NBA Draft Winners?

The 2014 NBA draft class won’t be judge accurately until at least a few seasons down the road. Come back in 2018 and let’s see how good these players are.

But since so many teams draft on potential — or upside — it’s fair to gauge how teams did on draft night based on that potential.


Orlando Magic: Really liked what the Magic did, taking forward Aaron Gordon fourth and acquiring point guard Elfrid Payton. Gordon is smart and committed to both ends of the floor, and Payton fills a need at point guard. He’s a small-school player with big-time potential. The Magic are putting together a nice team. Now, it needs to translate to results.

Boston Celtics: Danny Ainge drafted his backcourt of the future, selecting point guard Marcus Smart with the No. 6 pick and shooting guard James Young at No. 17. This doesn’t mean Rajon Rondo is going anywhere, but if and when that time comes for Ainge to cash in on Rondo, he won’t have to worry about his backcourt.

Utah Jazz: Taking Dante Exum with the fifth pick and putting him in the backcourt with Trey Burke is solid. That’s a combo that will give teams trouble, especially with Gordon Hayward (if the Jazz can keep the restricted free agent) and Alec Burks also on the wings. The Jazz also added big shooting guard Rodney Hood in the first round. This is another young team that is putting together talented pieces and now need to make it work by showing progress with an increase in victories. Can’t wait to see what new Jazz coach Quin Snyder does with this team.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins can be a great player, and the Cavaliers made the right choice taking a player who is ready to make the team better now — and could make them really good in a few years.

Milwaukee Bucks: A great situation for both sides — a team who wanted the player and a player who wanted the team. And Jabari Parker should contribute immediately for Milwaukee.

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets drafted center Jusuf Nurkic No. 16, and he will spend next season in Europe and got a steal at No. 19 with shooting guard Gary Harris, who was a projected lottery pick.

Written by Nick


Nick the Quick White is an avid fan of basketball and hip hop, and a contributing writer with WJS since 2013. Nick has interviewed rappers, ballers, rapper ballers, and baller rappers on the site and continues to preach that the NBA should have a team in Europe. Maybe because Nick currently lives outside London where to them Football is actually played with your feet, can you believe this fatuousness?

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