Taken From: espn.com/nba/draft
As the second round of the NBA Draft continues on ESPN, I wanted to get some of my initial thoughts down about a very busy and surprising first round. I will give grades to every team hopefully by some time next week. I want time to think about what each team did, let some of the trades go through and not jump to grades without letting things set in. Here are just a few bullets about what I thought as I was glued to my television during the first round.
Team With the Best First Round: Magic and Sixers
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With the NBA Draft just two days away, here is my final mock draft (with trades once again). Be sure to let me know what you think by commenting below or tweeting at me. And I hope you are not looking for mock drafts 1-81 because you will be looking for a long time (they do not exist).
*NY/OKC Trade: Thunder get Iman Shumpert, Knicks get No. 21 pick
OTHER MOVES TO LOOK OUT FOR:
-Phoenix has three first round picks (14, 18, 27) and does not want to add three rookies to an already young roster. Either a trade or the Suns will draft a player and stash them overseas.
-Sacramento is now actively shopping the No. 8 pick. Bleacher Report talked about a trade sending to Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to Detroit for Josh Smith. This might then line up a trade involving Rajon Rondo (Smith’s close friend) for Sacramento’s No. 8 pick and other pieces.
-There is so many solid players in this draft that even as I was doing this mock draft Marcus Smart started to fall simply because of the team picking did not need a point guard. Look for teams to move up if a player like this actually does fall out of the top ten.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
Now with the injury to Joel Embiid everything gets shaken up. The Cavs could still trade the pick here, but right now they are not getting good enough offers to make a trade worth it. I am starting to think they stay put, take a player in Wiggins who owner Dan Gilbert likes, and go from there in trying to make the playoffs this season.