Denver : Grade C+
(20) Evan Fournier, SG; (38) Quincy Miller, SF; (50) Izzet Turkyilmaz, PF/C
The Nuggets got the best international player in the draft but this was a very week draft for international players. I think the Nuggets reached for Fournier here. I didn’t even have him in my 1st round mock draft. Fournier is a very athletic wing player that is a little bigger and less crazy than former Nugget J.R. Smith. Miller could be a steal but it will likely take him a couple years to live up to his potential. Miller should have stayed another year in college. Turkyilmaz will probably never play in the NBA. The Nuggets really didn’t have any big needs so not expect Fournier or Miller to make an impact this season.
Minnesota: Grade C-
(58) Robbie Hummel, SF
Minnesota lost their 1st round pick when they traded for Chase Budinger from the Houston Rockets. With one of the last picks in the draft the Timberwolves took Robbie Hummel from Purdue. At Purdue Hummel recovered from 2 ACL injuries. Down the line Hummel could add shooting depth to Minnesota. The Timberwolves are not a great long distance shooting team.
Oklahoma City: Grade A-
(28) Perry Jones III
The Thunder only had one draft pick but they could have gotten the steal of the draft. With one of the last picks of the 1st round the Thunder took Perry Jones III from Baylor. If Jones had declared after his freshman season he would have been a top 5 pick. A medical report caused him to slip all the way to Thunder. I am sure the Thunder were shocked that he was still there. They got a top 5 talent now the question is can Jones put it all together?
Portland : Grade A
(6) Damian Lillard, PG; (11) Meyers Leonard, C; (40) Will Barton, SG
Portland really needed a point guard badly and they got the best point guard out of this draft in Lillard. Lillard stock has been on the rise for a long time now. Don’t be fooled by him playing at a small school. Lillard biggest strength is his ability to score the ball in a multiple ways. He shot over 40 % from three last season and he can get to the hole with his terrific athletic ability. The only true question for Lillard is can he handle being a point guard or is he a scorer. It will probably can him a while to learn how to run a team. He was the second leading scorer in the nation.
I really didn’t like their 2nd 1st round pick of Leonard. Leonard is still very raw but he has great measurements and is full of potential. I really like their second round pick of Barton. Some mock drafts had Barton going in the 1st round.
Utah: Grade B-
(47) Kevin Murphy, SF
The Utah Jazz only had one pick in this year’s draft but the got a quality pick for were they drafted from. The Jazz took Kevin Murphy from Tennessee Tech. Murphy is a flat out scorer he was the only player in college this season to score 50 points in a game. He fits a need for the Jazz who need shooting and scoring on the wing.
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