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NBA draft breakdown

Atlanta

1 (23) John Jenkins, G, Vanderbilt

2 (43) Mike Scott, F, Virginia

Breakdown: The Hawks needed to get younger and more dependable on their bench. They achieved both. Jenkins is the best shooter in this draft.

Boston

 1 (21) Jared Sullinger, C, Ohio State

1 (22) Fab Melo, C, Syracuse

2 (51) Kris Joseph, F, Syracuse

Breakdown: The Celtics took a chance with their top two picks. Sullinger has back issues that scared off some teams, and Melo just has issues. But this will turn out to be a really good draft for Boston.

Brooklyn

2 (41) Tyshawn Taylor, G, Kansas (acquired from Portland)

2 (54) Tornike Shengelia, Spirou, Belgium (acquired from Philadelphia)

2 (57) Ilkan Karaman, F, Pinar Karsiyaka, Turkey

Breakdown: There are some real question marks here, and that starts with Taylor, who makes too many bad decisions to be a quality point guard.

Charlotte

 1 (2) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Kentucky

2 (31) Jeffrey Taylor, F, Vanderbilt

Breakdown: The Bobcats need more help than one draft can fix, but they took a couple of steps in the right direction with these two picks.

Chicago

1 (29) Marquis Teague, G, Kentucky

Breakdown: With Derrick Rose out, the Bulls went for help at point guard. But shooting guard was more of a need.

Cleveland

1 (4) Dion Waiters, G, Syracuse

1 (17) Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina (acquired from Dallas)

Breakdown: Waiters didn't do much in college yet had a terrific workout that shot him up the draft board. That typically is not a good combination for a productive NBA career.

Dallas

1 (24) Jared Cunningham, G, Oregon State (acquired from Cleveland)

2 (33) Bernard James, C, Florida State (acquired from Cleveland)

2 (34) Jae Crowder, F, Marquette (acquired from Cleveland)

2 (55) Darius Johnson-Odom, G, Marquette

Breakdown: The Mavericks were looking for a lot of young talent, and they got that. James is older than most rookies after a stint in the Air Force, but this is a good haul for Dallas.

Denver

1 (20) Evan Fournier, G-F, Poiters (France)

2 (38) Quincy Miller, F, Baylor

2 (50) Izzet Turkyilmaz, F, Banvitspor (Turkey)

Breakdown: Fournier became a popular prospect leading up to the draft, but there are some real questions with this group.

Detroit

1 (9) Andre Drummond, F-C, Connecticut

2 (39) Khris Middleton, F, Texas A&M

2 (44) Kim English, G, Missouri

Breakdown: Drummond will make or break this group. He has a lot of upside, but he will have to mature a ton to reach that potential.

Golden State

1 (7) Harrison Barnes, G, North Carolina

1 (30) Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt

2 (35) Draymond Green, F, Michigan State

2 (52) Ognjen Kuzmic, C, Clinicas Rincon (Spain)

Breakdown: The Warriors have a lot of holes, and getting Barnes is a good start in filling those. Green and Ezeli will help the Warriors improve, as well.

Houston

1 (12) Jeremy Lamb, G, Connecticut

1 (16) Royce White, F, Iowa State

1 (18) Terrence Jones, F, Kentuky

Breakdown: There has been plenty of talk the Rockets were piling up picks to make a trade for Dwight Howard. Houston would be better off keeping these three picks and building around them.

Indiana

1 (26) Miles Plumlee, F, Duke

2 (36) Orlando Johnson, G, UC Santa Barbara (acquired from Sacramento)

Breakdown: The Plumlee pick might be the worst of the first round.

L.A. Clippers

2 (53) Furkan Aldemir, F, Galatasaray (Turkey)

Breakdown: Aldemir has played the past five years in the Turkish Basketball League. He is long and talented, averaging 14.8 points and 15.9 rebounds last year.

L.A. Lakers

2 (60) Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga

Breakdown: The Lakers typically don't build through the draft.

Memphis

1 (25) Tony Wroten, G, Washington

Breakdown: Wroten has a good frame and length and is a good athlete. He fits well with the Grizzlies' roster.

Miami

2 (45) Justin Hamilton, C, LSU (p-acquired from Philadelphia)

Breakdown: The Heat need to get younger on their bench and add depth, but they don't need much help.

Milwaukee

1 (14) John Henson, F-C, North Carolina

2 (42) Doron Lamb, G, Kentucky

Breakdown: Taking Henson 14th didn't make much sense with the Bucks' needs, but getting Lamb in the second round made up for that a bit.

Minnesota

2 (58) Robbie Hummel, F, Purdue

Breakdown: If Hummel can stay healthy, he can become a good rotation player for the Timberwolves.

New Orleans

1 (1) Anthony Davis, F, Kentucky

1 (10) Austin Rivers, G, Duke

2 (46) Darius Miller, F, Kentucky

Breakdown: The best draft of the night, hands down. Sure, getting Davis makes the draft, but Rivers will pair with Eric Gordon to form a dynamic backcourt, and Miller will be a good piece, as well.

New York

2 (48) Kostas Papanikolaou, F, Olympiacos (Greece)

Breakdown: Knicks fans weren't happy and shouldn't be.

Oklahoma City

1 (28) Perry Jones, F, Baylor

Breakdown: No team drafts better than Oklahoma City, and despite some concerns about his knee, Jones will be a terrific addition for the young, talented Thunder.

Orlando

1 (19) Andrew Nicholson, C, St. Bonaventure

2 (49) Kyle Quinn, C, Norfolk State

Breakdown: Who knows what the Magic's roster will look like. These picks don't seem to help much.

Philadelphia

1 (15) Maurice Harkless, F, St. John’s

1 (27) Arnett Moultrie, F-C, Mississippi State (acquired from Miami)

Breakdown: The 76ers were already young, talented and athletic, and they certainly added to that. Both could be steals based on where they were picked.

Phoenix

1 (13) Kendall Marshall, G, North Carolina

Breakdown: If Steve Nash does leave via free agency, the Suns landed a really strong replacement.

Portland

1 (6) Damian Lillard, G, Weber State

1 (11) Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois

2 (40) Will Barton, G, Memphis

Breakdown: All three have some questions, but the Blazers landed a point guard, a big man and a shooter. It's hard to beat that.

Sacramento

1 (5) Thomas Robinson, F, Kansas

Breakdown: Robinson is going to be a terrific NBA player. He is talented, motivated and focused. That's a good combination.

San Antonio

2 (59) Marcus Denmon, G, Missouri

Breakdown: It's hard to ever question the Spurs' picks.

Toronto

1 (8) Terrence Ross, G, Washington

2 (37) Quincy Acy, F, Baylor

2 (56) Tomislav Zubcic, F, Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)

Breakdown: The Raptors needed a talent boost and appear to have that.

Utah

2 (47) Kevin Murphy, G, Tennessee Tech

Breakdown: Murphy is considered a sleeper, and the Jazz typically have done well with those players.

Washington

1 (3) Bradley Beal, G, Florida

2 (32) Tomas Satoransky, Banca Civica (Spain)

Breakdown: If Beal can offset the knucklehead factor in the Wizards' locker room, he can help turn around Washington's hopes.

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