We see it happen every year, a team drafts a player that just does not fit with their current roster. Sure, the best player available is usually the best bet, but there are certain teams that have been constructed in such a way that these players just do not make sense for the teams selecting in the top 10 of the NBA Draft.
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- D'Angelo Russell
- One Size Fits All
- LA is working with a clean slate and has the luxury to select any player they want. They will most likely take Okafor, but it will not surprise me to see them select Russell.
- Karl-Anthony Towns / Jahlil Okafor
- Kristaps Porzingis
- The Knicks suck, no doubt, but they can ill afford to select a European big who will take time to adjust. He might be the best player long term in this draft, but Carmelo Anthony only has so many years left. They need to take Russell if available, or trade down and pick up an extra draft pick and/or player.
- Emmanuel Mudiay
- Justise Winslow
- Willie Cauley-Stein
- Denver gave Kenneth Faried big money and Jusuf Nurkic is going to be a quality big man. Adding WCS, along with J.J. Hickson, will give them a solid rotation in the front court, but Denver has no plans at SF past next season when Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari become free agents. Stanley Johnson would be a nice pick here, assuming Winslow is gone already. They could also draft Mudiay if available and then start looking to deal Ty Lawson..
- Devin Booker
- He might be the best shooter in the draft, but the Pistons have more than enough guards on the roster. Brandon Jennings is coming back from injury, they can match any contract Reggie Jackson signs, Jodie Meeks is still getting paid and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the 8th overall pick in 2013. The Pistons would love to get Porzingis/Kaminsky but might have to settle for Johnson.
- Frank Kaminsky
- I love Frank the Tank, but the Hornets have a serious log jam at the 4/5 position and acquiring Spencer Hawes didn't help. Big Al might be gone after this season but they can worry about problem next offseason. For now, they need to focus on finding Kemba Walker a partner in the backcourt, like Booker.
- Myles Turner
- The Heat found a diamond in the rough in Hassan Whiteside last season and when he finally gets to play next to Chris Bosh, who knows how good he can be. The Heat need to focus on finding quality guard play in this draft, especially if Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade walk this offseason! Booker or Cameron Payne could be their guy.
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