By Stefan Anderson
The 2015 NBA Draft was the most promising draft in the past few years with the talent that was presented throughout the college basketball ranks. Most would agree that the talent would overflow and teams would have the opportunity to grab some great players to help them compete or build their franchise for the future. Let’s take a look at some the Winners and Losers of the 2015 NBA Draft.
Miami Heat: The Heat won the rights to the National Champs all around swing-man Justice Winslow, who will become a great two-way player in the NBA. Winslow comes to South Beach during a critical time period, where they are on the cusp of constructing a great starting lineup with Dragic, Wade, Winslow, Bosh and Whiteside. Look out Eastern Conference; if Wade can stay healthy you are looking a potential frontrunner.
Houston Rockets: Following their Western Conference Finals appearance, Clutch City added some proven prospects acquiring Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell to add to their bench .Harrell and Dekker come into Houston when two of the Rockets key reserves, Josh Smith and Corey Brewer, are in limbo with Free Agency. Great picks to go with tested, mature players to add along the talent the Rockets already possess.
Minnesota Timberwolves: The T-Wolves cashed in again gaining more young prospects like Tyus Jones and number one overall pick, Karl Anthony-Towns. Towns is on a path to leading the new trail of big men that will overtake the game’s small ball fad, and will get tutoring from one the past era’s top big man Kevin Garnett. Jones, the Apple Valley, MN product gets to play for hometown team and bolster the bench and provide another floor general with the frequent injuries of Ricky Rubio. Minnesota has added two more prospects to strengthen their roster in order to add another star or build one of the budding franchises in the NBA.
Philadelphia 76ers: Sam Hinkie believes in the picking the best players on the board and he did so with drafting Duke’s Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick. Other than that the Philadelphia’s management acquired more big men, wasting 5 out of their 6 picks on post players and drafting one guard ,J.P Tokoto, who is a project and has to work on his outside game prior to his NBA debut. With all the post players who is going distribute to these big men or knock down open threes when the double teams arrive? The 76ers have failed to help out their roster by passing on outside shooting and guard play.
Boston Celtics: Boston has made a return following the Big 3 regime, and after three stressful seasons, the Celtics are receiving their fruits of their labor. In a context, that should be good but Boston has failed to use their many draft pieces to arrange a better pick or even acquire a star or some kind of leader that can take the talented group to the next level. The Celtics have used their picks this season to acquire more guards a position where they already stocked up with Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Isiah Thomas. They did acquire a great shooter in R.J. Hunter, but ultimately added to a position where they don’t lack on their roster.
Denver Nuggets: Another team with many assets and a great draft pick also failed to acquire a great player to help their cast of good players in the Mile High City, the Nuggets. Denver drafted the gifted Emmanuel Mudiay, who will be a great talent, but that leaves their current point guard Ty Lawson on the outside looking in. The Nuggets could then at that point attempt to move Lawson or other jewels to acquire another talented player to play alongside Mudiay and the Nuggets roster.