The Draft is now complete, which means we can properly react to each pick that was made by giving each team a grade. For the first round, I will give the grade and then give an explanation for the pick, while in the second round I will just give the pick and the grade. Here is a draft grade for all 30 NBA teams.
1.Pheonix Suns: Deandre Ayton Grade: A+
The Suns knew from early on that they were going to take Ayton and there is no reason not to. He possesses the physical attributes to be one of the games best big men right away, his defense could be improved but to me, this is a slam dunk pick.
2.Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley III Grade: A
The Kings needed a star player that could help give them some momentum going forward and Bagley is that player. He is an elite scorer for a big man and also the best rebounder in this draft, those assets can help the Kings long-term.
3.Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic Grade: A+
The Mavericks made a smart move by trading up to get Doncic, as he is a future NBA star. We all know what Doncic has done overseas but what makes this pick great is his natural fit with Dennis Smith as he can play off the ball and focus on scoring a little bit more.
4.Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr. Grade: B
Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked exactly where he was expected to go in. I’m not as high on him because of his lack of a post game at the moment, however, the Grizzlies do get one of the best defensive players in this draft. Jackson might not be an all-star but he will have a very effective NBA career, which makes him a safe pick.
5.Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young Grade: B
Rumors swirled throughout the day that Young could fall down in the draft, however, when it came down to it he was drafted at 5 to the Hawks. The Hawks are in rebuild mode right now but Young can provide at least some excitement to the fanbase right away.
6.Orlando Magic: Mo Bamba Grade: A
The Magic have drafted long players before, so this should come as no surprise that they would be the ones drafting the longest player in the draft. Bamba is not a great player offensively yet but could develop those skills but his defense will what makes him an elite talent.
7.Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr. Grade: B+
The Bulls got a good player who was, for the most part, overshadowed at Duke. Carter has a good low-post game and can compliment Lauri Markkanen well inside.
8.Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton Grade: B
The Cavaliers got one of the most competitive players in the draft and also one of the hardest workers, he also has the speed and athleticism to have a good NBA career. Sexton could be an All-Star but is more likely to be just a long-term starting point guard in the future.
9.New York Knicks: Kevin Knox Grade D
It is never good when your fanbase boos the pick, which is what happened when the Knicks took Knox. Knox is a good scorer but has too many other questions surrounding him, such as a questionable defense and not having a true position. Maybe he figures it out and becomes an All-Star player but more likely than not they will miss on this pick.
10.Pheonix Suns: Mikal Bridges Grade A
The Philly hometown story with Bridges was something of a fairytale but ultimately the Suns ended up with a solid player. Bridges is a good defender and a good shooter but for a team like the Suns the fact he comes from a winning culture is important.
11.Los Angles Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Grade A
The Clippers ended up with a good piece in Gilgeous-Alexander who can play both the 1 and the 2. Shooting is an issue but if he can develop a jump shot he’ll have a long and quality NBA career.
12.Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges Grade C+
Bridges is a polished player at this point in the draft but he does have some question marks. Is he a 3 or is he a 4 in the NBA and also does he have the killer instinct, he’ll have to figure all of that out if he wants to be an elite player at the next level.
13.Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson Grade: D+
I’ll be one to say that I am a big fan of Robinson’s game, as he is an established scorer but drafting him at 13 is nuts. Especially when looking at how they passed on a potential Hall of fame type talent not once but twice.
14.Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr. Grade A+
The Nuggets got a steal by drafting Porter at 14, which is way too low for him. If healthy he will come in and help lead the Nuggets back to the playoffs and he could potentially make them a Championship contender.
15.Washington Wizards: Troy Brown Grade C
The Wizards somewhat reached by taking Brown at 15, considering they could have gotten him a little lower in this draft. Overall he could pan out well but I’m not sure how he fits in with the Wizards, who already have some good wings.
16.Philadelphia 76ers: Zhaire Smith Grade B
I was a little disappointed that the 76ers missed out on having Mikal Bridges but they do end up with a good pick with Zhaire Smith. Smith is a freak athlete, who is probably the best dunker in this draft, a great defender and he also possesses a great wingspan. It might not be the great Philly story that everyone wanted but the 76ers do come away with a great player.
17.Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo Grade A-
The Bucks got a potentially great player at 17 with DiVincenzo, as he has a lot of upside. I think he can come in right away and help the Bucks go further in the playoffs next year and going forward he can step in and be an extra piece to help lead them deep in the playoffs.
