Complete 2017 NBA Draft grades for all 30 teams
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 7:34
Here are the notable winners and losers of the National Basketball Association draft. They get a leader and top-tier talent who makes tough shots, loves Tom Thibodeau, always plays hard and can generate his own offense. Charlotte took another player from Kentucky as it drafted freshman Malik Monk with its No. 11 pick.
Standing at 6-4, he can also grow into possibly a 2-guard if needed. He certainly did that, sending Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the No. 7 pick (which turned into Lauri Markkanen) to the Chicago Bulls to be reunited with all-star forward Jimmy Butler, who is coming off his first all-NBA season.
Sacramento then traded the No. 10 pick to the Portland Trail Blazers for Nos.
No surprise here. The 76ers gave up an extra first round pick to acquire the player they felt, like many others, is the best player in the draft.
1 overall, the Los Angeles Lakers found their new point guard in Lonzo Ball, the Boston Celtics went with Jayson Tatum after being unable to land a blockbuster deal and the Phoenix Suns got their guy with a ideal fit in Josh Jackson. He even said Lonzo will lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his rookie season.
Getting Lonzo Ball is obviously a good thing for the Lakers, as was opening up significant cap room for next summer by moving on from Russell and Timofey Mozgov.
The Sacramento Kings made a decision to pick a guard with the 5th pick as they selected De'Aaron Fox out of Kentucky.
The NBA's golden era of quality point guards is guaranteed to continue for a while longer after this draft.
The freshman from UCLA was supposed to be a first-round pick like Ball and T.J. Leaf, his fellow freshman teammates. No other U.S. university player averaged 14 points with six rebounds and six assists a game as well. But by not trading Kristaps Porzingis, as many thought they might, this is a win for the Knicks. The Latvian star remains on New York's roster, at least for now. Sure, Ntilikina is an excellent perimeter defender and very athletic, but he's not NBA-ready, particularly offensively, and the Knicks took him over a more ready and more talented point guard in Smith.
Selecting French point guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 8 was too much of a risk. IN used the No. 18 pick on UCLA forward T.J. Leaf, who is a poor defender and lacks strength. "I look as it as good". From community college to the league's best franchise over the past two decades in just two years - that's not bad.