NBA: Winners and Losers From the Draft


  1. New Orleans Pelicans – You got Zion Williamson. From a basketball AND a marketing standpoint, you won the draft in the first five minutes. Getting Texas’ Jaxson Hayes and Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker were icing on the cake.
  2. Atlanta Hawks – They moved up to get Virgina’s DeAndre Hunter and also took Duke’s Cam Reddish at number 10. When you match those two with Trae Young, the future looks like it is now in Atlanta.
  3. Memphis Grizzlies – Obviously grabbing Ja Morant at number two was a huge get, but a late draft steal was pretty big also. The Grizzlies traded their number 24 pick and a 2024 first rounder to move up to get Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke. With a young core already there and coming in, the future looks bright in Memphis and may be here before you know it.


  1. Phoenix Suns – After dealing T.J Warren, the number six pick, the 32nd pick, and a protected 2020 first rounder, the Suns ended up with very little. They only got Aron Baynes, Dario Saric, Cam Johnson, Ty Jerome, and cash. They did receive some stuff, but gave up too much potential and production for what was given. Everyone is asking what was on their minds during all this.
  2. Washington Wizards – They reached at number nine on Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, who doesn’t defend well. Then the Wizards traded back into the second round for Jonathon Simmons for Philly who also isn’t a very good defender. By the way, the Wizards are a bad defensive team as it is and it just doesn’t seem like they got stronger with their weaknesses.
  3. Bol Bol – He went from being a high first round prospect to the number 44 selection by the Miami Heat. They turn right around and deal him to the Denver Nuggets. Ouch! It hurts the pride and it hurts the pocket book. Bol was the latest to get drafted out of all the green room invites. He swears he will make them all pay and prove he is worthy of his original place on the prospect list. Either way, this is something he won’t soon forget.

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