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Round 1: Jeff Teague (19)Round 2: Sergiy Gladyr (49) Analysis: The Hawks finally took a Wake Forest point guard -- too bad it was in 2009 instead of 2005. Teague has a killer first step and can get to the basket, but there are questions about whether he's a point guard. On the other hand, he was ranked in our top five for much of the year, and had his team not crashed in the tournament or had he gone back to school for another year, he would have been a top-10 pick. So the Hawks got great value here. As for Gladyr, he was one of my favorite players at the Reebok Eurocamp. He can shoot, is a good athlete and has a good feel for the game. In a few years, he could be a really good pick.
Round 1: NoneRound 2: Lester Hudson (58) Analysis: Danny Ainge didn't have a lot to work with (the Celtics' first-round pick was sent to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett trade) and drafted a guy who put up huge numbers in college. Hudson is a combo guard who can shoot, score, pass and rebound. He is old for the draft and hasn't played against great competition, but at No. 58, you usually don't find players with his ability.
Round 1: Gerald Henderson (12)Round 2: Derrick Brown (40, via Nets and Thunder) Analysis: The Bobcats had a nice, solid draft. Henderson is a really good fit in Charlotte and eventually should be able to replace Raja Bell. He is a great athlete and can really defend. Brown was a great value in the second round, a terrific athlete who can play both the 3 and the 4. Overall, the Bobcats helped themselves with solid picks who might not be superstars but who could be in the league a long time.
Round 1: Christian Eyenga (30)Round 2: Danny Green (46, via Bulls), Emir Preldzic (57, obtained from Cavs via Magic and Thunder) Analysis: Danny Ferry obviously was eyeing the future when he reached for Eyenga. He's been compared to Mickael Pietrus as an athlete and defender but he's really raw and not ready. Green is more polished and an underrated find. Prezldic is a Euro project who might pay off. I have to say I'm a little surprised the Cavs didn't go for a player like Sam Young or DeJuan Blair who could have helped them right away. I thought the future was now in Cleveland.
Round 1: Rodrigue Beaubois (25, obtained from Thunder)Round 2: Nick Calathes (45, obtained from Wolves via Sixers and Heat), Ahmad Nivins (56, via Blazers) Analysis: I like the Mavericks' second-round picks more than their first-rounder. I'd be willing to bet Calathes becomes a much better player than Beaubois, both in Europe and in the NBA, and Nivins is an up-and-comer. I am not sold on Beaubois and think Toney Douglas would have been a better pick here.
Round 1: Ty Lawson (18, obtained in trade from Wolves)Round 2: None Analysis: The Nuggets sent a future Charlotte first-round pick to the Timberwolves to snag Lawson here, and I think it was a good move. Lawson should work out well as a solid point guard coming off the bench, doing what he did best at North Carolina -- pushing the ball up the floor and keeping mistakes to a minimum. And his new mentor, Chauncey Billups, is one of the best in the business. Nice pick.
Round 1: Austin Daye (15)Round 2: DaJuan Summers (35, obtained from Timberwolves), Jonas Jerebko (39, via Raptors) Analysis: Interesting draft for the Pistons. They took three forwards who can play both the 3 and the 4, all with terrific upside and all with big question marks about their consistency and drive. If these players play up to their potential, Detroit might end up as one of the big winners from this draft night. If they stay inconsistent, Pistons fans are going to be frustrated.
Round 1: Stephen Curry (7)Round 2: None Analysis: I think it's too early to know what grade to give Golden State. I love Curry, and if the Warriors keep him, I think he's a great addition to Monta Ellis in the backcourt. Neither guy is a pure point guard, but Curry's shooting should complement Ellis' slashing nicely. But if the Warriors turn around and ship Curry, Brandan Wright, Marco Belinelli and Andris Biedrins to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire in July, as rumored, I'm not going feel as good about it. Stoudemire is great, but that's a lot to give up for one guy, especially if he might be just a one-year rental in Oakland.
