1st Round NBA Draft Lottery Grades

#1 Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards (SG)

An obvious choice here for the Timberwolves with Edwards. Edwards will be giving an explosive guard that Minnesota has never experienced before. 

Grade: A+

#2 Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman (C)

In my personal opinion James Wiseman has the potential to be a top 5 Center in the system he’s in. With Klay most likely out for another year, Wiseman is gonna have a bigger part in the offense with Steph Curry. Giving Curry a Center that can do it all is gonna be a problem (Praying for Klay)

Grade: A+

#3 Charlotte Hornets: LaMelo Ball (PG) 

Well I don’t want to be mean to Charlotte because they’ve done nothing to deserve it but WHY LAMELO!! They are gonna ruin a special talent in Charlotte but I understand. LaMelo is gonna have to do it all with Devonte’ Graham on the offensive side, Melo is gonna bring a playmaking ability the league hasn’t seen yet.  But will Jordan put the right pieces around LaMelo and not give below average players ridiculous contracts? Yes I’m talking to you Nicloas Batum and Cody Zeller.

Grade: A+

#4 Chicago Bulls: Patrick Williams (PF)

What in the blue moon are the Chicago Bulls doing?? They picked a guy who averaged 9.2 PPG in college and wasn’t even the best player from that Florida State team. But I can’t sit here and slander the Bulls the whole time so I’ll say some nice things like Patrick is GIGANTIC for his size and he’s up there for most buff players in the league. He can decently shoot the ball and what stands out is what was lacking in Chicago which is defense and rebounding.

Grade: F 

#5 Cleveland Cavaliers: Issac Okoro (SG)

I like the player a lot but I don’t like who the Cavs passed on. The Cavs already have 2 good guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland so I really don’t understand the pick. Deni Avdija was still on the board and would have fit into what the Cavs needed but Okoro is the best defender in the draft and will help the Cavs a lot on that side. 

Grade: C+

#6 Atlanta Hawks: Onyeka Okongwu (C)

This is literally like the Cavs scenario because yet again I really like the player but they could have gone with another guard or a forward. Vassell made a lot of sense here, also Deni made a lot of sense here but if the Hawks plan to trade Clint Capela this pick is validated. 

Grade: B

#7 Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes (PG)

Killian Hayes is one of the best playmakers in this draft and is gonna be the starting building stone to rebuild the Pistons. They also got another good player in the first round in Saddiq Bey who’s gonna bring a shooting and defensive mindset to the team and has a lot of room to grow. But Hayes is gonna be a problem in the league and can’t wait to watch him grow.

Grade: A-

#8 New York Knicks: Obi Toppin (PF)

Obi Toppin fell right into the Knicks lap at 8 when he was a projected top 3 pick. Obi is gonna bring an excitement factor this organization hasn’t felt since the Melo days. The hometown kid playing for his favorite team goes a long way in which he’ll stay loyal and do everything he can to bring NYC a championship. Obi-Wan Kenobi will be bringing a New Hope to the New York Knicks. 

Grade: A

#9 Washington Wizards: Deni Avdija (SF)

Deni Avdija to the Wizards is an interesting pick because Deni is the most NBA ready prospect in the draft and will be put into a Wizards system who hasn’t been the greatest at developing young players. I also worry about whether Deni will get the ball, the Wizards already have 2 ball dominant players in Wall and Beal so I’m very iffy about this pick.

Grade: C

#10 Phoenix Suns: Jalen Smith (PF)

Now another stretch here for the Suns, you would think they would need a SF like Nesmith but they go with another big man on the roster. Now Smith has a lot of potential it’s just gonna take a while for him to reach it. Smith has shooting potential, he’s a good rebounder and defender. Good player but they reached for him and could have easily traded back.

Grade: D+

#11 San Antonio Spurs: Devin Vassell (SG)

Devin Vassell is one of the more all around players you’ll see out of this draft, he can shoot, defend, playmake, and finish. Vassell fits in any system and any team, plus did I mention he’ll be playing with one of the greatest Head Coaches of All Time? Well he is and he’ll become a better player and will be the main piece to bring the Spurs back to where they were on top of the NBA helm. 

Grade: A

#12 Sacramento Kings: Tyrese Haliburton (PG)

Tyrese is a 6’5 PG who can shoot and pass like it’s nobody’s business. But it’s gonna be interesting to see how Luke Walton is gonna use him, the Kings already have a franchise PG in De’Aaron Fox. So I could see Luke Walton moving Tyrese to SG which would mean Buddy Hield is probably out of Sacramento. The Kings got a steal at #12 and could possibly be Fox’s co-star. 

Grade: A

#13 New Orleans Pelicans: Kira Lewis Jr (PG) 

One of my personal favorites in this draft was Kira Lewis Jr and the reason for that is his speed along with his slashing. He’s like John Wall with a jump shot which is a very big comparison but his game really mirrors it. 

Grade: B+

#14 Boston Celtics (via MEM): Aaron Nesmith (SF)

Aaron Nesmith is gonna be another all round player that any team needs. Nesmith is going to be put into a high leverage spot right off the gate in Boston. Boston has been notoriously good at developing players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart. So I fully believe Nesmith will develop into one of the better players in this draft because of that.

Grade: A

The Other Winners in the Draft:

#18 Dallas Mavericks: Josh Green (SG)

#19 Detroit Pistons (via BKN): Saddiq Bey (PF)

#20 Miami Heat: Precious Achiuwa (PF)

#21 Philadelphia 76ers: Tyrese Maxey (SG)

#24 Denver Nuggets (via MIL): RJ Hampton (SG)

#26 Boston Celtics: Payton Prichard (PG)

#28 Oklahoma City Thunder (via LAL): Jaden McDaniels (PF)

#29 Toronto Raptors (via LAL): Malachi Flynn (PG)

#30 Memphis Grizzlies (via BOS): Desmond Bane (SG)

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