Jason's Draft Winners and Losers
June 26th, 2009
Ok, so it’s been almost 24 hours since the Draft ended, and here are my draft winners and losers, and some extra nuggets.
First off, I love what the Memphis Grizzlies did, adding a true shot blocking big man in Connecticut’s Hasheem Thabeet. Then later in round one, they added Missouri small forward DeMarre Carroll. But what might turn out to be either a steal or a bone headed move, is Sam Young, some will see him as a steal, but personally, I see him as a good pick, if the guy taken after him, wasn’t there, that man DeJuan Blair, but anyway, Memphis had a real good draft, and this could be the turnaround for this franchise, that’s only had 4 winning seasons out of 14 years in the NBA.
Next up, is clearly the Spurs, they got a big time steal in round 2, in DeJuan Blair, the big man from Pittsburgh, he will add youth, and another big man alongside Tim Duncan, then they added a young PG in Miami’s Jack McClinton, clearly San Antonio was and is a big winner in this year draft, they got better and younger, and became more dangerous along with the Richard Jefferson trade before draft day.
Next up, is the Timberwolves, I loved there drat, getting who many think is the second best player in the draft behind Blake Griffin, in Ricky Rubio, and then Jonny Flynn, who some see as stupid, over Stephen Curry, but I love the pick. Then Wayne Ellington, a great pick, from a great school. And they also picked up Henk Norel, who they likely will stash overseas for a few more years.
My under the radar team was the Houston Rockets, they got 3 good players, when they bought and traded for 3 second round picks, first it was, Central Florida SG Jermaine Taylor, then Spain Combo Guard Sergio Llull, who will likely stay over in spain, and then the final pick, was Arizona SF Chase Budinger. I like the draft, they added 2 nice shooters, to go with Artest, Battier and Brooks, and there’s still the possibility of acquiring Ricky Rubio, or even Phoenix big man Amare’ Stoudemire.
Lastly, the Blazers, they as usual, picked up a nice international player, in Victor Claver. Then they got Jeff Pnedergraph from Arizona State. And finally they got a steal in St. Mary’s(CA) Patty Mills. Overall a good draft for a up-and-coming team.
1st off, Cleveland, in my opinion, had a bad draft, they decided to take a project at 30, when they needed a immediate impact, but instead took SG Christian Eyenga from the Congo. But I did like the pick of Danny Green, he comes from a great program in North Carolina, but im also taking into consideration the Shaquille O’Neal deal, I might get crucified, but I don’t like the deal. He is one, overweight, and is never motivated, but maybe, just maybe, playing with LeBron James, he will be.
Next, The Indiana Pac ers, im not knocking Hansbrough, but at 13, seems high, and with others on the board, it seems like a mistake, and taking A.J. Price over Patty Mills, doesn’t look great in my opinion.
Best Trade of Draft Night:
My best trade was the Nuggets trade to get North Carolina’s PG Ty Lawson, they needed a young PG to groom behind Chauncey Billups. And they got that, in Lawson./
Worst Trade of Draft Night:
My worst trade, was, the trade between the Mavs and Thunder, I really don’t understand why the Mavs would take B.J. Mullens, and then trade him away, when they need a Center, doesn’t make sense to me.