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The Biggest Winners And Losers Of The 2018 NBA Draft
Which team came up with the better steal: San Antonio Spurs or Denver Nuggets?
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jun 22, 2018
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The embarrassment of basketball riches. The rabid fanbases looking on. When it comes to what went on behind the scenes, the recently concluded NBA draft lived up to the hype.

Some teams may have found their franchise saviors, while other squads might have unearthed walking time bombs. It's too early to judge the decisions that shaped the 2018 rookie class and their respective landing spots, yet it's pretty clear who made the right and wrong ones.


WINNERS

Phoenix Suns

Finally, the Suns didn't fuck things up by sticking to the plan and selecting hometown big man Deandre Ayton first overall. If him and Devin Booker can do the legendary comparison some justice, maybe local Charles Barkley would watch more games live.

Dallas Mavericks

In possibly the biggest shocker of the night, Dallas was able to flip its fifth pick, Trae Young, and a 2019 first rounder for 19-year-old EuroLeague MVP and champion Luka Doncic, who was drafted third by the Atlanta Hawks. (What the hell were they thinking?)

San Antonio Spurs

The same can be said about likely steal Lonnie Walker (18th), who will join a model organization and be under the wing of a legendary coach. Suddenly, Kawhi Leonard's looming exodus doesn't seem so bad, especially if the freak athlete contributes right away.

Joel Embiid

The self-anointed king of social media wasn't to be left out of the occasion, destroying comparisons to Ayton with a single tweet even before meeting on the court. Perhaps this is just the Philadelphia 76ers center's way of recognizing real talent and a potential rival.

Adrian Wojnarowski

According to a report by Awful Announcing, ESPN reporters—Woj included—were instructed "to refrain from revealing picks on social media before they're announced." What the network didn't know is that a simple directive won't stop the league's biggest insider.

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LOSERS

Sacramento Kings

The consensus worst NBA franchise had the chance to nab Slovenian prodigy Doncic at No. 2, but instead opted for Marvin Bagley III. Sacramento should start praying that the former Duke Blue Devil shows flashes of his pro player comparison, Amare Stoudemire.

New York Knicks

Ah, some things never change. The boo-filled reception when the name of Kevin Knox was called brought back memories of the Kristaps Porzingis draft three years ago. What if the fans in attendance did this on purpose so their guy would end up being good?

Michael Porter, Jr.

Once thought to be a top 5 prospect, the 6'11 forward almost didn't make the lottery due to health concerns. The Denver Nuggets has the chance to turn their huge gamble into the biggest steal if Porter maximizes his upside, even more so with a chip on his shoulder.

Mikal Bridges

The two-time NCAA champion from Villanova should've been on the bright side of this story, if he wasn't traded to the Suns for Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first rounder after the Sixers picked him. Things will be awkward at the Philly office, where his mom works as HR.

LaVar Ball

LiAngelo undrafted. How's that for being undefeated (Neva lost!)?

 

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