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Weiland grades NBA draft
July 1, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Norway High School grad Ed Weiland, college basketball expert at hoopsanalyst.com, graded the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks for their draft work.
Weiland posted a “B” for the Pistons in picking Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
“This is the way to draft,” Weiland wrote. “Quietly take the best player on the board while everything around you is in chaos.
“Caldwell-Pope is a potential all-star and that’s always a good thing to bring in. The Pistons have done a great job accumulating talent in the draft the last few years and they should be ready to make a run by next year. I also like Tony Mitchell as a round 2 value pick.”
The Bucks, with Giannis Adetokonbo (from Greece) and Nate Wolters, landed a “C” from Weiland.
“Adetokonbo is an upside pick,” Weiland wrote. “He’s a hard player to get a handle on, but this is about where most had him pegged, so I have nothing bad to say about this. I always like when a team goes for upside. Wolters is a great value pick in round 2. I think he’ll contribute as a rookie.”
Weiland was stunned to see Cleveland (D grade) take UNLV’s Anthony with the first pick in the draft.
“Anthony Bennett is no better than the fifth best player in the draft,” Weiland wrote. “This has to be the first time ever a player without an obvious position has been the top draft pick. I don’t see that Bennett improves them that much, if at all.”
On the morning of the draft, Weiland’s top six were Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky; Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana; Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown; Trey Burke, PG, Michigan; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia, and Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV.
“As far as where the 2013 draft stands, I feel it is the best draft in the last three years, but that isn’t saying much,” Weiland wrote. “After going through the prospects I have cooled some on this draft but still feel it will be solid.”
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