Draft Night Grades
Round 1: J.R. Giddens (30)
Round 2: Bill Walker (47), Semih Erden (60)
-Celtics got two future replacements for Allen and Pierce. Giddens and Walker are considered the most athletic guys in the draft and Celtics got them. Erden will never come to the NBA, so its just a wasted pick. Gidden and Walkers are guys who could contribute right away. All Boston needs is a back up PG. Their bench is Giddens/Walker/Powe/Davis. Very young, tough, and talented.
New Jersey Nets
Round 1: Brook Lopez (10), Ryan Anderson (21)
Round 2: Chris Douglas-Roberts (39)
Nets grabbed a top 3 talent and the best center prospect at 10. Lopez is very similar to Kaman, he won't ever be a go to guy in the NBA, but he will be a great 2nd option or complimentary big man. Anderson is one of the best shooters/scorers in the draft, Nets desperately needed scoring with loss of Jefferson and they just needed shooting period, Anderson was a great addition. CDR was projected top 15-25 for most of the year, but he fell to 39. A big steal for New Jersey, they got a wing player to replace Jefferson. To top it all off, New Jersey got a top 5 lottery talent in Yi, who will suprise a lot of people next year.
New York Knicks
Round 1: Danilo Gallinari (6)
Knicks went with the 2nd best pick available. What people need to understand is that Gallinari is FIT for the system. Turnover prone low basketball IQ guys like Gordon and etc don't belong on this team, we already got Crawford to make bonehead plays. Gallinari is a slashing SF with elite passing skills and is a smart unselfish player. That sounds crazy right? Thats because we never had a player like that since the 90s. Gallinari has a lot of potential and will be an all star. D.J. Augustin was first on my board, but it'll be okay since there will be other PG prospects in the future.
Round 1: Marreese Speights (16)
-Speights is a potential Al Jefferson steal. Al Jefferson wasn't picked in the lottery, but looked how te turned out to be. Speights isn't the most athletic guy, but his style is so similar to Al J, this is what Philadephia needed, a PF who can bang and score in the paint. This was the best pick for them getting a guy who would of been a top 5 pick next year in the 16th pick of this year. Philadephia is on the rise on the East, so watch out. The Atlantic division continues to get stronger and stronger
Round 2: Nathan Jawai (41)
Jawai is a power bigman who was a projected a first round pick. Raptors are soft in the paint and they got a warrior in Jawai who's probably the most physical big man in this draft, this is a good fit for Toronto and they picked the best player available.
Round 1: Derrick Rose (1)
Round 2: Omer Asik (36), Sonny Weems (39)
Round 1: J. J. Hickson (19)
-Hickson is good, but Koufus and Arthur would of been better picks.
Round 2: Walter Sharpe (32), Trent Plaisted (46), Deron Washington (59)
-Most of these guys will end up in Europe and probably not even end up seeing Detroit. Detroit is on the decline.
Round 1: Brandon Rush (13), Roy Hibbert (17)
-Getting rid of an old ass injury prone low FG% shooting J-O'Neal for a young elite prospect PG in Ford and for a defensive, solid offensively role playing center in Rasho is a good move. Rush will be a good role player off the bench. Hibbert is a center they needed since they lack size. Solid moves for Indiana. They still will be mediocre.
Round 1: Joe Alexander (8)
Round 2: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (37)
Grade - B-
-Alexander won't start since Jefferson is now a Buck He would be a nice back up SF/PF for the Bucks.
I don't know where Mbah a Moute will be play since they're loaded at the SF position.
Round 1: None
Round 2: None
Round 1: D.J. Augustin (9), Alexis Ajinca (20)
Round 2: Kyle Weaver (38)
-Augustin is the best pure PG in the draft, a very good PG prospect for them.
-Ajinca is the best center prospect in this draft. He can run the floor at 7"1, he's an animal on defense, he loves to get physical and bang, and surprisingly he has a jumpshot from 3pt range. Imagine Tyson Chandler with a jumpshot.
-Weaver is the best perimeter defender in the draft, Bobcats needed D and they got. Really good draft for the Bobcats, won't be surprised if they sneak in the playoffs.
Round 1: Michael Beasley (2)
Round 2: Mario Chalmers (34), Darnell Jackson (52)
-The made the right choice sticking with Beasley, a perfectly sidekick for Wade and got the best player in draft @ 2
-Getting Chalmers is HUGE. He's the PG that Wade needs, a defensive PG with a jumpshot. I see him being a starter in Miami soon, so they got a real steal with that addition.
-Jackson is a solid big man, Chalmers teammate that adds front court depth.
Round 1: Courtney Lee (22)
-Orlando failed. They got Bogans, Evans, and Reddick, Lee isn't really that different. The only big man Orlando has is Dwight, they couldn't get one in the draft? They got exposed by Detroit because Detroit has a deep bench of big men and Orlando doesn't. Dwight can't do it by himself, and Lewis is the most ***** guy playing the 4 in the NBA since he hangs around the 3pt line all the time. Orlando needed someone like Koufus to play center and move Dwight to PF. Koufus could shoot, rebound and has a post game. Orlando failed this draft.
Round 1: JaVale McGee (18)
-Just an upside pick. They needed a PG or a big man who can contribute right away. McGee isn't that guy.
