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NBA Draft Review: Pacific Division

The Pacific Division concludes this year's draft review. Here are the reviews for the Northwest and Southwest Divisions.

Golden State Warriors


Key Additions: Nemanja Nedovic

The athletic point guard is likely a draft-and-stash pick for the Warriors and may not see NBA playing time for the next few years, especially if Jarrett Jack re-signs with Golden State. If he does come over, he will bring superb athleticism to the point guard position, but not much else.

Los Angeles Clippers


Key Additions: Reggie Bullock

Bullock is a quiet but solid pick for the Clippers. For a team that needs to contend now, Bullock is a low-risk, low-reward pick that is ready to contribute now, which explains why he was taken ahead of players such as Allen Crabbe, who has a much higher upside. Bullock will never be more than a role player, but barring injuries, he will stay in the league as a 3-and-D guy.

Given Los Angeles's recent additions of Redick and Dudley, Bullock may not see as much floor time as we thought he would, but Clippers fans know what they can expect when Bullock is on the floor. 

Los Angeles Lakers


Key Additions: Ryan Kelly

Kelly is a stretch-four that has NBA range but cannot defend or rebound against NBA bigs. Kelly will be a good fit for the Lakers if Howard returns as he could be a Ryan Andersen type next to Howard, but if Howard chooses to take his talents elsewhere, Kelly will have a hard time finding playing time in Los Angeles.

Phoenix Suns


Key Additions: Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, Malcolm Lee, Alex Oriakhi

The Suns took Len with Noel and McLemore both still on the board, so they must have been really high on Len. While Len is not a first option on a good team, in a few years, he can be a Roy Hibbert-type player in the middle. The Suns can afford to be patient with Len, and their world-class training staff will definitely help with that stress fracture. The addition of Len likely means the departure of Marcin Gortat, who does not seem to fit into Phoenix's rebuilding plan. This will allow Len to get a lot of playing time early and gain experience fast.

Archie Goodwin has tremendous talent, but it is a big question mark whether he will ever come close to realizing his potential. In his one year at Kentucky, he showed flashes of brilliance, but his inconsistency and shaky decision-making further reaffirmed that he is not NBA ready. Goodwin is long, athletic, and aggressive attacking the rim, but most of the time he plays out of control, and he lacks a jump shot. He is far away from being able to contribute consistently in the league, and will likely spend his first year or two in the D-League.

Sacramento Kings


Key Additions: Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum

The Kings got a steal in McLemore at No.7. Sure, he may not have the "killer instinct" superstars have, he may occasionally check out in some games, he may not have presented himself very well in the pre-draft process, but McLemore has perennial-all-star potential at the NBA's weakest position. McLemore is a nice, humble, hard-working young man with tremendous talent that reminds some of a young Ray Allen. Although raw, he has elite athleticism, a picture-perfect jump shot, and good cutting instincts. In a few years, we will all be wondering how he fell to No.7.

With that said, the Kings still seem like a team lacking a direction, and that might harm McLemore's development. While the new ownership seem to know what they're doing a lot more than the Maloofs, they still have to figure out what to do with their young nucleus. Tyreke Evans is likely headed to New Orleans, and the Kings might get back Greivis Vasquez in a sign-and-trade, who will form the backcourt with McLemore. Vasquez is an above-average distributor that can get McLemore open shots, but the other guards on the Kings roster(Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Marcus Thornton) are all shoot-first, trigger-happy players, not at all good fits with McLemore. DeMarcus Cousins is another big question mark: do they trade him or do they pay him big money he does not deserve? On paper, he seems like a good fit with McLemore; but Cousins can potentially be a bad influence on McLemore off the court, who is still very naive about the NBA.

Whatever the Kings choose to do, their future looks a lot brighter with the new ownership leading to way. There's no question they'll be shooting for Andrew Wiggins in next year's draft, but even if they miss out on Wiggins, they will likely pick up another valuable piece of their rebuilding puzzle.

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