Friday, June 28, 2013

6/28 (Draft Hangover) Quickie

Things I liked:

*The Wizards: Give Ernie Grunfeld credit (yes, I said it). He didn't overthink the team's pick at No. 3 and went with the sure thing and best fit -- Otto Porter. I'm thrilled.

Meanwhile, after years of frustrating me with their deflating second-round moves, the team's second-round pick was pretty inspired: Glen Rice Jr. is precisely the kind of player emerging from an existing NBA talent market inefficiency (limited draft insight into how D-Leaguers translate) that give teams cheap quality role players.

*Sam Hinkie: The 76ers rookie GM traded star Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel, positioning the Sixers to lose a ton next year and get themselves in place to get a franchise cornerstone in next year's draft.

*Magic: Victor Oladipo isn't necessarily an All-NBA superstar, but is the kind of core All-Star cog that changes a team, especially if they complement him with a high pick next year.

*Jazz: Trey Burke is an ideal fit for them at PG.

*Pistons: Get the best value of the 2nd round in Tony Mitchell.

*Daryl Morey: Isaiah Canaan is exactly the kind of second-round steal the Rockets specialize in.

*Nate Wolters: I was going to love whatever team got him -- congrats, Bucks.

*Smart teams still smart: Spurs taking Livio Jean-Charles, Thunder taking Andre Roberson. When those players succeed (possibly wildly), it will be because of the teams that drafted them.

*Anthony Bennett at No. 1: Got a wild night off to the right start. (Also, the Cavs did great picking up Sergey Karasev, who I really like.)

*The Celtics imploding themselves: Why not? Not like they were going anywhere.

*Bebe: If I was still doing a draft fashion review, he would have won.

*David Stern: He relished the boos from the Brooklyn crowd, who were jeering him more out of love than anything else. The moment with a tuxedo-clad Hakeem at the end was fun.

Things I didn't: Charlotte picking Cody Zeller.

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