Team by team 2014 NBA draft grades for the Eastern Conference from USA TODAY Sports' Adi Joseph.
Additions: PF Adreian Payne (No. 15 pick, Michigan State), C Walter Tavares (No. 43 pick, Spain), SG Lamar Patterson (No. 48 pick, Pittsburgh).
The Hawks drafted two college seniors (Payne and Patterson) and the biggest and arguably rawest player available (Tavares). The point of intrigue here is that the Hawks had a lot of talent up front already, with Al Horford and Paul Millsap well established as starters and Pero Antic and Mike Scott (a free agent they surely want to keep) on the bench. Payne is ready to play in the NBA but was a reach with more talented wing players still on the board who could have filled the Hawks' needs better. Tavares was a great pick because his upside is huge, with some likening him to fellow Spaniard Marc Gasol.
Additions: PG Marcus Smart (No. 6 pick, Oklahoma State), SG/SF James Young (No. 17 pick, Kentucky).
Smart and Young were solid value picks and have a lot of potential on a young and upcoming team that needed perimeter help. So there's not much to dislike here, except that Smart kind of clashes with Rajon Rondo. Is that pick a sign that Rondo is on his way out? That might make sense for Celtics President Danny Ainge's youth movement, though Smart also could play with Rondo as a shooting guard, replacing free agent and fellow defensive ace Avery Bradley. Here's to an intriguing plan that offers some flexibility but may require a drastic move down the line.
Additions: SG Markel Brown (No. 44 pick, Oklahoma State), SG Xavier Thames (No. 59 pick, San Diego State), SF/PF Cory Jefferson (No. 60 pick, Baylor).
The Nets entered the draft without any assets but paid out (as owner Mikhail Prokhorov is known to do) to get a sizeable chunk of the second round. They went with college veterans, and it's easy to see how any of their three picks could crack the team's rotation next year. These were safe choices for a team that's built to win now, and they got good value at each draft slot. They hosted the draft and made the most out of nothing.
Additions: PF Noah Vonleh (No. 9 pick, Indiana), SG P.J. Hairston (No. 26 pick, NBA Development League), PF Dwight Powell (No. 45 pick, Stanford).
The Hornets don't need a power forward, but they also have some use for the addition to the roster. For one, drafting Vonleh (and Powell) means they can allow Josh McRoberts to leave in free agency and let Vonleh and Cody Zeller compete for the starting job next to Al Jefferson. And those two Indiana products could be the frontcourt of the future, if Jefferson leaves after three years. Hairston was the money pick, making up for their ignoring needs with the No. 9 pick. Charlotte gets a very NBA-ready shooting guard who should push Gerald Henderson for playing time. The Hornets did what they needed to in this draft and can let Vonleh develop slowly. The only knock is that they could have used the No. 55 pick acquired in the No. 24-No. 26 swap with the Miami Heat instead of selling it to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Additions: SF Doug McDermott (No. 11 pick, Creighton), PF Cameron Bairstow (No. 49 pick, New Mexico).
It's easier to understand why the Bulls traded the No. 16 and No. 19 picks for McDermott when you factor in free agency. Sure, Chicago could have added two nice players instead of one (as the Nuggets did). But they needed to keep money off the books if they're going to pursue Carmelo Anthony, as is expected. McDermott is a good fit for the Bulls with or without Anthony. They needed another scorer, and he is a better athlete than advertised. Bairstow is ridiculously strong and has more touch than Taj Gibson, somewhat replicating what they may lose if they cut or trade Carlos Boozer. The grade is somewhat incomplete because this particular two-for-one only makes sense if they succeed in free agency.
Additions: SF Andrew Wiggins (No. 1 pick, Kansas), SG Joe Harris (No. 33 pick, Virginia).
This was solid draft redemption after the head-scratcher of last year, No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett. The Cavaliers took the right players who made sense for their slots and the team. Wiggins has tremendous upside and could blossom alongside a point guard like Kyrie Irving. Harris is the shooter that Cleveland needed. Anyone criticizing these picks needs to realize that, while messing up the top pick was a little harder this year, it still was possible. Both Wiggins and Harris could be impact players next year. Now, about getting that LeBron James guy ...
Additions: PG/SG Spencer Dinwiddie (No. 38 pick, Colorado).
Once a likely first-rounder, Dinwiddie fell because he missed half his senior season because of a knee ligament tear. That didn't stop Detroit from taking a chance on the talented combo guard. Dinwiddie fits because he can play alongside Brandon Jennings and help with passing or run the point in bigger lineups. He also could challenge Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for time after his disappointing rookie season. The Pistons should've had their first-rounder (a Joe Dumars blunder), but Stan Van Gundy impressed with this very solid pick.
The Pacers sold the No. 57 pick to the New York Knicks for cash. That's it. "That was a waste of two weeks," President Larry Bird said in the post-draft news conference. Indiana has enough needs on its bench that taking a gamble with that second-rounder would have been worth it, but finances hurt sometimes. It's understandable but disappointing.
