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First Round Draft Review – The Winners and Losers. (Picks 1-10)

By Elliott03

1. Anthony Davis – New Orleans Hornets, 6-11, Power Forward

– Davis knew he was going to be the number one pick before the lottery. He will be the franchise player that a struggling New Orleans’ team desperately needs, after the departure of Chris Paul. Davis’ upside is massive, he is a long, athletic player who is  the most talented rebounder and shot blocker since Shaquille O’Neal, although he does needs to add muscle. He is a talented defender and can defend various  positions. At 6-11, his reach extends nine feet. With the departure of Eric Gordon, Davis becomes the best player in the team, and the man the Hornets will rely on, a lot of pressure for a rookie.
Rating – 9.5/10
Fit With Team 10/10
Winners or Losers? Winners

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Bobcats, 6-7, Small Forward

– Kidd-Gilchrist, in his first year at Kentucky, averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds, a game, a fantasic effort. He was named in the All-SEC (College version all-NBA) first team. He is possibly the most dynamic athlete in the draft, and gives his everything on the court. He is a persistent rebounder and offensive attacker. His perimeter game still needs time to develop, and I’m unsure if the Bobcat’s made the correct choice, as Kidd-Gilchrist is not the sort of player who can immediately turn around their fortunes.
Rating – 9/10
Fit With Team 6/10
Winners or Losers? Losers

3. Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards, 6-5, Shooting Guard

Beal is a great athlete who prefers shooting guard, but can also play the point. However, he is a terrific rebounder for a guard. He is a highly regarded shooter, with it being one of his best attributes. He is very clutch and is not afraid to take the big shot when the game is on the line. As talented an offensive player as he is, he also is a solid contributor defensive end. He should be an immediate contributor. He will possibly be used as a combo guard off the bench in his rookie year.

Rating – 9/10
Fit With Team  – 9/10
Winners or Losers? – Winners

4. Dion Waiters – Cleveland Cavaliers, 6-4 Shooting Guard

Waiters is an attacking 2, who likes to attack the rim, his jump shot needs work, but that will come in time. Waiters scored 10 or more points in 26 of 37 games for Syracuse, and finished the year averaging 12.6, as the Big East’s Sixth man of the year. It is likely that because of his size and ball handling prowess, he will guard the point at some stage in his career. A good choice to accompany Kyrie Irving in the back court.

Rating – 8.5/10
Fit With Team  –    9/10
Winners or Losers? – Winners

5. Thomas Robinson – Sacramento Kings, 6-9, Power Forward

Robinson was a first-team All-American in his junior season at Kansas. He was averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds a game, whilst he lead the nation with 27 double-doubles! He is long and athletic, not too dissimilar to Davis, but is slightly undersized for his position. He is a hard, tough defender, and his offensive game will continue to improve in the NBA. Expected to be taken earlier in the draft, he was a steal for the Kings.

Rating – 9/10
Fit With Team – 9/10
Winners or Losers? – Winners

6.  Damian Lillard – Portland Trail Blazers, 6-3, , Point Guard

Lillard started all but five games throughout his college career in Weber State,  as a senior, he averaged 24.5 points and five rebounds! Offensively, he can drive penetratingly and can create his own shot. He is also very talented on the perimeter. He makes few turnovers, has a terrific work ethic and gives his all, although some scouts say he needs to improve his court vision.

Rating – 8/10
Fit With Team  –  9/10
Winners or Losers? – Winners

7. Harrison Barnes – Golden State Warriors, 6-8, Small Forward

Throughout his college career, Barnes averaged 16.4 points and 5.5 rebounds. He has a great mid-range game and can score from nearly anywhere on the floor. He is still a little weak for his  long frame and need to improve his ability to create shots off the dribble. He is a good defender and has a terrific basketball IQ.

Rating – 8.5/10
Fit With Team  –    8/10
Winners or Losers – Winners

8. Terrence Ross – Toronto Raptors, 6-7, Small Forward

Ross is a dynamic athlete who averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds during his final season at Washington. He likes to get to the basket and is decent from beyond the paint. He tends to pass off to his teammates instead of taking the shot himself, but is a playmaking defender who should be able to contribute right away, a real climber of the draft

Rating – 7.5/10
Fit With Team  –    6/10
W or L – Losers

9. Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons, 7-0, Center

The Pistons wanted Drummond right from the start of the draft, and they got their man. Drummond had one very impressive season with Connecticut before declaring for the NBA draft. That season was good enough for All-Big East rookie honours, he has a great jump shot, impressive  for his size, but he settles for perimeter shots too often, and doesn’t attack. He could make a difference on both ends of the court, but he was often inconsistent. Widely considered the riskiest pick in the draft, he will either be a huge boom, or a huge bust

Rating – 8/10
Fit With Team  –    7/10
W or L – TBC

10. Austin Rivers – New Orleans Hornets, 6-5, Shooting Guard

The son of Celtics head coach, Doc Rivers, Austin brings a charismatic, almost egotistic 2, with immense skill. In his first season at Duke he averaged 15.5 points, and many believe that with another year in college, he could have been the 2013 Number 1 pick. Rivers has deep range and is very confident shooting, which can translate to him being  a little selfish. He is a good ball handler and has an outstanding crossover move. With the departure of Eric Gordon to Phoenix, Rivers may end up starting alongside Davis in his rookie year.

Rating – 8/10
Fit With Team  –    8/10
W or L – Winners

Yours in Basketball,

Elliott

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About elliott03

Elliott Hoffmann is the chief writer, analyst and co-founder of the Point Forward Podcast. A basketball agnostic with a soft spot for the Thunder, Kings and Pistons, tune into the Point Forward Podcast and you’ll often find him spruiking the wonderfulness of Russell Westbrook or contemplating the dysfunctional Kings. Elliott is a big fan of X’s and O’s and a user of analytics, all whilst still believing in team chemistry and longevity. He is the current owner of a Westbrook Christmas Day jersey, McGrady cartoon Raptor jersey and is looking to further that collection. On the court, he's a pass first Point Guard (capable of playing Shooting Guard as well), who loves knocking down a corner three and not defending – think Jarrett Jack. Outside of basketball, he can be found watching cricket or AFL, playing chess or looking up more basketball stats. Idol: Zach Lowe. Twitter: @PFPElliott

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