2014 NBA Draft report cards
(SportsNetwork.com) - Team report cards for the 2014 NBA Draft from SportsNetwork.com NBA Editor Jim Brighters:
Additions: Adreian Payne (15)
Walter Tavares (43)
Lamar Patterson (48)
The Atlanta Hawks got one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft in Adreian Payne, whose only crime is that he's 23. Most front-office brass don't want to attach themselves to someone that old.
That's the reason the Michigan State product went 15 instead of much higher. Payne can do a little of everything, including shoot the deep ball. He should fit in as a rotation guy immediately, although it's not a given he'll see a ton of time backing up Paul Millsap. Payne probably can't play the small- forward spot, so it's reserve minutes to start.
Tavares more resembles a mountain than a human being. He's mammoth, but green. He won't be in Atlanta next season as the Hawks have begun stashing big guys overseas.
Patterson is a swingman with decent skills, and, as a senior, should bring a level of professionalism.
Additions: Marcus Smart (6)
James Young (17)
The Boston Celtics built themselves a new backcourt on Thursday. Don't they have an All-Star at one of those spots already?
The C's tabbed Marcus Smart sixth, which is about where he should've gone talent-wise. What made this interesting is, Boston has Rajon Rondo, who has been the subject of trade rumors for some time as the Celtics take the slow road to rebuilding.
Smart is big enough to play the shooting guard, so the two can probably co- exist, assuming Rondo doesn't balk. Just looking at the player, Smart is a spectacular addition. He has size, leadership and moxy, but not much of a jump shot. Any team would be happy to have him, no matter if they have a top-seven point guard in the league.
Young was amazing value at No. 17. He's a baby in this draft, but has awesome potential as a wing player. Young might become a great shooter and I love that he assumed a bigger role on his Kentucky team as the Wildcats marched to the championship game.
If the C's didn't have Rondo, this draft would be sensational. Since they do, it's potentially curious, but Boston acquired talent.
Additions: Markel Brown (44)
Xavier Thames (59)
Cory Jefferson (60)
The Brooklyn Nets went into Thursday's draft with no picks. They left with three second-rounders who have an outside chance of being rotation players.
Brown had a good career at Oklahoma State, but may have trouble with the size of NBA two guards. Thames is a combo guard with good shooting ability. Jefferson has decent size and some skills.
It's unlikely any of these guys translate into impact players, but it wasn't a bad day's work considering Brooklyn had nothing. For a cap-strapped team, the Nets could've done worse.
Additions: Noah Vonleh (9)
P.J. Hairston (26)
Dwight Powell (45)
Semaj Christon (55)
Michael Jordan had a good draft night.
It was probably his best since his own selection back in 1984.
After several massive duds under his watch (Kwame Brown/Adam Morrison), Jordan received some great fortune on Thursday. Indiana's Vonleh slid all the way to ninth and he's a perfect fit for Charlotte. The Hornets need scoring, preferably from a stretch four and that's Vonleh. He should be a great fit for the Hornets, helping Al Jefferson on the boards and by stretching the floor.
Hairston was a steal at No. 26, coming over in a trade with the Miami Heat. He had some issues at North Carolina, but his stint in the D-League appeared to do wonders for his maturity. Again, the Hornets need scoring and Hairston was one of the draft's best shooters.
Powell is an interesting potential big-man backup. He has a pretty sound all- around game, but his numbers dipped from junior year to senior year.
Christon is a big point guard and a good athlete. He'll need to work on his jump shot and his skills as a facilitator, but at No. 55, he provides real value.
For a team already on the rise, and already a playoff team, Charlotte improved. You can't ask for more than that.
Additions: Doug McDermott (11)
Cameron Bairstow (49)
Anthony Randolph (trade)
The Chicago Bulls are poised for a big offseason, and they started that process emphatically by trading for Creighton offensive machine, Doug McDermott.
The Bulls packaged the 16th and 19th picks for McDermott. He is the most offensively polished player in the draft. Yes, he's the best shooter in the lot, but McDermott is not just a spot-up shooter. That's his best skill and the one Chicago coveted the most.
McDermott's acquisition via the trade with Denver, which also brought Anthony Randolph, may make Mike Dunleavy expendable. The trade didn't save the Bulls much cash in terms of cap space, which is part of the offseason plan.
