NBA Draft: Team-by-Team Draft Grades Part I

Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets stole the show on draft night.

The 2012 NBA Draft is over, so now it’s time for draft grades. I start with every team receiving a C grade and go from there. Check it out.

Atlanta Hawks  Draft Grade B- : They selected sweet-shooter John Jenkins from Vanderbilt with the no. 23 pick in the first round. Jenkins is one of the best shooters in the draft next to Bradley Beal. He will make an impact on the Hawks. They also took Virginia’s Mike Scott. Scott was a solid power forward in college and might make a name for himself in the league.

Boston Celtics – Draft Grade B+ : I love what the Celtics did in the draft. I think Fab Melo will fit perfectly into Doc Rivers’ defensive system and Jared Sullinger was projected to be a lottery pick before his red-flagged back issues arose days before the draft. They also drafted Kris Joseph for insurance.

Brooklyn Nets – Draft Grade C- : They drafted some dude named Ilkan Karaman from Turkey. Give me a break here. They traded for Tyshawn Taylor, too

Charlotte Bobcats – Draft Grade B+ : I like that they chose Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Thomas Robinson and Bradley Beal. He will start right away and hopefully change the attitude in the locker room. With their second round pick, they selected Vanderbilt’s Jeffery Taylor. Taylor is an athletic small forward who has improved his game since college ball ended.

Chicago Bulls – Draft Grade B : They needed a backup point guard in case Derrick Rose misses the entire 2012-2013 season. Marquis Teague will be a nice substitute to C.J. Watson. He can push the pace and plays good defense.

Cleveland Cavaliers – Draft Grade B+ : I like what the Cavaliers did with their draft picks. They drafted Dion Waiters and traded for Tyler Zeller in the first round. If Waiters and Zeller can give good productions, I think the Cavaliers will improve significantly.

Dallas Mavericks – Draft Grade B : I like that they made the trade with the Cavaliers (traded no. 17 pick for no. 24, 33, and 34 picks). With that, they acquired Jared Cunningham, Benard James and Jae Crowder. If anything, they added some depth to their roster.

Denver Nuggets – Draft Grade B- : The Evan Fournier pick with the no. 20 pick was questionable to say the least. But they made up for it by taking Baylor’s Quincy Miller early in the second round. I think Miller can be a good pro and who knows, Fournier might be good too.

Detroit Pistons – Draft Grade B+ : If you let me grade the Pistons five years from now and Drummond is really good, I would give them an A+++. If Drummond improves, I think the Pistons can contend for the playoffs as soon as next year (2013-2014). They also picked up Kim English (shooter) and Khris Middleton.

Golden State Warriors – Draft Grade B : Getting Harrison Barnes with the no. 7 pick is great for the Warriors. This gives the Warriors another perimeter scorer and I think Barnes will be good. With their second first round pick, they took Vanderbilt’s Festus Ezeli. Ezeli has been said to have improved since the college season ended. And they added Draymond Green, a leader.

Houston Rockets – Draft Grade A+ : The Rockets will be in the playoffs next season. They absolutely stole the show last night. Drafting Royce White, Jeremy Lamb and Terrence Jones is huge! Even if two of these guys are good, the Rockets will have cornerstones to build their franchise around.

Indiana Pacers – Draft Grade C- : They took Duke’s Miles Plumee, a head-scratcher to say the least. They could have taken Perry Jones III.

Los Angeles Clippers – Draft Grade D : They drafted someone who will have no at the next level significance.

Los Angeles Lakers – Draft Grade C+ : They obtained Marquette’s Darius Johnson-Odom. I think Odom will be a nice player off the bench, provided he makes the rotation.

Memphis Grizzlies – Draft Grade C+ : They drafted point guard Tony Wroten from Washington. Anyone think Mike Conley is on the move?

Miami Heat – Draft Grade C– : They acquired center Justin Hamilton in a trade with Philadelphia.



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