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2016 NBA Draft Winners and Losers

Draft Winners 

Oklahoma City Thunder 

OKC didn’t wait to make a major splash trading forward Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic.

Magic Receive: Serge Ibaka

Thunder Receive: Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and 11th pick, power forward Domantas Sabonis out of Gonzaga

Beautiful move by OKC. One of my big issues in the playoffs is when push came to shove, I didn’t trust their depth. They have two bonafide superstars sure, but when Dion Waiters is playing significant minutes, bless your heart.

They dump a large contract on Serge Ibaka freeing up cap space for Kevin Durant this year and Russell Westbrook next year. Additionally, you get a solid starter or sixth man in Victor Oladipo at the two who will help create much needed space on the floor. Then they also get Ilyasova, a rotational guy who is much better three point shooter than Ibaka and can stretch the floor.

Sabonis will also be a great plug and play for OKC to pair with Illyasova, Steven Adams and Enes Kanter. Congrats you addressed a serious issue adding some depth and getting guys who can stretch the floor. Now just hope that Kevin Durant doesn’t leave you.

New Orleans Pelicans 

buddy.gifI will try my best not to be too much of a homer here, but fucking a! I love them picking Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield pick at 6. They address an immediate need for a shooting guard. Speaking of, hang on one second…

Eric Gordon. Thanks for coming out, we’ll call ya. Best of luck in your future endeavors. Your Napoleon Syndrome is needed elsewhere.

Good, glad I got that out. Buddy Hield though! #BoomerSooner

He will likely start right away. Long term, he could wind up having a fantastic career as a starter or sixth man. Someone who can knock down big shots and answer to the call of duty, similar to someone like Jamal Crawford. I am more than OK with that.

If you’re thinking he is a perennial all-star, tone it down.

Side note, wasn’t a fan of giving up two second rounds later in the night. Take more picks and hope you can hit.

Chicago Bulls 

Just a couple of days ago, they got rid of a major headache in Derrick Rose. He is not even a shadow of what he was in his MVP days and I wish people would stop trying to make fetch happen. It’s not going to happen. fetch.gif

Picking in the middle of a draft is always the worst because it means two things…

1- You don’t have a lottery pick and basically lose hope on a major stud.

2- You obviously are in no position to win a title.

However, the Bulls made the most of it selecting Michigan State Small Forward Denzel Valentine. He will never be a star, but he can be a solid rotational guy who can make an impact on both ends as long as he can stay healthy.

The dude has jacked up knees in case you were wondering.

The combination of making the most of a mid round selection and getting rid of Rose, you get the nod from this guy.

Phoenix Suns 

The Suns landed Croatia power forward Dragan Bender and then landed Washington power forward Marquese Chriss.

The Suns managed to get two picks in the top 10 which is always a commodity. They used both on drafting a position of need. It is universally known that Bender will be a project player, while Chriss can probably start right away for them. Hopefully, he doesn’t pick up 6 fouls in the first half every game considering he fouled out of 15 games last year. Apparently, the Suns were debating which of these guys they wanted more and they got both so kudos.

While this doesn’t make them a contender, the reason I have them as a winner is because they needed a big and got two. Both of which could possibly pan out. If they don’t, they aren’t winning now anyway, so they will probably get more chances to hit on high picks.

Los Angeles Lakers 

Love the Ingram pick, not that there was another option at two. Lakers did what was expected. Ingram can shoot and has a ton of range so he can help add some outside scoring. The Lakers already have a crop of young talent with D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. Adding Ingram is just a bonus.



Draft Losers 

Orlando Magic

Shit-The-BEd.pngOh dear lord, you guys shit the bed harder than a three-year old with a stomach virus. You gave up a rookie (Sabonis), an up and comer (Oladipo) and a veteran role player (Ilyasova) for Serge Ibaka.

I don’t hate Ibaka at all. I just don’t love him. I certainly wouldn’t waste all of that talent to get him. You guys had a nice young crop of talent with Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Oladipo and you just broke that up.

Ibaka’s numbers have regressed the last two years, even on the defensive end. I don’t like it at all. You guys just gave up too much.

Boston Celtics 

Instead of trading the no. 3 pick in the draft, the Celtics decided to take California forward Jaylen Brown.

They had a chance to land any of the following, Bulls Jimmy Butler, Jazz guard Gordon Hayward, Bucks players Jabari Parker or Khris Middleton.

76ers also offered Center Nerlens Noel, forward Robert Covington and two picks (24 and 26) for the three spot.

The Celtics dropped the ball. Head Coach Brad Stevens loves defense so it makes sense why they love Brown, but look how much you left on the table. He also had great shoot arounds in private workouts. Cool bro.

This is my big issue with front office folks. You like what you saw in private workouts, but what did he show during the year? He was wildly inconsistent shooting the rock. Things change a little bit when you have defenders chasing you around.

You also turned two very high second round choices into a lottery protected 2019 first.

Get bent dude.Gambino.gif

Interviews during the draft 

This is probably my favorite part of the draft every year. It is so uncomfortable watching some of these guys or I should say kids talk. A lot of these guys can’t even buy beer and here they are getting to shine on a bright stage. Good for them!

Just don’t talk because I will be sitting on my couch laughing at you struggle to say things like…

“I am really excited to be part of this organization, they have great management from the top to the bottom. I just hope I can come in and do my part.”

You better learn that one guys because that is your go to when you don’t have an answer.

This kids also need to learn to be better liars. That’ll come with time thought. Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis fell to the first pick of the second round. You could clearly tell he was mad. Bless his heart, he did his best to try and hide his emotion. When you say, I’m just happy to be drafted and you can see smoke coming from your ears, I don’t believe you.

I know it was a late pick, but you just made it to the NBA, smile dude.ijustliketosmile.gif



Philadelphia 76ers

We all knew the city of brotherly love was taking LSU forward Ben Simmons. Apparently they have plans to use him as their point guard. A 6’10 point guard is kind of scary to think about. I love the move for Simmons because I am huge fan. I can see him being a 18 point, 8 assist and 6 rebound kind of guy.

I really don’t like that they still sit on a roster with Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. They tried to move one of them, but it just never happened. We still have plenty of time for a trade. I will give them the dreaded incomplete grade for now because there is still work to do before I am sold.

Minnesota Timberwolves 

I love the T-wolves getting Providence point guard Kris Dunn, however they need to move Ricky Rubio. He has a nice contract in place so if he sits in favor of a rookie, it is an absolute waste of space. I do believe a trade will be made sooner rather than later. And when it does get made, bet your ass they are on my winner list.

Another reason I am on board with the T-wolves, I really believe they made a brilliant move not trading their pick and Zach Lavine to Chicago for Jimmy Butler. Lavine is improving every year and now you get Dunn with the pick. Kudos to the T-Wolves because this team will FANTASTIC in the near future.


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