Round 1: NoneRound 2: Jermaine Taylor (32, obtained from Wizards), Sergio Llull (34, obtained from Thunder), Chase Budinger (44, obtained from Pistons) Analysis: The Rockets spent millions buying up picks, but I like their haul. Taylor is a great athlete and scorer, Llull has shown a lot of promise in Europe and Budinger was a steal this low in the draft. All three second-round picks might end up sticking, which would be a rarity.
Round 1: Tyler Hansbrough (13)Round 2: A.J. Price (52, via Mavericks) Analysis: I like the strategy Larry Bird and David Morway have been employing the past couple of years in Indiana. Instead of swinging for the fences in the draft, they are trying for singles and doubles, and they're connecting. No, Hansbrough wasn't as sexy a pick as Earl Clark or Jrue Holiday, but he will be in the league for 10 years, maybe as a starter, and he brings a toughness and energy the Pacers really need. Price isn't going to wow anyone, either, but he is steady and can be a solid backup for the Pacers. Eventually the Pacers will need to find one more star to pair with Danny Granger. And when they do, they'll have built a terrific supporting cast around them that should be able to compete deep into the playoffs.
Round 1: Blake Griffin (1)Round 2: None Analysis: There is no "A" in Clippers. The franchise has been sometimes snakebitten and almost always inept. But for the Clippers' faithful looking for a glimmer of hope, Griffin is your man. Can he single-handedly wipe out the negative vibes in Clipperland? No. But with Griffin, Eric Gordon and Al Thornton, the Clippers are quietly building a young nucleus that could be special someday.
Round 1: NoneRound 2: Chinemelu Elonu (59) Analysis: The Lakers traded away the draft rights to Toney Douglas and Patrick Beverley for cash and future second-rounders. The argument is that they need every penny when trying to re-sign Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom. And besides, will a rookie ever get any minutes for the defending champs? I understand the rationale but I also think it's short-sighted. Good teams have to restock at some point, and I think Douglas in particular could have helped the Lakers. He could be a Derek Fisher type of player down the road.
Round 1: Brandon Jennings (10)Round 2: Jodie Meeks (41) Analysis: The Bucks went into rebuilding mode this week when they shipped Richard Jefferson to the Spurs for expiring contracts. So if they're going to lose for a little while, why not swing for the fences with a player who could be really special? Jennings is a terrific athlete, is super quick and can score like crazy. He needs to get stronger, work on his jump shot and settle down a bit, but he has the tools to be great if he wants to be. Meeks doesn't have the physical tools Jennings does, but he's a crafty scorer who can light it up when given the chance. The Bucks' future now rests with young players like Andrew Bogut, Joe Alexander and Jennings. It might take Jennings a little longer to realize his potential, but if he does, the Bucks hit a home run.
Round 1: Terrence Williams (11)Round 2: None Analysis: The Nets' draft day was quite eventful. For the second straight year, they made a major trade to cut payroll. In 2008, they shipped out Richard Jefferson for Yi Jianlian and cap relief, and this year, it was Vince Carter for Courtney Lee and cap relief. The Nets aren't going to be very good this season, but they'll take solace in Williams and Lee. Williams has the talent of a top-five pick, with great size and athleticism. He can do just about everything but shoot. He's an eccentric kid whose personality scared some teams away, but if he plays up to his potential, the Nets will have another star to pair with Devin Harris.
Round 1: Darren Collison (21)Round 2: Marcus Thornton (43, obtained from Heat via Pacers) Analysis: A team with huge holes in the frontcourt addressed, instead, its backcourt. I think Collison is rock-solid and a terrific backup for Chris Paul. He's steady, he defends and he can really push the pace of the game. Thornton is a terrific scorer who slipped because of his lack of size and so-so athleticism. I like the picks, with my only issue being that the Hornets passed on a few big men who could have helped, like DeJuan Blair, B.J. Mullens and DaJuan Summers.
Round 1: NoneRound 2: None Analysis: The Magic didn't have a first-round pick (they sent it to Memphis in the Rafer Alston trade), but they were really busy pulling off a blockbuster, acquiring Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson for Courtney Lee, Rafer Alston and Tony Battie. The deal was a home run for the Magic. Carter is a huge improvement for the Magic at the 2, and believe it or not, according to John Hollinger's PER, Anderson had a better rookie season than Lee did. The Magic needed to up the ante after the Cavs traded for Shaq, and they did it in a big way. If they can find a way to re-sign Hedo Turkoglu, they'll be the clear favorites in the East.
