Stating who won or lost draft night is a bit silly given that we’ve seen these prospects play – wait, double-check the math – zero NBA games.
It would be much more reasonable to allow these young people to develop and assess them on the basis of a sample of significant size. But come on, what’s the fun in that?
Now that we know the final results of the 2021 NBA Draft, it’s time to declare some top winners and losers.
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NBA Draft 2021 winners
The Rockets didn’t leave anyone stunned by selecting Jalen Green with the No.2 overall pick, but there’s a reason everyone’s been asking the G League star to go to Houston in their scythes. repechage. Green has the physical tools and skills to eventually become one of the NBA’s top scorers.
But Houston didn’t stop there. He also grabbed Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba and Josh Christoper in the first round. Sengun in particular feels like a steal from No.16 given he excelled against the pros as a teenager and was named Turkish League MVP.
It may take a while for the Rockets to figure out which young players are truly a part of their future, but it’s the start of a rebuild. Filling in talent is the first step, and that’s what Houston did.
Magic of Orlando
Wait, the Magic was lucky? When you want on a star. . .
Disney World jokes aside, Orlando must have been blown away by the fact that Jalen Suggs fell to No.5. The Magic wanted a Perimeter Creator to balance a roster filled with flawed attackers, and Suggs could be the one. perfect guy to fill the void.
Orlando then added to his record on draft day, picking up Franz Wagner three picks later. The Michigan man is a great defenseman and he doesn’t need to control the ball on offense to make an impact.
If the Magic can get a healthy Jonathan Isaac back to the ground, they could become a very intriguing group.
Charlotte tackled the frontcourt hole in her rotation by acquiring Mason Plumlee and Kai Jones. The Hornets also provided some oomph by taking on James Bouknight, who could immediately contribute as a scorer off the bench. If he can improve as a shooter and a defender, be careful.
“I have high expectations for myself. I never sell short ” Bouknight said Thursday. “I think we’re going to be one of the best young teams in the league.”
Oh, and LaMelo Ball is still here. They’re a great League Pass team.
Losers of the 2021 NBA Draft
Kings of Sacramento
The Kings had always been linked with Wagner before the draft, but unfortunately for them he was taken off the table just before their pick. So they decided to go with Davion Mitchell. Really, another guard?
Sacramento already has De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield, not to mention Terence Davis and Delon Wright. The Kings could trade one or more backcourt pieces this offseason to give Mitchell more playing time, but it doesn’t look like they have a plan.
It’s easy to love Mitchell, a tenacious competitor and NCAA champion. It’s a lot harder to like your place in Sacramento.
San Antonio Spurs
Here’s Mike DeCourcy’s assessment of Spurs’ decision to pick Joshua Primo:
How far do we have to go to find a moment when Primo made a difference in his team? He averaged eight points in 22 minutes for Alabama. I was in the gym for the Tide’s Sweet 16 game against UCLA, but, once his name started popping up on NBA Draft venues, I couldn’t remember Primo being there. And no wonder: he scored six points and missed all four of his 3 points in just 17 minutes of an overtime game.
For Canada’s National Junior Team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup, he averaged four points. He’s good at shooting, but he’s slim and will need too long to physically fend for himself. Passing Corey Kispert seems to be the strangest move.
Watch the NBA Draft on ESPN
Those poor Knicks fans at the Barclays Center. They couldn’t keep track of their choices.
In their defense, it was impossible to follow what was happening in real time. The ESPN broadcast format for the NBA Draft seems outdated given the number of trades that typically occur during the annual event and the fact that Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania tweet essential information before it reaches. television analysts.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was not afraid to experiment with previously accepted standards, including the playoff format. Maybe it’s time to take a hard look at how the project is covered.