The 2020 NBA Draft is officially in the books and it’s time to declare winners and losers. First a quick thank you needs to go out to everyone on the site who covered the draft.
If you didn’t tune into our Livestream last night, you can rewatch that. I made a couple of appearances. Also, big thanks to Karl Heiser for putting together the live draft grades. Jeremy Rinaldi put together a big board I used the entire night. Jackson Law, of course, holding down the fort and hosting the stream.
Now, it’s time to declare winners and losers. I will do things in an unorthadox manner as always.
It’s the year 2020 and Minnesota had to pick between a guy who doesn’t love basketball or a son of LaVar Ball. Good luck! It’s impossible to name Minnesota a winner. Hard to find the Hall of Famers who don’t really care about basketball. Anthony Edwards feels as shaky of a number one overall pick in a long time.
Furthermore, Minnesota made a weird trade to recoup Ricky Rubio. Don’t ask me why. Leandro Bolmaro often times played for the Barcelona B team and can’t help you now or if ever. Until the University of Washington has a successful NBA player (Brandon Roy doesn’t count) Jaden McDaniels can probably be chalked as a bust.
Loser: Charlotte Hornets
LaMelo Ball? Hard pass, no thanks. I didn’t think Lonzo Ball was any good and I don’t think his younger brother is either. Best case is LaMelo 10 percent better than Lonzo? I’m half asleep already. Who would want to sign up for this? Sorry not sorry the dad doesn’t excite me.
Loser: Chicago Bulls
Patrick Williams at pick 4? Did he even start at Florida State? What exactly do you hope you’re getting here? I had a hard time finding him in college.
Winner: Cleveland Cavaliers (Loser Isaac Okoro)
Hey, congrats Cleveland. You finally got a dog that competes his ass off. It’s hard not to love Isaac Okoro. He’s regarded as the best defender in the draft and boy does Cleveland need him.
The problem is Okoro now goes to a team where the entire team doesn’t play defense. The two point guards they have are meh. Oh, and you’re also stuck in Cleveland. Even when you think we have a winner, there is always a loser to follow.
Loser: Sacramento Kings
I don’t care what anybody says; Tyrese Haliburton will stink. You go ahead and write it down. How do I know? It’s the Kings… they always lose one way or another.
C’mon where does the hype come from? Poor man Monte Morris with a funky jump shot? Who gets excited over this guy?
Winner: Brooklyn Nets
This draft stinks. It’s not a secret. Brooklyn turned the 19th overall pick into Landry Shamet. Where do I sign? Shamet is going to do wonders for them.
Winner: Miami Heat
Precious Achiuwa is a dog. He fits everything they do. Nothing else has to be said.
Winner: Boston Celtics
I went to sleep a happy man yesterday. It’s a make or miss league. If you can’t shoot, you don’t belong on the court. Boston found a way to pick up two long range assassins in Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard.
Nesmith is a 6-foot-6 wing who was earmarked as the best shooter in the draft. I’ve been told shooting is important. Nesmith likely doesn’t even make it to 14 if he doesn’t hurt his foot. We’re talking about a guy who shot over 50% from 3. Where do I sign?
Pritchard is a baller. He’s a four-year player from Oregon that competes his ass off. He’s a proven commodity that can shoot, handle, and score. Best of all… we’ll be fucking seeing ya Brad Wanamaker! The backup point guard spot was the biggest weakness on the team. The under-over for Wanamaker travels per game was 1.5. The guy couldn’t dribble. Not a problem anymore!
Winner: Orlando Magic
Forget about the part where they were cheap enough to sell their 2nd round pick. Cole Anthony was probably my favorite player in this draft. Something just didn’t add up to me. Anthony was the MVP at the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic, and Nike Hoop Summit. I find it hard to believe that guy sucks. Especially in this draft. I’ll take that dart throw all day long.
Loser: Oklahoma City Thunder
I got news for the Sam Presti truthers… nobody wants to play in Oklahoma. The TGI Friday’s isn’t that cool. Unless they land another Kevin Durant, nothing he does matters. Furthermore, all of his moves in a vacuum… he’s not a great GM.
Presti is now staking his reputation on Aleksej Pokusevski. Here’s a fact. This guy is 7-foot tall and 115 pounds. I know how this story goes. It’s called stays overseas and never comes to the NBA except to play in the G League. Hey, I’m sure it will all work out. The guy who sold his soul for Russell Westbrook apparently knows what he’s doing.
Loser: Utah Jazz
Let me get this straight; Utah decided to take a back to the basket center who can’t shoot? When I say can’t shoot, I mean free throws. Doesn’t sound like them…
What goes through your head to take Udoka Azubuike in the first round. What’s the plan here? Is it 10 minutes a night to just be the guy who picks up fouls?