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New Orleans Hornets
San Antonio Spurs
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
Portland Trail Blazers
reminder: dont forget to do the west teams...
I have to agree with 80% of the Grades that Metro mention.
I would'nt give any team that made it to the Post Season Games a grade under a C+ for the 2008 Draft. The FA market & offseason trades is what is important to make them stay a Post Season team.
I am still shock and stuck on the decision making of this 23 Win Season Team called the Knicks.
I was very heated after the Knicks 6th pick of 6.8 SF-Danilo Gallinari, and it did take awhile for me to cool down.
I will let the Fans Boo's, NBA analyst, and New York Sports Writers force the Knicks President of Operation get up off his fanny and do something after his failure on Draft Night (The Knicks have a FLAWED roster!).
The 23 win season Knicks did deserve all the boo's they received for drafting a 19 year old player that no Knick-Fan ever seen play, or ever heard his name untill celebrity coach D'Antoni endorsed him as a Lottery pick player.
The 6.8 SF-Gallinari was no where near the best available player at the 6th pick, he was'nt even the best available player at his position and that will be proved by Joe Alexander, Anthony Randolph, Donte Green, and Brandon Rush their rookie season.
Gallinari was a Pet selection of the Knick Organization to show the new head coach D'Antoni that management is behind him 100%.
In other words the Knick President let the Head Coach (who knows nothing about the players in the last 5 years draft) select the 6th pick.
The Fans were supposed to BOO this pick. Why? the last two drafts the Knicks selected a 6.8 Balkman, a 6.8 Chandler, and a 6.8 D.Nichols, whom would've held down the SF position in the NBA at a 65% level without any weakness showed in that position (they lack NBA playingtime to improve).
The Knicks SF position was covered (invite 6.8 SG-D.Nichols and 6.11 F/C-Morris to the Knicks SLG) by the 3 SF-players selected in the last 2 drafts.
Here are 5 players who future performance will be worth the 6th pick:
1) The Knicks could buy-out Jerome James and select C-Brook Lopez.
2) The Knicks could package Marbury, Crawford, and Collins, to select Combo-Guard Jerryd Bayless or Russel Westbrook, or a Pure SG-Eric Gordon, or a Pure PG-DJ Augustin.
The 23 win season Knicks deserve a grade "F" for their decision making and non-action in the 2008 Draft.
The Knick President did nothing to make other NBA Players who want to be traded this offseason have their Agents work out a deal with their team and the Knicks team for a deal.
Here are the draft grades from ESPN JUST IN CASE some haven't checked it out, and may be interested in other feedbacks on the draft. What metrocard wrote was most certainly inspired by this article. Maybe he should have referenced this himself.
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What are you talking about? I wrote everything in my own perspective.
Originally Posted by lanceroy
The only grade in common I have with ESPN is the Celtics in the Atlantic.
smh @ you fronting at my realness.
You guys could do your own grades if you want, this is what this thread is for.
I seen both and theres not really any similarities. smh @ lanceroy catching feelings for no reason
Didn't do enough to get a higher grade
DJ was a great pick, we will seem him shine for years to come, but what about Ray Felton?
Derrick Rose will be a star
They didn't make the moves needed to build around LeBron
They have ruined their team, they should have made plenty of moves this draft
They got one second rounder, wow big deal
They should've made a couple moves, but at least they didn't make bad moves
Not much to say about them
Donte Greene was a steal
Both Rush and Hibbert will be starters in years to come
I was expecting a move
Should've made a move to get a higher pick, they need to replace Odom in my opinion with someone more fit for Kobe
Mayo will be good, but they traded Mike Miller and Kevin Love away
Their second pick could be a decent backup 1.. Beasely will own in NBA
They just maybe another team like the Celtics and have a big turnaround
They made a smart move picking Mayo and trading him for even more
Great moves for a re-building team (I used to hate NJ, but now I like NJ)
Gallinari could be a star
Didn't make the right moves to biuld around Howard
I'm leaving them out because I have never heard of their pick
Good pick for an offensive team
Roy got the player he needed, Portland will be a contender soon
They are no longer a playoff team in my opinion
The best thing they did was keeping their team the wayt it its
OK city Sonics F
They are a joke now
One pick, second rounder
Koufos was a steal that late
No moves, they shoula made some
This is my biggest post ever, took a while
I agree with everything besides the Memphis grade. Mayo was a steal. Their line up is set for the future.
Originally Posted by jpz17
Miller scored 17 ppg, maybe not F.. Prob somewhere around B-
Mayo >>>> Miller
Originally Posted by jpz17
Miller and Love won't take Minnesota no where.
Conley/Mayo/Gay > Foye/McCants/Miller
Jefferson/Love is good, but Love won't have much as in impact as Mayo will.
Most Minnesota fans hate the thread anyway and would disagree with your statement.
minn fans don't know crap, their team had one good season.. haha
agree with most of your analisyst but you might be giving out too many A's i mean SPeights might have potential but Al jefferson is a young 20pt 10 rb guy...i feel that an A goes to whoever got a steal and a team that got more than one guy that can be productive.
Wow...I don't know what to say.
Originally Posted by jpz17
Take the word of fans who follow their team everywhere
or take the words of the legendary jpz