Wages of Wins – Live Draft Coverage! and Scorecards

Last year we did a live update of the NBA draft. We loved it so much we decided to do it again, and to also stream our analysis. We’ll be updating pick by pick and live-streaming for the first hour of the draft. Tune in to see our results!


And don’t forget your cheat sheets (Courtesy of Arturo)

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers select Anthony Bennett – Grade C

Well, he’s a prospect according to Arturo’s numbers. It’s never wrong to bet on a power forward. That said, this pick is confusing. We’re expecting a trade here.

Name: Anthony Bennett
Experience: Freshman
School: UNLV
Height:  6’8″
Position: Power Forward
Age:  20
Projection: Potential

#2 Orlando Magic select Victor Oladipo – Grade A+

Orlando wins the draft. A #2 pick worthy of Penny Hardaway’s legacy! He shoots well and rebounds well. The Magic also have some good trade assets.

Name: Victor Oladipo
Experience: Junior
School: Indiana
Height:  6’5″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 21
Projection: Great

#3 Washington Wizards select Otto Porter – Grade A

Avoiding the Len landmine. He’s a good fit. Both of Arturo’s models like him. The Wizards needed a three and Porter was the best available. His numbers have no weaknesses! Arturo points out that Kawhi Leonard was also “flawless”

Name: Otto Porter
Experience: Sophomore
School: Georgetown
Height:  6’8″
Position: Small Forward
Age:  20
Projection: Good

#4 Charlotte Bobcats select Cody Zeller – Grade F+

At least Zeller doesn’t have a stress fracture…Zeller is better than Len. It’s hard to find many other positives here. With Noel still on the board, a big that can’t rebound or block and is okay at scoring isn’t what you need.

Name: Cody Zeller
Experience: Sophomore
School: Indiana
Height:  7’1″
Position: Power Forward
Age:  20
Projection: Bust

#5 Phoenix Suns select Alex Len – Grade F

Apparently Noel likes hanging out with Chris Andersen! Jeeze, how many teams are gonna fall for the overrated bigs that can’t rebound and are marginal at scoring?

Name: Alex Len
Experience: Sophomore
School: Maryland
Height:  7’1″
Position: Centre
Age:  20
Projection: Bust

#6 New Orleans Pelicans select Nerlens Noel – Grade A

The Pelicans make up for last year’s terrible Austin Rivers pick and put together a hell of a frontcout and a hell of a lineup (Grievis, Gordon, Anderson, Davis and Noels)

Name: Nerlens Noel
Experience: Freshman
School: Kentucky
Height:  6’10″
Position: Centre
Age: 19
Projection: Good

#7 Sacramento Kings select Ben McLemore – Grade A+

The Kings thank their lucky stars as McLemore falls into their lap. I like McCollum here slightly better but this is good enough. They get their Tyreke replacement hand delivered.

Name: Ben McLemore
Experience: Freshman
School: Kansas
Height:  6’5″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age:  20
Projection: Great

Pelicans trade Noel to Sixers for Jrue Holiday and Picks

Great trade for Sixers. I have no clue what the Pelicans are thinking here. Dumb move by them. Detail here.

Adrian Wojnarowski@WojYahooNBA 

Philadelphia sends Jrue Holiday and a first-round pick in 2014 to New Orleans for Noel, league source says.

Adrian Wojnarowski@WojYahooNBA 

Correction: New Orleans sends a 2014 1st round pick to Philadelphia in the deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski@WojYahooNBA 

Philadelphia also sends the 42nd overall pick in this draft to Pelicans with Holiday, source tells Y!

Philadelphia gets Noel and a 2014 number 1? The just killed it.

Sixers get Nerlens Noel for Jrue Holiday and a 2014 1st Pick- Grade A+++++

#8 Detroit Pistons select Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Grade A+++

The Pistons kill it by reaching for the best player on the board. Excellent, excellent pick.

Name: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Experience: Sophomore
School: Georgia
Height:  6’5″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age:  20
Projection: Great

#9 Minnesota select Trey Burke then trade it to Utah for Picks Grade B for Utah

Minnesota take Trey Burke apparently for Utah. Hold on.

Utah gets a downgrade for what they paid, but it’s a decent pick.

