Friday, July 3, 2015

NBA Draft Afterthoughts

        Watching this year's NBA Draft proved to be one of the more unpredictable events ever. Aside from Carl Anthony-Towns being selected No. 1, there were plenty of players who saw their draft stock either rise or fall. Let's take a look at some of the teams that got a steal in the draft and some of the teams that royally screwed up.

Miami Heat: Justise Winslow seems like a Pat Riley guy. He fills a void for the Heat and gives them a great starting five now that Dwayne Wade is coming back. It's really surprising that Winslow fell in the draft, but it was good news for the Miami Heat. Don't forget that Miami's still in play in terms of the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes.

Sacramento Kings: The Kings have the offensive portion figured out barring DeMarcus Cousins is traded. Defense was the biggest problem for them. Drafting Willie Cauley-Stein helps the Kings a lot. They get a 7'1" monster that can rebound all day and can guard anyone one the planet Earth. However, Sacramento stills needs to figure out the whole DeMarcus Cousins situation.
UPDATE: The Kings just added Rajon Rondo to a one-year, $10 million deal. They've added more offense to their team.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers have been preparing themselves for this offseason for quite some time, and they drafted D'Angelo Russell with the 2nd pick. Good pick, right? Well, according to ESPN, Russell had the highest probability of being a draft bust among players ranked 1-20 with 41%. He and Julius Randle will form a decent duo for the future. However, if the Lakers want any free agents to come their way, they need put on a better presentation.

Houston Rockets: I'm amazed at how far Sam Dekker fell in the draft considering that Dekker was projected to be a top-10 pick. However, it looks like Houston will get a possible bench player for their team. Sam Dekker's the kind of player that can score in bunches and can score in a hurry. He averaged 12.1 ppg during his career with the Wisconsin Badgers.

New York Knicks: The Knicks needed anything in the draft in order to fix their abundant amount of problems. So who did they go with? Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingas. Knicks fans weren't exactly thrilled with the pick. However, time will tell if Porzingas will become the next Darko Milicic.

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