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Draft Grades From Around The Net

Last night’s draft was one of the most puzzling in recent memory with question marks popping up all over the lottery. While you have to wonder what some GMs were thinking  all that matters now is how the former Cats fit in with their new teams. Pundits from around the world wide interwebz have weighed in on the former Cats and this is what they had to say:

Nerlens Noel

CBS Sports: A

The only reason it’s not an A+ is the knee issue. I really like his ability to block shots. He’s instinctive. When he starts learning some veteran tricks, he can be dangerous. Great job by New Orleans.

USA Today: C+

So was Noel worth it? That all hinges on how he recovers from knee surgery and how well the New Orleans Pelicans do with Holiday, as their 2014 first-round pick could be very valuable.

Bleacher Report: B-

The Philadelphia 76ers no longer need to worry about re-signing Andrew Bynum–they’ve found their center of the future: Nerlens Noel [….] the Sixers gave up the face of their franchise for a coveted 2014 pick and a player with major red flags. This one will take a while to judge, but it feels like it’s currently resting in favor of the Pelicans.

Sports Illustrated: B+

in Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams the Sixers get two players who could solidify the two most important positions in the league for years to come. They also get New Orleans’ protected first-rounder next season, which, when coupled with their own, could give them two lottery picks in a draft that is expected to be loaded at the top.

Archie Goodwin

CBS Sports: B+

This pick winds up in Phoenix via trade. I like this pick a lot. It gives the Suns a significant upgrade on the wing

USA Today: B-

“Goodwin wasn’t a reach but also wasn’t the best shooting guard on the board. He could get a chance to start at a position of need.”

Bleacher Report: A

The Phoenix Suns needed some help on the wing, especially after selecting Len with their first pick.

They found it in the form of Archie Goodwin, a raw shooting guard whose potential is directly tied to how well he can shoot the ball. The 6’5″ Kentucky product has defensive talent, and he’s aggressive attacking the rim. Thanks to his elite hops and knack for finishing through contact, Goodwin could become a premier slasher.

Sports Illustrated : B-

I thought Archie Goodwin at No. 29 was a reach; Goodwin has not shown me he can be an NBA three-point shooter and is on the small side for a 2-guard. Still, a lot of teams had him slotted in the lottery during the college season, when he struggled more than people expected.

 

What do you think of the Cats new home and where they went in the draft?

 

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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7 Comments for Draft Grades From Around The Net



  1. Brian
    10:30 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Man, I knew the Suns were shitty but if Archie is an upgrade at the wing then they had to be even worse than I thought. At least their training staff will be able to handle him hitting the floor a couple of thousand times next season.



  2. Duke Sucks
    10:51 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    How did these teams pass on Nerlens? If he misses most of the season it will set Phily up for a top pick in a loaded draft next year. Then in 2 years they will get two top self players joining them ang have a good team. Cleveland may just be good enough to miss out on a top 10 pick and no better for years to come. In the NBA if your not good it’s better to be real bad! It’s hard the get better drafting in the middle of the first round every year.



  3. PhilUK18
    11:12 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    Archie clearly has some weaknesses in his game, as we all saw as UK fans during the season, but I’m baffled by SI saying his size is an issue. He measured at 6’5 and 1/4. That’s definitely not small for a 2 guard in the NBA.



  4. C'm on man
    11:35 pm June 28, 2013 Permalink

    It’s mind boggling that any NBA team would pass on Nerlens because of character issues? This is a class kid who was wonderful for the state of Kentucky. How do these guys earn a salary if they believe one news article over a year of good deeds. If class was the determining factor in the draft Nerlens was a sure lock for #1!



  5. Bledsoe's Biceps
    6:09 am June 29, 2013 Permalink

    Typical crap from some Bleacher Report basketball analyst wannabe. They think Archie displayed a “knack for finishing through contact”? Really? They obviously didn’t watch him play this past season. He’s the only guy I’ve ever seen who flops, when he drives to the basket.



  6. 2Blue4u
    11:45 am June 29, 2013 Permalink

    Archie will surprise all of u.



  7. 2Blue4u
    11:50 am June 29, 2013 Permalink

    He averaged 14 ppg..it was a bad team. With the right blend and some technical changes Archie will accelerate. Remember Rondo? Bogans? Prince? Need I say more?