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3 Winners of the NBA Draft : Eastern Conference

Published on July 10, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   1 Comment

Cleveland:

4) Dion Waiters, SG; (17) Tyler Zeller, C

You would never think that a player that didn’t start a game in college would be taken 4th overall in the NBA draft but Cleveland took Waiters. The Cavs really need help at the shooting guard position. Look at the players that played this position last year for the Cavs : Luke Walton and Anthony Parker to Mychal Thompson, Manny Harris, D.J. Kennedy, Ben Uzoh, and Christian Eyenga. Point guard Kryie Ivring has to like this pick.

Waiters stock has gone up a ton since the end of the college basketball season. Waiters is an athletic strong combo guard. He excels at beating defenders off the dribble he will excel in the NBA because of his ability to score in the isolation. Not only can he drive to the whole but he is a pretty good long range shooter. The only question for Waiters is his ability to play defense.

Dallas Mavericks jump on the chance to draft Tyler Zeller but they did so for Cleveland . The Mavs traded this pick to the Cavs. Zeller fits the need for the Cavs. The Cavs need a center they don’t have a true center on their roster. Zeller is a skilled big man that can shoot and run the floor. Zeller was the ACC Player of the Year.

Zeller showed what a talent he is last season, when he was finally healthy. Zeller has a ton of offensive skill for being 7 foot tall. He runs the floor extremely well, and finishes in transition. He also has a nice jump shot, which he uses in his mid range game. He is money from the free throw line. Zeller can also finish around the rim. He has very good post moves especially the jump hook. Zeller is also a strong rebounder and can block shots. Zeller can be even better if he can add 5 to 10 pounds of muscle and get stronger. He should also try to improve his explosiveness

The Cavs had two 1st round picks in this draft and they both fit position of need for them.

Washington:

(3) Bradley Beal, SG; (32) Tomas Satoransky, SG

Brad Beal is the player that the Washington Wizards wanted all along. This will be great for point guard John Wall a shooter besides him.

I really like this kid’s game. Beal can flat out shoot the basketball that’s what he is best at. His stroke is real smooth; he has a quick release. He has excellent range on his shot. Beal is not just a shooter; he can get to the rim, and finish with his strength. He is a very versatile scorer. Another thing I like about Beal is that he is a tough player with very high basketball IQ. Beal needs to improve his ball handling as well as his passing ability. He could also work a little of his defense.

Satoransky, is a combo guard that will likely play overseas for the time being, and could contribute down the line.

Philadelphia

(15) Maurice Harkless, F; (29) Arnett Moultrie, PF

The 76ers needed to think big with their draft picks, and that they did. With Spencer Hawes being an free agent the only true center on their roster is Nikola Vucevic. Power forward Elton Brand is on the down side and Lavoy Allen is still coming into his own. While I think the 76ers should have taken Tyler Zeller here I liked the pick of Harkless. The pick must mean that the 76ers are going to trade Andre Iguodala.

Harkless could either play small or power forward.

The 76ers traded with the Miami Heat to get Moultrie with the 28th pick overall. Moultrie adds athleticism and length to the 76ers frontcourt. I was shocked Moultrie was still available at this point this is a great value pick. This past season Moultrie was a double double machine.

 

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