Draft Winners & Losers
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/25/2010 12:44 PM

    A lot of publications out there are giving their opinions after a crazy draft night. Whichever ones you can find, put them here:

    From CNNSI- B

     Kevin Pritchard -- who was fired as the Blazers' GM an hour before the draft but remained involved in the decision-making process. Pritchard helped orchestrate a deal that swapped Martell Webster for a crafty scorer in Luke Babbitt and a solid veteran in Ryan Gomes. Portland stole Elliot Williams, a potential point guard of the future, late in the first round and grabbed an intriguing prospect in Armon Johnson in the second round. As finales go, this one was pretty good.
    From Yahoo!- B

     Portland Trail Blazers: Luke Babbitt(notes), Elliot Williams(notes), Armon Johnson(notes)

    Whether you like Babbitt or not hardly matters, because Pritchard just saved his former team a chunk of change by trading Martell Webster for Ryan Gomes, and Williams is good value for the 22nd pick.

    Grade - B

    From NBADraft.Net- A-

    The Blazers reportedly turned down trade offers for swingman Nic Batum, including perhaps the No. 4 overall pick, so Babbitt will almost certainly be coming off the bench for the foreseeable future. Still, acquiring Babbitt and Ryan Gomes for Martell Webster is a great trade on Kevin Pritchard's final day as the Portland general manager. Williams and Johnson are redundant, even more so when Jerryd Bayless is factored into the equation. But Williams has long been seen as Portland's man, and he may play shooting guard to replace Rudy Fernandez, who reportedly is on the trading block. None of these picks were a reach, but the Blazers failed to get needed help up front.

    ESPN- B

    GRADE: B

    Round 1: Luke Babbitt (16, obtained from Minnesota), Elliot Williams (22)

    Round 2: Armon Johnson (34)

    Analysis:  He sent Martell Webster to Minnesota for the draft rights of No. 16 pick Luke Babbitt and Wolves forward Ryan Gomes. Not only did the move save the Blazers money, it also gave them Babbitt, a player Pritchard had coveted for months.

    With their other first-round pick, Pritchard made a more debatable decision. Williams is an excellent talent, but there are conflicting reports about his health. If he has to miss significant time in his rookie year, his selection here looks like too much of a gamble.

    Johnson is a solid second-round pick in Pritchard's never-ending quest to find Portland its point guard of the future.

    Fox Sports- Winner

    They made as much noise as just about any team. The Blazers dealt away enigmatic wing Martell Webster for Luke Babbitt (pictured) and Ryan Gomes and also grabbed athletic wing Elliot Williams with the 22nd pick.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/25/2010 2:18 PM

    We did not make DIMEMag's Top 5 Winners or Losers, but look who did:

     2. Minnesota Timberwolves
    The Wolves got their man Wesley Johnson at No. 4, but other than that, their Draft was a disaster. They took Luke Babbitt at No. 16 then traded him along with solid bench player Ryan Gomes to Portland for the oft-injured Martell Webster. Then the Wolves took Trevor Booker at No. 23 (who could be the next Glen Davis and provide toughness and defense off the bench), but promptly traded him to Washington for the severely undersized Lazar Hayward and Nemanja Bjelica. Then in the second round, the Wolves took Paulo Prestes from Spain (who like Ricky Rubio may never suit up for the Wolves), then drafted incredibly raw center Hamady N’Diaye from Rutgers. David Kahn has baffled many in his time as GM, and continued to do so last night.
    More harsh grading for the Wolves. This time from Yahoo!:

    Minnesota Timberwolves: Wesley Johnson(notes), Lazar Hayward(notes), Nemanja Bjelica(notes), Paulo Prestes

    Listen, I even like Martell Webster(notes). Think highly of him. But to cash in Ryan Gomes'(notes) desirable contract and the 16th pick on Webster? Johnson might be terrible, and a guaranteed contract for Lazar Hayward? What an awful night.

    Grade - F

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  1. Crim
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    Posted 06/25/2010 3:09 PM

    ya i hope they aren't holding onto gomes for a sign and trade or something in july, because i've liked gomes for some time, but i have a feeling that's what they picked him up for. Gonna be a crazy off season, kinda hoped we woulda stayed out of it, but could be for the best in the end, time will tell.
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  1. Brian Sprouse
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    Posted 06/25/2010 11:09 PM

    I think Portland did as well  as thay could do in this year Draft, wether we keep are draft pick is yeat to be seen
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 06/25/2010 11:35 PM

    Minney's Johnson pick was pretty much a no-brainer so I really can't give them that one. I guess they need all those picks cause there bound to screw up most of them. (can we start a list? Roy, now Babbitt, who should we steal next year?) I think Hawes should draft for them next year. 

    I like what Boston picked up, as well as Detroit (Monroe and White...yes please!) the Clippers are looking pretty scary (I like Bledsoe's game) and The Wiz can trash that Hibatchi and pick up a Weber. 

    Chicago wins the "the hell with the draft, I want LeBron" award...you better hope he signs with you. 
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