Name: Trey Burke
Experience: Sophomore
School: Michigan
Height:  6’1″
Position: Point Guard
Age:  20
Projection: Rotation

#10 Portland selects C.J. McCollum – Grade A++

Portland goes for the best player on the Board. I love, love, love McCollum, particularly at number 10. Great pick here.

Name: C.J. McCollum
Experience: Senior
School: Lehigh
Height:  6’3″
Position: Point Guard
Age:  21
Projection: Great

#11 Sixers select Michael Carter Williams – Grade C-

And Philly comes back down to earth. This kid has size but his numbers are rough. Gets an upgrade because the guard position just got a little bare.

Name: Michael  Carter-Williams
Experience: Sophomore
School: Syracuse
Height:  6’6″
Position: Point Guard
Age:  21
Projection: Bust

#12 OKC selects Steven Adams – Grade B-

The pick from the Harden trade. The Player himself is about a C (talent and size, but raw and has potential). The Positive here for OKC? He takes minutes from Perk. That’s great.

12th pick means he’ll get minutes. Strong correlation between draft position and playing time.

Name: Steven Adams
Experience: Freshman
School: Pittsburgh
Height:  7’1″
Position: Centre
Age: 19
Projection: Potential

#13 Dallas selects Kelly Olynyk and Trade him to the Celtics for Picks (2013 16th, 2 2014 2nd rounders) – Grade D-

Okay move by the Celtics to get the Mavs’ pick for basically a ham sandwich (second rounders) and the 16th. Olynyk has potential and is tall and the Celts just payed a pittance for him.

Then I found out they traded Lucas Nogueira for him. I hate, hate, hate, hate this.

Name: Kelly Olynyk
Experience: Junior
School: Gonzaga
Height:  7’1″
Position: Centre
Age:  22
Projection: Potential

#14 Minnesota selects Shabazz Muhammed (trade from Jazz) – Grade F

Hey, did you hear there’s an overrated small forward in the draft with questionable character? Is anyone surprised he wound up on the Wolves? Sigh….

Name: Shabazz Muhammad
Experience: Freshman
School: UCLA
Height:  6’6″
Position: Small Forward
Age:  20
Projection: Bust

#15 Bucks select Giannis Antetokounmpo – Grade C

Giannis Antetokounmpo, International Man of Mistery. This is a lottery ticket for the Bucks and I can’t really blame them.

Name: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Experience: International
School: Filathlitikos
Height:  6’9″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 18
Projection: No Data

#16 Hawks (via Boston and Dallas?) select Lucas Nogueira – Grade A+

A funky haired, seven-foot Brazilian, with ample pro experience and great numbers in Europe? Sign me up. I now hate, hate, hate the Celtics trade. Haaaate it.

Name: Lucas Nogueira
Experience: International
School: Estudiantes
Height: 7’0″
Position: Centre
Age:  20
Projection: Great

#17 Hawks (via Boston and Dallas?) select Dennis Schroeder – Grade C

Scouts like this kid. There is really no data for him. Lottery ticket for the Hawks. I forgive them a bit because he’s young.

Name: Dennis Schroeder
Experience: International
School: Braunschweig
Height:  6’2″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 19
Projection: No Data

#18 Mavs (via Hawks) select Shane Larkin – Grade B

Good numbers, if a little short. He can be J.J. Barea version 2 for this team.

Name: Shane Larkin
Experience: Sophomore
School: Miami (FL)
Height: 5’11″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 20
Projection: Rotation

#19 Cavs select Sergey Karasev – Grade C

Prospective pick for the Cavs. Needs to develop in Europe for a couple of years and stay off their salary cap so that they have some room to sign some marquee free agents in 2014. Maybe.

Name: Sergey Karasev
Experience: International
School: Triumph Moscow
Height:  6’7″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 19
Projection: Bust

#20 Bulls select Tony Snell – Grade F

The Bulls reach for a guy they could probably have had in the second round, undrafted, or off waivers. I don’t get it. Particularly since his numbers are not great. He was average (0.106 WP40) in the Mountain West as a Junior. Bad pick.

Name: Tony Snell
Experience: Junior
School: New Mexico
Height:  6’7″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

#21 T-wolves select Gorgui Dieng – Grade C+

The T-wolves reach as well. To make the case, Dieng is tall and he played for a really, really good team. He put up an excellent 0.267 WP40 last year. The model typically has a blind spot for bigs on deep teams. I like this one.

