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Posted: Friday June 29, 2007 11:43AM; Updated: Friday June 29, 2007 12:12PM
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NBA Draft Grades
SI.com's Marty Burns analyzes each team's moves in the 2007 draft.
C Indiana Pacers
Traded 2009 second-round pick to Heat for Stanko Barac (39)
They began the night without any picks, but picked up Barac, a 7-foot-1 Croatian who is still raw, for a pick two years from now. Larry Bird must have really wanted to get in the draft.
B Los Angeles Clippers
Al Thornton (14); Jared Jordan (45)
They lucked out when Thornton slipped down to them, filling a need for an NBA-ready forward who can step in and perhaps contribute right away. Unless, of course, those rumors that Thornton needs wrist surgery prove to be accurate.
B Los Angeles Lakers
Javaris Crittenton (19); Sun Yue (40), Marc Gasol (48)
They can now offer him a big point guard (Crittenton), a Gasol and even the Sun, but it isn't likely to get Kobe Bryant to rescind his trade demand. Now if it were Jason Kidd, Pau Gasol and any Phoenix Sun, it might be a different story.
A- Memphis Grizzlies
Mike Conley (4)
They filled a need at point guard with the best one on the board in Conley, who should team with Kyle Lowry to give them two solid young playmakers. But it won't make up for the pain of losing the top pick in the draft lottery.
B Miami Heat
Traded right to Jason Smith (20) to 76ers for rights to Daequan Cook, (21) a 2009 second-round pick and cash;
They milked an extra draft pick out of the Sixers by drafting Smith, then trading him to Philly for the guy they wanted in Cook. The Ohio State product fills a need for another bench shooter, but rookies seldom play much for Pat Riley.
C Milwaukee Bucks
Yi Jianlian (6); Ramon Sessions (56)
GM Larry Harris took a huge gamble by using his top pick on Yi, who apparently doesn't want to play in Milwaukee. If Harris can't parlay it into a trade (hello, Golden State), he might someday regret passing on Corey Brewer or Brandan Wright.
B Minnesota Timberwolves
Corey Brewer (7); Chris Richard (41)
Does the fact that Kevin McHale passed on Wright and Noah indicate Kevin Garnett is sticking around? Either way, Brewer is a solid pick at No. 7, and fills a need for a versatile small forward who can also defend.
B New Jersey Nets
Sean Williams (17)
Williams is a major talent who ranked among nation's top shot-blockers before being dismissed from the BC team in January for violating team rules. The Nets need help down low, and they scored a year ago with a similar gamble on a player who had had off-court problems in point guard Marcus Williams.
B New Orleans Hornets
Julian Wright (13); Adam Haluska (43)
Wright is a tremendous athlete with a diverse skill set, and he gives them some insurance in case Desmond Mason departs via free agency. But the Kansas sophomore is still raw and figures to need time to develop.
A- New York Knicks
Wilson Chandler (23); traded 2008 second-round pick to Trail Blazers for Demetris Nichols (53)
Isiah Thomas got a good all-around prospect who can defend multiple positions in Chandler, but the real coup was acquiring Zach Randolph from the Blazers for Channing Frye and Steve Francis and his fat contract. Throw in the Randolph Morris pickup back in March, and it's a success on paper for New York.