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  • Round 1, Pick 1, Minnesota Timberwolves select Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky. Grade: A+ Analysis: The unquestionable best player in this draft, Towns is the total package at both ends and the kind of athletic, talented player that can change a franchise forever. TOTAL. MONSTER. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 2, Los Angeles Lakers select D'Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State. Grade: A+ Analysis: The second-best overall player, and the player more likely to be a true star. Russell is a game-changer in the modern NBA with his ability to score on and off ball, make plays in pick and roll and get up the floor. The modern NBA needs players like Russell. He is a Lakers-level star. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 3, Philadelphia 76ers select Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke. Grade: A- Analysis: It's not who they wanted, but Okafor was the best player available. Philadelphia now has Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Okafor. That's too many bigs. Something's got to give, but the Sixers didn't overthink this in terms of talent. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 4, New York Knicks select Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia. Grade: A Analysis: With Okafor off the board, you have to go with the highest upside player here in Porzingis. Mario Hezonja would have been good here. Justise Winslow would have been good here, too. But neither possesses the upside. Porzingis will work in the triangle and can defend from day one. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 5, Orlando Magic select Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia. Grade: A Analysis: I have concerns over drafting Hezonja and bumping Aaron Gordon to the four spot, but Hezonja also has the ability to be a superstar like Gordon never will. The Magic need scoring. They've got it now. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 6, Sacramento Kings select Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky. Grade: A+ Analysis: The Kings did something that should make DeMarcus Cousins happy, which is very good for all involved. There are red flags with Cauley-Stein, including questions about his offense. But putting him next to Cousins -- should they keep him -- would create a perfect duo that should work great under George Karl -- should they keep him. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 7, Denver Nuggets select Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China. Grade: B Analysis: Mudiay is a higher-risk than others, and his shooting is problematic in the modern NBA, but he's going to have weapons on offense and will excel defensively under Mike Malone. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 8, Detroit Pistons select Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona. Grade: B+ Analysis: Passing up on Justise Winslow seems crazy and drops this to a B-range pick; however, Johnson's overall skill set seems like a great fit for Stan Van Gundy's system. High-upside player, even if Winslow might be better in the long run. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 9, Charlotte Hornets select Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin. Grade: C Analysis: He doesn't fit with Al Jefferson and doesn't have nearly as much upside as others available. They were stuck with how the draft fell, but Kaminsky doesn't simply project as well as so many other prospects. It's a fine pick but far from great. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 10, Miami Heat select Justise Winslow, SF, Duke. Grade: A+ Analysis: Everything comes up Pat Riley. If Dwyane Wade stays, they've got a competent defensive three that can do everything and gives them great long-term options. If Wade goes, they've got a defensive stalwart and solid player to go with Goran Dragic (if he re-signs). Win-win here for the Heat -- somehow, someway. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 11, Indiana Pacers select Myles Turner, C, Texas. Grade: D Analysis: I like Turner, but the Pacers need offense and in a big way. He's raw. I get the pick as it opens them up to move Roy Hibbert, but why just repeat the same situation? Is Turner's upside as high as Hibbert's? With their woeful offense and plenty of talented guards on the board, this is not awesome. I like Turner; I just don't like him in Indiana. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 12, Utah Jazz select Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky. Grade: D Analysis: You have Derrick Favors. You want Paul Millsap. Lyles obviously has great upside and the Jazz can make some gambles here, but it's hard to see why they decided to further complicate an already complicated frontcourt. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 13, Phoenix Suns select Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky. Grade: B Analysis: Good value here for Booker, and he fills a big need for the Suns. Just having a shooter like that will open up things for the rest of their roster, and they're deep enough to not have to worry about his lack of versatility. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 14, Oklahoma City Thunder select Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State. Grade: C+ Analysis: Not a great finisher at the rim, but he will run the pick and roll at a high level. It's a fine pick, nothing spectacular. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 15, Atlanta Hawks select Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas. Grade: A Analysis: Oubre has a lot of downside, but the Wizards -- which have acquired this pick and player from the Hawks via trade -- don't need him to hit out of the park. If he works out, it's amazing. If not, they're good enough to survive. You wonder what this means for Paul Pierce. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 16, Boston Celtics select Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville. Grade: F Analysis: What? No. Just. No. You have... I mean... Isaiah Thomas? I mean... Marcus Smart? What is this? No. Fail. Go away. