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Michigan State’s Davis one of the big losers in NBA draft

Posted by Betonline team on 6/30/2016 5:24:18 AM
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The NBA draft is history. The next step is Summer League to see if these guys can actually play. But every season teams and players make huge strides while others fall to their knees. Here are the big winners and losers for the 2016 NBA draft.

WINNERS

DETROIT PISTONS: The Pistons took advantage of 14 foreign players being taken in the first round to secure power forward Henry Ellenson out of Marquette. He is big and tough inside and can hit mid-range jumpers. The knock is he is not very athletic and is not a good defender. But neither is Kevin Love.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: Now that Jerry Colangelo is running things, the league wants to make sure this franchise does not stumble and bumble as it has before. It secured the top pick and got franchise player Ben Simmons, who has multiple skills. However, it was not a good weekend for Simmons. His cousin was killed by a hit and run driver in New Jersey.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: The joke is the Wolves pick a point guard every year and they already have Ricky Rubio who you could put on your losers list. However, Kris Dunn out of Providence is going to be a very good player and will take this franchise over.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS: Who do you pair with Anthony Davis who might be the best player not named LeBron or Steph? Welcome Buddy Ball as skilled shooter Buddy Hield out of Oklahoma fills the other shooting role out of Oklahoma. It should be fun in the Big Easy.

LOSERS

MILWAUKEE BUCKS: THON MAKER: Maker is a long-term project at best who has not played much against top competition. Maker was a projected second-round pick who has played most of his ball in Australia and Canada. He also plays power forward, which their best player Jabari Parker also plays. The guy runs the floor well but is a 99-pound weakling in a tough league.

DAYONTE DAVIS: The 6-foot-10 big man out of Michigan State was projected by many to be a top 15 pick. However, his timid game and even more timid interviews pushed him to the second round where he is not guaranteed any NBA money although the Memphis Grizzlies are expected to play him.

ORLANDO MAGIC: This franchise gets rid of talent in droves. Last year it traded Channing Frye and Tobias Harris. This year it got rid of Victor Oladipo and first-round draft pick Domantas Sabonis for Serge Ibaka, who is now their best player. However, Ibaka is a role player who won’t help the Magic win much.


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