By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director
For the most part, teams made good moves whether it was by trades or draft selections. There was not too much to overly criticize due to the few questionable acquisitions.
Here are the winners, losers and key trades.
Denver – Ty Lawson, PG (UNC) from the Minnesota trade
Chauncey Billups will be a great mentor to Lawson.
Golden State – Stephen Curry, G (Davidson)
The Warriors selected arguably the best shooter in the draft.
Indiana – Tyler Hansbrough, PF (UNC) and A.J. Price, G (UConn)
You can say all you want about potential, but Hansbrough had one of the most productive college careers in history. Price was a great 2nd round pickup.
Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin, PF (Oklahoma)
The best player in the draft (pictured to the right with the white jersey) will try to help the worst franchise in basketball.
Memphis – Hasheem Thabeet, C (UConn), DeMarre Carroll, PF (Missouri), and Sam Young, SF (Pittsburgh)
The collection of these three athletes should benefit the Grizzles.
Minnesota – Ricky Rubio, PG (Spain), Jonny Flynn, PG (Syracuse), Wayne Ellington, G, (UNC), and Denver’s 1st Round pick next year (Ty Lawson trade)
The combination of Rubio and Flynn has puzzled many analysts, but it makes sense to me. The T-Wolves can always trade one of them, especially when Rubio isn’t a given to play in the NBA soon.
San Antonio – Richard Jefferson, SF (Milwaukee trade), DeJuan Blair, PF (Pittsburgh), Jack McClinton, PG, (Miami), and Nando De Colo, SG (France)
Jefferson is a good addition, and Blair is an underrated physical player.
Los Angeles Lakers – Cinemelu Elonu, PF (Texas A&M)
They traded the draft rights to Toney Douglass and Patrick Beverly and only received future 2nd Round picks and cash.
Toronto – DeMar DeRozan, SG (USC)
He has potential but not production. I’d rather have the latter. He was a gamble when more polished players were still on the board.
New York Knicks get: Darko Milicic
Memphis Grizzles get: Quentin Richardson and cash
Orlando Magic get: Vince Cater and Ryan Anderson
New Jersey Nets get: Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, and Tony Battie
Cleveland Cavaliers get: Shaquille O’Neal (pictured right)
Phoenix Suns get: Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, 2010 2nd Round pick, and 500,000 cash
Atlanta Hawks get: Jamal Crawford
Golden State Warriors get: Acie Law and Speedy Claxton
San Antonio Spurs get: Richard Jefferson
Milwaukee Bucks get: Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Fabricio Oberto
Minnesota get: #5 pick in draft (Ricky Rubio), Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila, and Oleksiy Pecherov
Washington Wizards get: Mike Miller and Randy Foye
WSOE Sports Director