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 17, Milwaukee Bucks select Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV. Grade: B+ Analysis: It's definitely a need-based pick, and they got a quality shooter with Vaughn. He can put the little leather ball into the circle with the attached net, so I like this move for Milwaukee. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 18, Houston Rockets select Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin. Grade: D Analysis: With point guard talent still on the board, it's not a terrific fit. He's got some things he can do, but where does he fit on the Rockets without being able to shoot or defend at a high level? by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 19, Washington Wizards select Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame. Grade: B- Analysis: Is he a great fit for the Triangle? Probably not perfect, but it's a position of need for the Knicks, which acquired Grant via trade with the Hawks, who acquired it earlier in the evening from the Wizards. He's smart, a combo guard, and they only gave up Tim Hardaway Jr. Not bad for a team that needs young talent. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 20, Toronto Raptors select Delon Wright, PG, Utah. Grade: B- Analysis: They need guard depth after trading Greivis Vasquez. He's a big guard, and that's great, but he's awful off the dribble. Their offense will struggle with him on the floor. Great defensively, though. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 21, Dallas Mavericks select Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia. Grade: A Analysis: Terrific value at a position of need: 3-and-D and his shot mechanics don't scare me. Anderson has great size at 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot wingspan. It's a great pick up, and the Mavs needed him there. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 22, Chicago Bulls select Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas. Grade: A+ Analysis: PORTIS SMASH ALL. PORTIS STRONGEST HULK OF ALL. OK, seriously: Portis is a monster from all over the floor. They have lots of good bigs, but Portis is too good to pass up and he gives them options in the frontcourt. Even if the fit isn't great, the value is just right. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 23, Portland Trail Blazers select Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona. Grade: C Analysis: They need high upside and RHJ has that, but he's raw to the point of being scary and may not be able to play for several years. We still don't know enough about how he will develop to fully evaluate this pick. Reportedly headed to Brooklyn in a draft-night trade. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 24, Cleveland Cavaliers select Tyus Jones, PG, Duke. Grade: A Analysis: Jones is a smart player that can run the offense in Minnesota, which is reportedly acquiring this pick from Cleveland. With the kind of talent the Wolves will have, it's great to have a floor general which Jones projects to be. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 25, Memphis Grizzlies select Jarell Martin, PF, LSU. Grade: C- Analysis: They're not missing out on any great prospects, but with Jarnell Stokes and Zach Randolph, why would the Grizzlies need more size? Meanwhile, R.J. Hunter was available, and Memphis will continue its search for shooters. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 26, San Antonio Spurs select Nikola Milutinov, C, Serbia. Grade: A+ Analysis: This is an A+ because it's the Spurs. No matter what he can or cannot do -- he's a big who does big things with good athleticism and solid work ethic -- you can bank on San Antonio coming away with a good player in the draft. The Spurs, after all, are the Spurs. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 27, Los Angeles Lakers select Larry Nance Jr., PF, Wyoming. Grade: C- Analysis: Hard worker, but there's nothing they can really do with him given their direction. We'll see if they keep him long-term. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 28, Boston Celtics select R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State. Grade: B+ Analysis: Just what they needed ... 12 picks earlier when they took Rozier. Hunter is a great shooter with length who should give them some flexibility to make moves with their backcourt. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 29, Brooklyn Nets select Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse. Grade: B Analysis: A functional big. Honestly, he's not about to fall apart, so that makes him a good addition for the Nets. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 1, Pick 30, Golden State Warriors select Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA. Grade: A Analysis: Great value here no matter the red flag with his hip. And hey, playing for the defending champion is a pretty good consolation prize after Looney's very unfortunate drop. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 31, Minnesota Timberwolves select Cedi Osman, PG, Macedonia. Grade: B- Analysis: Versatile at 6-foot-7. Not exceptional in any area, he but could develop into a rotation player for Cleveland, which acquired this slot in a trade for the No. 24 overall pick. Not bad. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 32, Houston Rockets select Montrezl Harrell, PF-C, Louisville. Grade: A+ Analysis: A terrific value at this spot, Harrell should have been a first-round selection. He's a finished product who can contribute immediately. This opens up some trade possibilities for the Rockets. Harrell's going to bust heads at the next level. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 33, Boston Celtics select Jordan Mickey, PF, LSU. Grade: B Analysis: Mickey can provide raw production and has great athleticism. The Celtics needed frontcourt athleticism and nabbed some in this draft, especially with this pick. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 34, Los Angeles Lakers select Anthony Brown, SF, Stanford. Grade: B Analysis: Little surprised they took someone who is projected to play this season given their desire to keep their cap open. If he can surprise in summer league, maybe he can find a spot. Long, can shoot, lots to like here. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 35, Philadelphia 76ers select Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain. Grade: D Analysis: Not much he can do athletically. Maybe he can surprise, but he seems like he has very limited potential for serious rotation minutes. This pick is reportedly going to the Knicks. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 36, Minnesota Timberwolves select Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse. Grade: A Analysis: His wingspan is 7-5.25. It's hard to blame the Cavs, which acquired this pick in a draft-night trade, for taking a big-program guy this low with that kind of wingspan. There's only so much he can do, but if he can just bang down low, he can be valuable. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 37, Philadelphia 76ers select Richaun Holmes, PF, Bowling Green. Grade: D Analysis: Total project. Don't expect to see him. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 38, Detroit Pistons select Darrun Hilliard II, SF, Villanova. Grade: B Analysis: Ready to go out of the box. Solid shooter. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 39, Charlotte Hornets select Juan Vaulet, SG, Argentina. Grade: C Analysis: A 6-foot-6 small forward who could struggle at the next level. Reportedly headed to Brooklyn in a draft-night deal. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 40, Miami Heat select Josh Richardson, SG, Tennessee. Grade: B Analysis: Solid shooter when he has his feet set. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 41, Brooklyn Nets select Pat Connaughton, SG, Notre Dame. Grade: B Analysis: Shot makers make shots, and Patty makes shots. Good athleticism as well. Reportedly headed to Portland in a draft-night trade. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 42, Utah Jazz select Olivier Hanlan, PG, Boston College. Grade: B Analysis: First-round talent. The Jazz have a lot of guards, but he's smooth enough to get a roster spot. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 43, Indiana Pacers select Joseph Young, SG, Oregon. Grade: B- Analysis: Great shooter to find this late in the round. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 44, Phoenix Suns select Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky. Grade: B Analysis: Decent value at this spot. He's a big shot maker despite all his flaws. A 6-foot-5 Kentucky point guard in the second round? Hard to take issue with that. Reportedly headed to Memphis in a draft-night trade. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 45, Boston Celtics select Marcus Thornton, SG, William & Mary. Grade: D- Analysis: Probably not an NBA player at this level. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 46, Milwaukee Bucks select Norman Powell, SG, UCLA. Grade: B Analysis: Athletic with playmaking ability. Big steal here. Headed to Toronto in a trade. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 47, Philadelphia 76ers select Arturas Gudaitis, C, Lithuania. Grade: F Analysis: He's a human, so that's nice. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 48, Oklahoma City Thunder select Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky. Grade: B Analysis: Super-big and a known quantity as a recruit who did not sign with Billy Donovan at Florida. There's a lot he needs to improve, but there's value in having a guy who can just bust guys up. Low risk, low upside pick. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 49, Washington Wizards select Aaron White, PF, Iowa. Grade: D+ Analysis: One of those guys who has a lot of tanglble skills but lacks the kind of package of abilities to set him apart. Could be a good rebounder next level though. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 50, Atlanta Hawks select Marcus Eriksson, SG, Sweden. Grade: D Analysis: Missed most of the year with injury. Low upside and injury concerns. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 51, Orlando Magic select Tyler Harvey, SG, Eastern Washington. Grade: F Analysis: Gunners this late are never good; Harvey is no exception. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 52, Dallas Mavericks select Satnam Singh Bhamara, C, India. Grade: F Analysis: Not an NBA player but good for a sideshow. He's a comic book supervillain-sized dude. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 53, Cleveland Cavaliers select Sir'Dominic Pointer, SF, St. John's. Grade: B Analysis: Tough defender who's great at attacking on backdoor cuts. There's a role out there for him if he can hang. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 54, Utah Jazz select Daniel Diez, SF, Spain. Grade: C Analysis: Might be able to hang if his shot stays solid, and he has good athleticism. Probably not quick enough to make the roster though. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 55, San Antonio Spurs select Cady Lalanne, C, Massachusetts. Grade: F Analysis: Big person is big and will not play in the NBA. Will likely be a star for the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 56, New Orleans Pelicans select Branden Dawson, SF, Michigan State. Grade: B Analysis: I tend to think Michigan State guys with athleticism will translate. He lacks skills but should at least battle in summer league with a shot at roster. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 57, Denver Nuggets select Nikola Radicevic, PG, Serbia. Grade: F Analysis: This is probably the first and last time you will ever see this name. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 58, Philadelphia 76ers select J.P. Tokoto, SF, North Carolina. Grade: B Analysis: Can't finish and the shot is a work in progress, but he actually has some potential to be a steal with his combination of skills. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 59, Atlanta Hawks select Dimitrios Agravanis, PF, Greece. Grade: F Analysis: Stretch fours with his size go higher if they're going to make it. It's kind of reverse engineering, but he doesn't project as an NBA player. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
  • Round 2, Pick 60, Philadelphia 76ers select Luka Mitrovic, PF, Serbia. Grade: D Analysis: It's only fitting that Mr. Irrelevant is drafted by the Sixers, who desire no relevancy whatsoever. by Matt Moore, NBA writer
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