Chicago wants Carmelo Anthony. The Bulls don't have the money to do that, but will with some financial maneuvering. This trade freed up some money and McDermott's presence again could force Dunleavy's departure. Dunleavy makes real money, so that's where this trade could help.
Plus, McDermott fills a huge need. Chicago struggled badly offensively and McDermott will help with that immediately. With Derrick Rose coming back and a possible signing of Anthony, the Bulls may vault into instant contender status next season.
Bairstow is an effort guy and if the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer as expected, he could slide into the rotation. If not, the Australian can go overseas. He played with Bulls' backup wing Tony Snell at New Mexico.
Even if the Bulls fail in their pursuit of Anthony, McDermott is a massive upgrade and fills a huge need. Thursday was a total success for Chicago.
Additions: Andrew Wiggins (1)
Joe Harris (33)
The Cavaliers couldn't go wrong at No. 1, unlike last year, when they did.
Wiggins has the most upside of anyone other than Kansas teammate Joel Embiid. He walks into the NBA as a plus-defender and his athleticism is preposterous. He deserved to the be the No. 1 pick.
The Cleveland hierarchy apparently disagreed over Wiggins or Duke's Jabari Parker. Yes, Parker would help more now and improvement is important for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. They've had the No. 1 overall pick three of the last four years and needed to put this mulligan in the fairway after whiffing on Anthony Bennett last year.
Wiggins can play the two or three, both positions of need for Cleveland. After Bennett and some disruptions last season between Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson, Wiggins might actually provide stability by not rocking the boat. That's not to say Parker would have, but Wiggins wanted to be No. 1 and Parker wanted to be in Milwaukee, so everyone wins.
Wiggins could be a true superstar and that might also enhance Irving's chances of staying. The Kansas product can be so disruptive defensively and with his athleticism, Irving can still have the ball in hands primarily.
Plus, let's be honest, everything Cleveland does this offseason is geared toward pitching LeBron James on a homecoming. Wiggins has high-profile written all over him and drafting him does not hurt the Cavs' presentation to James.
Harris is a good shooter and cagey. He can't defend or do anything athletically, but Cleveland needs help from the perimeter.
It's very difficult to find any fault with the Cavs' night.
Additions: Tyson Chandler (trade)
Raymond Felton (trade)
The Dallas Mavericks made no draft choices on Thursday, but pulled the trigger on the biggest trade yet this offseason.
They re-acquired Tyson Chandler three years after foolishly letting him walk in free agency. Raymond Felton also came from New York as the Mavs sent Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington to Madison Square Garden.
Oklahoma City ended up with the Mavs' first-round pick this year and they dealt two second-rounders to the Knicks in the Chandler trade. Larkin was last year's first-round pick and he showed serious promise.
Dallas is going all in again this year in free agency. The Mavs cling to aspirations of LeBron James, or Carmelo Anthony. Problem is, they have whiffed in that market in recent years.
The Mavs improved themselves and did so with reasonable contracts and players who have something to prove. After giving the San Antonio Spurs their toughest challenge in the postseason, their reunion with Chandler should pay off in the playoffs this year.
At some point, they do need to make some picks and consider the future.
Additions: Jusuf Nurkic (16)
Gary Harris (19)
Nikola Jokic (41)
Arron Afflalo (trade)
The Denver Nuggets were busy on Thursday.
They started by fleecing the Orlando Magic to bring back guard Arron Afflalo. All it cost was Evan Fournier and a second-round pick and that's a great deal for Denver.
The Nuggets weren't done dealing. They drafted Doug McDermott 11th, then shipped him to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th and 19th picks, which turned into Nurkic and Harris.
Nurkic is a broad man who will inevitably battle conditioning issues. He's heavy, but thick, and seems like quite a character. He'll be a nice change-of- pace center when JaVale McGee sits. Nurkic is reminiscent of current Denver backup big man Timofey Mozgov.
Harris slid because he didn't measure very tall for a shooting guard. That's rubbish. He's a legitimate two-way shooting guard, who was the second-best defensive wing after No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. Harris will make plenty of teams angry they passed on him. He might be the steal of this draft and, if Afflalo leaves for free agency after a year, here's Denver's new shooting guard.
