Quick links:
 Latest Team Rankings
 Free Rivals Alerts
 Member Services
ShopMobileRadio RSSRivals.com Yahoo! Sports

July 1, 2007

NBA Draft Grades: Southeast Division

Rivals.com has partnered with NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony and his staff at DraftExpress.com to analyze the results of Thursday's draft. Givony hands out grades for each team, and we have grouped them by division. Below, please find the grades for the Southeast Division.

This report card was based off three things:

I: How well the team satisfied its needs or filled gaps on the roster with the hand they were dealt.
II: How much value teams received from the picks they had.
III: Subjective opinions on the player(s) they landed and how well they fit with the team's style of play, the direction they are headed and what we know about the organization.

Draft Grades Methodology:

A: The team probably could not have done any better considering the situation.
B: The team did well in filling their needs, getting fair value from their pick and getting a prospect that fits their system and the direction the franchise is heading.
C: The team had an average draft, not great - but also did not embarrass their fans.
D: The team should have done a better job with the picks they made.
F: The team did a terrible job and their fans have every reason to be angry.

Southeast Division:
Atlanta Hawks | Charlotte Bobcats | Miami Heat | Orlando Magic | Washington Wizards

Charlotte Bobcats
Draft Grade: A+
I couldn't disagree more with some other analysts' feelings regarding the Jason Richardson trade. Every young team reaches a tipping point where it's time to stop loading up on talent that needs to be extended at the end of their rookie contract. Charlotte needs to start focusing on winning playoff games. Jason Richardson is only 26 years old, and he averaged 23 points per game when he was last healthy for an entire season. Brandan Wright might turn into a 20-points-per-game guy in three years, but then again he might not. Charlotte has no salary cap issues to worry about right now, and Richardson is a high-character guy. This trade was an excellent move, as was drafting [i]another[/i] proven winner in Jared Dudley. People scoffed when we had Dudley ranked as a first-round pick five months ago (he was slotted late second round to undrafted everywhere else back then), but Dudley won the Bobcats over the same way he did us.
Rd
Sel#
Player
Pos
School/Organization
1.
22.
Jared Dudley
F
Boston College
2.
36.
Jermareo Davidson (from Golden State)
F
Alabama

Miami Heat
Draft Grade: D
Miami was not picking in a slot that was going to excite anyone, but you have to wonder about this pick. For one, Cook is a shooting guard. Miami really doesn't have a need for another one behind Dwyane Wade and Dorell Wright. Cook wasn't able to get off the bench for Ohio State during the second half of the season because of his questionable defensive ability. It's very tough to imagine Pat Riley will see things differently. At No. 39, the Heat continued to ignore their needs for help at the point guard slot. Instead, Miami preferred to pick up yet another 2009 second-round pick. Extorting cash out of Philly for the rights to Jason Smith was a pretty slick move, but Miami's future doesn't look much brighter because of it.
Rd
Sel#
Player
Pos
School/Organization
1.
19.
Daequan Cook (from Philadelphia)
G
Ohio State

Washington Wizards
Draft Grade: A
The Wizards couldn't believe their luck when Young fell to them at No. 16. Young fills a need at the 2-guard spot and had the talent to easily get drafted in the lottery. His athleticism and perimeter shooting on the wing will come in handy as Jarvis Hayes is finally shown the door. If Young can learn to defend adequately and do the little things, the Wizards might have found their starting shooting guard of the future.

In the middle of the second round, the Wizards got a player who we've liked all year in Dominic McGuire. He brings even more athleticism, as well as plenty of versatility as a combo forward. McGuire has been playing hurt for some time now, so we may not have even seen the best of him. All in all, the Wizards did a really nice job both filling needs and getting players with solid upside to continue to improve where they were drafting.

Rd
Sel#
Player
Pos
School/Organization
1.
16.
Nick Young
G
USC
2.
47.
Dominic McGuire (from Miami)
F
Fresno State



Nebraska NEWS

[More]

Latest Headlines:


 

Rivals.com is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
Site-specific editorial/photos HuskerOnline.com. All rights reserved. This website is an officially and independently operated source of news and information not affiliated with any school or team.
About | Advertise with Us | Contact | Privacy Policy | About our Ads | Terms of Service | Copyright/IP policy | Yahoo! Sports - NBC Sports Network

Statistical information 2014 STATS LLC All Rights Reserved.