Draft grades: M.J.'s old team scores; Bobcats' roster redundancy

by | CBSSports.com Senior Writer
  •  

Want to see how your team did on Thursday night in the NBA Draft? We'll give you a team-by-team rundown -- along with grades.

Michael Jordan might want to spend a little less time playing golf and more attending college basketball games, while the Washington Wizards have reason to celebrate.

Atlanta Hawks

Round 1: None
Round 2: Keith Benson (48)
The Hawks gave up their first-round pick in the Kirk Hinrich deal and grabbed Benson in the second. Benson is solid and should make the team.
Grade: C

Boston Celtics

Round 1: JaJuan Johnson (27)
Round 2: E'Twaun Moore (55)
The Celtics grabbed a pair of four-year guys from Purdue. Both are high character and both should be able to help fill roles immediately. That'll be important for a team that doesn't have many guys under contract for next year. Johnson is a quality pick here since Boston could use another frontcourt guy.
Grade: B+

Charlotte Bobcats

Round 1: Bismack Biyombo (7); Kemba Walker (9)
Round 2: None
I'm not a huge fan of Biyombo from watching plenty of tape; he's unskilled but does rebound and block shots. Isn't that what the Bobcats would like to see from Tyrus Thomas? And Michael Jordan also went with Walker despite the fact he already has a solid point guard in D.J. Augustin.
Grade: C-

Chicago Bulls

Round 1: Nikola Mirotic (23); Jimmy Butler (30)
Round 2: None
I honestly don't know enough about Mirotic -- other than the fact it looks like he won't be in Chicago for a while. Butler is a solid pick and will be a solid rotation guy.
Grade: C+

NBA Draft 2011
Columns
Ken Berger Ken Berger
Hello to hoops darkness. The lockout is just around the corner. And the NBA will never be the same. Read More >>

Jeff Goodman Jeff Goodman
'I had to let it all out,' Shelvin Mack said after being selected 34th overall by the Washington Wizards. Read More >>
Related links
Video

Cleveland Cavaliers

Round 1: Kyrie Irving (1); Tristan Thompson (4)
Round 2: Milan Macvan (54)
The Macvan pick was phenomenal. OK, I'm just kidding. I know nothing about Macvan, but I do know plenty about Irving and Thompson -- and feel that this was a terrific decision by Cavs brass. Irving will be one of the top 10 point guards in the league before long, and Thompson just needs a little time to prove he'll be one of the best players in this draft.
Grade: A-

Dallas Mavericks

Round 1: None
Round 2: None
The Mavs had the 26th pick, but traded out of the draft and picked up Rudy Fernandez. Quality move for a team that wants to try and make another run at a title and has some aging guys that can't afford to wait for a kid.
Grade: B

Denver Nuggets

Round 1: Kenneth Faried (22); Jordan Hamilton (26)
Round 2: Chukwudiebere Maduabum (56)
The biggest noise made by the Nuggets was the deal in which they acquired Andre Miller for Raymond Felton. I like that deal -- and also am a fan of the team's two first-round picks. Faried is a junkyard dog, and Hamilton is the polar opposite -- a skilled offensive player who has no desire to defend. Hamilton is worth the roll of the dice at 26.
Grade: B+

Detroit Pistons

Round 1: Brandon Knight (8)
Round 2: Kyle Singler (33); Vernon Macklin (52)
I'm not sold on Knight -- even though some believe he slipped to this spot. I don't see him beating out Rodney Stuckey or Ben Gordon, so he likely becomes a reserve guard for the Pistons. Singler will give Detroit good value at No. 33 as a rotation guy who knows how to play -- and most important knows how to win.
Grade: C+

Golden State Warriors

Round 1: Klay Thompson (11)
Round 2: Jeremy Tyler (39); Charles Jenkins (44)
Nice job by the Warriors. I know Mark Jackson wanted defense -- and didn't quite get it with Thompson. But what he did get is a well-rounded wing who can do it all. Tyler is worth the risk in the second round -- and Jenkins has a shot to make the team as a solid backup guard.
Grade: B

Houston Rockets

Round 1: Marcus Morris (14); Donatas Motiejunas (20)
Round 2: Chandler Parsons (38)
Darryl Morey loaded up on forwards. Morris might be caught in between positions, but he can still play in the league. Parsons was a quality pick in the second round -- and Motiejunas is the X-factor here for the Rockets.
Grade: B-

Indiana Pacers

Round 1: None
Round 2: None
Larry Bird came to figure out what we all knew -- this draft was lackluster. So he traded out of it altogether, dealing the No. 15 pick for local kid George Hill in a trade with San Antonio. I'm more than just OK with it.
Grade: B+

Los Angeles Clippers

Round 1: None
Round 2: Trey Thompkins (37); Travis Leslie (47)
Maybe the Clippers will hire Mark Fox on their bench. They went with a pair of Georgia players, the skilled Thompkins and the athletic Leslie. Doesn't do a ton for me, although Thompkins could be a decent rotation guy.
Grade: C

Los Angeles Lakers

Round 1: None
Round 2: Darius Morris (41); Andrew Goudelock (46); Ater Majok (58)
I don't understand people hammering the Lakers for their first two second-round picks. Morris can't shoot, but he could have a long career in the NBA -- and Goudelock is a big-time shooter who should stick as well. Now, Majok is a different story.
Grade: B-

Memphis Grizzlies

Round 1: None
Round 2: Josh Selby (49)
I'm not -- have never been -- a big Selby guy. I wouldn't want him on my team -- unless I had a bunch of high-character guys that he could be around and learn from. But that's not exactly the case in Memphis -- where you have O.J. Mayo, Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. If I were GM Chris Wallace, I would give Mike Conley a hefty bonus to live with and mentor Selby. However, even with everything I've said, Selby has as much pure talent as guys taken 30 picks in front of him.
Grade: B