Jokic grew up a point guard before he grew to almost 7 feet tall. He has play- maker skills and could be a valuable stash candidate.
The Nuggets had a very good Thursday.
Additions: Spencer Dinwiddie (38)
The Detroit Pistons had their hearts ripped out at the lottery, but acquitted themselves decently with what little they had on draft night.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers moved up in the lottery, it knocked the Pistons down a spot to ninth. They owned their first-round pick, but it was only top- eight protected. Thus, Charlotte got the pick and nabbed a steal with Indiana's Noah Vonleh.
So, after dealing with that kind of blow, the Pistons targeted Dinwiddie with their only pick at No. 38. He tore his ACL midseason at Colorado and his stock slipped considerably.
At 6-foot-6 guard, Dinwiddie can shoot and defend. He's not a great athlete, but he could easily fit in Detroit's rotation once he's ready.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
The Golden State Warriors had no picks in this draft because they gave up so many first-rounders to free up room to sign Andre Iguodala last offseason.
The thought was the Warriors' talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves would get serious on draft night, but nada, nothing, zilch.
Boring night, but this was never going to be interesting for Golden State.
Additions: Clint Capela (25)
Nick Johnson (42)
The Houston Rockets don't care about the draft at this point. Their primary goal this offseason is to shed as much salary as possible to sign gigantic names.
This summer, those names are LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. Those aren't delusions of grandeur. They inked Dwight Howard last summer and stole James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder the summer before.
So, Houston doesn't care about who it can get from the draft.
Capela is long and big, but isn't NBA ready. He'll be in Europe honing his craft until the Rockets call upon him.
Johnson is someone with pedigree. He was a Wooden Award finalist at Arizona this past year, his junior one. Johnson is a great athlete, great defender and could be a contributor right away. His problem was lack of height.
Houston did exactly what you'd expect on draft night. What the Rockets got wasn't bad, but if they keep punting every draft in order to focus on free agency, that will eventually bite them.
The Indiana Pacers traded their first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Luis Scola.
It's hard to imagine the 27th pick would make a huge splash on the Pacers next season at least. They're in win-now mode and their biggest decision regards Lance Stephenson in free agency.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Additions: Chris Wilcox (28)
This was a curious draft decision by the Los Angeles Clippers, because they took essentially the same player they did last year.
In 2013, it was Reggie Bullock and he didn't get much run for Doc Rivers' squad this season.
On Thursday, Wilcox was the lucky winner. Both are great shooters, but the Clippers backcourt is crowded with Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Jared Dudley, Willie Green and Bullock.
Where does Wilcox fit in? Hard to say and the Clips had other needs. Talent- wise, and rating-wise, he was probably the best available, but Wilcox doesn't provide anything LA didn't already have.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
Additions: Julius Randle (7)
Jordan Clarkson (46)
Too many teams devalued Randle and this potential for foot surgery didn't help. He is the second-most NBA-ready player in the draft behind Jabari Parker and should fit beautifully in Hollywood.
Kobe Bryant doesn't want to hear the Lakers are rebuilding. By getting an NBA- ready prospect, Bryant can still believe. Bryant will also love Randle's all- around game and motor. This pick will really make the Lakers very happy.
Randle has an inside game, a decent outside game, can already proficiently pass out of double-teams and I don't believe he even showed his full potential in one year at Kentucky.
He's the perfect fit for a team that still thinks it can contend for a playoff berth, while re-tooling simultaneously.
Clarkson is an excellent value at No. 46. Frankly, it was stunning to me that he was still on the board then considering some people thought he might go in the first round.
Clarkson is a 6-foot-5 combo guard who can easily play the point. He's got a good handle, good vision, but is not a great 3-point shooter. That'll have to improve, but he's going to make the team and could even contribute if the Lakers aren't able to add more talent via free agency.
Additions: Jordan Adams (22)
Jarnell Stokes (35)
This draft didn't light my world on fire.
Adams is a good scorer, but a borderline-terrible athlete. Granted, if you put the ball in the bucket, you don't need to be a triathlete, but Adams will have trouble keeping up with two guards in this league.
Stokes may be a keeper though.
He is a throwback power forward in the sense that he can score with his back to the basket as well as face up. Stokes is a great rebounder and has a surprising knack for passing. He's an adequate defender and needs to work on his shot.