Round 1: Jrue Holiday (17)Round 2: None Analysis: I really like what the 76ers did, taking an opportunity to nab a lottery talent who was falling because of injury concerns. Holiday is in a long line of players who slipped when team doctors got nervous, with Danny Granger as a prime example. The Sixers could have gone with a more proven guard like Ty Lawson or Eric Maynor, but Holiday has more upside and could turn into a terrific pick for them.
Round 1: Earl Clark (14)Round 2: Taylor Griffin (48) Analysis: Judge the Suns on whom they grabbed at No. 14, and you have to be impressed. Clark was a top-five talent in this draft. He can play multiple positions, and if he gets motivated, he can be a dominant player who should be a terrific fit in the Suns' up-tempo system. Griffin is about grit and athleticism, but he has the talent to stick in the league as a 10th man. And if you factor in a possible acquisition of Stephen Curry, it gets even better for Phoenix.
Round 1: Victor Claver (22)Round 2: Jeff Pendergraph (31, obtained from Kings), Dante Cunningham (33, obtained from Clippers), Patrick Mills (55, via Nuggets) Analysis: I love the aggressive way Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard approaches the draft -- even before it began this year, he made two trades to reposition his team. But I'm not in love with his picks this time around. Claver has real upside and could be a good pick down the road, but he isn't exactly Rudy Fernandez, and he's going to have to make a big leap to make it. Pendergraph is solid but stiff, while Cunningham is talented but undersized and Mills is fast as lightning and a good scorer but small and not a great distributor. Could Portland have done better? I think so, by taking DeJuan Blair and DaJuan Summers. And yes, it would have been fun to see Pritchard move all the way up to land Ricky Rubio or Stephen Curry. The Blazers had a solid draft, but Pritchard's rep has made "solid" seem disappointing.
Round 1: NoneRound 2: DeJuan Blair (37, obtained via Warriors and Suns), Jack McClinton (51, via Hornets and Raptors), Nando De Colo (53, via Rockets) Analysis: The Spurs always seem to find a way to make a little into a lot. With no first-round picks, they still were able to come away with some terrific players. Blair, if his knees stay sturdy, is the steal of the draft. McClinton is a clone of Eddie House. And De Colo really impressed me with his point guard skills at the Eurocamp. I think Blair can come in and help immediately on the boards, and McClinton can be a nice scorer coming off the bench. Factor in the addition of Richard Jefferson on Tuesday, and the Spurs have had one heck of a week.
Round 1: DeMar DeRozan (9)Round 2: None Analysis: The Raptors swung for the fences with this pick, getting a player with as much upside as anyone else in the draft. DeRozan is long and athletic and can run the floor. If he improves his jump shot and ballhandling, he could be one of the best players to come out of this draft. Those are big ifs, but the Raptors made a worthy gamble. With Chris Bosh possibly leaving this summer or next, they needed to add another premiere talent.
Round 1: Eric Maynor (20)Round 2: Goran Suton (50) Analysis: Fans never like their teams drafting bench players, but Utah GM Kevin O'Connor didn't try to make a crowd-pleasing choice. The Jazz really needed to find a competent backup for Deron Williams, and in my opinion, they walked away with the most underrated player in the draft. Maynor is a pure point guard who sees the floor well, makes players around him better, isn't afraid to take over a game late and rarely makes mistakes. On top of that, he's a great kid and a hard worker who should fit perfectly in Utah. Suton has talent, but he'll probably be honing that talent in Europe next year.
Round 1: NoneRound 2: None Analysis: Washington had the No. 5 pick in the draft but traded it, along with Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov, to the Wolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. The Wizards understood they were unlikely to get a player at No. 5 who could crack their rotation, and they wanted to be serious contenders right away in the East. I think the addition of Foye and Miller puts them there. The Wolves were willing to pay significantly more than any other team, giving up two solid starters. I don't think the Wizards could have done any better in getting value for the No. 5 pick.