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2013 NBA draft grades: West teams
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 28, 2013 @ 8:46 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
A wild NBA draft is over after trades galore and one huge move that had nothing to do with the draft and won’t even be official for another two weeks. So who won?
USA TODAY Sports’ draft grades take into account only what happened on draft night that was relevant to the draft itself. They are not weighted for the impact of the players, so that a team with only one second-round pick could get an A or an F depending on what the team did with its pick, even though the selection might not have much impact on the franchise’s future.
With that said, here are the 15 Western Conference teams:
New face: No. 18 PG Shane Larkin
The Mavericks slid down the board twice in the first down and have little to show for it aside from the player they may have picked 13th anyway. They received two future second-round picks from the Boston Celtics, but those only go so far, and they gave away last year’s first-rounder, Jared Cunningham, in an effort to cut salary. Larkin is a good point guard and good fit in a need position, but this draft was all about freeing up cap space for the Mavericks. They did that to some degree but might have been better off going with someone like Giannis Antetokounmpo, the No. 15 pick who likely will stay in Greece for a couple years and therefore off the Milwaukee Bucks’ payroll.
New faces: No. 46 PG Erick Green, No. 55 PF Joffrey Lauvergne, PF Darrell Arthur
Arthur is the big addition here, and he’s a good player at a position of need. But Denver gave up starting center Kosta Koufos for a backup power forward, so the praise can’t go too far. Moreover, trading the No. 27 pick for the No. 46 pick and cash was a cheap move from a franchise in disarray. Green is a good fit for the Nuggets, but they have needs at the wings unless they plan to keep either Andre Iguodala or Corey Brewer. Lauvergne is a non-factor who probably won’t ever reach the NBA.
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