My NBA draft review continues with the Central Division. If you missed the Atlantic Division, click here .
Key Additions: Tony Snell, Erik Murphy
The Bulls' selection of Tony Snell was somewhat of a head-scratcher. Even if they trade Luol Deng, they still have Jimmy Butler on the roster, who has solidified himself as their small-forward of the future. Snell will back him up for the first few years, but they are very similar players, and neither is likely to play another position.
It remains to be seen how Snell fits into the Bulls' long-term plan, but for at least a year, Snell won't be getting much playing time behind Deng and Butler.
Murphy is a stretch four that will have to work hard to make the roster.
Key Additions: Anthony Bennett, Sergey Karasev, Carrick Felix
The Cavs dropped a huge bomb in Barclays Center when they selected Anthony Bennett first overall, ahead of players like Noel, Len, Porter, and McLemore.
While the Bennett pick is by no means unjustifiable, it seems like the players mentioned above could all have been better fits. With Tristan Thompson developing well, Bennett might have to play some 3 if the Cavs intend for him to start immediately. Bennett-Thompson will be a very good pairing rebounding-wise, but it remains to be seen whether Bennett can guard NBA small-forwards.
Bennett, however, is one of the most offensively-gifted players from this draft. He can score inside and out, and will form a formidable pick-and-pop combination with Kyrie Irving.
Sergey Karasev fell onto the Cavs' laps, and they gladly snatched him up. Karasev was one of the Cavs' original targets at 19, but as his stock rose, it seems like Karasev would be long gone by then. Cleveland is extremely lucky that Karasev fell to them, and he should be ready to contribute immediately should he join the Cavs this season. He will provide much-needed perimeter shooting on the wing, and can create offense off the bench.
While their first two picks were offense-oriented, their second-round selections, Carrick Felix, is all defense. The big shooting guard will be a lockdown defender off the bench for the Cavs, something they sorely need.
Key Additions: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell, Peyton Siva
I love how the Pistons drafted. None of these are high-impact players, but all will be contributors in one way or another.
Caldwell-Pope is the prototypical shooting guard they have lacked since Richard Hamilton's departure. This addition will move Brandon Knight to the point, and provide outside shooting to ease the load on Greg Monroe inside. While not a flashy pick by any means, KCP should be a solid starter in the league for a long time.
Tony Mitchell has great potential, but his attitude and lack of improvement has raised some major red flags. If Detroit surrounds him with the right people and gives him time to develop, he can be their third big behind Monroe and Drummond.
Peyton Siva may never see much time on the court, but expect him to have a sneaky-long career getting garbage-time steals. The starting point guard of the national champions, Siva has a good head on his shoulders and will be a great locker-room glue guy wherever he plays.
Key Additions: Solomon Hill
Another year, another reach in the first round for the Pacers. They will have to be patient with Hill, as he has to refine his game to be ready to contribute in the league, not to mention that the Pacers could've gotten him 20 picks later.
Key Additions: Giannis Antentokounmpo, Ricky Ledo
The Bucks landed arguably the two biggest risk-reward picks in the draft. Antentokounmpo has been compared to Nic Batum on a very small sample size, and his size, length, and wingspan has made scouts drool. He is a very big project however; he is three or fours years away from being NBA ready, at the least.
Nobody really knows what Ledo will bring to the table, as he never played a game of college ball. He has great potential at the 2, so if the Bucks hit home runs on both of their picks(unlikely), they will have one of the most formidable wings in the league in four years.