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Posted: Friday June 27, 2008 1:18PM; Updated: Friday June 27, 2008 1:28PM
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INSIDE THE NBA
NBA Draft Grades
SI.com's Marty Burns analyzes each team's moves in the 2008 draft.
 
Inc Atlanta Hawks
No picks
They traded their first-rounder to the Suns as part of the Joe Johnson deal three years ago, and they dealt their second-rounder to the Kings in the February trade for Mike Bibby.
 
C Boston Celtics
J.R. Giddens (No. 30); traded cash considerations to Washington for draft rights to Bill Walker (47)
The newly crowned champs didn't need much help, so Danny Ainge could afford to gamble on a talented, athletic shooting guard with a somewhat checkered past in Giddens. Based on talent, Walker is a good acquisition that late in the draft.
 
C Charlotte Bobcats
D.J. Augustin (9); Alexis Ajinca (20); Kyle Weaver (38)
New coach Larry Brown passed over much-needed big man Brook Lopez for Augustin, and used second first-rounder (acquired from the Nuggets) on a big man from France who will need time to develop. Doesn't matter, since Brown will want to trade them both in six months anyway.
 
A+ Chicago Bulls
Derrick Rose (1); traded rights to Sonny Weems (39) to Denver for 2009 second-round pick; traded three future second-round picks to Portland for rights to Omer Asik (36)
They get the top grade simply by virtue of not screwing it up. Rose was the right call for a team in need of a leader who can make everyone around him better. Chicago should have its franchise cornerstone for the next 10 years.
 
B- Cleveland Cavaliers
J.J. Hickson (19); traded future second-round pick to Miami for rights to Darnell Jackson (52); traded cash considerations to Seattle for rights to Sasha Kaun (56)
Locals might have preferred Ohio State center Kosta Koufos, but Hickson is a Jason Maxiell type with an NBA-ready body. He could join with LeBron James and Ben Wallace to form a frontcourt as intimidating as any in the NBA.
 
C Dallas Mavericks
Shan Foster (51)
You just know Mark Cuban was itching to make a splash somehow. But the Mavs gave up their first-rounder in last season's Jason Kidd blockbuster, so he'll have to settle for a good second-round value pick in Vanderbilt's sweet-shooting Foster.
 
Inc. Denver Nuggets
No picks
They traded their first-rounder to the Bobcats for a future No. 1 as they go about stockpiling assets for a possible future blockbuster.
 
B Detroit Pistons
Traded rights to D.J. White (29) to Seattle for rights to Walter Sharpe (32) and Trent Plaisted (46); Deron Washington (59)
Joe Dumars might be looking to shake up his roster, but apparently not through the draft. He traded his only first-round pick to the Sonics for two more second-rounders, giving him three prospects instead of one.
 
C Golden State Warriors
Anthony Randolph (14); Richard Hendrix (49)
VP Chris Mullin and coach Don Nelson can't seem to get enough of forwards with proverbial upside. They picked up another one in LSU string bean Randolph, one year after acquiring slender North Carolina forward Brandan Wright in a draft-night deal. Hendrix was a big rebounder at Alabama, an area of need for the Warriors.
 
B Houston Rockets
Traded rights to Nicolas Batum (19) to Portland for rights to Darrell Arthur (27) and Joey Dorsey (33); traded rights to Arthur to Memphis for rights to Donte' Greene (28) and 2009 second-round pick; Maarty Leunen (54)
GM Daryl Morey maneuvered to get a guy he targeted all along (Greene), plus another two prospects (Dorsey, Leunen). Greene gives the Rockets the shooting and athleticism that they were seeking. Dorsey has a shot at making the team.
 
B+ Indiana Pacers
Traded Jermaine O'Neal to Toronto for T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, the rights to Roy Hibbert (17) and a player to be determined; traded Ike Diogu and the rights to Jerryd Bayless (11) to Portland for Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts and the rights to Brandon Rush (13); Nathan Jawai (41)
Larry Bird promised changes, and he delivered. All told, the Pacers added seven new players (Jawai is expected to go to Toronto as part of the O'Neal trade). Who knows if it will work, but give Larry Legend credit for trying.
 
B Los Angeles Clippers
Eric Gordon (7); DeAndre Jordan (35); traded 2009 second-round pick to Portland for rights to Mike Taylor (55)
They couldn't find a way to move up to get their first choice in Mayo, but Gordon fills the same need for a scoring guard. Meanwhile, the 7-footer Jordan has to be considered a steal at that spot on the board.
 
C Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Crawford (58)
They gave up their first-rounder as part of the Pau Gasol trade. The Kentucky guard Crawford can score a little, but Kobe Bryant doesn't have anything to worry about.
 
B+ Memphis Grizzlies
Traded Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and rights to Kevin Love (5) to Minnesota for Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and rights to O.J. Mayo (3); traded rights to Donte' Greene (28) and a 2009 second-round pick to Houston for rights to Darrell Arthur (27)
GM Chris Wallace swung a big deal for Mayo, widely considered the third-best player in the draft, but he gave up a lot in Miller and the rights to Love. Plus, he didn't exactly endear himself to locals by passing on Memphis products Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts with later picks.
 
A+ Miami Heat
Michael Beasley (2); traded two second-round picks in 2009 to Minnesota for rights to Mario Chalmers (34); traded rights to Darnell Jackson (52) to Cleveland for future second-round pick
Like the Bulls, they get a top grade just for snagging franchise player in Beasley. Pat Riley also picked up some needed point-guard help in Chalmers.
 