Addition: PG Shabazz Napier (No. 24 pick, Connecticut).
Sure, Napier was a solid value pick at a position of need. He's tough, versatile and savvy, with a winning pedigree courtesy of two college national championships. But mostly, LeBron James loved him. How can you argue with that when the team is pressed to keep the superstar free agent? They gave up their second-rounder to trade up with the Hornets for Napier, and that move made sense.
Additions: SF Jabari Parker (No. 2 pick, Duke), SF Damien Inglis (No. 31 pick, France), PF/C Johnny O'Bryant (No. 36 pick, LSU).
They got their man. Parker topping the Bucks' wish list is about the only concrete thing everyone knew for the past three months. He's the scorer they so desperately need and the face of the franchise that now has new owners. Inglis was a risk/reward pick that made sense in the second round, even though he's very similar to Parker in build. O'Bryant adds needed toughness and strength at little cost but probably wasn't the best available player at that spot. This ultimately is the draft the Bucks were hoping for, though.
New York Knicks
Additions: SF Cleanthony Early (No. 34 pick, Wichita State), SF Thanasis Antetokounmpo (No. 51 pick, NBA Development League), PF/C Louis Labeyrie (No. 57 pick, France).
Entering Wednesday, the Knicks had no draft picks. The Tyson Chandler brought in two, and they bought the last one from the Indiana Pacers for cash. Early might be the best second-rounder in this draft, and he is a perfect fit for the triangle offense that New York may install. Antetokounmpo has great athleticism and, while not as talented as his younger brother, is another player who could make the Knicks' roster next year. Labeyrie likely will be kept overseas for a few years. Overall, this is a very nice haul for a team expecting nothing.
Additions: PF Aaron Gordon (No. 4 pick, Arizona), PG Elfrid Payton (No. 10 pick, Louisiana-Lafayette), SG Roy Devyn Marble (No. 56 pick, Iowa).
On the surface, Gordon and Payton are very likeable and talented players who fit positions of need for the Magic. But the costs were high. In picking Gordon, the Magic passed over several higher-upside players including presumed No. 4 pick Dante Exum. And Payton cost them a future first-rounder and a future second-rounder, as they had to move up two spots in a trade with the Philadelphia 76ers to land him. It's tough not to think the Sixers took advantage of the situation here, and it's tough not to consider that the Magic could have drafted Exum and kept No. 10 pick Dario Saric and potentially been better off. Gordon and Payton give an athletic team even more athleticism, but who other than Tobias Harris is going to score? Marble may help there, but he was a second-tier second-rounder. The players are good. But was the juice worth the squeeze?
Additions: C Joel Embiid (No. 3 pick, Kansas), PF Dario Saric (No. 12 pick, Croatia), SF K.J. McDaniels (No. 32 pick, Clemson), SF Jerami Grant (No. 39 pick, Syracuse), PG Vasilije Micic (No. 52 pick, Serbia), SG Jordan McRae (No. 58 pick, Tennessee), PG Pierre Jackson (trade with New Orleans Pelicans).
Sam Hinkie has a plan for the future, and it's rarely been this clear. Embiid and Saric will make little to no impact next year, as Saric will stay in Turkey while Embiid will miss extended time rehabilitating the foot stress fracture that caused his slide from the No. 1 spot. But they have ridiculous potential, as does Micic, a great passer who likely will stay overseas as well. Meanwhile, McDaniels and Grant are hard-nosed defenders who are ready to fill roster spots right now, and McRae has some potential as a scorer. But it's Jackson who may prove the biggest addition immediately, as he dominated the NBA Development League last season as a scorer and would fit well next to oversized pass-first point guard Michael Carter-Williams. To execute this all and get a future first-rounder and second-rounder from the Magic for trading down two spots (10th to 12th) is brilliant. They probably wanted Saric at No. 10, after all. This is what the Sixers need to do as they continue to build for 2016 and beyond.
Additions: SF Bruno Caboclo (No. 20 pick, Brazil), SF DeAndre Daniels (No. 37 pick, Connecticut).
Who? That was the astounding reaction across the NBA draft world when Caboclo was picked. Even ESPN international expert Fran Fraschilla, who in his typical hyperbole extoled "the Brazilian Kevin Durant," said he was shocked Caboclo slipped into the first round. No. 20 is a very high draft spot, and there were a lot of good players on the board. The Raptors are a playoff team with few clear needs, so taking a player who is possibly four years away from cracking a rotation seems like an odd decision. Daniels is NBA-ready, though his thin frame isn't optimal. There might have been a few better small forward prospects, but he can shoot and impressed during Connecticut's title run. This was a strange draft session for the Raptors, who were thought to love Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis only to have him off the board by their pick. Giving guaranteed money to a prospect as unusually unproven as Caboclo is a tough sell.
The Wizards sold the No. 46 pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for cash despite several big needs. What's more, they don't seem to be gearing up to land a major free agent. This is a head-scratcher. Jordan Clarkson, whom the Lakers took, would have been a nice addition.
GALLERY: First-round picks