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On Thursday night, the 2022 NBA Draft took place and all of the pre-draft chatter, rumors and so on have settled for now. It is a bit difficult to give these teams grades off the bat given we don’t know how each player’s respective coach may use them, how long of a leash the rooks will have, and how both of those things could change depending on the success (or lack thereof) of the team. This particular draft class has their work cut out for them at least compared to the 2021 draft class, who saw plenty of guys like Cade Cunningham, Evan Mobley, Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey and ROY Scottie Barnes have an impact almost immediately upon touching the hardwood, but that’s not to say this group doesn’t have the talent to keep up with them. Below I’ll give each of the 30 teams in the association a letter grade based on their selections and trades last night, including a few brief notes on what it could mean for this upcoming season and beyond. But first, I’ll jot down a list of the trades that occurred on draft night, with the analysis coming within the team sections later on.
Draft Night Trades
– The New York Knicks traded Ousmane Dieng, who New York drafted at pick No. 11, to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for three first-round picks: a 2023 protected first-rounder via Detroit, a 2023 protected first-rounder via Washington and a 2023 protected first-rounder via Denver.
– The Charlotte Hornets traded Jalen Duren, who Charlotte drafted at pick No. 12, to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for a 2025 first-round pick (acquired in the Jerami Grant trade). Kemba Walker has also been traded to the Pistons as part of a three-team trade, but is expected to discuss a contract buyout to become a free agent.
– The Minnesota Timberwolves traded Jake LaRavia, who Minnesota drafted at pick No. 18, to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for picks No. 22 and No. 29 in the draft. The Timberwolves will also send the Grizzlies a future second-round pick as part of the deal.
– The Philadelphia 76ers traded the No. 23 and Danny Green to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for De’Anthony Melton.
– The Sacramento Kings traded Jaden Hardy, who Sacramento drafted at pick No. 37, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for two future second-round picks.
– The San Antonio Spurs traded Kennedy Chandler, who San Antonio drafted at pick No. 38, to the Memphis…