A- Milwaukee Bucks
Joe Alexander (8); Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (37)
New GM John Hammond and coach Scott Skiles added two tough defenders in Alexander and Mbah a Moute to go with newly acquired forward Richard Jefferson. Suddenly the Bucks are a lot better defensively than they were yesterday.
 
A- Minnesota Timberwolves
Traded Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and rights to O.J. Mayo (3) to Memphis for Mike Miller, Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and rights to Kevin Love (5); Nikola Pekovic (31); traded rights to Mario Chalmers (34) to Miami for two future second-round picks and cash considerations
VP Kevin McHale got the guy he wanted (Love) all along, thanks to a late swap with the Grizzlies. He also picked up a terrific long-term prospect in Pekovic in the second round. But if Mayo turns into another Brandon Roy ...
 
A New Jersey Nets
Brook Lopez (10); Ryan Anderson (21); Chris Douglas-Roberts (40)
Call them the NEW New Jersey Nets. President Rod Thorn parlayed his picks into an impressive haul that included the top center in the draft (Lopez) and two other solid prospects. Along with the trade for Yi Jianlian, it was a big day in the Swamp.
 
Inc. New Orleans Hornets
No picks
They traded their first-rounder to the Blazers for cash as they save pennies for Chris Paul's big windfall in a couple of years.
 
B New York Knicks
Danilo Gallinari (6)
You knew Mike D'Antoni couldn't resist going for the Italian Stallion. Knicks fans might have booed the choice, but the 6-8 Gallinari is a sweet-shooting prospect who could develop into a great fit in D'Antoni's system.
 
B Orlando Magic
Courtney Lee (22)
They needed a shooting guard, and they got the top one left on the board in Western Kentucky's Lee. They didn't have their second-round pick, having sent it to Miami last year as compensation for hiring Stan Van Gundy.
 
B- Philadelphia 76ers
Marreese Speights (16)
GM Ed Stefanski has pulled all the right strings so far, so we won't second-guess his decision to take Speights over guys like Darrell Arthur or Donte' Greene. They gave up their second-round pick to the Jazz in last year's Kyle Korver deal.
 
C Phoenix Suns
Robin Lopez (15); traded rights to Malik Hairston (48), a future second-round pick and cash considerations to San Antonio for rights to Goran Dragic (45)
After talking a lot about trading up, they stood pat and settled for a solid backup center type in Lopez. Of course, with Shaquille O'Neal as the starting center, they are liable to need a backup center.
 
A- Portland Trail Blazers
Traded Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts and rights to Brandon Rush (13) to Indiana for Ike Diogu and rights to Jerryd Bayless (11); traded rights to Darrell Arthur (27) and Joey Dorsey (33) to Houston for rights to Nicolas Batum (25); traded rights to Omer Asik (36) to Chicago for three future second-round picks; traded rights to Mike Taylor (55) to L.A. Clippers for 2009 second-round pick
For the second year in a row, they made a dizzying array of moves. When the dust settled, they had a dynamic scorer in Bayless as well as a boatload of future picks.
 
C Sacramento Kings
Jason Thompson (12); Sean Singletary (42); Patrick Ewing Jr. (43);
Thompson was projected to go lower, but president Geoff Petrie must have been either unwilling or unable to trade down. Singletary and Ewing Jr. appear to be solid picks at their respective spots.
 
C San Antonio Spurs
George Hill (26); traded rights to Goran Dragic (45) to Phoenix for rights to Malik Hairston (48), a future second-round pick and cash considerations; James Gist (57)
Hill wasn't even listed in the 224-page NBA draft guide, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that he believes the guard from IUPUI "will make our team better right off the bat."
 
B- Seattle SuperSonics
Russell Westbrook (4); Serge Ibaka (24); traded rights to Walter Sharpe (32) and Trent Plaisted (46) to Detroit for rights to D.J. White (29); DeVon Hardin (50); traded rights to Sasha Kaun (56) to Cleveland for cash considerations
They parlayed draft-high six picks into several intriguing prospects, most notably Westbrook and Ibaka. But will they regret passing on Kevin Love or Brook Lopez, and why trade up for the workmanlike White? Was he going to be off the board at 32?
 
B Toronto Raptors
Traded T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, the rights to Roy Hibbert (17) and a player to be determined to Indiana for Jermaine O'Neal
They sent their first-rounder to Indiana as part of the O'Neal trade. If O'Neal stays healthy, it will have been worth it. The Raptors had previously dealt their second-rounder to the Spurs, but they are expected to get second-round pick Nathan Jawai (No. 41) from the Pacers.
 
C Utah Jazz
Kosta Koufos (23); Ante Tomic (44); Tadija Dragicevic (53)
They apparently can't get enough big men. They got a solid center prospect for now in the 7-foot Koufos, and another decent long-range one in Tomic ... unless they turn out to be another Greg Ostertag and Rafael Araujo.
 
B Washington Wizards
JaVale McGee(18); traded rights to Bill Walker (47) to Boston for cash considerations.
GM Ernie Grunfeld filled a need for depth in the middle by tabbing McGee, the best big man left on the board, passing over forwards such as J.J Hickson and Darrell Arthur. He must be confident he can re-sign Antawn Jamison.
 

 
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