in a mediocre draft from the sidelines. They have a decent roster in progress and some free agency options to weigh. That probably was the right move for them.

Grade B


New faces No. 3 SF Otto Porter Jr. No. 36 SF Glen Rice Jr.

The Wizards made the smart pick then they made the smart trade. Porter is the perfect fit for this team even though he lacks the upside of many of the available options. He will step in and start from Day One. And Rice will be the team's top backup wing if not this year then soon. They dealt the Nos. 38 and 54 picks for Rice who arguably was the best player in the NBA Development League last year but slipped for off the court issues.

Grade A

VIDEO Otto Porter happy to stay in D.C.

Georgetown star will stick around Washington D.C. after being drafted No. 3 by Wizards.

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