Miami Heat Round 1: Norris Cole (28)
Round 2: None
Cole is exactly what the Heat need: a versatile point guard who will accept his role and will bring a clean-cut image to a franchise that doesn't need to add more headaches. He's more of a natural floor leader than Mario Chalmers -- and unlike Mike Bibby, he's able to guard a tree.
Grade: B

Milwaukee Bucks

Round 1: Tobias Harris (19)
Round 2: Jon Leuer (40)
Harris is one of my favorite players. He will never be a star, but he will have a long, productive career in the NBA. Leuer is a skilled forward who will instantly become the local favorite.
Grade: B

Minnesota Timberwolves

Round 1: Derrick Williams (2)
Round 2: Malcolm Lee (43); Targuy Ngombo (57)
David Kahn deserves a good grade just because he didn't draft another point guard. Actually, Kahn did well, going with Williams at No. 2 overall and then grabbing Lee at No. 43.
Grade: B+

New Jersey Nets

Round 1: Marshon Brooks (25)
Round 2: Bojan Bogdanovic (31); Jordan Williams (36)
I've seen Brooks play dozens of times and I'm still torn on him. He certainly has the ability, but we'll see how well he can handle being a role guy after starring as the go-to guy in college last season. Williams is still a work in progress, but he has come a long way -- and continues to improve.
Grade: B-

New Orleans Hornets

Round 1: None
Round 2: None
The Hornets dealt their first-round pick before the draft.
Grade: Incomplete

New York Knicks

Round 1: Iman Shumpert (17)
Round 2: Josh Harrellson (45)
Oh, boy. I think the Knicks need to bring Isiah Thomas back -- at least to help with their drafting. This Shumpert pick is baffling; he doesn't have a position and wasn't a winner in college. Harrellson is just a body at the end of the bench.
Grade: D-

Oklahoma City Thunder

Round 1: Reggie Jackson (24)
Round 2: None
There were questions about Jackson -- and not just with his knee, either. People were also concerned about his attitude, but he's a big-time talent, with toughness and the ability to score. Worst-case scenario, he's another piece in the Thunder's talented -- and now deep -- backcourt.
Grade: A-

Orlando Magic

Round 1: None
Round 2: Justin Harper (32); DeAndre Liggins (53)
Nice job by the Magic to get a versatile, athletic forward with a high ceiling in Harper -- and the defensive-minded Liggins, who will be a good role player in the league.
Grade: B

Philadelphia 76ers Round 1: Nikola Vucevic (16)
Round 2: Lavoy Allen (50)
I'm a huge fan of Vucevic, who is a skilled big man with size and three years of college experience. He can score inside and also on the perimeter -- and does a nice job on the glass. Allen is a solid second-round pickup, another big body who could make the club.
Grade: A-

Phoenix Suns

Round 1: Markieff Morris (13)
Round 2: None
It'll be interesting to see how Markieff does without his brother. It's a similar circumstance -- one that has worked out in Phoenix -- with Robin Lopez going his own way from his twin, Brook. Markieff has a natural position and is a tough matchup because of his skill level and versatility.
Grade: B

Portland Trail Blazers

Round 1: Nolan Smith (21)
Round 2: Jon Diebler (51)
This might have been the highest-character duo in the history of the draft. Smith will be a solid role guy while Diebler can shoot the ball anywhere.
Grade: C+

Sacramento Kings

Round 1: Jimmer Fredette (10)
Round 2: Tyler Honeycutt (35); Isaiah Thomas (60)
What a trio. You've got The Jimmer, who I'm admittedly concerned about in the NBA, playing on a team with DeMarcus Cousins. It's the ultimate reality show to put those two together in a house. Actually, I think Fredette has a chance to succeed here since Tyreke Evans will have the ball in his hands -- and Fredette can thrive as more of a spot-up guy. Honeycutt is talented and was a good risk at No. 35, but he's soft; and Thomas has all the toughness that Honeycutt lacks.
Grade: B-

San Antonio Spurs

Round 1: Kawhi Leonard (15); Cory Joseph (29)
Round 2: Davis Bertans (42); Adam Hanga (59)
Leonard is a nice get at 15; he plays hard, just wants to get better and will become a solid starter in the league. Joseph will take time to develop, but he could turn into a solid NBA starter.
Grade: B-

Toronto Raptors

Round 1: Jonas Valanciunas (5)
Round 2: None
Not a fan of this pick at all. Toronto needed immediate help -- and the general opinion is that Valanciunas may not play here for a while -- and even if he does, he's still a ways away from being able to contribute. However, Valanciunas looks every bit like a kid who could be a terrific player in the league. But again, the Raptors need help. Now.
Grade: D

Utah Jazz

Round 1: Enes Kanter (3); Alec Burks (12)
Round 2: None
Kanter might have questions surrounding him, but the bottom line is he's a big, strong center in a league with few quality big men. He's also more skilled than many realize. Love this pick. The Burks selection, well, I'm not quite as high about that one. He's an enigma but has plenty of talent.
Grade: B

Washington Wizards

Round 1: Jan Vesely (6); Chris Singleton (18)
Round 2: Shelvin Mack (34)
I'm not sure anyone fared better than the Wizards -- who picked up a pair of potential starters and a quality backup in Mack. Singleton can play immediately -- with his skills defensively -- and I'm shocked he slipped to No. 18. Vesely, a big-time athlete who is 21 years old, is ready to come in and play right away.
Grade: A

  •  
 
 

Biggest Stories

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 

Latest

Most Popular