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Southeast Division : NBA Offseason (Draft, trades, and free agency)

Published on September 30, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

Atlanta: NBA Draft Grade C

(23) John Jenkins, SG; (43) Mike Scott, PF

The Hawks are changing their roster around as by all their recent trades. From the draft they added the best shooter in the draft and one of the most productive college players.

Jenkins can flat out shoot the ball, he has unlimited range. Jenkins was by far the best shooter in college basketball this season. He excels at coming off screens to get his shots. Jenkins is also a very clutch player. Jenkins is not a great athlete, which causes him to struggle to create his own shot. He also really needs to work on his defense. Problem is Jenkins doesn’t do to much more besides shoot the ball.

Scott was the runner up for the ACC player of the Year but he is really undersized. He is a tweener between a power and small forward. Scott could turn out a be a great value pick.

Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade C-

- The Hawks traded All Star Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets. In doing so the Hawks got rid of Johnson’s big contract. In return the Hawks got Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, DeShawn Stevenson and Houston’s 2013 lottery-protected first-rounder. The Hawks waived Farmar.

- The Hawks had another trade this time with the Utah Jazz. The Hawks shipped Marvin Williams to Utah for point guard Devin Harris.

- Former 76ers combo guard Lou Williams has agreed on a multi-year deal with the Hawks.

- The Hawks trade with the Bulls to get sharp shooter Kyle Korver .

Charlotte:  NBA Draft Grade C+

(2) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF; (31) Jeffery Taylor, SF

The poor Charlotte Bobcats; they finished has the worst team in NBA history but didn’t get the 1st pick overall. With Anthony Daivs being the only sure things in this draft the Bobcats had a ton of quality players to choose from the second pick but they took Kidd-Gilchrist . I like this pick for the Bobcats they could have drafted a player at any position that’s how bad they are. The only reason that I gave it a B grade is because Glichrist is not a scorer or good shooter yet but he will always give you 100 %.

Gilchrist is the type of player that everyone wants on their team. Gilchrist is really athletic with explosive leaping ability; he also has great quickness. He excels at attacking the rim; he can finish with the best of them. He also likes to run the floor and finish in transition. He has pretty good ball handling skills, and he is also a great passer for a big guy. Gilchrist brings intensity on defense; he can block shots. He has great length, but he could add some muscle. Gilchrist needs to work on his shot offensively. His mechanics really need to get better. If he can make his jump shot he will really be a complete player. Think Andre Iguodala.

I like Taylor as a player but he is the same player as Kidd-Gilchrist. He is a great athlete that can attack the rim but he is not a great shooter.

The Bobcats got 2 great players out of these draft but they are pure scorers something the Bobcats really need.

Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade C-

- The Bobcats acquired Ben Gordon in a trade with the Pistons. Corey Maggette was sent to the Pistons.

-The Bobcats signed guard Ramon Sessions. Sessions played last season with the Lakers.

- Former North Carolina player Brendan Haywood is headed back to his home state. The Bobcats picked him up after he was let go by the Mavs

- The Bobcats lost guard D.J. Augustin in free agency, and waived Jamario Moon.

Miami:  NBA Draft Grade C

(45) Justin Hamilton, C

The Miami Heat just one the NBA championship so clearly they don’t have a big time needs. So it came as no shock when the Heat traded away their 1st round pick. With the luxury tax system in place after next season the Heat don’t need another guaranteed contract. In the second round the Heat picked up center Hamilton. He will battle with Dexter Pittman/Joel Anthony/Ronny Turiaf to earn some minutes. The Heat didn’t need any help out of this draft and they sure didn’t get any with a pure backup center at best.

Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade B

- The Heat can’t get any better right? Wrong. The Heat signed former Boston Celtics great Ray Allen. Allen has the most three pointers made in NBA history.

- The Heat continued to upgrade to their roster when they signed Rashard Lewis to the veteran’s minimum.

- The Heat lost Ronny Turiaf to the Clippers.

Orlando:  Draft Grade Grade B-

(19) Andrew Nicholson, PF; (49) Kyle O’Quinn, C

With the future of Dwight Howard uncertain the Magic had no choice but two draft to big man in this draft.

Nicholson is a big that can score both inside and out. He is a pretty good three pointer shooter for being a big man. The only question with him is his strength. He was the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. This is a good pick in case the Magic cannot resign Ryan Anderson.

O’Quinn came on to the scene when he had a monster game in the NCAA tournament against Missouri. O’Quinn is a very raw strong back up center in this league. He is a great rebounder and defensive player. He could see back up minutes behind Howard for the time being.

Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade D

- While there was a new Dwight Howard trade rumor every minute , one finally worked out . It was a four team trade in which Howard was  sent to Los Angeles Lakers. In return the Magic will recive a bunch of players and picks. The Magic will receive Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic, rookie  Moe Harkless and three first-round draft picks.

- The Magic resigned point guard Jameer Nelson.

- The Magic sent Ryan Anderson to New Orleans for Gustavo Ayon.

- The Magic waived Von Wafer.

- They signed E’Twaun Moore from the Rockets.

Washington: NBA Draft Grade A-

(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.

Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade D

- In a trade before free agency started the Wizards received Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor with a trade with the Hornets.

- The Wizards signed point guard A.J. Price and Martell Webster.

- The Wizards resigned Cartier Martin.

- Andray Blatche was waived by the Wizards.



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