Name: Gorgui Dieng
Experience: Junior
School: Louisville
Height:  6’11″
Position: Centre
Age: 23
Projection: Bust

#22 Nets select Mason Plumlee – Grade C-

He’s big and he’s been productive in college (0.229 WP40). I think he’s a good bet to be a productive second unit guy.

Name: Mason Plumlee
Experience: Senior
School: Duke
Height:  6’10″
Position: Centre
Age: 23
Projection: Bust

#23 Pacers select Solomon Hill – Grade F-

Crazy reach by the Pacers. He was okay in college last year (0.167 WP40). This is not a good sign for a senior. This is a waste of draft pick value.

Name: Solomon Hill
Experience: Senior
School: Arizona
Height:  6’7″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 22
Projection: Bust

#24 Knicks select Tim Hardaway Jr. – Grade F

Hey! An overrated shooter! He’s perfect for the Knicks! Drafting a player for who his father is is a terrible idea. Just ask the Pelicans and Austin Rivers. He was below average in college last year (0.082 WP40). But, hey — he’s a winner.

Name: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Experience: Junior
School: Michigan
Height:  6’6″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

#25 Clippers select Reggie Bullock – Grade B+

I like this pick for the Clippers. Bullock was productive in college (0.250 WP40). We’ve also proven you can succeed with a tall shooting wingman who can defend from the ACC. Great value for the pick and a good fit for the team’s need.

Name: Reggie Bullock
Experience: Junior
School: North Carolina
Height:  6’7″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 22
Projection: Potential

#26 OKC (via GSW and OKC) select Andre Roberson – Grade C+

Undersized power forward with nice wingspan who was productive in college (0.223 WP40). The model does not like him, but this kind of player is pretty much a coin flip historically. Okay value at this point.

Name: Andre Roberson
Experience: Junior
School: Colorado
Height:  6’7″
Position: Power Forward
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

#27 Utah (via Denver) select Rudy Gobert – Grade A++

I completely love this pick for the Jazz. Best Player on the board. I hope Denver is getting something for him.

Name: Rudy Gobert
Experience: International
School: Cholet
Height:  7’2″
Position: Centre
Age: 20
Projection: Great

#28 Spurs select Livio Jean-Charles – Grade B-

Spurs go off and draft another young french player. As much as my model is lukewarm on him, I suspect San Antonio’s is better. They get all the benefit of the doubt.

This is a stash pick and makes me think the Spurs are going after a max guy. D12 is going to have his pick of Texas teams.

Adrian Wojnarowski@WojYahooNBA 

Spurs pick of Jean-Charles gives them a player that they can stash overseas next season and spare a roster spot and salary.

Name: Livio Jean-Charles
Experience: International
School: Villeurbanne
Height:  6’9″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 19
Projection: Bench

#29 Suns (via trade) select  Archie Goodwin- Grade C

Pure speculation pick for the Suns. Talented with bad college numbers (0.067 WP40), but in a very small sample size and out of position. I think he has some potential.

Name: Archie Goodwin
Experience: Freshman
School: Kentucky
Height:  6’5″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 18
Projection: Bust

#30 Warriors (via trade) select Nemanja Nedovic- Grade C

Pure stash pick by the Warriors. Might be good, might be bad. Who knows?

Name: Nemanja Nedovic
Experience: International
School: Lietuvos Rytas
Height:  6’4″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 22
Projection: No Data

#31 Cavs select Allen Crabbe- Grade C-

Crabbe is nothing much. His numbers in college were okay (0.146 WP40). Ho-hum pick.

Name: Allen Crabbe
Experience: Junior
School: California
Height:  6’6″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

#32 OKC select Alex Abrines- Grade B-

Young, tall player playing for a top side in the second best league in the world. Good pick for the future.

Name: Alex Abrines
Experience: International
School: Barcelona
Height:  6’5″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 19
Projection: Bust

#33 Cavs select Carrick Felix- Grade B-

Better pick than their previous pick. Felix had decent numbers in college (0.167 WP40), has size and is good value here.

Name: Carrick Felix
Experience: Senior
School: Arizona
Height:  6’6″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 22
Projection: Potential

#34 Rockets select Isaiah Canaan- Grade C-

Canaan had decent numbers in college (0.173 WP40), not tall. Not seeing it though.