The biggest move in the offseason was Zach Randolph's reported two-year extension. Memphis still has an open window. They are one of the three best defensive teams in the league and will continue as such with Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Mike Conley in the fold.
Additions: Shabazz Napier (24)
LeBron James wanted Shabazz Napier.
Consequently, the Miami Heat went out and traded for Shabazz Napier.
It can't be a coincidence that the man James tweeted about, the leader of the national champion UConn Huskies, will be in a Heat uniform next season. Napier can play and lead, but one can't help but wonder if this move was more of a concession to James than a move for the basketball team.
Point guard is definitely a need. Mario Chalmers was terrible in the Finals and is a free agent. Norris Cole was good in the playoffs until the Finals, so upgrading that spot is important.
Problem is, Napier, while he possesses intangibles, is small and not very fast. Bringing him in to run the team would be a mistake, although he does kind of remind me of Chalmers when he first started. The Big Three took him under its wing and made him a valuable contributor. Could be the same scenario with Napier.
Additions: Jabari Parker (2)
Damien Inglis (31)
Johnny O'Bryant (36)
The Milwaukee Bucks reminded me of a wealthy man sitting with his feet up, smoking a cigar, sipping scotch and laughing about his riches.
The Bucks were content to wait out the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 1, but Milwaukee wanted Parker. Parker wanted to go to Milwaukee. He's willing to be the face of the team, and the Bucks are a team in desperate need of a star. Parker will fit that bill. He's immediately the favorite for Rookie of the Year and could score almost 18 points per game as a rookie.
The Bucks didn't just secure a top talent, they established an identity. They built a franchise with one single superstar prospect. Parker will live up to it, although conditioning and defense are huge concerns.
Inglis will play next season, although he's hurt right now. (Nothing serious.) I like O'Bryant a lot because he's an old-school, actual low-post scorer. The NBA isn't really much about that anymore, but he still does it.
Additions: Zach LaVine (13)
Glenn Robinson III (40)
Alessandro Gentile (53)
LaVine's intro to the Minnesota Timberwolves wasn't the warming moment Flip Saunders probably wanted.
Caught on camera uttering a profanity after his name was announced, LaVine backtracked and admitted it wasn't wise, but it wasn't said out of displeasure in going to the T-wolves.
LaVine is perhaps the most versatile player in the draft. He can play all three perimeter positions and flat-out shoot the ball. LaVine's upside is enormous.
Robinson has pedigree, but why hasn't he turned into a better prospect? He had all of the talent in the world two years ago with Michigan, but didn't get better.
Gentile may not see an NBA floor. He can score, but he's a little ... hot- headed.
Minnesota's offseason all revolves around Kevin Love. Will the Timberwolves trade him, and if so, when? The haul should be massive for a young All-NBA star. LaVine can fit into the plan if Love stays or goes.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Additions: Russ Smith (47)
The New Orleans Pelicans gave up their first-round pick this year for Jrue Holiday last year. Holiday didn't play close to a full season, so it's hard to fall in love with how draft night went on Thursday.
They did trade last year's second-rounder, Pierre Jackson, who lit up the D- League last season, for one of the Philadelphia 76ers' many second-rounders this year, Louisville's Russ Smith.
They are both quick, explosive point guards, but Smith defends better, so he might work as a different sort of backup lead guard.
Hard to get worked up over a fairly lateral move.
NEW YORK KNICKS
Additions: Cleanthony Early (34)
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51)
Louis Labyrie (57)
The New York Knicks availed themselves nicely to even get in this draft, let alone get some serious value in Thursday's second round.
Wichita State's Cleanthony Early is a personal favorite. He can really do so many things not least among them, shoot. Early is a guy who will play right away despite his second-round status. He's going to force the Knicks to insert him into the rotation because of his work ethic and versatility. Love him.
Antetokounmpo was nice value at 51, although Knicks' fans shouldn't assume they're getting a slightly younger version of Milwaukee's Giannis. Thanasis might not play in the US this season, but was worth a shot.
Labyrie can always tell his family Phil Jackson drafted him.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Additions: Mitch McGary (21)
Josh Huestis (29)
The Oklahoma City Thunder have stockpiled young big men like canned goods and Thursday night was no different.
