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NBA DRAFT FIRST ROUND PICKS GOOD MOVE OR BAD

GOOD PICK: Wiggins is the best long-term player in the draft and has the highest ceiling.

2Jabari Parker SF, Duke
GOOD PICK: Parker’s almost a hometown hero in Milwaukee, he grew up in Chicago and is the most NBA-ready player in the draft.
3Joel Embiid C, Kansas
GOOD PICK: Embiid’s the best prospect in the draft, he would have gone #1  but injury concerns scared Cleveland and Milwaukee away, but not Phili.
  Aaron Gordon  PF, Arizona
BAD PICK: I love Gordon, don’t get me wrong but he isn’t the right fit for Orlando, they needed shooting and a point guard Dante Exum anyone?
5Dante Exum PG, Australia
GOOD PICK: The Jazz got a franchise-caliber player here and now they can use Trey Burke as trade bait or just a solid backup for Exum.
6Marcus Smart PG, Oklahoma State
GOOD PICK: If you’re a Celtics fan and you like Rajon Rondo SORRY! This pick almost surly means the Celts will trade the Kentucky native but that is what’s best for Boston.
7Julius Randle PF, Kentucky
GOOD PICK: As expected the Lakers got help in the paint, where they struggled deeply last year.
8Nik Stauskus SG, Michigan
BAD PICK: Kind of a head-scratcher, they already have Ben McLemore, they needed defensive help.
9Noah Vonleah PF, Indiana
GOOD PICK: Vonleah is an upside pick and was the best available player.
10 Elfrid Payton PG, Louisiana-Lafayette (TRADED)
GOOD TRADE: Payton was traded to the Magic for Dario Saric, a 2015 2nd-round pick and a future first-round pick.
11Doug McDermott  SF, Creighton (TRADED)
GOOD TRADE: McDermott and Anthony Randolph were traded to the Bulls for Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Harris, and a 2015 2nd-round pick.
12Dario Saric PF, Croatia (TRADED)
BAD TRADE: The Magic traded Saric, a 2015 2nd-rounder and a future 1st-rounder for Elfrid Payton. A 1st AND 2nd rounder is too much to move up two stops
13Zach LaVine PG, UCLA
BAD PICK: His shot selection is terrible and isn’t NBA-ready.
14TJ Warren SF, NC State
GOOD PICK: The Suns needed help on the wing and got it, this guy just has a knack for scoring buckets.
15Adreian Payne  PF, Michigan State
GOOD PICK: He is the best shooting big man in the draft and the Hawks love shooters.
16Jusuf Nurkic C, Croatia (TRADED)
BAD TRADE: Nurkic, Gary Harris, and a 2015 2nd-rounder were traded for Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph. What were you thinking Chicago?
17James Young SF, Kentucky
GOOD PICK: Young is a great value pick here with lots of upside.
18Tyler Ennis PG, Syracuse
GOOD PICK: The Suns have been searching for a true Point Guard for a while now and have found one in Ennis. He sees the floor well and nearly never makes mistakes.
19Gary Harris SG, Michigan State (TRADED)
BAD TRADE: Harris, Jusuf Nurkic, and 2015 2nd-rounder were traded for Doug McDermott and Anthony Randolph.
20 Bruno Caboclo SF, Brazil
BAD PICK: This is a huge risk for the Raptors and Caboclo isn’t NBA-ready by any stretch of the imagination.
21Mitch McGary PF, Michigan
GOOD PICK: McGary could have been an early-lottery guy but a back injury sent him spiraling down draft boards. I think this is a good move for OKC because this guys talent is through the roof, if he’s okay from his injury.
22Jordan Adams SG, UCLA
GOOD PICK: Adams is one of the best scorers in the draft and you can never have too many scorers.
23Rodney Hood SG, Duke
GOOD PICK: The Jazz got just what they wanted, a big shooter that can play the 2 or the 3.
24Shabazz Napier PG, Connecticut (TRADED)
GOOD TRADE: The Hornets gave up Shabazz for PJ Hariston and 2 2nd round picks (one this year and another in 2015).
25Clint Capela PF, Switzerland
BAD PICK: Capela big and athletic but is too raw to warrant a 1st-rounder.
26PJ Hariston SG, North Carolina
BAD TRADE: The Heat gave up Hariston, a 2nd rounder this year and a 2nd rounder next year to get Shabazz Napier. I get they were  trying to lure LeBron but isn’t this price a little steep?
27 Bogdan Bogdanovic SG, Serbia
GOOD PICK: Bogdanovic would be NBA ready right now but the Suns will probably let him develop in Serbia and bring him over once the time is right.
28 CJ Wilcox SG, Washington
BAD PICK: They need shooters but there are much better picks than Wilcox here, did the Clippers think this was the 28th pick of the 2nd round?
29Josh Huestis PF, Stanford
GOOD PICK: Huestis is a surprise this early but when I go back and rewatch his tape he looks better and better, he’s a great athlete and an amazing defender.
30Kyle Anderson PF, UCLA
GOOD PICK: This guy is a Boris Diaw type player, funny how he falls to Pop.

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