Name: Isaiah Canaan
Experience: Senior
School: Murray State
Height:  6’1″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 22
Projection: Bust

#35 Wiz (via trade from Sixers) select Glen Rice- Grade D

I hate nepotism picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski@WojYahooNBA 

Philadelphia has traded Glen Rice Jr., to Washington for the 38th and 54th picks, league source tells Y! Sports.

Name: Glen Rice Jr.
Experience: Senior
School: Georgia Tech
Height:  6’6″
Position: Small Forward
Age: 21
Projection: No Data

#36 Kings select Ray McCallum- Grade B-

Great value by the Kings at this slot.

Name: Ray McCallum
Experience: Junior
School: Detroit Mercy
Height:  6’3″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 22
Projection: Potential

#37 Pistons select Tony Mitchell- Grade C

WP40 of 0.146, freak athlete. About right at this point in the draft.

Name: Tony Mitchell
Experience: Sophomore
School: North Texas
Height:  6’8″
Position: Power Forward
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

#38 Sixers (via trade from Wiz) select Nate Wolters- Grade A+

Steal by the Sixers here. 2nd best PG in the draft by my numbers. WP40 of 0.242 in college.

Name: Nate Wolters
Experience: Senior
School: South Dakota State
Height:  6’4″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 22
Projection: Rotation

#39 Blazers select Jeff Withey- Grade C

Jeff Withey is tall and was decently productive (0.264 WP40). Another white center for the maw of Fernando The Knee Fairy.

Name: Jeff Withey
Experience: Senior
School: Kansas
Height:  7’1″
Position: Centre
Age: 23
Projection: Bust

#40 Blazers select Grant Jerrett- Grade C

Jerrett is tall, young and was decently productive for his age (0.142 WP40). Another white center for the hungry knee killer of Oregon. Is there an echo in here?

Name: Grant Jerrett
Experience: Freshman
School: Arizona
Height:  6’10″
Position: Power Forward
Age: 19
Projection: Bust

#41 Memphis selects Jamaal Franklin- Grade A++

Memphis wins round two. Franklin is a great prospect.

Name: Jamaal Franklin
Experience: Junior
School: San Diego State
Height:  6’5″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 21
Projection: Great

#42 Sixers select Pierre Jackson- Grade B-

Good Value for Sixers here. Provides depth now that Jrue Holiday is gone. Decent numbers in college (0.199 WP40)

Name: Pierre Jackson
Experience: Senior
School: Baylor
Height: 5’10″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 21
Projection: Bench

#43 Bucks select Ricky Ledo- Grade C

Bucks prospecting for talent here. The character issue worries me. Four high schools? Sheesh.

Name: Ricky Ledo
Experience: Freshman (DNP)
School: Providence
Height:  6’6″
Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 20
Projection: No Data

#44 Hawks (via trade from Mavs) select Mike Muscala- Grade B+

Very productive player in college (0.281 WP40). I love his value and size in this spot. The Hawks are doing well.

Name: Mike Muscala
Experience: Senior
School: Bucknell
Height:  6’11″
Position: Centre
Age: 21
Projection: Rotation

#45 Blazers selects Marko Todorovic- Grade C

International big from the ACB. I’m okay with drafting and stashing here.

Name: Marko Todorovic
Experience: International
School: Barcelona
Height:  6’11″
Position: Centre
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

#46 Utah selects Erick Green- Grade B+

Good pickup by Utah. Can score and was productive in college (0.205 WP40) on a bad team were he had to take up all the load.

Name: Erick Green
Experience: Senior
School: Virginia Tech
Height:  6’3″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 22
Projection: Potential

#47 Hawks select Raul Neto- Grade C-

His numbers are not great in the ACB. This is a long term future pick.

Name: Raul Neto
Experience: International
School: San Sebastina
Height:  6’2″
Position: Point Guard
Age: 21
Projection: Bust

The rest

Okay, I’m wrapping this up with a pick-by-pick scorecard:

Pick

And a team-by-team scorecard:

Team

Philadelphia and Utah, for me, split the draft valedictorian. When you throw in the fact that Philly got the Pelicans 2014 #1 as well and they just killed it.

-Dre & Arturo

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