McGary would've been a lottery pick in last year's dreadful draft, but this season at Michigan did not pan out as expected. He suffered a back injury, then got suspended for a failed marijuana test.
But, McGary is a very capable big man at the next level and could be Nick Collison's replacement, assuming one of last year's first-rounders, Steven Adams, becomes the starting center. McGary is offensively proficient and solid on the boards, but he hasn't played much basketball in the last year.
Huestis is a defensive presence primarily and is limited offensively. At 6- foot-7, Huestis could be Thabo Sefolosha's replacement and guys like him last surprisingly long in the NBA. He has trouble creating his own and isn't a great shooter, so that will take some work.
Would have liked to have seen OKC address some potential backcourt needs with Derek Fisher now coaching the New York Knicks and Sefolosha probably on his way out.
Additions: Aaron Gordon (4)
Elfrid Payton (10)
Roy Devyn Marble (56)
Evan Fournier (trade)
The Orlando Magic made the draft's first big splash on Thursday, then made more waves once proceedings actually began.
After trading Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets for Evan Fournier and a second-round pick, the Magic took Arizona's freak athlete, Aaron Gordon, fourth and walked away with point guard Elfrid Payton 10th.
Technically, the Magic traded Dario Saric, a future first-rounder and a future second-rounder for Payton. It's a pretty decent haul for the Philadelphia 76ers, who originally took Payton at 10.
Gordon is the best athlete in the draft and one of the best in recent memory. He's an impact defensive player already and watching get out and run the break will make you weak. Gordon needs a lot of work on his jump shot and overall offensive polish, but watching him create havoc with last year's first-round pick, Victor Oladipo, should be something.
The Magic took Gordon over Dante Exum and it made some sense considering there were not many great big men later in the draft, but there were some point guards out there.
It was big offer by Orlando to get Payton, who is tall and, like Oladipo and Gordon, a potential defensive force. But, with the good comes the bad and the bad is Payton's jump-shooting.
The Magic are forming a heck of a track team and if both these players improve on offense, Thursday could be considered a benchmark day for the franchise.
Additions: Joel Embiid (3)
Dario Saric (12)
K.J. McDaniels (32)
Jerami Grant (39)
Vasilije Micic (52)
Jordan McRae (58)
Pierre Jackson (trade)
Thursday was another long and interesting draft night for Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie.
At three, Philly pulled the trigger on Joel Embiid and his bad foot ... and back ... and whatever other ailments that appeared on his medical records.
If healthy, Embiid would've gone No. 1 in this draft. He could be a transcendent two-way talent. His offensive game is pretty refined for someone with very little organized basketball experience. Defensively, Embiid will be a big-time rim protector.
But, he'll be gone most likely for the season with a broken bone in his foot. Recovery time is expected to be 5-8 months.
The Sixers were of course not done. They took Elfrid Payton 10th, then flipped him for Croatia's Dario Saric, a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2015.
Saric is a highly-skilled big man, who is more of a play-maker than a back-to- the-basket grunt. Point-forward is a phrase you'll hear and Saric compared his game to Lamar Odom and Toni Kukoc.
Of course, he signed a deal in Turkey and won't be with the Sixers for at least two years.
Those are insanely risky selections by Hinkie, who already forced the Sixers' fan base into one horrendous season. With no Embiid, or Saric in the fold next season, it's likely Philly will be in some trouble for 2014-15.
It's a lot to risk in potentially alienating the faithful. The rewards attached to these two first-rounders is enormous. They could be the foundation of a great young nucleus.
But, it is a monumental roll of the dice.
The Sixers got some decent value in the second round. McDaniels is a good defender who needs a lot of work offensively. Substitute "Grant" for "McDaniels" in the above sentence and it rings equally true.
Micic has plenty of upside. Jackson was great in the D-League last season and will most likely make the team next season.
It's almost impossible to adequately rate this draft. It's completely personal how you view this approach. I'm OK with it. They needed someone with superstar potential and that's Embiid.
Additions: T.J. Warren (14)
Tyler Ennis (18)
Bogdan Bogdanovich (27)
Alec Brown (50)
The Phoenix Suns confused me like no other on this draft day.
With three picks in the first round, the Suns got some high-quality talent, but it just didn't feel like a massive haul.