18.San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker Grade B+
The Spurs got a great piece in Lonnie Walker who could turn into an all-star level player in a few years. Walker has all the skills you would want out of a shooting guard, as he is a good athlete, shooter, and defender. He’ll likely be a great fit in a few years when he develops.
19.Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter Grade B+
The Hawks got a skilled player in Huerter who is very athletic but more importantly is a good shooter. Huerter can right away help create space for Trae Young with his shooting abilities and can project as great player down the road, fit can be everything and I think this is a good one for both the team and the player.
20.Minnesota Timberwolves: Josh Okogie Grade B
The Timberwolves have some internal issues to deal with but getting a good wing player in the draft should help a little bit. He has all the tools to be a steal in this draft as he is a good defender, long and athletic.
21.Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen Grade B-
The Jazz clearly had no intentions to pass on Grayson Allen, which could be a good thing. Allen is a good shooter, driver and has star qualities, which could be good as he pairs next to Donovan Mitchell.
22.Chicago Bulls: Chandler Hutchison Grade: A
The Bulls knew early on in the process that they wanted Hutchison, so much so that they told him they would pick him if available at 22. Hutchison is a good small forward, who has good shooting abilities and he could start right away for the Bulls.
23.Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday Grade B+
The Pacers ended up with a solid prospect by getting Holiday. He could right away step in and provide some help at the point guard position, skip forward a couple of years and he could wind up being the starting point guard after Darren Collison leaves.
24.Portland Trailblazers: Anfernee Simons Grade C-
The Trailblazers seemed to be one of those teams that were just one piece away from being great, however, this isn’t that piece. Simons plays either the one or the two, which is already taken and has the potential to be a bust.
25.Los Angeles Lakers: Moe Wagner Grade B
The Lakers are looking for a big offseason, which starts with getting a quality piece in the draft, like Moe Wagner. Wagner possesses some great offensive skill already, which is important in the NBA. He’s a good pick at this point in the draft in my opinion.
26.Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet Grade C
The Sixers already have a lot of guards that can play at the point, so why are they picking another one here. Shamet is a good shooter, playmaker, and defender but to me, they could have went other places and got a better piece.
27.Boston Celtics: Robert Williams Grade A+
I know Williams has had a questionable past but does it really warrant him falling to 27 in the draft, I don’t think so. The Celtics can use him right away down low as he is a good defender and can be a great dunker.
28.Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans III Grade B-
The Warriors really could have drafted anyone at this point in the draft and it wouldn’t change a thing. Evans is a good defender, which can get him playing time early and he can work on his offensive game moving forward.
29.Brooklyn Nets: Dzanan Musa Grade B+
Not many teams were willing to take a risk by drafting Musa but the Nets were. Musa will play right away and could become a good scorer for the Nets. If he turns out to be a bust, it won’t hurt them as they’ll be in the lottery next year and can get other pieces.
30. Atlanta Hawks: Omari Spellman Grade A
The Hawks got three guys in the first round who can all shoot the three at a high level, which is key in the modern-day NBA. Spellman will help space the floor for Trae Young and allow him room to drive, he also can be a good defender down low if needed.
31.Pheonix Suns: Elie Okobo Grade A
32.Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter Grade A+
33.Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson Grade A
34.Charlotte Hornets: Devonte’ Graham Grade B
35.Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier Grade B-
36.New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson Grade A
37.Portland Trailblazers: Gary Trent Jr. Grade A
38.Detroit Pistons: Khyri Thomas Grade A+
39.Los Angeles Lakers: Isaac Bonga Grade B
40.Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs Grade C
41.Denver Nuggets: Jarred Vanderbilt Grade A-
42.Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown Jr. Grade A
43.Orlando Magic: Justin Jackson Grade C
44.Washington Wizards: Isuuf Sanon Grade D-
45.Oklahoma City Thunder: Hamidou Diallo Grade B-
46.Miami Heat: De’Anthony Melton Grade A-
47.Los Angeles Lakers: Svi Mykhailiuk Grade B+
48.Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop Grade A+
49.San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu Grade B+
50.Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson Grade B+
51.New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr Grade B-
52.Houston Rockets: Vince Edwards Grade A
53.Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall Grade C
54.Philadelphia 76ers: Shake Milton Grade A+
55.Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka Grade: B
56.Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding Grade C-
57.Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey Grade: A
58.Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh Grade C-
59.Pheonix Suns: George King Grade C
60.Dallas Mavericks: Kostos Antetokounmpo Grade D