NBA: Winners and Losers of the Draft

The 2019 NBA Draft was held on June 20th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The night was filled with many emotions and trades and many teams moved up and moved down to get the player they wanted to get. They were, of course, winners and Loser and here a the winners and losers of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Winners

New Orleans Pelicans

What a time to be a fan of the New Orleans Pelicans. Pelicans drafted Zion Williamson first overall and pick. This is the most obvious reason to why they are winners in his years draft but another reason is because of what GM David Griffin has done with the team.

Before the draft, the Pelicans had the 1st and the 4th pick. The team flipped that pick as well as the 57th pick and Solomon Hill’s contract to the Atlanta Hawks. In return, they received the 8th, 17th, and the 35th pick.

New Orleans now other young assets to pair up with Williamson. The team traded away Anthony Davis which is how they got the 4th pick and received Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart. They will also get the Lakers 2021 pick if it falls in the top- eight and it will be unprotected in 2022 if it does not fall in the top eight. The chance to swap with the Lakers in 2023, as well as the Lakers, pick in 2024 or 2025.

The Pelicans luck has changed around in just a few short months and their future seems to be set for the long term and short term and currently have one of the best young cores in the NBA.

Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks come out on top in this year’s draft, the team acquired the number four pick from the Pelicans. The team drafted Deandre Hunter from the University of Virginia as well as Cam Reddish from Duke with the  10th pick.

Both Hunter and Reddish can really bring something to the defensive end of the floor the only question is what they can bring offensively. Reddish has a very high floor as he will have a lot to prove since he was in an awkward position with  RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson on the team.

The Hawks are moving in the right direction for the rebuild adding Reddish and Hunter to play alongside Trae Young, Kevin Huerter and John Collins

Honorable Mentions- Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

Losers

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns somehow came up on the losing end of the NBA draft. The position that the Suns are in desperate need of is a point guard but the draft SF Cameron Johnson out of UNC. Not to mention they traded down going from 6th to 11th and they could have drafted a PG with that sixth pick such as a Coby White.

Now Cameron Johnson is not a bad player and seems like he will be a solid pro, but him going 11th had fans a bit surprised all while he was projected to go somewhere in the 20s or even a 2nd round pick. Not to mention Johnson has been dealing with health problems being injured in every season he’s played in and having surgery on both hips.

The Suns also traded the 6th pick and did not get much in return for that pick as they only received the 11th pick and Dario Saric is surprising as they could have received more for that pick.

Phoenix also made another questionable move earlier that day by trading T.J. Warren and the 32nd pick to the Indiana Pacers. In return, they received only cash considerations. Warren averaged 18.0 pts and shot 42.8 percent from the three-point line on four attempts per game. So whatever the Suns think they are going to get from Cameron Johnson they probably already had that with Warren.  now the one reason on to why the Suns did not draft a point guard as that they think they have a chance to land a point guard in free agency this summer. With names such as D’Angelo Russell, Ricky Rubio and Derrick Rose being free agents this year.

The fit of Johnson, Booker, and Ayton might be a good fit as he is one of the best scorers in this draft class, just taking him that early does not seem like that was the best choice.

Honorable Mentions- Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards

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