Warren is a great scorer. The best way to describe him is, despite lacking superior athleticism, he just finds a way to put the ball in the hoop. Phoenix needed help at small forward.
Ennis is someone who could play for my team. He's a gamer and was by far the best point guard available at 18. (Sorry, Shabazz Napier fans.) Ennis will fill the backup point guard role and could see more minutes if Eric Bledsoe bolts via free agency.
Bogdanovich is a strong scorer, although not a strong shooter, or a great athlete. He's been a winner at every level and in every league. Bogdanovich is also a decent play-maker. He may not be in Phoenix next season, but he's a solid stash candidate.
Again, I like all three, but it just doesn't wow me.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
The Portland Trail Blazers had no picks Thursday night, and frankly, it didn't sound much like they were even interested in joining the fray.
Portland enjoyed one of the most surprisingly successful seasons in 2013-14 and could definitely use bench help.
Didn't come on Thursday.
Additions: Nik Stauskas (8)
The Sacramento Kings got one of the draft's best shooters in Stauskas. Every team needs a shooter and Stauskas is much more than that.
He's a pretty good athlete and he strikes me as the type who will get better at the next level. I like that Stauskas improved during his time in college and I get the feeling he likes the spotlight attached to the next level.
Problem for me is, where exactly does Stauskas fit in Sacramento's rotation? Rudy Gay opted in, so he's the small forward. Ben McLemore was taken in the first round last year, and, despite being a bit of a disappointment, he seems to be the shooting guard of the future.
They could have used help at point guard. They must not have valued Elfrid Payton highly.
Again, Stauskas is more than just a shooter and even if he was just a shooter, he's really good at it. He'll see time on the floor, but I think Sacramento could've done a better job addressing needs.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Additions: Kyle Anderson (30)
Nemanja Dangubic (54)
Want to know why the San Antonio Spurs are always great? It's picks like Anderson.
He's incredibly versatile and you'll hear comparisons with Boris Diaw. After how well Diaw played in the Finals, especially as a facilitator, it's easy to want to see the comparison.
It also helps that the comparison is not far off. Anderson is a big point guard essentially, but there's more to his game. He can shoot and rebound, but couldn't defend a pre-schooler.
That'll improve under Gregg Popovich. He may not see a ton of minutes next season, but he will pay dividends for the Spurs somewhere down the line. It's a wonderful fit.
Additions: Bruno Caboclo (20)
DeAndre Daniels (37)
Draft night was a huge head-scratcher for the Raptors.
They targeted Tyler Ennis as insurance if both Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez left via free agency. He went 18th to the Phoenix Suns, so Toronto swept up Caboclo.
There isn't much information out there on the Brazilian, but he went way too early at No. 20. According to ESPN's Fran Fraschilla, "he's two years away from being two years away."
There was considerable talent available at 20 and the Raptors are a team on the rise. They could've used impact players to help them win now and Caboclo is not someone who will help anytime soon.
I'm not even in love with Daniels. He's too inconsistent and doesn't do one thing well enough to warrant minutes.
Masai Ujiri is a former Executive of the Year in this league. This was not one of his better nights at the helm.
Additions: Dante Exum (5)
Rodney Hood (23)
The Utah Jazz never got a chance at their prize, Jabari Parker, but they did walk out of the draft with a potential star and a potential steal.
Exum was never supposed to slip to fifth, so when he did, the Jazz were poised to pounce. They can pair him with incumbent point guard, Trey Burke, an All- Rookie First-Teamer last season. Exum is a potential star if he can handle the pressure.
Hood slid pretty far considering he was penciled into the mid-teens. Hood can shoot the basketball and that's a huge commodity for the Jazz, especially if Gordon Hayward leaves. Even if he stays, Hood can come in off the bench and knock down some jumpers. Defensively, Hood is bad. That's undeniable, but he wasn't drafted for his defense.
Utah has a nice glut of young talent, but prior to Thursday, the Jazz didn't have anyone to play the face of franchise role. Exum could be that and if he has any nastiness to him, he'll take sliding to five as a personal affront.
This draft really points the Jazz in an upward direction.
The Washington Wizards had no picks in this draft.
They gave up their first-rounder for Marcin Gortat, who was spectacular for them in the playoffs, especially against the Indiana Pacers in the second round.
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