Post Draft Grades- Atlantic Division

With the 2019 NBA Draft completed and on their way to their perspective teams, let’s take a look at the how your favorite team did on Draft night. In this edition, we will look at the 5 teams in the Atlantic Division.

Boston Celtics

  • 14th (From Sacramento)- Romeo Langford- Shooting Guard- Indiana
  • 22nd- Grant Williams- Power Forward- Tennessee
  • 33rd (From Cleveland-thru New York- thru Philadelphia)- Carson Edwards- Point Guard- Purdue
  • 51st- Tremont Waters- Point Guard- LSU

Outlook:

Boston had three first round picks to start the night and ended with getting one of the best scorers in the draft, a underrated Power Forward and the salary cap relief of Aron Baynes. Not a bad night for General Manager Danny Ainge. Here is the current cap for Boston:

Langford will a nice third/fourth guard for the Celtics (Depends on Terry Rozier’s situation) and second-round picks Carson Edwards (Purdue’s tournament hero) and Tremont Waters could get some time next season, especially if Rozier doesn’t return.

Grade: B

Brooklyn Nets

  • 31st (From New York- thru Philadelphia)- Nicolas Claxton- Center- Georgia
  • 56th (From Portland- thru Detroit-thru Orlando- thru Los Angeles Clippers)- Jaylen Hands- Point Guard- UCLA

Outlook:

Because they traded out of the 1st round, they don’t have to take on an additional guaranteed salary that could affect them in free agency. With almost $70 million in Cap Space, Brooklyn is ready to rock and roll in July. But with the pick of Claxton, they add another shot blocking, rim running bigman who can play in the uptempo style that the Nets play. He’s Jarrett Allen without the range, so he should fit perfectly. Hands should spend time in Long Island and could provide depth down the road at point guard.

Grade: B-

New York Knicks

  • 3rd- RJ Barrett- Small Forward- Duke
  • 47th (From Orlando- thru Sacramento)- Ignas Brazeikis- Power Forward- Michigan

Outlook:

New York got the most NBA ready player in the draft and Barrett was drafted to place that he wanted to go to from the beginning. RJ is a dynamic scorer who could average close to 20 points a game as a rookie. He can play both Shooting Guard and Small Forward, so playing next to Kevin Knox won’t be a problem. Brazeikis is an undersized power forward, but he knows how to play and can score the basketball.

Grade: A

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 20th (From Los Angeles Clippers- thru Memphis- thru Boston)- Matisse Thybulle- Small Forward- Washington
  • 54th- Marial Shayok- Small Forward- Iowa State

Outlook:

The 76ers got their guy in Thybulle and he will pay dividends early. He’s a defensive terror and that will be his calling card. He averaged more blocks and steals than assists per game. For a team that had mostly everyone over a 106 defensive rating, he will provide Brett Brown his best on-ball defender since Robert Covington was traded. Shayok, is very good shooter and scorer that has grown his game a lot since he transferred from Virginia.

Grade: B-

Toronto Raptors

  • 59th- Dewan Hernandez- Center- Miami

Outlook:

Hernandez is an athletic big man who can run the floor. But he missed all of this season after the NCAA ruled him ineligible due to connections with an agent. Expect Dewan to spend time with Raptors 905 this season.

Grade: C

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